Most Popular Baby Names in 1959

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1959. These names are taken directly from the Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.

The table below shows the top 250 most popular baby names in 1959, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name.

You can also use the links below to research more about the most popular baby names.

Top 1000 most popular boy names: 1-250 | 251-500 | 501-750 | 751-1000

Top 1000 most popular girl names: 1-250 | 251-500 | 501-750 | 751-1000

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Michael 85,224 Mary 54,478
2 David 83,919 Susan 41,600
3 James 78,604 Linda 40,410
4 John 76,391 Karen 36,773
5 Robert 74,502 Donna 36,464
6 Mark 56,910 Patricia 35,217
7 William 51,368 Debra 31,374
8 Richard 47,164 Cynthia 30,170
9 Thomas 40,273 Deborah 29,547
10 Steven 33,571 Lisa 25,693
11 Charles 30,771 Barbara 25,358
12 Timothy 30,750 Pamela 24,711
13 Joseph 29,523 Sandra 23,357
14 Kevin 26,761 Nancy 23,077
15 Kenneth 26,627 Kathy 21,818
16 Jeffrey 26,266 Brenda 21,412
17 Paul 25,694 Sharon 21,283
18 Daniel 25,129 Cheryl 20,941
19 Donald 23,860 Diane 19,970
20 Gary 23,294 Debbie 19,537
21 Ronald 23,101 Elizabeth 18,424
22 Brian 20,729 Carol 18,129
23 Gregory 19,871 Kathleen 17,626
24 Scott 19,757 Teresa 17,390
25 Larry 18,419 Cindy 16,966
26 Anthony 17,953 Julie 16,214
27 Edward 16,899 Lori 15,027
28 Stephen 16,497 Janet 14,955
29 Dennis 16,027 Denise 14,656
30 Douglas 15,280 Laura 14,526
31 Randy 15,026 Tammy 13,706
32 George 15,003 Robin 12,854
33 Terry 14,540 Kimberly 12,783
34 Ricky 13,205 Theresa 11,647
35 Christopher 12,895 Kim 11,594
36 Jerry 12,316 Margaret 11,569
37 Mike 11,993 Janice 10,487
38 Bruce 11,901 Rebecca 10,472
39 Keith 11,743 Cathy 10,413
40 Peter 11,285 Catherine 10,020
41 Steve 11,072 Judy 9,883
42 Frank 10,937 Carolyn 9,730
43 Patrick 10,550 Christine 9,470
44 Craig 9,919 Ann 8,919
45 Raymond 9,793 Rhonda 8,856
46 Eric 9,728 Terri 8,783
47 Roger 8,789 Michelle 8,776
48 Danny 8,724 Connie 8,657
49 Dale 8,340 Diana 8,636
50 Alan 8,145 Joyce 8,513
51 Wayne 7,881 Paula 8,053
52 Jeff 7,728 Sheila 7,984
53 Tony 7,561 Tina 7,917
54 Carl 7,499 Dawn 7,897
55 Russell 7,476 Beverly 7,790
56 Jeffery 7,473 Laurie 7,533
57 Joe 7,384 Peggy 7,411
58 Andrew 7,088 Sherry 7,342
59 Randall 7,065 Betty 7,317
60 Tim 6,833 Valerie 7,306
61 Gerald 6,636 Shirley 7,285
62 Lawrence 6,604 Maria 7,246
63 Matthew 6,551 Lynn 7,059
64 Billy 6,301 Annette 6,918
65 Johnny 6,301 Wanda 6,903
66 Walter 6,120 Darlene 6,873
67 Rodney 5,913 Jane 6,871
68 Philip 5,855 Angela 6,771
69 Jimmy 5,831 Kathryn 6,742
70 Jim 5,686 Judith 6,564
71 Bobby 5,673 Bonnie 6,456
72 Chris 5,673 Martha 6,436
73 Barry 5,600 Vicki 6,427
74 Phillip 5,588 Kelly 6,378
75 Curtis 5,526 Gail 6,351
76 Ronnie 5,473 Joan 6,338
77 Arthur 5,466 Jennifer 6,235
78 Willie 5,370 Jean 6,234
79 Glenn 5,346 Katherine 6,138
80 Martin 5,345 Beth 6,068
81 Roy 5,176 Gloria 5,922
82 Tom 5,061 Anne 5,742
83 Henry 5,057 Wendy 5,712
84 Ralph 5,041 Leslie 5,649
85 Jack 5,015 Amy 5,582
86 Samuel 4,959 Jill 5,552
87 Jay 4,938 Anita 5,477
88 Harold 4,937 Michele 5,447
89 Rick 4,933 Rose 5,442
90 Greg 4,643 Vickie 5,420
91 Darrell 4,642 Ellen 5,390
92 Albert 4,602 Joanne 5,344
93 Bill 4,601 Virginia 5,256
94 Bryan 4,494 Dorothy 5,233
95 Dean 4,428 Terry 5,213
96 Micheal 4,370 Suzanne 5,163
97 Allen 4,363 Ruth 5,053
98 Stanley 4,335 Rita 4,953
99 Todd 4,329 Anna 4,879
100 Louis 4,308 Renee 4,843
101 Eddie 4,232 Stephanie 4,827
102 Vincent 4,211 Becky 4,753
103 Bradley 4,050 Phyllis 4,686
104 Howard 3,990 Marie 4,680
105 Jon 3,972 Elaine 4,453
106 Eugene 3,887 Maureen 4,446
107 Victor 3,811 Sue 4,388
108 Tommy 3,766 Helen 4,375
109 Leonard 3,733 Marilyn 4,347
110 Dan 3,676 Colleen 4,337
111 Don 3,615 Jacqueline 4,322
112 Fred 3,579 Alice 4,157
113 Jose 3,575 Victoria 4,151
114 Frederick 3,549 Sally 4,066
115 Lee 3,505 Jo 4,055
116 Joel 3,460 Regina 3,937
117 Rickey 3,450 Julia 3,936
118 Ernest 3,334 Carla 3,933
119 Dave 3,312 Sarah 3,875
120 Harry 3,276 Sylvia 3,847
121 Ray 3,220 Tamara 3,798
122 Melvin 3,172 Penny 3,756
123 Marvin 3,164 Andrea 3,752
124 Jonathan 3,082 Frances 3,715
125 Calvin 3,033 Pam 3,679
126 Mitchell 2,965 Melissa 3,628
127 Duane 2,963 Eileen 3,626
128 Bob 2,825 Sheryl 3,541
129 Kurt 2,816 Jeanne 3,514
130 Norman 2,774 Joann 3,458
131 Darryl 2,773 Tracy 3,365
132 Perry 2,751 Yvonne 3,288
133 Glen 2,699 Sandy 3,277
134 Jerome 2,687 Evelyn 3,265
135 Earl 2,685 Gina 3,224
136 Francis 2,651 Loretta 3,159
137 Edwin 2,573 Lorraine 3,140
138 Alfred 2,546 Doris 3,138
139 Clifford 2,532 Vanessa 3,118
140 Marc 2,504 Patty 3,116
141 Kent 2,468 Marcia 3,090
142 Jesse 2,433 Roberta 3,081
143 Kelly 2,433 Dana 2,970
144 Kirk 2,407 Charlotte 2,968
145 Reginald 2,407 Carrie 2,964
146 Theodore 2,394 Joy 2,883
147 Clarence 2,374 Sherri 2,868
148 Karl 2,353 Glenda 2,838
149 Brad 2,347 Melanie 2,827
150 Benjamin 2,331 Belinda 2,821
151 Brent 2,278 Melinda 2,809
152 Bernard 2,272 Patti 2,760
153 Alvin 2,256 Charlene 2,743
154 Brett 2,225 Tami 2,737
155 Gordon 2,210 Jackie 2,735
156 Nicholas 2,196 Toni 2,729
157 Warren 2,177 Norma 2,720
158 Guy 2,027 Dianne 2,700
159 Leroy 2,017 Gwendolyn 2,648
160 Wesley 1,999 Monica 2,593
161 Shawn 1,973 Jan 2,587
162 Carlos 1,944 Lois 2,485
163 Gene 1,929 Marsha 2,470
164 Juan 1,919 Vicky 2,448
165 Dwayne 1,908 Christina 2,347
166 Ron 1,878 Audrey 2,307
167 Lloyd 1,872 Veronica 2,292
168 Stuart 1,848 Holly 2,291
169 Herbert 1,845 Shelia 2,283
170 Bret 1,839 Yolanda 2,278
171 Tyrone 1,814 Jeanette 2,244
172 Vernon 1,791 Lynne 2,234
173 Lonnie 1,774 Rosemary 2,230
174 Kenny 1,758 Carmen 2,211
175 Leslie 1,755 Doreen 2,206
176 Leon 1,748 Juanita 2,195
177 Gilbert 1,744 Vivian 2,182
178 Doug 1,706 Teri 2,155
179 Kerry 1,702 Irene 2,097
180 Dana 1,694 Sara 2,031
181 Ted 1,673 Lynda 2,022
182 Ken 1,659 Kay 2,000
183 Manuel 1,645 Louise 1,964
184 Neil 1,634 Debora 1,961
185 Donnie 1,633 Melody 1,951
186 Dwight 1,592 Marianne 1,917
187 Gregg 1,586 Heidi 1,912
188 Timmy 1,573 Shelly 1,882
189 Daryl 1,558 Tammie 1,880
190 Franklin 1,554 Jody 1,860
191 Aaron 1,542 Shelley 1,849
192 Lewis 1,536 Sheri 1,847
193 Floyd 1,531 Constance 1,840
194 Robin 1,530 Deanna 1,829
195 Garry 1,473 Gayle 1,828
196 Clyde 1,466 Jamie 1,821
197 Jackie 1,459 June 1,803
198 Marty 1,454 Rosa 1,796
199 Tracy 1,450 Arlene 1,793
200 Allan 1,435 Marlene 1,780
201 Randal 1,435 Rachel 1,746
202 Lance 1,431 Roxanne 1,706
203 Leo 1,431 Darla 1,672
204 Charlie 1,417 Grace 1,661
205 Gerard 1,398 Ramona 1,648
206 Antonio 1,378 Karla 1,634
207 Nathan 1,376 Eva 1,630
208 Maurice 1,359 Annie 1,586
209 Ruben 1,357 Dianna 1,568
210 Ricardo 1,342 April 1,561
211 Lester 1,335 Lydia 1,560
212 Andy 1,308 Crystal 1,553
213 Sam 1,298 Lee 1,549
214 Darren 1,297 Shari 1,522
215 Jimmie 1,283 Ruby 1,500
216 Rex 1,282 Marjorie 1,483
217 Luis 1,280 Stacy 1,481
218 Sean 1,277 Lillian 1,468
219 Andre 1,275 Tanya 1,460
220 Freddie 1,249 Geraldine 1,454
221 Wade 1,228 Claudia 1,420
222 Neal 1,221 Dolores 1,419
223 Byron 1,220 Carole 1,417
224 Chuck 1,219 Chris 1,409
225 Milton 1,219 Tracey 1,409
226 Marcus 1,206 Jodi 1,397
227 Wendell 1,205 Betsy 1,391
228 Mario 1,203 Bernadette 1,390
229 Arnold 1,190 Delores 1,376
230 Herman 1,185 Sherrie 1,367
231 Derrick 1,182 Alicia 1,366
232 Johnnie 1,176 Joni 1,359
233 Alex 1,164 Esther 1,358
234 Alexander 1,160 Edith 1,356
235 Roland 1,157 Lauren 1,351
236 Nathaniel 1,154 Nina 1,341
237 Kyle 1,146 Cheri 1,335
238 Clayton 1,129 Patsy 1,326
239 Clinton 1,122 Maryann 1,280
240 Joey 1,120 Susie 1,277
241 Kim 1,105 Jenny 1,276
242 Terrence 1,105 Nora 1,275
243 Harvey 1,086 Priscilla 1,270
244 Nelson 1,082 Margie 1,266
245 Oscar 1,081 Mildred 1,265
246 Randolph 1,072 Myra 1,247
247 Nick 1,052 Natalie 1,232
248 Ross 1,027 Erin 1,228
249 Bart 1,022 Pauline 1,217
250 Kelvin 1,014 Emily 1,214

Historical Data for Baby Names

If you're interested to see how the trends and popularity of baby names have changed, you can use the links below to view the historical data by decade.

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Most popular girl names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and excludes any names with fewer than 5 occurrences in any geographic area.

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