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James Name Popularity

    

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How popular is James?

In 2016 the uber popular name James, ranked the 5th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 10 most popular, James has been a top 50 placer since the Social Security Administration began keeping records in 1880.

Its highest popularity ranking of #1 was reached for the first time in 1940 and as recently as 1952.

The name was given to the greatest number of children in 1947 with 94,762 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named James was 4,516 in 1891.

Approximately during the years 1897-1900, 1903-1924, and 1935-1947, the name James took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1954-1958, 1959-1967, 1968-1976, 1980-1987, 1988-2001, and 2005-2011.

For a number of years, the name James has been moving downward in popularity. Of late however, the number of parents selecting the name James for their newborn has risen.

What does the future hold for the popularity of James?

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

The name James is a huge favorite and has recently started to rise upward in popularity.

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   James (Girl)James (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2016 65 2,657 14,776 5
2015 39 3,864 14,773 7
2014 42 3,673 14,403 9
2013 28 4,929 13,540 13
2012 28 5,011 13,404 14
2011 30 4,725 13,239 17
2010 29 4,902 13,870 19
2009 51 3,260 14,194 18
2008 32 4,689 15,165 17
2007 33 4,511 15,951 15
2006 46 3,476 16,230 16
2005 26 5,009 16,127 17
2004 95 1,963 16,459 17
2003 34 3,976 16,891 18
2002 31 4,114 16,954 18
2001 42 3,270 17,067 19
2000 40 3,358 17,979 18
1999 40 3,207 18,551 19
1998 45 2,902 19,685 18
1997 42 2,896 20,400 17
1996 62 2,188 21,156 17
1995 57 2,316 22,730 17
1994 67 2,069 24,766 14
1993 75 1,887 26,249 14
1992 70 1,969 28,502 9
1991 95 1,602 30,503 7
1990 115 1,375 32,345 8
1989 176 982 32,695 9
1988 244 767 32,497 9
1987 246 735 32,632 8
1986 273 673 34,033 7
1985 287 645 35,846 7
1984 238 698 35,847 7
1983 282 618 36,348 6
1982 317 577 38,870 6
1981 272 651 38,307 7
1980 271 663 39,317 5
1979 261 667 39,374 5
1978 269 626 39,915 5
1977 273 617 40,051 5
1976 253 619 38,308 5
1975 253 623 39,593 4
1974 251 622 41,360 5
1973 317 530 42,888 4
1972 299 556 47,084 3
1971 302 579 54,617 2
1970 354 536 61,774 2
1969 329 544 59,922 3
1968 312 548 60,719 4
1967 311 534 61,693 3
1966 298 548 65,189 3
1965 303 544 67,712 4
1964 317 556 73,042 4
1963 311 548 71,334 4
1962 262 621 72,565 4
1961 287 593 75,918 4
1960 289 581 76,849 3
1959 296 570 78,598 3
1958 252 621 78,716 3
1957 280 577 84,267 2
1956 249 604 84,842 2
1955 246 586 84,143 3
1954 227 602 86,308 2
1953 237 572 85,996 2
1952 260 526 87,061 1
1951 256 517 87,283 1
1950 252 515 86,238 1
1949 257 506 86,856 1
1948 251 522 88,584 1
1947 257 516 94,762 1
1946 250 493 87,425 1
1945 246 454 74,450 1
1944 237 468 76,948 1
1943 271 453 80,256 1
1942 282 431 77,179 1
1941 255 430 66,729 1
1940 259 424 62,474 1
1939 268 411 59,628 2
1938 275 402 59,096 2
1937 251 408 56,552 2
1936 229 428 54,679 2
1935 238 422 54,998 2
1934 262 403 54,240 2
1933 299 368 51,106 2
1932 320 356 51,920 2
1931 345 344 51,209 2
1930 419 323 53,943 2
1929 397 325 52,122 2
1928 427 319 52,745 3
1927 389 338 53,669 3
1926 359 352 53,210 3
1925 365 357 52,680 4
1924 275 423 52,942 4
1923 279 402 50,467 4
1922 239 432 49,806 4
1921 231 455 49,750 4
1920 249 424 47,913 4
1919 192 482 42,389 3
1918 212 459 42,120 3
1917 182 486 37,340 3
1916 166 508 35,569 3
1915 155 495 33,777 3
1914 107 545 26,263 3
1913 95 524 20,831 3
1912 81 545 17,644 3
1911 69 498 9,951 3
1910 63 518 9,195 2
1909 52 525 7,594 3
1908 32 684 7,012 3
1907 45 540 6,707 3
1906 37 582 5,908 3
1905 35 590 6,042 3
1904 27 675 5,855 3
1903 28 636 5,480 3
1902 30 607 5,592 3
1901 30 567 4,735 3
1900 41 526 7,245 3
1899 27 600 4,597 3
1898 29 601 5,321 3
1897 30 543 5,113 3
1896 28 587 5,207 3
1895 34 506 5,335 3
1894 25 588 5,110 3
1893 23 607 5,029 3
1892 22 605 5,398 3
1891 31 464 4,516 3
1890 33 452 5,097 3
1889 26 492 5,020 3
1888 45 359 5,562 3
1887 19 518 4,768 3
1886 29 403 5,355 3
1885 26 408 5,175 3
1884 33 343 5,693 3
1883 25 367 5,223 3
1882 18 438 5,892 3
1881 24 330 5,441 3
1880 22 344 5,927 3

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.