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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 80,431 4.574 -725 -80,042 1 James 86,224 4.740 -3 -72,699
2 Mary 65,481 3.724 -124 -63,154 2 Robert 83,559 4.594 -69 -78,419
3 Patricia 47,945 2.726 -910 -47,652 3 John 79,424 4.366 -24 -70,305
4 Barbara 41,552 2.363 -926 -41,267 4 Michael 65,144 3.581 -10 -53,524
5 Susan 38,017 2.162 -1,074 -37,783 5 David 60,727 3.339 -17 -51,030
6 Nancy 29,616 1.684 -833 -29,294 6 William 60,689 3.336 3 -46,173
7 Deborah 29,063 1.653 -772 -28,716 7 Richard 51,000 2.804 -181 -48,881
8 Sandra 28,896 1.643 -967 -28,627 8 Thomas 45,599 2.507 -41 -38,820
9 Carol 26,164 1.488 -1,779 -26,051 9 Charles 39,102 2.150 -43 -32,498
10 Kathleen 25,704 1.462 -884 -25,403 10 Gary 33,749 1.855 -664 -33,382
11 Sharon 24,613 1.400 -1,116 -24,397 11 Larry 31,484 1.731 -695 -31,145
12 Karen 24,136 1.373 -623 -23,668 12 Ronald 29,914 1.645 -481 -29,336
13 Donna 21,629 1.230 -1,554 -21,492 13 Joseph 27,023 1.486 -10 -17,468
14 Brenda 20,795 1.183 -998 -20,540 14 Donald 27,002 1.484 -512 -26,469
15 Margaret 18,109 1.030 -112 -15,797 15 Kenneth 23,820 1.310 -211 -22,165
16 Diane 17,635 1.003 -2,457 -17,564 16 Steven 23,252 1.278 -182 -21,230
17 Pamela 16,201 0.921 -1,567 -16,066 17 Dennis 22,860 1.257 -539 -22,367
18 Janet 16,192 0.921 -1,394 -16,035 18 Paul 21,750 1.196 -216 -20,125
19 Shirley 15,890 0.904 -1,445 -15,740 19 Stephen 20,510 1.128 -265 -19,274
20 Carolyn 15,587 0.886 -840 -15,275 20 George 20,176 1.109 -107 -17,117
21 Judith 15,353 0.873 -829 -15,035 21 Daniel 19,191 1.055 6 -8,018
22 Janice 15,013 0.854 -1,411 -14,860 22 Edward 18,714 1.029 -147 -16,446
23 Cynthia 14,446 0.821 -670 -14,030 23 Mark 16,604 0.913 -187 -14,745
24 Elizabeth 14,335 0.815 11 -5,822 24 Jerry 15,266 0.839 -577 -14,815
25 Judy 14,206 0.808 -1,508 -14,065 25 Gregory 13,311 0.732 -383 -12,533
26 Betty 13,613 0.774 -1,102 -13,398 26 Bruce 12,677 0.697 -452 -12,070
27 Joyce 13,416 0.763 -920 -13,138 27 Roger 12,549 0.690 -609 -12,138
28 Christine 12,674 0.721 -898 -12,387 28 Douglas 12,264 0.674 -644 -11,893
29 Cheryl 11,824 0.672 -2,869 -11,767 29 Frank 11,610 0.638 -363 -10,807
30 Gloria 11,038 0.628 -554 -10,517 30 Terry 11,434 0.629 -727 -11,125
31 Beverly 10,503 0.597 -1,262 -10,328 31 Raymond 11,180 0.615 -268 -10,031
32 Martha 9,837 0.559 -765 -9,496 32 Timothy 10,505 0.578 -133 -8,175
33 Bonnie 9,748 0.554 -658 -9,331 33 Lawrence 10,174 0.559 -465 -9,601
34 Catherine 9,656 0.549 -170 -8,158 34 Gerald 9,722 0.534 -860 -9,481
35 Dorothy 9,552 0.543 -551 -9,035 35 Wayne 9,263 0.509 -738 -8,964
36 Rebecca 9,427 0.536 -178 -7,985 36 Anthony 8,618 0.474 -2 -615
37 Marilyn 9,286 0.528 -573 -8,792 37 Peter 8,364 0.460 -174 -6,552
38 Kathy 9,089 0.517 -2,072 -8,999 38 Patrick 8,181 0.450 -151 -6,070
39 Jane 8,963 0.510 -252 -7,840 39 Danny 8,145 0.448 -501 -7,629
40 Joan 8,862 0.504 -1,687 -8,744 40 Walter 7,793 0.428 -231 -6,490
41 Peggy 8,533 0.485 -5,513 -8,510 41 Alan 7,738 0.425 -131 -5,494
42 Gail 8,348 0.475 -6,535 -8,330 42 Willie 7,719 0.424 -892 -7,495
43 Virginia 8,313 0.473 -497 -7,735 43 Jeffrey 7,647 0.420 -288 -6,644
44 Connie 8,146 0.463 -2,386 -8,073 44 Carl 7,288 0.401 -656 -6,946
45 Ann 7,922 0.450 -938 -7,655 45 Harold 7,219 0.397 -752 -6,938
46 Kathryn 7,864 0.447 -407 -7,172 46 Arthur 7,161 0.394 -184 -5,519
47 Diana 7,444 0.423 -137 -5,839 47 Henry 6,964 0.383 31 3,685
48 Jean 7,432 0.423 -2,345 -7,357 48 Jack 6,838 0.376 20 1,996
49 Ruth 7,128 0.405 -216 -5,894 49 Dale 6,786 0.373 -1,339 -6,660
50 Helen 7,058 0.401 -363 -6,313 50 Johnny 6,583 0.362 -304 -5,654

 

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.