Most Popular Baby Names in the United States

Overall Most Popular

While the names with the most births in the U.S. since 1880 are all easily recognizable, some were much more trendy than others.

Boy names like Russell, Daniel, and Paul have consistently been popular, but boys names like Dylan, Brandon, and Ethan have had so many babies in just a few years that they made the list. Girl names like Elizabeth, Katherine, and Jacqueline have consistently been popular, but girls names like Brittany, Madison, and Ashley have had so many babies in just a few years that they made the list.

Many of the trendy names have only been around for a few short years and likely to keep rising in the rankings. Names like Dylan and Noah have only been remotely popular since the 1970s. You can spot some names that were very popular in the past, but have recently fallen from favor by looking for names that have a high "trendiness" score that have been around for a very long time. Examples include Mark and Lisa.

If you are trying to spot some of the names that are most likely to keep ranking higher, check out the trending names of this year. For more historical context on the biggest spikes in popularity in history, check out the fastest rising names of all time.

Boy Names

RankNameSince 1879TrendinessFirst Popular
#1James5,136k11880
#2John5,106k21880
#3Robert4,809k21880
#4Michael4,338k51905
#5William4,088k21880
#6David3,601k41880
#7Joseph2,593k21880
#8Richard2,561k31880
#9Charles2,379k31880
#10Thomas2,298k11880
#11Christopher2,014k81941
#12Daniel1,896k11880
#13Matthew1,579k91914
#14George1,461k51880
#15Anthony1,424k31906
#16Donald1,410k51907
#17Paul1,385k11888
#18Mark1,348k81915
#19Edward1,286k31880
#20Steven1,278k71937
#21Andrew1,276k61880
#22Kenneth1,271k21906
#23Joshua1,194k101967
#24Kevin1,163k81942
#25Brian1,162k71937
#26Ronald1,077k71914
#27Timothy1,066k61937
#28Jason1,025k101958
#29Jeffrey973k81940
#30Ryan917k101963
#31Frank909k51880
#32Jacob906k91912
#33Gary900k81929
#34Nicholas890k71912
#35Eric872k61941
#36Stephen855k61912
#37Jonathan827k81942
#38Larry805k81923
#39Raymond771k31889
#40Scott771k91942
#41Justin770k101962
#42Brandon750k101968
#43Samuel740k21880
#44Benjamin721k61883
#45Gregory706k81937
#46Jack677k21896
#47Patrick670k41913
#48Henry669k31880
#49Alexander648k81912
#50Walter619k51880
#51Dennis617k71915
#52Jerry612k71914
#53Tyler580k101970
#54Peter573k21884
#55Aaron568k81915
#56Douglas557k61914
#57Jose556k51914
#58Harold549k71892
#59Adam545k91915
#60Nathan535k81912
#61Zachary528k101970
#62Arthur526k51880
#63Carl502k31884
#64Albert487k51880
#65Kyle476k101957
#66Lawrence456k41895
#67Joe450k51880
#68Willie448k51882
#69Gerald447k61912
#70Roger439k61913
#71Keith434k61917
#72Jeremy432k101968
#73Terry422k81933
#74Harry421k41880
#75Sean415k101956
#76Jesse414k31880
#77Ralph412k71888
#78Christian408k91959
#79Roy404k51882
#80Austin403k91976
#81Ethan401k101972
#82Louis394k41880
#83Billy382k51918
#84Bruce382k61914
#85Eugene378k61896
#86Bryan378k81947
#87Jordan365k101976
#88Noah357k91974
#89Russell352k11907
#90Dylan352k101977
#91Wayne352k51912
#92Howard345k61888
#93Alan344k21923
#94Fred343k41880
#95Juan342k51919
#96Philip338k11911
#97Vincent334k21912
#98Gabriel328k91961
#99Randy327k71943
#100Victor313k21912
#101Bobby313k0
#102Johnny311k0
#103Phillip307k0
#104Logan306k0
#105Martin305k0
#106Bradley302k0
#107Clarence302k0
#108Shawn301k0
#109Ernest301k0
#110Travis300k0
#111Stanley298k0
#112Craig298k0
#113Leonard291k0
#114Earl288k0
#115Jimmy286k0
#116Francis285k0
#117Carlos283k0
#118Danny282k0
#119Cody281k0
#120Todd281k0
#121Dale277k0
#122Caleb270k0
#123Elijah268k0
#124Alex267k0
#125Luis267k0
#126Cameron266k0
#127Allen266k0
#128Isaac265k0
#129Joel263k0
#130Nathaniel261k0
#131Frederick260k0
#132Curtis258k0
#133Evan257k0
#134Mason257k0
#135Luke252k0
#136Norman252k0
#137Marvin250k0
#138Tony248k0
#139Glenn247k0
#140Rodney245k0
#141Antonio243k0
#142Melvin242k0
#143Alfred241k0
#144Steve240k0
#145Chad239k0
#146Edwin239k0
#147Theodore231k0
#148Lee230k0
#149Jeffery229k0
#150Derek228k0

Girl Names

RankNameSince 1879TrendinessFirst Popular
#1Mary4,121k51880
#2Elizabeth1,621k11880
#3Patricia1,571k71912
#4Jennifer1,465k91944
#5Linda1,452k91927
#6Barbara1,434k81907
#7Margaret1,244k51880
#8Susan1,121k91912
#9Dorothy1,107k81891
#10Sarah1,070k51880
#11Jessica1,044k101958
#12Helen1,018k61880
#13Nancy1,002k71884
#14Betty999k91900
#15Karen985k71934
#16Lisa965k101949
#17Anna884k21880
#18Sandra873k81932
#19Ashley841k101968
#20Kimberly833k101952
#21Emily832k81890
#22Donna831k91916
#23Ruth822k41885
#24Carol816k91915
#25Michelle808k81946
#26Laura794k51880
#27Amanda784k91956
#28Melissa752k91948
#29Rebecca745k61900
#30Deborah740k91941
#31Stephanie738k71942
#32Sharon721k91930
#33Kathleen711k41908
#34Cynthia708k81930
#35Amy689k91915
#36Shirley685k91913
#37Angela662k71914
#38Catherine657k21880
#39Virginia648k71894
#40Emma634k51880
#41Katherine632k11880
#42Brenda607k71938
#43Pamela594k91940
#44Frances589k61880
#45Christine584k61908
#46Nicole584k101962
#47Samantha566k101965
#48Rachel561k71910
#49Alice556k41880
#50Janet556k71912
#51Carolyn555k61912
#52Evelyn552k31895
#53Debra550k101947
#54Martha548k51880
#55Maria540k31909
#56Marie536k31882
#57Heather524k91954
#58Diane518k91928
#59Julie507k81938
#60Joyce507k81915
#61Grace483k41880
#62Joan480k91914
#63Victoria479k31910
#64Rose479k41880
#65Christina475k71943
#66Kelly471k101955
#67Ann468k41895
#68Lauren464k91952
#69Doris462k81900
#70Jean458k81905
#71Julia453k21880
#72Judith452k91925
#73Mildred451k71889
#74Kathryn450k11891
#75Cheryl439k101942
#76Megan436k101964
#77Lillian433k41880
#78Andrea429k31939
#79Hannah422k91915
#80Sara421k41908
#81Jacqueline420k11920
#82Olivia416k81920
#83Teresa413k81914
#84Gloria411k71918
#85Janice405k81918
#86Theresa403k31895
#87Judy382k91932
#88Beverly377k81917
#89Denise372k81945
#90Marilyn370k81920
#91Jane369k71907
#92Amber369k101965
#93Madison366k101986
#94Danielle365k101961
#95Brittany358k101978
#96Diana356k21929
#97Irene351k41887
#98Annie348k21880
#99Abigail346k101974
#100Ruby344k41889
#101Natalie342k0
#102Lori341k0
#103Charlotte336k0
#104Tiffany336k0
#105Florence335k0
#106Alexis335k0
#107Kayla334k0
#108Kathy333k0
#109Louise332k0
#110Lois332k0
#111Tammy332k0
#112Crystal329k0
#113Bonnie324k0
#114Phyllis322k0
#115Sophia321k0
#116Anne321k0
#117Taylor315k0
#118Erin312k0
#119Isabella305k0
#120Alyssa302k0
#121Josephine301k0
#122Shannon295k0
#123Edna294k0
#124Peggy293k0
#125Tina291k0
#126Allison291k0
#127Robin289k0
#128Dawn289k0
#129Ella289k0
#130Rita283k0
#131Wanda281k0
#132Ethel279k0
#133Paula278k0
#134Norma277k0
#135Eleanor277k0
#136Clara274k0
#137Ellen273k0
#138Audrey272k0
#139Marjorie272k0
#140Jamie267k0
#141Connie266k0
#142Gladys266k0
#143Leslie266k0
#144Carrie266k0
#145Edith265k0
#146Wendy260k0
#147Eva259k0
#148Courtney257k0
#149Elaine257k0
#150Cindy256k0

Most Years at #1

When you consider just how few names have made it to #1 in over 130 years, you start to realize how popular these names were. Then consider that Mary has taken the top spot over 75 times!

Boy Names

RankNameYears at #1Since 1879
#1Michael443,085k
#2John44861k
#3Robert171,042k
#4Jacob14371k
#5James131,056k
#6Noah476k
#7David186k

Girl Names

RankNameYears at #1Since 1879
#1Mary763,098k
#2Jennifer15859k
#3Emily12294k
#4Jessica9398k
#5Lisa8421k
#6Linda6508k
#7Emma480k
#8Sophia365k
#9Ashley282k
#10Isabella245k

Most Years in the Top 10

Looking for names that are consistently VERY popular? These names weren't just trendy for a time. To make it into this list, the name has to have serious staying power. If you are looking for a name that everyone will recognize but isn't necessarily the most popular or the most popular right now, this list could be for you.

Boy Names

RankNameYears in Top 10Since 1879
#1James1164,765k
#2William1093,444k
#3John1084,569k
#4Robert1084,446k
#5Charles751,449k
#6Michael744,150k
#7Joseph711,007k
#8Thomas581,328k
#9George58729k
#10David572,939k
#11Richard511,970k
#12Christopher431,691k
#13Frank43254k
#14Edward40385k
#15Matthew371,251k
#16Joshua31989k
#17Daniel31803k
#18Jacob24626k
#19Henry2353k
#20Andrew21558k
#21Donald20505k
#22Mark16726k
#23Ethan15282k
#24Jason13601k
#25Brian12384k
#26Nicholas10261k
#27Ronald10256k
#28Tyler9238k
#29Noah8144k
#30Alexander8129k
#31Steven7246k
#32Brandon7190k
#33Harry717k
#34Anthony6112k
#35Mason6105k
#36Gary5186k
#37Jeffrey5156k
#38Liam590k
#39Jayden582k
#40Justin4130k
#41Austin4100k
#42Aiden346k
#43Larry267k
#44Benjamin228k
#45Scott131k
#46Elijah114k
#47Walter19k

Girl Names

RankNameYears in Top 10Since 1879
#1Mary923,794k
#2Elizabeth73767k
#3Margaret60709k
#4Helen45739k
#5Anna41282k
#6Ruth39488k
#7Patricia381,288k
#8Dorothy36815k
#9Emma33343k
#10Barbara321,086k
#11Linda261,271k
#12Jennifer261,163k
#13Sarah26587k
#14Emily26532k
#15Jessica25885k
#16Susan24861k
#17Betty24675k
#18Mildred24264k
#19Ashley23715k
#20Nancy22535k
#21Amanda20600k
#22Marie2084k
#23Florence2062k
#24Samantha19371k
#25Lisa18700k
#26Karen18577k
#27Melissa18447k
#28Madison18302k
#29Stephanie17352k
#30Sandra16416k
#31Olivia16272k
#32Abigail16226k
#33Ethel1650k
#34Michelle15394k
#35Carol15390k
#36Angela15324k
#37Heather15314k
#38Frances15191k
#39Kimberly14378k
#40Amy14349k
#41Shirley14292k
#42Deborah13503k
#43Nicole13258k
#44Hannah13238k
#45Isabella13235k
#46Virginia13215k
#47Donna12330k
#48Ava12191k
#49Minnie1227k
#50Bertha1223k
#51Cynthia11297k
#52Sophia11202k
#53Brittany10255k
#54Doris10152k
#55Alice1032k
#56Debra9345k
#57Joan9159k
#58Judith8177k
#59Taylor8152k
#60Alexis8137k
#61Mia8101k
#62Clara817k
#63Ida814k
#64Sharon7176k
#65Tammy7134k
#66Annie58k
#67Kathleen4102k
#68Chloe446k
#69Lillian412k
#70Megan354k
#71Charlotte335k
#72Lauren242k
#73Rebecca230k
#74Harper221k
#75Bessie25k
#76Pamela126k
#77Lori124k
#78Carolyn120k
#79Crystal119k
#80Tracy118k
#81Kelly118k
#82Laura118k
#83Rachel116k
#84Julie115k
#85Evelyn112k
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The data is taken from births that occurred in the United States after 1879. From 1880 to 1936, all births may not be included in the original data set.