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Ben Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Ben?

The less frequently given name Ben was the 692nd Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2018.

This top 1000 contender has enjoyed a rank in the top 1000 since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began keeping records.

Position 43, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached in 1889.

But, the greatest number of babies were given the name in 1918 with 1,276 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Ben was 259 in 1903.

Ben, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1909-1915.

Where is the name Ben popularity headed?

Ben's popularity is at a low point when measured against its most notable year.

The popularity trend for Ben has remained mostly unchanged for a while. Of late however, the number of parents selecting the name Ben for their newborn has risen.

The name Ben still has a solid footing and has recently started to rise upward in popularity.

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   Ben (Girl)Ben (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 < 5 -- 347 692
2017 < 5 -- 326 730
2016 < 5 -- 350 703
2015 < 5 -- 330 737
2014 < 5 -- 335 717
2013 < 5 -- 308 747
2012 < 5 -- 307 746
2011 < 5 -- 344 685
2010 < 5 -- 337 692
2009 < 5 -- 388 644
2008 < 5 -- 404 614
2007 < 5 -- 409 610
2006 < 5 -- 454 552
2005 < 5 -- 445 542
2004 < 5 -- 451 528
2003 < 5 -- 439 530
2002 < 5 -- 406 545
2001 < 5 -- 391 547
2000 < 5 -- 376 559
1999 < 5 -- 387 535
1998 < 5 -- 352 560
1997 < 5 -- 371 537
1996 < 5 -- 315 578
1995 < 5 -- 322 569
1994 < 5 -- 292 613
1993 < 5 -- 332 556
1992 < 5 -- 357 536
1991 < 5 -- 351 540
1990 < 5 -- 367 514
1989 < 5 -- 437 448
1988 < 5 -- 430 435
1987 < 5 -- 425 424
1986 < 5 -- 429 412
1985 < 5 -- 426 412
1984 < 5 -- 441 388
1983 < 5 -- 432 386
1982 7 8,312 437 387
1981 7 8,200 521 344
1980 5 10,542 518 349
1979 8 7,377 549 332
1978 5 9,904 571 312
1977 < 5 -- 626 307
1976 < 5 -- 590 303
1975 5 9,201 605 307
1974 < 5 -- 541 325
1973 5 8,530 535 324
1972 6 7,346 594 308
1971 < 5 -- 578 322
1970 < 5 -- 619 316
1969 < 5 -- 579 321
1968 < 5 -- 630 300
1967 < 5 -- 554 317
1966 < 5 -- 682 282
1965 5 6,609 728 276
1964 5 6,843 871 260
1963 < 5 -- 945 249
1962 7 5,339 1,045 238
1961 8 4,915 933 257
1960 6 5,751 955 257
1959 9 4,321 934 261
1958 < 5 -- 873 261
1957 < 5 -- 855 258
1956 < 5 -- 738 268
1955 < 5 -- 736 253
1954 6 5,193 754 256
1953 < 5 -- 744 254
1952 5 5,620 721 255
1951 6 4,887 685 255
1950 5 5,358 721 250
1949 9 3,639 762 234
1948 < 5 -- 873 214
1947 < 5 -- 886 215
1946 < 5 -- 820 210
1945 5 4,608 717 201
1944 < 5 -- 752 199
1943 5 4,750 836 192
1942 < 5 -- 850 186
1941 5 4,466 766 190
1940 < 5 -- 815 178
1939 8 3,163 708 189
1938 5 4,398 846 172
1937 5 4,306 815 175
1936 6 3,737 815 169
1935 13 2,315 891 161
1934 9 2,944 831 169
1933 12 2,417 868 163
1932 < 5 -- 966 156
1931 7 3,522 912 163
1930 8 3,384 988 154
1929 14 2,321 957 159
1928 15 2,295 986 156
1927 15 2,347 1,011 156
1926 15 2,363 1,012 155
1925 17 2,203 1,040 153
1924 14 2,528 1,172 140
1923 12 2,746 1,048 148
1922 9 3,403 1,120 139
1921 9 3,435 1,124 139
1920 16 2,276 1,138 137
1919 14 2,400 1,215 126
1918 17 2,112 1,276 128
1917 20 1,779 1,128 129
1916 15 2,145 1,191 119
1915 8 3,167 1,263 113
1914 10 2,286 1,005 110
1913 6 2,860 809 108
1912 7 2,394 731 102
1911 7 1,982 467 86
1910 < 5 -- 454 79
1909 < 5 -- 358 84
1908 < 5 -- 353 78
1907 < 5 -- 314 82
1906 < 5 -- 285 82
1905 < 5 -- 290 84
1904 6 1,676 282 83
1903 < 5 -- 259 81
1902 < 5 -- 273 79
1901 < 5 -- 259 73
1900 < 5 -- 355 73
1899 < 5 -- 259 73
1898 < 5 -- 310 69
1897 7 1,272 291 65
1896 < 5 -- 299 69
1895 < 5 -- 324 63
1894 < 5 -- 326 62
1893 < 5 -- 321 62
1892 < 5 -- 361 60
1891 < 5 -- 302 61
1890 < 5 -- 363 54
1889 7 1,037 453 43
1888 < 5 -- 463 47
1887 < 5 -- 305 58
1886 < 5 -- 335 56
1885 < 5 -- 292 62
1884 < 5 -- 367 52
1883 < 5 -- 306 56
1882 < 5 -- 334 55
1881 < 5 -- 289 56
1880 < 5 -- 305 58

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.