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Carolyn Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Carolyn?

Ranking 860th in popularity in the United States for girls in 2018, the name Carolyn is less frequently given.

Currently in the top 1000, this name has been part of the top 1000 most popular since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began record keeping.

It reached its highest popularity RANKING of #10 in 1942.

Nonetheless, the name was given to the greatest number of children in 1947 with 20,743 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Carolyn in any given year was 58 in 1883.

Approximately during the years 1883-1888, 1903-1916, and 1917-1942, the name Carolyn took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1947-1956, 1962-1976, and 1988-1998.

Currently, the name is at an extremely low point when compared to its most popular year.

How popular will Carolyn be?

Carolyn's popularity has steadily decreased for some time. In recent years however, the number of babies given the name Carolyn has remained about the same.

The name Carolyn still has a solid footing 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, Carolyn is very rarely used as a given name.

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   Carolyn (Girl)Carolyn (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 312 860 < 5 --
2017 324 837 < 5 --
2016 352 809 < 5 --
2015 375 752 < 5 --
2014 374 746 < 5 --
2013 346 786 < 5 --
2012 359 766 < 5 --
2011 371 741 < 5 --
2010 378 736 < 5 --
2009 426 682 < 5 --
2008 448 677 < 5 --
2007 495 606 < 5 --
2006 586 517 < 5 --
2005 625 489 < 5 --
2004 730 418 < 5 --
2003 700 430 < 5 --
2002 820 365 < 5 --
2001 869 346 < 5 --
2000 1,031 308 < 5 --
1999 1,037 296 < 5 --
1998 901 327 < 5 --
1997 1,061 276 < 5 --
1996 1,209 233 < 5 --
1995 1,175 242 6 7,940
1994 1,229 231 < 5 --
1993 1,479 200 < 5 --
1992 1,518 196 < 5 --
1991 1,559 193 7 6,610
1990 1,715 169 9 5,438
1989 1,809 158 17 3,338
1988 1,802 158 8 5,264
1987 1,813 149 11 3,999
1986 1,737 162 11 3,913
1985 1,837 155 10 4,085
1984 1,824 155 9 4,255
1983 1,913 150 10 3,912
1982 2,009 146 8 4,653
1981 1,958 144 10 3,886
1980 1,929 147 7 5,004
1979 2,054 138 7 4,916
1978 2,175 130 10 3,636
1977 2,195 129 11 3,415
1976 2,116 128 6 5,006
1975 2,348 119 7 4,377
1974 2,473 118 8 3,889
1973 2,569 116 11 3,043
1972 2,993 110 13 2,677
1971 3,611 104 7 4,023
1970 4,519 84 13 2,637
1969 5,133 71 17 2,059
1968 5,537 61 16 2,044
1967 5,715 60 26 1,511
1966 6,122 60 20 1,728
1965 6,969 58 22 1,675
1964 8,065 56 26 1,548
1963 8,121 56 32 1,378
1962 9,691 46 28 1,479
1961 10,502 42 25 1,608
1960 9,406 43 25 1,625
1959 9,731 42 33 1,359
1958 10,803 37 32 1,369
1957 11,572 33 25 1,588
1956 10,641 33 32 1,360
1955 11,174 30 31 1,373
1954 12,153 27 29 1,412
1953 12,918 25 30 1,378
1952 14,271 24 38 1,198
1951 15,210 22 35 1,244
1950 15,587 20 25 1,471
1949 17,405 17 29 1,349
1948 18,619 14 40 1,128
1947 20,743 15 46 1,064
1946 19,900 12 47 985
1945 17,244 12 50 898
1944 18,669 11 69 745
1943 20,362 11 76 741
1942 19,979 10 60 841
1941 16,273 11 60 819
1940 12,654 15 46 941
1939 11,292 14 41 994
1938 10,586 15 40 1,012
1937 8,938 20 44 941
1936 7,908 23 30 1,210
1935 6,968 28 23 1,428
1934 6,469 33 22 1,465
1933 5,042 41 19 1,597
1932 4,586 46 14 2,009
1931 4,009 60 17 1,779
1930 3,725 72 20 1,648
1929 3,272 77 10 2,624
1928 2,848 91 9 2,883
1927 2,804 99 8 3,201
1926 2,414 114 < 5 --
1925 2,189 127 9 2,960
1924 2,222 127 5 4,446
1923 2,010 132 7 3,516
1922 1,706 144 < 5 --
1921 1,753 146 < 5 --
1920 1,556 150 < 5 --
1919 1,330 165 < 5 --
1918 1,329 167 < 5 --
1917 1,223 164 5 4,075
1916 1,216 163 < 5 --
1915 1,096 168 10 2,477
1914 835 169 < 5 --
1913 676 170 < 5 --
1912 517 189 < 5 --
1911 387 185 < 5 --
1910 331 199 < 5 --
1909 299 194 < 5 --
1908 280 200 < 5 --
1907 184 254 < 5 --
1906 184 235 < 5 --
1905 210 213 < 5 --
1904 183 227 < 5 --
1903 157 241 < 5 --
1902 179 224 < 5 --
1901 148 237 < 5 --
1900 185 231 < 5 --
1899 141 231 < 5 --
1898 169 225 < 5 --
1897 145 227 < 5 --
1896 149 227 < 5 --
1895 148 227 < 5 --
1894 147 219 < 5 --
1893 146 211 < 5 --
1892 122 239 < 5 --
1891 110 230 < 5 --
1890 124 217 < 5 --
1889 133 199 < 5 --
1888 123 203 < 5 --
1887 97 208 < 5 --
1886 82 222 < 5 --
1885 86 209 < 5 --
1884 75 218 < 5 --
1883 58 234 < 5 --
1882 62 217 < 5 --
1881 60 195 < 5 --
1880 80 163 < 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.