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Top 1000 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1955

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1955 Popular Names U.S. - Top 1000 Baby Names
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1954
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1954
Girls Number
of Girls
% Rank Number Boys Number
of Boys
% Rank Number
1 Mary 63,162 3.151 0 -4,843 1 Michael 88,335 4.227 0 -179
2 Deborah 52,317 2.610 1 -2,366 2 David 86,251 4.128 3 6,719
3 Linda 51,291 2.559 -1 -4,090 3 James 84,157 4.027 -1 -2,131
4 Debra 50,555 2.522 2 4,669 4 Robert 83,719 4.006 -1 -2,569
5 Susan 47,397 2.364 0 239 5 John 80,056 3.831 -1 -1,110
6 Patricia 46,221 2.306 -2 -2,923 6 William 59,955 2.869 0 -1,465
7 Barbara 33,602 1.676 0 -2,772 7 Richard 53,545 2.562 0 -3,481
8 Karen 33,215 1.657 0 760 8 Thomas 45,819 2.193 0 -1,337
9 Nancy 30,016 1.497 0 -248 9 Mark 42,223 2.021 3 6,024
10 Donna 27,943 1.394 1 514 10 Steven 37,816 1.810 1 1,207
11 Cynthia 27,185 1.356 -1 -432 11 Charles 35,355 1.692 -1 -2,088
12 Pamela 26,697 1.332 0 -669 12 Gary 34,412 1.647 -3 -3,498
13 Sandra 25,110 1.253 0 -951 13 Joseph 31,604 1.512 0 403
14 Diane 23,295 1.162 3 1,249 14 Donald 27,715 1.326 0 -1,553
15 Sharon 22,044 1.100 1 -167 15 Kenneth 26,744 1.280 2 584
16 Carol 22,042 1.100 -1 -207 16 Paul 26,678 1.277 0 458
17 Kathleen 22,004 1.098 -3 -456 17 Daniel 26,442 1.265 1 1,179
18 Brenda 19,124 0.954 0 -476 18 Ronald 26,163 1.252 -3 -1,433
19 Cheryl 19,103 0.953 3 4,092 19 Larry 22,820 1.092 0 -1,785
20 Janet 17,914 0.894 -1 -552 20 Jeffrey 22,513 1.077 3 3,463
21 Elizabeth 16,696 0.833 -1 115 21 Stephen 22,133 1.059 -1 261
22 Kathy 15,326 0.765 1 1,160 22 Timothy 20,735 0.992 4 3,299
23 Denise 14,559 0.726 1 844 23 Dennis 20,407 0.977 -2 -345
24 Margaret 14,436 0.720 -3 -789 24 Gregory 19,809 0.948 1 2,198
25 Janice 13,173 0.657 0 -341 25 Edward 19,268 0.922 -3 -246
26 Teresa 13,125 0.655 8 2,286 26 George 18,167 0.869 -2 -520
27 Rebecca 12,396 0.618 -1 -813 27 Kevin 17,156 0.821 1 1,834
28 Catherine 11,625 0.580 4 544 28 Terry 15,580 0.746 -1 30
29 Joyce 11,275 0.562 -1 -815 29 Douglas 15,318 0.733 0 616
30 Carolyn 11,173 0.557 -3 -983 30 Randy 14,957 0.716 3 2,333
31 Judith 10,430 0.520 -1 -766 31 Anthony 14,172 0.678 1 1,044
32 Judy 10,372 0.517 -3 -1,263 32 Bruce 14,081 0.674 -2 -59
33 Robin 10,217 0.510 8 1,171 33 Jerry 12,979 0.621 -2 -685
34 Beverly 9,994 0.499 -3 -1,166 34 Frank 11,104 0.531 2 107
35 Connie 9,977 0.498 4 342 35 Peter 11,004 0.527 2 926
36 Betty 9,929 0.495 0 -685 36 Raymond 10,995 0.526 -1 -243
37 Shirley 9,750 0.486 -4 -1,161 37 Roger 10,970 0.525 -3 -739
38 Theresa 9,620 0.480 9 1,112 38 Scott 10,775 0.516 2 1,324
39 Paula 9,584 0.478 -1 -106 39 Keith 10,410 0.498 6 2,051
40 Christine 9,034 0.451 3 247 40 Brian 10,108 0.484 8 2,030
41 Laura 9,008 0.449 4 293 41 Patrick 9,868 0.472 -3 -52
42 Gail 8,967 0.447 -5 -756 42 Lawrence 9,137 0.437 -3 -464
43 Ann 8,912 0.445 1 158 43 Alan 9,028 0.432 0 318
44 Cathy 8,662 0.432 15 1,450 44 Wayne 8,723 0.417 -3 -440
45 Bonnie 8,635 0.431 7 536 45 Danny 8,711 0.417 -3 -384
46 Gloria 8,560 0.427 -4 -354 46 Ricky 8,326 0.398 0 167
47 Joan 8,554 0.427 -7 -964 47 Carl 8,292 0.397 0 159
48 Lisa 8,536 0.426 25 2,628 48 Gerald 8,069 0.386 -4 -472
49 Marilyn 8,409 0.419 -14 -2,403 49 Christopher 7,905 0.378 15 1,831
50 Jane 8,337 0.416 -1 -12 50 Craig 7,436 0.356 1 253

 

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.