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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 0 4,328 1 Michael 64,205 3.342 0 -701
2 Ashley 49,675 2.692 0 2,668 2 Christopher 56,682 2.951 0 -2,918
3 Amanda 40,527 2.197 1 1,472 3 Matthew 46,923 2.443 0 -150
4 Jennifer 36,184 1.961 -1 -6,466 4 Joshua 37,538 1.954 0 -4,657
5 Sarah 28,154 1.526 0 3,274 5 David 37,139 1.933 1 -1,374
6 Stephanie 22,646 1.227 0 -592 6 Daniel 36,571 1.904 -1 -1,970
7 Nicole 21,286 1.154 0 -1,682 7 James 34,034 1.772 0 -1,820
8 Brittany 20,311 1.101 9 4,873 8 Andrew 33,856 1.762 3 3,688
9 Heather 19,792 1.073 -1 -1,361 9 Robert 31,341 1.632 -1 -747
10 Elizabeth 19,069 1.034 -1 -1,471 10 John 30,203 1.572 -1 -1,296
11 Megan 18,593 1.008 -1 -1,420 11 Ryan 29,509 1.536 1 -386
12 Melissa 17,664 0.957 -1 -2,291 12 Joseph 28,833 1.501 -2 -1,380
13 Amber 16,951 0.919 3 1,447 13 Brandon 27,253 1.419 0 -2,048
14 Lauren 16,675 0.904 1 909 14 Justin 26,627 1.386 1 1,086
15 Rachel 15,452 0.837 -2 -906 15 William 24,328 1.266 1 -276
16 Danielle 14,941 0.810 2 -468 16 Jonathan 23,969 1.248 1 -150
17 Tiffany 14,481 0.785 6 800 17 Nicholas 22,798 1.187 2 407
18 Kimberly 14,417 0.781 1 -495 18 Jason 22,395 1.166 -4 -3,640
19 Christina 14,378 0.779 -7 -2,220 19 Anthony 21,949 1.143 1 -136
20 Laura 14,175 0.768 -6 -1,825 20 Brian 21,023 1.094 -2 -2,033
21 Samantha 14,092 0.764 8 3,434 21 Kevin 19,931 1.038 2 1,120
22 Amy 13,458 0.729 -2 -967 22 Eric 19,525 1.016 -1 -1,313
23 Michelle 13,300 0.721 -1 -667 23 Kyle 19,308 1.005 4 2,794
24 Emily 13,234 0.717 0 99 24 Adam 18,157 0.945 -2 -2,010
25 Crystal 12,689 0.688 -4 -1,710 25 Steven 18,098 0.942 -1 -623
26 Rebecca 11,788 0.639 -1 -914 26 Thomas 17,350 0.903 -1 -254
27 Sara 11,049 0.599 3 493 27 Timothy 16,873 0.878 -1 -268
28 Katherine 10,571 0.573 4 444 28 Jeremy 16,264 0.847 2 2,817
29 Kelly 10,414 0.564 -1 -617 29 Richard 15,007 0.781 -1 -324
30 Erin 10,068 0.546 -4 -1,317 30 Benjamin 13,789 0.718 1 361
31 Erica 9,974 0.541 3 449 31 Jacob 13,649 0.711 4 1,377
32 Whitney 9,533 0.517 41 5,700 32 Jeffrey 13,646 0.710 -3 -852
33 Angela 9,268 0.502 -2 -959 33 Aaron 12,690 0.661 0 -445
34 Jamie 9,231 0.500 -7 -1,808 34 Charles 12,620 0.657 0 -273
35 Courtney 9,119 0.494 8 1,585 35 Mark 12,605 0.656 -3 -585
36 Andrea 8,635 0.468 -3 -1,415 36 Stephen 11,875 0.618 0 -333
37 Mary 8,506 0.461 -2 -738 37 Sean 11,777 0.613 1 329
38 Katie 8,332 0.452 1 339 38 Zachary 11,723 0.610 1 382
39 Lindsey 8,054 0.437 -2 -411 39 Patrick 11,403 0.594 -2 -236
40 Lisa 7,902 0.428 -4 -1,115 40 Tyler 10,910 0.568 3 696
41 Kristen 7,844 0.425 -3 -599 41 Alexander 10,600 0.552 9 2,310
42 Allison 7,576 0.411 4 547 42 Dustin 10,316 0.537 -1 -126
43 Vanessa 7,467 0.405 -1 -99 43 Nathan 9,995 0.520 -3 -655
44 Shannon 7,404 0.401 -3 -309 44 Scott 9,962 0.519 0 -179
45 Alicia 7,016 0.380 0 -106 45 Paul 9,709 0.505 -3 -603
46 Lindsay 6,950 0.377 -6 -922 46 Gregory 9,534 0.496 -1 -235
47 Christine 6,918 0.375 -3 -522 47 Bryan 8,648 0.450 1 -71
48 Kathryn 6,392 0.346 0 -240 48 Jesse 8,541 0.445 3 324
49 Maria 6,131 0.332 3 123 49 Travis 8,476 0.441 -3 -616
50 Kristin 6,000 0.325 -1 -566 50 Kenneth 8,451 0.440 -3 -547

 

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.