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How popular is Alpha?

In 2018 the rare name Alpha, ranked the 15,724th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States.

This once, top 1000 name, Alpha is currently less popular.

Its highest popularity RANKING of #301 was reached in 1881.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1916 with 198 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Alpha was less than 5, most recently in 2017.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Alpha occurred roughly during the years 1884-1889, 1891-1894, 1912-1915, and 1967-1970, whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1927-1930, and 1961-1964.

Sometimes the name Alpha has been more popular as a girls name and sometimes it has been more popular as a boys.

For a number of years, the name Alpha has been spiralling downward in popularity. Of late however, the number of parents selecting the name Alpha for their newborn has remained about the same.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Alpha?

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

The name Alpha is mostly unused and has recently started to plateu at its present level but may also begin to make a more decisive move up or down.

Relative to what it once was, Alpha has fallen out of favor as a given name.

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   Alpha (Girl)Alpha (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 5 15,724 50 2,530
2017 < 5 -- 52 2,442
2016 8 11,812 60 2,226
2015 < 5 -- 43 2,767
2014 < 5 -- 43 2,753
2013 5 16,693 41 2,799
2012 < 5 -- 38 3,004
2011 7 13,426 33 3,307
2010 < 5 -- 44 2,730
2009 < 5 -- 50 2,529
2008 < 5 -- 50 2,514
2007 7 14,013 46 2,641
2006 6 15,247 51 2,404
2005 9 10,958 41 2,656
2004 6 14,265 32 3,074
2003 6 13,940 40 2,546
2002 < 5 -- 38 2,557
2001 10 9,390 39 2,488
2000 13 7,598 35 2,622
1999 8 10,391 33 2,608
1998 19 5,373 20 3,598
1997 22 4,661 17 3,886
1996 34 3,364 15 4,188
1995 5 13,488 14 4,288
1994 < 5 -- 13 4,542
1993 < 5 -- 16 3,825
1992 < 5 -- 7 6,691
1991 < 5 -- 10 5,107
1990 7 10,237 7 6,424
1989 12 6,548 12 4,276
1988 9 7,709 < 5 --
1987 6 9,872 5 6,986
1986 9 7,142 7 5,347
1985 10 6,469 8 4,714
1984 6 9,170 11 3,708
1983 10 6,234 14 3,072
1982 5 10,546 13 3,285
1981 11 5,898 11 3,610
1980 12 5,552 7 4,952
1979 12 5,432 15 2,901
1978 13 4,938 15 2,800
1977 12 5,215 7 4,608
1976 14 4,364 9 3,730
1975 11 5,171 11 3,253
1974 12 4,726 13 2,805
1973 15 3,976 12 2,860
1972 10 5,117 14 2,537
1971 17 3,650 10 3,152
1970 17 3,586 7 3,849
1969 11 4,427 10 2,867
1968 12 4,005 < 5 --
1967 8 4,989 9 2,770
1966 11 3,968 12 2,332
1965 20 2,742 8 2,989
1964 10 4,364 14 2,206
1963 22 2,624 8 3,045
1962 18 2,922 10 2,675
1961 21 2,677 12 2,413
1960 17 2,992 9 2,874
1959 29 2,109 10 2,665
1958 23 2,376 7 3,280
1957 20 2,563 15 2,095
1956 31 1,931 10 2,632
1955 21 2,411 8 2,968
1954 21 2,381 14 2,119
1953 23 2,174 11 2,390
1952 31 1,782 16 1,938
1951 35 1,611 13 2,139
1950 42 1,412 17 1,814
1949 33 1,628 19 1,704
1948 47 1,345 16 1,882
1947 53 1,239 13 2,173
1946 59 1,108 16 1,813
1945 43 1,213 11 2,132
1944 65 963 7 2,866
1943 51 1,124 11 2,282
1942 65 970 < 5 --
1941 52 1,012 15 1,823
1940 72 841 17 1,681
1939 61 898 10 2,290
1938 71 840 18 1,616
1937 77 778 16 1,757
1936 73 791 14 1,874
1935 91 705 20 1,542
1934 99 671 16 1,784
1933 88 693 18 1,647
1932 91 712 28 1,286
1931 101 661 23 1,459
1930 84 767 22 1,560
1929 100 698 15 2,005
1928 125 629 16 1,960
1927 159 562 30 1,350
1926 126 640 20 1,720
1925 143 609 25 1,496
1924 147 619 31 1,330
1923 161 567 26 1,461
1922 166 552 41 1,109
1921 179 528 30 1,360
1920 188 505 23 1,592
1919 189 487 27 1,386
1918 179 513 24 1,500
1917 191 469 39 1,063
1916 198 451 30 1,208
1915 182 455 30 1,181
1914 135 470 23 1,223
1913 148 403 25 996
1912 111 447 20 1,024
1911 110 385 9 1,194
1910 94 406 6 1,427
1909 86 395 < 5 --
1908 96 368 9 948
1907 87 376 10 871
1906 74 399 7 1,008
1905 73 394 5 1,237
1904 97 333 5 1,211
1903 85 341 < 5 --
1902 81 354 14 584
1901 71 360 12 598
1900 78 378 6 1,169
1899 88 319 6 932
1898 75 362 6 1,003
1897 75 339 11 652
1896 82 321 6 984
1895 75 330 < 5 --
1894 72 328 9 731
1893 62 340 < 5 --
1892 59 343 10 690
1891 59 325 7 769
1890 57 337 8 739
1889 58 321 7 796
1888 47 347 6 920
1887 42 328 5 931
1886 38 346 8 698
1885 35 337 12 548
1884 27 385 12 547
1883 32 314 11 556
1882 29 326 14 491
1881 27 301 9 596
1880 26 310 6 813

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.