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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1961

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1961 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 47,680 2.296 -125 -45,353 1 Michael 86,917 4.031 -13 -75,297
2 Lisa 42,702 2.056 -889 -42,400 2 David 84,758 3.931 -20 -75,061
3 Susan 37,521 1.807 -1,076 -37,287 3 John 79,929 3.707 -24 -70,810
4 Linda 35,579 1.713 -722 -35,190 4 James 75,924 3.522 0 -62,399
5 Karen 34,697 1.671 -630 -34,229 5 Robert 72,901 3.381 -66 -67,761
6 Patricia 28,868 1.390 -907 -28,575 6 Mark 57,767 2.679 -204 -55,908
7 Donna 28,668 1.381 -1,560 -28,531 7 William 47,994 2.226 4 -33,478
8 Cynthia 24,378 1.174 -685 -23,962 8 Richard 41,117 1.907 -180 -38,998
9 Sandra 24,144 1.163 -966 -23,875 9 Thomas 37,551 1.742 -40 -30,772
10 Deborah 24,093 1.160 -769 -23,746 10 Steven 32,240 1.495 -188 -30,218
11 Brenda 23,775 1.145 -1,001 -23,520 11 Jeffrey 32,010 1.485 -320 -31,007
12 Barbara 22,992 1.107 -918 -22,707 12 Joseph 29,448 1.366 -11 -19,893
13 Debra 22,151 1.067 -3,184 -22,101 13 Charles 29,192 1.354 -39 -22,588
14 Lori 21,873 1.053 -1,561 -21,737 14 Kevin 28,894 1.340 -111 -25,770
15 Pamela 21,684 1.044 -1,569 -21,549 15 Timothy 28,240 1.310 -150 -25,910
16 Nancy 20,712 0.997 -823 -20,390 16 Kenneth 26,091 1.210 -210 -24,436
17 Sharon 20,444 0.985 -1,110 -20,228 17 Daniel 25,882 1.200 2 -14,709
18 Teresa 18,906 0.910 -780 -18,565 18 Paul 25,625 1.189 -216 -24,000
19 Elizabeth 18,856 0.908 6 -10,343 19 Scott 23,922 1.110 -501 -23,381
20 Cheryl 18,293 0.881 -2,878 -18,236 20 Brian 22,544 1.046 -215 -20,926
21 Laura 17,896 0.862 -319 -16,961 21 Gary 22,152 1.027 -653 -21,785
22 Kimberly 17,355 0.836 -148 -15,659 22 Donald 21,403 0.993 -504 -20,870
23 Julie 17,037 0.820 -565 -16,521 23 Gregory 21,354 0.990 -385 -20,576
24 Carol 16,669 0.803 -1,764 -16,556 24 Ronald 20,818 0.966 -469 -20,240
25 Kathy 16,379 0.789 -2,085 -16,289 25 Anthony 20,193 0.937 -13 -12,190
26 Diane 16,203 0.780 -2,447 -16,132 26 Christopher 17,226 0.799 -16 -9,965
27 Robin 15,645 0.753 -947 -15,376 27 Stephen 16,056 0.745 -257 -14,820
28 Tammy 15,529 0.748 -4,074 -15,494 28 Douglas 15,964 0.740 -644 -15,593
29 Kathleen 15,393 0.741 -865 -15,092 29 Edward 15,874 0.736 -140 -13,606
30 Denise 15,376 0.740 -1,039 -15,140 30 Larry 14,575 0.676 -676 -14,236
31 Debbie 14,881 0.717 -5,769 -14,860 31 George 13,639 0.633 -96 -10,580
32 Janet 13,929 0.671 -1,380 -13,772 32 Terry 13,189 0.612 -725 -12,880
33 Cindy 13,385 0.645 -1,296 -13,216 33 Randy 12,590 0.584 -640 -12,220
34 Michelle 12,736 0.613 -229 -11,497 34 Dennis 12,485 0.579 -522 -11,992
35 Theresa 11,965 0.576 -1,071 -11,744 35 Keith 12,277 0.569 -469 -11,712
36 Kim 11,367 0.547 -4,044 -11,332 36 Mike 11,664 0.541 -1,089 -11,493
37 Jacqueline 10,986 0.529 -302 -10,047 37 Jerry 11,372 0.527 -564 -10,921
38 Angela 10,837 0.522 -226 -9,601 38 Eric 11,111 0.515 -122 -8,722
39 Christine 10,588 0.510 -887 -10,301 39 Patrick 11,050 0.513 -150 -8,939
40 Margaret 10,548 0.508 -87 -8,236 40 Bruce 10,713 0.497 -438 -10,106
41 Tina 10,519 0.507 -1,643 -10,396 41 Frank 10,421 0.483 -351 -9,618
42 Carolyn 10,502 0.506 -818 -10,190 42 Peter 10,337 0.479 -169 -8,525
43 Laurie 10,427 0.502 -2,891 -10,371 43 Craig 10,231 0.475 -1,145 -10,072
44 Rebecca 10,234 0.493 -170 -8,792 44 Ricky 10,018 0.465 -637 -9,654
45 Kelly 9,637 0.464 -573 -9,153 45 Steve 9,994 0.464 -1,117 -9,830
46 Rhonda 9,465 0.456 -5,880 -9,444 46 Todd 9,751 0.452 -1,155 -9,595
47 Jennifer 9,264 0.446 -298 -8,349 47 Roger 9,656 0.448 -589 -9,245
48 Catherine 9,246 0.445 -156 -7,748 48 Raymond 9,606 0.446 -251 -8,457
49 Dawn 9,148 0.441 -1,911 -9,048 49 Jeff 9,459 0.439 -2,064 -9,393
50 Connie 8,984 0.433 -2,380 -8,911 50 Jeffery 8,917 0.414 -804 -8,661

 

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.