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Ethel Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Ethel?

The rare name Ethel was the 4,833rd Most Popular Girls Name in the United States in 2017.

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

Position 6, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached in 1896.

But, the greatest number of babies were given the name in 1918 with 8,076 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Ethel was 12 in 2015.

Ethel, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1880-1892, 1909-1915, 1997-2002, and 2011-2016, whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1962-1974, 1975-1981, and 1983-1987.

Where is the name Ethel popularity headed?

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

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

The name Ethel is very unique but will probably continue to rise upward in popularity.

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

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   Ethel (Girl)Ethel (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 28 4,833 < 5 --
2016 25 5,320 < 5 --
2015 12 9,100 < 5 --
2014 21 6,047 < 5 --
2013 14 8,262 < 5 --
2012 15 7,934 < 5 --
2011 14 8,319 < 5 --
2010 14 8,386 < 5 --
2009 15 8,173 < 5 --
2008 13 9,126 < 5 --
2007 17 7,489 < 5 --
2006 13 8,879 < 5 --
2005 20 6,082 < 5 --
2004 23 5,424 < 5 --
2003 24 5,135 < 5 --
2002 29 4,309 < 5 --
2001 19 5,891 < 5 --
2000 14 7,276 < 5 --
1999 23 4,770 < 5 --
1998 18 5,649 < 5 --
1997 14 6,594 < 5 --
1996 29 3,752 < 5 --
1995 25 4,134 < 5 --
1994 22 4,576 < 5 --
1993 28 3,811 < 5 --
1992 33 3,355 < 5 --
1991 36 3,111 < 5 --
1990 46 2,577 < 5 --
1989 51 2,309 < 5 --
1988 30 3,246 < 5 --
1987 29 3,200 < 5 --
1986 46 2,236 < 5 --
1985 54 2,002 < 5 --
1984 48 2,086 < 5 --
1983 70 1,590 < 5 --
1982 82 1,463 < 5 --
1981 63 1,770 < 5 --
1980 75 1,555 < 5 --
1979 87 1,410 < 5 --
1978 106 1,186 < 5 --
1977 106 1,172 < 5 --
1976 114 1,076 < 5 --
1975 149 889 < 5 --
1974 130 954 < 5 --
1973 181 755 < 5 --
1972 180 769 < 5 --
1971 218 699 < 5 --
1970 227 689 < 5 --
1969 275 600 < 5 --
1968 283 568 5 4,314
1967 341 513 < 5 --
1966 364 491 7 3,330
1965 440 457 5 4,074
1964 517 431 < 5 --
1963 523 426 8 3,140
1962 582 397 5 4,240
1961 632 382 < 5 --
1960 730 359 < 5 --
1959 682 362 < 5 --
1958 856 311 < 5 --
1957 881 310 5 4,168
1956 1,076 255 7 3,310
1955 1,101 248 9 2,835
1954 1,175 235 6 3,566
1953 1,282 224 < 5 --
1952 1,399 205 13 2,183
1951 1,493 191 7 3,155
1950 1,602 176 9 2,637
1949 1,753 163 9 2,670
1948 1,872 152 6 3,423
1947 2,083 144 8 2,944
1946 1,936 139 12 2,189
1945 1,817 134 10 2,298
1944 2,054 127 8 2,702
1943 2,218 126 10 2,449
1942 2,203 125 15 1,893
1941 2,270 116 16 1,783
1940 2,374 106 12 2,115
1939 2,493 100 28 1,245
1938 2,726 94 27 1,288
1937 2,764 88 23 1,422
1936 2,731 90 17 1,668
1935 3,004 82 27 1,303
1934 3,179 78 30 1,224
1933 3,218 71 35 1,107
1932 3,607 66 22 1,522
1931 3,760 67 33 1,197
1930 4,100 65 37 1,158
1929 4,517 56 32 1,244
1928 4,923 55 48 995
1927 5,486 47 43 1,089
1926 5,859 41 30 1,337
1925 6,175 43 33 1,262
1924 6,584 39 41 1,123
1923 6,541 38 31 1,311
1922 7,245 32 25 1,522
1921 7,603 32 32 1,307
1920 7,868 30 23 1,611
1919 7,810 28 40 1,086
1918 8,076 28 35 1,181
1917 7,864 24 37 1,092
1916 7,601 25 24 1,428
1915 7,379 23 30 1,191
1914 6,204 21 26 1,138
1913 5,369 20 27 954
1912 5,073 18 18 1,109
1911 4,141 15 17 804
1910 4,146 13 33 484
1909 3,661 13 25 521
1908 3,786 12 22 545
1907 3,698 12 12 786
1906 3,511 12 16 597
1905 3,401 12 14 645
1904 3,296 11 17 545
1903 3,257 9 20 476
1902 3,295 9 19 492
1901 3,067 9 16 493
1900 3,896 8 20 539
1899 2,999 9 15 508
1898 3,531 8 24 406
1897 3,182 8 17 483
1896 3,502 6 12 651
1895 3,391 8 15 534
1894 3,287 7 11 645
1893 3,119 8 12 586
1892 3,035 8 17 484
1891 2,689 7 9 660
1890 2,718 7 8 769
1889 2,463 8 14 507
1888 2,374 9 12 589
1887 1,907 11 10 604
1886 1,699 15 6 881
1885 1,495 15 13 526
1884 1,386 18 7 800
1883 1,132 20 < 5 --
1882 989 24 < 5 --
1881 788 25 5 917
1880 633 38 6 853

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.