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Richard Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Richard?

Ranking 188th in popularity in the United States for boys in 2018, the name Richard 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 #5 for the first time in 1930 and as recently as 1947.

The name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1946 with 58,868 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Richard was 609 in 1891.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Richard occurred roughly during the years 1897-1900, 1906-1930, and 1936-1946, whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1954-1976, 1981-2003, 2005-2011, and 2014-2017.

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at an extremely low point.

How popular will Richard be?

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

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

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

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   Richard (Girl)Richard (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 < 5 -- 2,119 188
2017 < 5 -- 2,279 174
2016 < 5 -- 2,515 161
2015 < 5 -- 2,675 155
2014 < 5 -- 2,879 142
2013 < 5 -- 2,797 140
2012 5 18,947 3,024 123
2011 < 5 -- 3,161 127
2010 5 19,216 3,234 127
2009 7 14,885 3,609 114
2008 5 19,821 4,057 108
2007 8 13,652 4,420 100
2006 8 13,341 4,467 99
2005 5 18,557 4,667 94
2004 23 5,509 4,846 92
2003 10 10,265 5,054 86
2002 11 9,353 5,318 77
2001 11 9,226 5,770 73
2000 11 9,024 6,352 65
1999 12 8,114 6,502 61
1998 14 7,013 6,954 55
1997 16 6,100 7,242 51
1996 29 3,803 8,180 45
1995 22 4,645 8,783 42
1994 36 3,207 9,513 41
1993 28 3,856 10,227 40
1992 32 3,478 11,327 41
1991 55 2,343 12,552 34
1990 54 2,337 13,575 35
1989 69 1,906 14,135 33
1988 111 1,311 14,143 32
1987 111 1,272 14,403 30
1986 122 1,166 15,007 29
1985 116 1,206 15,333 28
1984 106 1,229 15,596 27
1983 127 1,088 15,897 27
1982 132 1,080 16,720 27
1981 115 1,162 16,857 27
1980 121 1,129 16,664 26
1979 123 1,108 16,721 25
1978 95 1,285 16,732 22
1977 131 1,026 17,448 20
1976 128 997 16,762 19
1975 130 963 17,686 16
1974 90 1,223 18,646 17
1973 138 906 19,950 16
1972 139 903 22,318 14
1971 144 910 26,161 11
1970 160 847 30,456 10
1969 173 779 31,106 10
1968 163 786 32,987 8
1967 166 765 33,588 8
1966 145 829 34,469 8
1965 134 868 36,849 8
1964 136 894 40,097 8
1963 154 845 40,786 8
1962 140 897 39,409 8
1961 130 951 41,117 8
1960 124 963 43,546 8
1959 131 915 47,169 8
1958 118 954 49,942 8
1957 117 957 52,401 8
1956 131 875 52,906 7
1955 125 871 53,545 7
1954 104 951 57,014 7
1953 134 797 58,403 7
1952 105 905 58,350 7
1951 94 960 54,549 7
1950 96 912 51,000 7
1949 115 819 50,939 7
1948 120 787 50,970 7
1947 144 706 58,521 5
1946 120 746 58,868 5
1945 106 726 46,043 5
1944 97 776 45,642 5
1943 119 701 46,328 5
1942 127 666 43,585 5
1941 120 648 39,106 5
1940 108 667 37,415 5
1939 107 660 35,373 5
1938 121 620 34,380 5
1937 118 627 32,973 5
1936 98 669 33,487 5
1935 128 568 33,945 5
1934 129 566 33,157 5
1933 126 570 31,337 5
1932 138 558 31,798 5
1931 151 541 31,816 5
1930 164 534 32,183 5
1929 200 477 29,569 6
1928 201 484 28,794 6
1927 161 559 26,771 6
1926 119 665 25,149 7
1925 107 714 23,268 8
1924 94 770 21,246 8
1923 78 833 18,884 9
1922 75 850 17,539 9
1921 71 881 16,376 10
1920 54 1,014 15,010 10
1919 74 818 12,441 12
1918 51 1,013 12,323 12
1917 47 1,037 10,914 14
1916 43 1,079 10,134 15
1915 39 1,090 9,143 15
1914 30 1,115 6,669 17
1913 22 1,221 5,107 19
1912 23 1,109 4,188 19
1911 11 1,527 2,030 20
1910 9 1,746 1,654 21
1909 7 1,929 1,427 21
1908 6 2,061 1,244 23
1907 10 1,359 1,235 22
1906 8 1,530 1,084 23
1905 < 5 -- 1,033 22
1904 8 1,459 957 24
1903 6 1,752 863 26
1902 6 1,755 908 26
1901 8 1,314 784 26
1900 < 5 -- 1,141 24
1899 5 1,794 744 28
1898 13 1,006 872 26
1897 7 1,364 702 31
1896 5 1,769 834 26
1895 7 1,407 727 31
1894 < 5 -- 808 25
1893 < 5 -- 732 26
1892 7 1,249 802 27
1891 < 5 -- 609 27
1890 < 5 -- 744 25
1889 5 1,452 711 24
1888 8 1,020 772 26
1887 7 1,021 622 25
1886 8 881 720 23
1885 < 5 -- 672 26
1884 < 5 -- 749 23
1883 < 5 -- 649 21
1882 < 5 -- 746 22
1881 < 5 -- 641 22
1880 < 5 -- 728 23

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.