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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 48,347 2.619 -311 -47,290 1 Michael 64,912 3.374 -13 -53,292
2 Ashley 47,007 2.546 -127 -44,740 2 Christopher 59,609 3.098 -40 -52,348
3 Jennifer 42,651 2.310 -342 -41,736 3 Matthew 47,079 2.447 -17 -37,155
4 Amanda 39,052 2.115 -365 -38,208 4 Joshua 42,195 2.193 -37 -34,831
5 Sarah 24,882 1.348 -62 -21,148 5 Daniel 38,542 2.003 -10 -27,369
6 Stephanie 23,239 1.259 -312 -22,213 6 David 38,521 2.002 -16 -28,824
7 Nicole 22,967 1.244 -211 -21,551 7 James 35,861 1.864 3 -22,336
8 Heather 21,153 1.146 -1,141 -20,943 8 Robert 32,090 1.668 -63 -26,950
9 Elizabeth 20,541 1.113 -4 -12,028 9 John 31,500 1.637 -18 -22,381
10 Megan 20,013 1.084 -535 -19,449 10 Joseph 30,212 1.570 -13 -20,657
11 Melissa 19,956 1.081 -286 -18,842 11 Andrew 30,169 1.568 -32 -22,935
12 Christina 16,597 0.899 -427 -15,878 12 Ryan 29,903 1.554 -34 -22,998
13 Rachel 16,360 0.886 -185 -14,816 13 Brandon 29,302 1.523 -111 -26,119
14 Laura 16,002 0.867 -326 -15,067 14 Jason 26,036 1.353 -86 -22,189
15 Lauren 15,768 0.854 -156 -14,072 15 Justin 25,543 1.328 -126 -22,756
16 Amber 15,504 0.840 -455 -14,846 16 William 24,606 1.279 13 -10,090
17 Brittany 15,439 0.836 -862 -15,134 17 Jonathan 24,117 1.253 -46 -18,405
18 Danielle 15,410 0.835 -364 -14,601 18 Brian 23,061 1.199 -217 -21,443
19 Kimberly 14,913 0.808 -151 -13,217 19 Nicholas 22,397 1.164 -55 -17,596
20 Amy 14,425 0.781 -185 -12,928 20 Anthony 22,084 1.148 -18 -14,081
21 Crystal 14,398 0.780 -696 -14,003 21 Eric 20,839 1.083 -139 -18,450
22 Michelle 13,970 0.757 -241 -12,731 22 Adam 20,171 1.048 -56 -15,496
23 Tiffany 13,680 0.741 -667 -13,262 23 Kevin 18,812 0.978 -102 -15,688
24 Emily 13,136 0.712 12 -4,480 24 Steven 18,724 0.973 -174 -16,702
25 Rebecca 12,702 0.688 -189 -11,260 25 Thomas 17,605 0.915 -24 -10,826
26 Erin 11,385 0.617 -395 -10,650 26 Timothy 17,143 0.891 -139 -14,813
27 Jamie 11,038 0.598 -587 -10,550 27 Kyle 16,515 0.858 -196 -14,847
28 Kelly 11,030 0.598 -590 -10,546 28 Richard 15,333 0.797 -160 -13,214
29 Samantha 10,659 0.577 -31 -6,762 29 Jeffrey 14,498 0.754 -302 -13,495
30 Sara 10,556 0.572 -143 -8,864 30 Jeremy 13,448 0.699 -174 -11,493
31 Angela 10,226 0.554 -233 -8,990 31 Benjamin 13,431 0.698 25 -50
32 Katherine 10,127 0.549 -80 -7,461 32 Mark 13,192 0.686 -178 -11,333
33 Andrea 10,051 0.544 -101 -7,897 33 Aaron 13,138 0.683 -27 -7,185
34 Erica 9,527 0.516 -865 -9,231 34 Charles 12,893 0.670 -18 -6,289
35 Mary 9,244 0.501 -91 -6,917 35 Jacob 12,275 0.638 22 -505
36 Lisa 9,016 0.488 -855 -8,714 36 Stephen 12,210 0.635 -248 -10,974
37 Lindsey 8,467 0.459 -796 -8,144 37 Patrick 11,646 0.605 -152 -9,535
38 Kristen 8,443 0.457 -1,188 -8,254 38 Sean 11,449 0.595 -231 -10,139
39 Katie 7,994 0.433 -410 -7,287 39 Zachary 11,344 0.590 -70 -7,816
40 Lindsay 7,872 0.426 -1,260 -7,698 40 Nathan 10,651 0.554 -8 -3,861
41 Shannon 7,712 0.418 -1,437 -7,564 41 Dustin 10,443 0.543 -484 -9,908
42 Vanessa 7,566 0.410 -188 -6,197 42 Paul 10,313 0.536 -192 -8,688
43 Courtney 7,534 0.408 -1,149 -7,335 43 Tyler 10,214 0.531 -76 -6,916
44 Christine 7,439 0.403 -882 -7,152 44 Scott 10,144 0.527 -476 -9,603
45 Alicia 7,122 0.386 -346 -6,336 45 Gregory 9,771 0.508 -363 -8,993
46 Allison 7,029 0.381 -23 -3,351 46 Travis 9,092 0.473 -267 -8,020
47 April 6,692 0.363 -429 -6,039 47 Kenneth 8,999 0.468 -179 -7,344
48 Kathryn 6,633 0.359 -405 -5,941 48 Bryan 8,719 0.453 -184 -7,086
49 Kristin 6,566 0.356 -2,597 -6,501 49 Jose 8,400 0.437 -40 -4,108
50 Jenna 6,434 0.349 -373 -5,700 50 Alexander 8,292 0.431 39 3,697

 

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.