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Katherine Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Katherine?

The somewhat popular name Katherine was the 112th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States in 2018.

This top 250 contender has enjoyed a rank in the top 250 since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began keeping records.

Position 25, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached in 1991.

Nonetheless, the name was given to the greatest number of children in 1990 with 11,624 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Katherine was 502 in 1880.

Approximately during the years 1901-1916, 1941-1951, 1966-1969, 1973-1982, and 1985-1988, the name Katherine took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1992-1995, 2004-2010, and 2011-2017.

Where is the name Katherine popularity headed?

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

The popularity trend for Katherine has been spiralling downward for a while. Of late, continuing the trend, the number of parents selecting the name Katherine for their newborn has dropped.

The name Katherine is favored by many parents but will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

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   Katherin. (Girl)Katherin. (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 2,666 112 < 5 --
2017 2,853 104 < 5 --
2016 3,271 91 < 5 --
2015 3,445 84 9 8,370
2014 3,678 83 7 10,178
2013 3,719 77 < 5 --
2012 3,951 64 < 5 --
2011 4,186 61 5 13,334
2010 3,866 70 < 5 --
2009 4,428 60 5 13,491
2008 5,346 45 6 11,827
2007 5,817 39 7 10,343
2006 6,293 37 6 11,354
2005 6,391 36 14 5,734
2004 6,738 35 32 3,110
2003 7,125 35 10 6,992
2002 7,212 36 12 5,902
2001 7,879 35 14 5,276
2000 8,108 33 13 5,444
1999 7,934 36 7 8,302
1998 8,204 33 13 5,028
1997 8,516 32 11 5,481
1996 8,875 31 14 4,506
1995 8,985 30 13 4,659
1994 9,587 30 19 3,527
1993 10,506 29 19 3,437
1992 11,148 27 20 3,281
1991 11,490 25 20 3,172
1990 11,624 26 32 2,236
1989 11,414 26 94 1,087
1988 11,151 27 42 1,689
1987 10,434 28 44 1,595
1986 10,572 28 44 1,522
1985 10,127 32 39 1,630
1984 10,159 30 48 1,374
1983 9,681 34 33 1,728
1982 9,180 36 45 1,430
1981 8,435 39 31 1,834
1980 8,019 35 29 1,931
1979 7,467 36 36 1,614
1978 6,624 38 26 1,940
1977 6,034 44 20 2,317
1976 5,055 57 16 2,658
1975 4,854 58 18 2,404
1974 4,531 62 17 2,405
1973 4,418 64 12 2,938
1972 4,513 69 12 2,907
1971 5,123 67 30 1,616
1970 5,442 67 16 2,351
1969 5,167 70 16 2,182
1968 4,718 75 11 2,664
1967 4,557 76 14 2,207
1966 4,494 78 18 1,852
1965 4,706 79 10 2,694
1964 5,073 82 17 2,017
1963 5,127 86 18 1,929
1962 5,272 83 9 2,947
1961 5,629 86 19 1,913
1960 5,878 81 24 1,671
1959 6,139 79 14 2,249
1958 6,432 74 17 1,989
1957 6,636 72 17 1,987
1956 7,082 67 21 1,746
1955 7,237 65 15 2,088
1954 6,738 64 16 1,998
1953 6,559 63 13 2,233
1952 6,890 59 17 1,903
1951 6,929 55 8 2,952
1950 6,205 58 9 2,673
1949 6,039 59 19 1,731
1948 5,169 68 10 2,525
1947 4,886 76 19 1,759
1946 4,196 78 5 3,776
1945 3,392 82 12 2,064
1944 3,524 77 13 2,039
1943 3,615 78 14 2,032
1942 3,377 81 13 2,095
1941 3,004 85 15 1,856
1940 2,709 91 10 2,403
1939 2,475 101 13 2,010
1938 2,575 105 7 3,023
1937 2,484 103 14 1,954
1936 2,356 100 13 2,015
1935 2,338 103 14 1,987
1934 2,386 102 15 1,894
1933 2,330 100 14 1,961
1932 2,590 95 14 2,052
1931 2,624 92 13 2,158
1930 3,032 85 22 1,583
1929 3,018 84 13 2,260
1928 3,396 75 19 1,798
1927 3,721 73 18 1,917
1926 3,834 72 19 1,823
1925 4,240 61 13 2,372
1924 4,696 59 18 1,935
1923 4,579 60 24 1,572
1922 4,827 54 13 2,412
1921 5,156 49 12 2,559
1920 5,276 45 17 2,005
1919 4,846 51 11 2,592
1918 5,191 50 12 2,465
1917 4,956 49 14 2,136
1916 4,801 51 13 2,207
1915 4,488 49 8 2,954
1914 3,652 48 8 2,540
1913 2,794 54 10 1,880
1912 2,546 53 < 5 --
1911 1,858 55 5 1,879
1910 1,752 57 < 5 --
1909 1,557 53 8 1,122
1908 1,430 55 < 5 --
1907 1,413 55 5 1,453
1906 1,277 56 < 5 --
1905 1,190 64 < 5 --
1904 1,128 63 11 744
1903 1,015 66 5 1,215
1902 1,004 68 5 1,229
1901 890 71 < 5 --
1900 1,201 65 < 5 --
1899 942 65 < 5 --
1898 914 69 < 5 --
1897 962 65 < 5 --
1896 1,047 61 < 5 --
1895 968 65 < 5 --
1894 948 64 < 5 --
1893 963 62 < 5 --
1892 961 60 < 5 --
1891 803 62 5 1,047
1890 900 59 < 5 --
1889 889 56 < 5 --
1888 893 56 < 5 --
1887 794 53 < 5 --
1886 744 54 < 5 --
1885 751 50 < 5 --
1884 671 55 < 5 --
1883 583 56 < 5 --
1882 591 52 < 5 --
1881 504 52 < 5 --
1880 502 53 5 994

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.