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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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1995
Girls Number
of Girls
% Rank Number Boys Number
of Boys
% Rank Number
1 Emily 25,151 1.312 2 771 1 Michael 38,365 1.915 0 -3,037
2 Jessica 24,194 1.262 -1 -3,741 2 Matthew 32,073 1.601 0 -803
3 Ashley 23,677 1.235 -1 -2,925 3 Jacob 31,923 1.593 1 794
4 Sarah 21,036 1.097 1 -340 4 Christopher 30,902 1.543 -1 -1,771
5 Samantha 20,548 1.072 -1 -1,097 5 Joshua 29,169 1.456 0 -1,548
6 Taylor 19,151 0.999 0 -1,274 6 Nicholas 27,720 1.384 0 -1,435
7 Hannah 18,595 0.970 0 1,585 7 Tyler 26,953 1.345 0 -2,201
8 Alexis 16,589 0.865 6 2,259 8 Brandon 25,845 1.290 0 -1,059
9 Rachel 16,115 0.841 3 71 9 Austin 25,660 1.281 1 -245
10 Elizabeth 15,995 0.834 0 -190 10 Andrew 25,234 1.260 1 -617
11 Kayla 15,269 0.797 0 -817 11 Daniel 25,111 1.253 -2 -1,608
12 Megan 14,768 0.770 1 -761 12 Joseph 24,754 1.236 0 -591
13 Amanda 13,974 0.729 -4 -2,376 13 David 23,013 1.149 3 -21
14 Brittany 13,796 0.720 -6 -2,680 14 Zachary 22,365 1.116 0 -764
15 Madison 13,410 0.700 14 3,636 15 John 22,180 1.107 -2 -1,056
16 Lauren 12,596 0.657 -1 -847 16 Ryan 21,807 1.089 -1 -1,280
17 Brianna 11,925 0.622 4 45 17 James 21,155 1.056 0 -1,576
18 Victoria 11,857 0.619 2 -394 18 William 20,540 1.025 2 382
19 Jennifer 11,728 0.612 -1 -958 19 Anthony 20,503 1.023 0 23
20 Stephanie 11,642 0.607 -4 -1,336 20 Justin 20,008 0.999 -2 -1,571
21 Courtney 11,343 0.592 -4 -1,427 21 Jonathan 18,592 0.928 2 439
22 Nicole 11,132 0.581 -3 -1,144 22 Alexander 17,960 0.896 -1 -1,486
23 Alyssa 11,021 0.575 4 921 23 Robert 17,674 0.882 -1 -909
24 Rebecca 10,624 0.554 4 719 24 Christian 15,823 0.790 4 2,014
25 Morgan 10,292 0.537 -2 -583 25 Kyle 15,599 0.779 -1 -1,158
26 Alexandra 10,023 0.523 0 -137 26 Kevin 14,583 0.728 -1 -1,269
27 Amber 9,770 0.510 -5 -1,192 27 Jordan 13,852 0.691 2 285
28 Jasmine 9,708 0.506 -3 -571 28 Thomas 13,800 0.689 -1 -359
29 Danielle 9,285 0.484 -5 -1,366 29 Benjamin 13,777 0.688 2 1,062
30 Haley 9,040 0.472 2 835 30 Samuel 13,622 0.680 3 1,190
31 Katherine 8,875 0.463 -1 -110 31 Cody 12,951 0.646 -5 -2,614
32 Abigail 8,604 0.449 4 783 32 Jose 12,154 0.607 3 376
33 Anna 8,565 0.447 -2 1 33 Dylan 12,034 0.601 1 -54
34 Olivia 8,123 0.424 5 499 34 Aaron 11,969 0.597 -4 -1,319
35 Shelby 7,949 0.415 3 317 35 Eric 11,607 0.579 -3 -873
36 Kelsey 7,655 0.399 -3 -527 36 Brian 10,471 0.523 0 -516
37 Maria 7,593 0.396 7 595 37 Nathan 10,283 0.513 2 -21
38 Allison 7,453 0.389 -4 -673 38 Steven 9,649 0.482 -1 -1,012
39 Sydney 7,258 0.379 4 -100 39 Adam 9,555 0.477 -1 -928
40 Kaitlyn 7,240 0.378 2 -145 40 Timothy 8,918 0.445 0 -869
41 Kimberly 7,175 0.374 -4 -570 41 Jason 8,697 0.434 0 -304
42 Melissa 7,169 0.374 -7 -708 42 Logan 8,374 0.418 9 1,422
43 Savannah 6,998 0.365 25 2,095 43 Charles 8,247 0.412 1 -226
44 Mary 6,956 0.363 -4 -496 44 Patrick 8,193 0.409 -1 -479
45 Brooke 6,725 0.351 7 351 45 Richard 8,179 0.408 -3 -605
46 Natalie 6,692 0.349 5 268 46 Sean 7,895 0.394 -1 -269
47 Michelle 6,596 0.344 -6 -795 47 Hunter 7,602 0.379 6 889
48 Julia 6,312 0.329 14 901 48 Caleb 7,545 0.377 6 891
49 Jordan 6,297 0.329 1 -182 49 Cameron 7,388 0.369 0 360
50 Sara 6,287 0.328 -2 -406 50 Noah 7,182 0.359 49 3,359

 

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.