Most Popular Baby Names in the United States

Overall

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

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

Girl Names

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

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

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

Girl Names

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

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

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

Girl Names

#NameYears in Top 10Since 1879
1.Mary923,794k
2.Elizabeth73767k
3.Margaret60709k
4.Helen45739k
5.Anna41282k
6.Ruth39488k
7.Patricia381,288k
8.Dorothy36815k
9.Emma33343k
10.Barbara321,086k
11.Linda261,271k
12.Jennifer261,163k
13.Sarah26587k
14.Emily26532k
15.Jessica25885k
16.Susan24861k
17.Betty24675k
18.Mildred24264k
19.Ashley23715k
20.Nancy22535k
21.Amanda20600k
22.Marie2084k
23.Florence2062k
24.Samantha19371k
25.Lisa18700k
26.Karen18577k
27.Melissa18447k
28.Madison18302k
29.Stephanie17352k
30.Sandra16416k
31.Olivia16272k
32.Abigail16226k
33.Ethel1650k
34.Michelle15394k
35.Carol15390k
36.Angela15324k
37.Heather15314k
38.Frances15191k
39.Kimberly14378k
40.Amy14349k
41.Shirley14292k
42.Deborah13503k
43.Nicole13258k
44.Hannah13238k
45.Isabella13235k
46.Virginia13215k
47.Donna12330k
48.Ava12191k
49.Minnie1227k
50.Bertha1223k
51.Cynthia11297k
52.Sophia11202k
53.Brittany10255k
54.Doris10152k
55.Alice1032k
56.Debra9345k
57.Joan9159k
58.Judith8177k
59.Taylor8152k
60.Alexis8137k
61.Mia8101k
62.Clara817k
63.Ida814k
64.Sharon7176k
65.Tammy7134k
66.Annie58k
67.Kathleen4102k
68.Chloe446k
69.Lillian412k
70.Megan354k
71.Charlotte335k
72.Lauren242k
73.Rebecca230k
74.Harper221k
75.Bessie25k
76.Pamela126k
77.Lori124k
78.Carolyn120k
79.Crystal119k
80.Tracy118k
81.Kelly118k
82.Laura118k
83.Rachel116k
84.Julie115k
85.Evelyn112k

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.