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Molly Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Molly?

In 2015 the somewhat popular name Molly, ranked the 144th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 250 most popular, Molly has been a top 500 placer since the Social Security Administration began keeping records in 1880.

It reached its highest popularity ranking of #74 in 1991 with 4,651 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Molly in any given year was 18 in 1880.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Molly occurred roughly during the years 1889-1893, 1897-1900, 1904-1915, 1925-1928, 1944-1948, 1961-1964, 1967-1970, 1971-1977, and 1984-1991, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 2013-2014.

Molly's popularity has been moving downward for some time. In recent years, continuing the trend, the number of babies given the name Molly has dropped.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Molly?

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at a mid point.

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

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   Molly (Girl)Molly (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2015 2,235 144 < 5 --
2014 2,596 122 5 13,349
2013 3,076 102 < 5 --
2012 3,254 90 9 8,628
2011 3,611 78 7 10,380
2010 3,359 87 7 10,385
2009 3,504 92 < 5 --
2008 3,321 104 5 13,928
2007 3,413 97 6 11,876
2006 3,124 105 6 11,581
2005 3,214 97 7 9,803
2004 3,342 97 28 3,420
2003 3,403 99 < 5 --
2002 3,119 107 < 5 --
2001 3,413 90 < 5 --
2000 3,399 95 7 8,818
1999 3,323 102 9 6,915
1998 3,190 108 6 9,247
1997 3,447 98 < 5 --
1996 3,311 99 6 8,645
1995 3,382 98 < 5 --
1994 3,440 96 6 8,449
1993 3,707 87 5 9,685
1992 4,136 83 9 5,983
1991 4,651 74 11 4,987
1990 3,964 80 9 5,671
1989 3,457 93 33 2,134
1988 3,460 86 19 2,918
1987 2,889 97 11 4,145
1986 2,550 110 10 4,354
1985 2,431 120 8 5,008
1984 2,178 131 15 3,046
1983 2,310 129 13 3,358
1982 2,317 131 20 2,485
1981 2,090 135 11 3,769
1980 2,202 133 11 3,758
1979 2,024 139 8 4,690
1978 1,933 142 9 4,054
1977 2,067 142 11 3,517
1976 1,732 150 9 3,908
1975 1,548 170 6 5,247
1974 1,480 179 5 5,739
1973 1,330 195 7 4,352
1972 1,235 226 6 4,793
1971 1,186 247 < 5 --
1970 1,193 258 < 5 --
1969 1,093 265 < 5 --
1968 1,021 265 < 5 --
1967 1,015 266 < 5 --
1966 983 265 < 5 --
1965 1,062 264 < 5 --
1964 1,008 288 < 5 --
1963 860 320 < 5 --
1962 820 327 < 5 --
1961 781 337 < 5 --
1960 730 361 < 5 --
1959 762 346 < 5 --
1958 746 343 < 5 --
1957 699 341 < 5 --
1956 654 344 < 5 --
1955 623 344 < 5 --
1954 599 352 < 5 --
1953 582 345 < 5 --
1952 617 333 < 5 --
1951 611 320 < 5 --
1950 565 324 < 5 --
1949 556 328 < 5 --
1948 562 331 < 5 --
1947 484 366 < 5 --
1946 415 371 < 5 --
1945 333 387 < 5 --
1944 366 367 < 5 --
1943 386 366 < 5 --
1942 375 362 < 5 --
1941 339 364 < 5 --
1940 346 349 < 5 --
1939 348 340 < 5 --
1938 328 359 < 5 --
1937 306 369 < 5 --
1936 316 356 < 5 --
1935 301 365 < 5 --
1934 293 368 < 5 --
1933 271 394 < 5 --
1932 314 362 < 5 --
1931 300 370 < 5 --
1930 342 362 < 5 --
1929 320 375 < 5 --
1928 314 381 < 5 --
1927 258 431 < 5 --
1926 255 433 < 5 --
1925 241 444 < 5 --
1924 290 404 < 5 --
1923 293 388 < 5 --
1922 277 397 < 5 --
1921 302 385 < 5 --
1920 246 427 < 5 --
1919 258 400 < 5 --
1918 306 374 < 5 --
1917 310 357 < 5 --
1916 333 336 < 5 --
1915 325 331 < 5 --
1914 247 337 < 5 --
1913 197 346 < 5 --
1912 197 323 < 5 --
1911 129 354 < 5 --
1910 145 316 < 5 --
1909 109 346 < 5 --
1908 101 360 < 5 --
1907 113 328 < 5 --
1906 86 362 < 5 --
1905 71 402 < 5 --
1904 72 392 < 5 --
1903 75 370 < 5 --
1902 54 423 < 5 --
1901 55 401 < 5 --
1900 67 411 < 5 --
1899 47 428 < 5 --
1898 39 499 < 5 --
1897 50 418 < 5 --
1896 49 415 < 5 --
1895 45 422 < 5 --
1894 36 471 < 5 --
1893 58 354 < 5 --
1892 51 375 < 5 --
1891 33 445 < 5 --
1890 46 372 < 5 --
1889 35 415 < 5 --
1888 37 409 < 5 --
1887 32 388 < 5 --
1886 29 404 < 5 --
1885 30 378 < 5 --
1884 32 356 < 5 --
1883 30 328 < 5 --
1882 30 325 < 5 --
1881 33 278 < 5 --
1880 18 400 < 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.