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Stephen Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Stephen?

In 2017 the somewhat popular name Stephen, ranked the 271st Most Popular Boys Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 500 most popular, Stephen has been a top 500 placer since the Social Security Administration began keeping records in 1880.

Position 19, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached for the first time in 1949 and as recently as 1951.

But, the greatest number of babies were given the name in 1952 with 23,049 occurrences.

The least number of children given the name Stephen was 140 in 1891.

Stephen, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1906-1915, and 1932-1952, whereas 1954-1963, 1968-1973, and 1990-2011 were years of successive downward movement.

The popularity trend for Stephen has been spiralling downward for a while. , continuing the trend, the number of children named Stephen lately has dropped.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Stephen?

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

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

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

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   Stephen (Girl)Stephen (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 < 5 -- 1,321 271
2016 < 5 -- 1,374 265
2015 < 5 -- 1,493 246
2014 < 5 -- 1,445 257
2013 < 5 -- 1,451 252
2012 < 5 -- 1,562 227
2011 < 5 -- 1,576 228
2010 < 5 -- 1,818 202
2009 < 5 -- 1,917 200
2008 < 5 -- 2,090 192
2007 6 17,350 2,370 172
2006 < 5 -- 2,549 164
2005 9 11,721 2,741 143
2004 10 10,580 2,848 140
2003 6 15,528 3,141 127
2002 10 10,136 3,347 114
2001 < 5 -- 3,737 102
2000 8 11,658 4,135 95
1999 14 7,178 4,541 86
1998 7 12,262 5,013 78
1997 14 6,799 5,411 68
1996 18 5,501 6,006 59
1995 19 5,190 6,557 57
1994 17 5,677 7,478 49
1993 14 6,579 8,367 47
1992 42 2,865 9,306 45
1991 39 2,983 10,526 41
1990 36 3,145 11,940 39
1989 60 2,093 11,735 40
1988 67 1,861 11,600 40
1987 75 1,644 11,549 38
1986 84 1,492 11,875 36
1985 97 1,360 12,208 36
1984 75 1,533 12,091 35
1983 79 1,472 11,562 35
1982 71 1,637 10,628 38
1981 63 1,785 10,295 39
1980 67 1,702 10,066 40
1979 63 1,748 9,904 40
1978 83 1,407 9,861 37
1977 61 1,714 9,642 38
1976 65 1,562 9,730 37
1975 70 1,477 9,739 34
1974 51 1,769 10,117 35
1973 70 1,414 9,958 32
1972 50 1,767 11,043 29
1971 73 1,438 13,105 27
1970 66 1,516 14,772 27
1969 61 1,529 15,098 27
1968 63 1,431 14,768 27
1967 71 1,298 15,093 26
1966 54 1,528 14,747 26
1965 34 2,026 14,648 28
1964 39 1,914 14,969 29
1963 40 1,862 14,991 29
1962 30 2,206 15,623 28
1961 35 1,994 16,053 27
1960 51 1,577 16,259 27
1959 27 2,227 16,494 28
1958 47 1,573 17,949 26
1957 39 1,749 19,710 24
1956 36 1,797 21,190 23
1955 34 1,833 22,133 21
1954 25 2,179 21,872 20
1953 37 1,642 21,809 21
1952 27 1,970 23,049 21
1951 48 1,358 22,478 19
1950 31 1,714 20,509 19
1949 36 1,560 20,479 19
1948 31 1,703 17,057 20
1947 20 2,274 15,326 21
1946 35 1,505 11,835 24
1945 24 1,741 8,637 26
1944 19 2,020 7,792 28
1943 19 2,068 7,929 29
1942 23 1,797 7,503 32
1941 18 2,014 5,808 41
1940 13 2,399 4,423 49
1939 8 3,394 3,176 65
1938 8 3,425 2,726 74
1937 8 3,404 2,134 92
1936 7 3,668 1,861 99
1935 6 4,149 1,650 113
1934 < 5 -- 1,423 121
1933 10 2,844 1,320 126
1932 11 2,812 1,389 124
1931 6 4,286 1,333 130
1930 16 2,195 1,258 138
1929 9 3,362 1,356 126
1928 10 3,138 1,335 130
1927 8 3,834 1,445 125
1926 7 4,253 1,337 130
1925 9 3,624 1,481 122
1924 8 3,964 1,636 110
1923 5 5,622 1,606 109
1922 11 3,129 1,721 101
1921 8 3,978 1,869 97
1920 < 5 -- 1,772 96
1919 9 3,423 1,693 97
1918 10 3,210 1,843 96
1917 5 5,235 1,892 89
1916 < 5 -- 1,877 87
1915 9 3,106 1,850 86
1914 6 3,556 1,486 80
1913 6 3,138 1,097 86
1912 6 2,929 928 88
1911 < 5 -- 486 84
1910 < 5 -- 350 96
1909 < 5 -- 314 91
1908 < 5 -- 280 94
1907 < 5 -- 273 95
1906 < 5 -- 207 102
1905 < 5 -- 246 93
1904 < 5 -- 178 117
1903 < 5 -- 200 96
1902 < 5 -- 210 94
1901 < 5 -- 158 109
1900 < 5 -- 181 127
1899 < 5 -- 178 98
1898 < 5 -- 195 99
1897 < 5 -- 194 94
1896 < 5 -- 164 113
1895 < 5 -- 179 104
1894 < 5 -- 174 103
1893 < 5 -- 175 101
1892 < 5 -- 178 104
1891 < 5 -- 140 106
1890 < 5 -- 156 109
1889 < 5 -- 164 101
1888 < 5 -- 187 98
1887 < 5 -- 165 92
1886 < 5 -- 181 90
1885 < 5 -- 158 93
1884 < 5 -- 165 93
1883 < 5 -- 140 98
1882 < 5 -- 201 81
1881 < 5 -- 147 89
1880 < 5 -- 176 84

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.