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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1966

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1966 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 Lisa 56,913 3.242 0 -3,353 1 Michael 79,992 4.400 0 -1,027
2 Kimberly 32,232 1.836 2 3,401 2 David 66,419 3.654 1 -1,442
3 Mary 28,886 1.645 -1 -5,386 3 James 65,180 3.585 1 -2,523
4 Michelle 27,151 1.547 14 10,937 4 John 65,038 3.578 -2 -6,513
5 Karen 25,446 1.449 -2 -7,428 5 Robert 59,333 3.264 0 -3,801
6 Susan 23,775 1.354 -1 -2,552 6 William 38,260 2.105 0 -1,872
7 Patricia 20,112 1.146 -1 -3,443 7 Mark 34,805 1.915 0 -3,464
8 Tammy 18,623 1.061 3 616 8 Richard 34,467 1.896 0 -2,385
9 Angela 18,532 1.056 1 -218 9 Jeffrey 30,198 1.661 1 608
10 Jennifer 18,213 1.037 10 3,005 10 Thomas 29,016 1.596 -1 -2,607
11 Cynthia 17,414 0.992 -2 -1,835 11 Timothy 28,933 1.592 1 589
12 Donna 17,035 0.970 -5 -2,663 12 Christopher 27,877 1.533 6 3,242
13 Julie 16,330 0.930 1 -655 13 Steven 27,707 1.524 1 -285
14 Pamela 16,251 0.926 -2 -1,219 14 Brian 27,270 1.500 5 2,715
15 Deborah 16,250 0.926 -2 -833 15 Joseph 26,991 1.485 -4 -1,669
16 Elizabeth 15,884 0.905 0 -438 16 Scott 26,033 1.432 -1 592
17 Sandra 15,855 0.903 -2 -519 17 Kevin 25,588 1.408 -4 -2,602
18 Linda 15,561 0.886 -10 -3,774 18 Paul 23,581 1.297 -2 -1,345
19 Laura 15,550 0.886 -2 -665 19 Daniel 23,270 1.280 -2 -1,577
20 Christine 15,548 0.886 1 350 20 Charles 22,257 1.224 0 -1,235
21 Lori 14,673 0.836 -2 -1,028 21 Kenneth 20,829 1.146 0 -1,842
22 Melissa 14,253 0.812 16 3,688 22 Anthony 20,625 1.135 0 287
23 Tina 13,892 0.791 6 1,065 23 Gregory 17,008 0.936 0 -1,202
24 Dawn 13,604 0.775 2 267 24 Ronald 16,957 0.933 0 -663
25 Brenda 13,296 0.757 -2 -1,763 25 Eric 16,470 0.906 0 -365
26 Kelly 13,244 0.754 4 483 26 Stephen 14,747 0.811 2 99
27 Barbara 13,121 0.747 -2 -906 27 Donald 14,723 0.810 -1 -1,317
28 Sharon 13,060 0.744 -6 -2,074 28 Gary 14,159 0.779 -1 -1,112
29 Teresa 13,022 0.742 -5 -1,557 29 Todd 13,559 0.746 1 -382
30 Amy 13,001 0.741 5 1,472 30 Edward 13,273 0.730 -1 -1,141
31 Tracy 12,501 0.712 5 1,327 31 Patrick 12,416 0.683 0 -529
32 Denise 11,795 0.672 -4 -1,238 32 Keith 11,613 0.639 3 934
33 Nancy 11,729 0.668 -1 -526 33 Douglas 11,404 0.627 -1 -1,383
34 Cheryl 11,712 0.667 -3 -840 34 Matthew 10,807 0.594 2 816
35 Debra 11,260 0.641 -8 -1,838 35 Rodney 10,264 0.565 -2 -817
36 Michele 10,687 0.609 12 2,023 36 Andrew 10,236 0.563 1 557
37 Kathleen 10,496 0.598 -3 -1,285 37 George 9,942 0.547 -3 -741
38 Stephanie 10,163 0.579 6 400 38 Larry 8,714 0.479 0 -691
39 Rhonda 9,804 0.558 -2 -1,146 39 Peter 8,578 0.472 0 -817
40 Rebecca 9,776 0.557 1 -439 40 Terry 8,456 0.465 0 -637
41 Wendy 9,517 0.542 -2 -963 41 Jerry 8,425 0.463 0 -596
42 Robin 9,441 0.538 -9 -2,550 42 Jeffery 7,894 0.434 5 158
43 Kim 9,194 0.524 0 -889 43 Frank 7,794 0.429 0 -528
44 Maria 9,113 0.519 2 -358 44 Dennis 7,788 0.428 0 -426
45 Diane 8,749 0.498 -5 -1,614 45 Randy 7,764 0.427 -3 -1,100
46 Theresa 8,700 0.496 -1 -984 46 Craig 7,739 0.426 0 -134
47 Jacqueline 8,356 0.476 0 -1,057 47 Raymond 7,378 0.406 -2 -674
48 Carol 8,259 0.470 -6 -1,842 48 Troy 6,903 0.380 5 1,044
49 Jill 7,868 0.448 2 47 49 Tony 6,570 0.361 -1 -255
50 Paula 7,857 0.448 -1 -54 50 Sean 6,494 0.357 29 1,896

 

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.