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Esther Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Esther?

The somewhat popular name Esther was the 165th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States in 2017.

This top 250 contender has enjoyed a rank in the top 500 since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began keeping records.

Position 27, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached in 1896.

Nonetheless, the name was given to the greatest number of children in 1918 with 6,574 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Esther was 189 in 1881.

Approximately during the years 1881-1896, 1907-1915, and 2010-2014, the name Esther took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1928-1936, and 1942-1945.

Where is the name Esther popularity headed?

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

The popularity trend for Esther has been moving upward for a while. Of late, continuing the trend, the number of parents selecting the name Esther for their newborn has risen.

The name Esther is favored by many parents and will probably continue to rise upward in popularity.

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   Esther (Girl)Esther (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 1,820 165 < 5 --
2016 1,805 182 < 5 --
2015 1,617 203 < 5 --
2014 1,659 202 < 5 --
2013 1,435 223 7 9,971
2012 1,336 240 < 5 --
2011 1,350 234 < 5 --
2010 1,254 260 6 11,159
2009 1,247 262 < 5 --
2008 1,274 268 < 5 --
2007 1,251 272 < 5 --
2006 1,148 288 < 5 --
2005 1,187 280 < 5 --
2004 1,100 297 < 5 --
2003 1,084 286 < 5 --
2002 1,046 296 < 5 --
2001 1,054 295 < 5 --
2000 970 327 < 5 --
1999 985 312 < 5 --
1998 935 323 < 5 --
1997 928 316 < 5 --
1996 886 317 < 5 --
1995 923 300 < 5 --
1994 958 287 < 5 --
1993 904 300 9 5,906
1992 947 292 8 6,306
1991 933 299 8 6,130
1990 981 283 7 6,639
1989 904 289 11 4,608
1988 913 276 < 5 --
1987 849 288 8 5,102
1986 859 286 8 5,001
1985 858 288 7 5,328
1984 884 271 9 4,310
1983 860 273 7 5,083
1982 936 267 9 4,337
1981 909 273 6 5,725
1980 841 295 < 5 --
1979 761 314 7 5,004
1978 714 321 < 5 --
1977 766 310 < 5 --
1976 657 336 6 5,126
1975 715 320 < 5 --
1974 726 314 6 4,827
1973 746 312 < 5 --
1972 690 332 < 5 --
1971 783 332 < 5 --
1970 726 348 < 5 --
1969 706 337 < 5 --
1968 729 322 < 5 --
1967 761 314 < 5 --
1966 867 290 5 4,119
1965 965 280 9 2,855
1964 1,025 286 7 3,380
1963 1,123 263 < 5 --
1962 1,251 252 7 3,402
1961 1,313 238 < 5 --
1960 1,363 233 < 5 --
1959 1,358 233 6 3,720
1958 1,341 227 6 3,661
1957 1,479 217 < 5 --
1956 1,510 209 10 2,681
1955 1,568 202 5 4,031
1954 1,631 193 < 5 --
1953 1,612 192 7 3,223
1952 1,712 179 < 5 --
1951 1,808 169 < 5 --
1950 1,740 162 8 2,849
1949 1,793 162 8 2,864
1948 1,848 155 < 5 --
1947 1,841 162 9 2,730
1946 1,779 151 7 2,990
1945 1,466 160 5 3,473
1944 1,613 152 11 2,234
1943 1,756 152 10 2,448
1942 1,831 142 11 2,304
1941 1,810 138 16 1,781
1940 1,901 131 15 1,833
1939 2,109 117 15 1,825
1938 2,132 120 22 1,454
1937 2,156 116 13 2,025
1936 2,252 107 15 1,831
1935 2,544 94 19 1,608
1934 2,578 91 19 1,625
1933 2,676 88 27 1,288
1932 2,959 82 19 1,669
1931 3,033 79 25 1,404
1930 3,349 77 22 1,576
1929 3,586 71 20 1,692
1928 4,096 66 29 1,361
1927 4,326 64 23 1,613
1926 4,455 62 20 1,748
1925 4,725 56 20 1,754
1924 5,258 51 15 2,157
1923 5,315 47 13 2,374
1922 5,474 44 21 1,714
1921 5,926 42 12 2,535
1920 6,068 39 17 1,985
1919 6,248 38 17 1,908
1918 6,574 38 14 2,194
1917 6,281 38 17 1,841
1916 6,421 34 26 1,350
1915 6,321 33 16 1,816
1914 4,654 35 14 1,711
1913 4,090 32 10 1,845
1912 3,569 33 17 1,148
1911 2,676 34 13 944
1910 2,378 38 11 1,003
1909 2,185 37 11 914
1908 2,187 36 8 1,048
1907 2,062 37 10 891
1906 2,065 33 5 1,300
1905 1,993 34 10 804
1904 1,957 32 5 1,265
1903 1,883 34 6 1,052
1902 1,833 35 < 5 --
1901 1,844 33 10 697
1900 2,017 39 6 1,213
1899 1,823 29 < 5 --
1898 2,047 31 7 913
1897 1,911 28 7 879
1896 1,964 27 6 1,026
1895 1,803 31 16 512
1894 1,654 36 7 891
1893 1,382 39 5 1,094
1892 824 67 5 1,124
1891 710 66 < 5 --
1890 619 75 6 928
1889 553 75 < 5 --
1888 572 77 < 5 --
1887 431 79 < 5 --
1886 396 85 < 5 --
1885 320 92 < 5 --
1884 291 99 < 5 --
1883 260 99 < 5 --
1882 266 97 < 5 --
1881 189 105 < 5 --
1880 198 104 < 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.