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Thomas Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Thomas?

The very popular name Thomas was the 48th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2017.

This top 50 contender has enjoyed a rank in the top 100 since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began keeping records.

It reached its highest popularity ranking of #8 for the first time in 1880 and as recently as 1955.

The greatest number of babies were given the name in 1952 with 48,655 occurrences.

The least number of children given the name Thomas was 1,811 in 1899.

Thomas, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1897-1900, 1906-1924, 1932-1947, 1948-1951, and 1985-1988, whereas 1957-1976, 1990-1997, and 1998-2010 were years of successive downward movement.

Where is the name Thomas popularity headed?

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

Thomas's popularity has been moving downward for some time. however, the number of children named Thomas lately has remained about the same.

The name Thomas is favored by many parents and has recently started to plateu at its present level but may also begin to make a more decisive move up or down.

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   Thomas (Girl)Thomas (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 11 9,828 7,131 48
2016 10 10,752 7,338 48
2015 10 10,775 7,172 51
2014 6 16,315 7,026 54
2013 8 13,026 6,786 61
2012 10 11,172 6,838 63
2011 10 11,113 6,913 63
2010 11 10,389 7,123 62
2009 13 9,329 7,719 57
2008 < 5 -- 8,356 52
2007 8 13,827 8,927 52
2006 17 7,448 9,508 51
2005 10 10,855 10,037 40
2004 39 3,741 10,497 37
2003 16 7,179 10,932 36
2002 14 7,793 11,291 36
2001 15 7,290 12,146 33
2000 23 5,137 12,639 33
1999 19 5,644 12,791 31
1998 17 6,049 12,886 31
1997 19 5,401 12,895 31
1996 31 3,627 13,800 28
1995 30 3,660 14,159 27
1994 21 4,833 14,904 27
1993 29 3,765 14,862 27
1992 35 3,266 15,282 27
1991 41 2,883 16,786 28
1990 44 2,693 18,216 26
1989 70 1,895 18,429 23
1988 117 1,258 18,799 23
1987 125 1,177 18,125 24
1986 128 1,134 17,350 26
1985 113 1,223 17,604 25
1984 118 1,156 17,594 25
1983 147 992 17,563 24
1982 110 1,219 17,582 23
1981 110 1,198 17,165 26
1980 111 1,196 17,570 25
1979 122 1,118 16,472 26
1978 131 1,045 16,493 23
1977 123 1,067 16,592 22
1976 101 1,152 16,125 23
1975 86 1,299 16,554 20
1974 93 1,202 17,286 20
1973 101 1,119 17,937 19
1972 96 1,148 19,575 20
1971 131 973 23,161 17
1970 133 960 26,685 17
1969 103 1,094 27,479 13
1968 121 946 27,443 12
1967 138 864 28,276 12
1966 118 937 29,016 10
1965 112 981 31,623 9
1964 113 1,015 34,457 9
1963 136 903 35,504 9
1962 113 1,014 36,524 9
1961 110 1,048 37,557 9
1960 120 980 39,279 9
1959 127 932 40,269 9
1958 117 958 42,066 9
1957 110 994 44,578 9
1956 103 1,010 44,800 9
1955 73 1,174 45,819 8
1954 78 1,124 47,156 8
1953 99 954 46,971 8
1952 79 1,067 48,655 8
1951 90 986 48,278 8
1950 83 1,006 45,603 8
1949 100 884 45,204 8
1948 95 895 43,778 8
1947 103 867 44,833 8
1946 109 791 38,868 8
1945 100 754 31,870 8
1944 100 768 31,599 8
1943 91 815 32,860 8
1942 103 747 31,099 8
1941 75 844 26,641 8
1940 86 750 23,987 8
1939 74 804 22,127 9
1938 76 809 21,376 9
1937 66 855 19,773 9
1936 76 779 18,338 8
1935 72 803 17,682 9
1934 62 869 17,367 9
1933 96 669 16,500 10
1932 92 710 16,833 10
1931 89 716 16,846 10
1930 128 614 17,013 11
1929 121 628 16,276 11
1928 142 593 16,576 11
1927 116 673 17,022 11
1926 111 692 16,601 11
1925 78 846 16,685 11
1924 85 814 16,557 11
1923 66 906 15,884 12
1922 67 896 15,264 11
1921 76 852 15,308 11
1920 82 805 14,938 11
1919 66 866 13,434 10
1918 69 867 13,910 10
1917 55 943 12,611 10
1916 49 991 11,998 10
1915 46 987 11,490 10
1914 48 854 8,850 11
1913 36 900 7,096 10
1912 34 867 6,087 10
1911 23 928 3,292 10
1910 18 1,062 2,851 12
1909 12 1,279 2,468 10
1908 22 846 2,301 10
1907 12 1,202 2,175 11
1906 13 1,095 2,176 10
1905 18 898 2,135 10
1904 16 934 2,057 11
1903 9 1,302 1,962 10
1902 16 901 2,134 11
1901 12 1,000 1,820 11
1900 16 963 2,557 11
1899 8 1,272 1,811 11
1898 11 1,092 2,161 10
1897 16 821 1,980 11
1896 11 1,041 2,088 12
1895 14 890 2,153 11
1894 9 1,124 2,170 12
1893 16 766 2,157 12
1892 16 758 2,413 12
1891 13 789 1,982 12
1890 9 1,001 2,200 12
1889 12 796 2,233 12
1888 14 721 2,449 12
1887 7 1,027 2,151 9
1886 8 888 2,337 10
1885 9 790 2,266 10
1884 10 725 2,572 8
1883 < 5 -- 2,316 10
1882 12 559 2,610 8
1881 11 535 2,282 9
1880 8 673 2,534 8

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.