Most Popular Baby Names in 1965

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1965. 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 1965, 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 81,021 Lisa 60,270
2 John 71,534 Mary 34,270
3 David 67,842 Karen 32,873
4 James 67,695 Kimberly 28,833
5 Robert 63,123 Susan 26,328
6 William 40,124 Patricia 23,553
7 Mark 38,262 Donna 19,699
8 Richard 36,847 Linda 19,338
9 Thomas 31,625 Cynthia 19,245
10 Jeffrey 29,584 Angela 18,749
11 Joseph 28,649 Tammy 18,008
12 Timothy 28,346 Pamela 17,473
13 Kevin 28,185 Deborah 17,084
14 Steven 27,982 Julie 16,986
15 Scott 25,447 Sandra 16,374
16 Paul 24,926 Elizabeth 16,322
17 Daniel 24,845 Laura 16,214
18 Christopher 24,639 Michelle 16,213
19 Brian 24,550 Lori 15,698
20 Charles 23,493 Jennifer 15,207
21 Kenneth 22,674 Christine 15,202
22 Anthony 20,338 Sharon 15,132
23 Gregory 18,207 Brenda 15,060
24 Ronald 17,621 Teresa 14,579
25 Eric 16,838 Barbara 14,026
26 Donald 16,036 Dawn 13,339
27 Gary 15,269 Debra 13,098
28 Stephen 14,650 Denise 13,033
29 Edward 14,415 Tina 12,827
30 Todd 13,939 Kelly 12,761
31 Patrick 12,942 Cheryl 12,554
32 Douglas 12,791 Nancy 12,255
33 Rodney 11,083 Robin 11,991
34 George 10,679 Kathleen 11,778
35 Keith 10,678 Amy 11,530
36 Matthew 9,990 Tracy 11,173
37 Andrew 9,679 Rhonda 10,949
38 Larry 9,402 Melissa 10,565
39 Peter 9,395 Wendy 10,481
40 Terry 9,091 Diane 10,363
41 Jerry 9,020 Rebecca 10,212
42 Randy 8,864 Carol 10,099
43 Frank 8,323 Kim 10,084
44 Dennis 8,213 Stephanie 9,764
45 Raymond 8,049 Theresa 9,682
46 Craig 7,870 Maria 9,475
47 Jeffery 7,735 Jacqueline 9,414
48 Tony 6,821 Michele 8,664
49 Roger 6,431 Paula 7,912
50 Bruce 6,324 Sheila 7,902
51 Mike 6,039 Jill 7,821
52 Darren 5,935 Margaret 7,793
53 Troy 5,857 Cindy 7,778
54 Carl 5,798 Kathy 7,764
55 Steve 5,686 Janet 7,654
56 Danny 5,675 Sherry 7,383
57 Ricky 5,659 Catherine 7,245
58 Russell 5,648 Carolyn 6,967
59 Alan 5,616 Ann 6,781
60 Chris 5,483 Laurie 6,534
61 Vincent 5,429 Connie 6,154
62 Jeff 5,411 Debbie 6,089
63 Bryan 5,343 Andrea 6,082
64 Gerald 5,254 Diana 5,928
65 Wayne 5,116 Suzanne 5,913
66 Lawrence 4,963 Beth 5,772
67 Martin 4,935 Valerie 5,648
68 Darryl 4,925 Renee 5,497
69 Shawn 4,925 Terri 5,376
70 Phillip 4,893 Gina 5,268
71 Joe 4,835 Annette 5,259
72 Bradley 4,787 Monica 5,115
73 Randall 4,754 Janice 5,031
74 Jonathan 4,729 Christina 4,974
75 Curtis 4,689 Leslie 4,876
76 Johnny 4,684 Carla 4,781
77 Billy 4,653 Anne 4,723
78 Jon 4,599 Dana 4,723
79 Sean 4,598 Katherine 4,707
80 Bobby 4,590 Lynn 4,667
81 Jimmy 4,530 Wanda 4,654
82 Walter 4,485 Regina 4,549
83 Dale 4,401 Darlene 4,359
84 Samuel 4,396 Stacey 4,270
85 Glenn 4,360 Tracey 4,259
86 Barry 4,326 Judy 4,242
87 Philip 4,279 Kathryn 4,159
88 Dean 4,097 Cathy 4,153
89 Jose 3,967 Joyce 4,129
90 Jay 3,944 Bonnie 4,128
91 Darrell 3,892 Sherri 4,064
92 Allen 3,837 Sarah 4,059
93 Willie 3,808 Colleen 4,030
94 Henry 3,802 Anita 4,020
95 Roy 3,784 Jane 3,926
96 Arthur 3,776 Anna 3,922
97 Tim 3,720 Penny 3,897
98 Victor 3,686 Shelly 3,850
99 Harold 3,539 Martha 3,799
100 Albert 3,419 Melinda 3,797
101 Louis 3,273 Beverly 3,773
102 Darrin 3,257 Judith 3,580
103 Ralph 3,226 Betty 3,566
104 Jack 3,200 Tamara 3,562
105 Greg 3,184 Heidi 3,558
106 Frederick 3,156 Marie 3,486
107 Ronnie 3,145 Maureen 3,480
108 Marc 3,055 Victoria 3,478
109 Marvin 2,970 Gloria 3,441
110 Tracy 2,932 Deanna 3,407
111 Jason 2,890 Shirley 3,368
112 Kurt 2,879 Jean 3,364
113 Eddie 2,869 Holly 3,358
114 Joel 2,860 Vicki 3,330
115 Stanley 2,815 Virginia 3,294
116 Lee 2,773 Joan 3,280
117 Jim 2,772 Ellen 3,251
118 Micheal 2,765 Ruth 3,230
119 Tommy 2,719 Stacy 3,205
120 Eugene 2,715 Kristine 3,163
121 Leonard 2,714 Joanne 3,150
122 Howard 2,677 Melanie 3,116
123 Darin 2,615 Peggy 3,104
124 Ernest 2,577 Julia 3,101
125 Adam 2,563 Veronica 3,075
126 Dwayne 2,521 Rita 3,064
127 Tom 2,499 Jodi 3,054
128 Reginald 2,471 Allison 3,043
129 Derrick 2,419 Tonya 2,969
130 Aaron 2,413 Dorothy 2,960
131 Brent 2,410 Sylvia 2,959
132 Brett 2,344 Yvonne 2,954
133 Benjamin 2,338 Rose 2,865
134 Norman 2,302 Gail 2,858
135 Duane 2,275 Kristin 2,829
136 Kelly 2,259 April 2,812
137 Rick 2,254 Helen 2,802
138 Melvin 2,230 Vickie 2,784
139 Jesse 2,213 Yolanda 2,758
140 Juan 2,196 Jamie 2,746
141 Fred 2,149 Sheri 2,629
142 Jerome 2,143 Charlene 2,591
143 Theodore 2,142 Becky 2,589
144 Carlos 2,129 Shannon 2,569
145 Erik 2,121 Alice 2,567
146 Harry 2,111 Crystal 2,542
147 Ray 2,092 Sheryl 2,535
148 Brad 2,089 Shelley 2,528
149 Nicholas 2,072 Heather 2,499
150 Glen 2,069 Elaine 2,498
151 Bill 2,061 Marilyn 2,490
152 Kirk 2,058 Carrie 2,484
153 Calvin 2,046 Charlotte 2,473
154 Karl 2,023 Yvette 2,466
155 Dan 1,993 Phyllis 2,464
156 Earl 1,947 Jackie 2,443
157 Don 1,911 Eileen 2,419
158 Edwin 1,906 Joann 2,395
159 Mitchell 1,882 Alicia 2,356
160 Wesley 1,862 Sonya 2,353
161 Kent 1,849 Toni 2,326
162 Warren 1,825 Sally 2,319
163 Clifford 1,821 Frances 2,262
164 Francis 1,816 Felicia 2,192
165 Andre 1,806 Carmen 2,147
166 Clarence 1,803 Jeanne 2,147
167 Derek 1,801 Roberta 2,130
168 Antonio 1,781 Traci 2,080
169 Lance 1,754 Jeanette 2,068
170 Bernard 1,674 Lorraine 2,059
171 Alfred 1,655 Norma 2,049
172 Tyrone 1,570 Belinda 2,026
173 Leroy 1,537 Terry 2,021
174 Luis 1,529 Tanya 2,020
175 Lonnie 1,503 Rachel 2,012
176 Manuel 1,500 Evelyn 2,003
177 Kerry 1,474 Joy 1,975
178 Gordon 1,445 Sara 1,974
179 Daryl 1,429 Samantha 1,961
180 Maurice 1,419 Natalie 1,942
181 Leslie 1,418 Ronda 1,912
182 Nathan 1,418 Shelia 1,892
183 Herbert 1,378 Jo 1,851
184 Marcus 1,373 Shari 1,846
185 Franklin 1,370 Loretta 1,839
186 Perry 1,364 Constance 1,834
187 Guy 1,363 Caroline 1,815
188 Vernon 1,357 Karla 1,804
189 Gilbert 1,347 Kimberley 1,799
190 Alvin 1,328 Sue 1,775
191 Alexander 1,322 Kristen 1,726
192 Neil 1,319 Tami 1,721
193 Gene 1,308 Sandy 1,705
194 Wade 1,301 Gwendolyn 1,702
195 Stuart 1,296 Tammie 1,696
196 Lloyd 1,295 Angie 1,695
197 Mario 1,290 Juanita 1,670
198 Ricardo 1,279 Patty 1,665
199 Leon 1,265 Melody 1,664
200 Alex 1,246 Audrey 1,659
201 Ted 1,243 Amanda 1,649
202 Gregg 1,233 Dianne 1,638
203 Dwight 1,227 Vanessa 1,632
204 Byron 1,224 Monique 1,628
205 Marty 1,221 Doris 1,625
206 Dana 1,217 Kristi 1,609
207 Kelvin 1,196 Lynda 1,605
208 Andy 1,174 Darla 1,582
209 Chad 1,173 Jody 1,570
210 Kyle 1,171 Cassandra 1,562
211 Dave 1,159 Irene 1,554
212 Ruben 1,150 Marcia 1,548
213 Ron 1,143 Bridget 1,544
214 Joey 1,121 Kelli 1,539
215 Rickey 1,118 Marsha 1,538
216 Lewis 1,117 Jessica 1,530
217 Kenny 1,105 Glenda 1,514
218 Ken 1,100 Doreen 1,511
219 Allan 1,094 Lynne 1,501
220 Timmy 1,087 Erin 1,463
221 Ryan 1,086 Kelley 1,462
222 Travis 1,077 Teri 1,460
223 Nathaniel 1,071 Alison 1,459
224 Roberto 1,064 Shawn 1,448
225 Floyd 1,055 Lynette 1,412
226 Terrence 1,032 Rosa 1,407
227 Doug 1,029 Robyn 1,394
228 Shane 1,024 Leah 1,386
229 Jesus 1,017 Lora 1,385
230 Bob 1,000 Kristina 1,372
231 Roderick 998 Vicky 1,365
232 Oscar 988 Janine 1,357
233 Ross 987 Eva 1,337
234 Donnie 971 Patti 1,311
235 Hector 968 Danielle 1,305
236 Charlie 965 Lauren 1,302
237 Lester 955 Lee 1,300
238 Miguel 952 Emily 1,288
239 Jimmie 948 Katrina 1,286
240 Terrance 947 Dianna 1,284
241 Arnold 945 Rosemary 1,276
242 Jamie 944 Roxanne 1,270
243 Shannon 938 Ramona 1,269
244 Roland 934 Vivian 1,253
245 Clinton 919 Sonia 1,252
246 Robin 915 Pam 1,218
247 Leo 904 Marlene 1,212
248 Johnnie 891 Sherrie 1,208
249 Neal 884 Lois 1,204
250 Jackie 884 Tara 1,168

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.