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Top 1000 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1979

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1979 Popular Names U.S. - Top 1000 Baby Names
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Girls Number
of Girls
% Rank Number Boys Number
of Boys
% Rank Number
1 Jennifer 56,718 3.292 0 395 1 Michael 67,733 3.780 0 575
2 Melissa 34,052 1.976 0 5,722 2 Christopher 50,678 2.828 1 3,419
3 Amanda 31,927 1.853 3 11,408 3 Jason 50,406 2.813 -1 -1,220
4 Jessica 27,776 1.612 -1 1,673 4 David 42,077 2.348 0 1,373
5 Amy 21,614 1.254 -1 -1,599 5 James 39,370 2.197 0 -544
6 Sarah 21,018 1.220 2 1,042 6 Matthew 35,659 1.990 0 1,347
7 Heather 20,839 1.209 -2 -1,432 7 John 35,438 1.978 0 1,402
8 Angela 20,257 1.176 -1 -253 8 Robert 34,023 1.899 0 633
9 Nicole 19,511 1.132 1 2,235 9 Joshua 31,134 1.738 3 5,917
10 Michelle 19,266 1.118 -1 406 10 Brian 28,671 1.600 -1 -782
11 Elizabeth 18,077 1.049 3 1,270 11 Joseph 28,667 1.600 -1 1,999
12 Kimberly 17,639 1.024 1 760 12 Daniel 28,528 1.592 -1 2,082
13 Lisa 17,287 1.003 -2 252 13 William 24,701 1.379 0 514
14 Christina 16,456 0.955 1 86 14 Ryan 23,220 1.296 0 1,886
15 Stephanie 16,203 0.940 1 -28 15 Nicholas 21,344 1.191 10 4,990
16 Kelly 15,298 0.888 -4 -1,688 16 Jeremy 21,010 1.173 2 1,499
17 Rebecca 14,547 0.844 0 747 17 Eric 20,273 1.131 -1 498
18 Crystal 13,467 0.782 0 875 18 Timothy 19,082 1.065 -1 -523
19 Jamie 12,156 0.705 1 1,174 19 Kevin 18,741 1.046 -4 -1,371
20 Laura 11,886 0.690 -1 643 20 Andrew 18,635 1.040 1 1,894
21 Erin 11,257 0.653 0 465 21 Anthony 17,531 0.978 -1 716
22 Amber 11,081 0.643 8 2,905 22 Justin 17,403 0.971 6 3,210
23 April 10,904 0.633 4 1,316 23 Adam 17,063 0.952 6 3,137
24 Mary 10,559 0.613 0 515 24 Jeffrey 16,873 0.942 -5 -127
25 Shannon 10,367 0.602 -3 -234 25 Richard 16,720 0.933 -3 -12
26 Andrea 10,337 0.600 -3 -127 26 Thomas 16,472 0.919 -3 -21
27 Rachel 10,235 0.594 -2 430 27 Steven 16,331 0.911 -3 -71
28 Tiffany 9,611 0.558 4 1,911 28 Charles 14,825 0.827 -1 -24
29 Julie 9,252 0.537 -3 -547 29 Scott 14,462 0.807 1 918
30 Sara 8,654 0.502 -2 -214 30 Mark 14,394 0.803 -4 -476
31 Megan 8,291 0.481 10 2,395 31 Jonathan 14,331 0.800 0 1,811
32 Erica 8,177 0.475 2 834 32 Aaron 13,077 0.730 0 765
33 Danielle 7,980 0.463 -2 -3 33 Benjamin 12,520 0.699 1 1,105
34 Emily 7,973 0.463 -1 494 34 Paul 11,646 0.650 -1 -93
35 Christine 7,689 0.446 -6 -584 35 Brandon 11,310 0.631 5 2,062
36 Katherine 7,468 0.433 2 846 36 Travis 11,054 0.617 10 4,101
37 Maria 7,328 0.425 -1 319 37 Nathan 10,741 0.599 -1 850
38 Tara 6,807 0.395 2 478 38 Chad 10,159 0.567 -3 46
39 Brandy 6,774 0.393 -2 76 39 Patrick 9,988 0.557 3 1,145
40 Monica 6,586 0.382 2 721 40 Stephen 9,904 0.553 -3 43
41 Carrie 6,356 0.369 -6 -964 41 Kenneth 9,245 0.516 0 223
42 Misty 5,786 0.336 1 -48 42 Gregory 9,115 0.509 -4 -236
43 Stacy 5,709 0.331 1 -67 43 Shawn 7,911 0.442 -4 -1,377
44 Patricia 5,650 0.328 4 150 44 Jose 7,844 0.438 0 697
45 Lauren 5,627 0.327 35 1,956 45 Jacob 7,546 0.421 5 1,383
46 Karen 5,601 0.325 -7 -773 46 Bryan 7,450 0.416 -3 154
47 Alicia 5,547 0.322 11 799 47 Bradley 6,931 0.387 6 831
48 Holly 5,489 0.319 7 516 48 Edward 6,877 0.384 -1 391
49 Tracy 5,389 0.313 -2 -240 49 Sean 6,863 0.383 -4 -207
50 Kathryn 5,312 0.308 7 503 50 Jesse 6,685 0.373 1 576

 

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.