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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 0 -1,412 1 Michael 90,620 4.226 0 2,285
2 Debra 48,299 2.345 2 -2,256 2 James 84,837 3.956 1 680
3 Linda 48,065 2.334 0 -3,226 3 Robert 83,898 3.912 1 179
4 Deborah 47,831 2.323 -2 -4,486 4 David 81,596 3.805 -2 -4,655
5 Susan 46,567 2.261 0 -830 5 John 80,761 3.766 0 705
6 Patricia 43,328 2.104 0 -2,893 6 William 58,934 2.748 0 -1,021
7 Karen 40,042 1.944 1 6,827 7 Richard 52,891 2.466 0 -654
8 Cynthia 32,341 1.571 3 5,156 8 Mark 48,811 2.276 1 6,588
9 Barbara 32,303 1.569 -2 -1,299 9 Thomas 44,800 2.089 -1 -1,019
10 Donna 29,852 1.450 0 1,909 10 Steven 38,385 1.790 0 569
11 Nancy 28,784 1.398 -2 -1,232 11 Charles 35,207 1.642 0 -148
12 Pamela 26,914 1.307 0 217 12 Joseph 32,715 1.525 1 1,111
13 Sharon 26,882 1.305 2 4,838 13 Gary 31,794 1.483 -1 -2,618
14 Sandra 24,293 1.180 -1 -817 14 Donald 28,202 1.315 0 487
15 Diane 22,511 1.093 -1 -784 15 Ronald 27,725 1.293 3 1,562
16 Carol 21,402 1.039 0 -640 16 Kenneth 27,406 1.278 -1 662
17 Kathleen 21,370 1.038 0 -634 17 Paul 26,873 1.253 -1 195
18 Cheryl 21,278 1.033 1 2,175 18 Daniel 26,623 1.241 -1 181
19 Brenda 19,340 0.939 -1 216 19 Timothy 23,268 1.085 3 2,533
20 Kathy 17,171 0.834 2 1,845 20 Jeffrey 23,261 1.085 0 748
21 Janet 16,763 0.814 -1 -1,151 21 Larry 22,294 1.040 -2 -526
22 Elizabeth 16,340 0.793 -1 -356 22 Kevin 21,764 1.015 5 4,608
23 Denise 14,506 0.704 0 -53 23 Stephen 21,190 0.988 -2 -943
24 Teresa 14,465 0.702 2 1,340 24 Gregory 21,082 0.983 0 1,273
25 Margaret 13,914 0.676 -1 -522 25 Edward 19,417 0.905 0 149
26 Janice 13,013 0.632 -1 -160 26 Dennis 18,354 0.856 -3 -2,053
27 Rebecca 12,171 0.591 0 -225 27 George 17,222 0.803 -1 -945
28 Catherine 12,067 0.586 0 442 28 Randy 16,549 0.772 2 1,592
29 Robin 11,616 0.564 4 1,399 29 Douglas 16,364 0.763 0 1,046
30 Joyce 11,092 0.539 -1 -183 30 Anthony 15,552 0.725 1 1,380
31 Lisa 11,016 0.535 17 2,480 31 Terry 15,048 0.702 -3 -532
32 Theresa 10,841 0.526 6 1,221 32 Bruce 14,659 0.684 0 578
33 Carolyn 10,639 0.517 -3 -534 33 Brian 14,649 0.683 7 4,541
34 Laura 10,568 0.513 7 1,560 34 Scott 13,219 0.616 4 2,444
35 Judy 10,193 0.495 -3 -179 35 Jerry 12,616 0.588 -2 -363
36 Cathy 10,135 0.492 8 1,473 36 Keith 11,476 0.535 3 1,066
37 Cindy 9,986 0.485 42 4,397 37 Peter 11,318 0.528 -2 314
38 Kim 9,892 0.480 37 4,206 38 Frank 11,144 0.520 -4 40
39 Debbie 9,865 0.479 24 2,617 39 Raymond 11,094 0.517 -3 99
40 Beverly 9,452 0.459 -6 -542 40 Patrick 10,327 0.482 1 459
41 Shirley 9,425 0.458 -4 -325 41 Roger 10,134 0.473 -4 -836
42 Christine 9,376 0.455 -2 342 42 Lawrence 8,881 0.414 0 -256
43 Connie 9,362 0.455 -8 -615 43 Ricky 8,772 0.409 3 446
44 Betty 9,214 0.447 -8 -715 44 Alan 8,722 0.407 -1 -306
45 Judith 9,110 0.442 -14 -1,320 45 Wayne 8,720 0.407 -1 -3
46 Ann 8,984 0.436 -3 72 46 Danny 8,548 0.399 -1 -163
47 Paula 8,923 0.433 -8 -661 47 Christopher 8,372 0.390 2 467
48 Julie 8,573 0.416 19 1,788 48 Carl 8,304 0.387 -1 12
49 Gail 8,438 0.410 -7 -529 49 Gerald 7,979 0.372 -1 -90
50 Jane 8,245 0.400 0 -92 50 Dale 7,707 0.359 2 539

 

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.