Most Popular Baby Names in 1961

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1961. 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 1961, 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 86,917 Mary 47,680
2 David 84,758 Lisa 42,703
3 John 79,938 Susan 37,523
4 James 75,935 Linda 35,580
5 Robert 72,917 Karen 34,701
6 Mark 57,767 Patricia 28,872
7 William 48,000 Donna 28,672
8 Richard 41,120 Cynthia 24,379
9 Thomas 37,555 Sandra 24,145
10 Steven 32,247 Deborah 24,094
11 Jeffrey 32,010 Brenda 23,776
12 Joseph 29,449 Barbara 22,991
13 Charles 29,198 Debra 22,150
14 Kevin 28,902 Lori 21,873
15 Timothy 28,239 Pamela 21,682
16 Kenneth 26,097 Nancy 20,716
17 Daniel 25,882 Sharon 20,445
18 Paul 25,621 Teresa 18,907
19 Scott 23,926 Elizabeth 18,857
20 Brian 22,552 Cheryl 18,294
21 Gary 22,154 Laura 17,896
22 Donald 21,402 Kimberly 17,356
23 Gregory 21,357 Julie 17,038
24 Ronald 20,818 Carol 16,669
25 Anthony 20,190 Kathy 16,379
26 Christopher 17,225 Diane 16,201
27 Stephen 16,059 Robin 15,648
28 Douglas 15,964 Tammy 15,526
29 Edward 15,876 Kathleen 15,394
30 Larry 14,578 Denise 15,378
31 George 13,641 Debbie 14,879
32 Terry 13,188 Janet 13,930
33 Randy 12,592 Cindy 13,387
34 Dennis 12,490 Michelle 12,737
35 Keith 12,278 Theresa 11,965
36 Mike 11,664 Kim 11,369
37 Jerry 11,370 Jacqueline 10,984
38 Eric 11,111 Angela 10,838
39 Patrick 11,050 Christine 10,588
40 Bruce 10,715 Margaret 10,551
41 Frank 10,430 Tina 10,521
42 Peter 10,340 Carolyn 10,505
43 Craig 10,230 Laurie 10,430
44 Ricky 10,017 Rebecca 10,234
45 Steve 9,993 Kelly 9,638
46 Todd 9,751 Rhonda 9,467
47 Roger 9,656 Jennifer 9,264
48 Raymond 9,603 Catherine 9,249
49 Jeff 9,459 Dawn 9,147
50 Jeffery 8,917 Connie 8,986
51 Alan 8,617 Terri 8,728
52 Andrew 8,477 Janice 8,721
53 Tony 8,300 Sherry 8,358
54 Danny 8,197 Ann 8,215
55 Russell 7,333 Cathy 8,199
56 Carl 7,248 Diana 8,195
57 Chris 7,208 Maria 7,940
58 Dale 7,188 Judy 7,914
59 Matthew 7,073 Sheila 7,797
60 Joe 7,058 Paula 7,744
61 Wayne 6,754 Wendy 7,148
62 Gerald 6,627 Joyce 6,999
63 Randall 6,585 Michele 6,990
64 Glenn 6,268 Tracy 6,988
65 Tim 6,246 Beth 6,714
66 Barry 6,216 Beverly 6,709
67 Lawrence 6,085 Valerie 6,674
68 Billy 6,024 Amy 6,611
69 Phillip 5,972 Suzanne 6,605
70 Johnny 5,903 Wanda 6,461
71 Jimmy 5,745 Lynn 6,441
72 Rodney 5,660 Jane 6,362
73 Martin 5,464 Annette 6,199
74 Walter 5,460 Jill 6,134
75 Curtis 5,442 Bonnie 6,029
76 Bobby 5,404 Vicki 5,966
77 Greg 5,396 Carla 5,818
78 Jim 5,350 Stephanie 5,811
79 Philip 5,282 Renee 5,782
80 Darryl 5,127 Darlene 5,726
81 Jay 5,119 Martha 5,719
82 Bryan 5,024 Gloria 5,693
83 Roy 4,965 Judith 5,688
84 Dean 4,928 Leslie 5,668
85 Arthur 4,814 Shirley 5,631
86 Willie 4,783 Katherine 5,629
87 Bradley 4,739 Betty 5,580
88 Tom 4,722 Peggy 5,565
89 Samuel 4,673 Joan 5,550
90 Jack 4,636 Anne 5,521
91 Henry 4,618 Anita 5,504
92 Ronnie 4,615 Jean 5,364
93 Jon 4,607 Kathryn 5,226
94 Harold 4,438 Gail 4,974
95 Ralph 4,432 Melissa 4,902
96 Allen 4,385 Ruth 4,893
97 Albert 4,316 Ellen 4,848
98 Vincent 4,313 Regina 4,761
99 Victor 4,298 Dorothy 4,728
100 Troy 4,259 Anna 4,671
101 Darrell 4,195 Penny 4,636
102 Eddie 4,079 Joanne 4,613
103 Micheal 4,021 Virginia 4,575
104 Bill 4,004 Maureen 4,569
105 Louis 3,959 Rita 4,528
106 Stanley 3,922 Colleen 4,514
107 Jose 3,759 Vickie 4,402
108 Rick 3,734 Terry 4,360
109 Howard 3,565 Marie 4,344
110 Joel 3,513 Andrea 4,318
111 Dwayne 3,480 Rose 4,318
112 Jonathan 3,478 Jackie 4,253
113 Eugene 3,447 Sarah 4,206
114 Leonard 3,426 Victoria 4,146
115 Dan 3,414 Becky 4,095
116 Tommy 3,397 Julia 3,905
117 Frederick 3,313 Gina 3,872
118 Mitchell 3,196 Elaine 3,866
119 Marvin 3,185 Helen 3,857
120 Tracy 3,183 Phyllis 3,837
121 Don 3,148 Sherri 3,807
122 Lee 3,125 Marilyn 3,796
123 Ernest 3,093 Melanie 3,756
124 Fred 3,084 Sylvia 3,745
125 Kelly 3,006 Tamara 3,730
126 Ray 2,922 Alice 3,584
127 Calvin 2,866 Yvonne 3,553
128 Melvin 2,842 Dana 3,544
129 Kurt 2,823 Melinda 3,505
130 Dave 2,800 Sue 3,505
131 Harry 2,741 Eileen 3,490
132 Duane 2,733 Christina 3,467
133 Marc 2,706 Sally 3,463
134 Norman 2,688 Sandy 3,421
135 Glen 2,686 Frances 3,419
136 Jerome 2,633 Monica 3,391
137 Brent 2,555 Joann 3,347
138 Karl 2,550 Jeanne 3,326
139 Earl 2,523 Carrie 3,178
140 Kirk 2,514 Sheryl 3,121
141 Bob 2,502 Shari 3,117
142 Brad 2,501 Belinda 3,116
143 Shawn 2,483 Lorraine 3,113
144 Reginald 2,464 Pam 3,082
145 Edwin 2,448 Shelly 2,994
146 Benjamin 2,388 Evelyn 2,937
147 Kent 2,374 Charlotte 2,935
148 Francis 2,341 Loretta 2,925
149 Clifford 2,339 Toni 2,893
150 Jesse 2,302 Charlene 2,828
151 Theodore 2,301 Tracey 2,802
152 Alfred 2,277 Jo 2,794
153 Rickey 2,256 Vanessa 2,759
154 Perry 2,226 Veronica 2,729
155 Clarence 2,190 Marcia 2,686
156 Bernard 2,147 Deanna 2,682
157 Warren 2,086 Patty 2,648
158 Nicholas 2,075 Joy 2,610
159 Brett 2,066 Glenda 2,597
160 Juan 2,053 Holly 2,575
161 Guy 2,026 Doris 2,573
162 Kerry 2,026 Roberta 2,561
163 Wesley 2,003 Jeanette 2,557
164 Carlos 1,999 Norma 2,550
165 Gordon 1,990 Gwendolyn 2,533
166 Stuart 1,901 Heidi 2,521
167 Aaron 1,884 Yolanda 2,514
168 Alvin 1,870 Sheri 2,488
169 Robin 1,852 Carmen 2,400
170 Ron 1,840 Lynne 2,398
171 Leroy 1,827 Jamie 2,339
172 Doug 1,809 Melody 2,271
173 Lance 1,807 Teri 2,241
174 Darren 1,780 Tami 2,225
175 Vernon 1,770 Vicky 2,208
176 Gregg 1,752 Sara 2,199
177 Sean 1,719 Caroline 2,198
178 Gilbert 1,708 Dianne 2,172
179 Kenny 1,699 Marsha 2,161
180 Dana 1,694 Shelley 2,143
181 Herbert 1,688 Rosemary 2,130
182 Lloyd 1,687 Crystal 2,115
183 Daryl 1,681 Lois 2,104
184 Ted 1,680 Patti 2,061
185 Gene 1,670 Audrey 2,059
186 Dwight 1,666 Rachel 2,054
187 Manuel 1,666 Lynda 2,037
188 Ken 1,663 Jan 2,032
189 Tyrone 1,631 Shelia 2,004
190 Leslie 1,620 Juanita 1,985
191 Lonnie 1,593 Tammie 1,979
192 Antonio 1,585 Kay 1,956
193 Adam 1,579 Irene 1,912
194 Leon 1,557 Vivian 1,891
195 Neil 1,525 Karla 1,872
196 Franklin 1,524 Jodi 1,848
197 Andre 1,500 Yvette 1,848
198 Derrick 1,499 Doreen 1,846
199 Nathan 1,490 Tonya 1,840
200 Timmy 1,480 Jody 1,832
201 Marty 1,458 April 1,807
202 Maurice 1,439 Roxanne 1,724
203 Floyd 1,437 Darla 1,714
204 Luis 1,407 Constance 1,704
205 Derek 1,404 Carole 1,678
206 Ruben 1,383 Stacy 1,676
207 Donnie 1,376 Alicia 1,671
208 Andy 1,374 Marianne 1,648
209 Kelvin 1,367 Tanya 1,648
210 Clyde 1,350 Rosa 1,646
211 Allan 1,345 Marlene 1,639
212 Lewis 1,333 Ramona 1,629
213 Jackie 1,316 Natalie 1,624
214 Marcus 1,311 Lydia 1,574
215 Gerard 1,309 Chris 1,568
216 Mario 1,296 Arlene 1,555
217 Lester 1,288 Louise 1,540
218 Chuck 1,283 Sonya 1,540
219 Rex 1,269 Robyn 1,536
220 Joey 1,257 Eva 1,528
221 Wade 1,244 Dianna 1,523
222 Ricardo 1,240 Lee 1,493
223 Alexander 1,229 Ronda 1,485
224 Byron 1,225 June 1,472
225 Jimmie 1,223 Felicia 1,460
226 Charlie 1,223 Jana 1,459
227 Wendell 1,222 Stacey 1,451
228 Alex 1,216 Cassandra 1,449
229 Sam 1,193 Gayle 1,446
230 Leo 1,177 Grace 1,442
231 Clayton 1,161 Alison 1,408
232 Kyle 1,156 Jacquelyn 1,395
233 Randal 1,154 Debora 1,384
234 Arnold 1,152 Sherrie 1,370
235 Freddie 1,146 Dolores 1,340
236 Roland 1,132 Lora 1,326
237 Neal 1,120 Cheri 1,316
238 Garry 1,116 Esther 1,314
239 Milton 1,105 Marjorie 1,314
240 Kim 1,102 Lillian 1,311
241 Randolph 1,070 Annie 1,299
242 Jason 1,061 Janine 1,287
243 Johnnie 1,054 Geraldine 1,282
244 Nathaniel 1,050 Maryann 1,280
245 Oscar 1,042 Ruby 1,275
246 Ross 1,022 Lynette 1,269
247 Herman 1,007 Joni 1,266
248 Terrence 997 Lauren 1,260
249 Clinton 996 Kelley 1,250
250 Jesus 971 Jenny 1,249

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.

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

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

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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