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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1988

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1988 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 51,538 2.681 -247 -50,267 1 Michael 64,133 3.205 -11 -51,554
2 Ashley 49,961 2.599 -120 -47,444 2 Christopher 52,996 2.648 -36 -44,741
3 Amanda 39,455 2.052 -331 -38,501 3 Matthew 45,868 2.292 -13 -34,257
4 Sarah 28,366 1.475 -58 -24,380 4 Joshua 42,649 2.131 -35 -34,410
5 Jennifer 27,887 1.451 -305 -26,845 5 Andrew 35,738 1.786 -35 -27,523
6 Brittany 26,815 1.395 -706 -26,415 6 David 35,313 1.764 -17 -25,189
7 Stephanie 22,836 1.188 -280 -21,710 7 Justin 35,042 1.751 -119 -31,921
8 Samantha 20,699 1.077 -46 -16,396 8 Daniel 34,694 1.734 -7 -23,054
9 Nicole 20,310 1.056 -174 -18,656 9 James 32,503 1.624 5 -18,271
10 Elizabeth 20,036 1.042 -3 -11,121 10 Robert 30,313 1.515 -55 -24,806
11 Lauren 19,636 1.021 -137 -17,658 11 John 29,401 1.469 -16 -19,967
12 Megan 18,567 0.966 -487 -17,943 12 Joseph 29,003 1.449 -7 -18,643
13 Tiffany 18,364 0.955 -567 -17,848 13 Ryan 27,739 1.386 -30 -20,087
14 Heather 18,037 0.938 -1,115 -17,818 14 Nicholas 25,291 1.264 -54 -19,970
15 Amber 16,678 0.867 -386 -15,902 15 Jonathan 24,346 1.216 -40 -17,875
16 Melissa 16,544 0.861 -257 -15,376 16 William 24,122 1.205 13 -9,218
17 Danielle 16,254 0.845 -334 -15,348 17 Brandon 23,728 1.186 -97 -20,254
18 Emily 15,870 0.825 6 -6,124 18 Anthony 23,630 1.181 -14 -14,828
19 Rachel 15,344 0.798 -176 -13,753 19 Eric 20,160 1.007 -124 -17,403
20 Kayla 13,430 0.699 -118 -11,322 20 Kevin 20,158 1.007 -81 -16,353
21 Michelle 13,336 0.694 -193 -11,915 21 Kyle 19,889 0.994 -190 -18,066
22 Christina 12,955 0.674 -386 -12,185 22 Brian 19,525 0.976 -195 -17,762
23 Laura 12,117 0.630 -317 -11,178 23 Thomas 18,799 0.939 -25 -11,668
24 Courtney 12,043 0.626 -924 -11,767 24 Steven 17,859 0.892 -158 -15,711
25 Kimberly 11,946 0.621 -139 -10,123 25 Timothy 16,802 0.840 -139 -14,409
26 Rebecca 11,869 0.617 -190 -10,453 26 Adam 16,458 0.822 -51 -11,554
27 Katherine 11,149 0.580 -78 -8,316 27 Jason 15,904 0.795 -65 -11,683
28 Crystal 10,100 0.525 -616 -9,645 28 Jacob 15,872 0.793 18 -2,766
29 Amy 10,033 0.522 -145 -8,309 29 Zachary 15,865 0.793 -74 -12,086
30 Sara 10,013 0.521 -128 -8,141 30 Benjamin 15,185 0.759 24 -1,452
31 Erica 9,588 0.499 -800 -9,263 31 Aaron 14,403 0.720 -15 -7,238
32 Kelly 8,912 0.464 -563 -8,412 32 Richard 14,141 0.707 -143 -11,872
33 Chelsea 8,880 0.462 -348 -8,067 33 Tyler 13,340 0.667 -73 -9,596
34 Mary 8,510 0.443 -92 -6,129 34 Alexander 13,330 0.666 21 -863
35 Andrea 8,391 0.436 -93 -6,079 35 Jeremy 13,164 0.658 -158 -11,129
36 Kristen 8,382 0.436 -1,090 -8,161 36 Jeffrey 12,392 0.619 -287 -11,343
37 Erin 8,262 0.430 -370 -7,491 37 Charles 12,102 0.605 -12 -4,972
38 Angela 7,912 0.412 -196 -6,568 38 Sean 11,783 0.589 -213 -10,314
39 Whitney 7,851 0.408 -799 -7,528 39 Mark 11,704 0.585 -164 -9,768
40 Katie 7,766 0.404 -369 -6,996 40 Stephen 11,600 0.580 -231 -10,279
41 Vanessa 7,514 0.391 -163 -6,006 41 Travis 11,418 0.571 -259 -10,257
42 Victoria 7,280 0.379 23 -13 42 Patrick 11,389 0.569 -129 -9,106
43 Lisa 7,264 0.378 -841 -6,959 43 Cody 10,580 0.529 -235 -9,296
44 Caitlin 7,245 0.377 -1,379 -7,086 44 Nathan 10,148 0.507 -1 -2,758
45 Jamie 7,182 0.374 -570 -6,694 45 Samuel 9,557 0.478 24 766
46 Allison 7,142 0.371 -14 -3,125 46 Paul 9,428 0.471 -179 -7,744
47 Alyssa 7,137 0.371 -86 -4,910 47 Scott 9,346 0.467 -437 -8,744
48 Lindsey 7,000 0.364 -825 -6,690 48 Dustin 9,336 0.466 -479 -8,803
49 Alexandra 6,966 0.362 -71 -4,374 49 Jose 9,001 0.450 -32 -4,226
50 Alicia 6,697 0.348 -309 -5,836 50 Gregory 8,629 0.431 -325 -7,748

 

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.