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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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1984
Girls Number
of Girls
% Rank Number Boys Number
of Boys
% Rank Number
1 Jessica 48,346 2.619 1 2,491 1 Michael 64,906 3.374 0 -2,830
2 Ashley 47,007 2.547 1 8,237 2 Christopher 59,600 3.098 0 -423
3 Jennifer 42,650 2.311 -2 -7,911 3 Matthew 47,073 2.447 0 -2,702
4 Amanda 39,055 2.116 0 5,148 4 Joshua 42,195 2.193 0 1,938
5 Sarah 24,880 1.348 0 -1,002 5 Daniel 38,541 2.003 1 2,016
6 Stephanie 23,238 1.259 0 216 6 David 38,513 2.002 -1 32
7 Nicole 22,968 1.244 0 704 7 James 35,854 1.864 0 8
8 Heather 21,153 1.146 1 -338 8 Robert 32,088 1.668 1 316
9 Elizabeth 20,540 1.113 1 176 9 John 31,499 1.637 -1 -1,113
10 Megan 20,013 1.084 1 3,034 10 Joseph 30,213 1.570 0 -299
11 Melissa 19,955 1.081 -3 -1,934 11 Andrew 30,168 1.568 3 4,247
12 Christina 16,598 0.899 8 1,896 12 Ryan 29,895 1.554 0 1,175
13 Rachel 16,358 0.886 2 521 13 Brandon 29,301 1.523 2 3,630
14 Laura 16,000 0.867 5 1,187 14 Jason 26,035 1.353 -3 -3,914
15 Lauren 15,766 0.854 6 1,291 15 Justin 25,541 1.328 -2 -1,225
16 Amber 15,504 0.840 2 137 16 William 24,604 1.279 0 -297
17 Brittany 15,438 0.836 24 7,772 17 Jonathan 24,119 1.254 2 782
18 Danielle 15,409 0.835 -2 -261 18 Brian 23,056 1.198 -1 -1,670
19 Kimberly 14,912 0.808 3 470 19 Nicholas 22,391 1.164 1 1,378
20 Amy 14,425 0.781 -7 -1,565 20 Anthony 22,085 1.148 1 1,128
21 Crystal 14,399 0.780 -9 -2,162 21 Eric 20,838 1.083 1 -115
22 Michelle 13,967 0.757 -5 -1,531 22 Adam 20,167 1.048 -4 -3,767
23 Tiffany 13,681 0.741 -9 -2,174 23 Kevin 18,811 0.978 1 949
24 Emily 13,135 0.712 0 353 24 Steven 18,721 0.973 -1 508
25 Rebecca 12,702 0.688 -2 -644 25 Thomas 17,604 0.915 0 10
26 Erin 11,385 0.617 -1 -1,236 26 Timothy 17,141 0.891 0 147
27 Jamie 11,039 0.598 4 1,277 27 Kyle 16,514 0.858 7 3,970
28 Kelly 11,031 0.598 -1 -186 28 Richard 15,331 0.797 -1 -262
29 Samantha 10,658 0.577 10 2,625 29 Jeffrey 14,498 0.754 -1 -264
30 Sara 10,556 0.572 2 1,243 30 Jeremy 13,447 0.699 1 192
31 Angela 10,227 0.554 -5 -1,067 31 Benjamin 13,428 0.698 -1 165
32 Katherine 10,127 0.549 -2 -30 32 Mark 13,190 0.686 0 -25
33 Andrea 10,050 0.544 -5 -297 33 Aaron 13,135 0.683 -4 -269
34 Erica 9,525 0.516 0 248 34 Charles 12,893 0.670 -1 -46
35 Mary 9,244 0.501 -2 -45 35 Jacob 12,272 0.638 2 923
36 Lisa 9,017 0.488 -7 -1,219 36 Stephen 12,208 0.635 -1 117
37 Lindsey 8,465 0.459 -2 -543 37 Patrick 11,639 0.605 -1 118
38 Kristen 8,443 0.457 0 57 38 Sean 11,448 0.595 5 1,429
39 Katie 7,993 0.433 5 823 39 Zachary 11,341 0.590 6 2,270
40 Lindsay 7,872 0.426 -4 -636 40 Nathan 10,650 0.554 -2 38
41 Shannon 7,713 0.418 -4 -763 41 Dustin 10,442 0.543 0 43
42 Vanessa 7,566 0.410 3 410 42 Paul 10,312 0.536 -2 -146
43 Courtney 7,534 0.408 3 386 43 Tyler 10,214 0.531 4 1,507
44 Christine 7,440 0.403 -1 141 44 Scott 10,141 0.527 -5 -440
45 Alicia 7,122 0.386 -5 -697 45 Gregory 9,769 0.508 -1 79
46 Allison 7,029 0.381 5 991 46 Travis 9,092 0.473 -4 -1,153
47 April 6,692 0.363 -5 -873 47 Kenneth 8,998 0.468 -1 209
48 Kathryn 6,632 0.359 0 92 48 Bryan 8,719 0.453 0 452
49 Kristin 6,566 0.356 -2 -442 49 Jose 8,400 0.437 0 393
50 Jenna 6,434 0.349 4 555 50 Alexander 8,290 0.431 4 1,799

 

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.