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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1959

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1959 Popular Names U.S. - Top 100 Baby Names
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Girls Number
of Girls
% Rank Number Boys Number
of Boys
% Rank Number
1 Mary 54,474 2.621 0 -1,383 51 Paula 8,053 0.387 2 27
2 Susan 41,599 2.001 0 -3,574 52 Sheila 7,988 0.384 7 700
3 Linda 40,403 1.944 0 -1,496 53 Tina 7,917 0.381 18 1,295
4 Karen 36,776 1.769 0 -1,687 54 Dawn 7,897 0.380 30 2,219
5 Donna 36,465 1.754 5 9,516 55 Beverly 7,790 0.375 0 103
6 Patricia 35,220 1.695 -1 -2,720 56 Laurie 7,532 0.362 14 802
7 Debra 31,373 1.509 -1 -4,144 57 Peggy 7,409 0.356 -15 -2,659
8 Cynthia 30,167 1.451 0 -836 58 Sherry 7,342 0.353 9 543
9 Deborah 29,552 1.422 -2 -3,385 59 Betty 7,316 0.352 -5 -392
10 Lisa 25,691 1.236 9 5,486 60 Valerie 7,306 0.352 4 386
11 Barbara 25,356 1.220 -2 -2,519 61 Shirley 7,284 0.350 -9 -810
12 Pamela 24,713 1.189 -1 -549 62 Maria 7,244 0.349 3 350
13 Sandra 23,353 1.124 2 1,528 63 Lynn 7,061 0.340 -3 -159
14 Nancy 23,080 1.110 -2 -1,734 64 Annette 6,922 0.333 13 797
15 Kathy 21,818 1.050 -1 -2,123 65 Wanda 6,904 0.332 1 18
16 Brenda 21,415 1.030 0 74 66 Darlene 6,871 0.331 -17 -1,404
17 Sharon 21,289 1.024 0 183 67 Jane 6,871 0.331 -6 -325
18 Cheryl 20,944 1.008 -5 -3,167 68 Angela 6,771 0.326 15 1,012
19 Diane 19,974 0.961 -1 -839 69 Kathryn 6,743 0.324 -11 -583
20 Debbie 19,536 0.940 4 1,677 70 Judith 6,568 0.316 -8 -538
21 Elizabeth 18,425 0.886 1 -105 71 Bonnie 6,457 0.311 -8 -531
22 Carol 18,127 0.872 -2 -1,559 72 Martha 6,439 0.310 -3 -306
23 Kathleen 17,626 0.848 -2 -1,574 73 Vicki 6,426 0.309 -16 -1,008
24 Teresa 17,390 0.837 2 1,786 74 Kelly 6,379 0.307 34 1,908
25 Cindy 16,967 0.816 0 385 75 Gail 6,354 0.306 -3 -252
26 Julie 16,219 0.780 -3 -1,985 76 Joan 6,337 0.305 -8 -442
27 Lori 15,025 0.723 3 1,992 77 Jean 6,235 0.300 -4 -287
28 Janet 14,957 0.720 0 139 78 Jennifer 6,234 0.300 3 354
29 Denise 14,661 0.705 -2 -290 79 Katherine 6,139 0.295 -5 -293
30 Laura 14,529 0.699 -1 1,023 80 Beth 6,067 0.292 15 1,090
31 Tammy 13,706 0.659 13 3,723 81 Gloria 5,923 0.285 -5 -207
32 Robin 12,857 0.619 0 1,318 82 Anne 5,741 0.276 5 287
33 Kimberly 12,782 0.615 6 2,070 83 Wendy 5,711 0.275 24 1,231
34 Theresa 11,645 0.560 -1 190 84 Leslie 5,650 0.272 -5 -359
35 Kim 11,595 0.558 5 944 85 Amy 5,583 0.269 12 763
36 Margaret 11,572 0.557 -5 -739 86 Jill 5,554 0.267 12 749
37 Janice 10,489 0.505 -2 -392 87 Anita 5,477 0.264 -5 -295
38 Rebecca 10,474 0.504 3 68 88 Michele 5,446 0.262 4 237
39 Cathy 10,414 0.501 -5 -520 89 Rose 5,444 0.262 -11 -606
40 Catherine 10,023 0.482 -2 -741 90 Vickie 5,423 0.261 -15 -820
41 Judy 9,882 0.475 -5 -947 91 Ellen 5,390 0.259 2 233
42 Carolyn 9,731 0.468 -5 -1,072 92 Joanne 5,343 0.257 -12 -579
43 Christine 9,469 0.456 0 -585 93 Virginia 5,254 0.253 -8 -412
44 Ann 8,920 0.429 3 71 94 Dorothy 5,235 0.252 -8 -306
45 Rhonda 8,854 0.426 3 508 95 Terry 5,213 0.251 -6 -116
46 Terri 8,784 0.423 5 602 96 Suzanne 5,161 0.248 8 528
47 Michelle 8,778 0.422 9 1,324 97 Ruth 5,052 0.243 -7 -193
48 Connie 8,659 0.417 2 451 98 Rita 4,952 0.238 -10 -383
49 Diana 8,638 0.416 -4 -525 99 Anna 4,878 0.235 4 218
50 Joyce 8,513 0.410 -4 -518 100 Renee 4,842 0.233 5 345

 

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.