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Gay Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Gay?

Mostly unused in the United States, less than 5 babies were bestowed the name in 2018.

This once, top 1000 name, Gay is currently less popular.

Its highest popularity RANKING of #315 was reached in 1943.

Nonetheless, the name was given to the greatest number of children in 1959 with 682 occurrences.

The least number of children given the name Gay was less than 5, most recently in 2018.

Approximately during the years 1885-1888, 1895-1899, 1904-1907, 1910-1916, 1920-1923, 1926-1936, 1940-1943, 1944-1947, and 1949-1952, the name Gay took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas 1961-1973 were years of successive downward movement.

Sometimes the name Gay has been more popular as a girls name and sometimes it has been more popular as a boys.

For a number of years, the name Gay has remained mostly unchanged in popularity. , continuing the trend, the number of children named Gay lately has remained about the same.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Gay?

Currently, the name is at an extremely low point when compared to its most popular year.

The name Gay is mostly unused and will probably continue 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, Gay has fallen out of favor as a given name.

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   Gay (Girl)Gay (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 < 5 -- < 5 --
2017 < 5 -- < 5 --
2016 < 5 -- < 5 --
2015 < 5 -- < 5 --
2014 < 5 -- < 5 --
2013 < 5 -- < 5 --
2012 < 5 -- < 5 --
2011 < 5 -- < 5 --
2010 < 5 -- < 5 --
2009 < 5 -- < 5 --
2008 < 5 -- < 5 --
2007 < 5 -- < 5 --
2006 < 5 -- < 5 --
2005 < 5 -- < 5 --
2004 < 5 -- < 5 --
2003 < 5 -- < 5 --
2002 < 5 -- < 5 --
2001 < 5 -- < 5 --
2000 < 5 -- < 5 --
1999 < 5 -- < 5 --
1998 < 5 -- < 5 --
1997 < 5 -- < 5 --
1996 < 5 -- < 5 --
1995 < 5 -- < 5 --
1994 < 5 -- < 5 --
1993 < 5 -- < 5 --
1992 < 5 -- < 5 --
1991 < 5 -- < 5 --
1990 < 5 -- < 5 --
1989 < 5 -- < 5 --
1988 < 5 -- < 5 --
1987 < 5 -- < 5 --
1986 < 5 -- < 5 --
1985 < 5 -- < 5 --
1984 < 5 -- < 5 --
1983 < 5 -- < 5 --
1982 6 9,592 < 5 --
1981 < 5 -- < 5 --
1980 < 5 -- < 5 --
1979 10 6,343 < 5 --
1978 8 7,158 < 5 --
1977 13 5,016 < 5 --
1976 16 4,018 < 5 --
1975 30 2,576 < 5 --
1974 30 2,516 6 4,849
1973 22 3,050 < 5 --
1972 59 1,568 6 4,628
1971 78 1,367 5 5,188
1970 122 1,018 7 3,989
1969 127 945 6 4,112
1968 169 768 6 3,855
1967 178 735 5 4,172
1966 235 620 9 2,858
1965 302 546 7 3,353
1964 350 526 7 3,396
1963 380 497 8 3,151
1962 446 461 6 3,785
1961 595 396 8 3,186
1960 627 379 12 2,465
1959 682 363 10 2,712
1958 488 425 13 2,304
1957 584 374 13 2,310
1956 529 389 26 1,546
1955 493 396 14 2,170
1954 634 338 25 1,532
1953 579 350 26 1,491
1952 643 318 19 1,769
1951 540 343 35 1,249
1950 481 359 24 1,511
1949 488 356 23 1,556
1948 472 358 39 1,150
1947 542 340 25 1,497
1946 485 335 19 1,660
1945 395 345 31 1,189
1944 396 344 26 1,318
1943 487 315 24 1,442
1942 388 354 28 1,321
1941 368 342 42 994
1940 308 378 19 1,593
1939 338 346 35 1,092
1938 323 364 30 1,204
1937 340 345 27 1,291
1936 319 354 31 1,193
1935 266 394 32 1,177
1934 236 427 28 1,281
1933 227 428 26 1,317
1932 217 449 29 1,272
1931 166 501 27 1,344
1930 155 548 35 1,201
1929 115 652 30 1,304
1928 90 751 30 1,336
1927 82 805 28 1,419
1926 80 817 23 1,584
1925 82 822 30 1,341
1924 59 996 29 1,392
1923 69 886 17 1,975
1922 55 1,015 19 1,845
1921 56 1,008 25 1,523
1920 57 971 27 1,437
1919 67 852 17 1,914
1918 64 897 15 2,105
1917 74 801 27 1,345
1916 68 820 25 1,392
1915 59 852 22 1,476
1914 42 906 15 1,634
1913 34 917 15 1,393
1912 26 1,014 13 1,382
1911 23 912 6 1,611
1910 26 849 9 1,146
1909 26 801 < 5 --
1908 20 893 < 5 --
1907 25 753 5 1,409
1906 15 977 5 1,308
1905 15 982 < 5 --
1904 16 918 < 5 --
1903 18 820 6 1,062
1902 17 855 < 5 --
1901 13 936 < 5 --
1900 18 894 < 5 --
1899 26 610 7 892
1898 15 898 < 5 --
1897 13 909 5 1,125
1896 16 821 7 929
1895 10 1,082 < 5 --
1894 17 724 7 898
1893 17 728 < 5 --
1892 18 696 6 1,004
1891 12 813 6 888
1890 16 677 8 773
1889 12 770 < 5 --
1888 14 700 8 777
1887 10 756 < 5 --
1886 5 1,175 6 892
1885 < 5 -- < 5 --
1884 < 5 -- < 5 --
1883 < 5 -- 5 951
1882 < 5 -- < 5 --
1881 < 5 -- < 5 --
1880 < 5 -- < 5 --

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.