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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1950

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1950 Popular Names U.S. - Top 100 Baby Names
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Girls Number
of Girls
% Rank Number Boys Number
of Boys
% Rank Number
1 Linda 80,432 4.574 -707 -80,028 1 James 86,239 4.741 -3 -72,007
2 Mary 65,482 3.723 -124 -63,101 2 Robert 83,565 4.594 -63 -78,058
3 Patricia 47,945 2.726 -886 -47,643 3 John 79,420 4.366 -24 -69,986
4 Barbara 41,557 2.363 -904 -41,265 4 Michael 65,151 3.582 -8 -52,572
5 Susan 38,018 2.162 -958 -37,746 5 David 60,730 3.339 -18 -50,606
6 Nancy 29,618 1.684 -872 -29,310 6 William 60,690 3.336 3 -45,786
7 Deborah 29,064 1.653 -767 -28,711 7 Richard 51,001 2.804 -168 -48,732
8 Sandra 28,895 1.643 -886 -28,596 8 Thomas 45,603 2.507 -40 -38,472
9 Carol 26,165 1.488 -1,805 -26,052 9 Charles 39,099 2.149 -40 -31,969
10 Kathleen 25,704 1.462 -861 -25,394 10 Gary 33,753 1.856 -627 -33,350
11 Sharon 24,615 1.400 -1,038 -24,372 11 Larry 31,487 1.731 -618 -31,076
12 Karen 24,139 1.373 -544 -23,587 12 Ronald 29,916 1.645 -448 -29,261
13 Donna 21,630 1.230 -1,703 -21,507 13 Joseph 27,026 1.486 -6 -16,666
14 Brenda 20,795 1.182 -901 -20,505 14 Donald 26,998 1.484 -474 -26,404
15 Margaret 18,111 1.030 -117 -15,869 15 Kenneth 23,823 1.310 -203 -22,072
16 Diane 17,635 1.003 -2,214 -17,551 16 Steven 23,255 1.278 -166 -21,107
17 Pamela 16,204 0.921 -1,445 -16,051 17 Dennis 22,861 1.257 -527 -22,351
18 Janet 16,194 0.921 -1,343 -16,025 18 Paul 21,757 1.196 -207 -20,073
19 Shirley 15,890 0.904 -1,252 -15,706 19 Stephen 20,509 1.127 -252 -19,188
20 Carolyn 15,589 0.886 -821 -15,268 20 George 20,175 1.109 -104 -17,024
21 Judith 15,355 0.873 -825 -15,036 21 Daniel 19,193 1.055 6 -7,553
22 Janice 15,012 0.854 -1,471 -14,864 22 Edward 18,715 1.029 -147 -16,406
23 Cynthia 14,446 0.821 -614 -13,986 23 Mark 16,605 0.913 -180 -14,669
24 Elizabeth 14,337 0.815 11 -5,422 24 Jerry 15,267 0.839 -532 -14,779
25 Judy 14,205 0.808 -1,586 -14,071 25 Gregory 13,312 0.732 -350 -12,431
26 Betty 13,612 0.774 -1,294 -13,437 26 Bruce 12,677 0.697 -405 -11,963
27 Joyce 13,416 0.763 -809 -13,093 27 Roger 12,548 0.690 -598 -12,133
28 Christine 12,675 0.721 -758 -12,329 28 Douglas 12,265 0.674 -600 -11,854
29 Cheryl 11,825 0.672 -2,927 -11,770 29 Frank 11,613 0.638 -344 -10,732
30 Gloria 11,037 0.628 -531 -10,499 30 Terry 11,430 0.628 -662 -11,076
31 Beverly 10,504 0.597 -1,391 -10,345 31 Raymond 11,179 0.615 -262 -9,987
32 Martha 9,836 0.559 -718 -9,466 32 Timothy 10,505 0.577 -132 -8,112
33 Bonnie 9,748 0.554 -664 -9,336 33 Lawrence 10,176 0.559 -463 -9,597
34 Catherine 9,655 0.549 -164 -8,082 34 Gerald 9,723 0.535 -790 -9,454
35 Dorothy 9,552 0.543 -566 -9,054 35 Wayne 9,263 0.509 -781 -8,989
36 Rebecca 9,427 0.536 -180 -8,011 36 Anthony 8,622 0.474 4 180
37 Marilyn 9,286 0.528 -491 -8,706 37 Peter 8,367 0.460 -176 -6,590
38 Kathy 9,089 0.517 -1,834 -8,981 38 Patrick 8,181 0.450 -133 -5,898
39 Jane 8,963 0.510 -243 -7,815 39 Danny 8,147 0.448 -465 -7,575
40 Joan 8,863 0.504 -1,640 -8,736 40 Walter 7,792 0.428 -225 -6,439
41 Peggy 8,533 0.485 -5,553 -8,510 41 Alan 7,738 0.425 -118 -5,302
42 Gail 8,348 0.475 -8,341 -8,335 42 Willie 7,719 0.424 -762 -7,438
43 Virginia 8,314 0.473 -471 -7,706 43 Jeffrey 7,649 0.420 -280 -6,600
44 Connie 8,147 0.463 -2,915 -8,092 44 Carl 7,287 0.401 -583 -6,876
45 Ann 7,922 0.450 -978 -7,671 45 Harold 7,220 0.397 -754 -6,935
46 Kathryn 7,864 0.447 -378 -7,120 46 Arthur 7,160 0.394 -198 -5,657
47 Diana 7,444 0.423 -183 -6,086 47 Henry 6,964 0.383 29 3,442
48 Jean 7,433 0.423 -2,410 -7,360 48 Jack 6,839 0.376 13 1,580
49 Ruth 7,128 0.405 -216 -5,934 49 Dale 6,786 0.373 -1,166 -6,636
50 Helen 7,059 0.401 -368 -6,301 50 Johnny 6,582 0.362 -296 -5,618

 

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.