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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 0 6,820 1 Michael 71,405 4.264 0 -6,186
2 Michelle 29,284 1.816 0 -3,875 2 Christopher 52,187 3.116 4 3,953
3 Lisa 27,547 1.708 0 -5,362 3 James 47,083 2.811 -1 -7,539
4 Kimberly 26,293 1.631 0 -4,402 4 David 46,371 2.769 -1 -6,750
5 Amy 25,873 1.605 0 -365 5 John 43,182 2.579 -1 -8,334
6 Angela 23,556 1.461 0 -2,340 6 Robert 43,035 2.570 -1 -7,620
7 Melissa 22,501 1.395 0 -1,369 7 Jason 37,446 2.236 1 3,261
8 Stephanie 16,886 1.047 3 1,745 8 Brian 36,324 2.169 1 3,681
9 Heather 16,324 1.012 3 1,305 9 William 30,532 1.823 -2 -4,900
10 Nicole 15,750 0.977 17 5,322 10 Matthew 22,947 1.370 9 387
11 Tammy 14,210 0.881 -3 -3,447 11 Scott 22,864 1.365 -1 -8,054
12 Julie 14,070 0.873 -2 -1,257 12 Joseph 22,469 1.342 3 -2,048
13 Mary 13,760 0.853 -4 -2,937 13 Kevin 22,360 1.335 1 -2,511
14 Rebecca 13,255 0.822 9 1,061 14 Richard 22,318 1.333 -3 -3,846
15 Elizabeth 12,187 0.756 4 -1,416 15 Daniel 22,110 1.320 5 321
16 Christine 11,988 0.743 2 -1,687 16 Eric 22,037 1.316 2 -936
17 Laura 11,771 0.730 -1 -2,103 17 Jeffrey 21,683 1.295 -5 -4,166
18 Tina 11,519 0.714 2 -1,746 18 Mark 21,507 1.284 -5 -3,629
19 Tracy 11,437 0.709 -6 -2,890 19 Steven 19,857 1.186 -3 -3,825
20 Dawn 11,341 0.703 -6 -2,940 20 Thomas 19,575 1.169 -3 -3,586
21 Karen 11,180 0.693 -6 -3,031 21 Timothy 17,608 1.051 0 -2,487
22 Shannon 10,964 0.680 -1 -1,688 22 Anthony 17,464 1.043 1 -1,762
23 Kelly 10,944 0.679 -1 -1,654 23 Charles 16,980 1.014 -1 -2,874
24 Susan 10,575 0.656 -7 -3,204 24 Paul 14,565 0.870 0 -2,912
25 Cynthia 10,173 0.631 -1 -1,971 25 Chad 13,400 0.800 4 1,267
26 Christina 10,170 0.631 4 257 26 Gregory 13,060 0.780 -1 -1,708
27 Patricia 9,601 0.595 -1 -1,863 27 Kenneth 12,334 0.737 -1 -2,433
28 Lori 9,433 0.585 -3 -2,403 28 Shawn 11,286 0.674 0 -1,548
29 Wendy 8,533 0.529 0 -1,530 29 Stephen 11,043 0.659 -2 -2,062
30 Andrea 8,015 0.497 5 -464 30 Andrew 10,125 0.605 3 -799
31 Sandra 7,914 0.491 0 -1,795 31 Todd 9,983 0.596 -1 -2,083
32 Maria 7,701 0.478 5 -417 32 Ronald 9,511 0.568 -1 -2,123
33 Stacy 7,602 0.471 -1 -1,513 33 Sean 9,459 0.565 3 -1,053
34 Pamela 7,476 0.464 -6 -2,666 34 Edward 9,298 0.555 -2 -1,761
35 Denise 7,383 0.458 1 -833 35 Patrick 9,282 0.554 0 -1,526
36 Michele 7,377 0.458 3 -579 36 Donald 9,264 0.553 -2 -1,607
37 Tonya 7,244 0.449 8 344 37 Jonathan 9,226 0.551 3 593
38 Tara 7,231 0.448 11 897 38 Keith 9,155 0.547 -1 -705
39 Teresa 7,176 0.445 -5 -1,385 39 Ryan 8,892 0.531 12 2,702
40 Rachel 6,415 0.398 14 293 40 Aaron 7,863 0.470 1 -544
41 Stacey 6,383 0.396 0 -1,099 41 Gary 7,765 0.464 -3 -1,427
42 Melanie 6,295 0.390 24 1,155 42 Jeremy 7,401 0.442 3 -91
43 Deborah 6,274 0.389 -10 -2,399 43 Douglas 7,394 0.442 -4 -1,346
44 Brenda 6,270 0.389 -1 -891 44 George 7,165 0.428 -2 -1,060
45 Donna 6,262 0.388 -7 -1,748 45 Bryan 7,039 0.420 3 424
46 Jessica 6,210 0.385 18 850 46 Craig 6,734 0.402 -3 -1,226
47 Monica 6,127 0.380 1 -299 47 Larry 6,605 0.394 -3 -1,157
48 April 6,121 0.380 8 183 48 Peter 6,480 0.387 -1 -555
49 Sarah 6,113 0.379 9 264 49 Troy 6,350 0.379 -3 -989
50 Sharon 6,110 0.379 -10 -1,413 50 Jose 5,934 0.354 5 -68

 

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.