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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1981

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1981 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 57,049 3.190 -309 -56,007 1 Michael 68,765 3.692 -11 -56,186
2 Jessica 42,532 2.378 -246 -41,261 2 Christopher 50,233 2.697 -36 -41,978
3 Amanda 34,374 1.922 -331 -33,420 3 Matthew 43,330 2.327 -13 -31,719
4 Sarah 28,173 1.575 -58 -24,187 4 Jason 41,932 2.251 -88 -37,711
5 Melissa 28,000 1.566 -268 -26,832 5 David 40,659 2.183 -18 -30,535
6 Amy 20,343 1.138 -168 -18,619 6 Joshua 39,053 2.097 -33 -30,814
7 Nicole 20,313 1.136 -176 -18,659 7 James 38,307 2.057 3 -24,075
8 Stephanie 20,210 1.130 -279 -19,084 8 John 34,882 1.873 -19 -25,448
9 Elizabeth 20,171 1.128 -4 -11,256 9 Robert 34,402 1.847 -56 -28,895
10 Heather 17,946 1.004 -1,119 -17,727 10 Daniel 30,994 1.664 -5 -19,354
11 Michelle 17,774 0.994 -203 -16,353 11 Joseph 30,772 1.652 -8 -20,412
12 Rebecca 16,740 0.936 -204 -15,324 12 Justin 27,311 1.466 -114 -24,190
13 Kimberly 16,689 0.933 -151 -14,866 13 Ryan 26,823 1.440 -30 -19,171
14 Tiffany 16,414 0.918 -566 -15,898 14 Brian 26,599 1.428 -203 -24,836
15 Angela 15,921 0.890 -219 -14,577 15 William 24,804 1.332 12 -9,900
16 Crystal 15,882 0.888 -628 -15,427 16 Jonathan 22,600 1.213 -39 -16,129
17 Christina 14,395 0.805 -391 -13,625 17 Eric 20,723 1.113 -126 -17,966
18 Lisa 14,294 0.799 -866 -13,989 18 Andrew 20,232 1.086 -22 -12,017
19 Erin 13,856 0.775 -388 -13,085 19 Brandon 20,217 1.086 -95 -16,743
20 Amber 13,814 0.772 -381 -13,038 20 Adam 20,039 1.076 -57 -15,135
21 Laura 13,292 0.743 -319 -12,353 21 Nicholas 19,778 1.062 -47 -14,457
22 Rachel 12,586 0.704 -173 -10,995 22 Jeremy 19,114 1.026 -171 -17,079
23 Kelly 11,876 0.664 -572 -11,376 23 Anthony 18,574 0.997 -9 -9,772
24 Andrea 11,682 0.653 -104 -9,370 24 Timothy 18,226 0.979 -140 -15,833
25 April 11,404 0.638 -428 -10,713 25 Kevin 17,462 0.938 -76 -13,657
26 Sara 11,356 0.635 -132 -9,484 26 Thomas 17,165 0.922 -22 -10,034
27 Mary 11,043 0.618 -99 -8,662 27 Richard 16,857 0.905 -148 -14,588
28 Jamie 10,979 0.614 -587 -10,491 28 Steven 16,487 0.885 -154 -14,339
29 Emily 10,801 0.604 17 -1,055 29 Jeffrey 15,932 0.855 -294 -14,883
30 Danielle 10,035 0.561 -321 -9,129 30 Aaron 14,691 0.789 -16 -7,526
31 Kristin 9,737 0.545 -2,631 -9,672 31 Charles 14,429 0.775 -18 -7,299
32 Shannon 9,227 0.516 -1,309 -9,054 32 Benjamin 14,354 0.771 26 -621
33 Megan 8,967 0.501 -466 -8,343 33 Mark 13,544 0.727 -170 -11,608
34 Ashley 8,878 0.496 -88 -6,361 34 Scott 12,723 0.683 -450 -12,121
35 Lauren 8,808 0.493 -113 -6,830 35 Paul 11,779 0.632 -190 -10,095
36 Erica 8,624 0.482 -795 -8,299 36 Nathan 11,261 0.605 -9 -3,871
37 Julie 8,565 0.479 -481 -7,966 37 Jesse 10,451 0.561 -149 -8,377
38 Kristen 8,542 0.478 -1,088 -8,321 38 Patrick 10,390 0.558 -133 -8,107
39 Katherine 8,434 0.472 -66 -5,601 39 Stephen 10,295 0.553 -232 -8,974
40 Maria 7,674 0.429 -71 -4,975 40 Travis 10,108 0.543 -260 -8,947
41 Brandy 6,894 0.386 -2,494 -6,825 41 Kenneth 9,477 0.509 -177 -7,726
42 Christine 6,854 0.383 -744 -6,508 42 Dustin 9,355 0.502 -485 -8,822
43 Courtney 6,638 0.371 -905 -6,362 43 Jacob 9,352 0.502 33 3,754
44 Katie 6,598 0.369 -365 -5,828 44 Sean 8,894 0.478 -207 -7,425
45 Tara 6,365 0.356 -940 -6,101 45 Jose 8,766 0.471 -36 -3,991
46 Alicia 5,856 0.327 -313 -4,995 46 Gregory 8,756 0.470 -329 -7,875
47 Lindsay 5,845 0.327 -1,101 -5,630 47 Chad 8,413 0.452 -909 -8,198
48 Kathryn 5,822 0.326 -376 -5,078 48 Bryan 7,220 0.388 -162 -5,393
49 Monica 5,783 0.323 -577 -5,314 49 Shawn 7,077 0.380 -338 -6,256
50 Brandi 5,526 0.309 -2,285 -5,448 50 Bradley 6,897 0.370 -180 -5,259

 

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.