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Bessie Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Bessie?

The rare name Bessie was the 8,823rd Most Popular Girls Name in the United States in 2017.

Bessie, although not presently in the top 1000, did once enjoy higher rankings.

Its highest popularity RANKING of #9 was reached in 1889.

But, the greatest number of babies were given the name in 1916 with 4,122 occurrences.

The least number of children given the name Bessie was 7 in 2004.

Bessie, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1881-1888, 1897-1900, and 1909-1916, whereas 1965-1968, 1974-1977, 1980-1983, 1985-1988, and 1996-1999 were years of successive downward movement.

Where is the name Bessie popularity headed?

Bessie's popularity is at an extremely low point when measured against its most notable year.

For a number of years, the name Bessie has steadily decreased in popularity. however, the number of children named Bessie lately has remained about the same.

The name Bessie 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, Bessie has fallen out of favor as a given name.

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   Bessie (Girl)Bessie (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 12 8,823 < 5 --
2016 8 11,912 < 5 --
2015 11 9,555 < 5 --
2014 11 9,617 < 5 --
2013 17 7,088 < 5 --
2012 13 8,701 < 5 --
2011 9 11,302 < 5 --
2010 8 12,440 < 5 --
2009 9 11,593 < 5 --
2008 15 8,176 < 5 --
2007 15 8,154 < 5 --
2006 19 6,620 < 5 --
2005 15 7,559 < 5 --
2004 7 12,950 < 5 --
2003 15 7,257 < 5 --
2002 28 4,396 < 5 --
2001 26 4,576 < 5 --
2000 30 4,088 < 5 --
1999 21 5,059 < 5 --
1998 27 4,151 < 5 --
1997 32 3,557 < 5 --
1996 30 3,637 < 5 --
1995 26 3,988 < 5 --
1994 37 3,106 < 5 --
1993 24 4,274 < 5 --
1992 51 2,488 < 5 --
1991 65 2,076 < 5 --
1990 73 1,905 < 5 --
1989 60 2,074 < 5 --
1988 52 2,187 < 5 --
1987 59 1,919 < 5 --
1986 66 1,750 < 5 --
1985 85 1,461 < 5 --
1984 68 1,616 < 5 --
1983 67 1,646 < 5 --
1982 89 1,374 < 5 --
1981 103 1,253 < 5 --
1980 99 1,287 < 5 --
1979 101 1,262 < 5 --
1978 91 1,314 < 5 --
1977 92 1,283 < 5 --
1976 106 1,123 < 5 --
1975 131 957 < 5 --
1974 117 1,022 < 5 --
1973 120 990 < 5 --
1972 149 862 < 5 --
1971 140 926 < 5 --
1970 160 844 < 5 --
1969 157 819 < 5 --
1968 159 794 < 5 --
1967 184 724 < 5 --
1966 203 684 < 5 --
1965 272 579 < 5 --
1964 291 579 < 5 --
1963 293 575 < 5 --
1962 330 536 < 5 --
1961 318 557 < 5 --
1960 386 493 < 5 --
1959 393 490 < 5 --
1958 444 451 < 5 --
1957 465 435 < 5 --
1956 514 398 5 3,994
1955 536 381 < 5 --
1954 652 331 < 5 --
1953 649 321 < 5 --
1952 728 297 < 5 --
1951 764 283 < 5 --
1950 794 270 < 5 --
1949 946 241 7 3,048
1948 997 236 5 3,726
1947 1,013 233 < 5 --
1946 1,022 225 5 3,569
1945 1,074 190 < 5 --
1944 1,121 189 < 5 --
1943 1,148 190 < 5 --
1942 1,266 176 6 3,253
1941 1,175 173 10 2,346
1940 1,296 162 6 3,162
1939 1,362 158 11 2,175
1938 1,418 155 16 1,746
1937 1,551 144 9 2,505
1936 1,645 136 12 2,072
1935 1,755 129 20 1,547
1934 1,831 128 12 2,137
1933 1,882 117 17 1,715
1932 2,095 117 10 2,479
1931 2,114 114 17 1,778
1930 2,383 108 23 1,536
1929 2,380 107 20 1,678
1928 2,663 101 27 1,419
1927 2,973 88 16 2,050
1926 3,054 89 26 1,435
1925 3,267 87 14 2,207
1924 3,404 86 21 1,728
1923 3,387 81 14 2,239
1922 3,447 81 25 1,508
1921 3,677 75 12 2,511
1920 3,906 71 14 2,234
1919 4,106 59 12 2,396
1918 4,101 61 16 2,007
1917 3,928 61 16 1,909
1916 4,122 56 10 2,565
1915 3,888 57 15 1,887
1914 3,260 55 12 1,881
1913 2,951 47 14 1,450
1912 2,832 43 16 1,184
1911 2,279 40 9 1,201
1910 2,392 37 12 936
1909 2,276 35 12 846
1908 2,201 34 5 1,393
1907 2,311 30 11 822
1906 2,396 21 7 1,017
1905 2,446 20 9 844
1904 2,340 21 5 1,225
1903 2,339 21 15 580
1902 2,448 19 7 943
1901 2,183 21 11 638
1900 3,044 15 11 790
1899 2,280 19 < 5 --
1898 2,647 16 6 1,020
1897 2,407 17 6 951
1896 2,435 18 12 647
1895 2,542 15 7 884
1894 2,520 13 15 522
1893 2,352 15 8 775
1892 2,541 13 12 605
1891 2,323 12 8 712
1890 2,370 11 < 5 --
1889 2,343 9 7 804
1888 2,278 10 12 580
1887 1,838 13 5 943
1886 1,791 12 5 981
1885 1,588 13 7 770
1884 1,451 15 5 984
1883 1,241 18 < 5 --
1882 1,144 18 9 656
1881 903 22 8 658
1880 796 23 < 5 --

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.