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Alex Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Alex?

In 2017 the somewhat popular name Alex, ranked the 151st Most Popular Boys Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 250 most popular, Alex has been a top 500 placer since the Social Security Administration began keeping records in 1880.

Position 47, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached in 1995.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1993 with 7,637 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Alex in any given year was 114 in 1881.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Alex occurred roughly during the years 1906-1916, 1944-1947, 1954-1959, and 1978-1988, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 2007-2016.

The popularity trend for Alex has steadily decreased for a while. In recent years, continuing the trend, the number of babies given the name Alex has dropped.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Alex?

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at a low point.

The name Alex is favored by many parents but will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

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   Alex (Girl)Alex (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 188 1,251 2,578 151
2016 175 1,349 2,838 146
2015 185 1,293 3,099 133
2014 160 1,420 3,176 128
2013 146 1,505 3,544 110
2012 130 1,644 3,857 98
2011 167 1,371 4,030 95
2010 171 1,360 4,430 93
2009 174 1,366 5,168 83
2008 167 1,420 5,395 84
2007 191 1,281 6,271 71
2006 234 1,082 6,670 67
2005 229 1,043 6,482 71
2004 241 983 6,810 63
2003 220 1,038 6,792 62
2002 226 977 6,806 63
2001 219 981 6,614 62
2000 238 916 6,746 62
1999 278 786 6,826 58
1998 279 771 6,951 56
1997 322 674 6,855 55
1996 351 638 6,911 54
1995 440 539 7,423 47
1994 393 581 7,240 50
1993 423 562 7,637 52
1992 366 618 7,348 54
1991 369 610 6,672 63
1990 250 801 6,943 59
1989 241 789 6,538 60
1988 269 706 6,404 58
1987 210 829 6,041 60
1986 143 1,055 5,108 64
1985 86 1,445 3,902 80
1984 85 1,380 3,026 93
1983 27 3,065 2,155 123
1982 46 2,185 1,964 143
1981 32 2,776 1,873 148
1980 29 2,999 1,682 156
1979 19 3,906 1,653 157
1978 17 4,082 1,474 164
1977 22 3,371 1,615 153
1976 24 3,003 1,361 172
1975 13 4,597 1,329 175
1974 25 2,835 1,388 171
1973 22 3,019 1,250 184
1972 17 3,541 1,185 196
1971 15 3,945 1,370 187
1970 15 3,873 1,403 191
1969 13 3,960 1,215 206
1968 15 3,459 1,163 200
1967 13 3,657 1,130 205
1966 6 5,812 1,025 218
1965 11 3,952 1,247 200
1964 14 3,516 1,241 218
1963 8 4,899 1,306 214
1962 13 3,596 1,271 217
1961 21 2,674 1,218 228
1960 17 2,991 1,228 226
1959 12 3,620 1,164 233
1958 14 3,227 1,017 246
1957 10 3,937 899 253
1956 7 4,840 809 253
1955 6 5,216 713 263
1954 8 4,280 743 260
1953 12 3,271 713 260
1952 7 4,483 701 258
1951 9 3,718 692 253
1950 9 3,667 752 244
1949 10 3,392 729 242
1948 10 3,348 765 234
1947 11 3,245 795 228
1946 < 5 -- 706 225
1945 < 5 -- 639 217
1944 7 3,690 620 221
1943 7 3,810 659 222
1942 6 4,130 680 215
1941 < 5 -- 641 210
1940 6 3,871 619 208
1939 5 4,257 596 205
1938 5 4,353 603 206
1937 5 4,261 565 210
1936 < 5 -- 563 210
1935 8 3,162 580 208
1934 11 2,568 623 198
1933 5 4,230 604 197
1932 5 4,431 684 192
1931 9 2,978 728 182
1930 13 2,426 759 180
1929 18 1,953 774 180
1928 6 4,203 800 179
1927 18 2,095 888 169
1926 10 3,053 804 179
1925 5 4,985 902 165
1924 5 5,084 979 162
1923 6 4,384 939 161
1922 8 3,666 1,002 155
1921 8 3,674 1,023 149
1920 11 2,902 1,070 142
1919 5 4,830 1,082 137
1918 8 3,517 1,207 131
1917 7 3,718 1,081 132
1916 8 3,267 1,094 128
1915 11 2,532 1,008 131
1914 < 5 -- 789 131
1913 < 5 -- 604 130
1912 < 5 -- 482 135
1911 < 5 -- 268 129
1910 < 5 -- 256 127
1909 < 5 -- 227 123
1908 < 5 -- 199 127
1907 < 5 -- 186 127
1906 < 5 -- 176 122
1905 < 5 -- 166 133
1904 < 5 -- 169 125
1903 < 5 -- 138 135
1902 < 5 -- 154 125
1901 < 5 -- 138 120
1900 < 5 -- 192 120
1899 < 5 -- 133 122
1898 < 5 -- 149 125
1897 < 5 -- 130 128
1896 < 5 -- 165 112
1895 < 5 -- 143 117
1894 < 5 -- 152 112
1893 < 5 -- 133 120
1892 < 5 -- 163 110
1891 < 5 -- 133 109
1890 < 5 -- 147 111
1889 < 5 -- 127 114
1888 < 5 -- 167 102
1887 < 5 -- 136 104
1886 < 5 -- 161 96
1885 < 5 -- 159 92
1884 < 5 -- 148 105
1883 < 5 -- 120 108
1882 < 5 -- 172 89
1881 < 5 -- 114 109
1880 < 5 -- 147 92

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.