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Will Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Will?

The less frequently given name Will was the 892nd Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2018.

This top 1000 contender has enjoyed a rank in the top 1000 since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began keeping records.

It reached its highest popularity RANKING of #25 in 1882.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1888 with 707 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Will in any given year was 158 in 1955.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Will occurred roughly during the years 1897-1900, 1976-1979, 1986-1989, and 1995-1999, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1900-1903, and 1952-1955.

Where is the name Will popularity headed?

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at a mid point.

Will's popularity has been moving downward for some time. In recent years, continuing the trend, the number of babies given the name Will has dropped.

The name Will is used by only a select few and will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

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   Will (Girl)Will (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 < 5 -- 242 892
2017 < 5 -- 238 900
2016 < 5 -- 276 826
2015 < 5 -- 270 834
2014 < 5 -- 313 754
2013 < 5 -- 315 740
2012 < 5 -- 352 674
2011 < 5 -- 357 663
2010 < 5 -- 396 623
2009 < 5 -- 457 577
2008 < 5 -- 432 585
2007 < 5 -- 457 564
2006 < 5 -- 473 534
2005 < 5 -- 503 494
2004 < 5 -- 452 527
2003 < 5 -- 433 535
2002 < 5 -- 403 549
2001 < 5 -- 388 550
2000 < 5 -- 447 510
1999 < 5 -- 422 506
1998 < 5 -- 339 578
1997 < 5 -- 268 634
1996 < 5 -- 280 622
1995 < 5 -- 266 637
1994 < 5 -- 248 660
1993 < 5 -- 268 629
1992 < 5 -- 252 653
1991 < 5 -- 295 593
1990 < 5 -- 289 590
1989 < 5 -- 277 590
1988 < 5 -- 241 608
1987 < 5 -- 233 597
1986 < 5 -- 204 627
1985 < 5 -- 201 617
1984 < 5 -- 205 593
1983 < 5 -- 223 565
1982 < 5 -- 262 528
1981 < 5 -- 233 562
1980 < 5 -- 271 519
1979 < 5 -- 273 508
1978 5 11,429 233 544
1977 < 5 -- 225 559
1976 < 5 -- 223 539
1975 < 5 -- 224 537
1974 < 5 -- 224 536
1973 < 5 -- 207 546
1972 < 5 -- 184 588
1971 < 5 -- 208 564
1970 < 5 -- 231 533
1969 < 5 -- 192 567
1968 < 5 -- 214 520
1967 < 5 -- 167 586
1966 < 5 -- 206 531
1965 < 5 -- 196 547
1964 < 5 -- 236 510
1963 < 5 -- 241 516
1962 < 5 -- 202 556
1961 < 5 -- 223 532
1960 < 5 -- 226 528
1959 < 5 -- 205 548
1958 < 5 -- 182 576
1957 6 6,072 219 522
1956 < 5 -- 192 547
1955 < 5 -- 158 583
1954 9 4,269 207 504
1953 < 5 -- 208 487
1952 < 5 -- 213 481
1951 6 5,398 191 491
1950 6 5,287 224 445
1949 < 5 -- 220 449
1948 < 5 -- 238 434
1947 6 5,285 209 467
1946 < 5 -- 207 443
1945 < 5 -- 191 431
1944 6 4,566 235 397
1943 9 3,485 205 440
1942 9 3,439 221 413
1941 6 4,409 226 382
1940 5 5,006 209 396
1939 8 3,420 226 378
1938 10 2,938 231 372
1937 14 2,313 229 356
1936 13 2,380 235 353
1935 6 4,190 306 311
1934 10 2,920 215 370
1933 9 3,106 224 362
1932 11 2,826 242 359
1931 11 2,747 237 365
1930 12 2,688 259 356
1929 14 2,432 277 333
1928 19 2,021 323 313
1927 14 2,548 300 331
1926 23 1,828 333 311
1925 18 2,189 367 299
1924 9 3,659 353 305
1923 17 2,261 370 291
1922 24 1,780 358 302
1921 18 2,193 372 292
1920 14 2,584 369 294
1919 23 1,740 373 273
1918 22 1,803 363 280
1917 21 1,772 339 282
1916 16 2,128 362 263
1915 19 1,797 362 249
1914 21 1,443 319 239
1913 11 2,030 280 224
1912 8 2,353 256 214
1911 5 2,860 230 149
1910 12 1,417 278 113
1909 8 1,757 267 100
1908 12 1,259 274 96
1907 < 5 -- 260 97
1906 7 1,720 253 92
1905 9 1,419 286 86
1904 7 1,655 287 81
1903 < 5 -- 293 75
1902 8 1,433 359 64
1901 7 1,461 364 53
1900 12 1,170 603 43
1899 < 5 -- 414 48
1898 8 1,376 475 48
1897 7 1,383 491 44
1896 < 5 -- 508 44
1895 6 1,590 485 44
1894 < 5 -- 559 39
1893 < 5 -- 538 37
1892 7 1,275 607 34
1891 5 1,532 520 34
1890 < 5 -- 613 30
1889 6 1,277 631 30
1888 5 1,468 707 28
1887 9 858 561 30
1886 6 1,104 642 27
1885 5 1,196 625 27
1884 < 5 -- 650 28
1883 5 1,050 576 29
1882 7 809 666 25
1881 7 737 550 26
1880 < 5 -- 588 27

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.