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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 0 -10,584 1 James 86,239 4.741 0 -616
2 Mary 65,482 3.723 0 -1,380 2 Robert 83,565 4.594 0 -304
3 Patricia 47,945 2.726 0 1,615 3 John 79,420 4.366 0 -1,735
4 Barbara 41,557 2.363 0 -1,041 4 Michael 65,151 3.582 1 5,112
5 Susan 38,018 2.162 0 311 5 David 60,730 3.339 1 1,128
6 Nancy 29,618 1.684 1 374 6 William 60,690 3.336 -2 -811
7 Deborah 29,064 1.653 8 9,856 7 Richard 51,001 2.804 0 65
8 Sandra 28,895 1.643 -2 -1,748 8 Thomas 45,603 2.507 0 399
9 Carol 26,165 1.488 -1 -617 9 Charles 39,099 2.149 0 -944
10 Kathleen 25,704 1.462 -1 -649 10 Gary 33,753 1.856 2 4,828
11 Sharon 24,615 1.400 -1 -1,095 11 Larry 31,487 1.731 -1 -322
12 Karen 24,139 1.373 -1 1,672 12 Ronald 29,916 1.645 -1 -1,579
13 Donna 21,630 1.230 -1 -427 13 Joseph 27,026 1.486 1 616
14 Brenda 20,795 1.182 -1 251 14 Donald 26,998 1.484 -1 -108
15 Margaret 18,111 1.030 -1 -1,340 15 Kenneth 23,823 1.310 0 238
16 Diane 17,635 1.003 3 385 16 Steven 23,255 1.278 4 3,332
17 Pamela 16,204 0.921 4 1,074 17 Dennis 22,861 1.257 -1 1,115
18 Janet 16,194 0.921 5 1,338 18 Paul 21,757 1.196 -1 169
19 Shirley 15,890 0.904 -1 -1,388 19 Stephen 20,509 1.127 0 30
20 Carolyn 15,589 0.886 -3 -1,814 20 George 20,175 1.109 -2 -1,138
21 Judith 15,355 0.873 -5 -2,255 21 Daniel 19,193 1.055 1 960
22 Janice 15,012 0.854 2 560 22 Edward 18,715 1.029 -1 -455
23 Cynthia 14,446 0.821 4 1,549 23 Mark 16,605 0.913 1 2,877
24 Elizabeth 14,337 0.815 1 625 24 Jerry 15,267 0.839 -1 -597
25 Judy 14,205 0.808 -5 -1,775 25 Gregory 13,312 0.732 6 2,332
26 Betty 13,612 0.774 -4 -1,332 26 Bruce 12,677 0.697 0 411
27 Joyce 13,416 0.763 -1 -155 27 Roger 12,548 0.690 -2 -273
28 Christine 12,675 0.721 2 877 28 Douglas 12,265 0.674 1 942
29 Cheryl 11,825 0.672 -1 -181 29 Frank 11,613 0.638 -2 -345
30 Gloria 11,037 0.628 -1 -841 30 Terry 11,430 0.628 -2 -26
31 Beverly 10,504 0.597 0 -51 31 Raymond 11,179 0.615 -1 -126
32 Martha 9,836 0.559 2 26 32 Timothy 10,505 0.577 2 1,163
33 Bonnie 9,748 0.554 2 18 33 Lawrence 10,176 0.559 -1 -75
34 Catherine 9,655 0.549 3 521 34 Gerald 9,723 0.535 -1 -82
35 Dorothy 9,552 0.543 -3 -855 35 Wayne 9,263 0.509 0 340
36 Rebecca 9,427 0.536 4 652 36 Anthony 8,622 0.474 0 173
37 Marilyn 9,286 0.528 -4 -581 37 Peter 8,367 0.460 1 104
38 Kathy 9,089 0.517 4 638 38 Patrick 8,181 0.450 1 107
39 Jane 8,963 0.510 2 245 39 Danny 8,147 0.448 1 125
40 Joan 8,863 0.504 -4 -342 40 Walter 7,792 0.428 -3 -503
41 Peggy 8,533 0.485 -3 -585 41 Alan 7,738 0.425 4 482
42 Gail 8,348 0.475 9 1,121 42 Willie 7,719 0.424 -1 -195
43 Virginia 8,314 0.473 -4 -580 43 Jeffrey 7,649 0.420 5 662
44 Connie 8,147 0.463 -1 -72 44 Carl 7,287 0.401 -1 -404
45 Ann 7,922 0.450 -1 53 45 Harold 7,220 0.397 -3 -593
46 Kathryn 7,864 0.447 6 680 46 Arthur 7,160 0.394 -2 -316
47 Diana 7,444 0.423 1 -90 47 Henry 6,964 0.383 -1 -214
48 Jean 7,433 0.423 -3 -329 48 Jack 6,839 0.376 -1 -293
49 Ruth 7,128 0.405 -2 -523 49 Dale 6,786 0.373 5 561
50 Helen 7,059 0.401 -4 -647 50 Johnny 6,582 0.362 -1 -388

 

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.