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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 -344 -56,134 1 Michael 68,763 3.692 -13 -57,143
2 Jessica 42,533 2.378 -310 -41,476 2 Christopher 50,235 2.697 -40 -42,974
3 Amanda 34,373 1.922 -366 -33,529 3 Matthew 43,333 2.326 -17 -33,409
4 Sarah 28,173 1.575 -63 -24,439 4 Jason 41,931 2.251 -96 -38,084
5 Melissa 28,000 1.566 -292 -26,886 5 David 40,668 2.183 -17 -30,971
6 Amy 20,343 1.138 -199 -18,846 6 Joshua 39,054 2.097 -35 -31,690
7 Nicole 20,312 1.136 -211 -18,896 7 James 38,313 2.057 3 -24,788
8 Stephanie 20,209 1.130 -310 -19,183 8 John 34,887 1.873 -19 -25,768
9 Elizabeth 20,173 1.128 -4 -11,660 9 Robert 34,406 1.847 -62 -29,266
10 Heather 17,947 1.004 -1,139 -17,737 10 Daniel 30,994 1.664 -5 -19,821
11 Michelle 17,776 0.994 -252 -16,537 11 Joseph 30,773 1.652 -12 -21,218
12 Rebecca 16,740 0.936 -202 -15,298 12 Justin 27,311 1.466 -129 -24,524
13 Kimberly 16,690 0.933 -157 -14,994 13 Ryan 26,825 1.440 -33 -19,920
14 Tiffany 16,414 0.918 -676 -15,996 14 Brian 26,602 1.428 -221 -24,984
15 Angela 15,920 0.890 -249 -14,684 15 William 24,806 1.332 12 -10,290
16 Crystal 15,884 0.888 -701 -15,489 16 Jonathan 22,595 1.213 -47 -16,883
17 Christina 14,396 0.805 -422 -13,677 17 Eric 20,724 1.113 -143 -18,335
18 Lisa 14,294 0.799 -873 -13,992 18 Andrew 20,237 1.086 -25 -13,003
19 Erin 13,856 0.775 -402 -13,121 19 Brandon 20,216 1.085 -105 -17,033
20 Amber 13,814 0.772 -451 -13,156 20 Adam 20,042 1.076 -58 -15,367
21 Laura 13,291 0.743 -319 -12,356 21 Nicholas 19,780 1.062 -53 -14,979
22 Rachel 12,587 0.704 -176 -11,043 22 Jeremy 19,113 1.026 -182 -17,158
23 Kelly 11,876 0.664 -595 -11,392 23 Anthony 18,575 0.997 -15 -10,572
24 Andrea 11,682 0.653 -110 -9,528 24 Timothy 18,227 0.979 -141 -15,897
25 April 11,404 0.638 -451 -10,751 25 Kevin 17,464 0.938 -100 -14,340
26 Sara 11,357 0.635 -147 -9,665 26 Thomas 17,166 0.922 -23 -10,387
27 Mary 11,045 0.618 -99 -8,718 27 Richard 16,857 0.905 -161 -14,738
28 Jamie 10,980 0.614 -586 -10,492 28 Steven 16,488 0.885 -170 -14,466
29 Emily 10,802 0.604 17 -2,146 29 Jeffrey 15,932 0.855 -302 -14,929
30 Danielle 10,035 0.561 -352 -9,226 30 Aaron 14,692 0.789 -30 -8,739
31 Kristin 9,737 0.544 -2,615 -9,672 31 Charles 14,429 0.775 -21 -7,825
32 Shannon 9,227 0.516 -1,446 -9,079 32 Benjamin 14,357 0.771 26 -976
33 Megan 8,967 0.501 -512 -8,403 33 Mark 13,545 0.727 -177 -11,686
34 Ashley 8,879 0.497 -95 -6,612 34 Scott 12,726 0.683 -486 -12,185
35 Lauren 8,808 0.493 -136 -7,112 35 Paul 11,782 0.633 -199 -10,157
36 Erica 8,623 0.482 -863 -8,327 36 Nathan 11,263 0.605 -12 -4,473
37 Julie 8,565 0.479 -551 -8,049 37 Jesse 10,451 0.561 -148 -8,325
38 Kristen 8,542 0.478 -1,188 -8,353 38 Patrick 10,391 0.558 -151 -8,280
39 Katherine 8,435 0.472 -73 -5,769 39 Stephen 10,296 0.553 -245 -9,060
40 Maria 7,674 0.429 -76 -5,079 40 Travis 10,109 0.543 -273 -9,037
41 Brandy 6,895 0.386 -2,630 -6,831 41 Kenneth 9,477 0.509 -185 -7,822
42 Christine 6,853 0.383 -884 -6,566 42 Dustin 9,355 0.502 -483 -8,820
43 Courtney 6,638 0.371 -1,149 -6,439 43 Jacob 9,351 0.502 30 2,419
44 Katie 6,599 0.369 -405 -5,892 44 Sean 8,894 0.478 -225 -7,584
45 Tara 6,365 0.356 -986 -6,116 45 Jose 8,767 0.471 -44 -4,475
46 Alicia 5,856 0.327 -345 -5,070 46 Gregory 8,757 0.470 -362 -7,979
47 Lindsay 5,845 0.327 -1,253 -5,671 47 Chad 8,413 0.452 -850 -8,173
48 Kathryn 5,822 0.326 -405 -5,130 48 Bryan 7,220 0.388 -184 -5,587
49 Monica 5,783 0.323 -559 -5,288 49 Shawn 7,077 0.380 -344 -6,275
50 Brandi 5,526 0.309 -2,810 -5,468 50 Bradley 6,897 0.370 -197 -5,411

 

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.