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Stephen Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Stephen?

In 2015 the somewhat popular name Stephen, ranked the 246th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 250 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 23,056 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
2015 < 5 -- 1,477 246
2014 < 5 -- 1,439 258
2013 < 5 -- 1,446 252
2012 < 5 -- 1,561 227
2011 < 5 -- 1,573 229
2010 < 5 -- 1,814 202
2009 < 5 -- 1,914 200
2008 < 5 -- 2,089 191
2007 6 17,344 2,369 172
2006 < 5 -- 2,548 164
2005 9 11,721 2,741 142
2004 10 10,577 2,847 140
2003 6 15,526 3,141 127
2002 10 10,133 3,345 114
2001 < 5 -- 3,736 102
2000 8 11,656 4,131 95
1999 14 7,174 4,537 86
1998 7 12,261 5,011 78
1997 14 6,798 5,411 68
1996 18 5,501 6,005 59
1995 19 5,190 6,557 57
1994 17 5,677 7,478 49
1993 14 6,579 8,366 47
1992 42 2,866 9,306 45
1991 39 2,983 10,524 41
1990 36 3,144 11,940 39
1989 60 2,091 11,736 40
1988 67 1,861 11,600 40
1987 75 1,644 11,547 38
1986 84 1,491 11,869 36
1985 97 1,360 12,206 36
1984 75 1,532 12,089 35
1983 79 1,472 11,559 35
1982 71 1,637 10,629 38
1981 63 1,785 10,296 39
1980 67 1,702 10,066 40
1979 63 1,748 9,902 40
1978 83 1,407 9,862 37
1977 61 1,713 9,641 38
1976 65 1,563 9,731 37
1975 70 1,474 9,739 34
1974 51 1,769 10,118 35
1973 70 1,413 9,959 32
1972 50 1,764 11,046 29
1971 73 1,438 13,104 27
1970 66 1,516 14,778 27
1969 61 1,529 15,106 27
1968 63 1,429 14,774 27
1967 71 1,299 15,087 26
1966 54 1,528 14,752 26
1965 34 2,025 14,654 28
1964 39 1,914 14,974 29
1963 40 1,862 14,995 29
1962 30 2,204 15,624 28
1961 35 1,995 16,057 27
1960 51 1,577 16,262 27
1959 27 2,226 16,496 28
1958 47 1,573 17,954 26
1957 39 1,750 19,709 24
1956 36 1,797 21,204 23
1955 34 1,835 22,111 21
1954 25 2,180 21,864 20
1953 37 1,645 21,802 21
1952 28 1,925 23,056 21
1951 48 1,358 22,454 19
1950 31 1,715 20,521 19
1949 36 1,560 20,481 19
1948 31 1,703 17,057 20
1947 20 2,274 15,320 21
1946 35 1,505 11,835 24
1945 24 1,741 8,635 26
1944 19 2,020 7,793 28
1943 19 2,068 7,927 29
1942 23 1,797 7,502 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 3,403 2,134 92
1936 7 3,668 1,861 99
1935 6 4,148 1,650 113
1934 < 5 -- 1,423 121
1933 10 2,845 1,320 126
1932 11 2,813 1,390 124
1931 6 4,285 1,332 130
1930 16 2,195 1,260 138
1929 9 3,364 1,355 126
1928 10 3,138 1,333 130
1927 8 3,834 1,446 125
1926 7 4,253 1,336 130
1925 9 3,623 1,480 122
1924 8 3,963 1,636 110
1923 5 5,622 1,608 109
1922 11 3,129 1,720 101
1921 8 3,979 1,868 97
1920 < 5 -- 1,772 96
1919 9 3,423 1,693 97
1918 10 3,210 1,842 96
1917 5 5,236 1,893 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.