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Nathan Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Nathan?

The very popular name Nathan was the 45th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2017.

This top 50 contender has enjoyed a rank in the top 500 since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began keeping records.

Position 20, its highest popularity ranking, was reached for the first time in 2004 and as recently as 2005.

The name was given to the greatest number of children in 2004 with 14,627 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Nathan was 91 in 1881.

Approximately during the years 1883-1886, 1896-1900, 1906-1914, 1944-1951, 1953-1960, 1965-1980, 1995-2000, and 2001-2004, the name Nathan took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 2008-2016.

Where is the name Nathan popularity headed?

Currently, the name is at a mid point when compared to its most popular year.

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

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

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   Nathan (Girl)Nathan (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 8 12,345 7,390 45
2016 6 15,622 7,970 43
2015 8 12,641 8,581 38
2014 9 11,647 8,967 38
2013 9 11,674 9,709 31
2012 16 7,690 10,417 29
2011 11 10,203 10,501 28
2010 9 11,967 11,372 27
2009 17 7,588 12,119 25
2008 14 8,838 13,253 21
2007 18 7,313 13,589 24
2006 22 6,065 14,273 23
2005 32 4,334 14,356 20
2004 62 2,668 14,627 20
2003 26 4,896 13,659 26
2002 29 4,355 13,220 28
2001 18 6,234 12,645 31
2000 15 7,050 13,036 30
1999 19 5,590 12,534 32
1998 9 9,868 11,584 34
1997 15 6,401 10,441 34
1996 24 4,415 10,283 37
1995 19 5,165 10,304 39
1994 34 3,351 10,382 40
1993 27 3,959 10,192 41
1992 20 4,980 10,146 44
1991 28 3,786 10,494 42
1990 25 4,078 10,936 44
1989 43 2,640 10,906 43
1988 44 2,476 10,148 44
1987 62 1,873 9,908 45
1986 63 1,808 9,995 43
1985 89 1,425 10,650 40
1984 73 1,561 10,612 38
1983 86 1,386 10,556 40
1982 69 1,666 10,803 36
1981 69 1,672 11,261 36
1980 75 1,566 11,144 36
1979 63 1,746 10,741 37
1978 58 1,778 9,891 36
1977 46 2,082 9,894 36
1976 44 2,020 8,616 39
1975 37 2,263 7,064 46
1974 28 2,658 5,849 52
1973 24 2,886 4,749 63
1972 25 2,803 3,522 79
1971 18 3,604 3,050 104
1970 12 4,679 2,548 131
1969 12 4,348 1,909 154
1968 13 3,934 1,656 163
1967 7 5,867 1,434 180
1966 < 5 -- 1,422 179
1965 8 5,150 1,419 182
1964 < 5 -- 1,500 189
1963 5 7,320 1,543 194
1962 < 5 -- 1,534 197
1961 8 5,165 1,490 199
1960 7 5,541 1,627 190
1959 9 4,533 1,374 207
1958 11 3,872 1,242 213
1957 5 6,767 1,227 215
1956 < 5 -- 1,095 222
1955 6 5,657 949 231
1954 < 5 -- 961 224
1953 < 5 -- 810 237
1952 < 5 -- 850 229
1951 < 5 -- 870 222
1950 < 5 -- 753 243
1949 < 5 -- 660 251
1948 < 5 -- 619 263
1947 < 5 -- 617 273
1946 < 5 -- 558 271
1945 < 5 -- 488 267
1944 < 5 -- 507 263
1943 5 5,167 582 244
1942 < 5 -- 522 254
1941 < 5 -- 528 243
1940 < 5 -- 497 243
1939 7 3,689 468 246
1938 < 5 -- 516 232
1937 < 5 -- 434 258
1936 < 5 -- 464 243
1935 < 5 -- 468 248
1934 < 5 -- 469 245
1933 < 5 -- 413 259
1932 < 5 -- 486 243
1931 7 3,753 442 256
1930 6 4,403 540 235
1929 9 3,315 513 239
1928 < 5 -- 548 235
1927 7 4,164 636 210
1926 < 5 -- 669 206
1925 5 5,550 615 219
1924 < 5 -- 680 204
1923 < 5 -- 739 187
1922 5 5,566 749 185
1921 7 4,326 751 186
1920 < 5 -- 815 172
1919 < 5 -- 849 156
1918 < 5 -- 945 150
1917 6 4,454 881 148
1916 < 5 -- 904 143
1915 6 4,109 916 139
1914 < 5 -- 848 124
1913 < 5 -- 615 127
1912 < 5 -- 581 120
1911 < 5 -- 348 109
1910 < 5 -- 245 135
1909 < 5 -- 209 130
1908 < 5 -- 178 137
1907 < 5 -- 176 136
1906 < 5 -- 148 139
1905 < 5 -- 168 131
1904 < 5 -- 131 148
1903 < 5 -- 146 128
1902 < 5 -- 143 136
1901 < 5 -- 131 128
1900 < 5 -- 186 126
1899 < 5 -- 112 141
1898 < 5 -- 99 167
1897 < 5 -- 139 119
1896 < 5 -- 110 152
1895 < 5 -- 119 136
1894 < 5 -- 127 126
1893 < 5 -- 114 132
1892 < 5 -- 144 118
1891 < 5 -- 106 131
1890 < 5 -- 110 130
1889 < 5 -- 121 117
1888 < 5 -- 129 124
1887 < 5 -- 106 125
1886 < 5 -- 136 115
1885 < 5 -- 103 132
1884 < 5 -- 100 141
1883 < 5 -- 93 132
1882 < 5 -- 113 124
1881 < 5 -- 91 136
1880 < 5 -- 114 115

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.