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Bill Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Bill?

The rare name Bill was the 2,664th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2018.

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

It reached its highest popularity RANKING of #58 for the first time in 1931 and as recently as 1932.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1947 with 4,683 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Bill in any given year was 33 in 2015.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Bill occurred roughly during the years 1881-1884, 1891-1895, 1897-1900, 1906-1927, 1939-1942, 1944-1947, and 1955-1959, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1947-1951, 1963-1978, 1981-1986, 1999-2002, and 2006-2011.

Where is the name Bill popularity headed?

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

Bill's popularity has steadily decreased for some time. In recent years however, the number of babies given the name Bill has remained about the same.

The name Bill is very unique and has recently started to plateu at its present level but may also begin to make a more decisive move up or down.

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

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   Bill (Girl)Bill (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 < 5 -- 46 2,664
2017 < 5 -- 42 2,835
2016 < 5 -- 39 2,994
2015 < 5 -- 33 3,367
2014 < 5 -- 47 2,582
2013 < 5 -- 50 2,463
2012 < 5 -- 41 2,871
2011 < 5 -- 42 2,800
2010 < 5 -- 53 2,375
2009 < 5 -- 58 2,253
2008 < 5 -- 73 1,950
2007 < 5 -- 85 1,742
2006 < 5 -- 85 1,669
2005 < 5 -- 86 1,596
2004 < 5 -- 89 1,502
2003 < 5 -- 81 1,562
2002 < 5 -- 74 1,621
2001 < 5 -- 100 1,307
2000 < 5 -- 114 1,189
1999 < 5 -- 100 1,242
1998 < 5 -- 100 1,224
1997 < 5 -- 103 1,169
1996 < 5 -- 115 1,059
1995 < 5 -- 101 1,137
1994 < 5 -- 110 1,065
1993 < 5 -- 145 885
1992 < 5 -- 138 899
1991 < 5 -- 128 937
1990 < 5 -- 113 991
1989 < 5 -- 129 886
1988 < 5 -- 145 785
1987 < 5 -- 137 787
1986 5 11,079 129 800
1985 < 5 -- 176 664
1984 < 5 -- 165 675
1983 < 5 -- 205 597
1982 < 5 -- 244 555
1981 < 5 -- 233 560
1980 < 5 -- 253 538
1979 < 5 -- 273 506
1978 < 5 -- 268 496
1977 < 5 -- 324 441
1976 < 5 -- 363 406
1975 < 5 -- 409 386
1974 6 7,786 466 356
1973 6 7,514 521 329
1972 < 5 -- 686 279
1971 < 5 -- 877 255
1970 7 6,422 1,021 232
1969 6 6,696 1,076 219
1968 6 6,319 1,160 201
1967 7 5,501 1,276 190
1966 8 4,901 1,556 173
1965 < 5 -- 2,060 151
1964 < 5 -- 2,739 126
1963 9 4,574 3,200 113
1962 6 5,913 3,574 108
1961 10 4,268 4,005 104
1960 < 5 -- 4,496 95
1959 6 5,623 4,603 92
1958 10 3,955 4,213 99
1957 < 5 -- 3,120 123
1956 5 6,029 1,956 160
1955 < 5 -- 1,653 171
1954 < 5 -- 1,528 176
1953 < 5 -- 1,523 176
1952 5 5,627 1,587 168
1951 < 5 -- 1,655 157
1950 6 4,783 2,041 131
1949 9 3,645 2,763 106
1948 8 3,918 3,927 84
1947 7 4,391 4,683 76
1946 10 3,242 4,355 72
1945 8 3,415 3,711 66
1944 11 2,784 3,815 66
1943 7 3,841 3,989 65
1942 9 3,212 3,792 65
1941 12 2,549 3,454 68
1940 11 2,583 3,268 67
1939 9 2,946 3,159 67
1938 7 3,482 3,113 67
1937 8 3,172 3,120 64
1936 18 1,809 3,165 61
1935 12 2,450 3,281 60
1934 26 1,444 3,534 59
1933 23 1,558 3,220 59
1932 34 1,241 3,362 58
1931 25 1,511 3,217 58
1930 25 1,577 3,158 59
1929 27 1,494 2,949 62
1928 27 1,551 2,977 63
1927 28 1,562 2,864 69
1926 18 2,081 2,644 74
1925 19 2,034 2,380 84
1924 18 2,146 2,067 92
1923 18 2,095 1,833 98
1922 14 2,497 1,675 104
1921 20 1,992 1,482 121
1920 18 2,081 1,421 121
1919 11 2,835 1,196 130
1918 13 2,541 1,038 143
1917 16 2,111 891 147
1916 11 2,685 854 147
1915 15 2,058 746 157
1914 18 1,549 559 159
1913 11 1,902 466 156
1912 7 2,401 347 168
1911 5 2,512 243 135
1910 5 2,452 259 124
1909 5 2,245 205 132
1908 5 2,149 164 144
1907 < 5 -- 174 138
1906 < 5 -- 128 154
1905 < 5 -- 147 144
1904 < 5 -- 128 149
1903 < 5 -- 129 144
1902 < 5 -- 138 137
1901 < 5 -- 104 152
1900 < 5 -- 196 117
1899 < 5 -- 83 174
1898 < 5 -- 90 175
1897 < 5 -- 84 182
1896 < 5 -- 86 190
1895 < 5 -- 90 175
1894 < 5 -- 73 200
1893 < 5 -- 71 202
1892 < 5 -- 75 201
1891 < 5 -- 65 192
1890 < 5 -- 72 186
1889 < 5 -- 61 208
1888 < 5 -- 58 231
1887 < 5 -- 63 193
1886 < 5 -- 64 208
1885 < 5 -- 66 195
1884 < 5 -- 82 171
1883 < 5 -- 50 215
1882 < 5 -- 61 207
1881 < 5 -- 42 237
1880 < 5 -- 53 221

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.