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Kathleen Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Kathleen?

The less frequently given name Kathleen was the 871st Most Popular Girls Name in the United States in 2017.

This top 1000 contender has enjoyed a rank in the top 1000 since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began keeping records.

Position 9, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached in 1949.

Nonetheless, the name was given to the greatest number of children in 1951 with 26,714 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Kathleen was 13 in 1881.

Approximately during the years 1881-1896, 1904-1921, and 1934-1949, the name Kathleen took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1952-1975, 1986-1997, 1998-2010, and 2012-2015.

Where is the name Kathleen popularity headed?

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

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

The name Kathleen still has a solid footing but will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

Relative to what it once was, Kathleen is very rarely used as a given name.

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   Kathleen (Girl)Kathleen (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 310 871 < 5 --
2016 338 842 < 5 --
2015 339 826 < 5 --
2014 420 674 < 5 --
2013 432 658 < 5 --
2012 427 660 < 5 --
2011 451 630 < 5 --
2010 494 596 < 5 --
2009 542 562 < 5 --
2008 703 448 < 5 --
2007 779 422 < 5 --
2006 877 371 < 5 --
2005 933 339 < 5 --
2004 1,001 316 < 5 --
2003 1,096 283 < 5 --
2002 1,208 261 < 5 --
2001 1,337 236 < 5 --
2000 1,583 204 < 5 --
1999 1,630 192 < 5 --
1998 1,737 171 < 5 --
1997 1,742 175 < 5 --
1996 2,107 152 < 5 --
1995 2,282 139 < 5 --
1994 2,429 130 < 5 --
1993 2,742 118 < 5 --
1992 3,135 108 < 5 --
1991 3,370 102 5 8,889
1990 3,673 92 14 4,084
1989 3,598 90 27 2,441
1988 3,928 75 11 4,314
1987 4,163 72 20 2,679
1986 4,130 68 16 3,064
1985 4,086 68 22 2,388
1984 3,987 71 25 2,130
1983 3,924 72 20 2,455
1982 3,948 77 19 2,557
1981 3,777 82 14 3,125
1980 3,858 82 10 3,990
1979 3,644 84 8 4,630
1978 3,745 79 17 2,608
1977 3,648 80 17 2,609
1976 3,408 82 15 2,757
1975 3,542 80 18 2,405
1974 3,952 76 23 1,956
1973 4,248 68 19 2,174
1972 5,097 57 22 1,947
1971 6,153 53 17 2,325
1970 7,409 45 23 1,873
1969 8,300 42 24 1,704
1968 8,729 40 33 1,351
1967 9,209 40 31 1,379
1966 10,496 37 34 1,314
1965 11,781 34 33 1,348
1964 13,232 30 28 1,497
1963 13,543 28 28 1,499
1962 14,190 29 30 1,439
1961 15,392 29 27 1,559
1960 16,084 27 32 1,413
1959 17,627 23 48 1,123
1958 19,199 21 50 1,084
1957 19,739 21 36 1,310
1956 21,370 17 40 1,206
1955 22,004 17 33 1,326
1954 22,460 14 41 1,177
1953 23,728 14 35 1,272
1952 25,771 11 38 1,204
1951 26,714 10 33 1,287
1950 25,704 10 40 1,134
1949 26,353 9 56 928
1948 23,258 10 38 1,169
1947 22,097 11 48 1,045
1946 18,760 16 33 1,226
1945 13,801 19 35 1,112
1944 13,005 20 27 1,299
1943 12,153 22 33 1,202
1942 10,694 24 36 1,155
1941 7,160 36 30 1,223
1940 5,697 40 26 1,323
1939 4,656 48 18 1,608
1938 4,229 58 19 1,591
1937 3,743 61 15 1,874
1936 3,352 67 12 2,127
1935 3,354 71 14 1,988
1934 3,279 74 23 1,443
1933 3,122 77 15 1,874
1932 2,942 83 13 2,151
1931 2,800 87 13 2,159
1930 3,074 84 16 1,931
1929 2,940 89 20 1,704
1928 3,153 82 15 2,108
1927 3,265 83 9 3,030
1926 3,276 83 5 4,526
1925 3,503 81 11 2,675
1924 3,663 76 7 3,676
1923 3,754 70 10 2,858
1922 3,465 80 < 5 --
1921 3,419 83 5 4,669
1920 3,158 91 < 5 --
1919 2,586 101 < 5 --
1918 2,630 99 < 5 --
1917 2,358 101 < 5 --
1916 2,154 104 8 3,058
1915 1,940 104 6 3,630
1914 1,475 110 < 5 --
1913 1,179 110 < 5 --
1912 985 118 < 5 --
1911 663 126 < 5 --
1910 622 131 < 5 --
1909 527 136 < 5 --
1908 526 132 < 5 --
1907 440 149 < 5 --
1906 412 143 < 5 --
1905 386 152 < 5 --
1904 362 147 < 5 --
1903 352 149 < 5 --
1902 325 159 < 5 --
1901 272 169 < 5 --
1900 321 171 < 5 --
1899 230 184 < 5 --
1898 306 163 < 5 --
1897 250 173 < 5 --
1896 259 169 < 5 --
1895 192 196 < 5 --
1894 168 205 < 5 --
1893 170 196 < 5 --
1892 149 208 < 5 --
1891 113 228 < 5 --
1890 105 239 < 5 --
1889 87 252 < 5 --
1888 67 286 < 5 --
1887 50 302 < 5 --
1886 43 321 < 5 --
1885 38 333 < 5 --
1884 27 387 < 5 --
1883 21 418 < 5 --
1882 22 384 < 5 --
1881 13 477 < 5 --
1880 21 358 < 5 --

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.