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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1951

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1951 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 73,972 4.004 -707 -73,568 1 James 87,272 4.565 -3 -73,040
2 Mary 65,726 3.558 -124 -63,345 2 Robert 86,361 4.517 -63 -80,854
3 Patricia 56,441 3.055 -886 -56,139 3 John 81,577 4.267 -24 -72,143
4 Deborah 42,050 2.276 -770 -41,697 4 Michael 72,799 3.808 -8 -60,220
5 Barbara 40,621 2.199 -903 -40,329 5 David 64,801 3.389 -18 -54,677
6 Susan 40,227 2.178 -957 -39,955 6 William 62,780 3.284 3 -47,876
7 Nancy 30,346 1.643 -871 -30,038 7 Richard 54,551 2.853 -168 -52,282
8 Karen 28,001 1.516 -548 -27,449 8 Thomas 48,278 2.525 -40 -41,147
9 Sandra 27,664 1.498 -885 -27,365 9 Charles 39,405 2.061 -40 -32,275
10 Kathleen 26,714 1.446 -861 -26,404 10 Gary 38,157 1.996 -627 -37,754
11 Carol 24,780 1.341 -1,803 -24,667 11 Larry 30,558 1.598 -618 -30,147
12 Donna 24,074 1.303 -1,704 -23,951 12 Ronald 29,044 1.519 -448 -28,389
13 Sharon 23,924 1.295 -1,036 -23,681 13 Steven 28,360 1.483 -169 -26,212
14 Brenda 21,716 1.176 -901 -21,426 14 Joseph 28,156 1.473 -5 -17,796
15 Diane 19,841 1.074 -2,215 -19,757 15 Donald 27,918 1.460 -473 -27,324
16 Pamela 18,572 1.005 -1,446 -18,419 16 Kenneth 25,842 1.352 -202 -24,091
17 Margaret 17,693 0.958 -115 -15,451 17 Dennis 24,262 1.269 -527 -23,752
18 Debra 17,066 0.924 -3,455 -17,022 18 Paul 22,851 1.195 -207 -21,167
19 Janet 16,948 0.917 -1,342 -16,779 19 Stephen 22,478 1.176 -252 -21,157
20 Cynthia 16,296 0.882 -617 -15,836 20 Mark 21,210 1.109 -183 -19,274
21 Janice 15,956 0.864 -1,472 -15,808 21 Daniel 21,125 1.105 6 -9,485
22 Carolyn 15,210 0.823 -819 -14,889 22 George 20,216 1.057 -102 -17,065
23 Elizabeth 15,120 0.819 10 -6,205 23 Edward 19,912 1.042 -146 -17,603
24 Christine 15,018 0.813 -762 -14,672 24 Jerry 15,165 0.793 -532 -14,677
25 Judith 14,933 0.808 -821 -14,614 25 Gregory 14,102 0.738 -350 -13,221
26 Judy 14,018 0.759 -1,585 -13,884 26 Bruce 14,083 0.737 -405 -13,369
27 Shirley 13,918 0.753 -1,244 -13,734 27 Douglas 13,898 0.727 -601 -13,487
28 Joyce 13,472 0.729 -808 -13,149 28 Timothy 12,706 0.665 -136 -10,313
29 Betty 12,824 0.694 -1,291 -12,649 29 Roger 12,423 0.650 -596 -12,008
30 Cheryl 11,987 0.649 -2,926 -11,932 30 Terry 12,221 0.639 -662 -11,867
31 Gloria 10,952 0.593 -530 -10,414 31 Frank 11,469 0.600 -342 -10,588
32 Rebecca 10,931 0.592 -184 -9,515 32 Raymond 11,228 0.587 -261 -10,036
33 Beverly 10,857 0.588 -1,389 -10,698 33 Lawrence 10,262 0.537 -463 -9,683
34 Catherine 10,567 0.572 -164 -8,994 34 Anthony 9,844 0.515 2 -1,042
35 Kathy 10,409 0.563 -1,837 -10,301 35 Jeffrey 9,715 0.508 -288 -8,666
36 Gail 9,885 0.535 -8,347 -9,872 36 Gerald 9,540 0.499 -788 -9,271
37 Bonnie 9,706 0.525 -660 -9,294 37 Wayne 9,331 0.488 -779 -9,057
38 Martha 9,604 0.520 -712 -9,234 38 Peter 9,008 0.471 -175 -7,231
39 Joan 9,404 0.509 -1,641 -9,277 39 Patrick 8,753 0.458 -132 -6,470
40 Peggy 9,211 0.499 -5,554 -9,188 40 Alan 8,413 0.440 -119 -5,977
41 Marilyn 9,150 0.495 -487 -8,570 41 Danny 8,177 0.428 -463 -7,605
42 Dorothy 9,090 0.492 -559 -8,592 42 Walter 8,042 0.421 -223 -6,689
43 Jane 8,941 0.484 -239 -7,793 43 Carl 7,641 0.400 -584 -7,230
44 Connie 8,722 0.472 -2,915 -8,667 44 Arthur 7,416 0.388 -200 -5,913
45 Kathryn 8,461 0.458 -379 -7,717 45 Willie 7,228 0.378 -759 -6,947
46 Ann 8,422 0.456 -977 -8,171 46 Harold 7,174 0.375 -753 -6,889
47 Virginia 8,179 0.443 -467 -7,571 47 Henry 7,120 0.372 29 3,286
48 Denise 8,119 0.440 -1,098 -7,904 48 Jack 7,004 0.366 13 1,415
49 Jean 7,626 0.413 -2,409 -7,553 49 Dale 6,968 0.364 -1,166 -6,818
50 Diana 7,396 0.400 -180 -6,038 50 Johnny 6,696 0.350 -296 -5,732

 

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.