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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1979

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1979 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 56,717 3.291 -344 -55,802 1 Michael 67,739 3.780 -13 -56,119
2 Melissa 34,052 1.976 -295 -32,938 2 Christopher 50,677 2.828 -40 -43,416
3 Amanda 31,928 1.853 -366 -31,084 3 Jason 50,408 2.813 -97 -46,561
4 Jessica 27,776 1.612 -308 -26,719 4 David 42,078 2.348 -18 -32,381
5 Amy 21,615 1.254 -200 -20,118 5 James 39,371 2.197 1 -25,846
6 Sarah 21,018 1.220 -61 -17,284 6 Matthew 35,657 1.990 -14 -25,733
7 Heather 20,839 1.209 -1,142 -20,629 7 John 35,434 1.977 -20 -26,315
8 Angela 20,256 1.176 -256 -19,020 8 Robert 34,026 1.899 -63 -28,886
9 Nicole 19,511 1.132 -209 -18,095 9 Joshua 31,137 1.738 -32 -23,773
10 Michelle 19,269 1.118 -253 -18,030 10 Brian 28,670 1.600 -225 -27,052
11 Elizabeth 18,078 1.049 -2 -9,565 11 Joseph 28,669 1.600 -12 -19,114
12 Kimberly 17,639 1.024 -158 -15,943 12 Daniel 28,529 1.592 -3 -17,356
13 Lisa 17,286 1.003 -878 -16,984 13 William 24,699 1.378 10 -10,183
14 Christina 16,457 0.955 -425 -15,738 14 Ryan 23,218 1.296 -32 -16,313
15 Stephanie 16,204 0.940 -303 -15,178 15 Nicholas 21,345 1.191 -59 -16,544
16 Kelly 15,297 0.888 -602 -14,813 16 Jeremy 21,010 1.173 -188 -19,055
17 Rebecca 14,548 0.844 -197 -13,106 17 Eric 20,273 1.131 -143 -17,884
18 Crystal 13,466 0.781 -699 -13,071 18 Timothy 19,085 1.065 -147 -16,755
19 Jamie 12,156 0.705 -595 -11,668 19 Kevin 18,739 1.046 -106 -15,615
20 Laura 11,885 0.690 -320 -10,950 20 Andrew 18,634 1.040 -23 -11,400
21 Erin 11,258 0.653 -400 -10,523 21 Anthony 17,527 0.978 -17 -9,524
22 Amber 11,082 0.643 -449 -10,424 22 Justin 17,404 0.971 -119 -14,617
23 April 10,904 0.633 -453 -10,251 23 Adam 17,063 0.952 -55 -12,388
24 Mary 10,561 0.613 -102 -8,234 24 Jeffrey 16,873 0.942 -307 -15,870
25 Shannon 10,367 0.602 -1,453 -10,219 25 Richard 16,721 0.933 -163 -14,602
26 Andrea 10,338 0.600 -108 -8,184 26 Thomas 16,476 0.919 -23 -9,697
27 Rachel 10,232 0.594 -171 -8,688 27 Steven 16,333 0.912 -171 -14,311
28 Tiffany 9,611 0.558 -662 -9,193 28 Charles 14,822 0.827 -24 -8,218
29 Julie 9,253 0.537 -559 -8,737 29 Scott 14,454 0.807 -491 -13,913
30 Sara 8,655 0.502 -143 -6,963 30 Mark 14,394 0.803 -180 -12,535
31 Megan 8,293 0.481 -514 -7,729 31 Jonathan 14,332 0.800 -32 -8,620
32 Erica 8,176 0.474 -867 -7,880 32 Aaron 13,077 0.730 -28 -7,124
33 Danielle 7,980 0.463 -349 -7,171 33 Benjamin 12,521 0.699 27 860
34 Emily 7,972 0.463 22 684 34 Paul 11,649 0.650 -200 -10,024
35 Christine 7,689 0.446 -891 -7,402 35 Brandon 11,310 0.631 -89 -8,127
36 Katherine 7,467 0.433 -76 -4,801 36 Travis 11,055 0.617 -277 -9,983
37 Maria 7,329 0.425 -79 -4,734 37 Nathan 10,740 0.599 -11 -3,950
38 Tara 6,807 0.395 -993 -6,558 38 Chad 10,160 0.567 -859 -9,920
39 Brandy 6,774 0.393 -2,632 -6,710 39 Patrick 9,987 0.557 -150 -7,876
40 Monica 6,586 0.382 -568 -6,091 40 Stephen 9,904 0.553 -244 -8,668
41 Carrie 6,356 0.369 -1,727 -6,241 41 Kenneth 9,245 0.516 -185 -7,590
42 Misty 5,786 0.336 -4,050 -5,751 42 Gregory 9,114 0.509 -366 -8,336
43 Stacy 5,708 0.331 -1,273 -5,536 43 Shawn 7,910 0.441 -350 -7,108
44 Patricia 5,650 0.328 -869 -5,357 44 Jose 7,842 0.438 -45 -3,550
45 Lauren 5,627 0.327 -126 -3,931 45 Jacob 7,549 0.421 32 4,221
46 Karen 5,601 0.325 -589 -5,133 46 Bryan 7,449 0.416 -186 -5,816
47 Alicia 5,548 0.322 -344 -4,762 47 Bradley 6,932 0.387 -200 -5,446
48 Holly 5,489 0.319 -461 -4,881 48 Edward 6,878 0.384 -121 -4,610
49 Tracy 5,389 0.313 -2,293 -5,311 49 Sean 6,864 0.383 -220 -5,554
50 Kathryn 5,312 0.308 -403 -4,620 50 Jesse 6,684 0.373 -135 -4,558

 

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.