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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1996

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1996 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 Emily 25,151 1.312 -11 -16,495 1 Michael 38,364 1.915 -13 -26,744
2 Jessica 24,198 1.262 -310 -23,141 2 Matthew 32,073 1.601 -18 -22,149
3 Ashley 23,677 1.235 -126 -21,410 3 Jacob 31,925 1.594 -10 -20,155
4 Sarah 21,040 1.098 -63 -17,306 4 Christopher 30,901 1.542 -38 -23,640
5 Samantha 20,548 1.072 -55 -16,651 5 Joshua 29,170 1.456 -36 -21,806
6 Taylor 19,152 0.999 -115 -16,674 6 Nicholas 27,720 1.384 -68 -22,919
7 Hannah 18,596 0.970 -26 -12,967 7 Tyler 26,953 1.345 -112 -23,655
8 Alexis 16,589 0.865 -171 -14,949 8 Brandon 25,846 1.290 -116 -22,663
9 Rachel 16,117 0.841 -189 -14,573 9 Austin 25,660 1.281 -71 -21,009
10 Elizabeth 15,998 0.835 -3 -7,485 10 Andrew 25,235 1.260 -33 -18,001
11 Kayla 15,269 0.797 -138 -13,394 11 Daniel 25,116 1.254 -4 -13,943
12 Megan 14,769 0.770 -533 -14,205 12 Joseph 24,754 1.236 -11 -15,199
13 Amanda 13,975 0.729 -356 -13,131 13 David 23,017 1.149 -9 -13,320
14 Brittany 13,796 0.720 -865 -13,491 14 Zachary 22,366 1.116 -95 -18,838
15 Madison 13,410 0.700 -7 -6,374 15 John 22,182 1.107 -12 -13,063
16 Lauren 12,594 0.657 -155 -10,898 16 Ryan 21,807 1.088 -30 -14,902
17 Brianna 11,925 0.622 -115 -9,690 17 James 21,156 1.056 13 -7,631
18 Victoria 11,858 0.619 -3 -4,769 18 William 20,541 1.025 15 -6,025
19 Jennifer 11,728 0.612 -326 -10,813 19 Anthony 20,504 1.023 -19 -12,501
20 Stephanie 11,642 0.607 -298 -10,616 20 Justin 20,008 0.999 -121 -17,221
21 Courtney 11,343 0.592 -1,171 -11,144 21 Jonathan 18,593 0.928 -42 -12,881
22 Nicole 11,132 0.581 -196 -9,716 22 Alexander 17,961 0.897 11 -5,972
23 Alyssa 11,022 0.575 -127 -9,152 23 Robert 17,673 0.882 -48 -12,533
24 Rebecca 10,626 0.554 -190 -9,184 24 Christian 15,824 0.790 -31 -9,315
25 Morgan 10,292 0.537 -139 -8,543 25 Kyle 15,600 0.779 -198 -13,932
26 Alexandra 10,023 0.523 -99 -7,629 26 Kevin 14,584 0.728 -99 -11,460
27 Amber 9,770 0.510 -444 -9,112 27 Jordan 13,852 0.691 -55 -9,206
28 Jasmine 9,708 0.506 -108 -7,575 28 Thomas 13,800 0.689 -21 -7,021
29 Danielle 9,285 0.484 -353 -8,476 29 Benjamin 13,778 0.688 23 -397
30 Haley 9,041 0.472 -355 -8,239 30 Samuel 13,624 0.680 9 -3,890
31 Katherine 8,875 0.463 -81 -6,209 31 Cody 12,951 0.646 -252 -11,714
32 Abigail 8,604 0.449 21 1,192 32 Jose 12,154 0.607 -57 -7,862
33 Anna 8,569 0.447 -21 -4,424 33 Dylan 12,034 0.601 2 -3,485
34 Olivia 8,123 0.424 32 9,798 34 Aaron 11,971 0.598 -26 -6,018
35 Shelby 7,949 0.415 -391 -7,217 35 Eric 11,607 0.579 -125 -9,218
36 Kelsey 7,655 0.399 -381 -6,917 36 Brian 10,471 0.523 -199 -8,853
37 Maria 7,594 0.396 -79 -4,999 37 Nathan 10,283 0.513 -11 -3,493
38 Allison 7,453 0.389 -31 -3,775 38 Steven 9,650 0.482 -160 -7,628
39 Sydney 7,258 0.379 -126 -5,509 39 Adam 9,555 0.477 -39 -4,880
40 Kaitlyn 7,240 0.378 -347 -6,444 40 Timothy 8,918 0.445 -125 -6,588
41 Kimberly 7,175 0.374 -129 -5,479 41 Jason 8,697 0.434 -59 -4,850
42 Melissa 7,169 0.374 -255 -6,055 42 Logan 8,374 0.418 32 3,978
43 Savannah 6,998 0.365 -2 -2,253 43 Charles 8,247 0.412 -9 -1,643
44 Mary 6,961 0.363 -82 -4,634 44 Patrick 8,193 0.409 -145 -6,082
45 Brooke 6,724 0.351 -156 -5,206 45 Richard 8,180 0.408 -143 -6,061
46 Natalie 6,692 0.349 7 -1,597 46 Sean 7,895 0.394 -223 -6,585
47 Michelle 6,596 0.344 -216 -5,357 47 Hunter 7,602 0.379 -9 -1,536
48 Julia 6,312 0.329 -45 -3,323 48 Caleb 7,547 0.377 3 -618
49 Jordan 6,297 0.328 -326 -5,469 49 Cameron 7,388 0.369 -20 -2,117
50 Sara 6,288 0.328 -123 -4,596 50 Noah 7,182 0.358 48 11,085

 

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.