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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1986

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1986 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 52,674 2.855 -247 -51,403 1 Michael 64,205 3.342 -11 -51,626
2 Ashley 49,675 2.692 -120 -47,158 2 Christopher 56,682 2.951 -36 -48,427
3 Amanda 40,527 2.197 -331 -39,573 3 Matthew 46,923 2.443 -13 -35,312
4 Jennifer 36,184 1.961 -306 -35,142 4 Joshua 37,538 1.954 -35 -29,299
5 Sarah 28,154 1.526 -57 -24,168 5 David 37,139 1.933 -18 -27,015
6 Stephanie 22,646 1.227 -281 -21,520 6 Daniel 36,571 1.904 -9 -24,931
7 Nicole 21,286 1.154 -176 -19,632 7 James 34,034 1.772 3 -19,802
8 Brittany 20,311 1.101 -704 -19,911 8 Andrew 33,856 1.762 -32 -25,641
9 Heather 19,792 1.073 -1,120 -19,573 9 Robert 31,341 1.632 -56 -25,834
10 Elizabeth 19,069 1.034 -3 -10,154 10 John 30,203 1.572 -17 -20,769
11 Megan 18,593 1.008 -488 -17,969 11 Ryan 29,509 1.536 -32 -21,857
12 Melissa 17,664 0.957 -261 -16,496 12 Joseph 28,833 1.501 -7 -18,473
13 Amber 16,951 0.919 -388 -16,175 13 Brandon 27,253 1.419 -101 -23,779
14 Lauren 16,675 0.904 -134 -14,697 14 Justin 26,627 1.386 -112 -23,506
15 Rachel 15,452 0.837 -180 -13,861 15 William 24,328 1.266 12 -9,424
16 Danielle 14,941 0.810 -335 -14,035 16 Jonathan 23,969 1.248 -39 -17,498
17 Tiffany 14,481 0.785 -563 -13,965 17 Nicholas 22,798 1.187 -51 -17,477
18 Kimberly 14,417 0.781 -146 -12,594 18 Jason 22,395 1.166 -74 -18,174
19 Christina 14,378 0.779 -389 -13,608 19 Anthony 21,949 1.143 -13 -13,147
20 Laura 14,175 0.768 -320 -13,236 20 Brian 21,023 1.094 -197 -19,260
21 Samantha 14,092 0.764 -33 -9,789 21 Kevin 19,931 1.038 -80 -16,126
22 Amy 13,458 0.729 -152 -11,734 22 Eric 19,525 1.016 -121 -16,768
23 Michelle 13,300 0.721 -191 -11,879 23 Kyle 19,308 1.005 -188 -17,485
24 Emily 13,234 0.717 12 -3,488 24 Adam 18,157 0.945 -53 -13,253
25 Crystal 12,689 0.688 -619 -12,234 25 Steven 18,098 0.942 -157 -15,950
26 Rebecca 11,788 0.639 -190 -10,372 26 Thomas 17,350 0.903 -22 -10,219
27 Sara 11,049 0.599 -131 -9,177 27 Timothy 16,873 0.878 -137 -14,480
28 Katherine 10,571 0.573 -77 -7,738 28 Jeremy 16,264 0.847 -165 -14,229
29 Kelly 10,414 0.564 -566 -9,914 29 Richard 15,007 0.781 -146 -12,738
30 Erin 10,068 0.546 -377 -9,297 30 Benjamin 13,789 0.718 24 -56
31 Erica 9,974 0.541 -800 -9,649 31 Jacob 13,649 0.711 21 -543
32 Whitney 9,533 0.517 -806 -9,210 32 Jeffrey 13,646 0.710 -291 -12,597
33 Angela 9,268 0.502 -201 -7,924 33 Aaron 12,690 0.661 -13 -5,525
34 Jamie 9,231 0.500 -581 -8,743 34 Charles 12,620 0.657 -15 -5,490
35 Courtney 9,119 0.494 -913 -8,843 35 Mark 12,605 0.656 -168 -10,669
36 Andrea 8,635 0.468 -92 -6,323 36 Stephen 11,875 0.618 -235 -10,554
37 Mary 8,506 0.461 -89 -6,125 37 Sean 11,777 0.613 -214 -10,308
38 Katie 8,332 0.452 -371 -7,562 38 Zachary 11,723 0.610 -65 -7,944
39 Lindsey 8,054 0.437 -834 -7,744 39 Patrick 11,403 0.594 -132 -9,120
40 Lisa 7,902 0.428 -844 -7,597 40 Tyler 10,910 0.568 -66 -7,166
41 Kristen 7,844 0.425 -1,085 -7,623 41 Alexander 10,600 0.552 28 1,867
42 Allison 7,576 0.411 -18 -3,559 42 Dustin 10,316 0.537 -485 -9,783
43 Vanessa 7,467 0.405 -161 -5,959 43 Nathan 9,995 0.520 -2 -2,605
44 Shannon 7,404 0.401 -1,297 -7,231 44 Scott 9,962 0.519 -440 -9,360
45 Alicia 7,016 0.380 -314 -6,155 45 Paul 9,709 0.505 -180 -8,025
46 Lindsay 6,950 0.377 -1,102 -6,735 46 Gregory 9,534 0.496 -329 -8,653
47 Christine 6,918 0.375 -739 -6,572 47 Bryan 8,648 0.450 -163 -6,821
48 Kathryn 6,392 0.346 -376 -5,648 48 Jesse 8,541 0.445 -138 -6,467
49 Maria 6,131 0.332 -62 -3,432 49 Travis 8,476 0.441 -251 -7,315
50 Kristin 6,000 0.325 -2,612 -5,935 50 Kenneth 8,451 0.440 -168 -6,700

 

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.