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Paula Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Paula?

In 2017 the less frequently given name Paula, ranked the 847th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 1000 most popular, Paula has been a top 1000 placer since the Social Security Administration began keeping records in 1880.

It reached its highest popularity RANKING of #38 in 1954.

Nonetheless, the name was given to the greatest number of children in 1963 with 10,143 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Paula in any given year was 6 in 1882.

Approximately during the years 1884-1891, 1908-1916, 1921-1927, 1933-1948, 1949-1953, and 1960-1963, the name Paula took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1966-1986, and 1990-1993.

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

What does the future hold for the popularity of Paula?

Currently, the name is at an extremely low point when compared to its most popular year.

The name Paula still has a solid footing but will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

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

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   Paula (Girl)Paula (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 319 847 5 13,645
2016 348 823 < 5 --
2015 310 889 9 8,523
2014 266 995 < 5 --
2013 307 847 < 5 --
2012 384 725 < 5 --
2011 325 819 < 5 --
2010 332 815 < 5 --
2009 362 782 6 12,081
2008 448 678 5 14,077
2007 455 652 5 13,876
2006 431 668 < 5 --
2005 416 669 8 8,888
2004 419 654 6 10,964
2003 356 718 < 5 --
2002 414 618 5 11,992
2001 418 601 < 5 --
2000 454 572 8 7,995
1999 446 564 < 5 --
1998 457 546 5 10,856
1997 504 490 < 5 --
1996 552 454 < 5 --
1995 553 458 8 6,821
1994 623 402 8 6,813
1993 630 400 13 4,629
1992 775 338 5 9,442
1991 848 320 7 7,074
1990 940 297 10 5,277
1989 793 321 16 3,573
1988 811 305 14 3,652
1987 903 272 9 4,851
1986 880 279 11 4,059
1985 1,014 250 10 4,259
1984 1,101 230 11 3,866
1983 1,161 219 14 3,185
1982 1,326 205 18 2,677
1981 1,480 186 12 3,557
1980 1,598 173 8 4,829
1979 1,694 165 10 3,999
1978 1,826 151 10 3,777
1977 2,042 144 12 3,331
1976 2,252 121 7 4,786
1975 2,655 107 17 2,514
1974 3,063 96 18 2,340
1973 3,504 86 19 2,192
1972 4,258 72 13 2,784
1971 5,381 63 15 2,525
1970 6,054 57 22 1,920
1969 6,753 50 22 1,794
1968 7,638 45 23 1,679
1967 7,694 45 23 1,638
1966 7,857 50 13 2,307
1965 7,911 49 19 1,843
1964 9,505 45 17 2,023
1963 10,143 42 27 1,534
1962 7,193 60 10 2,800
1961 7,746 60 19 1,923
1960 8,066 55 16 2,101
1959 8,053 51 21 1,796
1958 8,024 53 27 1,527
1957 8,544 49 16 2,069
1956 8,923 47 22 1,707
1955 9,584 39 13 2,288
1954 9,690 38 12 2,406
1953 9,553 40 16 2,016
1952 8,566 47 17 1,922
1951 7,296 51 8 3,011
1950 6,629 54 9 2,720
1949 6,577 55 18 1,807
1948 6,597 52 10 2,573
1947 6,101 54 8 3,040
1946 4,727 69 12 2,244
1945 3,796 67 11 2,215
1944 3,314 82 14 1,958
1943 3,042 93 17 1,816
1942 1,974 136 9 2,668
1941 1,540 151 < 5 --
1940 1,372 155 9 2,624
1939 1,349 159 5 3,847
1938 1,317 163 8 2,806
1937 1,213 165 < 5 --
1936 982 185 6 3,446
1935 774 221 < 5 --
1934 759 229 11 2,359
1933 612 245 < 5 --
1932 659 238 < 5 --
1931 584 250 7 3,323
1930 614 252 9 2,951
1929 619 254 5 4,401
1928 558 276 < 5 --
1927 602 273 < 5 --
1926 541 286 5 4,674
1925 464 308 < 5 --
1924 418 329 < 5 --
1923 378 337 < 5 --
1922 305 374 < 5 --
1921 326 373 < 5 --
1920 343 354 < 5 --
1919 245 415 < 5 --
1918 265 401 < 5 --
1917 303 360 5 4,434
1916 289 361 < 5 --
1915 228 399 < 5 --
1914 184 390 < 5 --
1913 150 398 < 5 --
1912 164 358 < 5 --
1911 105 394 < 5 --
1910 89 420 < 5 --
1909 76 424 < 5 --
1908 83 403 < 5 --
1907 76 408 < 5 --
1906 89 355 < 5 --
1905 68 411 < 5 --
1904 79 371 < 5 --
1903 57 424 < 5 --
1902 41 499 < 5 --
1901 50 426 < 5 --
1900 47 497 < 5 --
1899 40 463 < 5 --
1898 55 418 < 5 --
1897 45 438 < 5 --
1896 47 421 < 5 --
1895 37 485 < 5 --
1894 34 491 < 5 --
1893 47 393 < 5 --
1892 40 425 < 5 --
1891 44 383 < 5 --
1890 35 433 < 5 --
1889 33 427 < 5 --
1888 27 483 < 5 --
1887 26 444 < 5 --
1886 21 489 < 5 --
1885 16 554 < 5 --
1884 12 634 < 5 --
1883 19 447 < 5 --
1882 6 880 < 5 --
1881 9 616 < 5 --
1880 9 621 < 5 --

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.