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Thelma Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Thelma?

The rare name Thelma was the 4,958th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States in 2018.

Thelma, although not presently in the top 1000, did once enjoy higher rankings.

Position 25, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached in 1910.

But, the greatest number of babies were given the name in 1921 with 7,839 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Thelma in any given year was less than 5, most recently in 1885.

Thelma, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1887-1916, and 2013-2016, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1930-1935, 1936-1940, 1941-1945, 1947-1950, 1951-1958, 1962-1970, and 1992-1997.

Sometimes the name Thelma has been more popular as a girls name and sometimes it has been more popular as a boys.

Where is the name Thelma popularity headed?

Thelma's popularity is at an extremely low point when measured against its most notable year.

The popularity trend for Thelma has steadily decreased for a while. In recent years however, the number of babies given the name Thelma has risen.

The name Thelma is very unique but has recently started to rise upward in popularity.

Relative to what it once was, Thelma has fallen out of favor as a given name.

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   Thelma (Girl)Thelma (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 27 4,958 < 5 --
2017 26 5,160 < 5 --
2016 32 4,517 < 5 --
2015 27 5,105 < 5 --
2014 25 5,428 < 5 --
2013 19 6,693 < 5 --
2012 27 5,234 < 5 --
2011 14 8,573 < 5 --
2010 20 6,600 < 5 --
2009 35 4,357 < 5 --
2008 30 4,996 < 5 --
2007 28 5,216 < 5 --
2006 34 4,350 < 5 --
2005 42 3,576 < 5 --
2004 31 4,485 < 5 --
2003 40 3,580 < 5 --
2002 31 4,171 < 5 --
2001 57 2,656 < 5 --
2000 50 2,897 < 5 --
1999 48 2,848 < 5 --
1998 62 2,303 < 5 --
1997 41 2,973 < 5 --
1996 48 2,627 < 5 --
1995 79 1,817 < 5 --
1994 70 2,022 < 5 --
1993 72 1,964 < 5 --
1992 89 1,702 < 5 --
1991 86 1,709 < 5 --
1990 92 1,629 < 5 --
1989 95 1,520 < 5 --
1988 84 1,578 < 5 --
1987 92 1,432 < 5 --
1986 105 1,291 < 5 --
1985 101 1,320 < 5 --
1984 122 1,132 < 5 --
1983 119 1,132 < 5 --
1982 152 979 < 5 --
1981 152 970 < 5 --
1980 148 995 < 5 --
1979 164 910 < 5 --
1978 171 864 < 5 --
1977 195 777 < 5 --
1976 193 753 < 5 --
1975 198 737 < 5 --
1974 237 646 < 5 --
1973 220 682 < 5 --
1972 225 666 < 5 --
1971 282 606 < 5 --
1970 273 624 < 5 --
1969 318 554 5 4,964
1968 400 480 < 5 --
1967 388 482 < 5 --
1966 475 427 < 5 --
1965 578 380 < 5 --
1964 653 372 < 5 --
1963 722 353 7 3,618
1962 751 346 5 4,570
1961 773 339 5 4,601
1960 838 326 7 3,629
1959 899 305 < 5 --
1958 843 318 6 3,898
1957 968 290 < 5 --
1956 1,076 256 < 5 --
1955 1,107 246 11 2,552
1954 1,240 228 8 3,147
1953 1,293 223 5 4,281
1952 1,359 209 6 3,697
1951 1,529 189 < 5 --
1950 1,455 187 < 5 --
1949 1,627 172 9 2,784
1948 1,764 163 10 2,600
1947 1,901 153 12 2,349
1946 1,794 150 8 2,901
1945 1,855 131 5 3,731
1944 1,996 131 14 1,975
1943 2,208 127 12 2,272
1942 2,257 121 13 2,137
1941 2,368 108 10 2,474
1940 2,460 101 11 2,307
1939 2,696 88 24 1,386
1938 2,865 86 16 1,807
1937 3,060 78 19 1,625
1936 3,198 74 32 1,179
1935 3,188 76 32 1,191
1934 3,646 65 30 1,238
1933 3,638 57 25 1,359
1932 4,271 51 27 1,354
1931 4,439 53 37 1,127
1930 5,248 45 34 1,232
1929 5,477 41 32 1,267
1928 5,978 40 33 1,270
1927 6,305 38 27 1,463
1926 6,583 36 36 1,217
1925 6,823 35 41 1,106
1924 7,317 33 45 1,069
1923 7,378 31 29 1,382
1922 7,254 31 27 1,465
1921 7,839 30 32 1,325
1920 7,815 31 32 1,297
1919 7,558 31 42 1,062
1918 7,740 32 44 1,029
1917 7,245 32 28 1,317
1916 7,290 29 30 1,237
1915 6,762 30 28 1,260
1914 5,496 26 23 1,255
1913 4,595 26 29 929
1912 4,183 26 20 1,054
1911 3,166 27 12 1,032
1910 2,976 25 17 751
1909 2,612 26 12 888
1908 2,526 26 8 1,103
1907 2,339 28 13 771
1906 2,114 31 12 750
1905 1,945 36 10 833
1904 1,757 37 9 869
1903 1,479 47 9 839
1902 1,309 52 6 1,129
1901 1,090 57 < 5 --
1900 1,094 73 < 5 --
1899 736 78 < 5 --
1898 605 99 < 5 --
1897 419 117 6 1,049
1896 260 168 5 1,256
1895 173 205 < 5 --
1894 70 335 < 5 --
1893 42 421 < 5 --
1892 33 478 < 5 --
1891 25 522 < 5 --
1890 22 568 < 5 --
1889 24 531 < 5 --
1888 15 685 < 5 --
1887 7 1,026 < 5 --
1886 12 688 < 5 --
1885 < 5 -- < 5 --
1884 7 920 < 5 --
1883 6 915 < 5 --
1882 < 5 -- < 5 --
1881 < 5 -- < 5 --
1880 5 936 < 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.