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Top 1000 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1981

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1981 Popular Names U.S. - Top 1000 Baby Names
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1980
Girls Number
of Girls
% Rank Number Boys Number
of Boys
% Rank Number
1 Jennifer 57,049 3.190 0 -1,327 1 Michael 68,765 3.692 0 72
2 Jessica 42,532 2.378 1 8,609 2 Christopher 50,233 2.697 0 1,141
3 Amanda 34,374 1.922 -1 -1,444 3 Matthew 43,330 2.327 3 5,470
4 Sarah 28,173 1.575 1 2,418 4 Jason 41,932 2.251 -1 -6,241
5 Melissa 28,000 1.566 -1 -3,634 5 David 40,659 2.183 -1 -1,264
6 Amy 20,343 1.138 2 509 6 Joshua 39,053 2.097 1 2,993
7 Nicole 20,313 1.136 0 396 7 James 38,307 2.057 -2 -1,018
8 Stephanie 20,210 1.130 5 2,370 8 John 34,882 1.873 0 -397
9 Elizabeth 20,171 1.128 0 642 9 Robert 34,402 1.847 0 121
10 Heather 17,946 1.004 -4 -2,029 10 Daniel 30,994 1.664 1 1,099
11 Michelle 17,774 0.994 -1 -1,348 11 Joseph 30,772 1.652 -1 570
12 Rebecca 16,740 0.936 5 1,461 12 Justin 27,311 1.466 1 554
13 Kimberly 16,689 0.933 -2 -1,810 13 Ryan 26,823 1.440 2 2,019
14 Tiffany 16,414 0.918 0 185 14 Brian 26,599 1.428 -2 -2,122
15 Angela 15,921 0.890 -3 -2,049 15 William 24,804 1.332 -1 -848
16 Crystal 15,882 0.888 2 1,626 16 Jonathan 22,600 1.213 5 3,606
17 Christina 14,395 0.805 -2 -1,744 17 Eric 20,723 1.113 -1 -1,911
18 Lisa 14,294 0.799 -2 -1,366 18 Andrew 20,232 1.086 1 503
19 Erin 13,856 0.775 1 426 19 Brandon 20,217 1.086 11 6,050
20 Amber 13,814 0.772 2 1,260 20 Adam 20,039 1.076 2 1,166
21 Laura 13,292 0.743 0 375 21 Nicholas 19,778 1.062 -4 -1,247
22 Rachel 12,586 0.704 1 964 22 Jeremy 19,114 1.026 -4 -787
23 Kelly 11,876 0.664 -4 -1,841 23 Anthony 18,574 0.997 1 961
24 Andrea 11,682 0.653 4 1,229 24 Timothy 18,226 0.979 -4 -928
25 April 11,404 0.638 0 -71 25 Kevin 17,462 0.938 -2 -521
26 Sara 11,356 0.635 1 208 26 Thomas 17,165 0.922 -1 -405
27 Mary 11,043 0.618 -1 -432 27 Richard 16,857 0.905 -1 194
28 Jamie 10,979 0.614 -4 -547 28 Steven 16,487 0.885 0 573
29 Emily 10,801 0.604 2 1,794 29 Jeffrey 15,932 0.855 -2 -451
30 Danielle 10,035 0.561 3 1,191 30 Aaron 14,691 0.789 4 1,518
31 Kristin 9,737 0.545 6 2,035 31 Charles 14,429 0.775 -2 -532
32 Shannon 9,227 0.516 -3 -440 32 Benjamin 14,354 0.771 0 719
33 Megan 8,967 0.501 -3 -172 33 Mark 13,544 0.727 -2 -612
34 Ashley 8,878 0.496 6 1,582 34 Scott 12,723 0.683 -1 -588
35 Lauren 8,808 0.493 3 1,331 35 Paul 11,779 0.632 0 -47
36 Erica 8,624 0.482 -2 -133 36 Nathan 11,261 0.605 0 117
37 Julie 8,565 0.479 -5 -344 37 Jesse 10,451 0.561 8 2,070
38 Kristen 8,542 0.478 1 1,227 38 Patrick 10,390 0.558 0 36
39 Katherine 8,434 0.472 -4 415 39 Stephen 10,295 0.553 1 229
40 Maria 7,674 0.429 -4 -187 40 Travis 10,108 0.543 -3 -663
41 Brandy 6,894 0.386 1 485 41 Kenneth 9,477 0.509 0 -137
42 Christine 6,854 0.383 -1 -232 42 Dustin 9,355 0.502 2 938
43 Courtney 6,638 0.371 5 1,022 43 Jacob 9,352 0.502 0 827
44 Katie 6,598 0.369 0 463 44 Sean 8,894 0.478 4 1,294
45 Tara 6,365 0.356 -2 82 45 Jose 8,766 0.471 1 446
46 Alicia 5,856 0.327 1 104 46 Gregory 8,756 0.470 -4 -509
47 Lindsay 5,845 0.327 24 1,490 47 Chad 8,413 0.452 -8 -1,737
48 Kathryn 5,822 0.326 2 294 48 Bryan 7,220 0.388 1 -293
49 Monica 5,783 0.323 -4 -251 49 Shawn 7,077 0.380 -2 -618
50 Brandi 5,526 0.309 12 823 50 Bradley 6,897 0.370 1 -316

 

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.