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The Most Adorable American Girl Dolls Throughout History 

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Updated September 5, 2019 383 votes 45 voters 20 items

When it comes to the best American Girl toys, there are plenty of great dolls that would make a perfect friend for the favorite girl in your life. Ever since 1986, American Girl has been releasing a line of toys that go far beyond the average dolls. The dolls you'll meet here each come with their own book and are specifically designed to inspire girls from every walk of life. From future astronauts to girls growing up in a wide variety of different eras in American history, each doll comes with plenty of lessons about history, life skills, or both. 

Browse through this list of American Girl Dolls and meet some of the most popular American Girl characters of all time, from 2019 all the way back in time to 1764. Which are the best American Girl Dolls? You get to decide! Just select your favorite dolls below and give them an upvote so they can move to the top of the list! 

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Samantha Parkington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Adorable American Girl Dolls Throughout History
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  • Lives in: 1904
  • First released: 1986
  • Collection: Historical Characters/BeForever Collection

One of the first three American Girl dolls, a mint condition Samantha is now worth around $4,000. Rest assured, however, that she's enjoyed many re-releases and her latest incarnation can be purchased for less than $100 if you're planning to give her to a child. Born in the late 1800's, Molly is an orphan growing up in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. Raised by her rich grandmother, she defies convention when she strikes up a friendship with a servant girl named Nellie O'Malley and the two teach each other lessons that are enough to restore anyone's faith in humanity. 

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Felicity Merriman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Adorable American Girl Dolls Throughout History
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  • Lives in: 1774
  • First released: 1991
  • Collection: Historical Characters/BeForever Collection

If you're looking for a gift for a horse loving gal, then Felicity is a great bet. Growing up during the Revolutionary War era, Felicity has no interest in the ladylike manners and skills expected of her. Instead she prefers the company of horses and her best friend Elizabeth. As the sparks of the Revolutionary War start to kindle, however, the girls find themselves divided by Elizabeth's loyalist leanings. Felicity and her tale bring a great message about learning to work through differences and defying feminine stereotypes. 

 

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Kit Kittredge: An Americ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Adorable American Girl Dolls Throughout History
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  • Lives in: 1934
  • First released: 2000
  • Collection: Historical Characters/Beforever Collection

Though Kitt lived through the Great Depression, she was always looking for ways to help her family. A perfect doll for any tomboy, Kitt loves playing baseball and hanging out with the boys who she knows are "always up to something." She also loves writing, reporting, reading, and adventures. The perfect companion for any girl with a can-do attitude, she's always full of clever ideas and loves bringing hope to others, even during hard times. 

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Molly McIntire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Adorable American Girl Dolls Throughout History
Photo: Amazon
  • Lives in: 1944
  • First released: 1986
  • Collection: Historical Characters/BeForever Collection

One of the first three American Girl dolls ever released, her story takes place during World War II when her father is a war doctor in Europe. A fun and feisty girl, she makes friends with Emily Bennett whose struggles show her just how real the wars effects have been on some American families. 

 

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