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Top 1000 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1988

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1988 Popular Names U.S. - Top 1000 Baby Names
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Girls Number
of Girls
% Rank Number Boys Number
of Boys
% Rank Number
1 Jessica 51,543 2.681 0 -4,451 1 Michael 64,143 3.205 0 488
2 Ashley 49,963 2.599 0 -4,891 2 Christopher 52,997 2.648 0 -1,496
3 Amanda 39,457 2.052 0 -2,329 3 Matthew 45,870 2.292 0 -611
4 Sarah 28,368 1.475 1 478 4 Joshua 42,651 2.131 0 2,651
5 Jennifer 27,889 1.451 -1 -4,814 5 Andrew 35,741 1.786 1 -465
6 Brittany 26,815 1.395 1 4,584 6 David 35,314 1.764 -1 -1,472
7 Stephanie 22,838 1.188 -1 440 7 Justin 35,042 1.751 2 3,550
8 Samantha 20,699 1.077 3 2,758 8 Daniel 34,700 1.734 -1 -1,165
9 Nicole 20,311 1.056 -1 25 9 James 32,510 1.624 -1 -133
10 Elizabeth 20,038 1.042 0 1,431 10 Robert 30,317 1.515 0 88
11 Lauren 19,638 1.021 5 2,933 11 John 29,404 1.469 0 -136
12 Megan 18,569 0.966 0 746 12 Joseph 29,005 1.449 0 492
13 Tiffany 18,364 0.955 5 3,622 13 Ryan 27,738 1.386 0 -745
14 Heather 18,037 0.938 -5 -942 14 Nicholas 25,294 1.264 2 2,042
15 Amber 16,678 0.867 0 -68 15 Jonathan 24,346 1.216 3 1,243
16 Melissa 16,544 0.860 -3 -1,130 16 William 24,126 1.205 -1 -77
17 Danielle 16,253 0.845 -3 -753 17 Brandon 23,730 1.186 -3 -1,088
18 Emily 15,869 0.825 1 1,163 18 Anthony 23,631 1.181 -1 508
19 Rachel 15,343 0.798 -2 -300 19 Eric 20,161 1.007 2 -40
20 Kayla 13,431 0.699 7 2,855 20 Kevin 20,160 1.007 -1 -258
21 Michelle 13,338 0.694 0 305 21 Kyle 19,891 0.994 1 26
22 Christina 12,954 0.674 -2 -860 22 Brian 19,529 0.976 -2 -824
23 Laura 12,118 0.630 -1 -914 23 Thomas 18,802 0.939 1 677
24 Courtney 12,042 0.626 9 3,133 24 Steven 17,861 0.892 1 97
25 Kimberly 11,946 0.621 -2 -1,083 25 Timothy 16,803 0.840 1 -587
26 Rebecca 11,870 0.617 -1 240 26 Adam 16,460 0.822 1 -464
27 Katherine 11,151 0.580 1 717 27 Jason 15,906 0.795 -4 -3,436
28 Crystal 10,100 0.525 -2 -907 28 Jacob 15,874 0.793 3 1,556
29 Amy 10,034 0.522 -5 -1,752 29 Zachary 15,867 0.793 4 2,659
30 Sara 10,012 0.521 -1 -78 30 Benjamin 15,185 0.759 -2 302
31 Erica 9,588 0.499 0 262 31 Aaron 14,405 0.720 3 1,722
32 Kelly 8,911 0.463 -2 -956 32 Richard 14,143 0.707 -2 -260
33 Chelsea 8,880 0.462 14 2,250 33 Tyler 13,340 0.666 6 1,802
34 Mary 8,510 0.443 3 115 34 Alexander 13,332 0.666 3 1,496
35 Andrea 8,390 0.436 1 -102 35 Jeremy 13,165 0.658 -6 -1,307
36 Kristen 8,381 0.436 6 1,021 36 Jeffrey 12,394 0.619 -4 -1,083
37 Erin 8,263 0.430 -3 -583 37 Charles 12,104 0.605 -2 -67
38 Angela 7,913 0.412 -3 -668 38 Sean 11,784 0.589 2 335
39 Whitney 7,852 0.408 -7 -1,068 39 Mark 11,704 0.585 -3 -293
40 Katie 7,765 0.404 -2 -430 40 Stephen 11,603 0.580 -2 55
41 Vanessa 7,515 0.391 2 169 41 Travis 11,418 0.570 1 1,023
42 Victoria 7,280 0.379 8 1,025 42 Patrick 11,389 0.569 -1 248
43 Lisa 7,265 0.378 -3 -280 43 Cody 10,580 0.529 6 1,912
44 Caitlin 7,246 0.377 19 2,256 44 Nathan 10,150 0.507 1 241
45 Jamie 7,183 0.374 -6 -731 45 Samuel 9,559 0.478 5 985
46 Allison 7,142 0.371 -2 -199 46 Paul 9,428 0.471 0 -272
47 Alyssa 7,137 0.371 13 2,004 47 Scott 9,346 0.467 -4 -844
48 Lindsey 7,001 0.364 -7 -453 48 Dustin 9,337 0.466 -4 -765
49 Alexandra 6,967 0.362 10 1,749 49 Jose 9,002 0.450 -1 270
50 Alicia 6,697 0.348 -4 -80 50 Gregory 8,631 0.431 -3 -498

 

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.