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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1955

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1955 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 Mary 63,162 3.151 -125 -60,781 1 Michael 88,335 4.227 -11 -75,756
2 Deborah 52,317 2.610 -772 -51,964 2 David 86,251 4.128 -21 -76,127
3 Linda 51,291 2.559 -705 -50,887 3 James 84,157 4.027 -1 -69,925
4 Debra 50,555 2.522 -3,469 -50,511 4 Robert 83,719 4.006 -61 -78,212
5 Susan 47,397 2.364 -958 -47,125 5 John 80,056 3.831 -22 -70,622
6 Patricia 46,221 2.306 -883 -45,919 6 William 59,955 2.869 3 -45,051
7 Barbara 33,602 1.676 -901 -33,310 7 Richard 53,545 2.562 -168 -51,276
8 Karen 33,215 1.657 -548 -32,663 8 Thomas 45,819 2.193 -40 -38,688
9 Nancy 30,016 1.497 -869 -29,708 9 Mark 42,223 2.021 -194 -40,287
10 Donna 27,943 1.394 -1,706 -27,820 10 Steven 37,816 1.810 -172 -35,668
11 Cynthia 27,185 1.356 -626 -26,725 11 Charles 35,355 1.692 -38 -28,225
12 Pamela 26,697 1.332 -1,450 -26,544 12 Gary 34,412 1.647 -625 -34,009
13 Sandra 25,110 1.253 -881 -24,811 13 Joseph 31,604 1.512 -6 -21,244
14 Diane 23,295 1.162 -2,216 -23,211 14 Donald 27,715 1.326 -474 -27,121
15 Sharon 22,044 1.100 -1,034 -21,801 15 Kenneth 26,744 1.280 -203 -24,993
16 Carol 22,042 1.100 -1,798 -21,929 16 Paul 26,678 1.277 -209 -24,994
17 Kathleen 22,004 1.098 -854 -21,694 17 Daniel 26,442 1.265 2 -14,802
18 Brenda 19,124 0.954 -897 -18,834 18 Ronald 26,163 1.252 -442 -25,508
19 Cheryl 19,103 0.953 -2,937 -19,048 19 Larry 22,820 1.092 -610 -22,409
20 Janet 17,914 0.894 -1,341 -17,745 20 Jeffrey 22,513 1.077 -303 -21,464
21 Elizabeth 16,696 0.833 8 -7,781 21 Stephen 22,133 1.059 -250 -20,812
22 Kathy 15,326 0.765 -1,850 -15,218 22 Timothy 20,735 0.992 -142 -18,342
23 Denise 14,559 0.726 -1,123 -14,344 23 Dennis 20,407 0.977 -521 -19,897
24 Margaret 14,436 0.720 -108 -12,194 24 Gregory 19,809 0.948 -351 -18,928
25 Janice 13,173 0.657 -1,468 -13,025 25 Edward 19,268 0.922 -144 -16,959
26 Teresa 13,125 0.655 -694 -12,730 26 George 18,167 0.869 -98 -15,016
27 Rebecca 12,396 0.618 -189 -10,980 27 Kevin 17,156 0.821 -74 -13,351
28 Catherine 11,625 0.580 -170 -10,052 28 Terry 15,580 0.746 -664 -15,226
29 Joyce 11,275 0.562 -807 -10,952 29 Douglas 15,318 0.733 -599 -14,907
30 Carolyn 11,173 0.557 -811 -10,852 30 Randy 14,957 0.716 -635 -14,576
31 Judith 10,430 0.520 -815 -10,111 31 Anthony 14,172 0.678 -1 -5,370
32 Judy 10,372 0.517 -1,579 -10,238 32 Bruce 14,081 0.674 -399 -13,367
33 Robin 10,217 0.510 -987 -9,965 33 Jerry 12,979 0.621 -523 -12,491
34 Beverly 9,994 0.499 -1,388 -9,835 34 Frank 11,104 0.531 -339 -10,223
35 Connie 9,977 0.498 -2,924 -9,922 35 Peter 11,004 0.527 -178 -9,227
36 Betty 9,929 0.495 -1,284 -9,754 36 Raymond 10,995 0.526 -257 -9,803
37 Shirley 9,750 0.486 -1,234 -9,566 37 Roger 10,970 0.525 -588 -10,555
38 Theresa 9,620 0.480 -1,093 -9,401 38 Scott 10,775 0.516 -446 -10,173
39 Paula 9,584 0.478 -808 -9,265 39 Keith 10,410 0.498 -454 -9,828
40 Christine 9,034 0.451 -746 -8,688 40 Brian 10,108 0.484 -177 -8,345
41 Laura 9,008 0.449 -299 -8,069 41 Patrick 9,868 0.472 -130 -7,585
42 Gail 8,967 0.447 -8,341 -8,954 42 Lawrence 9,137 0.437 -454 -8,558
43 Ann 8,912 0.445 -980 -8,661 43 Alan 9,028 0.432 -116 -6,592
44 Cathy 8,662 0.432 -4,430 -8,631 44 Wayne 8,723 0.417 -772 -8,449
45 Bonnie 8,635 0.431 -652 -8,223 45 Danny 8,711 0.417 -459 -8,139
46 Gloria 8,560 0.427 -515 -8,022 46 Ricky 8,326 0.398 -644 -7,969
47 Joan 8,554 0.427 -1,633 -8,427 47 Carl 8,292 0.397 -580 -7,881
48 Lisa 8,536 0.426 -836 -8,231 48 Gerald 8,069 0.386 -776 -7,800
49 Marilyn 8,409 0.419 -479 -7,829 49 Christopher 7,905 0.378 11 350
50 Jane 8,337 0.416 -232 -7,189 50 Craig 7,436 0.356 -934 -7,229

 

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.