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Nova Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Nova?

The somewhat popular name Nova was the 136th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States in 2016.

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

Its highest popularity ranking of #136 was reached for the first time this year with 2,272 occurrences.

The least number of children given the name Nova was less than 5, most recently in 1884.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Nova occurred roughly during the years 1889-1892, 1893-1898, 1902-1905, 1909-1916, 1917-1920, 1926-1929, 1957-1963, 1973-1977, and 1994-2015, whereas 1929-1933, 1938-1941, and 1982-1987 were years of successive downward movement.

Nova became more popular as a girls name in 1885.

Where is the name Nova popularity headed?

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at or near its highest point.

For a number of years, the name Nova has been soaring upward in popularity. , continuing the trend, the number of children named Nova lately has risen dramatically.

The name Nova is favored by many parents and will probably continue to rise upward in popularity.

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   Nova (Girl)Nova (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2016 2,272 136 150 1,235
2015 1,518 214 129 1,348
2014 1,130 287 104 1,539
2013 563 529 79 1,820
2012 459 620 63 2,144
2011 295 886 41 2,880
2010 217 1,129 37 3,118
2009 231 1,105 42 2,875
2008 176 1,371 28 3,805
2007 145 1,567 23 4,321
2006 105 1,927 23 4,184
2005 103 1,889 21 4,290
2004 114 1,710 22 4,095
2003 99 1,869 13 5,785
2002 91 1,947 13 5,633
2001 86 1,991 19 4,242
2000 66 2,362 8 7,972
1999 55 2,596 10 6,372
1998 54 2,554 9 6,684
1997 38 3,136 10 5,964
1996 24 4,420 5 10,089
1995 22 4,637 < 5 --
1994 19 5,176 < 5 --
1993 21 4,756 < 5 --
1992 11 7,872 < 5 --
1991 20 4,945 < 5 --
1990 25 4,081 5 9,093
1989 16 5,478 6 7,640
1988 19 4,609 < 5 --
1987 20 4,232 < 5 --
1986 26 3,429 < 5 --
1985 38 2,577 < 5 --
1984 36 2,609 < 5 --
1983 36 2,541 < 5 --
1982 50 2,071 7 5,437
1981 53 2,000 < 5 --
1980 66 1,717 5 6,983
1979 70 1,620 6 5,846
1978 56 1,817 < 5 --
1977 85 1,343 < 5 --
1976 65 1,558 5 6,211
1975 57 1,686 < 5 --
1974 53 1,721 6 5,062
1973 48 1,799 < 5 --
1972 58 1,585 < 5 --
1971 46 1,896 6 4,759
1970 51 1,773 < 5 --
1969 36 2,124 < 5 --
1968 29 2,273 < 5 --
1967 35 1,998 < 5 --
1966 38 1,871 < 5 --
1965 35 1,980 < 5 --
1964 50 1,627 < 5 --
1963 72 1,304 < 5 --
1962 50 1,603 < 5 --
1961 23 2,588 < 5 --
1960 34 1,971 < 5 --
1959 21 2,570 < 5 --
1958 19 2,727 < 5 --
1957 26 2,205 6 3,854
1956 31 1,956 < 5 --
1955 39 1,660 < 5 --
1954 27 2,060 < 5 --
1953 25 2,105 < 5 --
1952 33 1,738 < 5 --
1951 33 1,689 < 5 --
1950 29 1,786 < 5 --
1949 42 1,432 < 5 --
1948 44 1,400 5 4,037
1947 34 1,655 < 5 --
1946 33 1,550 5 3,875
1945 27 1,613 < 5 --
1944 29 1,537 < 5 --
1943 39 1,315 8 2,896
1942 42 1,242 6 3,457
1941 35 1,304 < 5 --
1940 44 1,094 < 5 --
1939 49 1,020 < 5 --
1938 68 860 6 3,421
1937 53 961 7 3,096
1936 56 920 < 5 --
1935 72 802 < 5 --
1934 78 762 < 5 --
1933 58 892 < 5 --
1932 73 799 < 5 --
1931 75 782 7 3,312
1930 75 821 5 4,391
1929 104 690 5 4,374
1928 84 783 < 5 --
1927 77 846 < 5 --
1926 75 859 5 4,642
1925 93 769 6 4,068
1924 90 788 12 2,582
1923 80 823 5 4,707
1922 86 788 11 2,755
1921 91 769 5 4,792
1920 111 693 12 2,560
1919 87 755 9 3,051
1918 79 805 < 5 --
1917 85 756 5 4,402
1916 81 765 7 3,409
1915 69 796 8 2,992
1914 47 863 < 5 --
1913 59 675 5 3,125
1912 54 685 < 5 --
1911 36 730 5 1,930
1910 32 765 < 5 --
1909 39 633 < 5 --
1908 36 643 < 5 --
1907 32 677 < 5 --
1906 27 712 < 5 --
1905 30 652 < 5 --
1904 24 722 < 5 --
1903 21 754 < 5 --
1902 18 838 < 5 --
1901 23 679 < 5 --
1900 29 670 < 5 --
1899 20 722 < 5 --
1898 30 594 < 5 --
1897 18 754 < 5 --
1896 24 647 < 5 --
1895 20 720 < 5 --
1894 18 714 < 5 --
1893 9 1,071 < 5 --
1892 20 659 < 5 --
1891 13 779 < 5 --
1890 15 711 < 5 --
1889 12 787 < 5 --
1888 15 683 < 5 --
1887 6 1,122 < 5 --
1886 7 966 < 5 --
1885 12 652 < 5 --
1884 < 5 -- < 5 --
1883 < 5 -- < 5 --
1882 < 5 -- < 5 --
1881 < 5 -- < 5 --
1880 < 5 -- 5 1,024

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.