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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 63,604 3.945 -309 -62,562 1 Michael 71,405 4.264 -11 -58,826
2 Michelle 29,284 1.816 -212 -27,863 2 Christopher 52,187 3.116 -36 -43,932
3 Lisa 27,547 1.708 -881 -27,242 3 James 47,083 2.811 -1 -32,851
4 Kimberly 26,293 1.631 -160 -24,470 4 David 46,371 2.769 -19 -36,247
5 Amy 25,873 1.605 -169 -24,149 5 John 43,182 2.579 -22 -33,748
6 Angela 23,556 1.461 -228 -22,212 6 Robert 43,035 2.570 -59 -37,528
7 Melissa 22,501 1.395 -266 -21,333 7 Jason 37,446 2.236 -85 -33,225
8 Stephanie 16,886 1.047 -279 -15,760 8 Brian 36,324 2.169 -209 -34,561
9 Heather 16,324 1.012 -1,120 -16,105 9 William 30,532 1.823 6 -15,628
10 Nicole 15,750 0.977 -173 -14,096 10 Matthew 22,947 1.370 -6 -11,336
11 Tammy 14,210 0.881 -2,897 -14,153 11 Scott 22,864 1.365 -473 -22,262
12 Julie 14,070 0.873 -506 -13,471 12 Joseph 22,469 1.342 -7 -12,109
13 Mary 13,760 0.853 -113 -11,379 13 Kevin 22,360 1.335 -88 -18,555
14 Rebecca 13,255 0.822 -202 -11,839 14 Richard 22,318 1.333 -161 -20,049
15 Elizabeth 12,187 0.756 2 -3,272 15 Daniel 22,110 1.320 0 -10,470
16 Christine 11,988 0.743 -770 -11,642 16 Eric 22,037 1.316 -127 -19,280
17 Laura 11,771 0.730 -323 -10,832 17 Jeffrey 21,683 1.295 -306 -20,634
18 Tina 11,519 0.714 -1,492 -11,373 18 Mark 21,507 1.284 -185 -19,571
19 Tracy 11,437 0.709 -2,145 -11,349 19 Steven 19,857 1.186 -163 -17,709
20 Dawn 11,341 0.703 -1,960 -11,242 20 Thomas 19,575 1.169 -28 -12,444
21 Karen 11,180 0.693 -535 -10,628 21 Timothy 17,608 1.051 -143 -15,215
22 Shannon 10,964 0.680 -1,319 -10,791 22 Anthony 17,464 1.043 -10 -8,662
23 Kelly 10,944 0.679 -572 -10,444 23 Charles 16,980 1.014 -26 -9,850
24 Susan 10,575 0.656 -939 -10,303 24 Paul 14,565 0.870 -201 -12,881
25 Cynthia 10,173 0.631 -612 -9,713 25 Chad 13,400 0.800 -931 -13,185
26 Christina 10,170 0.631 -382 -9,400 26 Gregory 13,060 0.780 -349 -12,179
27 Patricia 9,601 0.595 -862 -9,299 27 Kenneth 12,334 0.737 -191 -10,583
28 Lori 9,433 0.585 -1,653 -9,306 28 Shawn 11,286 0.674 -359 -10,465
29 Wendy 8,533 0.529 -1,069 -8,304 29 Stephen 11,043 0.659 -242 -9,722
30 Andrea 8,015 0.497 -98 -5,703 30 Andrew 10,125 0.605 -10 -1,910
31 Sandra 7,914 0.491 -863 -7,615 31 Todd 9,983 0.596 -1,136 -9,823
32 Maria 7,701 0.478 -79 -5,002 32 Ronald 9,511 0.568 -428 -8,856
33 Stacy 7,602 0.471 -1,312 -7,430 33 Sean 9,459 0.565 -218 -7,990
34 Pamela 7,476 0.464 -1,428 -7,323 34 Edward 9,298 0.555 -135 -6,989
35 Denise 7,383 0.458 -1,111 -7,168 35 Patrick 9,282 0.554 -136 -6,999
36 Michele 7,377 0.458 -4,135 -7,342 36 Donald 9,264 0.553 -452 -8,670
37 Tonya 7,244 0.449 -5,574 -7,221 37 Jonathan 9,226 0.551 -18 -2,755
38 Tara 7,231 0.448 -947 -6,967 38 Keith 9,155 0.547 -455 -8,573
39 Teresa 7,176 0.445 -681 -6,781 39 Ryan 8,892 0.531 -4 -1,240
40 Rachel 6,415 0.398 -155 -4,824 40 Aaron 7,863 0.470 -6 -698
41 Stacey 6,383 0.396 -2,100 -6,294 41 Gary 7,765 0.464 -596 -7,362
42 Melanie 6,295 0.390 -48 -3,068 42 Jeremy 7,401 0.442 -151 -5,366
43 Deborah 6,274 0.389 -731 -5,921 43 Douglas 7,394 0.442 -585 -6,983
44 Brenda 6,270 0.389 -871 -5,980 44 George 7,165 0.428 -80 -4,014
45 Donna 6,262 0.388 -1,671 -6,139 45 Bryan 7,039 0.420 -165 -5,212
46 Jessica 6,210 0.385 -202 -4,939 46 Craig 6,734 0.402 -938 -6,527
47 Monica 6,127 0.380 -579 -5,658 47 Larry 6,605 0.394 -582 -6,194
48 April 6,121 0.380 -405 -5,430 48 Peter 6,480 0.387 -165 -4,703
49 Sarah 6,113 0.379 -13 -2,127 49 Troy 6,350 0.379 -302 -5,401
50 Sharon 6,110 0.379 -999 -5,867 50 Jose 5,934 0.354 -31 -1,159

 

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.