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Jacob Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Jacob?

In 2017 the very popular name Jacob, ranked the 10th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 10 most popular, Jacob has been a top 500 placer since the Social Security Administration began keeping records in 1880.

It reached its highest popularity RANKING of #1 for the first time in 1999 and as recently as 2012.

Nonetheless, the name was given to the greatest number of children in 1998 with 36,014 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Jacob in any given year was 172 in 1901.

Approximately during the years 1908-1915, and 1966-1998, the name Jacob took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas clearly downward trends happened around 2000-2016.

Jacob's popularity has steadily decreased for some time. In recent years, continuing the trend, the number of babies given the name Jacob has dropped.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Jacob?

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

The name Jacob is a huge favorite but will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

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   Jacob (Girl)Jacob (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 16 7,187 13,106 10
2016 16 7,363 14,479 7
2015 22 5,897 15,938 4
2014 13 8,643 16,869 4
2013 23 5,710 18,148 2
2012 26 5,301 19,069 1
2011 23 5,808 20,365 1
2010 29 4,899 22,117 1
2009 27 5,276 21,169 1
2008 29 5,062 22,591 1
2007 34 4,404 24,273 1
2006 37 4,028 24,841 1
2005 40 3,667 25,830 1
2004 171 1,262 27,879 1
2003 47 3,150 29,630 1
2002 41 3,352 30,568 1
2001 38 3,509 32,541 1
2000 59 2,549 34,471 1
1999 63 2,354 35,361 1
1998 60 2,348 36,014 2
1997 61 2,240 34,151 2
1996 53 2,432 31,923 3
1995 66 2,061 31,129 4
1994 50 2,514 29,413 7
1993 67 2,053 27,482 9
1992 52 2,470 25,661 15
1991 61 2,168 25,190 17
1990 59 2,185 22,010 20
1989 74 1,814 17,830 26
1988 78 1,665 15,872 28
1987 90 1,454 14,318 31
1986 78 1,556 13,649 31
1985 77 1,567 12,272 35
1984 49 2,061 11,349 37
1983 66 1,678 11,001 36
1982 70 1,644 10,060 41
1981 60 1,830 9,352 43
1980 52 2,019 8,525 43
1979 41 2,313 7,546 45
1978 41 2,245 6,163 50
1977 35 2,476 5,795 56
1976 22 3,213 4,512 63
1975 24 2,995 3,626 75
1974 21 3,240 2,959 88
1973 11 5,002 2,128 122
1972 6 7,611 1,685 155
1971 5 8,800 1,055 223
1970 < 5 -- 915 252
1969 < 5 -- 655 298
1968 < 5 -- 554 323
1967 < 5 -- 451 351
1966 < 5 -- 456 351
1965 < 5 -- 488 347
1964 5 7,166 525 343
1963 < 5 -- 489 352
1962 < 5 -- 476 367
1961 < 5 -- 509 351
1960 < 5 -- 491 353
1959 < 5 -- 557 329
1958 < 5 -- 508 341
1957 < 5 -- 542 331
1956 < 5 -- 535 322
1955 5 6,209 576 303
1954 < 5 -- 561 306
1953 < 5 -- 594 288
1952 < 5 -- 562 298
1951 < 5 -- 502 311
1950 < 5 -- 465 318
1949 < 5 -- 490 307
1948 < 5 -- 550 289
1947 < 5 -- 521 301
1946 < 5 -- 456 304
1945 < 5 -- 417 293
1944 < 5 -- 438 283
1943 < 5 -- 476 281
1942 < 5 -- 524 252
1941 < 5 -- 466 257
1940 < 5 -- 514 235
1939 < 5 -- 427 262
1938 < 5 -- 487 242
1937 5 4,539 536 222
1936 < 5 -- 501 227
1935 < 5 -- 476 242
1934 < 5 -- 547 219
1933 < 5 -- 539 213
1932 5 4,706 558 218
1931 < 5 -- 572 217
1930 7 3,836 622 212
1929 5 4,901 647 203
1928 < 5 -- 717 196
1927 < 5 -- 855 172
1926 < 5 -- 810 177
1925 < 5 -- 901 166
1924 5 5,440 970 163
1923 < 5 -- 975 159
1922 < 5 -- 1,027 148
1921 5 5,482 1,094 143
1920 5 5,326 1,050 143
1919 < 5 -- 1,082 138
1918 5 5,179 1,198 133
1917 5 4,924 1,122 130
1916 < 5 -- 1,132 123
1915 < 5 -- 1,122 121
1914 < 5 -- 997 113
1913 < 5 -- 744 117
1912 < 5 -- 691 110
1911 5 2,657 323 116
1910 < 5 -- 273 117
1909 < 5 -- 262 102
1908 < 5 -- 235 108
1907 < 5 -- 243 101
1906 < 5 -- 187 114
1905 < 5 -- 220 98
1904 < 5 -- 243 89
1903 < 5 -- 189 103
1902 < 5 -- 207 95
1901 < 5 -- 172 98
1900 < 5 -- 233 101
1899 < 5 -- 189 92
1898 < 5 -- 256 82
1897 < 5 -- 204 88
1896 < 5 -- 241 83
1895 < 5 -- 266 74
1894 < 5 -- 292 68
1893 < 5 -- 292 65
1892 < 5 -- 283 73
1891 < 5 -- 238 69
1890 < 5 -- 290 66
1889 < 5 -- 295 67
1888 < 5 -- 353 58
1887 < 5 -- 317 56
1886 < 5 -- 346 54
1885 < 5 -- 343 53
1884 < 5 -- 381 50
1883 < 5 -- 356 49
1882 < 5 -- 390 46
1881 < 5 -- 381 39
1880 < 5 -- 404 39

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.