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Nicholas Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Nicholas?

The popular name Nicholas was the 74th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2018.

This top 100 contender has enjoyed a rank in the top 250 since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began keeping records.

It reached its highest popularity RANKING of #5 in 1999.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1995 with 29,156 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Nicholas was 56 in 1881.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Nicholas occurred roughly during the years 1903-1915, 1938-1942, 1943-1951, 1965-1968, 1970-1973, 1974-1979, and 1983-1989, whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 2000-2017.

Where is the name Nicholas popularity headed?

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

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

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

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   Nicholas (Girl)Nicholas (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 < 5 -- 4,801 74
2017 6 15,372 5,348 68
2016 6 15,669 5,747 63
2015 7 14,059 6,241 62
2014 11 9,976 6,765 57
2013 13 8,911 7,137 54
2012 8 13,105 7,735 49
2011 15 8,083 8,591 42
2010 11 10,263 9,641 37
2009 18 7,261 10,850 32
2008 21 6,500 12,524 29
2007 14 8,865 14,358 20
2006 16 7,755 15,669 17
2005 24 5,389 17,072 15
2004 72 2,384 18,515 13
2003 44 3,328 19,693 12
2002 39 3,511 21,390 9
2001 35 3,761 22,845 6
2000 39 3,442 24,652 6
1999 39 3,292 25,638 5
1998 38 3,275 26,634 6
1997 51 2,544 27,257 6
1996 52 2,471 27,720 6
1995 56 2,361 29,156 6
1994 66 2,094 27,762 9
1993 91 1,661 28,107 8
1992 80 1,814 27,757 12
1991 81 1,775 27,355 12
1990 70 1,967 27,908 14
1989 121 1,307 28,226 14
1988 135 1,135 25,294 14
1987 160 985 23,252 16
1986 135 1,104 22,798 17
1985 162 960 22,397 19
1984 146 994 21,019 20
1983 135 1,039 19,893 21
1982 136 1,061 19,646 21
1981 124 1,120 19,780 21
1980 139 1,033 21,026 17
1979 140 1,014 21,345 15
1978 108 1,171 16,353 25
1977 34 2,543 6,081 51
1976 20 3,489 3,474 77
1975 24 3,023 3,322 81
1974 21 3,279 3,216 81
1973 16 3,905 3,151 85
1972 16 3,833 2,844 99
1971 22 3,120 2,617 123
1970 7 6,825 2,702 123
1969 8 5,818 2,585 123
1968 16 3,409 2,562 117
1967 12 3,988 2,295 129
1966 7 5,647 2,143 139
1965 7 5,642 2,071 149
1964 < 5 -- 2,070 158
1963 10 4,455 2,135 155
1962 < 5 -- 2,150 155
1961 8 5,169 2,074 158
1960 < 5 -- 2,301 153
1959 6 6,037 2,195 156
1958 9 4,419 2,184 154
1957 7 5,233 2,195 152
1956 6 5,759 2,212 147
1955 7 5,057 2,186 141
1954 11 3,649 2,369 134
1953 5 6,290 2,358 131
1952 < 5 -- 2,343 127
1951 < 5 -- 2,390 120
1950 < 5 -- 2,178 124
1949 5 5,809 1,998 136
1948 5 5,798 1,929 142
1947 < 5 -- 1,935 143
1946 < 5 -- 1,676 144
1945 6 4,398 1,356 151
1944 < 5 -- 1,363 150
1943 6 4,553 1,433 148
1942 < 5 -- 1,502 142
1941 6 4,294 1,211 146
1940 < 5 -- 1,101 154
1939 < 5 -- 1,032 156
1938 5 4,813 988 161
1937 < 5 -- 935 159
1936 < 5 -- 928 157
1935 < 5 -- 912 158
1934 < 5 -- 873 165
1933 7 3,656 888 160
1932 6 4,288 926 163
1931 8 3,414 1,102 145
1930 14 2,390 1,131 147
1929 13 2,540 1,191 142
1928 7 4,070 1,217 140
1927 12 2,814 1,272 137
1926 16 2,325 1,319 133
1925 7 4,319 1,332 133
1924 13 2,774 1,488 122
1923 5 5,498 1,466 120
1922 7 4,323 1,416 122
1921 6 4,932 1,554 114
1920 6 4,816 1,355 124
1919 7 4,141 1,321 122
1918 < 5 -- 1,488 113
1917 6 4,457 1,412 109
1916 7 3,821 1,419 107
1915 < 5 -- 1,427 104
1914 < 5 -- 1,151 102
1913 < 5 -- 796 110
1912 < 5 -- 676 113
1911 < 5 -- 308 120
1910 < 5 -- 235 137
1909 < 5 -- 204 133
1908 < 5 -- 226 113
1907 < 5 -- 161 143
1906 < 5 -- 144 143
1905 < 5 -- 112 173
1904 < 5 -- 102 180
1903 < 5 -- 90 184
1902 < 5 -- 112 159
1901 < 5 -- 88 169
1900 < 5 -- 95 200
1899 < 5 -- 69 196
1898 < 5 -- 94 172
1897 < 5 -- 87 178
1896 < 5 -- 106 157
1895 < 5 -- 84 187
1894 < 5 -- 77 193
1893 < 5 -- 89 163
1892 < 5 -- 95 168
1891 < 5 -- 78 165
1890 < 5 -- 78 175
1889 < 5 -- 68 194
1888 < 5 -- 97 157
1887 < 5 -- 79 158
1886 < 5 -- 85 165
1885 < 5 -- 66 196
1884 < 5 -- 69 194
1883 < 5 -- 71 175
1882 < 5 -- 66 196
1881 < 5 -- 56 204
1880 < 5 -- 73 178

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.