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Benjamin Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Benjamin?

The uber popular name Benjamin was the 6th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2017.

This top 10 contender has enjoyed a rank in the top 250 since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began keeping records.

Position 6, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached for the first time in 2016 and as recently as 2017.

But, the greatest number of babies were given the name in 1989 with 15,730 occurrences.

The least number of children given the name Benjamin was 324 in 1903.

Benjamin, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1908-1915, 1939-1942, 1944-1951, 1965-1981, 1984-1989, 1997-2000, and 2010-2016, whereas 1989-1993 were years of successive downward movement.

Where is the name Benjamin popularity headed?

Benjamin's popularity is at a very high point when measured against its most notable year.

The popularity trend for Benjamin has remained mostly unchanged for a while. , continuing the trend, the number of children named Benjamin lately has remained about the same.

The name Benjamin is a huge favorite and will probably continue to plateu at its present level but may also begin to make a more decisive move up or down.

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   Benjamin (Girl)Benjamin (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 8 11,735 13,733 6
2016 12 8,950 14,629 6
2015 18 6,736 13,692 10
2014 17 7,029 13,790 12
2013 19 6,496 13,494 14
2012 14 8,256 12,821 16
2011 24 5,562 13,061 19
2010 23 5,797 12,428 22
2009 11 10,066 13,111 19
2008 22 6,148 12,946 25
2007 17 7,434 13,275 26
2006 12 9,370 13,755 24
2005 19 6,299 13,572 25
2004 67 2,508 13,818 25
2003 22 5,439 14,073 24
2002 26 4,649 13,478 27
2001 17 6,363 14,329 27
2000 24 4,802 14,840 26
1999 27 4,209 13,660 29
1998 17 5,839 13,059 30
1997 21 4,843 13,266 29
1996 24 4,318 13,777 29
1995 23 4,359 12,715 31
1994 32 3,455 12,787 31
1993 25 4,109 12,679 33
1992 29 3,695 13,452 33
1991 31 3,456 13,872 33
1990 39 2,906 14,621 33
1989 55 2,197 15,730 29
1988 94 1,455 15,185 30
1987 73 1,663 14,880 28
1986 85 1,474 13,789 30
1985 88 1,432 13,428 31
1984 73 1,551 13,263 30
1983 96 1,278 13,287 32
1982 85 1,428 13,818 33
1981 69 1,664 14,354 32
1980 80 1,493 13,635 32
1979 79 1,495 12,520 33
1978 73 1,523 11,415 34
1977 63 1,663 12,112 29
1976 53 1,778 10,680 32
1975 47 1,910 9,552 36
1974 38 2,136 7,189 46
1973 30 2,458 5,235 55
1972 18 3,409 4,504 64
1971 27 2,666 4,251 69
1970 22 3,037 3,930 81
1969 16 3,472 3,383 91
1968 22 2,712 3,019 99
1967 18 2,972 2,508 119
1966 13 3,569 2,378 130
1965 15 3,272 2,338 133
1964 12 3,890 2,507 131
1963 15 3,347 2,350 144
1962 15 3,298 2,509 140
1961 9 4,564 2,387 146
1960 10 4,200 2,245 155
1959 9 4,323 2,335 150
1958 12 3,561 2,255 151
1957 13 3,322 2,490 138
1956 5 6,019 2,467 131
1955 10 3,800 2,449 132
1954 9 3,999 2,451 132
1953 11 3,494 2,418 128
1952 8 4,152 2,440 122
1951 10 3,505 2,347 123
1950 8 3,985 2,187 123
1949 7 4,276 2,018 134
1948 5 5,304 1,959 141
1947 7 4,383 1,931 144
1946 7 4,027 1,656 146
1945 8 3,408 1,562 140
1944 8 3,402 1,621 130
1943 12 2,713 1,718 130
1942 < 5 -- 1,690 129
1941 8 3,272 1,577 124
1940 6 3,904 1,445 128
1939 5 4,313 1,423 124
1938 8 3,202 1,415 125
1937 6 3,847 1,423 119
1936 < 5 -- 1,353 123
1935 7 3,453 1,409 123
1934 7 3,479 1,482 117
1933 10 2,703 1,412 118
1932 12 2,508 1,541 115
1931 8 3,250 1,556 113
1930 8 3,386 1,596 114
1929 17 2,016 1,694 107
1928 16 2,199 1,804 106
1927 7 3,909 1,925 101
1926 13 2,583 1,897 98
1925 8 3,697 2,072 93
1924 5 5,153 2,221 89
1923 5 5,046 2,317 86
1922 8 3,697 2,376 82
1921 9 3,436 2,413 82
1920 6 4,443 2,309 83
1919 10 3,029 2,279 79
1918 < 5 -- 2,431 79
1917 5 4,668 2,386 76
1916 5 4,492 2,186 79
1915 7 3,470 2,241 71
1914 5 3,683 1,823 70
1913 < 5 -- 1,466 70
1912 < 5 -- 1,272 67
1911 < 5 -- 690 64
1910 < 5 -- 536 70
1909 < 5 -- 489 63
1908 < 5 -- 480 63
1907 < 5 -- 460 64
1906 < 5 -- 352 71
1905 < 5 -- 379 68
1904 < 5 -- 358 68
1903 < 5 -- 324 69
1902 < 5 -- 374 61
1901 < 5 -- 343 56
1900 < 5 -- 450 57
1899 < 5 -- 335 57
1898 < 5 -- 405 55
1897 < 5 -- 378 54
1896 < 5 -- 416 51
1895 < 5 -- 452 48
1894 < 5 -- 469 44
1893 < 5 -- 481 42
1892 < 5 -- 525 42
1891 < 5 -- 461 41
1890 < 5 -- 537 37
1889 < 5 -- 760 21
1888 < 5 -- 781 25
1887 < 5 -- 473 34
1886 < 5 -- 463 39
1885 < 5 -- 464 38
1884 < 5 -- 509 38
1883 < 5 -- 508 31
1882 < 5 -- 478 34
1881 < 5 -- 481 31
1880 < 5 -- 490 32

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.