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Nicole Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Nicole?

The somewhat popular name Nicole was the 218th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States in 2018.

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 22,967 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 2013-2017.

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 significantly.

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
2018 1,416 218 < 5 --
2017 1,661 184 < 5 --
2016 1,948 163 < 5 --
2015 2,113 152 < 5 --
2014 2,533 128 < 5 --
2013 3,350 91 8 9,398
2012 2,654 114 < 5 --
2011 2,655 117 5 13,733
2010 2,567 122 < 5 --
2009 2,768 119 7 10,645
2008 3,289 106 5 14,006
2007 3,871 86 9 8,707
2006 4,320 74 13 6,359
2005 4,988 56 12 6,503
2004 5,739 43 17 4,940
2003 6,230 40 13 5,783
2002 6,974 37 17 4,642
2001 7,817 36 14 5,318
2000 8,562 31 21 3,874
1999 9,515 25 22 3,555
1998 9,911 24 9 6,682
1997 10,744 21 17 4,001
1996 11,132 22 19 3,635
1995 12,276 19 22 3,160
1994 16,011 11 39 2,106
1993 16,180 13 40 2,035
1992 16,323 14 37 2,118
1991 16,050 15 32 2,278
1990 17,953 13 42 1,863
1989 19,030 12 107 990
1988 20,311 9 59 1,349
1987 20,286 8 76 1,105
1986 21,285 7 85 1,005
1985 22,967 7 77 1,053
1984 22,265 7 75 1,030
1983 22,399 7 86 952
1982 21,707 6 84 986
1981 20,312 7 85 983
1980 19,920 7 86 971
1979 19,511 9 70 1,065
1978 17,276 10 78 980
1977 15,249 15 74 1,003
1976 14,451 13 63 1,054
1975 14,276 10 63 1,048
1974 13,116 11 56 1,104
1973 13,924 11 59 1,065
1972 15,752 10 74 936
1971 10,426 27 48 1,193
1970 10,691 30 51 1,162
1969 7,214 47 31 1,453
1968 3,082 108 8 3,288
1967 2,773 123 8 3,158
1966 2,030 169 8 3,162
1965 898 298 9 2,926
1964 832 330 5 4,444
1963 654 381 < 5 --
1962 564 410 5 4,458
1961 273 616 5 4,474
1960 243 648 < 5 --
1959 205 700 < 5 --
1958 181 738 < 5 --
1957 141 859 < 5 --
1956 151 808 < 5 --
1955 120 894 < 5 --
1954 110 918 < 5 --
1953 119 860 < 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 70 944 < 5 --
1941 31 1,408 < 5 --
1940 25 1,578 < 5 --
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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.