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Mary Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Mary?

In 2017 the somewhat popular name Mary, ranked the 126th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 250 most popular, Mary has been a top 250 placer since the Social Security Administration began keeping records in 1880.

It reached its highest popularity ranking of #1 for the first time in 1880 and as recently as 1961.

The name was given to the greatest number of children in 1921 with 73,982 occurrences.

The least number of children given the name Mary was 2,381 in 2017.

Approximately during the years 1881-1884, 1885-1888, 1889-1892, 1893-1896, 1897-1900, and 1901-1921, the name Mary took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas 1927-1933, and 1954-1976 were years of successive downward movement.

Mary's popularity has steadily decreased for some time. however, the number of children named Mary lately has remained about the same.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Mary?

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

The name Mary is favored by many parents and has recently started to plateu at its present level but may also begin to make a more decisive move up or down.

Relative to what it once was, Mary is much less frequently used as a given name.

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   Mary (Girl)Mary (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 2,381 126 < 5 --
2016 2,504 127 < 5 --
2015 2,624 123 < 5 --
2014 2,630 120 5 13,311
2013 2,646 120 < 5 --
2012 2,574 121 6 11,726
2011 2,706 112 < 5 --
2010 2,866 109 < 5 --
2009 3,160 102 < 5 --
2008 3,497 96 < 5 --
2007 3,679 93 10 7,966
2006 4,090 80 10 7,801
2005 4,454 72 10 7,469
2004 4,809 62 31 3,189
2003 5,016 59 9 7,617
2002 5,460 51 12 5,945
2001 5,729 49 13 5,560
2000 6,192 46 10 6,649
1999 6,372 45 11 5,909
1998 6,443 45 14 4,796
1997 6,636 46 13 4,854
1996 6,956 44 16 4,123
1995 7,452 40 13 4,703
1994 7,751 37 10 5,743
1993 8,119 37 18 3,592
1992 8,458 36 25 2,790
1991 8,760 38 32 2,274
1990 8,666 35 45 1,770
1989 8,644 38 74 1,263
1988 8,510 34 48 1,540
1987 8,395 37 69 1,158
1986 8,506 37 47 1,467
1985 9,244 35 67 1,142
1984 9,289 33 56 1,232
1983 9,896 32 57 1,210
1982 10,855 30 73 1,068
1981 11,043 27 67 1,119
1980 11,475 26 52 1,303
1979 10,559 24 65 1,112
1978 10,044 24 61 1,130
1977 10,659 21 52 1,233
1976 10,318 22 62 1,064
1975 10,968 19 66 1,017
1974 11,738 13 61 1,058
1973 12,318 14 54 1,117
1972 13,760 13 74 933
1971 16,697 9 86 879
1970 19,206 9 99 815
1969 19,851 8 108 755
1968 21,722 6 101 744
1967 25,318 4 127 665
1966 28,886 3 108 716
1965 34,272 2 136 642
1964 40,989 2 134 667
1963 41,550 2 137 670
1962 43,488 2 158 614
1961 47,676 1 167 613
1960 51,474 1 169 604
1959 54,477 1 170 597
1958 55,853 1 141 650
1957 61,092 1 183 572
1956 61,750 1 144 633
1955 63,162 1 147 615
1954 68,005 1 170 561
1953 64,372 1 146 597
1952 65,639 2 159 554
1951 65,726 2 161 536
1950 65,482 2 119 634
1949 66,862 2 169 512
1948 68,596 2 164 514
1947 71,688 2 184 496
1946 67,468 1 186 470
1945 59,284 1 198 426
1944 62,466 1 252 378
1943 66,169 1 254 384
1942 63,249 1 276 363
1941 58,040 1 315 329
1940 56,201 1 303 328
1939 54,903 1 272 341
1938 56,214 1 284 331
1937 55,642 1 288 321
1936 54,373 1 293 312
1935 55,065 1 276 329
1934 56,924 1 302 313
1933 55,507 1 318 298
1932 59,872 1 330 305
1931 60,296 1 325 306
1930 64,146 1 340 308
1929 63,510 1 327 306
1928 66,869 1 294 330
1927 70,637 1 283 345
1926 67,829 1 272 352
1925 70,597 1 260 368
1924 73,532 1 224 412
1923 71,635 1 203 425
1922 72,175 1 186 450
1921 73,982 1 187 451
1920 70,980 1 195 430
1919 65,841 1 154 482
1918 67,366 1 169 457
1917 64,281 1 159 448
1916 61,438 1 164 437
1915 58,187 1 159 430
1914 45,345 1 127 425
1913 36,642 1 126 375
1912 32,304 1 118 350
1911 24,390 1 98 262
1910 22,848 1 99 238
1909 19,259 1 80 248
1908 18,665 1 79 236
1907 17,580 1 70 252
1906 16,370 1 76 225
1905 16,067 1 68 239
1904 14,961 1 58 252
1903 14,275 1 63 230
1902 14,486 1 56 249
1901 13,136 1 58 231
1900 16,706 1 75 233
1899 13,172 1 50 236
1898 14,406 1 50 251
1897 13,413 1 63 211
1896 13,811 1 57 242
1895 13,446 1 47 261
1894 13,151 1 48 251
1893 12,784 1 55 232
1892 13,172 1 50 251
1891 11,703 1 39 259
1890 12,078 1 35 293
1889 11,648 1 41 262
1888 11,754 1 50 248
1887 9,888 1 47 237
1886 9,889 1 32 305
1885 9,128 1 38 271
1884 9,217 1 36 293
1883 8,012 1 32 292
1882 8,148 1 30 314
1881 6,919 1 29 301
1880 7,065 1 27 332

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.