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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 47,676 2.296 -125 -45,295 1 Michael 86,922 4.032 -11 -74,343
2 Lisa 42,702 2.057 -882 -42,397 2 David 84,762 3.932 -21 -74,638
3 Susan 37,521 1.807 -960 -37,249 3 John 79,923 3.707 -24 -70,489
4 Linda 35,577 1.713 -704 -35,173 4 James 75,917 3.521 0 -61,685
5 Karen 34,696 1.671 -551 -34,144 5 Robert 72,900 3.381 -60 -67,393
6 Patricia 28,870 1.390 -883 -28,568 6 Mark 57,764 2.679 -197 -55,828
7 Donna 28,670 1.381 -1,709 -28,547 7 William 48,003 2.227 4 -33,099
8 Cynthia 24,377 1.174 -629 -23,917 8 Richard 41,112 1.907 -167 -38,843
9 Sandra 24,141 1.163 -885 -23,842 9 Thomas 37,557 1.742 -39 -30,426
10 Deborah 24,092 1.160 -764 -23,739 10 Steven 32,242 1.495 -172 -30,094
11 Brenda 23,774 1.145 -904 -23,484 11 Jeffrey 32,013 1.485 -312 -30,964
12 Barbara 22,990 1.107 -896 -22,698 12 Joseph 29,445 1.366 -7 -19,085
13 Debra 22,151 1.067 -3,460 -22,107 13 Charles 29,189 1.354 -36 -22,059
14 Lori 21,875 1.054 -1,667 -21,748 14 Kevin 28,894 1.340 -87 -25,089
15 Pamela 21,683 1.044 -1,447 -21,530 15 Timothy 28,241 1.310 -149 -25,848
16 Nancy 20,713 0.998 -862 -20,405 16 Kenneth 26,095 1.210 -202 -24,344
17 Sharon 20,443 0.985 -1,032 -20,200 17 Daniel 25,880 1.200 2 -14,240
18 Teresa 18,904 0.910 -702 -18,509 18 Paul 25,623 1.188 -207 -23,939
19 Elizabeth 18,852 0.908 6 -9,937 19 Scott 23,920 1.109 -465 -23,318
20 Cheryl 18,289 0.881 -2,936 -18,234 20 Brian 22,550 1.046 -197 -20,787
21 Laura 17,897 0.862 -319 -16,958 21 Gary 22,151 1.027 -616 -21,748
22 Kimberly 17,354 0.836 -142 -15,531 22 Donald 21,401 0.993 -466 -20,807
23 Julie 17,038 0.821 -495 -16,439 23 Gregory 21,354 0.990 -352 -20,473
24 Carol 16,668 0.803 -1,790 -16,555 24 Ronald 20,816 0.966 -436 -20,161
25 Kathy 16,379 0.789 -1,847 -16,271 25 Anthony 20,190 0.936 -7 -11,388
26 Diane 16,206 0.780 -2,204 -16,122 26 Christopher 17,226 0.799 -12 -8,971
27 Robin 15,643 0.753 -993 -15,391 27 Stephen 16,053 0.745 -244 -14,732
28 Tammy 15,528 0.748 -2,880 -15,471 28 Douglas 15,965 0.741 -600 -15,554
29 Kathleen 15,392 0.741 -842 -15,082 29 Edward 15,877 0.736 -140 -13,568
30 Denise 15,378 0.741 -1,116 -15,163 30 Larry 14,578 0.676 -599 -14,167
31 Debbie 14,880 0.717 -5,327 -14,856 31 George 13,638 0.633 -93 -10,487
32 Janet 13,928 0.671 -1,329 -13,759 32 Terry 13,188 0.612 -660 -12,834
33 Cindy 13,385 0.645 -1,060 -13,155 33 Randy 12,588 0.584 -632 -12,207
34 Michelle 12,736 0.613 -180 -11,315 34 Dennis 12,482 0.579 -510 -11,972
35 Theresa 11,965 0.576 -1,096 -11,746 35 Keith 12,277 0.569 -458 -11,695
36 Kim 11,368 0.547 -3,363 -11,322 36 Mike 11,660 0.541 -913 -11,442
37 Jacqueline 10,985 0.529 -311 -10,065 37 Jerry 11,373 0.528 -519 -10,885
38 Angela 10,836 0.522 -196 -9,492 38 Eric 11,107 0.515 -105 -8,350
39 Christine 10,587 0.510 -747 -10,241 39 Patrick 11,052 0.513 -132 -8,769
40 Margaret 10,547 0.508 -92 -8,305 40 Bruce 10,712 0.497 -391 -9,998
41 Tina 10,520 0.507 -1,469 -10,374 41 Frank 10,423 0.483 -332 -9,542
42 Carolyn 10,503 0.506 -799 -10,182 42 Peter 10,338 0.480 -171 -8,561
43 Laurie 10,428 0.502 -2,971 -10,374 43 Craig 10,232 0.475 -941 -10,025
44 Rebecca 10,234 0.493 -172 -8,818 44 Ricky 10,017 0.465 -646 -9,660
45 Kelly 9,638 0.464 -550 -9,138 45 Steve 9,991 0.463 -1,017 -9,805
46 Rhonda 9,465 0.456 -6,402 -9,446 46 Todd 9,753 0.452 -1,121 -9,593
47 Jennifer 9,262 0.446 -263 -8,220 47 Roger 9,654 0.448 -578 -9,239
48 Catherine 9,246 0.445 -150 -7,673 48 Raymond 9,610 0.446 -245 -8,418
49 Dawn 9,148 0.441 -1,931 -9,049 49 Jeff 9,457 0.439 -2,189 -9,398
50 Connie 8,983 0.433 -2,909 -8,928 50 Jeffery 8,918 0.414 -702 -8,607

 

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.