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5.1m
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since 1880

John

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How popular is the baby name John in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 9,701 46 9,655 #1 boy name
1881 8,795 26 8,769 #1 boy name
1882 9,597 40 9,557 #1 boy name
1883 8,934 40 8,894 #1 boy name
1884 9,428 40 9,388 #1 boy name
1885 8,801 45 8,756 #1 boy name
1886 9,074 48 9,026 #1 boy name
1887 8,166 56 8,110 #1 boy name
1888 9,299 52 9,247 #1 boy name
1889 8,600 52 8,548 #1 boy name
1890 8,558 56 8,502 #1 boy name
1891 7,724 44 7,680 #1 boy name
1892 9,093 54 9,039 #1 boy name
1893 8,110 61 8,049 #1 boy name
1894 8,298 60 8,238 #1 boy name
1895 8,381 61 8,320 #1 boy name
1896 8,189 50 8,139 #1 boy name
1897 7,596 46 7,550 #1 boy name
1898 8,214 55 8,159 #1 boy name
1899 7,030 40 6,990 #1 boy name
1900 9,875 46 9,829 #1 boy name
1901 6,938 39 6,899 #1 boy name
1902 7,945 38 7,907 #1 boy name
1903 7,649 41 7,608 #1 boy name
1904 8,148 40 8,108 #1 boy name
1905 8,103 43 8,060 #1 boy name
1906 8,307 43 8,264 #1 boy name
1907 9,048 65 8,983 #1 boy name
1908 9,400 58 9,342 #1 boy name
1909 9,658 67 9,591 #1 boy name
1910 11,538 88 11,450 #1 boy name
1911 13,513 68 13,445 #1 boy name
1912 24,699 112 24,587 #1 boy name
1913 29,451 122 29,329 #1 boy name
1914 38,117 169 37,948 #1 boy name
1915 47,777 200 47,577 #1 boy name
1916 50,273 227 50,046 #1 boy name
1917 52,106 253 51,853 #1 boy name
1918 56,805 248 56,557 #1 boy name
1919 53,837 307 53,530 #1 boy name
1920 57,195 281 56,914 #1 boy name
1921 58,510 285 58,225 #1 boy name
1922 57,561 286 57,275 #1 boy name
1923 57,812 336 57,476 #1 boy name
1924 59,438 383 59,055 #2 boy name
1925 57,560 365 57,195 #2 boy name
1926 56,499 385 56,114 #2 boy name
1927 56,389 440 55,949 #2 boy name
1928 54,171 425 53,746 #2 boy name
1929 52,523 410 52,113 #3 boy name
1930 52,835 402 52,433 #3 boy name
1931 48,728 325 48,403 #3 boy name
1932 48,901 298 48,603 #3 boy name
1933 46,450 226 46,224 #3 boy name
1934 46,990 257 46,733 #3 boy name
1935 47,697 208 47,489 #3 boy name
1936 47,868 203 47,665 #3 boy name
1937 48,963 218 48,745 #3 boy name
1938 50,723 216 50,507 #3 boy name
1939 51,249 228 51,021 #3 boy name
1940 54,974 208 54,766 #3 boy name
1941 57,731 221 57,510 #3 boy name
1942 66,263 240 66,023 #3 boy name
1943 69,155 229 68,926 #3 boy name
1944 66,790 180 66,610 #3 boy name
1945 66,319 197 66,122 #3 boy name
1946 79,464 208 79,256 #3 boy name
1947 88,528 203 88,325 #3 boy name
1948 83,028 192 82,836 #3 boy name
1949 81,351 199 81,152 #3 boy name
1950 79,627 180 79,447 #3 boy name
1951 81,733 204 81,529 #3 boy name
1952 83,304 197 83,107 #3 boy name
1953 80,286 163 80,123 #4 boy name
1954 81,324 184 81,140 #4 boy name
1955 80,205 186 80,019 #5 boy name
1956 80,985 222 80,763 #5 boy name
1957 79,210 225 78,985 #5 boy name
1958 76,197 207 75,990 #5 boy name
1959 76,656 231 76,425 #4 boy name
1960 76,366 242 76,124 #4 boy name
1961 80,187 277 79,910 #3 boy name
1962 78,734 284 78,450 #3 boy name
1963 78,905 260 78,645 #2 boy name
1964 82,805 264 82,541 #2 boy name
1965 71,815 252 71,563 #2 boy name
1966 65,348 284 65,064 #4 boy name
1967 61,922 289 61,633 #4 boy name
1968 61,240 306 60,934 #3 boy name
1969 59,077 288 58,789 #4 boy name
1970 58,828 290 58,538 #4 boy name
1971 51,792 272 51,520 #4 boy name
1972 43,409 224 43,185 #5 boy name
1973 39,409 229 39,180 #6 boy name
1974 37,908 253 37,655 #6 boy name
1975 35,334 232 35,102 #7 boy name
1976 34,205 210 33,995 #6 boy name
1977 34,454 218 34,236 #6 boy name
1978 34,254 222 34,032 #7 boy name
1979 35,680 244 35,436 #7 boy name
1980 35,522 251 35,271 #8 boy name
1981 35,075 195 34,880 #8 boy name
1982 34,924 234 34,690 #8 boy name
1983 33,412 266 33,146 #9 boy name
1984 32,836 237 32,599 #8 boy name
1985 31,724 233 31,491 #9 boy name
1986 30,410 220 30,190 #10 boy name
1987 29,732 197 29,535 #11 boy name
1988 29,561 167 29,394 #11 boy name
1989 29,972 134 29,838 #12 boy name
1990 29,147 81 29,066 #12 boy name
1991 27,861 63 27,798 #10 boy name
1992 26,297 56 26,241 #14 boy name
1993 25,058 69 24,989 #16 boy name
1994 24,223 48 24,175 #15 boy name
1995 23,277 45 23,232 #13 boy name
1996 22,206 37 22,169 #15 boy name
1997 21,401 29 21,372 #15 boy name
1998 20,642 27 20,615 #15 boy name
1999 20,380 39 20,341 #15 boy name
2000 20,111 27 20,084 #14 boy name
2001 18,911 32 18,879 #14 boy name
2002 17,463 21 17,442 #17 boy name
2003 17,252 30 17,222 #17 boy name
2004 16,510 71 16,439 #18 boy name
2005 15,797 37 15,760 #18 boy name
2006 15,188 35 15,153 #19 boy name
2007 14,446 22 14,424 #19 boy name
2008 13,331 21 13,310 #20 boy name
2009 12,114 11 12,103 #27 boy name
2010 11,553 10 11,543 #26 boy name
2011 11,048 21 11,027 #27 boy name
2012 10,618 11 10,607 #28 boy name
2013 10,703 16 10,687 #27 boy name
2014 10,673 14 10,659 #26 boy name
2015 10,314 11 10,303 #26 boy name

Want to know about the popularity of the John baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,117,331 babies born with the name John in the United States. That's more than enough Johns to occupy the country of Norway with an estimated population of 5,025,600 (as of July 27, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 9,701 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "John" was in 1947 with a total of 88,325 babies. (That's a lot of baby Johns)

According to the 1981 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "John" ranks #7 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, 898 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1981. Across the entire United States a total of 35,075 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "John" mean? The list below shows the origins of John as well as things modernly associated with the name John such as celebrities named John.

Origin and Meaning of John

The name "John" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "God is Gracious". It's a name commonly given to boys.

John Cena

John Cena is a professional wrestler, actor, and rapper with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1999 to present. John was born in 1977 as John Felix Anthony Cena in West Newbury, Massachusetts, U.S.

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John Legend

John Legend is a singer, songwriter, and actor specializing in R&B, soul, neo soul, and hip hop soul music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. John was born in 1978 as John Roger Stephens in Springfield, Ohio, United States.

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John Wayne

John Wayne is an actor, director, and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1926 to 1976. John was born in 1907 as Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, U.S.

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John Stamos

John Stamos is an actor, film producer, musician, and singer-songwriter with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1982 to present. John was born in 1963 as John Phillip Stamos in Cypress, California, U.S.

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John Denver

John Denver is a musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, and activist specializing in folk, folk rock, pop, and western music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1962 to 1997. John was born in 1943 as Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. in Roswell, New Mexico.

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John Kerry

John Kerry is an officeholder. John was born in 1943 as John Forbes Kerry in Aurora, Colorado, U.S.

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John Travolta

John Travolta is an actor, producer, writer, and singer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1969 to present. John was born in 1954 as John Joseph Travolta in Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.

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John Lennon

John Lennon is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and artist specializing in rock, pop, and experimental music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1957 to 1975. John was born in 1940 as John Winston Lennon in Liverpool, England.

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Other Inspirations for the Name John

John Deere
John Oliver
John Wall
John Wick

Alternative Meanings

J is for jewel, the sparkle in your eye.

O is for orderly, a lifelong passion.

H is for happiness, you always bring.

N is for name, a pleasant one indeed.

Your name in reverse order is "Nhoj". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Jnoh". How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for John born Jan 5, 2011

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern India approximately on 900. Your profession was writer, dramatist, and organizer of rituals.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Your lesson - to study, to practice and to use wisdom, enclosed in psychological sciences, and in ancient manuscripts. With strong faith and hard work you will reach your real destiny in present life.

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