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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 0 -3,798 1 Michael 86,922 4.032 1 2,739
2 Lisa 42,702 2.057 4 9,000 2 David 84,762 3.932 -1 -1,166
3 Susan 37,521 1.807 -1 -1,679 3 John 79,923 3.707 1 3,827
4 Linda 35,577 1.713 -1 -1,737 4 James 75,917 3.521 -1 -925
5 Karen 34,696 1.671 -1 -1,680 5 Robert 72,900 3.381 0 531
6 Patricia 28,870 1.390 1 -3,232 6 Mark 57,764 2.679 0 -967
7 Donna 28,670 1.381 -2 -5,463 7 William 48,003 2.227 0 -1,351
8 Cynthia 24,377 1.174 1 -2,348 8 Richard 41,112 1.907 0 -2,449
9 Sandra 24,141 1.163 2 -430 9 Thomas 37,557 1.742 0 -1,722
10 Deborah 24,092 1.160 0 -1,172 10 Steven 32,242 1.495 0 -1,653
11 Brenda 23,774 1.145 2 -185 11 Jeffrey 32,013 1.485 3 3,182
12 Barbara 22,990 1.107 0 -1,454 12 Joseph 29,445 1.366 0 -301
13 Debra 22,151 1.067 -5 -4,586 13 Charles 29,189 1.354 0 -487
14 Lori 21,875 1.054 6 3,190 14 Kevin 28,894 1.340 1 506
15 Pamela 21,683 1.044 -1 -410 15 Timothy 28,241 1.310 -4 -2,243
16 Nancy 20,713 0.998 -1 -1,183 16 Kenneth 26,095 1.210 0 -1,588
17 Sharon 20,443 0.985 -1 19 17 Daniel 25,880 1.200 0 -82
18 Teresa 18,904 0.910 1 69 18 Paul 25,623 1.188 0 -16
19 Elizabeth 18,852 0.908 -1 -6 19 Scott 23,920 1.109 4 2,320
20 Cheryl 18,289 0.881 -3 -837 20 Brian 22,550 1.046 0 556
21 Laura 17,897 0.862 3 836 21 Gary 22,151 1.027 1 467
22 Kimberly 17,354 0.836 4 500 22 Donald 21,401 0.993 -3 -1,330
23 Julie 17,038 0.821 5 959 23 Gregory 21,354 0.990 1 1,038
24 Carol 16,668 0.803 -1 -792 24 Ronald 20,816 0.966 -3 -884
25 Kathy 16,379 0.789 -4 -2,102 25 Anthony 20,190 0.936 0 692
26 Diane 16,206 0.780 -4 -1,694 26 Christopher 17,226 0.799 3 1,869
27 Robin 15,643 0.753 6 1,664 27 Stephen 16,053 0.745 0 -206
28 Tammy 15,528 0.748 3 1,218 28 Douglas 15,965 0.741 2 818
29 Kathleen 15,392 0.741 -2 -692 29 Edward 15,877 0.736 -3 -709
30 Denise 15,378 0.741 -1 313 30 Larry 14,578 0.676 -2 -1,410
31 Debbie 14,880 0.717 -6 -2,175 31 George 13,638 0.633 2 -425
32 Janet 13,928 0.671 0 -323 32 Terry 13,188 0.612 2 -721
33 Cindy 13,385 0.645 -3 -1,564 33 Randy 12,588 0.584 -1 -1,627
34 Michelle 12,736 0.613 5 2,840 34 Dennis 12,482 0.579 -3 -1,832
35 Theresa 11,965 0.576 0 120 35 Keith 12,277 0.569 0 89
36 Kim 11,368 0.547 -2 -1,106 36 Mike 11,660 0.541 0 -387
37 Jacqueline 10,985 0.529 48 5,334 37 Jerry 11,373 0.528 0 -463
38 Angela 10,836 0.522 12 2,154 38 Eric 11,107 0.515 6 576
39 Christine 10,587 0.510 1 706 39 Patrick 11,052 0.513 6 684
40 Margaret 10,547 0.508 -4 -820 40 Bruce 10,712 0.497 -1 -239
41 Tina 10,520 0.507 5 1,392 41 Frank 10,423 0.483 -1 -336
42 Carolyn 10,503 0.506 1 1,099 42 Peter 10,338 0.480 -1 -384
43 Laurie 10,428 0.502 -6 283 43 Craig 10,232 0.475 -1 -486
44 Rebecca 10,234 0.493 -6 267 44 Ricky 10,017 0.465 -6 -977
45 Kelly 9,638 0.464 6 958 45 Steve 9,991 0.463 -2 -664
46 Rhonda 9,465 0.456 -2 205 46 Todd 9,753 0.452 25 4,008
47 Jennifer 9,262 0.446 14 2,017 47 Roger 9,654 0.448 0 619
48 Catherine 9,246 0.445 -6 -290 48 Raymond 9,610 0.446 -2 -111
49 Dawn 9,148 0.441 8 1,334 49 Jeff 9,457 0.439 0 948
50 Connie 8,983 0.433 -3 106 50 Jeffery 8,918 0.414 5 1,262

 

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.