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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 -15,986 1 Michael 37,548 1.880 -11 -24,969
2 Jessica 21,043 1.102 -246 -19,772 2 Jacob 34,151 1.710 -8 -21,045
3 Ashley 20,895 1.095 -119 -18,378 3 Matthew 31,513 1.578 -13 -19,902
4 Sarah 20,702 1.085 -58 -16,716 4 Christopher 29,103 1.457 -34 -20,848
5 Hannah 20,591 1.079 -27 -14,719 5 Joshua 28,283 1.416 -34 -20,044
6 Samantha 20,169 1.057 -48 -15,866 6 Nicholas 27,257 1.365 -62 -21,936
7 Taylor 19,503 1.022 -105 -16,811 7 Andrew 25,196 1.261 -33 -16,981
8 Alexis 17,170 0.900 -136 -15,126 8 Brandon 25,193 1.261 -106 -21,719
9 Elizabeth 15,419 0.808 -4 -6,504 9 Austin 25,117 1.258 -66 -20,093
10 Madison 15,188 0.796 -7 -7,341 10 Tyler 24,876 1.245 -96 -21,132
11 Megan 14,242 0.746 -488 -13,618 11 Daniel 23,934 1.198 -4 -12,294
12 Kayla 13,884 0.727 -126 -11,776 12 Joseph 23,589 1.181 -7 -13,229
13 Rachel 13,787 0.722 -182 -12,196 13 Zachary 21,927 1.098 -90 -18,148
14 Lauren 13,245 0.694 -134 -11,267 14 David 21,882 1.096 -9 -11,758
15 Alyssa 12,647 0.663 -118 -10,420 15 John 21,379 1.070 -12 -11,945
16 Amanda 12,242 0.641 -318 -11,288 16 Ryan 20,526 1.028 -27 -12,874
17 Brianna 12,007 0.629 -106 -9,503 17 James 20,402 1.021 13 -6,170
18 Jennifer 11,838 0.620 -292 -10,796 18 Anthony 20,028 1.003 -14 -11,226
19 Victoria 11,791 0.618 0 -4,524 19 William 20,017 1.002 16 -5,113
20 Brittany 11,527 0.604 -692 -11,127 20 Justin 18,744 0.938 -106 -15,623
21 Nicole 10,744 0.563 -162 -9,090 21 Jonathan 18,539 0.928 -34 -12,068
22 Morgan 10,341 0.542 -130 -8,430 22 Alexander 17,110 0.857 9 -4,643
23 Stephanie 9,778 0.512 -264 -8,652 23 Robert 16,304 0.816 -42 -10,797
24 Jasmine 9,678 0.507 -106 -7,422 24 Kyle 15,916 0.797 -187 -14,093
25 Rebecca 9,628 0.504 -191 -8,212 25 Christian 15,058 0.754 -27 -8,090
26 Abigail 9,626 0.504 16 925 26 Jordan 14,759 0.739 -47 -9,645
27 Olivia 9,477 0.496 25 9,155 27 Samuel 14,228 0.712 6 -3,905
28 Courtney 9,036 0.473 -920 -8,760 28 Kevin 13,293 0.666 -73 -9,488
29 Amber 8,914 0.467 -372 -8,138 29 Benjamin 13,266 0.664 23 467
30 Alexandra 8,750 0.458 -90 -6,158 30 Dylan 12,968 0.649 1 -3,700
31 Haley 8,684 0.455 -312 -7,747 31 Thomas 12,895 0.646 -17 -5,764
32 Katherine 8,516 0.446 -73 -5,683 32 Jose 11,924 0.597 -49 -7,149
33 Anna 8,337 0.437 -20 -3,817 33 Aaron 11,168 0.559 -13 -4,003
34 Danielle 8,034 0.421 -317 -7,128 34 Nathan 10,441 0.523 -11 -3,051
35 Sydney 8,032 0.421 -111 -6,025 35 Eric 10,317 0.517 -108 -7,560
36 Emma 7,739 0.405 35 11,999 36 Cody 10,293 0.515 -242 -9,009
37 Julia 7,339 0.384 -56 -4,228 37 Brian 9,732 0.487 -180 -7,969
38 Maria 7,311 0.383 -73 -4,612 38 Noah 9,272 0.464 36 9,054
39 Allison 7,274 0.381 -21 -3,257 39 Adam 8,802 0.441 -38 -3,898
40 Jordan 7,166 0.375 -316 -6,284 40 Steven 8,765 0.439 -142 -6,617
41 Kaitlyn 7,005 0.367 -304 -6,076 41 Jason 8,745 0.438 -51 -4,524
42 Destiny 6,726 0.352 -185 -5,352 42 Logan 8,619 0.432 37 5,355
43 Shelby 6,701 0.351 -329 -5,870 43 Timothy 8,503 0.426 -121 -6,110
44 Melissa 6,679 0.350 -229 -5,511 44 Hunter 8,405 0.421 -9 -1,704
45 Brooke 6,670 0.349 -146 -5,061 45 Cameron 8,216 0.411 -15 -2,291
46 Mary 6,636 0.348 -80 -4,255 46 Ethan 7,806 0.391 32 4,583
47 Savannah 6,578 0.345 9 -1,356 47 Caleb 7,773 0.389 -3 -689
48 Natalie 6,539 0.343 12 -1,023 48 Sean 7,743 0.388 -203 -6,274
49 Kimberly 6,182 0.324 -115 -4,359 49 Charles 7,655 0.383 0 -525
50 Sara 6,157 0.323 -108 -4,285 50 Patrick 7,488 0.375 -121 -5,205

 

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.