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Karl Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Karl?

The uncommon name Karl was the 1,288th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2018.

Karl, although not presently in the top 1000, did once enjoy higher rankings.

It reached its highest popularity ranking of #135 for the first time in 1960 and as recently as 1964.

The name was given to the greatest number of children in 1960 with 2,591 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Karl in any given year was 21 in 1880.

Approximately during the years 1883-1888, 1897-1900, 1903-1906, 1908-1915, 1932-1936, and 1944-1957, the name Karl took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1964-1967, 1968-1975, 1990-1999, and 2005-2008.

Where is the name Karl popularity headed?

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

Karl's popularity has been spiralling downward for some time. In recent years, continuing the trend, the number of babies given the name Karl has dropped.

The name Karl is still rare and will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

Relative to what it once was, Karl has fallen out of favor as a given name.

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   Karl (Girl)Karl (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 < 5 -- 142 1,288
2017 < 5 -- 141 1,286
2016 < 5 -- 167 1,150
2015 < 5 -- 184 1,072
2014 < 5 -- 162 1,164
2013 < 5 -- 167 1,105
2012 < 5 -- 161 1,137
2011 < 5 -- 171 1,088
2010 < 5 -- 177 1,089
2009 < 5 -- 207 966
2008 < 5 -- 188 1,019
2007 < 5 -- 241 862
2006 < 5 -- 270 771
2005 < 5 -- 264 754
2004 < 5 -- 281 695
2003 < 5 -- 299 663
2002 < 5 -- 330 609
2001 < 5 -- 351 580
2000 < 5 -- 366 564
1999 < 5 -- 389 533
1998 < 5 -- 455 482
1997 < 5 -- 483 458
1996 < 5 -- 503 449
1995 < 5 -- 598 392
1994 < 5 -- 612 381
1993 9 9,087 662 357
1992 < 5 -- 738 336
1991 6 12,214 810 318
1990 6 12,054 856 295
1989 14 5,965 909 272
1988 23 3,951 843 274
1987 23 3,791 853 260
1986 29 3,159 903 248
1985 31 2,969 959 242
1984 24 3,460 895 244
1983 29 2,940 914 242
1982 27 3,210 974 240
1981 27 3,176 1,063 226
1980 24 3,450 1,058 225
1979 21 3,711 959 234
1978 22 3,434 901 232
1977 25 3,110 941 230
1976 26 2,899 867 235
1975 25 2,910 903 226
1974 26 2,791 1,004 214
1973 32 2,375 987 219
1972 26 2,704 1,166 199
1971 23 2,999 1,321 192
1970 23 2,977 1,576 177
1969 37 2,074 1,565 180
1968 22 2,744 1,603 168
1967 29 2,238 1,695 159
1966 19 2,886 1,791 158
1965 19 2,873 2,024 154
1964 18 3,043 2,402 135
1963 23 2,578 2,511 136
1962 21 2,698 2,457 142
1961 17 3,114 2,548 138
1960 20 2,774 2,591 135
1959 19 2,705 2,353 148
1958 14 3,295 2,346 146
1957 6 5,727 2,341 146
1956 14 3,243 2,057 150
1955 7 4,944 1,932 149
1954 < 5 -- 1,739 165
1953 < 5 -- 1,653 163
1952 < 5 -- 1,564 170
1951 7 4,593 1,439 176
1950 < 5 -- 1,303 172
1949 < 5 -- 1,322 172
1948 < 5 -- 1,185 179
1947 6 5,008 1,119 184
1946 < 5 -- 998 185
1945 < 5 -- 759 196
1944 < 5 -- 837 186
1943 5 5,011 905 182
1942 5 4,978 878 179
1941 < 5 -- 865 177
1940 < 5 -- 855 174
1939 < 5 -- 866 171
1938 < 5 -- 985 162
1937 < 5 -- 907 162
1936 5 4,533 831 166
1935 < 5 -- 811 171
1934 6 4,055 688 186
1933 5 4,542 682 181
1932 < 5 -- 670 193
1931 7 3,681 635 204
1930 7 3,860 648 206
1929 7 3,867 636 207
1928 8 3,600 599 219
1927 8 3,719 629 212
1926 < 5 -- 596 226
1925 7 4,218 589 225
1924 5 5,467 584 233
1923 < 5 -- 565 235
1922 < 5 -- 527 246
1921 < 5 -- 573 233
1920 < 5 -- 502 245
1919 7 4,046 515 234
1918 < 5 -- 600 209
1917 < 5 -- 673 181
1916 8 3,410 685 176
1915 6 4,012 715 160
1914 < 5 -- 548 161
1913 < 5 -- 387 177
1912 < 5 -- 323 182
1911 < 5 -- 156 195
1910 < 5 -- 92 252
1909 < 5 -- 102 211
1908 < 5 -- 97 210
1907 < 5 -- 89 214
1906 < 5 -- 108 169
1905 < 5 -- 65 243
1904 < 5 -- 67 230
1903 < 5 -- 70 213
1902 < 5 -- 65 223
1901 < 5 -- 54 235
1900 < 5 -- 75 232
1899 < 5 -- 49 239
1898 < 5 -- 53 241
1897 < 5 -- 57 233
1896 < 5 -- 60 234
1895 < 5 -- 67 211
1894 < 5 -- 73 201
1893 < 5 -- 63 216
1892 < 5 -- 59 231
1891 < 5 -- 61 203
1890 < 5 -- 47 248
1889 < 5 -- 50 229
1888 < 5 -- 71 207
1887 < 5 -- 49 224
1886 < 5 -- 48 249
1885 < 5 -- 44 249
1884 < 5 -- 34 298
1883 < 5 -- 33 287
1882 < 5 -- 40 272
1881 < 5 -- 29 299
1880 < 5 -- 21 377

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.