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Tom Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Tom?

The rare name Tom was the 2,130th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2018.

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

Its highest popularity RANKING of #40 was reached in 1880.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1959 with 5,063 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Tom in any given year was 66 in 2018.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Tom occurred roughly during the years 1897-1900, 1909-1916, 1929-1942, 1943-1947, and 1955-1959, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1947-1951, 1964-1975, 1990-1994, and 1997-2000.

Where is the name Tom popularity headed?

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at an extremely low point.

For a number of years, the name Tom has steadily decreased in popularity. In recent years, continuing the trend, the number of babies given the name Tom has dropped.

The name Tom is quite distinctive and will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

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

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   Tom (Girl)Tom (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 < 5 -- 66 2,130
2017 < 5 -- 88 1,758
2016 < 5 -- 70 2,041
2015 < 5 -- 69 2,064
2014 < 5 -- 76 1,917
2013 < 5 -- 82 1,776
2012 < 5 -- 83 1,794
2011 < 5 -- 83 1,766
2010 < 5 -- 80 1,827
2009 < 5 -- 99 1,614
2008 < 5 -- 96 1,631
2007 < 5 -- 94 1,647
2006 < 5 -- 108 1,444
2005 < 5 -- 125 1,260
2004 < 5 -- 107 1,364
2003 < 5 -- 131 1,154
2002 < 5 -- 139 1,080
2001 < 5 -- 96 1,349
2000 < 5 -- 99 1,310
1999 < 5 -- 116 1,140
1998 < 5 -- 132 1,028
1997 < 5 -- 125 1,026
1996 < 5 -- 125 1,005
1995 < 5 -- 134 963
1994 < 5 -- 115 1,039
1993 < 5 -- 145 887
1992 < 5 -- 151 862
1991 < 5 -- 192 736
1990 < 5 -- 214 696
1989 < 5 -- 187 725
1988 < 5 -- 188 686
1987 < 5 -- 177 684
1986 < 5 -- 189 652
1985 < 5 -- 180 654
1984 < 5 -- 186 625
1983 < 5 -- 199 607
1982 < 5 -- 197 619
1981 < 5 -- 243 538
1980 < 5 -- 238 557
1979 < 5 -- 261 524
1978 < 5 -- 244 529
1977 < 5 -- 286 479
1976 7 8,089 317 440
1975 < 5 -- 303 463
1974 < 5 -- 422 372
1973 6 8,350 453 363
1972 < 5 -- 581 316
1971 5 9,545 865 258
1970 < 5 -- 1,130 219
1969 < 5 -- 1,214 206
1968 < 5 -- 1,360 185
1967 8 5,419 1,489 175
1966 7 5,767 1,851 153
1965 6 6,475 2,499 127
1964 8 5,436 3,295 107
1963 6 6,538 3,698 103
1962 7 5,809 4,169 99
1961 10 4,521 4,722 88
1960 11 4,152 4,902 86
1959 12 3,810 5,063 82
1958 6 6,049 4,365 96
1957 < 5 -- 3,349 117
1956 10 4,147 1,917 161
1955 6 5,777 1,510 180
1954 6 5,696 1,388 188
1953 5 6,447 1,376 184
1952 < 5 -- 1,439 181
1951 < 5 -- 1,521 168
1950 9 3,941 1,825 145
1949 9 3,872 2,543 114
1948 13 2,961 3,431 94
1947 11 3,428 3,920 88
1946 10 3,410 3,623 87
1945 10 3,114 2,893 89
1944 9 3,355 2,902 87
1943 7 4,163 2,909 87
1942 13 2,651 2,876 89
1941 9 3,232 2,499 88
1940 8 3,483 2,287 92
1939 8 3,401 2,026 97
1938 14 2,328 1,932 106
1937 12 2,556 1,808 108
1936 8 3,350 1,695 112
1935 13 2,425 1,724 110
1934 < 5 -- 1,580 112
1933 10 2,849 1,423 117
1932 13 2,482 1,537 116
1931 8 3,463 1,363 125
1930 13 2,543 1,337 132
1929 16 2,174 1,269 135
1928 17 2,182 1,306 135
1927 13 2,686 1,269 138
1926 10 3,250 1,251 138
1925 20 2,006 1,217 138
1924 14 2,653 1,097 149
1923 13 2,720 1,131 144
1922 13 2,758 1,084 145
1921 11 3,136 1,093 144
1920 15 2,451 1,207 131
1919 14 2,495 1,059 140
1918 16 2,280 1,104 139
1917 11 2,861 981 139
1916 15 2,233 970 140
1915 14 2,246 869 142
1914 12 2,117 735 137
1913 5 3,655 573 135
1912 10 1,969 538 124
1911 5 2,827 365 105
1910 < 5 -- 428 82
1909 < 5 -- 340 88
1908 < 5 -- 340 81
1907 7 1,799 313 83
1906 6 1,931 298 80
1905 < 5 -- 317 77
1904 < 5 -- 318 74
1903 < 5 -- 295 73
1902 6 1,776 312 75
1901 < 5 -- 291 67
1900 < 5 -- 469 53
1899 < 5 -- 288 67
1898 < 5 -- 337 64
1897 < 5 -- 298 63
1896 < 5 -- 339 62
1895 6 1,578 335 62
1894 < 5 -- 343 61
1893 < 5 -- 349 60
1892 < 5 -- 381 58
1891 < 5 -- 318 60
1890 < 5 -- 347 59
1889 < 5 -- 379 50
1888 < 5 -- 416 49
1887 < 5 -- 329 52
1886 6 1,100 383 50
1885 < 5 -- 361 48
1884 < 5 -- 394 47
1883 6 918 386 44
1882 < 5 -- 390 47
1881 < 5 -- 349 43
1880 < 5 -- 399 40

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.