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First Name
17k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
532
in the U.S.
in 2010

Al

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Boys
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More Popular Potential Spellings
49k Allie
33k Ali

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 12 0 12
1881 19 0 19
1882 33 0 33
1883 21 0 21
1884 18 0 18
1885 17 0 17
1886 27 0 27
1887 16 0 16
1888 23 0 23
1889 23 0 23
1890 15 0 15
1891 21 0 21
1892 22 0 22
1893 25 0 25
1894 26 0 26
1895 23 0 23
1896 27 0 27
1897 20 0 20
1898 22 0 22
1899 27 0 27
1900 37 0 37
1901 21 0 21
1902 42 0 42
1903 38 0 38
1904 33 0 33
1905 39 0 39
1906 43 0 43
1907 40 0 40
1908 45 0 45
1909 47 0 47
1910 73 0 73
1911 65 0 65
1912 121 0 121
1913 101 0 101
1914 151 7 144
1915 175 0 175
1916 127 5 122
1917 138 5 133
1918 140 7 133
1919 170 10 160
1920 150 0 150
1921 128 9 119
1922 117 8 109
1923 103 0 103
1924 156 5 151
1925 134 9 125
1926 147 0 147
1927 173 9 164
1928 198 8 190
1929 170 0 170
1930 181 9 172
1931 185 0 185
1932 204 5 199
1933 181 11 170
1934 199 5 194
1935 208 0 208
1936 205 5 200
1937 209 5 204
1938 199 6 193
1939 198 0 198
1940 171 5 166
1941 192 0 192
1942 228 5 223
1943 208 7 201
1944 210 0 210
1945 216 0 216
1946 296 6 290
1947 329 0 329
1948 286 0 286
1949 237 6 231
1950 221 6 215
1951 268 6 262
1952 264 0 264
1953 269 0 269
1954 319 7 312
1955 285 0 285
1956 403 6 397
1957 394 6 388
1958 389 0 389
1959 448 10 438
1960 393 0 393
1961 364 0 364
1962 339 0 339
1963 298 5 293
1964 268 0 268
1965 211 0 211
1966 158 0 158
1967 166 0 166
1968 165 0 165
1969 166 0 166
1970 159 10 149
1971 158 7 151
1972 167 6 161
1973 151 7 144
1974 145 8 137
1975 140 6 134
1976 157 0 157
1977 128 0 128
1978 134 0 134
1979 116 0 116
1980 117 8 109
1981 109 0 109
1982 117 0 117
1983 104 0 104
1984 89 0 89
1985 91 0 91
1986 79 0 79
1987 93 0 93
1988 86 0 86
1989 94 0 94
1990 79 0 79
1991 63 0 63
1992 86 0 86
1993 64 0 64
1994 71 0 71
1995 65 0 65
1996 50 0 50
1997 43 0 43
1998 52 0 52
1999 47 0 47
2000 54 0 54
2001 33 0 33
2002 50 0 50
2003 36 0 36
2004 33 0 33
2005 28 0 28
2006 21 0 21
2007 19 0 19
2008 21 0 21
2009 29 0 29
2010 20 0 20
2011 17 0 17
2012 22 0 22
2013 22 0 22
2014 14 0 14
2015 19 0 19

Fun Facts about the name Al

  • How many people with the first name Al have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 17,181 babies born with the first name Al in the United States. That's more than enough people named Al to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Al? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Al first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Al is Thursday, December 12th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Al born? The highest recorded use of the first name Al was in 1959 with a total of 438 babies.
  • Random Al Factoid: According to the 1982 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Al is not a popular baby boy's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, only 13 babies in New Jersey have the same name as you in 1982.
  • Weird things about the name Al: Your name in reverse order is La. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Al. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Al? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 532 people with the last name Al.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Al? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Al as their last name since less than 1 person in 556k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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Popularity of Al as a first name

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Popularity of Al as a last name

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Common last names for Al

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Green
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Simmons
  • Thomas
  • Wilson
  • Moore

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Al U.S.
  White 45.68% 64.26%
  African American 13.35% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 12.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 24.62% 16.26%

Of Last Name Al

People with the last name Al are most frequently White, African American, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

English

Origin and Meaning of Al

The name "Al" is of English origin, and it means "Short for names beginning with AL". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Al
All.
noun Al
the chemical symbol for aluminum.
conjunction Al
Although; if.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A state in the southeastern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
  2. A silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite
  1. A diminutive of the male given names Alan, Albert, Alex, Alexander, Alfred, and other names beginning with Al-.

Al was also found in the following language(s): Translingual

Al Pacino

Al Pacino is an actor and filmmaker with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1967 to present. Al was born in 1940 as Alfredo James Pacino in Manhattan, New York, U.S.

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Al Capone

Al Capone is a gangster, bootlegger, racketeer, and boss of chicago outfit. Al was born in 1899 as Alphonse Gabriel Capone in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton is a baptist minister civil rights/social justice activist radio and television talk show host with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1969 to present. Al was born in 1954 as Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Al Gore

Al Gore is an officeholder. Al was born in 1948 as Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. in Washington, D.C., U.S.

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Al Roker

Al Roker is a journalist, television personality, weather forecaster, and actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1974 to present. Al was born in 1954 as Albert Lincoln Roker, Jr. in Queens, New York, U.S.

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Al Michaels

Al Michaels is a sportscaster. Al was born in 1944 as Alan Richard Michaels in Brooklyn, New York.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Al

Al Anon
Al Franken
Al Jazeera
Al Qaeda
Al East
Al Green

What does the name Al mean?

Ais for amenable, for your easy going nature.

Lis for lively, your life is full of energy!

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