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Joseph Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Joseph?

In 2016 the very popular name Joseph, ranked the 20th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States.

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

Its highest popularity RANKING of #5 was reached for the first time in 1912 and as recently as 1917.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1956 with 32,707 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Joseph was 2,456 in 1887.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Joseph occurred roughly during the years 1889-1892, 1897-1900, 1903-1918, 1943-1947, 1948-1954, and 1975-1980, whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1927-1933, 1963-1967, 1969-1973, 1991-1997, and 1998-2015.

For a number of years, the name Joseph has steadily decreased in popularity. Of late, continuing the trend, the number of parents selecting the name Joseph for their newborn has dropped.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Joseph?

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at a low point.

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

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   Joseph (Girl)Joseph (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2016 12 9,071 10,823 20
2015 11 9,741 11,441 21
2014 6 15,460 12,095 20
2013 20 6,336 12,212 20
2012 16 7,605 12,537 19
2011 23 5,816 12,952 22
2010 16 7,680 13,816 20
2009 20 6,671 14,911 15
2008 30 4,943 16,563 13
2007 28 5,159 17,328 13
2006 29 4,872 18,434 11
2005 36 3,988 19,204 9
2004 103 1,842 20,120 9
2003 31 4,253 21,357 6
2002 35 3,758 21,889 7
2001 27 4,500 21,999 8
2000 24 4,863 22,823 8
1999 44 3,020 23,205 8
1998 50 2,709 23,175 11
1997 45 2,749 23,587 12
1996 52 2,462 24,750 12
1995 62 2,166 25,343 12
1994 77 1,845 25,728 11
1993 67 2,054 27,004 12
1992 68 2,017 27,890 11
1991 88 1,684 29,836 9
1990 84 1,746 30,125 10
1989 139 1,179 29,872 11
1988 182 931 29,002 12
1987 217 808 28,507 12
1986 208 807 28,829 12
1985 227 755 30,214 10
1984 211 764 30,510 10
1983 211 763 30,452 11
1982 195 812 31,040 11
1981 185 845 30,771 11
1980 217 763 30,199 10
1979 209 770 28,671 10
1978 181 827 26,671 10
1977 176 845 26,491 10
1976 142 920 24,072 12
1975 132 955 22,144 12
1974 124 988 21,843 12
1973 134 922 21,328 12
1972 128 954 22,470 12
1971 148 896 24,514 15
1970 138 931 26,731 16
1969 154 833 26,189 15
1968 134 891 25,401 16
1967 122 931 25,941 15
1966 100 1,045 26,995 15
1965 120 927 28,661 11
1964 119 974 30,562 11
1963 137 897 30,099 13
1962 105 1,055 30,089 13
1961 112 1,032 29,447 12
1960 120 979 29,759 12
1959 92 1,116 29,528 13
1958 81 1,184 30,095 12
1957 94 1,076 31,807 12
1956 84 1,130 32,707 12
1955 86 1,092 31,600 13
1954 76 1,137 31,209 13
1953 59 1,268 29,249 13
1952 68 1,150 28,507 12
1951 53 1,280 28,156 14
1950 64 1,158 27,033 13
1949 56 1,213 26,409 14
1948 69 1,063 26,801 13
1947 68 1,080 27,513 14
1946 61 1,094 24,282 14
1945 58 1,019 20,817 14
1944 81 847 21,170 13
1943 66 981 22,820 13
1942 79 867 22,422 11
1941 66 908 19,801 12
1940 64 897 18,206 12
1939 60 910 17,716 12
1938 75 816 17,735 12
1937 61 886 17,314 12
1936 70 808 17,449 11
1935 76 776 17,185 10
1934 87 714 17,102 10
1933 100 658 17,159 9
1932 104 660 18,561 9
1931 112 627 19,328 9
1930 142 573 20,978 9
1929 158 544 21,162 9
1928 182 513 22,311 9
1927 167 548 23,503 9
1926 161 564 23,763 8
1925 132 637 24,614 7
1924 135 646 25,426 7
1923 106 709 25,558 7
1922 104 716 25,702 7
1921 120 677 26,179 7
1920 112 688 25,591 7
1919 89 749 24,264 7
1918 90 752 26,263 7
1917 94 718 24,762 5
1916 77 783 23,883 5
1915 69 793 23,052 5
1914 69 696 18,829 5
1913 38 860 14,471 5
1912 44 760 12,062 5
1911 28 820 6,488 6
1910 29 802 5,228 6
1909 30 737 4,348 6
1908 21 865 4,162 6
1907 12 1,171 3,844 7
1906 21 810 3,527 7
1905 22 790 3,302 7
1904 18 864 3,291 7
1903 13 1,002 3,121 6
1902 8 1,381 3,098 7
1901 14 900 2,766 6
1900 14 1,031 3,714 7
1899 19 740 2,679 6
1898 23 686 3,171 6
1897 20 706 2,827 6
1896 24 645 3,051 6
1895 23 651 2,992 7
1894 17 730 2,977 6
1893 26 557 2,997 6
1892 13 847 3,064 7
1891 11 866 2,572 7
1890 11 853 2,670 7
1889 7 1,074 2,729 7
1888 18 602 2,993 7
1887 13 649 2,456 7
1886 8 863 2,594 7
1885 14 593 2,540 7
1884 9 766 2,707 7
1883 17 471 2,515 7
1882 6 854 2,670 7
1881 10 560 2,456 7
1880 10 562 2,632 7

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.