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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 56,718 3.292 -309 -55,676 1 Michael 67,733 3.780 -11 -55,154
2 Melissa 34,052 1.976 -271 -32,884 2 Christopher 50,678 2.828 -36 -42,423
3 Amanda 31,927 1.853 -331 -30,973 3 Jason 50,406 2.813 -89 -46,185
4 Jessica 27,776 1.612 -244 -26,505 4 David 42,077 2.348 -19 -31,953
5 Amy 21,614 1.254 -169 -19,890 5 James 39,370 2.197 1 -25,138
6 Sarah 21,018 1.220 -56 -17,032 6 Matthew 35,659 1.990 -10 -24,048
7 Heather 20,839 1.209 -1,122 -20,620 7 John 35,438 1.978 -20 -26,004
8 Angela 20,257 1.176 -226 -18,913 8 Robert 34,023 1.899 -57 -28,516
9 Nicole 19,511 1.132 -174 -17,857 9 Joshua 31,134 1.738 -30 -22,895
10 Michelle 19,266 1.118 -204 -17,845 10 Brian 28,671 1.600 -207 -26,908
11 Elizabeth 18,077 1.049 -2 -9,162 11 Joseph 28,667 1.600 -8 -18,307
12 Kimberly 17,639 1.024 -152 -15,816 12 Daniel 28,528 1.592 -3 -16,888
13 Lisa 17,287 1.003 -871 -16,982 13 William 24,701 1.379 10 -9,797
14 Christina 16,456 0.955 -394 -15,686 14 Ryan 23,220 1.296 -29 -15,568
15 Stephanie 16,203 0.940 -272 -15,077 15 Nicholas 21,344 1.191 -53 -16,023
16 Kelly 15,298 0.888 -579 -14,798 16 Jeremy 21,010 1.173 -177 -18,975
17 Rebecca 14,547 0.844 -199 -13,131 17 Eric 20,273 1.131 -126 -17,516
18 Crystal 13,467 0.782 -626 -13,012 18 Timothy 19,082 1.065 -146 -16,689
19 Jamie 12,156 0.705 -596 -11,668 19 Kevin 18,741 1.046 -82 -14,936
20 Laura 11,886 0.690 -320 -10,947 20 Andrew 18,635 1.040 -20 -10,420
21 Erin 11,257 0.653 -386 -10,486 21 Anthony 17,531 0.978 -11 -8,729
22 Amber 11,081 0.643 -379 -10,305 22 Justin 17,403 0.971 -104 -14,282
23 April 10,904 0.633 -430 -10,213 23 Adam 17,063 0.952 -54 -12,159
24 Mary 10,559 0.613 -102 -8,178 24 Jeffrey 16,873 0.942 -299 -15,824
25 Shannon 10,367 0.602 -1,316 -10,194 25 Richard 16,720 0.933 -150 -14,451
26 Andrea 10,337 0.600 -102 -8,025 26 Thomas 16,472 0.919 -22 -9,341
27 Rachel 10,235 0.594 -168 -8,644 27 Steven 16,331 0.911 -155 -14,183
28 Tiffany 9,611 0.558 -552 -9,095 28 Charles 14,825 0.827 -21 -7,695
29 Julie 9,252 0.537 -489 -8,653 29 Scott 14,462 0.807 -455 -13,860
30 Sara 8,654 0.502 -128 -6,782 30 Mark 14,394 0.803 -173 -12,458
31 Megan 8,291 0.481 -468 -7,667 31 Jonathan 14,331 0.800 -24 -7,860
32 Erica 8,177 0.475 -799 -7,852 32 Aaron 13,077 0.730 -14 -5,912
33 Danielle 7,980 0.463 -318 -7,074 33 Benjamin 12,520 0.699 27 1,213
34 Emily 7,973 0.463 22 1,773 34 Paul 11,646 0.650 -191 -9,962
35 Christine 7,689 0.446 -751 -7,343 35 Brandon 11,310 0.631 -79 -7,836
36 Katherine 7,468 0.433 -69 -4,635 36 Travis 11,054 0.617 -264 -9,893
37 Maria 7,328 0.425 -74 -4,629 37 Nathan 10,741 0.599 -8 -3,351
38 Tara 6,807 0.395 -947 -6,543 38 Chad 10,159 0.567 -918 -9,944
39 Brandy 6,774 0.393 -2,496 -6,705 39 Patrick 9,988 0.557 -132 -7,705
40 Monica 6,586 0.382 -586 -6,117 40 Stephen 9,904 0.553 -231 -8,583
41 Carrie 6,356 0.369 -1,624 -6,228 41 Kenneth 9,245 0.516 -177 -7,494
42 Misty 5,786 0.336 -3,831 -5,747 42 Gregory 9,115 0.509 -333 -8,234
43 Stacy 5,709 0.331 -1,302 -5,537 43 Shawn 7,911 0.442 -344 -7,090
44 Patricia 5,650 0.328 -845 -5,348 44 Jose 7,844 0.438 -37 -3,069
45 Lauren 5,627 0.327 -103 -3,649 45 Jacob 7,546 0.421 35 5,560
46 Karen 5,601 0.325 -510 -5,049 46 Bryan 7,450 0.416 -164 -5,623
47 Alicia 5,547 0.322 -312 -4,686 47 Bradley 6,931 0.387 -183 -5,293
48 Holly 5,489 0.319 -446 -4,860 48 Edward 6,877 0.384 -121 -4,568
49 Tracy 5,389 0.313 -2,115 -5,301 49 Sean 6,863 0.383 -202 -5,394
50 Kathryn 5,312 0.308 -374 -4,568 50 Jesse 6,685 0.373 -136 -4,611

 

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.