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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 0 396 1 Michael 67,739 3.780 0 581
2 Melissa 34,052 1.976 0 5,722 2 Christopher 50,677 2.828 1 3,418
3 Amanda 31,928 1.853 3 11,411 3 Jason 50,408 2.813 -1 -1,221
4 Jessica 27,776 1.612 -1 1,674 4 David 42,078 2.348 0 1,374
5 Amy 21,615 1.254 -1 -1,597 5 James 39,371 2.197 0 -544
6 Sarah 21,018 1.220 2 1,041 6 Matthew 35,657 1.990 0 1,347
7 Heather 20,839 1.209 -2 -1,432 7 John 35,434 1.977 0 1,397
8 Angela 20,256 1.176 -1 -255 8 Robert 34,026 1.899 0 630
9 Nicole 19,511 1.132 1 2,235 9 Joshua 31,137 1.738 3 5,920
10 Michelle 19,269 1.118 -1 409 10 Brian 28,670 1.600 -1 -781
11 Elizabeth 18,078 1.049 3 1,270 11 Joseph 28,669 1.600 -1 1,998
12 Kimberly 17,639 1.024 1 760 12 Daniel 28,529 1.592 -1 2,083
13 Lisa 17,286 1.003 -2 250 13 William 24,699 1.378 0 511
14 Christina 16,457 0.955 1 86 14 Ryan 23,218 1.296 0 1,883
15 Stephanie 16,204 0.940 1 -27 15 Nicholas 21,345 1.191 10 4,992
16 Kelly 15,297 0.888 -4 -1,685 16 Jeremy 21,010 1.173 2 1,499
17 Rebecca 14,548 0.844 0 749 17 Eric 20,273 1.131 -1 496
18 Crystal 13,466 0.781 0 873 18 Timothy 19,085 1.065 -1 -517
19 Jamie 12,156 0.705 1 1,174 19 Kevin 18,739 1.046 -4 -1,372
20 Laura 11,885 0.690 -1 641 20 Andrew 18,634 1.040 1 1,893
21 Erin 11,258 0.653 0 467 21 Anthony 17,527 0.978 -1 711
22 Amber 11,082 0.643 8 2,906 22 Justin 17,404 0.971 6 3,209
23 April 10,904 0.633 4 1,315 23 Adam 17,063 0.952 6 3,139
24 Mary 10,561 0.613 0 518 24 Jeffrey 16,873 0.942 -5 -128
25 Shannon 10,367 0.602 -3 -235 25 Richard 16,721 0.933 -3 -11
26 Andrea 10,338 0.600 -3 -124 26 Thomas 16,476 0.919 -3 -17
27 Rachel 10,232 0.594 -2 428 27 Steven 16,333 0.912 -3 -70
28 Tiffany 9,611 0.558 4 1,911 28 Charles 14,822 0.827 -1 -29
29 Julie 9,253 0.537 -3 -545 29 Scott 14,454 0.807 1 908
30 Sara 8,655 0.502 -2 -213 30 Mark 14,394 0.803 -4 -479
31 Megan 8,293 0.481 10 2,396 31 Jonathan 14,332 0.800 0 1,813
32 Erica 8,176 0.474 2 833 32 Aaron 13,077 0.730 0 768
33 Danielle 7,980 0.463 -2 -3 33 Benjamin 12,521 0.699 1 1,105
34 Emily 7,972 0.463 -1 492 34 Paul 11,649 0.650 -1 -90
35 Christine 7,689 0.446 -6 -584 35 Brandon 11,310 0.631 5 2,061
36 Katherine 7,467 0.433 2 843 36 Travis 11,055 0.617 10 4,102
37 Maria 7,329 0.425 -1 317 37 Nathan 10,740 0.599 -1 849
38 Tara 6,807 0.395 2 478 38 Chad 10,160 0.567 -3 46
39 Brandy 6,774 0.393 -2 75 39 Patrick 9,987 0.557 3 1,145
40 Monica 6,586 0.382 2 721 40 Stephen 9,904 0.553 -3 42
41 Carrie 6,356 0.369 -6 -964 41 Kenneth 9,245 0.516 0 221
42 Misty 5,786 0.336 1 -48 42 Gregory 9,114 0.509 -4 -237
43 Stacy 5,708 0.331 1 -68 43 Shawn 7,910 0.441 -4 -1,380
44 Patricia 5,650 0.328 4 149 44 Jose 7,842 0.438 0 694
45 Lauren 5,627 0.327 35 1,957 45 Jacob 7,549 0.421 5 1,385
46 Karen 5,601 0.325 -7 -771 46 Bryan 7,449 0.416 -3 153
47 Alicia 5,548 0.322 11 798 47 Bradley 6,932 0.387 6 833
48 Holly 5,489 0.319 7 516 48 Edward 6,878 0.384 -1 392
49 Tracy 5,389 0.313 -2 -240 49 Sean 6,864 0.383 -4 -207
50 Kathryn 5,312 0.308 7 503 50 Jesse 6,684 0.373 1 575

 

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.