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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 73,978 4.005 0 -6,453 1 James 87,261 4.565 0 1,037
2 Mary 65,721 3.558 0 240 2 Robert 86,351 4.517 0 2,792
3 Patricia 56,442 3.055 0 8,497 3 John 81,574 4.267 0 2,150
4 Deborah 42,052 2.276 3 12,989 4 Michael 72,797 3.808 0 7,653
5 Barbara 40,620 2.199 -1 -932 5 David 64,792 3.389 0 4,065
6 Susan 40,228 2.178 -1 2,211 6 William 62,782 3.284 0 2,093
7 Nancy 30,347 1.643 -1 731 7 Richard 54,549 2.853 0 3,549
8 Karen 27,998 1.516 4 3,862 8 Thomas 48,284 2.526 0 2,685
9 Sandra 27,667 1.498 -1 -1,229 9 Charles 39,397 2.061 0 295
10 Kathleen 26,715 1.446 0 1,011 10 Gary 38,163 1.996 0 4,414
11 Carol 24,779 1.341 -2 -1,385 11 Larry 30,561 1.599 0 -923
12 Donna 24,075 1.303 1 2,446 12 Ronald 29,050 1.520 0 -864
13 Sharon 23,922 1.295 -2 -691 13 Steven 28,363 1.484 3 5,111
14 Brenda 21,716 1.176 0 921 14 Joseph 28,155 1.473 -1 1,132
15 Diane 19,840 1.074 1 2,205 15 Donald 27,918 1.460 -1 916
16 Pamela 18,569 1.005 1 2,368 16 Kenneth 25,845 1.352 -1 2,025
17 Margaret 17,692 0.958 -2 -417 17 Dennis 24,263 1.269 0 1,403
18 Debra 17,066 0.924 41 10,886 18 Paul 22,846 1.195 0 1,096
19 Janet 16,948 0.917 -1 756 19 Stephen 22,474 1.176 0 1,964
20 Cynthia 16,293 0.882 3 1,847 20 Mark 21,207 1.109 3 4,603
21 Janice 15,955 0.864 1 942 21 Daniel 21,121 1.105 0 1,930
22 Carolyn 15,210 0.823 -2 -377 22 George 20,214 1.057 -2 38
23 Elizabeth 15,120 0.819 1 785 23 Edward 19,912 1.042 -1 1,198
24 Christine 15,018 0.813 4 2,344 24 Jerry 15,163 0.793 0 -103
25 Judith 14,935 0.808 -4 -418 25 Gregory 14,104 0.738 0 793
26 Judy 14,017 0.759 -1 -189 26 Bruce 14,085 0.737 0 1,408
27 Shirley 13,920 0.754 -8 -1,970 27 Douglas 13,898 0.727 1 1,634
28 Joyce 13,471 0.729 -1 55 28 Timothy 12,702 0.664 4 2,197
29 Betty 12,825 0.694 -3 -788 29 Roger 12,424 0.650 -2 -125
30 Cheryl 11,987 0.649 -1 163 30 Terry 12,220 0.639 0 786
31 Gloria 10,952 0.593 -1 -86 31 Frank 11,469 0.600 -2 -141
32 Rebecca 10,931 0.592 4 1,504 32 Raymond 11,227 0.587 -1 47
33 Beverly 10,857 0.588 -2 354 33 Lawrence 10,261 0.537 0 87
34 Catherine 10,566 0.572 0 910 34 Anthony 9,846 0.515 2 1,228
35 Kathy 10,409 0.563 3 1,320 35 Jeffrey 9,715 0.508 8 2,068
36 Gail 9,884 0.535 6 1,536 36 Gerald 9,541 0.499 -2 -181
37 Bonnie 9,707 0.525 -4 -41 37 Wayne 9,329 0.488 -2 66
38 Martha 9,603 0.520 -6 -234 38 Peter 9,003 0.471 -1 639
39 Joan 9,404 0.509 1 542 39 Patrick 8,751 0.458 -1 570
40 Peggy 9,211 0.499 1 678 40 Alan 8,411 0.440 1 673
41 Marilyn 9,149 0.495 -4 -137 41 Danny 8,178 0.428 -2 33
42 Dorothy 9,090 0.492 -7 -462 42 Walter 8,040 0.421 -2 247
43 Jane 8,942 0.484 -4 -21 43 Carl 7,641 0.400 1 353
44 Connie 8,722 0.472 0 576 44 Arthur 7,414 0.388 2 253
45 Kathryn 8,461 0.458 1 597 45 Willie 7,229 0.378 -3 -490
46 Ann 8,421 0.456 -1 499 46 Harold 7,174 0.375 -1 -45
47 Virginia 8,180 0.443 -4 -133 47 Henry 7,120 0.372 0 156
48 Denise 8,118 0.439 34 3,603 48 Jack 7,003 0.366 0 165
49 Jean 7,626 0.413 -1 194 49 Dale 6,966 0.364 0 180
50 Diana 7,396 0.400 -3 -48 50 Johnny 6,696 0.350 0 113

 

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.