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Sean Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Sean?

In 2017 the somewhat popular name Sean, ranked the 251st Most Popular Boys Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 500 most popular, Sean has been less popular than the top 1000 in the past.

Its highest popularity RANKING of #33 was reached in 1972.

But, the greatest number of babies were given the name in 1990 with 12,014 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Sean was less than 5, most recently in 1931.

Sean, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1934-1942, 1944-1970, and 1978-1986, whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1990-1995, 2002-2005, and 2006-2016.

For a number of years, the name Sean has been spiralling downward in popularity. Of late, continuing the trend, the number of parents selecting the name Sean for their newborn has dropped.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Sean?

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

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

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   Sean (Girl)Sean (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 < 5 -- 1,469 251
2016 6 15,883 1,661 234
2015 6 16,074 1,884 210
2014 < 5 -- 2,121 193
2013 14 8,490 2,199 185
2012 14 8,555 2,772 145
2011 9 11,980 3,182 125
2010 11 10,341 3,741 102
2009 13 9,292 4,335 97
2008 27 5,407 5,466 83
2007 10 11,476 6,238 76
2006 21 6,306 6,637 68
2005 27 4,934 5,993 75
2004 30 4,588 6,769 64
2003 35 3,935 7,101 61
2002 25 4,870 7,029 59
2001 35 3,767 7,223 57
2000 50 2,889 7,316 57
1999 38 3,364 7,205 56
1998 35 3,479 7,713 50
1997 53 2,471 7,743 48
1996 48 2,621 7,895 46
1995 54 2,415 8,164 45
1994 62 2,182 8,837 44
1993 73 1,937 10,177 42
1992 96 1,611 11,066 42
1991 76 1,871 11,176 40
1990 52 2,395 12,014 37
1989 88 1,599 11,892 39
1988 103 1,383 11,783 38
1987 88 1,482 11,449 40
1986 95 1,364 11,777 37
1985 98 1,346 11,448 38
1984 72 1,581 10,019 43
1983 92 1,317 9,618 44
1982 63 1,767 9,369 44
1981 60 1,840 8,894 44
1980 51 2,058 7,600 48
1979 54 1,944 6,863 49
1978 46 2,082 7,070 45
1977 47 2,051 7,640 43
1976 51 1,833 7,578 42
1975 62 1,599 7,593 40
1974 60 1,594 8,293 37
1973 57 1,620 8,561 36
1972 58 1,589 9,459 33
1971 77 1,390 10,512 36
1970 76 1,385 10,354 37
1969 79 1,261 9,355 37
1968 88 1,154 9,184 37
1967 62 1,412 7,504 44
1966 64 1,380 6,494 50
1965 38 1,881 4,598 79
1964 38 1,941 3,012 118
1963 23 2,600 2,200 150
1962 19 2,895 1,849 170
1961 30 2,189 1,720 177
1960 22 2,634 1,423 202
1959 22 2,504 1,281 218
1958 14 3,354 1,012 248
1957 18 2,808 779 270
1956 23 2,372 572 310
1955 12 3,548 494 334
1954 11 3,678 413 352
1953 10 3,912 382 356
1952 11 3,523 212 483
1951 6 5,319 154 551
1950 10 3,630 162 537
1949 6 5,155 129 603
1948 < 5 -- 121 618
1947 6 5,207 98 702
1946 < 5 -- 55 895
1945 < 5 -- 50 913
1944 < 5 -- 47 945
1943 < 5 -- 48 978
1942 5 5,266 45 1,002
1941 < 5 -- 33 1,169
1940 < 5 -- 35 1,128
1939 5 4,854 19 1,571
1938 < 5 -- 18 1,680
1937 < 5 -- 13 2,077
1936 < 5 -- 12 2,159
1935 < 5 -- 12 2,230
1934 < 5 -- 8 2,928
1933 < 5 -- 7 3,237
1932 < 5 -- 5 4,210
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1926 < 5 -- 6 4,117
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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.