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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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1996
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1996
Girls Number
of Girls
% Rank Number Boys Number
of Boys
% Rank Number
1 Emily 25,732 1.348 0 581 1 Michael 37,549 1.880 0 -815
2 Jessica 21,042 1.102 0 -3,156 2 Jacob 34,153 1.710 1 2,228
3 Ashley 20,896 1.095 0 -2,781 3 Matthew 31,514 1.578 -1 -559
4 Sarah 20,707 1.085 0 -333 4 Christopher 29,105 1.457 0 -1,796
5 Hannah 20,593 1.079 2 1,997 5 Joshua 28,284 1.416 0 -886
6 Samantha 20,169 1.057 -1 -379 6 Nicholas 27,257 1.365 0 -463
7 Taylor 19,502 1.022 -1 350 7 Andrew 25,199 1.262 3 -36
8 Alexis 17,170 0.899 0 581 8 Brandon 25,193 1.261 0 -653
9 Elizabeth 15,423 0.808 1 -575 9 Austin 25,117 1.257 0 -543
10 Madison 15,188 0.796 5 1,778 10 Tyler 24,876 1.245 -3 -2,077
11 Megan 14,242 0.746 1 -527 11 Daniel 23,944 1.199 0 -1,172
12 Kayla 13,884 0.727 -1 -1,385 12 Joseph 23,595 1.181 0 -1,159
13 Rachel 13,791 0.722 -4 -2,326 13 Zachary 21,928 1.098 1 -438
14 Lauren 13,245 0.694 2 651 14 David 21,887 1.096 -1 -1,130
15 Alyssa 12,647 0.663 8 1,625 15 John 21,385 1.071 0 -797
16 Amanda 12,241 0.641 -3 -1,734 16 Ryan 20,526 1.028 0 -1,281
17 Brianna 12,007 0.629 0 82 17 James 20,404 1.021 0 -752
18 Jennifer 11,839 0.620 1 111 18 Anthony 20,029 1.003 1 -475
19 Victoria 11,791 0.618 -1 -67 19 William 20,019 1.002 -1 -522
20 Brittany 11,527 0.604 -6 -2,269 20 Justin 18,744 0.938 0 -1,264
21 Nicole 10,744 0.563 1 -388 21 Jonathan 18,539 0.928 0 -54
22 Morgan 10,341 0.542 3 49 22 Alexander 17,110 0.857 0 -851
23 Stephanie 9,778 0.512 -3 -1,864 23 Robert 16,304 0.816 0 -1,369
24 Jasmine 9,679 0.507 4 -29 24 Kyle 15,916 0.797 1 316
25 Rebecca 9,630 0.504 -1 -996 25 Christian 15,058 0.754 -1 -766
26 Abigail 9,628 0.504 6 1,024 26 Jordan 14,760 0.739 1 908
27 Olivia 9,477 0.496 7 1,354 27 Samuel 14,234 0.713 3 610
28 Courtney 9,036 0.473 -7 -2,307 28 Kevin 13,292 0.665 -2 -1,292
29 Amber 8,913 0.467 -2 -857 29 Benjamin 13,267 0.664 0 -511
30 Alexandra 8,750 0.458 -4 -1,273 30 Dylan 12,968 0.649 3 934
31 Haley 8,684 0.455 -1 -357 31 Thomas 12,896 0.646 -3 -904
32 Katherine 8,516 0.446 -1 -359 32 Jose 11,924 0.597 0 -230
33 Anna 8,340 0.437 0 -229 33 Aaron 11,169 0.559 1 -802
34 Danielle 8,034 0.421 -5 -1,251 34 Nathan 10,442 0.523 3 159
35 Sydney 8,032 0.421 4 774 35 Eric 10,317 0.516 0 -1,290
36 Emma 7,742 0.406 17 1,598 36 Cody 10,294 0.515 -5 -2,657
37 Julia 7,340 0.385 11 1,028 37 Brian 9,732 0.487 -1 -739
38 Maria 7,311 0.383 -1 -283 38 Noah 9,277 0.464 12 2,095
39 Allison 7,274 0.381 -1 -179 39 Adam 8,804 0.441 0 -751
40 Jordan 7,166 0.375 9 869 40 Steven 8,766 0.439 -2 -884
41 Kaitlyn 7,005 0.367 -1 -235 41 Jason 8,745 0.438 0 48
42 Destiny 6,727 0.352 14 871 42 Logan 8,619 0.431 0 245
43 Shelby 6,700 0.351 -8 -1,249 43 Timothy 8,503 0.426 -3 -415
44 Melissa 6,679 0.350 -2 -490 44 Hunter 8,405 0.421 3 803
45 Brooke 6,670 0.349 0 -54 45 Cameron 8,217 0.411 4 829
46 Mary 6,644 0.348 -2 -317 46 Ethan 7,806 0.391 16 1,954
47 Savannah 6,578 0.345 -4 -420 47 Caleb 7,774 0.389 1 227
48 Natalie 6,539 0.343 -2 -153 48 Sean 7,743 0.388 -2 -152
49 Kimberly 6,182 0.324 -8 -993 49 Charles 7,655 0.383 -6 -592
50 Sara 6,158 0.323 0 -130 50 Patrick 7,489 0.375 -6 -704

 

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.