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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1985

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1985 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 Jessica 48,346 2.619 -247 -47,075 1 Michael 64,906 3.374 -11 -52,327
2 Ashley 47,007 2.547 -120 -44,490 2 Christopher 59,600 3.098 -36 -51,345
3 Jennifer 42,650 2.311 -307 -41,608 3 Matthew 47,073 2.447 -13 -35,462
4 Amanda 39,055 2.116 -330 -38,101 4 Joshua 42,195 2.193 -35 -33,956
5 Sarah 24,880 1.348 -57 -20,894 5 Daniel 38,541 2.003 -10 -26,901
6 Stephanie 23,238 1.259 -281 -22,112 6 David 38,513 2.002 -17 -28,389
7 Nicole 22,968 1.244 -176 -21,314 7 James 35,854 1.864 3 -21,622
8 Heather 21,153 1.146 -1,121 -20,934 8 Robert 32,088 1.668 -57 -26,581
9 Elizabeth 20,540 1.113 -4 -11,625 9 John 31,499 1.637 -18 -22,065
10 Megan 20,013 1.084 -489 -19,389 10 Joseph 30,213 1.570 -9 -19,853
11 Melissa 19,955 1.081 -262 -18,787 11 Andrew 30,168 1.568 -29 -21,953
12 Christina 16,598 0.899 -396 -15,828 12 Ryan 29,895 1.554 -31 -22,243
13 Rachel 16,358 0.886 -182 -14,767 13 Brandon 29,301 1.523 -101 -25,827
14 Laura 16,000 0.867 -326 -15,061 14 Jason 26,035 1.353 -78 -21,814
15 Lauren 15,766 0.854 -133 -13,788 15 Justin 25,541 1.328 -111 -22,420
16 Amber 15,504 0.840 -385 -14,728 16 William 24,604 1.279 13 -9,700
17 Brittany 15,438 0.836 -695 -15,038 17 Jonathan 24,119 1.254 -38 -17,648
18 Danielle 15,409 0.835 -333 -14,503 18 Brian 23,056 1.198 -199 -21,293
19 Kimberly 14,912 0.808 -145 -13,089 19 Nicholas 22,391 1.164 -49 -17,070
20 Amy 14,425 0.781 -154 -12,701 20 Anthony 22,085 1.148 -12 -13,283
21 Crystal 14,399 0.780 -623 -13,944 21 Eric 20,838 1.083 -122 -18,081
22 Michelle 13,967 0.757 -192 -12,546 22 Adam 20,167 1.048 -55 -15,263
23 Tiffany 13,681 0.741 -557 -13,165 23 Kevin 18,811 0.978 -78 -15,006
24 Emily 13,135 0.712 12 -3,389 24 Steven 18,721 0.973 -158 -16,573
25 Rebecca 12,702 0.688 -191 -11,286 25 Thomas 17,604 0.915 -23 -10,473
26 Erin 11,385 0.617 -381 -10,614 26 Timothy 17,141 0.891 -138 -14,748
27 Jamie 11,039 0.598 -588 -10,551 27 Kyle 16,514 0.858 -184 -14,691
28 Kelly 11,031 0.598 -567 -10,531 28 Richard 15,331 0.797 -147 -13,062
29 Samantha 10,658 0.577 -25 -6,355 29 Jeffrey 14,498 0.754 -294 -13,449
30 Sara 10,556 0.572 -128 -8,684 30 Jeremy 13,447 0.699 -163 -11,412
31 Angela 10,227 0.554 -203 -8,883 31 Benjamin 13,428 0.698 25 305
32 Katherine 10,127 0.549 -73 -7,294 32 Mark 13,190 0.686 -171 -11,254
33 Andrea 10,050 0.544 -95 -7,738 33 Aaron 13,135 0.683 -13 -5,970
34 Erica 9,525 0.516 -797 -9,200 34 Charles 12,893 0.670 -15 -5,763
35 Mary 9,244 0.501 -91 -6,863 35 Jacob 12,272 0.638 25 834
36 Lisa 9,017 0.488 -848 -8,712 36 Stephen 12,208 0.635 -235 -10,887
37 Lindsey 8,465 0.459 -836 -8,155 37 Patrick 11,639 0.605 -134 -9,356
38 Kristen 8,443 0.457 -1,088 -8,222 38 Sean 11,448 0.595 -213 -9,979
39 Katie 7,993 0.433 -370 -7,223 39 Zachary 11,341 0.590 -64 -7,562
40 Lindsay 7,872 0.426 -1,108 -7,657 40 Nathan 10,650 0.554 -5 -3,260
41 Shannon 7,713 0.418 -1,300 -7,540 41 Dustin 10,442 0.543 -486 -9,909
42 Vanessa 7,566 0.410 -162 -6,058 42 Paul 10,312 0.536 -183 -8,628
43 Courtney 7,534 0.408 -905 -7,258 43 Tyler 10,214 0.531 -63 -6,470
44 Christine 7,440 0.403 -742 -7,094 44 Scott 10,141 0.527 -440 -9,539
45 Alicia 7,122 0.386 -314 -6,261 45 Gregory 9,769 0.508 -330 -8,888
46 Allison 7,029 0.381 -14 -3,012 46 Travis 9,092 0.473 -254 -7,931
47 April 6,692 0.363 -406 -6,001 47 Kenneth 8,998 0.468 -171 -7,247
48 Kathryn 6,632 0.359 -376 -5,888 48 Bryan 8,719 0.453 -162 -6,892
49 Kristin 6,566 0.356 -2,613 -6,501 49 Jose 8,400 0.437 -32 -3,625
50 Jenna 6,434 0.349 -336 -5,630 50 Alexander 8,290 0.431 37 4,177

 

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.