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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 0 -2,641 1 Michael 67,158 3.929 0 -452
2 Melissa 28,330 1.723 0 1,445 2 Jason 51,626 3.021 0 -4,027
3 Jessica 26,103 1.588 1 1,260 3 Christopher 47,259 2.765 0 515
4 Amy 23,213 1.412 -1 -3,518 4 David 40,704 2.382 0 163
5 Heather 22,271 1.355 0 -1,506 5 James 39,914 2.335 0 -140
6 Amanda 20,519 1.248 3 2,240 6 Matthew 34,312 2.008 3 2,338
7 Angela 20,510 1.248 -1 -487 7 John 34,036 1.991 -1 -194
8 Sarah 19,976 1.215 3 1,882 8 Robert 33,390 1.954 -1 -830
9 Michelle 18,860 1.147 -2 -678 9 Brian 29,453 1.723 -1 -3,048
10 Nicole 17,276 1.051 5 2,027 10 Joseph 26,668 1.560 0 176
11 Lisa 17,035 1.036 1 22 11 Daniel 26,446 1.547 0 370
12 Kelly 16,986 1.033 -2 -1,249 12 Joshua 25,217 1.475 2 3,141
13 Kimberly 16,879 1.027 -5 -1,406 13 William 24,187 1.415 -1 -583
14 Elizabeth 16,807 1.022 -1 381 14 Ryan 21,334 1.248 2 77
15 Christina 16,370 0.996 1 1,874 15 Kevin 20,112 1.177 -2 -2,366
16 Stephanie 16,231 0.987 -2 811 16 Eric 19,775 1.157 1 -972
17 Rebecca 13,800 0.840 0 -394 17 Timothy 19,605 1.147 1 1,624
18 Crystal 12,592 0.766 7 2,864 18 Jeremy 19,511 1.142 -3 -2,103
19 Laura 11,243 0.684 1 -77 19 Jeffrey 17,000 0.995 0 -483
20 Jamie 10,982 0.668 -2 -1,918 20 Anthony 16,815 0.984 1 16
21 Erin 10,792 0.657 2 594 21 Andrew 16,741 0.980 3 707
22 Shannon 10,601 0.645 -3 -1,916 22 Richard 16,732 0.979 -2 -715
23 Andrea 10,464 0.637 1 679 23 Thomas 16,493 0.965 -1 -99
24 Mary 10,044 0.611 -3 -615 24 Steven 16,402 0.960 -1 -87
25 Rachel 9,805 0.596 1 829 25 Nicholas 16,354 0.957 26 10,273
26 Julie 9,799 0.596 -4 -403 26 Mark 14,870 0.870 -1 -572
27 April 9,588 0.583 2 1,520 27 Charles 14,849 0.869 -1 106
28 Sara 8,868 0.539 -1 159 28 Justin 14,193 0.830 2 2,178
29 Christine 8,273 0.503 1 386 29 Adam 13,926 0.815 4 2,887
30 Amber 8,176 0.497 3 969 30 Scott 13,544 0.792 -3 -667
31 Danielle 7,983 0.486 0 367 31 Jonathan 12,520 0.733 -3 196
32 Tiffany 7,700 0.468 2 494 32 Aaron 12,312 0.720 0 681
33 Emily 7,479 0.455 4 600 33 Paul 11,739 0.687 -2 -68
34 Erica 7,343 0.447 4 722 34 Benjamin 11,415 0.668 -5 -697
35 Carrie 7,320 0.445 -7 -1,342 35 Chad 10,113 0.592 -1 -722
36 Maria 7,009 0.426 0 -75 36 Nathan 9,891 0.579 0 -3
37 Brandy 6,698 0.407 14 1,222 37 Stephen 9,861 0.577 1 219
38 Katherine 6,622 0.403 6 590 38 Gregory 9,351 0.547 -3 -703
39 Karen 6,374 0.388 -7 -1,070 39 Shawn 9,288 0.543 -2 -578
40 Tara 6,329 0.385 -5 -869 40 Brandon 9,248 0.541 1 965
41 Megan 5,896 0.359 13 574 41 Kenneth 9,022 0.528 -2 -434
42 Monica 5,865 0.357 -3 -500 42 Patrick 8,843 0.517 -2 533
43 Misty 5,834 0.355 -3 -480 43 Bryan 7,296 0.427 -1 -594
44 Stacy 5,776 0.351 -2 -379 44 Jose 7,147 0.418 1 230
45 Tina 5,698 0.347 13 749 45 Sean 7,070 0.414 -2 -570
46 Jill 5,675 0.345 -5 -564 46 Travis 6,953 0.407 -2 -326
47 Tracy 5,629 0.342 3 -128 47 Edward 6,486 0.380 0 -358
48 Patricia 5,500 0.335 -1 -405 48 Donald 6,425 0.376 -2 -442
49 Susan 5,419 0.330 -4 -536 49 Keith 6,172 0.361 -1 -432
50 Cynthia 5,404 0.329 -2 -379 50 Jacob 6,163 0.361 6 368

 

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.