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Bob Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Bob?

The rare name Bob was the 5,311th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2018.

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

Position 75, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached in 1934.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1959 with 2,824 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Bob in any given year was 6 in 2014.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Bob occurred roughly during the years 1905-1928, 1955-1959, and 2014-2017, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 1947-1951, 1961-1977, 1978-1981, 1982-1986, and 1994-1999.

Where is the name Bob popularity headed?

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

The popularity trend for Bob has remained mostly unchanged for a while. In recent years however, the number of babies given the name Bob has dropped.

The name Bob is mostly unused and has recently started to drift downward in popularity.

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

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   Bob (Girl)Bob (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 < 5 -- 17 5,311
2017 < 5 -- 18 5,117
2016 < 5 -- 13 6,389
2015 < 5 -- 14 6,030
2014 < 5 -- 6 10,866
2013 < 5 -- 19 4,806
2012 < 5 -- 8 8,962
2011 < 5 -- 14 5,975
2010 < 5 -- 10 7,638
2009 < 5 -- 22 4,440
2008 < 5 -- 23 4,274
2007 < 5 -- 8 9,016
2006 < 5 -- 11 6,964
2005 < 5 -- 24 3,825
2004 < 5 -- 19 4,436
2003 < 5 -- 9 7,303
2002 < 5 -- 17 4,520
2001 < 5 -- 19 4,138
2000 < 5 -- 31 2,869
1999 < 5 -- 16 4,366
1998 < 5 -- 21 3,502
1997 < 5 -- 33 2,456
1996 < 5 -- 31 2,487
1995 < 5 -- 30 2,513
1994 < 5 -- 37 2,182
1993 < 5 -- 38 2,094
1992 < 5 -- 42 1,920
1991 < 5 -- 66 1,396
1990 < 5 -- 53 1,567
1989 < 5 -- 56 1,476
1988 < 5 -- 57 1,375
1987 < 5 -- 56 1,316
1986 < 5 -- 62 1,218
1985 < 5 -- 73 1,084
1984 < 5 -- 76 1,022
1983 < 5 -- 89 937
1982 < 5 -- 92 933
1981 < 5 -- 84 987
1980 < 5 -- 106 862
1979 < 5 -- 118 799
1978 < 5 -- 110 812
1977 < 5 -- 120 779
1976 < 5 -- 139 706
1975 < 5 -- 167 625
1974 < 5 -- 170 618
1973 < 5 -- 208 540
1972 < 5 -- 220 536
1971 < 5 -- 325 449
1970 5 8,100 406 400
1969 < 5 -- 426 380
1968 < 5 -- 477 354
1967 10 4,326 534 324
1966 5 6,653 684 280
1965 < 5 -- 1,000 230
1964 < 5 -- 1,434 198
1963 6 5,941 1,845 167
1962 5 6,662 2,165 151
1961 5 6,648 2,503 141
1960 < 5 -- 2,720 131
1959 8 4,666 2,824 128
1958 < 5 -- 2,521 138
1957 6 5,431 1,814 171
1956 < 5 -- 1,020 228
1955 6 5,273 798 247
1954 5 5,820 697 268
1953 5 5,737 693 263
1952 < 5 -- 756 247
1951 < 5 -- 806 237
1950 < 5 -- 977 204
1949 6 4,725 1,466 162
1948 5 5,312 1,960 140
1947 5 5,379 2,514 115
1946 < 5 -- 2,492 107
1945 5 4,621 2,176 107
1944 6 4,111 2,133 109
1943 8 3,526 2,274 110
1942 7 3,782 2,203 111
1941 7 3,603 2,074 103
1940 5 4,432 2,082 99
1939 8 3,167 2,244 89
1938 7 3,483 2,204 94
1937 14 2,207 2,363 81
1936 8 3,134 2,409 77
1935 10 2,758 2,388 81
1934 8 3,191 2,477 75
1933 12 2,420 2,220 82
1932 16 2,048 2,426 79
1931 10 2,777 2,318 78
1930 13 2,436 2,242 88
1929 6 4,123 2,103 89
1928 11 2,787 2,093 95
1927 14 2,442 1,970 100
1926 9 3,292 1,778 103
1925 6 4,501 1,369 129
1924 7 4,054 1,167 142
1923 11 2,943 916 164
1922 < 5 -- 787 179
1921 10 3,197 798 178
1920 < 5 -- 710 189
1919 6 4,319 548 222
1918 5 4,908 477 245
1917 6 4,153 352 272
1916 < 5 -- 304 296
1915 < 5 -- 296 292
1914 < 5 -- 217 307
1913 5 3,249 164 314
1912 < 5 -- 141 306
1911 < 5 -- 76 308
1910 < 5 -- 103 229
1909 < 5 -- 58 299
1908 < 5 -- 77 242
1907 < 5 -- 77 231
1906 < 5 -- 69 235
1905 < 5 -- 58 259
1904 < 5 -- 65 234
1903 < 5 -- 66 223
1902 < 5 -- 64 225
1901 < 5 -- 49 245
1900 < 5 -- 98 196
1899 < 5 -- 59 219
1898 < 5 -- 61 224
1897 < 5 -- 53 238
1896 < 5 -- 45 271
1895 < 5 -- 54 243
1894 < 5 -- 48 249
1893 < 5 -- 59 222
1892 < 5 -- 61 223
1891 < 5 -- 55 214
1890 < 5 -- 53 227
1889 < 5 -- 51 226
1888 < 5 -- 59 228
1887 < 5 -- 74 172
1886 < 5 -- 66 200
1885 < 5 -- 52 227
1884 < 5 -- 50 240
1883 < 5 -- 62 190
1882 < 5 -- 59 212
1881 < 5 -- 50 218
1880 < 5 -- 46 244

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.