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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, Thomas, and Daniel 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 Kathryn, Katherine, and Jacqueline have consistently been popular, but girls names like Madison, Brittany, 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.James5,121k11880
2.John5,096k21880
3.Robert4,803k21880
4.Michael4,324k51905
5.William4,072k31880
6.David3,590k41880
7.Joseph2,582k31880
8.Richard2,558k31880
9.Charles2,372k31880
10.Thomas2,290k11880
11.Christopher2,005k81941
12.Daniel1,882k11880
13.Matthew1,566k91914
14.George1,458k51880
15.Anthony1,414k31906
16.Donald1,410k51907
17.Paul1,383k21888
18.Mark1,346k81915
19.Edward1,284k41880
20.Steven1,276k71937
21.Kenneth1,269k21906
22.Andrew1,266k61880
23.Joshua1,185k101967
24.Brian1,160k71937
25.Kevin1,158k81942
26.Ronald1,077k71914
27.Timothy1,063k61937
28.Jason1,020k101958
29.Jeffrey972k81940
30.Ryan909k101963
31.Frank908k51880
32.Gary899k81929
33.Jacob891k91912
34.Nicholas884k71912
35.Eric869k71941
36.Stephen854k61912
37.Jonathan820k81942
38.Larry804k81923
39.Scott770k91942
40.Raymond769k31889
41.Justin766k101962
42.Brandon746k101968
43.Samuel729k21880
44.Benjamin706k61883
45.Gregory705k81937
46.Jack668k21896
47.Patrick668k41913
48.Henry658k41880
49.Alexander635k81912
50.Walter618k51880
51.Dennis616k71915
52.Jerry611k71914
53.Tyler576k101970
54.Peter571k31884
55.Aaron561k81915
56.Douglas556k61914
57.Jose551k51914
58.Harold549k71892
59.Adam540k91915
60.Nathan527k81912
61.Arthur524k61880
62.Zachary523k101970
63.Carl502k31884
64.Albert486k51880
65.Kyle474k101957
66.Lawrence456k41895
67.Joe450k51880
68.Willie448k61882
69.Gerald447k51912
70.Roger438k61913
71.Keith433k61917
72.Jeremy430k101968
73.Terry422k81933
74.Harry420k41880
75.Sean413k101956
76.Jesse412k31880
77.Ralph412k71888
78.Roy403k51882
79.Christian400k91959
80.Austin397k91976
81.Louis392k41880
82.Ethan387k101972
83.Billy382k51918
84.Bruce381k61914
85.Eugene378k61896
86.Bryan376k81947
87.Jordan359k101976
88.Wayne351k51912
89.Russell351k11907
90.Howard344k61888
91.Fred343k41880
92.Dylan342k101977
93.Alan342k21923
94.Juan338k51919
95.Noah337k91974
96.Philip337k21911
97.Vincent330k21912
98.Randy326k71943
99.Gabriel318k91961
100.Bobby313k51924
101.Victor311k0
102.Johnny310k0
103.Phillip306k0
104.Martin304k0
105.Clarence302k0
106.Bradley300k0
107.Ernest300k0
108.Shawn300k0
109.Travis299k0
110.Craig298k0
111.Stanley298k0
112.Logan295k0
113.Leonard290k0
114.Earl288k0
115.Jimmy285k0
116.Francis284k0
117.Danny281k0
118.Todd281k0
119.Cody280k0
120.Carlos280k0
121.Dale277k0
122.Allen265k0
123.Alex264k0
124.Luis263k0
125.Caleb261k0
126.Joel260k0
127.Frederick260k0
128.Cameron260k0
129.Curtis257k0
130.Nathaniel257k0
131.Isaac256k0
132.Elijah254k0
133.Evan252k0
134.Norman251k0
135.Marvin249k0
136.Tony247k0
137.Glenn247k0
138.Rodney245k0
139.Luke242k0
140.Mason242k0
141.Melvin242k0
142.Alfred241k0
143.Antonio240k0
144.Steve240k0
145.Chad239k0
146.Edwin238k0
147.Lee230k0
148.Jeffery228k0
149.Herbert228k0
150.Derek226k0

Girl Names

#NameSince 1879TrendinessFirst Popular
1.Mary4,118k51880
2.Elizabeth1,611k11880
3.Patricia1,571k71912
4.Jennifer1,464k91944
5.Linda1,451k91927
6.Barbara1,433k81907
7.Margaret1,242k51880
8.Susan1,121k91912
9.Dorothy1,106k81891
10.Sarah1,065k51880
11.Jessica1,042k101958
12.Helen1,017k61880
13.Nancy1,001k71884
14.Betty999k91900
15.Karen984k71934
16.Lisa964k101949
17.Anna879k21880
18.Sandra873k81932
19.Ashley838k101968
20.Kimberly831k101952
21.Donna830k91916
22.Ruth821k41885
23.Emily821k81890
24.Carol816k91915
25.Michelle806k81946
26.Laura793k41880
27.Amanda783k91956
28.Melissa751k91948
29.Rebecca744k51900
30.Deborah740k91941
31.Stephanie737k71942
32.Sharon721k91930
33.Kathleen711k51908
34.Cynthia708k81930
35.Amy687k91915
36.Shirley685k91913
37.Angela661k71914
38.Catherine656k21880
39.Virginia647k71894
40.Katherine629k11880
41.Emma615k51880
42.Brenda606k71938
43.Pamela594k91940
44.Frances588k61880
45.Christine584k61908
46.Nicole582k101962
47.Samantha561k101965
48.Rachel559k71910
49.Janet556k71912
50.Carolyn554k61912
51.Alice553k41880
52.Debra550k101947
53.Martha548k51880
54.Evelyn542k31895
55.Maria538k31909
56.Marie535k31882
57.Heather524k91954
58.Diane518k91928
59.Julie507k71938
60.Joyce506k81915
61.Joan480k91914
62.Rose477k41880
63.Grace475k41880
64.Christina474k71943
65.Victoria472k31910
66.Kelly470k101955
67.Ann468k41895
68.Lauren462k91952
69.Doris462k81900
70.Jean458k81905
71.Judith452k91925
72.Mildred450k71889
73.Kathryn450k11891
74.Julia449k21880
75.Cheryl439k101942
76.Megan435k101964
77.Lillian427k41880
78.Andrea426k31939
79.Sara419k41908
80.Jacqueline419k11920
81.Hannah416k91915
82.Teresa412k71914
83.Gloria410k71918
84.Janice405k81918
85.Theresa403k31895
86.Olivia396k81920
87.Judy382k91932
88.Beverly377k81917
89.Denise372k81945
90.Marilyn369k81920
91.Amber368k101965
92.Jane368k71907
93.Danielle364k101961
94.Brittany357k101978
95.Madison357k101986
96.Diana355k11929
97.Irene351k41887
98.Annie347k21880
99.Ruby341k41889
100.Lori341k101951
101.Natalie336k0
102.Tiffany335k0
103.Florence335k0
104.Abigail334k0
105.Kathy333k0
106.Louise332k0
107.Kayla332k0
108.Alexis332k0
109.Lois332k0
110.Tammy332k0
111.Crystal329k0
112.Bonnie323k0
113.Charlotte323k0
114.Phyllis322k0
115.Anne320k0
116.Taylor312k0
117.Erin311k0
118.Sophia305k0
119.Alyssa300k0
120.Josephine299k0
121.Shannon295k0
122.Edna294k0
123.Peggy293k0
124.Tina291k0
125.Isabella291k0
126.Robin289k0
127.Dawn289k0
128.Allison286k0
129.Rita283k0
130.Wanda281k0
131.Ella281k0
132.Ethel279k0
133.Paula277k0
134.Norma277k0
135.Ellen272k0
136.Eleanor272k0
137.Marjorie272k0
138.Clara271k0
139.Audrey267k0
140.Jamie266k0
141.Connie266k0
142.Gladys266k0
143.Carrie265k0
144.Leslie265k0
145.Edith265k0
146.Wendy260k0
147.Courtney257k0
148.Elaine256k0
149.Cindy256k0
150.Eva255k0

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.Noah357k
7.David186k

Girl Names

#NameYears at #1Since 1879
1.Mary763,098k
2.Jennifer15859k
3.Emily12294k
4.Jessica9398k
5.Lisa8421k
6.Linda6508k
7.Sophia365k
8.Emma360k
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.James1154,750k
2.John1084,569k
3.Robert1084,446k
4.William1083,428k
5.Charles751,449k
6.Michael734,136k
7.Joseph70978k
8.Thomas581,328k
9.George58729k
10.David572,939k
11.Richard511,970k
12.Christopher431,690k
13.Frank43254k
14.Edward40385k
15.Matthew371,251k
16.Joshua31989k
17.Daniel31803k
18.Jacob23611k
19.Henry2353k
20.Andrew21558k
21.Donald20504k
22.Mark16726k
23.Ethan14268k
24.Jason13601k
25.Brian13413k
26.Nicholas10261k
27.Ronald10256k
28.Tyler9238k
29.Alexander8129k
30.Steven7246k
31.Brandon7190k
32.Noah7125k
33.Harry717k
34.Anthony6112k
35.Gary5185k
36.Jeffrey5156k
37.Mason590k
38.Jayden582k
39.Justin4130k
40.Austin4100k
41.Liam472k
42.Aiden346k
43.Larry267k
44.Scott131k
45.Benjamin114k
46.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.Barbara321,086k
10.Emma32323k
11.Linda261,271k
12.Jennifer261,163k
13.Sarah26587k
14.Jessica25885k
15.Emily25521k
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.Ethel1650k
32.Michelle15394k
33.Carol15390k
34.Angela15324k
35.Heather15314k
36.Olivia15252k
37.Abigail15215k
38.Frances15191k
39.Kimberly14378k
40.Amy14349k
41.Shirley14292k
42.Deborah13503k
43.Nicole13258k
44.Hannah13238k
45.Virginia13215k
46.Donna12330k
47.Isabella12220k
48.Minnie1227k
49.Bertha1223k
50.Cynthia11297k
51.Ava11175k
52.Brittany10255k
53.Sophia10185k
54.Doris10152k
55.Alice1032k
56.Debra9345k
57.Joan9159k
58.Judith8177k
59.Taylor8152k
60.Alexis8137k
61.Clara817k
62.Ida814k
63.Sharon7176k
64.Tammy7134k
65.Mia787k
66.Annie58k
67.Kathleen4102k
68.Chloe446k
69.Lillian412k
70.Megan354k
71.Lauren242k
72.Rebecca230k
73.Charlotte221k
74.Bessie25k
75.Pamela126k
76.Lori124k
77.Carolyn120k
78.Crystal119k
79.Tracy118k
80.Kelly118k
81.Laura118k
82.Rachel116k
83.Julie115k
84.Evelyn112k
85.Harper110k

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.

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