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Gary Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Gary?

In 2016 the less frequently given name Gary, ranked the 605th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 1000 most popular, Gary has been less popular than the top 1000 in the past.

It reached its highest popularity RANKING of #9 in 1954.

Nonetheless, the name was given to the greatest number of children in 1952 with 38,736 occurrences.

The least number of children given the name Gary was less than 5, most recently in 1889.

Approximately during the years 1903-1908, 1909-1915, and 1922-1951, the name Gary took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas 1954-1976, 1980-1984, 1985-1997, 1998-2001, and 2005-2010 were years of successive downward movement.

Gary's popularity has been spiralling downward for some time. , continuing the trend, the number of children named Gary lately has dropped.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Gary?

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

The name Gary still has a solid footing but will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

Relative to what it once was, Gary is very rarely used as a given name.

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   Gary (Girl)Gary (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2016 < 5 -- 442 605
2015 < 5 -- 476 582
2014 < 5 -- 492 560
2013 < 5 -- 444 579
2012 < 5 -- 491 532
2011 < 5 -- 526 495
2010 < 5 -- 545 476
2009 < 5 -- 610 452
2008 < 5 -- 679 425
2007 < 5 -- 779 388
2006 < 5 -- 869 349
2005 < 5 -- 877 338
2004 < 5 -- 925 326
2003 < 5 -- 911 324
2002 < 5 -- 1,043 284
2001 < 5 -- 1,013 294
2000 < 5 -- 1,167 275
1999 < 5 -- 1,252 251
1998 < 5 -- 1,345 234
1997 6 12,621 1,326 232
1996 8 9,880 1,542 201
1995 8 9,882 1,625 190
1994 5 14,171 1,897 167
1993 9 8,965 2,064 156
1992 14 6,416 2,390 139
1991 7 10,649 2,677 124
1990 15 5,918 3,069 114
1989 16 5,372 3,126 107
1988 26 3,621 3,245 100
1987 30 3,122 3,486 87
1986 33 2,870 3,719 84
1985 35 2,714 3,812 82
1984 26 3,257 3,950 76
1983 47 2,108 4,270 68
1982 43 2,296 4,638 64
1981 36 2,573 4,945 62
1980 41 2,358 5,038 63
1979 52 1,984 5,040 59
1978 38 2,361 5,114 60
1977 51 1,930 5,446 58
1976 38 2,217 5,592 52
1975 46 1,939 6,121 50
1974 46 1,885 6,446 48
1973 47 1,810 6,855 44
1972 49 1,776 7,767 41
1971 54 1,694 9,192 38
1970 64 1,533 10,728 35
1969 68 1,403 11,151 35
1968 72 1,303 11,982 32
1967 63 1,386 12,614 32
1966 54 1,519 14,158 28
1965 52 1,549 15,272 27
1964 61 1,449 17,206 26
1963 75 1,272 18,922 24
1962 79 1,242 20,891 22
1961 93 1,136 22,152 21
1960 79 1,227 21,686 22
1959 75 1,238 23,295 20
1958 65 1,314 25,272 17
1957 87 1,126 29,509 13
1956 67 1,275 31,795 13
1955 87 1,084 34,402 12
1954 89 1,041 37,916 9
1953 67 1,181 36,943 10
1952 87 1,009 38,736 10
1951 69 1,120 38,164 10
1950 68 1,117 33,757 10
1949 55 1,224 28,923 12
1948 74 1,017 28,388 12
1947 90 936 30,028 12
1946 79 941 26,919 12
1945 60 996 21,344 13
1944 67 950 20,054 15
1943 58 1,052 17,864 16
1942 60 1,010 17,066 18
1941 50 1,037 14,566 19
1940 44 1,088 12,571 19
1939 27 1,440 9,679 21
1938 35 1,238 8,857 22
1937 38 1,164 6,770 29
1936 28 1,394 5,189 38
1935 16 2,035 4,491 44
1934 14 2,225 3,355 60
1933 20 1,748 2,254 80
1932 13 2,412 1,293 136
1931 14 2,241 992 153
1930 15 2,237 716 194
1929 5 4,844 537 234
1928 12 2,672 228 395
1927 < 5 -- 130 543
1926 10 3,132 105 613
1925 5 5,284 115 586
1924 6 4,678 84 723
1923 < 5 -- 85 703
1922 5 5,291 73 783
1921 9 3,514 86 699
1920 7 4,139 74 770
1919 7 4,000 82 686
1918 5 5,106 74 749
1917 7 3,866 72 735
1916 < 5 -- 72 704
1915 6 3,959 79 657
1914 < 5 -- 59 660
1913 < 5 -- 40 738
1912 < 5 -- 44 629
1911 < 5 -- 25 616
1910 < 5 -- 16 766
1909 < 5 -- 12 865
1908 < 5 -- 27 479
1907 < 5 -- 16 645
1906 < 5 -- 16 599
1905 < 5 -- 16 601
1904 < 5 -- 11 738
1903 < 5 -- 8 867
1902 < 5 -- 18 514
1901 < 5 -- 10 699
1900 < 5 -- 9 934
1899 < 5 -- 8 812
1898 < 5 -- 7 921
1897 < 5 -- 13 592
1896 < 5 -- 13 606
1895 < 5 -- 12 617
1894 < 5 -- 10 691
1893 < 5 -- 7 864
1892 < 5 -- 15 530
1891 < 5 -- 6 886
1890 < 5 -- 11 613
1889 < 5 -- < 5 --
1888 < 5 -- 6 965
1887 < 5 -- 7 778
1886 < 5 -- 7 792
1885 < 5 -- 7 794
1884 < 5 -- 5 1,030
1883 < 5 -- < 5 --
1882 < 5 -- 10 620
1881 < 5 -- 6 813
1880 < 5 -- 6 857

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.