Baby names

Top Names Over the Last 100 Years

The following table shows the 100 most popular given names for male and female babies born during the last 100 years, 1920-2019.

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For each rank and sex, the table shows the name and the number of occurrences of that name. These time-tested popular names were taken from a universe that includes 175,744,628 male births and 171,010,925 female births.

Please note that popular names listed below are not necessarily consistently popular in every year. For example, the name James, ranked as the most popular male name over the last 100 years, has been ranked as low as number 19. Similarly, the most popular female name in the table, Mary, ranked as low as 127.Popular names for births in 1920-2019

Man Woman
RankNameNumberNameNumber
1James4,735,694Mary3,265,105
2John4,502,387Patricia1,560,897
3Robert4,499,901Jennifer1,467,664
4Michael4,330,025Linda1,448,309
5William3,601,719Elizabeth1,428,981
6David3,563,170Barbara1,402,428
7Richard2,467,544Susan1,104,407
8Joseph2,352,889Jessica1,045,519
9Thomas2,160,330Sarah993,847
10Charles2,106,078Karen985,728
11Christopher2,032,843Nancy969,544
12Daniel1,889,640Lisa965,003
13Matthew1,600,285Margaret944,344
14Anthony1,403,920Betty938,638
15Donald1,348,220Sandra873,609
16Mark1,346,509Ashley847,504
17Paul1,286,846Dorothy847,468
18Steven1,281,302Kimberly838,235
19Andrew1,252,016Emily826,262
20Kenneth1,226,558Donna823,285
21Joshua1,214,872Michelle811,401
22Kevin1,172,372Carol807,303
23Brian1,166,797Amanda772,882
24George1,159,331Melissa753,157
25Edward1,097,742Deborah739,809
26Ronald1,073,062Stephanie738,123
27Timothy1,069,165Rebecca729,683
28Jason1,035,285Laura721,299
29Jeffrey975,104Sharon720,816
30Ryan937,629Cynthia705,685
31Jacob925,412Kathleen689,366
32Gary899,858Amy680,682
33Nicholas891,818Shirley668,154
34Eric877,492Angela658,437
35Jonathan844,121Helen652,923
36Stephen840,005Anna629,400
37Larry802,430Brenda606,286
38Justin777,285Pamela592,694
39Scott769,663Nicole588,265
40Brandon759,155Samantha576,029
41Benjamin730,425Katherine574,858
42Samuel710,086Emma570,150
43Frank707,244Ruth563,391
44Gregory706,987Christine563,333
45Raymond679,913Catherine550,466
46Alexander666,982Debra548,279
47Patrick663,725Rachel546,309
48Jack637,347Carolyn542,250
49Dennis611,319Janet541,277
50Jerry602,696Virginia531,894
51Tyler589,687Maria528,760
52Aaron579,578Heather524,161
53Jose559,823Diane515,256
54Henry553,392Julie506,315
55Adam551,342Joyce500,601
56Douglas549,324Victoria481,786
57Nathan544,555Kelly471,257
58Peter540,603Christina471,012
59Zachary537,934Lauren469,625
60Kyle480,276Joan469,101
61Walter476,581Evelyn466,314
62Harold448,640Olivia464,246
63Jeremy437,552Judith449,885
64Ethan435,390Megan437,186
65Carl431,805Cheryl436,878
66Keith431,764Martha434,595
67Roger429,723Andrea434,410
68Gerald428,208Frances429,429
69Christian425,034Hannah426,616
70Terry422,106Jacqueline420,348
71Sean418,691Ann412,411
72Arthur415,722Gloria409,072
73Austin411,665Jean407,127
74Noah409,039Kathryn406,120
75Lawrence407,197Alice404,664
76Jesse388,484Teresa404,603
77Joe388,230Sara401,653
78Bryan381,581Janice400,210
79Billy379,560Doris395,048
80Jordan378,141Madison387,071
81Albert377,227Julia383,225
82Dylan377,049Grace379,239
83Bruce375,986Judy378,014
84Willie367,775Abigail373,862
85Gabriel352,072Marie373,633
86Alan348,591Denise371,019
87Juan345,375Beverly370,608
88Logan341,413Amber369,981
89Wayne339,139Theresa369,848
90Ralph338,689Marilyn369,847
91Roy338,079Danielle367,791
92Eugene330,306Diana358,617
93Randy327,821Brittany358,579
94Vincent322,824Natalie352,644
95Russell321,274Sophia351,883
96Louis320,157Rose351,296
97Philip315,423Isabella342,345
98Bobby313,302Alexis339,548
99Johnny308,243Kayla339,169
100Bradley306,339Charlotte338,315
Source: 100% sample based on Social Security card application data as of of March 2020. See the limitations of this data source.

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