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Nicole Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Nicole?

The somewhat popular name Nicole was the 183rd Most Popular Girls Name in the United States in 2017.

This top 250 contender has seen rankings outside of the top 1000.

It reached its highest popularity RANKING of #6 in 1982.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1985 with 22,968 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Nicole in any given year was less than 5, most recently in 1936.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Nicole occurred roughly during the years 1938-1943, 1947-1972, and 1974-1983, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1985-1991, 1992-2010, and 2013-2016.

Nicole became more popular as a girls name in 1937.

Where is the name Nicole popularity headed?

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

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

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

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

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   Nicole (Girl)Nicole (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 1,654 183 < 5 --
2016 1,947 163 < 5 --
2015 2,112 152 < 5 --
2014 2,531 128 < 5 --
2013 3,348 91 8 9,395
2012 2,653 114 < 5 --
2011 2,654 117 5 13,732
2010 2,564 123 < 5 --
2009 2,768 119 7 10,645
2008 3,289 106 5 14,006
2007 3,868 86 9 8,705
2006 4,319 74 13 6,359
2005 4,987 56 12 6,501
2004 5,738 43 17 4,939
2003 6,229 40 13 5,781
2002 6,974 37 17 4,642
2001 7,816 36 14 5,318
2000 8,561 31 21 3,874
1999 9,515 25 22 3,555
1998 9,911 24 9 6,682
1997 10,744 21 17 4,000
1996 11,132 22 19 3,635
1995 12,276 19 22 3,160
1994 16,011 11 39 2,106
1993 16,179 13 40 2,035
1992 16,323 14 37 2,118
1991 16,050 15 32 2,278
1990 17,951 13 42 1,863
1989 19,031 12 107 990
1988 20,310 9 59 1,349
1987 20,285 8 76 1,105
1986 21,286 7 85 1,005
1985 22,968 7 77 1,053
1984 22,264 7 75 1,030
1983 22,397 7 86 952
1982 21,706 6 84 986
1981 20,313 7 85 983
1980 19,917 7 86 971
1979 19,511 9 70 1,065
1978 17,276 10 78 980
1977 15,249 15 74 1,003
1976 14,452 13 63 1,054
1975 14,274 10 63 1,048
1974 13,116 11 56 1,104
1973 13,925 11 59 1,065
1972 15,750 10 74 936
1971 10,428 27 48 1,193
1970 10,691 30 51 1,163
1969 7,215 47 31 1,453
1968 3,082 108 8 3,286
1967 2,773 123 8 3,158
1966 2,030 169 8 3,160
1965 898 298 9 2,925
1964 832 330 5 4,445
1963 654 381 < 5 --
1962 565 406 5 4,457
1961 273 616 5 4,473
1960 243 647 < 5 --
1959 205 700 < 5 --
1958 181 738 < 5 --
1957 141 859 < 5 --
1956 152 807 < 5 --
1955 119 901 < 5 --
1954 109 925 < 5 --
1953 119 859 < 5 --
1952 103 913 < 5 --
1951 94 959 < 5 --
1950 89 955 < 5 --
1949 68 1,099 < 5 --
1948 68 1,080 < 5 --
1947 66 1,103 < 5 --
1946 80 934 < 5 --
1945 61 992 < 5 --
1944 58 1,036 < 5 --
1943 89 826 < 5 --
1942 69 947 < 5 --
1941 32 1,379 < 5 --
1940 25 1,578 < 5 --
1939 12 2,538 < 5 --
1938 7 3,742 < 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.