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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 25,732 1.348 -11 -17,076 1 Michael 37,549 1.880 -13 -25,929
2 Jessica 21,042 1.102 -310 -19,985 2 Jacob 34,153 1.710 -11 -22,383
3 Ashley 20,896 1.095 -126 -18,629 3 Matthew 31,514 1.578 -17 -21,590
4 Sarah 20,707 1.085 -63 -16,973 4 Christopher 29,105 1.457 -38 -21,844
5 Hannah 20,593 1.079 -28 -14,964 5 Joshua 28,284 1.416 -36 -20,920
6 Samantha 20,169 1.057 -54 -16,272 6 Nicholas 27,257 1.365 -68 -22,456
7 Taylor 19,502 1.022 -114 -17,024 7 Andrew 25,199 1.262 -36 -17,965
8 Alexis 17,170 0.899 -171 -15,530 8 Brandon 25,193 1.261 -116 -22,010
9 Elizabeth 15,423 0.808 -4 -6,910 9 Austin 25,117 1.257 -71 -20,466
10 Madison 15,188 0.796 -12 -8,152 10 Tyler 24,876 1.245 -109 -21,578
11 Megan 14,242 0.746 -534 -13,678 11 Daniel 23,944 1.199 -4 -12,771
12 Kayla 13,884 0.727 -137 -12,009 12 Joseph 23,595 1.181 -11 -14,040
13 Rachel 13,791 0.722 -185 -12,247 13 Zachary 21,928 1.098 -96 -18,400
14 Lauren 13,245 0.694 -157 -11,549 14 David 21,887 1.096 -8 -12,190
15 Alyssa 12,647 0.663 -135 -10,777 15 John 21,385 1.071 -12 -12,266
16 Amanda 12,241 0.641 -353 -11,397 16 Ryan 20,526 1.028 -30 -13,621
17 Brianna 12,007 0.629 -115 -9,772 17 James 20,404 1.021 13 -6,879
18 Jennifer 11,839 0.620 -327 -10,924 18 Anthony 20,029 1.003 -20 -12,026
19 Victoria 11,791 0.618 -2 -4,702 19 William 20,019 1.002 16 -5,503
20 Brittany 11,527 0.604 -859 -11,222 20 Justin 18,744 0.938 -121 -15,957
21 Nicole 10,744 0.563 -197 -9,328 21 Jonathan 18,539 0.928 -42 -12,827
22 Morgan 10,341 0.542 -142 -8,592 22 Alexander 17,110 0.857 11 -5,121
23 Stephanie 9,778 0.512 -295 -8,752 23 Robert 16,304 0.816 -48 -11,164
24 Jasmine 9,679 0.507 -112 -7,546 24 Kyle 15,916 0.797 -199 -14,248
25 Rebecca 9,630 0.504 -189 -8,188 25 Christian 15,058 0.754 -30 -8,549
26 Abigail 9,628 0.504 15 168 26 Jordan 14,760 0.739 -56 -10,114
27 Olivia 9,477 0.496 25 8,444 27 Samuel 14,234 0.713 6 -4,500
28 Courtney 9,036 0.473 -1,164 -8,837 28 Kevin 13,292 0.665 -97 -10,168
29 Amber 8,913 0.467 -442 -8,255 29 Benjamin 13,267 0.664 23 114
30 Alexandra 8,750 0.458 -95 -6,356 30 Dylan 12,968 0.649 -1 -4,419
31 Haley 8,684 0.455 -354 -7,882 31 Thomas 12,896 0.646 -18 -6,117
32 Katherine 8,516 0.446 -80 -5,850 32 Jose 11,924 0.597 -57 -7,632
33 Anna 8,340 0.437 -21 -4,195 33 Aaron 11,169 0.559 -27 -5,216
34 Danielle 8,034 0.421 -348 -7,225 34 Nathan 10,442 0.523 -14 -3,652
35 Sydney 8,032 0.421 -130 -6,283 35 Eric 10,317 0.516 -125 -7,928
36 Emma 7,742 0.406 35 10,946 36 Cody 10,294 0.515 -247 -9,057
37 Julia 7,340 0.385 -56 -4,351 37 Brian 9,732 0.487 -198 -8,114
38 Maria 7,311 0.383 -78 -4,716 38 Noah 9,277 0.464 36 8,990
39 Allison 7,274 0.381 -30 -3,596 39 Adam 8,804 0.441 -39 -4,129
40 Jordan 7,166 0.375 -335 -6,338 40 Steven 8,766 0.439 -158 -6,744
41 Kaitlyn 7,005 0.367 -346 -6,209 41 Jason 8,745 0.438 -59 -4,898
42 Destiny 6,727 0.352 -233 -5,538 42 Logan 8,619 0.431 32 3,733
43 Shelby 6,700 0.351 -383 -5,968 43 Timothy 8,503 0.426 -122 -6,173
44 Melissa 6,679 0.350 -253 -5,565 44 Hunter 8,405 0.421 -12 -2,339
45 Brooke 6,670 0.349 -156 -5,152 45 Cameron 8,217 0.411 -24 -2,946
46 Mary 6,644 0.348 -80 -4,317 46 Ethan 7,806 0.391 34 4,048
47 Savannah 6,578 0.345 2 -1,833 47 Caleb 7,774 0.389 2 -845
48 Natalie 6,539 0.343 9 -1,444 48 Sean 7,743 0.388 -221 -6,433
49 Kimberly 6,182 0.324 -121 -4,486 49 Charles 7,655 0.383 -3 -1,051
50 Sara 6,158 0.323 -123 -4,466 50 Patrick 7,489 0.375 -139 -5,378

 

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.