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Michelle Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Michelle?

In 2018 the somewhat popular name Michelle, ranked the 263rd Most Popular Girls Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 500 most popular, Michelle has been less popular than the top 1000 in the past.

It reached its highest popularity ranking of #2 for the first time in 1968 and as recently as 1972.

The name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1969 with 34,322 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Michelle was less than 5, most recently in 1921.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Michelle occurred roughly during the years 1930-1933, and 1934-1969, whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1971-1976, 1977-1986, 1988-1997, 2002-2012, and 2013-2017.

Sometimes the name Michelle has been more popular as a girls name and sometimes it has been more popular as a boys.

Michelle's popularity has been spiralling downward for some time. Of late, continuing the trend, the number of parents selecting the name Michelle for their newborn has dropped.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Michelle?

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at an extremely low point.

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

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

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   Michelle (Girl)Michelle (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 1,239 263 < 5 --
2017 1,427 214 < 5 --
2016 1,560 209 < 5 --
2015 1,701 192 < 5 --
2014 1,749 188 < 5 --
2013 1,888 168 < 5 --
2012 1,931 163 < 5 --
2011 2,177 144 10 7,880
2010 2,506 125 9 8,557
2009 3,078 104 6 11,960
2008 3,338 102 11 7,546
2007 3,592 94 8 9,455
2006 4,087 81 11 7,259
2005 4,311 74 11 6,950
2004 4,716 66 16 5,169
2003 4,868 62 15 5,182
2002 4,949 58 17 4,632
2001 5,029 59 19 4,232
2000 5,544 52 24 3,494
1999 5,303 56 15 4,690
1998 5,561 55 17 4,131
1997 5,694 55 20 3,548
1996 6,596 47 31 2,517
1995 7,391 41 35 2,279
1994 8,637 33 35 2,284
1993 10,187 31 49 1,760
1992 11,512 25 43 1,898
1991 12,214 22 54 1,583
1990 13,422 22 56 1,526
1989 13,373 22 93 1,101
1988 13,338 21 61 1,326
1987 13,033 21 72 1,132
1986 13,301 23 81 1,035
1985 13,970 22 68 1,132
1984 15,499 17 79 1,005
1983 16,834 13 82 976
1982 17,766 11 80 1,017
1981 17,776 11 96 917
1980 19,123 10 100 898
1979 19,269 10 75 1,025
1978 18,860 9 84 949
1977 19,539 7 82 949
1976 19,555 6 83 919
1975 22,665 6 113 780
1974 25,828 3 109 773
1973 26,934 3 116 747
1972 29,284 2 135 691
1971 33,160 2 150 677
1970 34,050 4 125 735
1969 34,322 2 138 675
1968 33,221 2 130 662
1967 30,826 3 110 707
1966 27,151 4 93 760
1965 16,214 17 53 1,016
1964 16,187 23 43 1,182
1963 14,383 26 45 1,157
1962 13,357 31 34 1,357
1961 12,736 34 41 1,243
1960 9,895 39 29 1,508
1959 8,778 47 17 2,021
1958 7,454 56 20 1,817
1957 5,982 79 16 2,067
1956 5,330 87 15 2,145
1955 4,530 97 12 2,395
1954 4,430 94 11 2,550
1953 3,632 107 9 2,840
1952 2,881 124 7 3,287
1951 2,133 151 10 2,602
1950 1,632 174 < 5 --
1949 1,248 213 6 3,579
1948 1,043 230 5 4,015
1947 913 248 5 4,088
1946 755 263 5 3,850
1945 499 307 < 5 --
1944 406 340 < 5 --
1943 370 374 < 5 --
1942 233 483 < 5 --
1941 133 612 < 5 --
1940 92 728 < 5 --
1939 59 921 < 5 --
1938 55 963 < 5 --
1937 36 1,217 < 5 --
1936 29 1,365 < 5 --
1935 27 1,434 < 5 --
1934 24 1,536 < 5 --
1933 28 1,393 < 5 --
1932 10 2,979 < 5 --
1931 12 2,529 < 5 --
1930 13 2,516 < 5 --
1929 15 2,269 < 5 --
1928 10 3,092 < 5 --
1927 13 2,653 < 5 --
1926 11 2,989 < 5 --
1925 14 2,572 < 5 --
1924 11 3,096 < 5 --
1923 6 4,788 < 5 --
1922 10 3,299 < 5 --
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1920 9 3,522 < 5 --
1919 7 4,116 < 5 --
1918 5 5,344 < 5 --
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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.