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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1978

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1978 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 56,323 3.426 -309 -55,281 1 Michael 67,158 3.929 -11 -54,579
2 Melissa 28,330 1.723 -271 -27,162 2 Jason 51,626 3.021 -90 -47,405
3 Jessica 26,103 1.588 -245 -24,832 3 Christopher 47,259 2.765 -35 -39,004
4 Amy 23,213 1.412 -170 -21,489 4 David 40,704 2.382 -19 -30,580
5 Heather 22,271 1.355 -1,124 -22,052 5 James 39,914 2.335 1 -25,682
6 Amanda 20,519 1.248 -328 -19,565 6 Matthew 34,312 2.008 -10 -22,701
7 Angela 20,510 1.248 -227 -19,166 7 John 34,036 1.991 -20 -24,602
8 Sarah 19,976 1.215 -54 -15,990 8 Robert 33,390 1.954 -57 -27,883
9 Michelle 18,860 1.147 -205 -17,439 9 Brian 29,453 1.723 -208 -27,690
10 Nicole 17,276 1.051 -173 -15,622 10 Joseph 26,668 1.560 -9 -16,308
11 Lisa 17,035 1.036 -873 -16,730 11 Daniel 26,446 1.547 -4 -14,806
12 Kelly 16,986 1.033 -583 -16,486 12 Joshua 25,217 1.475 -27 -16,978
13 Kimberly 16,879 1.027 -151 -15,056 13 William 24,187 1.415 10 -9,283
14 Elizabeth 16,807 1.022 1 -7,892 14 Ryan 21,334 1.248 -29 -13,682
15 Christina 16,370 0.996 -393 -15,600 15 Kevin 20,112 1.177 -86 -16,307
16 Stephanie 16,231 0.987 -271 -15,105 16 Eric 19,775 1.157 -127 -17,018
17 Rebecca 13,800 0.840 -199 -12,384 17 Timothy 19,605 1.147 -147 -17,212
18 Crystal 12,592 0.766 -626 -12,137 18 Jeremy 19,511 1.142 -175 -17,476
19 Laura 11,243 0.684 -321 -10,304 19 Jeffrey 17,000 0.995 -304 -15,951
20 Jamie 10,982 0.668 -595 -10,494 20 Anthony 16,815 0.984 -12 -8,013
21 Erin 10,792 0.657 -386 -10,021 21 Andrew 16,741 0.980 -19 -8,526
22 Shannon 10,601 0.645 -1,319 -10,428 22 Richard 16,732 0.979 -153 -14,463
23 Andrea 10,464 0.637 -105 -8,152 23 Thomas 16,493 0.965 -25 -9,362
24 Mary 10,044 0.611 -102 -7,663 24 Steven 16,402 0.960 -158 -14,254
25 Rachel 9,805 0.596 -170 -8,214 25 Nicholas 16,354 0.957 -43 -11,033
26 Julie 9,799 0.596 -492 -9,200 26 Mark 14,870 0.870 -177 -12,934
27 April 9,588 0.583 -426 -8,897 27 Charles 14,849 0.869 -22 -7,719
28 Sara 8,868 0.539 -130 -6,996 28 Justin 14,193 0.830 -98 -11,072
29 Christine 8,273 0.503 -757 -7,927 29 Adam 13,926 0.815 -48 -9,022
30 Amber 8,176 0.497 -371 -7,400 30 Scott 13,544 0.792 -454 -12,942
31 Danielle 7,983 0.486 -320 -7,077 31 Jonathan 12,520 0.733 -24 -6,049
32 Tiffany 7,700 0.468 -548 -7,184 32 Aaron 12,312 0.720 -14 -5,147
33 Emily 7,479 0.455 21 2,267 33 Paul 11,739 0.687 -192 -10,055
34 Erica 7,343 0.447 -797 -7,018 34 Benjamin 11,415 0.668 28 2,318
35 Carrie 7,320 0.445 -1,630 -7,192 35 Chad 10,113 0.592 -921 -9,898
36 Maria 7,009 0.426 -75 -4,310 36 Nathan 9,891 0.579 -9 -2,501
37 Brandy 6,698 0.407 -2,498 -6,629 37 Stephen 9,861 0.577 -234 -8,540
38 Katherine 6,622 0.403 -67 -3,789 38 Gregory 9,351 0.547 -337 -8,470
39 Karen 6,374 0.388 -517 -5,822 39 Shawn 9,288 0.543 -348 -8,467
40 Tara 6,329 0.385 -945 -6,065 40 Brandon 9,248 0.541 -74 -5,774
41 Megan 5,896 0.359 -458 -5,272 41 Kenneth 9,022 0.528 -177 -7,271
42 Monica 5,865 0.357 -584 -5,396 42 Patrick 8,843 0.517 -129 -6,560
43 Misty 5,834 0.355 -3,830 -5,795 43 Bryan 7,296 0.427 -167 -5,469
44 Stacy 5,776 0.351 -1,301 -5,604 44 Jose 7,147 0.418 -37 -2,372
45 Tina 5,698 0.347 -1,465 -5,552 45 Sean 7,070 0.414 -206 -5,601
46 Jill 5,675 0.345 -3,656 -5,634 46 Travis 6,953 0.407 -254 -5,792
47 Tracy 5,629 0.342 -2,117 -5,541 47 Edward 6,486 0.380 -122 -4,177
48 Patricia 5,500 0.335 -841 -5,198 48 Donald 6,425 0.376 -440 -5,831
49 Susan 5,419 0.330 -914 -5,147 49 Keith 6,172 0.361 -444 -5,590
50 Cynthia 5,404 0.329 -587 -4,944 50 Jacob 6,163 0.361 40 6,943

 

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.