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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1959

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1959 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 54,474 2.621 0 -1,383 1 Michael 85,251 3.935 0 -5,266
2 Susan 41,599 2.001 0 -3,574 2 David 83,931 3.875 0 1,353
3 Linda 40,403 1.944 0 -1,496 3 James 78,606 3.629 0 -107
4 Karen 36,776 1.769 0 -1,687 4 John 76,407 3.527 1 416
5 Donna 36,465 1.754 5 9,516 5 Robert 74,502 3.439 -1 -2,770
6 Patricia 35,220 1.695 -1 -2,720 6 Mark 56,909 2.627 1 4,244
7 Debra 31,373 1.509 -1 -4,144 7 William 51,366 2.371 -1 -2,829
8 Cynthia 30,167 1.451 0 -836 8 Richard 47,169 2.177 0 -2,773
9 Deborah 29,552 1.422 -2 -3,385 9 Thomas 40,276 1.859 0 -1,788
10 Lisa 25,691 1.236 9 5,486 10 Steven 33,572 1.550 0 626
11 Barbara 25,356 1.220 -2 -2,519 11 Charles 30,770 1.420 0 -1,463
12 Pamela 24,713 1.189 -1 -549 12 Timothy 30,747 1.419 1 1,983
13 Sandra 23,353 1.124 2 1,528 13 Joseph 29,519 1.363 -1 -582
14 Nancy 23,080 1.110 -2 -1,734 14 Kevin 26,760 1.235 6 2,109
15 Kathy 21,818 1.050 -1 -2,123 15 Kenneth 26,624 1.229 -1 -37
16 Brenda 21,415 1.030 0 74 16 Jeffrey 26,261 1.212 5 2,049
17 Sharon 21,289 1.024 0 183 17 Paul 25,694 1.186 -2 -549
18 Cheryl 20,944 1.008 -5 -3,167 18 Daniel 25,134 1.160 -2 -476
19 Diane 19,974 0.961 -1 -839 19 Donald 23,868 1.102 -1 -1,127
20 Debbie 19,536 0.940 4 1,677 20 Gary 23,297 1.075 -3 -1,969
21 Elizabeth 18,425 0.886 1 -105 21 Ronald 23,104 1.067 -2 -1,698
22 Carol 18,127 0.872 -2 -1,559 22 Brian 20,735 0.957 2 1,481
23 Kathleen 17,626 0.848 -2 -1,574 23 Gregory 19,876 0.918 0 91
24 Teresa 17,390 0.837 2 1,786 24 Scott 19,757 0.912 1 600
25 Cindy 16,967 0.816 0 385 25 Larry 18,414 0.850 -3 -1,659
26 Julie 16,219 0.780 -3 -1,985 26 Anthony 17,956 0.829 1 538
27 Lori 15,025 0.723 3 1,992 27 Edward 16,902 0.780 1 -458
28 Janet 14,957 0.720 0 139 28 Stephen 16,495 0.761 -2 -1,452
29 Denise 14,661 0.705 -2 -290 29 Dennis 16,033 0.740 0 -380
30 Laura 14,529 0.699 -1 1,023 30 Douglas 15,279 0.705 0 -496
31 Tammy 13,706 0.659 13 3,723 31 Randy 15,025 0.694 1 -155
32 Robin 12,857 0.619 0 1,318 32 George 14,999 0.692 -1 -630
33 Kimberly 12,782 0.615 6 2,070 33 Terry 14,545 0.671 0 -452
34 Theresa 11,645 0.560 -1 190 34 Ricky 13,208 0.610 0 -163
35 Kim 11,595 0.558 5 944 35 Christopher 12,897 0.595 4 1,822
36 Margaret 11,572 0.557 -5 -739 36 Jerry 12,312 0.568 -1 -608
37 Janice 10,489 0.505 -2 -392 37 Mike 11,996 0.554 3 1,220
38 Rebecca 10,474 0.504 3 68 38 Bruce 11,907 0.550 -2 -550
39 Cathy 10,414 0.501 -5 -520 39 Keith 11,743 0.542 -2 -149
40 Catherine 10,023 0.482 -2 -741 40 Peter 11,283 0.521 1 544
41 Judy 9,882 0.475 -5 -947 41 Steve 11,068 0.511 3 980
42 Carolyn 9,731 0.468 -5 -1,072 42 Frank 10,937 0.505 -4 -379
43 Christine 9,469 0.456 0 -585 43 Patrick 10,550 0.487 -1 324
44 Ann 8,920 0.429 3 71 44 Craig 9,922 0.458 9 2,642
45 Rhonda 8,854 0.426 3 508 45 Raymond 9,794 0.452 -2 -423
46 Terri 8,784 0.423 5 602 46 Eric 9,725 0.449 4 1,540
47 Michelle 8,778 0.422 9 1,324 47 Roger 8,788 0.406 0 420
48 Connie 8,659 0.417 2 451 48 Danny 8,727 0.403 -3 -210
49 Diana 8,638 0.416 -4 -525 49 Dale 8,344 0.385 -3 -139
50 Joyce 8,513 0.410 -4 -518 50 Alan 8,147 0.376 -1 -77

 

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.