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Top 1000 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1951

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1951 Popular Names U.S. - Top 1000 Baby Names
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Girls Number
of Girls
% Rank Number Boys Number
of Boys
% Rank Number
1 Linda 73,972 4.004 0 -6,460 1 James 87,272 4.565 0 1,033
2 Mary 65,726 3.558 0 244 2 Robert 86,361 4.517 0 2,796
3 Patricia 56,441 3.055 0 8,496 3 John 81,577 4.267 0 2,157
4 Deborah 42,050 2.276 3 12,986 4 Michael 72,799 3.808 0 7,648
5 Barbara 40,621 2.199 -1 -936 5 David 64,801 3.389 0 4,071
6 Susan 40,227 2.178 -1 2,209 6 William 62,780 3.284 0 2,090
7 Nancy 30,346 1.643 -1 728 7 Richard 54,551 2.853 0 3,550
8 Karen 28,001 1.516 4 3,862 8 Thomas 48,278 2.525 0 2,675
9 Sandra 27,664 1.498 -1 -1,231 9 Charles 39,405 2.061 0 306
10 Kathleen 26,714 1.446 0 1,010 10 Gary 38,157 1.996 0 4,404
11 Carol 24,780 1.341 -2 -1,385 11 Larry 30,558 1.598 0 -929
12 Donna 24,074 1.303 1 2,444 12 Ronald 29,044 1.519 0 -872
13 Sharon 23,924 1.295 -2 -691 13 Steven 28,360 1.483 3 5,105
14 Brenda 21,716 1.176 0 921 14 Joseph 28,156 1.473 -1 1,130
15 Diane 19,841 1.074 1 2,206 15 Donald 27,918 1.460 -1 920
16 Pamela 18,572 1.005 1 2,368 16 Kenneth 25,842 1.352 -1 2,019
17 Margaret 17,693 0.958 -2 -418 17 Dennis 24,262 1.269 0 1,401
18 Debra 17,066 0.924 41 10,886 18 Paul 22,851 1.195 0 1,094
19 Janet 16,948 0.917 -1 754 19 Stephen 22,478 1.176 0 1,969
20 Cynthia 16,296 0.882 3 1,850 20 Mark 21,210 1.109 3 4,605
21 Janice 15,956 0.864 1 944 21 Daniel 21,125 1.105 0 1,932
22 Carolyn 15,210 0.823 -2 -379 22 George 20,216 1.057 -2 41
23 Elizabeth 15,120 0.819 1 783 23 Edward 19,912 1.042 -1 1,197
24 Christine 15,018 0.813 4 2,343 24 Jerry 15,165 0.793 0 -102
25 Judith 14,933 0.808 -4 -422 25 Gregory 14,102 0.738 0 790
26 Judy 14,018 0.759 -1 -187 26 Bruce 14,083 0.737 0 1,406
27 Shirley 13,918 0.753 -8 -1,972 27 Douglas 13,898 0.727 1 1,633
28 Joyce 13,472 0.729 -1 56 28 Timothy 12,706 0.665 4 2,201
29 Betty 12,824 0.694 -3 -788 29 Roger 12,423 0.650 -2 -125
30 Cheryl 11,987 0.649 -1 162 30 Terry 12,221 0.639 0 791
31 Gloria 10,952 0.593 -1 -85 31 Frank 11,469 0.600 -2 -144
32 Rebecca 10,931 0.592 4 1,504 32 Raymond 11,228 0.587 -1 49
33 Beverly 10,857 0.588 -2 353 33 Lawrence 10,262 0.537 0 86
34 Catherine 10,567 0.572 0 912 34 Anthony 9,844 0.515 2 1,222
35 Kathy 10,409 0.563 3 1,320 35 Jeffrey 9,715 0.508 8 2,066
36 Gail 9,885 0.535 6 1,537 36 Gerald 9,540 0.499 -2 -183
37 Bonnie 9,706 0.525 -4 -42 37 Wayne 9,331 0.488 -2 68
38 Martha 9,604 0.520 -6 -232 38 Peter 9,008 0.471 -1 641
39 Joan 9,404 0.509 1 541 39 Patrick 8,753 0.458 -1 572
40 Peggy 9,211 0.499 1 678 40 Alan 8,413 0.440 1 675
41 Marilyn 9,150 0.495 -4 -136 41 Danny 8,177 0.428 -2 30
42 Dorothy 9,090 0.492 -7 -462 42 Walter 8,042 0.421 -2 250
43 Jane 8,941 0.484 -4 -22 43 Carl 7,641 0.400 1 354
44 Connie 8,722 0.472 0 575 44 Arthur 7,416 0.388 2 256
45 Kathryn 8,461 0.458 1 597 45 Willie 7,228 0.378 -3 -491
46 Ann 8,422 0.456 -1 500 46 Harold 7,174 0.375 -1 -46
47 Virginia 8,179 0.443 -4 -135 47 Henry 7,120 0.372 0 156
48 Denise 8,119 0.440 34 3,604 48 Jack 7,004 0.366 0 165
49 Jean 7,626 0.413 -1 193 49 Dale 6,968 0.364 0 182
50 Diana 7,396 0.400 -3 -48 50 Johnny 6,696 0.350 0 114

 

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.