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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1972

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1972 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 Jennifer 63,603 3.945 -344 -62,688 1 Michael 71,405 4.264 -13 -59,785
2 Michelle 29,284 1.816 -261 -28,045 2 Christopher 52,189 3.117 -40 -44,928
3 Lisa 27,549 1.709 -888 -27,247 3 James 47,083 2.812 -1 -33,558
4 Kimberly 26,290 1.630 -166 -24,594 4 David 46,366 2.769 -18 -36,669
5 Amy 25,873 1.605 -200 -24,376 5 John 43,181 2.579 -22 -34,062
6 Angela 23,556 1.461 -258 -22,320 6 Robert 43,037 2.570 -65 -37,897
7 Melissa 22,503 1.396 -290 -21,389 7 Jason 37,446 2.236 -93 -33,599
8 Stephanie 16,885 1.047 -310 -15,859 8 Brian 36,322 2.169 -227 -34,704
9 Heather 16,321 1.012 -1,140 -16,111 9 William 30,529 1.823 6 -16,013
10 Nicole 15,752 0.977 -208 -14,336 10 Matthew 22,943 1.370 -10 -13,019
11 Tammy 14,210 0.881 -4,091 -14,175 11 Scott 22,857 1.365 -509 -22,316
12 Julie 14,070 0.873 -576 -13,554 12 Joseph 22,467 1.342 -11 -12,912
13 Mary 13,761 0.853 -113 -11,434 13 Kevin 22,363 1.335 -112 -19,239
14 Rebecca 13,252 0.822 -200 -11,810 14 Richard 22,318 1.333 -174 -20,199
15 Elizabeth 12,185 0.756 2 -3,672 15 Daniel 22,111 1.320 0 -10,938
16 Christine 11,988 0.743 -910 -11,701 16 Eric 22,037 1.316 -144 -19,648
17 Laura 11,772 0.730 -323 -10,837 17 Jeffrey 21,686 1.295 -314 -20,683
18 Tina 11,521 0.715 -1,666 -11,398 18 Mark 21,500 1.284 -192 -19,641
19 Tracy 11,436 0.709 -2,323 -11,358 19 Steven 19,857 1.186 -179 -17,835
20 Dawn 11,340 0.703 -1,940 -11,240 20 Thomas 19,574 1.169 -29 -12,795
21 Karen 11,182 0.693 -614 -10,714 21 Timothy 17,605 1.051 -144 -15,275
22 Shannon 10,965 0.680 -1,456 -10,817 22 Anthony 17,462 1.043 -16 -9,459
23 Kelly 10,943 0.679 -595 -10,459 23 Charles 16,980 1.014 -29 -10,376
24 Susan 10,577 0.656 -1,055 -10,343 24 Paul 14,563 0.870 -210 -12,938
25 Cynthia 10,171 0.631 -668 -9,755 25 Chad 13,399 0.800 -872 -13,159
26 Christina 10,170 0.631 -413 -9,451 26 Gregory 13,060 0.780 -382 -12,282
27 Patricia 9,600 0.595 -886 -9,307 27 Kenneth 12,334 0.737 -199 -10,679
28 Lori 9,434 0.585 -1,547 -9,298 28 Shawn 11,284 0.674 -365 -10,482
29 Wendy 8,532 0.529 -940 -8,262 29 Stephen 11,043 0.659 -255 -9,807
30 Andrea 8,018 0.497 -104 -5,864 30 Andrew 10,125 0.605 -13 -2,891
31 Sandra 7,914 0.491 -944 -7,645 31 Todd 9,981 0.596 -1,170 -9,825
32 Maria 7,703 0.478 -84 -5,108 32 Ronald 9,511 0.568 -461 -8,933
33 Stacy 7,603 0.472 -1,283 -7,431 33 Sean 9,457 0.565 -236 -8,147
34 Pamela 7,476 0.464 -1,550 -7,341 34 Edward 9,297 0.555 -135 -7,029
35 Denise 7,383 0.458 -1,034 -7,147 35 Patrick 9,282 0.554 -154 -7,171
36 Michele 7,376 0.457 -4,463 -7,345 36 Donald 9,263 0.553 -490 -8,730
37 Tonya 7,244 0.449 -5,534 -7,221 37 Jonathan 9,227 0.551 -26 -3,515
38 Tara 7,231 0.448 -993 -6,982 38 Keith 9,155 0.547 -466 -8,590
39 Teresa 7,177 0.445 -759 -6,836 39 Ryan 8,892 0.531 -7 -1,987
40 Rachel 6,414 0.398 -158 -4,870 40 Aaron 7,864 0.470 -20 -1,911
41 Stacey 6,380 0.396 -2,345 -6,304 41 Gary 7,766 0.464 -633 -7,399
42 Melanie 6,294 0.390 -63 -3,453 42 Jeremy 7,400 0.442 -162 -5,445
43 Deborah 6,273 0.389 -736 -5,926 43 Douglas 7,392 0.441 -629 -7,021
44 Brenda 6,271 0.389 -968 -6,016 44 George 7,167 0.428 -83 -4,108
45 Donna 6,261 0.388 -1,522 -6,124 45 Bryan 7,039 0.420 -187 -5,406
46 Jessica 6,210 0.385 -266 -5,153 46 Craig 6,736 0.402 -1,142 -6,577
47 Monica 6,127 0.380 -561 -5,632 47 Larry 6,604 0.394 -659 -6,265
48 April 6,121 0.380 -428 -5,468 48 Peter 6,480 0.387 -163 -4,668
49 Sarah 6,113 0.379 -18 -2,379 49 Troy 6,351 0.379 -314 -5,447
50 Sharon 6,110 0.379 -1,077 -5,894 50 Jose 5,932 0.354 -39 -1,640

 

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.