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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 61,756 2.999 -125 -59,429 1 Michael 90,656 4.225 -13 -79,036
2 Debra 48,302 2.345 -3,195 -48,252 2 James 84,863 3.955 -2 -71,338
3 Linda 48,075 2.334 -723 -47,686 3 Robert 83,917 3.911 -68 -78,777
4 Deborah 47,837 2.323 -775 -47,490 4 David 81,624 3.804 -18 -71,927
5 Susan 46,571 2.261 -1,074 -46,337 5 John 80,790 3.766 -22 -71,671
6 Patricia 43,342 2.104 -907 -43,049 6 William 58,957 2.748 3 -44,441
7 Karen 40,047 1.944 -628 -39,579 7 Richard 52,906 2.466 -181 -50,787
8 Cynthia 32,344 1.570 -685 -31,928 8 Mark 48,832 2.276 -202 -46,973
9 Barbara 32,298 1.568 -921 -32,013 9 Thomas 44,818 2.089 -40 -38,039
10 Donna 29,856 1.450 -1,557 -29,719 10 Steven 38,397 1.790 -188 -36,375
11 Nancy 28,784 1.398 -828 -28,462 11 Charles 35,219 1.642 -41 -28,615
12 Pamela 26,927 1.307 -1,572 -26,792 12 Joseph 32,732 1.526 -11 -23,177
13 Sharon 26,886 1.305 -1,114 -26,670 13 Gary 31,809 1.483 -661 -31,442
14 Sandra 24,294 1.180 -961 -24,025 14 Donald 28,213 1.315 -512 -27,680
15 Diane 22,510 1.093 -2,458 -22,439 15 Ronald 27,741 1.293 -478 -27,163
16 Carol 21,405 1.039 -1,772 -21,292 16 Kenneth 27,425 1.278 -210 -25,770
17 Kathleen 21,370 1.038 -877 -21,069 17 Paul 26,885 1.253 -217 -25,260
18 Cheryl 21,276 1.033 -2,880 -21,219 18 Daniel 26,629 1.241 3 -15,456
19 Brenda 19,343 0.939 -993 -19,088 19 Jeffrey 23,272 1.085 -312 -22,269
20 Kathy 17,175 0.834 -2,090 -17,085 20 Timothy 23,272 1.085 -145 -20,942
21 Janet 16,764 0.814 -1,391 -16,607 21 Larry 22,303 1.040 -685 -21,964
22 Elizabeth 16,345 0.794 9 -7,832 22 Kevin 21,767 1.015 -103 -18,643
23 Denise 14,507 0.704 -1,046 -14,271 23 Stephen 21,194 0.988 -261 -19,958
24 Teresa 14,463 0.702 -774 -14,122 24 Gregory 21,087 0.983 -384 -20,309
25 Margaret 13,918 0.676 -102 -11,606 25 Edward 19,415 0.905 -144 -17,147
26 Janice 13,016 0.632 -1,407 -12,863 26 Dennis 18,361 0.856 -530 -17,868
27 Rebecca 12,172 0.591 -187 -10,730 27 George 17,227 0.803 -100 -14,168
28 Catherine 12,062 0.586 -176 -10,564 28 Randy 16,551 0.771 -645 -16,181
29 Robin 11,616 0.564 -945 -11,347 29 Douglas 16,359 0.762 -643 -15,988
30 Joyce 11,092 0.539 -917 -10,814 30 Anthony 15,559 0.725 -8 -7,556
31 Lisa 11,014 0.535 -860 -10,712 31 Terry 15,055 0.702 -726 -14,746
32 Theresa 10,845 0.527 -1,074 -10,624 32 Bruce 14,665 0.684 -446 -14,058
33 Carolyn 10,641 0.517 -827 -10,329 33 Brian 14,657 0.683 -202 -13,039
34 Laura 10,571 0.513 -306 -9,636 34 Scott 13,214 0.616 -486 -12,673
35 Judy 10,199 0.495 -1,498 -10,058 35 Jerry 12,631 0.589 -566 -12,180
36 Cathy 10,137 0.492 -3,463 -10,093 36 Keith 11,484 0.535 -468 -10,919
37 Cindy 9,984 0.485 -1,292 -9,815 37 Peter 11,326 0.528 -174 -9,514
38 Kim 9,893 0.480 -4,042 -9,858 38 Frank 11,150 0.520 -354 -10,347
39 Debbie 9,863 0.479 -5,761 -9,842 39 Raymond 11,099 0.517 -260 -9,950
40 Beverly 9,453 0.459 -1,253 -9,278 40 Patrick 10,327 0.481 -149 -8,216
41 Shirley 9,429 0.458 -1,423 -9,279 41 Roger 10,141 0.473 -595 -9,730
42 Christine 9,377 0.455 -884 -9,090 42 Lawrence 8,887 0.414 -456 -8,314
43 Connie 9,364 0.455 -2,387 -9,291 43 Ricky 8,779 0.409 -638 -8,415
44 Betty 9,220 0.448 -1,084 -9,005 44 Wayne 8,723 0.407 -729 -8,424
45 Judith 9,111 0.442 -805 -8,793 45 Alan 8,719 0.406 -127 -6,475
46 Ann 8,987 0.436 -937 -8,720 46 Danny 8,556 0.399 -494 -8,040
47 Paula 8,924 0.433 -746 -8,582 47 Christopher 8,376 0.390 5 -1,115
48 Julie 8,573 0.416 -540 -8,057 48 Carl 8,311 0.387 -652 -7,969
49 Gail 8,438 0.410 -6,528 -8,420 49 Gerald 7,984 0.372 -845 -7,743
50 Jane 8,246 0.400 -241 -7,123 50 Dale 7,711 0.359 -1,338 -7,585

 

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.