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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of All-Time

Some names monopolized the top Number of Occurrences spots for many years. For this reason, only the highest Number of Occurrences listing is shown for each name.
* If Year is set to 'All', Compare To may only be set to 2016 and Order By defaults to Number High to Low.
** If Compare To year is not Year-1, Top may only be set to 100.

 

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All-Time 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 (1947) Linda 99,685 5.484 -668 -99,251 1 (1947) James 94,762 5.102 -4 -79,986
1 (1921) Mary 73,983 5.781 -126 -71,496 1 (1957) Michael 92,716 4.238 -7 -78,718
1 (1972) Jennifer 63,609 3.945 -272 -62,456 2 (1947) Robert 91,641 4.934 -60 -85,688
1 (1965) Lisa 60,267 3.298 -832 -59,925 3 (1947) John 88,319 4.755 -25 -78,367
3 (1951) Patricia 56,446 3.056 -742 -56,066 2 (1955) David 86,211 4.127 -17 -75,183
1 (1987) Jessica 55,988 2.988 -232 -54,613 4 (1947) William 66,977 3.606 1 -51,309
2 (1987) Ashley 54,848 2.927 -99 -51,824 2 (1984) Christopher 60,023 3.199 -34 -51,003
3 (1954) Deborah 54,685 2.747 -812 -54,337 5 (1946) Richard 58,862 3.567 -155 -56,363
4 (1955) Debra 50,541 2.522 -3,166 -50,490 6 (1960) Mark 58,739 2.712 -189 -56,682
4 (1947) Barbara 48,791 2.684 -852 -48,465 2 (1977) Jason 55,654 3.255 -82 -50,803
5 (1955) Susan 47,393 2.364 -917 -47,097 3 (1983) Matthew 50,207 2.695 -12 -37,656
2 (1935) Shirley 42,354 3.897 -1,386 -42,186 8 (1952) Thomas 48,621 2.464 -40 -41,312
3 (1987) Amanda 41,785 2.230 -326 -40,793 4 (1989) Joshua 44,089 2.104 -31 -34,951
5 (1957) Karen 40,588 1.935 -499 -39,974 9 (1947) Charles 40,771 2.195 -42 -33,721
2 (1924) Dorothy 39,997 3.087 -650 -39,549 10 (1952) Gary 38,736 1.963 -595 -38,294
7 (1957) Cynthia 39,321 1.875 -554 -38,771 5 (1985) Daniel 38,533 2.003 -8 -25,694
2 (1930) Betty 38,238 3.278 -1,335 -38,062 10 (1956) Steven 38,380 1.790 -157 -35,999
3 (1989) Brittany 37,786 1.897 -539 -37,216 8 (1972) Brian 36,325 2.169 -196 -34,360
5 (1959) Donna 36,465 1.754 -1,753 -36,348 6 (1987) Andrew 36,199 1.857 -28 -26,875
2 (1918) Helen 36,148 3.006 -406 -35,335 2 (1998) Jacob 36,010 1.777 -5 -21,594
5 (1947) Sandra 34,776 1.913 -872 -34,458 7 (1988) Justin 35,034 1.751 -106 -31,492
2 (1969) Michelle 34,318 1.947 -206 -32,759 10 (1947) Larry 34,935 1.881 -596 -34,493
5 (1946) Carol 34,282 2.126 -1,651 -34,153 11 (1947) Ronald 34,882 1.878 -415 -34,158
3 (1970) Kimberly 34,138 1.863 -129 -31,817 10 (1962) Jeffrey 33,526 1.595 -291 -32,363
2 (1979) Melissa 34,051 1.976 -255 -32,823 12 (1956) Joseph 32,707 1.525 -8 -21,884
7 (1947) Nancy 32,443 1.785 -893 -32,137 10 (1971) Scott 30,919 1.700 -455 -30,264
2 (1975) Amy 32,252 2.066 -174 -30,424 12 (1959) Timothy 30,752 1.420 -141 -28,113
9 (1947) Sharon 28,535 1.570 -919 -28,240 11 (1963) Kevin 30,623 1.483 -78 -26,097
4 (1982) Sarah 28,483 1.570 -53 -24,105 5 (1994) Tyler 30,477 1.496 -86 -26,003
4 (1921) Margaret 28,465 2.224 -135 -26,263 6 (1934) Donald 30,406 2.864 -482 -29,785
12 (1954) Pamela 27,368 1.375 -1,292 -27,186 12 (1985) Ryan 29,889 1.554 -28 -21,674
10 (1951) Kathleen 26,719 1.446 -831 -26,381 6 (1992) Brandon 29,618 1.411 -93 -25,542
1 (1999) Emily 26,538 1.364 -8 -15,612 6 (1995) Nicholas 29,155 1.450 -57 -23,439
5 (1920) Ruth 26,101 2.098 -294 -25,020 14 (1957) Kenneth 28,039 1.282 -194 -26,138
6 (1971) Angela 25,890 1.477 -208 -24,387 6 (1921) George 27,476 2.415 -119 -24,188
5 (1990) Samantha 25,866 1.259 -39 -20,942 18 (1957) Paul 26,985 1.234 -188 -25,064
7 (1943) Judith 25,209 1.756 -882 -24,896 10 (1995) Austin 25,905 1.288 -63 -20,571
7 (1990) Stephanie 24,861 1.210 -228 -23,495 15 (1993) Zachary 25,534 1.237 -75 -21,018
13 (1957) Brenda 24,321 1.160 -827 -23,983 15 (1990) Anthony 25,074 1.166 -15 -15,259
3 (1975) Heather 24,303 1.557 -979 -24,032 18 (1952) Dennis 24,555 1.244 -493 -23,974
13 (1958) Cheryl 24,112 1.168 -2,498 -24,041 15 (1988) Jonathan 24,345 1.217 -41 -17,431
14 (1958) Kathy 23,943 1.159 -1,428 -23,784 18 (1984) Adam 23,938 1.276 -57 -18,762
8 (1963) Lori 23,907 1.203 -1,559 -23,766 18 (1970) Eric 23,583 1.237 -124 -20,674
14 (1955) Diane 23,288 1.162 -1,951 -23,187 21 (1952) Stephen 23,050 1.168 -244 -21,683
2 (2000) Hannah 23,078 1.157 -31 -17,102 18 (1990) Kyle 22,699 1.055 -181 -20,681
7 (1985) Nicole 22,965 1.244 -156 -21,024 5 (2004) Ethan 22,204 1.051 -5 -8,446
1 (2010) Isabella 22,898 1.170 -4 -8,176 21 (1962) Gregory 21,960 1.045 -340 -21,047
2 (2003) Emma 22,702 1.132 1 -3,288 15 (1977) Jeremy 21,614 1.264 -169 -19,495
1 (2012) Sophia 22,292 1.152 -3 -6,222 9 (1924) Edward 21,127 1.807 -154 -18,636
2 (2001) Madison 22,162 1.119 -13 -13,180 21 (1993) Alexander 20,522 0.994 10 -7,201

 

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.