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Penny Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Penny?

In 2015 the less frequently given name Penny, ranked the 754th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 1000 most popular, Penny has been less popular than the top 1000 in the past.

Position 87, its highest popularity ranking, was reached in 1963 with 5,128 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Penny was less than 5, most recently in 1903.

Penny, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1912-1919, 1920-1923, 1932-1947, 1954-1962, and 2003-2014, whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1925-1930, 1963-1976, 1977-1995, and 1998-2001.

Sometimes the name Penny has been more popular as a girls name and sometimes it has been more popular as a boys.

The popularity trend for Penny has been soaring upward for a while. Of late, continuing the trend, the number of parents selecting the name Penny for their newborn has risen significantly.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Penny?

Penny's popularity is at a very low point when measured against its most notable year.

The name Penny still has a solid footing and will probably continue to rise upward in popularity.

Relative to what it once was, Penny has fallen out of favor as a given name.

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   Penny (Girl)Penny (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2015 371 754 < 5 --
2014 342 809 < 5 --
2013 251 994 < 5 --
2012 232 1,072 < 5 --
2011 165 1,388 < 5 --
2010 152 1,484 < 5 --
2009 104 1,997 < 5 --
2008 89 2,228 < 5 --
2007 80 2,383 < 5 --
2006 60 2,907 < 5 --
2005 51 3,113 < 5 --
2004 53 2,986 < 5 --
2003 44 3,329 < 5 --
2002 49 3,002 < 5 --
2001 38 3,527 < 5 --
2000 53 2,769 < 5 --
1999 54 2,631 < 5 --
1998 58 2,422 < 5 --
1997 62 2,215 < 5 --
1996 62 2,203 < 5 --
1995 65 2,093 < 5 --
1994 80 1,807 < 5 --
1993 88 1,704 < 5 --
1992 91 1,672 < 5 --
1991 102 1,530 < 5 --
1990 120 1,335 < 5 --
1989 158 1,073 < 5 --
1988 152 1,053 < 5 --
1987 171 948 < 5 --
1986 210 800 < 5 --
1985 270 671 < 5 --
1984 279 632 < 5 --
1983 294 603 < 5 --
1982 380 523 < 5 --
1981 482 445 < 5 --
1980 554 407 < 5 --
1979 697 339 < 5 --
1978 750 311 < 5 --
1977 856 280 < 5 --
1976 869 269 < 5 --
1975 1,026 235 < 5 --
1974 1,174 219 7 4,509
1973 1,471 184 11 3,163
1972 1,589 181 8 3,876
1971 2,000 158 13 2,775
1970 2,145 157 13 2,703
1969 2,361 142 10 3,014
1968 2,575 124 11 2,688
1967 2,810 119 13 2,320
1966 3,110 112 8 3,173
1965 3,898 97 11 2,578
1964 4,396 96 16 2,092
1963 5,128 87 14 2,276
1962 5,000 92 26 1,579
1961 4,638 101 10 2,839
1960 4,308 113 13 2,396
1959 3,754 122 9 2,984
1958 3,558 124 13 2,339
1957 3,044 138 8 3,195
1956 2,344 158 8 3,141
1955 2,211 161 6 3,792
1954 2,135 163 8 3,113
1953 2,152 157 13 2,263
1952 2,091 157 10 2,641
1951 2,078 152 11 2,468
1950 1,751 161 5 4,068
1949 1,845 158 7 3,222
1948 1,861 153 < 5 --
1947 2,102 142 10 2,625
1946 1,646 163 12 2,245
1945 1,131 183 < 5 --
1944 1,204 180 5 3,793
1943 1,203 184 7 3,165
1942 992 205 9 2,673
1941 637 254 5 3,881
1940 493 282 9 2,626
1939 380 318 7 3,049
1938 234 441 5 3,913
1937 165 512 5 3,892
1936 100 660 6 3,447
1935 74 789 < 5 --
1934 51 973 < 5 --
1933 40 1,119 < 5 --
1932 24 1,591 < 5 --
1931 30 1,368 < 5 --
1930 30 1,426 < 5 --
1929 38 1,220 < 5 --
1928 51 1,058 < 5 --
1927 47 1,122 5 4,657
1926 52 1,044 < 5 --
1925 69 893 < 5 --
1924 52 1,095 < 5 --
1923 68 894 < 5 --
1922 30 1,534 < 5 --
1921 34 1,403 < 5 --
1920 26 1,655 5 4,810
1919 32 1,389 < 5 --
1918 21 1,869 6 4,060
1917 15 2,290 < 5 --
1916 20 1,787 5 4,346
1915 13 2,357 5 4,262
1914 13 1,991 < 5 --
1913 11 1,997 < 5 --
1912 9 2,106 < 5 --
1911 5 2,784 < 5 --
1910 7 2,095 < 5 --
1909 5 2,472 < 5 --
1908 7 1,816 < 5 --
1907 6 2,006 < 5 --
1906 5 2,164 < 5 --
1905 8 1,509 < 5 --
1904 7 1,623 < 5 --
1903 < 5 -- < 5 --
1902 < 5 -- < 5 --
1901 7 1,437 < 5 --
1900 5 2,166 < 5 --
1899 5 1,786 < 5 --
1898 7 1,479 < 5 --
1897 5 1,739 < 5 --
1896 < 5 -- < 5 --
1895 < 5 -- < 5 --
1894 < 5 -- < 5 --
1893 < 5 -- < 5 --
1892 6 1,414 < 5 --
1891 < 5 -- < 5 --
1890 6 1,313 < 5 --
1889 < 5 -- < 5 --
1888 6 1,250 < 5 --
1887 < 5 -- < 5 --
1886 < 5 -- < 5 --
1885 < 5 -- < 5 --
1884 < 5 -- < 5 --
1883 < 5 -- < 5 --
1882 5 1,003 < 5 --
1881 < 5 -- < 5 --
1880 < 5 -- < 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.