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Rachel Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Rachel?

Ranking 198th in popularity in the United States for girls in 2018, the name Rachel is somewhat popular.

Currently in the top 250, this name has been part of the top 250 most popular since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began record keeping.

It reached its highest popularity RANKING of #9 in 1996.

Nonetheless, the name was given to the greatest number of children in 1985 with 16,360 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Rachel was 157 in 1881.

Approximately during the years 1885-1888, 1906-1918, 1944-1947, 1950-1953, 1958-1961, 1964-1970, and 1971-1985, the name Rachel took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1993-2017.

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

How popular will Rachel be?

Rachel's popularity has been spiralling downward for some time. Of late, continuing the trend, the number of parents selecting the name Rachel for their newborn has dropped.

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

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

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   Rachel (Girl)Rachel (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 1,544 198 5 13,546
2017 1,610 193 < 5 --
2016 1,872 172 < 5 --
2015 1,927 167 < 5 --
2014 2,085 155 5 13,544
2013 2,312 137 < 5 --
2012 2,415 132 7 10,476
2011 2,656 116 < 5 --
2010 3,017 99 < 5 --
2009 3,584 89 5 13,993
2008 4,078 74 5 14,109
2007 4,829 59 7 10,621
2006 5,529 48 7 10,384
2005 6,213 38 13 6,127
2004 6,915 34 34 2,998
2003 7,981 28 14 5,478
2002 8,927 24 15 5,078
2001 9,539 24 8 8,122
2000 10,675 21 12 5,826
1999 11,624 19 17 4,291
1998 12,204 15 18 3,965
1997 13,791 13 23 3,244
1996 16,117 9 25 3,001
1995 16,045 12 28 2,671
1994 15,488 13 25 2,919
1993 15,973 14 26 2,761
1992 15,837 16 26 2,727
1991 16,344 14 31 2,336
1990 15,704 16 40 1,929
1989 15,357 18 106 996
1988 15,343 19 62 1,317
1987 15,643 17 63 1,230
1986 15,454 15 56 1,314
1985 16,360 13 77 1,054
1984 15,838 15 83 982
1983 14,592 20 43 1,465
1982 13,871 21 64 1,144
1981 12,587 22 50 1,325
1980 11,623 23 57 1,222
1979 10,232 27 41 1,483
1978 9,804 25 39 1,501
1977 8,976 26 38 1,504
1976 8,455 23 28 1,814
1975 8,226 26 23 2,048
1974 7,397 36 35 1,492
1973 6,106 42 21 2,020
1972 6,414 40 15 2,510
1971 6,120 54 32 1,551
1970 6,028 58 20 2,040
1969 5,242 69 18 2,031
1968 3,726 92 11 2,690
1967 3,315 105 12 2,442
1966 2,277 154 8 3,179
1965 2,013 175 12 2,438
1964 2,260 173 6 3,923
1963 2,179 179 5 4,484
1962 1,940 194 7 3,550
1961 2,055 186 7 3,590
1960 1,791 198 < 5 --
1959 1,747 201 7 3,511
1958 1,660 201 6 3,838
1957 1,824 194 7 3,482
1956 1,670 197 9 2,915
1955 1,801 186 13 2,291
1954 1,804 182 5 4,231
1953 1,779 175 9 2,859
1952 1,600 185 11 2,474
1951 1,435 202 7 3,292
1950 1,453 189 < 5 --
1949 1,438 191 6 3,620
1948 1,388 195 < 5 --
1947 1,447 190 < 5 --
1946 1,234 196 < 5 --
1945 1,208 174 7 2,935
1944 1,249 172 < 5 --
1943 1,371 170 8 2,915
1942 1,425 163 10 2,495
1941 1,385 159 17 1,740
1940 1,264 166 7 3,067
1939 1,345 160 9 2,580
1938 1,279 165 9 2,610
1937 1,229 163 12 2,172
1936 1,207 163 17 1,712
1935 1,199 164 11 2,363
1934 1,181 163 13 2,097
1933 1,141 161 10 2,508
1932 1,255 155 11 2,440
1931 1,171 161 < 5 --
1930 1,261 164 6 3,908
1929 1,214 167 11 2,564
1928 1,181 177 8 3,303
1927 1,286 169 7 3,703
1926 1,389 164 8 3,320
1925 1,439 165 8 3,334
1924 1,600 157 < 5 --
1923 1,484 160 5 4,750
1922 1,541 154 10 2,958
1921 1,583 152 10 2,940
1920 1,484 156 8 3,428
1919 1,488 150 8 3,322
1918 1,542 148 6 4,074
1917 1,339 157 5 4,445
1916 1,328 153 8 3,129
1915 1,205 156 7 3,326
1914 974 151 5 3,639
1913 827 145 < 5 --
1912 703 151 < 5 --
1911 537 150 < 5 --
1910 538 151 5 1,789
1909 462 154 < 5 --
1908 425 159 < 5 --
1907 420 154 < 5 --
1906 366 158 < 5 --
1905 421 143 < 5 --
1904 356 152 < 5 --
1903 383 142 < 5 --
1902 393 141 < 5 --
1901 369 135 < 5 --
1900 379 153 5 1,460
1899 324 145 5 1,171
1898 367 138 < 5 --
1897 297 154 < 5 --
1896 348 137 < 5 --
1895 351 130 < 5 --
1894 317 136 < 5 --
1893 321 134 < 5 --
1892 369 122 < 5 --
1891 267 134 < 5 --
1890 318 124 < 5 --
1889 266 134 < 5 --
1888 281 129 < 5 --
1887 226 126 < 5 --
1886 213 130 < 5 --
1885 212 122 < 5 --
1884 230 115 < 5 --
1883 174 121 < 5 --
1882 203 109 < 5 --
1881 157 114 < 5 --
1880 166 109 < 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.