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Helen Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Helen?

The somewhat popular name Helen was the 413th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States in 2018.

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

It reached its highest popularity ranking of #2 for the first time in 1900 and as recently as 1919.

The greatest number of babies were given the name in 1918 with 36,148 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Helen was 612 in 1881.

Helen, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1881-1900, and 1901-1918, whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1920-1940, 1941-1944, 1946-1976, and 2007-2010.

Where is the name Helen popularity headed?

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

Helen's popularity has remained mostly unchanged for some time. Of late, continuing the trend, the number of parents selecting the name Helen for their newborn has remained about the same.

The name Helen still has a solid footing and will probably continue 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, Helen is very rarely used as a given name.

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   Helen (Girl)Helen (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 745 413 < 5 --
2017 760 418 < 5 --
2016 815 409 < 5 --
2015 765 417 < 5 --
2014 802 403 < 5 --
2013 739 411 < 5 --
2012 772 403 < 5 --
2011 730 429 < 5 --
2010 703 438 < 5 --
2009 826 388 < 5 --
2008 885 368 < 5 --
2007 931 349 < 5 --
2006 949 347 < 5 --
2005 960 333 < 5 --
2004 861 364 5 11,998
2003 783 392 < 5 --
2002 875 340 < 5 --
2001 884 344 < 5 --
2000 891 345 < 5 --
1999 841 356 < 5 --
1998 832 349 < 5 --
1997 812 346 < 5 --
1996 900 312 < 5 --
1995 836 325 < 5 --
1994 849 321 5 9,346
1993 868 307 5 9,257
1992 828 326 < 5 --
1991 773 340 5 8,689
1990 862 317 7 6,696
1989 857 305 10 4,958
1988 774 321 7 6,018
1987 816 297 < 5 --
1986 766 312 6 6,232
1985 809 301 6 6,066
1984 858 281 7 5,176
1983 844 278 < 5 --
1982 876 279 < 5 --
1981 897 275 < 5 --
1980 910 274 < 5 --
1979 878 279 5 6,425
1978 925 255 5 6,168
1977 994 249 6 5,385
1976 943 250 9 3,834
1975 1,058 229 6 5,046
1974 1,141 225 7 4,341
1973 1,132 223 < 5 --
1972 1,243 225 9 3,446
1971 1,440 209 9 3,478
1970 1,716 191 9 3,377
1969 1,858 175 10 2,941
1968 1,882 173 12 2,492
1967 2,155 158 8 3,088
1966 2,448 144 5 4,179
1965 2,802 137 14 2,210
1964 3,098 132 9 2,939
1963 3,340 124 9 2,927
1962 3,588 128 16 2,073
1961 3,853 119 12 2,461
1960 4,069 118 10 2,756
1959 4,375 108 15 2,149
1958 4,764 100 20 1,796
1957 5,019 95 14 2,231
1956 5,277 90 17 1,970
1955 5,594 78 18 1,871
1954 5,943 72 14 2,156
1953 6,122 65 20 1,733
1952 6,466 63 17 1,894
1951 6,950 54 14 2,091
1950 7,058 50 19 1,717
1949 7,707 46 27 1,418
1948 8,302 40 22 1,579
1947 8,978 38 24 1,534
1946 8,851 36 33 1,224
1945 8,301 31 30 1,212
1944 8,694 31 36 1,115
1943 9,799 28 38 1,116
1942 10,015 26 37 1,127
1941 9,890 24 49 911
1940 10,200 18 39 1,038
1939 10,418 16 45 938
1938 10,834 13 64 765
1937 11,454 12 66 754
1936 12,236 11 52 848
1935 12,781 10 67 754
1934 14,100 9 49 904
1933 14,643 8 82 640
1932 16,376 8 89 638
1931 17,661 6 67 766
1930 19,914 4 83 687
1929 20,985 4 77 710
1928 22,934 4 88 672
1927 25,320 4 92 664
1926 26,884 4 74 746
1925 29,172 4 80 725
1924 31,192 3 79 749
1923 31,488 3 62 864
1922 32,508 3 67 835
1921 34,822 3 66 852
1920 35,097 3 63 856
1919 33,706 2 60 854
1918 36,148 2 80 706
1917 34,251 2 61 813
1916 32,662 2 83 643
1915 30,866 2 60 779
1914 23,221 2 54 707
1913 18,888 2 51 623
1912 16,133 2 38 696
1911 11,801 2 46 429
1910 10,479 2 30 517
1909 9,250 2 36 412
1908 8,439 2 30 442
1907 7,579 2 20 548
1906 7,176 2 26 433
1905 6,811 2 26 426
1904 6,488 2 15 597
1903 6,129 2 29 357
1902 5,967 2 30 361
1901 5,247 2 17 478
1900 6,343 2 18 591
1899 5,048 3 16 491
1898 5,230 3 17 513
1897 4,519 3 16 505
1896 4,392 3 10 749
1895 4,023 3 17 496
1894 3,676 4 8 817
1893 3,249 6 8 794
1892 2,936 9 7 900
1891 2,417 9 9 666
1890 2,312 12 7 844
1889 1,909 17 8 746
1888 1,847 16 5 1,101
1887 1,405 21 < 5 --
1886 1,267 25 < 5 --
1885 1,134 28 6 874
1884 986 33 < 5 --
1883 862 35 5 962
1882 838 31 < 5 --
1881 612 43 7 744
1880 636 35 < 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.