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Eric Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Eric?

The somewhat popular name Eric was the 160th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2018.

This top 250 contender has enjoyed a rank in the top 1000 since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began keeping records.

It reached its highest popularity RANKING of #13 for the first time in 1973 and as recently as 1976.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1970 with 23,573 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Eric in any given year was 9 in 1882.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Eric occurred roughly during the years 1893-1897, 1907-1917, 1931-1970, and 1977-1980, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1987-1997, 1998-2013, and 2014-2017.

Where is the name Eric popularity headed?

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

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

The name Eric is favored by many parents but will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

Relative to what it once was, Eric is much less frequently used as a given name.

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   Eric (Girl)Eric (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 < 5 -- 2,389 160
2017 < 5 -- 2,764 143
2016 5 17,010 2,920 142
2015 5 17,239 3,038 139
2014 5 17,321 3,314 123
2013 10 10,482 3,260 118
2012 < 5 -- 3,629 107
2011 < 5 -- 3,746 104
2010 7 13,914 4,196 95
2009 7 14,145 4,640 95
2008 8 12,957 5,377 86
2007 10 11,077 5,956 83
2006 11 10,116 6,230 77
2005 12 9,059 6,696 66
2004 29 4,636 7,132 61
2003 16 6,981 7,785 56
2002 17 6,484 7,927 52
2001 13 7,872 8,559 44
2000 26 4,566 9,157 42
1999 22 4,916 9,380 39
1998 21 5,011 9,963 39
1997 37 3,180 10,317 35
1996 36 3,252 11,607 35
1995 38 3,039 12,480 32
1994 53 2,423 13,309 30
1993 49 2,546 14,543 29
1992 56 2,329 16,136 26
1991 73 1,919 18,050 25
1990 79 1,816 19,419 24
1989 115 1,343 18,976 21
1988 165 997 20,161 19
1987 158 994 20,201 21
1986 150 1,019 19,526 22
1985 163 952 20,839 21
1984 148 978 20,955 22
1983 154 955 20,352 20
1982 138 1,046 19,878 20
1981 133 1,063 20,724 17
1980 153 967 22,632 16
1979 141 1,010 20,273 17
1978 150 942 19,777 16
1977 124 1,060 20,748 17
1976 133 957 21,374 13
1975 124 990 19,811 13
1974 139 910 20,191 13
1973 130 936 20,809 13
1972 119 998 22,037 16
1971 137 939 22,975 18
1970 148 894 23,573 18
1969 128 940 20,757 21
1968 79 1,233 18,508 22
1967 90 1,097 17,832 23
1966 81 1,192 16,472 25
1965 68 1,326 16,833 25
1964 57 1,501 14,559 32
1963 43 1,765 13,276 31
1962 41 1,794 12,348 33
1961 43 1,750 11,111 38
1960 26 2,326 10,528 44
1959 33 1,953 9,725 46
1958 21 2,526 8,185 50
1957 19 2,683 6,621 60
1956 13 3,391 5,251 79
1955 7 4,869 4,650 85
1954 7 4,807 4,173 89
1953 12 3,328 3,933 89
1952 16 2,714 3,988 88
1951 11 3,334 3,665 93
1950 9 3,763 3,095 98
1949 5 5,482 2,769 104
1948 5 5,491 2,490 114
1947 5 5,562 2,343 122
1946 < 5 -- 1,821 134
1945 < 5 -- 1,351 153
1944 < 5 -- 1,195 158
1943 < 5 -- 1,170 161
1942 7 3,854 866 182
1941 < 5 -- 702 199
1940 < 5 -- 482 249
1939 < 5 -- 431 258
1938 < 5 -- 370 286
1937 < 5 -- 300 308
1936 < 5 -- 296 310
1935 < 5 -- 288 321
1934 < 5 -- 259 340
1933 < 5 -- 234 352
1932 < 5 -- 199 400
1931 < 5 -- 213 386
1930 < 5 -- 206 408
1929 < 5 -- 204 411
1928 < 5 -- 221 403
1927 < 5 -- 209 417
1926 < 5 -- 214 410
1925 < 5 -- 211 411
1924 < 5 -- 228 406
1923 < 5 -- 175 463
1922 < 5 -- 201 424
1921 < 5 -- 179 459
1920 < 5 -- 186 445
1919 < 5 -- 190 426
1918 < 5 -- 202 412
1917 < 5 -- 186 413
1916 < 5 -- 155 448
1915 < 5 -- 155 437
1914 < 5 -- 145 394
1913 < 5 -- 109 413
1912 < 5 -- 93 399
1911 < 5 -- 35 499
1910 < 5 -- 41 424
1909 < 5 -- 33 439
1908 < 5 -- 30 440
1907 < 5 -- 22 498
1906 < 5 -- 33 369
1905 < 5 -- 23 467
1904 < 5 -- 15 592
1903 < 5 -- 34 323
1902 < 5 -- 26 394
1901 < 5 -- 25 375
1900 < 5 -- 21 520
1899 < 5 -- 17 461
1898 < 5 -- 30 355
1897 < 5 -- 30 341
1896 < 5 -- 25 390
1895 < 5 -- 20 442
1894 < 5 -- 20 425
1893 < 5 -- 13 550
1892 < 5 -- 19 451
1891 < 5 -- 18 418
1890 < 5 -- 13 545
1889 < 5 -- 21 392
1888 < 5 -- 13 562
1887 < 5 -- 11 559
1886 < 5 -- 10 617
1885 < 5 -- 16 467
1884 < 5 -- 12 555
1883 < 5 -- 11 569
1882 < 5 -- 9 668
1881 < 5 -- 9 619
1880 < 5 -- 10 614

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.