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Billy Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Billy?

The less frequently given name Billy was the 835th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2017.

This top 1000 contender has seen rankings outside of the top 1000.

It reached its highest popularity ranking of #19 for the first time in 1931 and as recently as 1935.

The name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1934 with 9,555 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Billy in any given year was less than 5, most recently in 1883.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Billy occurred roughly during the years 1897-1900, and 1906-1930, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1903-1906, 1981-1986, 1991-1997, and 2011-2014.

Where is the name Billy popularity headed?

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

Billy's popularity has been spiralling downward for some time. In recent years, continuing the trend, the number of babies given the name Billy has dropped.

The name Billy is used by only a select few and will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

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

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   Billy (Girl)Billy (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 < 5 -- 263 835
2016 6 14,591 259 863
2015 < 5 -- 281 810
2014 6 14,840 287 797
2013 < 5 -- 349 684
2012 6 15,248 355 664
2011 6 15,120 395 610
2010 5 17,421 390 624
2009 < 5 -- 442 591
2008 < 5 -- 458 565
2007 < 5 -- 546 486
2006 < 5 -- 565 472
2005 < 5 -- 560 456
2004 7 12,959 565 458
2003 11 9,143 600 427
2002 < 5 -- 582 425
2001 7 12,254 676 384
2000 8 10,873 670 385
1999 9 9,595 748 350
1998 7 11,285 813 332
1997 11 7,827 814 324
1996 13 6,767 948 286
1995 10 8,156 1,063 264
1994 13 6,724 1,124 256
1993 15 5,987 1,353 222
1992 16 5,753 1,282 230
1991 17 5,426 1,356 220
1990 17 5,317 1,438 214
1989 25 3,905 1,505 193
1988 20 4,333 1,510 185
1987 26 3,433 1,622 168
1986 29 3,138 1,683 160
1985 34 2,751 1,832 150
1984 27 3,150 1,947 140
1983 39 2,400 2,149 124
1982 50 2,056 2,529 116
1981 51 2,032 2,883 103
1980 59 1,835 2,992 100
1979 67 1,661 2,998 98
1978 69 1,569 2,696 99
1977 68 1,577 2,950 91
1976 77 1,384 3,157 85
1975 76 1,382 3,112 84
1974 72 1,415 3,367 78
1973 74 1,350 3,444 76
1972 74 1,352 3,468 82
1971 59 1,597 3,907 75
1970 73 1,422 4,127 78
1969 68 1,402 3,773 77
1968 50 1,626 3,813 76
1967 42 1,781 3,984 76
1966 42 1,740 4,183 80
1965 54 1,520 4,651 77
1964 57 1,496 5,192 71
1963 52 1,565 5,234 74
1962 39 1,826 5,585 72
1961 46 1,673 6,026 68
1960 38 1,836 6,015 67
1959 46 1,597 6,304 64
1958 51 1,501 6,150 64
1957 45 1,614 6,147 64
1956 55 1,413 6,008 68
1955 50 1,425 5,768 69
1954 54 1,366 6,035 65
1953 39 1,568 5,847 65
1952 52 1,337 5,710 65
1951 47 1,365 5,605 64
1950 44 1,378 5,678 57
1949 53 1,252 5,820 57
1948 42 1,423 6,218 53
1947 67 1,086 6,931 51
1946 55 1,150 6,715 45
1945 63 976 6,018 42
1944 67 945 6,540 38
1943 66 978 7,014 37
1942 68 950 7,307 35
1941 67 896 7,661 27
1940 60 928 7,596 27
1939 68 849 7,469 24
1938 80 786 8,249 24
1937 85 735 8,297 22
1936 83 729 8,589 22
1935 103 643 9,240 19
1934 97 677 9,555 20
1933 123 578 8,938 20
1932 143 546 9,431 20
1931 154 532 9,262 19
1930 166 527 9,284 20
1929 155 548 8,321 23
1928 159 556 7,309 27
1927 157 568 6,463 31
1926 147 584 5,181 40
1925 126 656 4,207 49
1924 98 747 3,270 63
1923 82 800 2,489 78
1922 70 872 2,029 90
1921 67 910 1,622 109
1920 55 990 1,206 132
1919 51 1,010 858 154
1918 39 1,204 645 198
1917 27 1,436 469 231
1916 26 1,449 361 264
1915 28 1,342 276 307
1914 20 1,450 142 401
1913 22 1,179 111 409
1912 16 1,358 69 471
1911 10 1,554 42 453
1910 8 1,791 43 407
1909 10 1,377 18 637
1908 13 1,143 20 566
1907 7 1,659 20 543
1906 < 5 -- 14 646
1905 < 5 -- 20 508
1904 6 1,682 21 468
1903 < 5 -- 20 473
1902 8 1,336 22 440
1901 < 5 -- 18 455
1900 < 5 -- 36 365
1899 5 1,633 19 427
1898 < 5 -- 14 578
1897 < 5 -- 6 952
1896 < 5 -- 9 783
1895 < 5 -- 11 641
1894 < 5 -- 10 679
1893 < 5 -- 9 710
1892 < 5 -- 10 692
1891 < 5 -- 6 854
1890 < 5 -- 5 1,019
1889 < 5 -- 5 985
1888 < 5 -- 10 655
1887 < 5 -- 6 831
1886 < 5 -- 7 771
1885 < 5 -- 8 706
1884 < 5 -- 7 778
1883 < 5 -- < 5 --
1882 < 5 -- 7 765
1881 < 5 -- 6 795
1880 < 5 -- 7 753

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.