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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1956

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1956 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 61,750 2.999 -125 -59,369 1 Michael 90,620 4.226 -11 -78,041
2 Debra 48,299 2.345 -3,471 -48,255 2 James 84,837 3.956 -2 -70,605
3 Linda 48,065 2.334 -705 -47,661 3 Robert 83,898 3.912 -62 -78,391
4 Deborah 47,831 2.323 -770 -47,478 4 David 81,596 3.805 -19 -71,472
5 Susan 46,567 2.261 -958 -46,295 5 John 80,761 3.766 -22 -71,327
6 Patricia 43,328 2.104 -883 -43,026 6 William 58,934 2.748 3 -44,030
7 Karen 40,042 1.944 -549 -39,490 7 Richard 52,891 2.466 -168 -50,622
8 Cynthia 32,341 1.571 -629 -31,881 8 Mark 48,811 2.276 -195 -46,875
9 Barbara 32,303 1.569 -899 -32,011 9 Thomas 44,800 2.089 -39 -37,669
10 Donna 29,852 1.450 -1,706 -29,729 10 Steven 38,385 1.790 -172 -36,237
11 Nancy 28,784 1.398 -867 -28,476 11 Charles 35,207 1.642 -38 -28,077
12 Pamela 26,914 1.307 -1,450 -26,761 12 Joseph 32,715 1.525 -7 -22,355
13 Sharon 26,882 1.305 -1,036 -26,639 13 Gary 31,794 1.483 -624 -31,391
14 Sandra 24,293 1.180 -880 -23,994 14 Donald 28,202 1.315 -474 -27,608
15 Diane 22,511 1.093 -2,215 -22,427 15 Ronald 27,725 1.293 -445 -27,070
16 Carol 21,402 1.039 -1,798 -21,289 16 Kenneth 27,406 1.278 -202 -25,655
17 Kathleen 21,370 1.038 -854 -21,060 17 Paul 26,873 1.253 -208 -25,189
18 Cheryl 21,278 1.033 -2,938 -21,223 18 Daniel 26,623 1.241 3 -14,983
19 Brenda 19,340 0.939 -896 -19,050 19 Timothy 23,268 1.085 -145 -20,875
20 Kathy 17,171 0.834 -1,852 -17,063 20 Jeffrey 23,261 1.085 -303 -22,212
21 Janet 16,763 0.814 -1,340 -16,594 21 Larry 22,294 1.040 -608 -21,883
22 Elizabeth 16,340 0.793 9 -7,425 22 Kevin 21,764 1.015 -79 -17,959
23 Denise 14,506 0.704 -1,123 -14,291 23 Stephen 21,190 0.988 -248 -19,869
24 Teresa 14,465 0.702 -696 -14,070 24 Gregory 21,082 0.983 -351 -20,201
25 Margaret 13,914 0.676 -107 -11,672 25 Edward 19,417 0.905 -144 -17,108
26 Janice 13,013 0.632 -1,467 -12,865 26 Dennis 18,354 0.856 -518 -17,844
27 Rebecca 12,171 0.591 -189 -10,755 27 George 17,222 0.803 -97 -14,071
28 Catherine 12,067 0.586 -170 -10,494 28 Randy 16,549 0.772 -637 -16,168
29 Robin 11,616 0.564 -991 -11,364 29 Douglas 16,364 0.763 -599 -15,953
30 Joyce 11,092 0.539 -806 -10,769 30 Anthony 15,552 0.725 -2 -6,750
31 Lisa 11,016 0.535 -853 -10,711 31 Terry 15,048 0.702 -661 -14,694
32 Theresa 10,841 0.526 -1,099 -10,622 32 Bruce 14,659 0.684 -399 -13,945
33 Carolyn 10,639 0.517 -808 -10,318 33 Brian 14,649 0.683 -184 -12,886
34 Laura 10,568 0.513 -306 -9,629 34 Scott 13,219 0.616 -450 -12,617
35 Judy 10,193 0.495 -1,576 -10,059 35 Jerry 12,616 0.588 -521 -12,128
36 Cathy 10,135 0.492 -4,438 -10,104 36 Keith 11,476 0.535 -457 -10,894
37 Cindy 9,986 0.485 -1,056 -9,756 37 Peter 11,318 0.528 -176 -9,541
38 Kim 9,892 0.480 -3,361 -9,846 38 Frank 11,144 0.520 -335 -10,263
39 Debbie 9,865 0.479 -5,319 -9,841 39 Raymond 11,094 0.517 -254 -9,902
40 Beverly 9,452 0.459 -1,382 -9,293 40 Patrick 10,327 0.482 -131 -8,044
41 Shirley 9,425 0.458 -1,230 -9,241 41 Roger 10,134 0.473 -584 -9,719
42 Christine 9,376 0.455 -744 -9,030 42 Lawrence 8,881 0.414 -454 -8,302
43 Connie 9,362 0.455 -2,916 -9,307 43 Ricky 8,772 0.409 -647 -8,415
44 Betty 9,214 0.447 -1,276 -9,039 44 Alan 8,722 0.407 -115 -6,286
45 Judith 9,110 0.442 -801 -8,791 45 Wayne 8,720 0.407 -771 -8,446
46 Ann 8,984 0.436 -977 -8,733 46 Danny 8,548 0.399 -458 -7,976
47 Paula 8,923 0.433 -800 -8,604 47 Christopher 8,372 0.390 9 -117
48 Julie 8,573 0.416 -470 -7,974 48 Carl 8,304 0.387 -579 -7,893
49 Gail 8,438 0.410 -8,334 -8,425 49 Gerald 7,979 0.372 -775 -7,710
50 Jane 8,245 0.400 -232 -7,097 50 Dale 7,707 0.359 -1,165 -7,557

 

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.