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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1997

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1997 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 25,731 1.348 -8 -14,805 1 Michael 37,548 1.880 -7 -23,550
2 Jessica 21,042 1.102 -231 -19,667 2 Jacob 34,147 1.710 -5 -19,731
3 Ashley 20,895 1.095 -98 -17,871 3 Matthew 31,513 1.578 -12 -18,962
4 Sarah 20,698 1.084 -53 -16,320 4 Christopher 29,103 1.457 -32 -20,083
5 Hannah 20,590 1.079 -28 -14,614 5 Joshua 28,283 1.416 -30 -19,145
6 Samantha 20,170 1.057 -38 -15,246 6 Nicholas 27,257 1.365 -57 -21,541
7 Taylor 19,503 1.022 -82 -16,242 7 Andrew 25,193 1.261 -27 -15,869
8 Alexis 17,170 0.900 -111 -14,508 8 Brandon 25,193 1.261 -91 -21,117
9 Elizabeth 15,417 0.808 -4 -5,924 9 Austin 25,117 1.258 -64 -19,783
10 Madison 15,187 0.796 -5 -6,205 10 Tyler 24,876 1.246 -81 -20,402
11 Megan 14,242 0.746 -421 -13,499 11 Daniel 23,932 1.198 -2 -11,093
12 Kayla 13,884 0.727 -117 -11,428 12 Joseph 23,587 1.181 -8 -12,764
13 Rachel 13,787 0.722 -160 -11,933 13 Zachary 21,927 1.098 -77 -17,411
14 Lauren 13,245 0.694 -120 -10,934 14 David 21,877 1.095 -5 -10,849
15 Alyssa 12,647 0.663 -105 -9,985 15 John 21,375 1.070 -13 -11,423
16 Amanda 12,240 0.641 -313 -11,248 16 Ryan 20,526 1.028 -24 -12,311
17 Brianna 12,006 0.629 -81 -8,930 17 James 20,400 1.021 12 -5,624
18 Jennifer 11,838 0.620 -255 -10,685 18 Anthony 20,028 1.003 -12 -10,213
19 Victoria 11,791 0.618 -2 -4,524 19 William 20,013 1.002 16 -4,345
20 Brittany 11,527 0.604 -522 -10,957 20 Justin 18,744 0.939 -93 -15,202
21 Nicole 10,744 0.563 -142 -8,803 21 Jonathan 18,538 0.928 -35 -11,624
22 Morgan 10,341 0.542 -111 -8,022 22 Alexander 17,110 0.857 11 -3,789
23 Stephanie 9,777 0.512 -212 -8,411 23 Robert 16,303 0.816 -39 -10,350
24 Jasmine 9,678 0.507 -98 -7,053 24 Kyle 15,914 0.797 -175 -13,896
25 Abigail 9,626 0.504 17 2,073 25 Christian 15,058 0.754 -21 -7,474
26 Rebecca 9,624 0.504 -181 -8,061 26 Jordan 14,759 0.739 -41 -9,170
27 Olivia 9,477 0.497 25 9,769 27 Samuel 14,226 0.712 6 -3,734
28 Courtney 9,036 0.473 -800 -8,692 28 Kevin 13,293 0.666 -61 -8,767
29 Amber 8,912 0.467 -346 -8,047 29 Benjamin 13,265 0.664 23 1,304
30 Alexandra 8,750 0.458 -80 -5,919 30 Dylan 12,968 0.649 -2 -3,311
31 Haley 8,684 0.455 -293 -7,685 31 Thomas 12,895 0.646 -17 -5,586
32 Katherine 8,516 0.446 -58 -5,257 32 Jose 11,923 0.597 -45 -6,834
33 Anna 8,336 0.437 -18 -3,587 33 Aaron 11,165 0.559 -16 -4,047
34 Danielle 8,034 0.421 -299 -7,050 34 Nathan 10,440 0.523 -9 -2,507
35 Sydney 8,031 0.421 -100 -5,722 35 Eric 10,318 0.517 -107 -7,409
36 Emma 7,736 0.405 35 11,678 36 Cody 10,293 0.515 -220 -8,902
37 Julia 7,339 0.385 -51 -4,029 37 Brian 9,732 0.487 -167 -7,767
38 Maria 7,311 0.383 -75 -4,523 38 Noah 9,271 0.464 37 9,744
39 Allison 7,274 0.381 -10 -2,512 39 Adam 8,802 0.441 -36 -3,626
40 Jordan 7,166 0.375 -249 -6,053 40 Steven 8,765 0.439 -127 -6,384
41 Kaitlyn 7,005 0.367 -285 -6,011 41 Jason 8,745 0.438 -43 -3,894
42 Destiny 6,726 0.352 -161 -5,153 42 Logan 8,619 0.432 24 2,581
43 Shelby 6,701 0.351 -296 -5,723 43 Timothy 8,503 0.426 -110 -5,864
44 Melissa 6,678 0.350 -213 -5,450 44 Hunter 8,405 0.421 -1 -792
45 Brooke 6,670 0.349 -127 -4,814 45 Cameron 8,216 0.411 -12 -1,409
46 Mary 6,632 0.347 -81 -4,145 46 Ethan 7,806 0.391 36 5,952
47 Savannah 6,578 0.345 9 -1,242 47 Caleb 7,772 0.389 3 142
48 Natalie 6,539 0.343 17 -383 48 Sean 7,743 0.388 -185 -6,086
49 Kimberly 6,181 0.324 -83 -3,860 49 Charles 7,655 0.383 -2 -605
50 Sara 6,156 0.323 -102 -4,132 50 Patrick 7,488 0.375 -120 -5,144

 

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.