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King Name Popularity

    

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How popular is King?

The somewhat popular name King was the 150th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2018.

This top 250 contender has seen rankings outside of the top 1000.

Position 147, its highest popularity ranking, was reached in 2017 with 2,677 occurrences.

The least number of children given the name King was 13 in 1891.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name King occurred roughly during the years 1894-1897, 1903-1915, 1961-1964, 1977-1982, 1987-1990, 1991-1994, 1995-2000, and 2001-2014, whereas 1964-1969 were years of successive downward movement.

Where is the name King popularity headed?

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at or near its highest point.

The popularity trend for King has been soaring upward for a while. , continuing the trend, the number of children named King lately has risen.

The name King is favored by many parents and will probably continue to rise upward in popularity.

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   King (Girl)King (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 < 5 -- 2,579 150
2017 9 11,148 2,677 147
2016 5 17,586 2,655 153
2015 < 5 -- 2,560 163
2014 < 5 -- 2,435 175
2013 < 5 -- 2,107 193
2012 < 5 -- 1,430 257
2011 < 5 -- 727 389
2010 < 5 -- 705 399
2009 < 5 -- 591 461
2008 < 5 -- 329 711
2007 < 5 -- 321 720
2006 < 5 -- 219 893
2005 < 5 -- 148 1,113
2004 < 5 -- 77 1,684
2003 < 5 -- 70 1,743
2002 < 5 -- 57 1,963
2001 < 5 -- 63 1,789
2000 < 5 -- 74 1,597
1999 < 5 -- 46 2,081
1998 < 5 -- 52 1,889
1997 < 5 -- 45 2,012
1996 < 5 -- 38 2,206
1995 < 5 -- 40 2,073
1994 < 5 -- 50 1,760
1993 < 5 -- 42 1,955
1992 < 5 -- 40 1,987
1991 < 5 -- 39 1,973
1990 < 5 -- 47 1,715
1989 < 5 -- 28 2,390
1988 < 5 -- 30 2,113
1987 < 5 -- 20 2,681
1986 < 5 -- 31 1,943
1985 < 5 -- 41 1,580
1984 < 5 -- 31 1,814
1983 < 5 -- 32 1,771
1982 < 5 -- 53 1,284
1981 < 5 -- 40 1,533
1980 < 5 -- 28 1,984
1979 < 5 -- 41 1,475
1978 < 5 -- 36 1,585
1977 < 5 -- 28 1,844
1976 < 5 -- 26 1,906
1975 < 5 -- 30 1,687
1974 < 5 -- 25 1,865
1973 < 5 -- 24 1,847
1972 < 5 -- 41 1,319
1971 < 5 -- 34 1,481
1970 < 5 -- 31 1,537
1969 < 5 -- 27 1,587
1968 < 5 -- 42 1,176
1967 < 5 -- 37 1,240
1966 < 5 -- 37 1,252
1965 < 5 -- 45 1,118
1964 5 7,273 77 873
1963 < 5 -- 42 1,204
1962 < 5 -- 59 998
1961 < 5 -- 35 1,357
1960 < 5 -- 52 1,076
1959 < 5 -- 60 999
1958 < 5 -- 53 1,054
1957 < 5 -- 64 947
1956 < 5 -- 59 975
1955 < 5 -- 68 904
1954 < 5 -- 77 826
1953 < 5 -- 63 906
1952 < 5 -- 93 732
1951 < 5 -- 81 783
1950 < 5 -- 90 724
1949 < 5 -- 79 777
1948 < 5 -- 84 735
1947 < 5 -- 79 775
1946 < 5 -- 78 749
1945 < 5 -- 80 673
1944 < 5 -- 82 691
1943 < 5 -- 86 695
1942 < 5 -- 105 618
1941 < 5 -- 70 742
1940 < 5 -- 75 700
1939 < 5 -- 87 631
1938 < 5 -- 91 625
1937 < 5 -- 85 645
1936 < 5 -- 71 711
1935 < 5 -- 67 755
1934 < 5 -- 91 632
1933 < 5 -- 79 662
1932 < 5 -- 67 775
1931 < 5 -- 72 724
1930 < 5 -- 91 644
1929 5 4,938 94 633
1928 < 5 -- 81 705
1927 < 5 -- 85 704
1926 < 5 -- 113 592
1925 < 5 -- 95 658
1924 < 5 -- 109 612
1923 < 5 -- 100 642
1922 < 5 -- 114 606
1921 < 5 -- 99 650
1920 < 5 -- 108 607
1919 < 5 -- 120 547
1918 < 5 -- 89 654
1917 < 5 -- 90 626
1916 < 5 -- 102 568
1915 < 5 -- 111 530
1914 < 5 -- 74 584
1913 < 5 -- 58 575
1912 < 5 -- 72 465
1911 < 5 -- 32 526
1910 < 5 -- 47 378
1909 < 5 -- 31 457
1908 < 5 -- 37 385
1907 < 5 -- 37 371
1906 < 5 -- 28 417
1905 < 5 -- 24 456
1904 < 5 -- 24 441
1903 < 5 -- 19 496
1902 < 5 -- 29 372
1901 < 5 -- 15 521
1900 < 5 -- 33 391
1899 < 5 -- 23 389
1898 < 5 -- 27 382
1897 < 5 -- 32 328
1896 < 5 -- 24 403
1895 < 5 -- 24 395
1894 < 5 -- 20 430
1893 < 5 -- 23 379
1892 < 5 -- 26 378
1891 < 5 -- 13 514
1890 < 5 -- 21 399
1889 < 5 -- 21 396
1888 < 5 -- 27 357
1887 < 5 -- 13 501
1886 < 5 -- 23 362
1885 < 5 -- 25 350
1884 < 5 -- 25 359
1883 < 5 -- 22 364
1882 < 5 -- 26 350
1881 < 5 -- 20 381
1880 < 5 -- 27 331

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.