Most Popular Baby Names in 1966

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1966. 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 1966, 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 79,990 Lisa 56,918
2 David 66,419 Kimberly 32,235
3 James 65,178 Mary 28,886
4 John 65,025 Michelle 27,153
5 Robert 59,326 Karen 25,447
6 William 38,246 Susan 23,773
7 Mark 34,804 Patricia 20,111
8 Richard 34,463 Tammy 18,622
9 Jeffrey 30,202 Angela 18,532
10 Thomas 29,011 Jennifer 18,210
11 Timothy 28,929 Cynthia 17,417
12 Christopher 27,870 Donna 17,034
13 Steven 27,711 Julie 16,329
14 Brian 27,266 Deborah 16,250
15 Joseph 26,989 Pamela 16,250
16 Scott 26,036 Elizabeth 15,883
17 Kevin 25,588 Sandra 15,851
18 Paul 23,581 Linda 15,564
19 Daniel 23,270 Laura 15,550
20 Charles 22,254 Christine 15,546
21 Kenneth 20,832 Lori 14,673
22 Anthony 20,627 Melissa 14,252
23 Gregory 17,012 Tina 13,893
24 Ronald 16,956 Dawn 13,603
25 Eric 16,472 Brenda 13,296
26 Stephen 14,745 Kelly 13,244
27 Donald 14,719 Barbara 13,123
28 Gary 14,156 Sharon 13,061
29 Todd 13,561 Teresa 13,023
30 Edward 13,276 Amy 12,999
31 Patrick 12,412 Tracy 12,502
32 Keith 11,612 Denise 11,794
33 Douglas 11,401 Nancy 11,731
34 Matthew 10,808 Cheryl 11,712
35 Rodney 10,270 Debra 11,260
36 Andrew 10,236 Michele 10,687
37 George 9,945 Kathleen 10,496
38 Larry 8,712 Stephanie 10,163
39 Peter 8,580 Rhonda 9,803
40 Terry 8,457 Rebecca 9,777
41 Jerry 8,427 Wendy 9,517
42 Jeffery 7,896 Robin 9,440
43 Frank 7,793 Kim 9,195
44 Dennis 7,789 Maria 9,126
45 Randy 7,764 Diane 8,750
46 Craig 7,738 Theresa 8,700
47 Raymond 7,379 Jacqueline 8,357
48 Troy 6,903 Carol 8,260
49 Tony 6,570 Jill 7,869
50 Sean 6,491 Paula 7,857
51 Roger 6,298 Sheila 7,206
52 Bryan 5,893 Andrea 7,145
53 Bruce 5,844 Sherry 6,983
54 Shawn 5,724 Catherine 6,963
55 Chris 5,256 Margaret 6,960
56 Carl 5,227 Cindy 6,793
57 Alan 4,943 Janet 6,434
58 Vincent 4,943 Gina 6,355
59 Wayne 4,887 Kathy 6,319
60 Gerald 4,866 Carolyn 6,122
61 Russell 4,858 Ann 5,992
62 Darren 4,721 Suzanne 5,684
63 Danny 4,720 Laurie 5,666
64 Ricky 4,679 Diana 5,505
65 Jonathan 4,663 Beth 5,445
66 Lawrence 4,645 Renee 5,353
67 Steve 4,618 Christina 5,342
68 Bradley 4,556 Dana 5,280
69 Mike 4,527 Tracey 5,125
70 Randall 4,447 Connie 5,104
71 Phillip 4,403 Leslie 4,998
72 Jeff 4,390 Terri 4,921
73 Johnny 4,363 Debbie 4,844
74 Joe 4,333 Valerie 4,815
75 Curtis 4,241 Monica 4,718
76 Jon 4,239 Stacey 4,586
77 Jimmy 4,237 Carla 4,508
78 Martin 4,208 Katherine 4,494
79 Jose 4,191 Annette 4,429
80 Billy 4,183 Janice 4,345
81 Samuel 4,159 Lynn 4,307
82 Bobby 4,068 Regina 4,293
83 Walter 4,054 Anne 4,153
84 Dean 4,044 Wanda 4,094
85 Dale 3,983 Sarah 4,033
86 Philip 3,955 Kathryn 4,008
87 Barry 3,918 Heidi 3,967
88 Darryl 3,817 Anita 3,872
89 Jason 3,767 Shelly 3,856
90 Glenn 3,666 Bonnie 3,841
91 Jay 3,598 Stacy 3,777
92 Henry 3,577 Sherri 3,747
93 Willie 3,548 Colleen 3,745
94 Roy 3,521 Darlene 3,728
95 Darrell 3,496 Anna 3,677
96 Arthur 3,484 Tonya 3,628
97 Allen 3,419 Judy 3,510
98 Tracy 3,378 Tamara 3,481
99 Harold 3,323 Cathy 3,420
100 Albert 3,298 Holly 3,397
101 Victor 3,269 Joyce 3,397
102 Joel 3,229 Melinda 3,383
103 Tim 3,142 Victoria 3,362
104 Louis 2,991 Kristine 3,314
105 Marc 2,970 Deanna 3,299
106 Jack 2,964 Martha 3,269
107 Lee 2,963 Kristin 3,261
108 Ronnie 2,910 April 3,250
109 Frederick 2,888 Beverly 3,219
110 Kurt 2,846 Judith 3,215
111 Kelly 2,785 Jane 3,213
112 Ralph 2,783 Penny 3,110
113 Marvin 2,732 Veronica 3,094
114 Brent 2,686 Marie 3,083
115 Micheal 2,644 Vicki 3,052
116 Eugene 2,618 Melanie 3,050
117 Aaron 2,599 Julia 3,046
118 Brett 2,575 Jodi 3,031
119 Darrin 2,568 Maureen 3,015
120 Howard 2,548 Shannon 2,992
121 Eddie 2,535 Betty 2,947
122 Ernest 2,505 Virginia 2,940
123 Adam 2,502 Jean 2,919
124 Tommy 2,464 Shirley 2,918
125 Greg 2,456 Heather 2,897
126 Leonard 2,456 Sonya 2,868
127 Stanley 2,442 Gloria 2,858
128 Derrick 2,438 Ruth 2,846
129 Juan 2,387 Yvonne 2,825
130 Benjamin 2,376 Ellen 2,804
131 Reginald 2,330 Yolanda 2,770
132 Jesse 2,314 Joan 2,724
133 Dwayne 2,265 Joanne 2,723
134 Darin 2,250 Sheri 2,721
135 Chad 2,204 Rita 2,688
136 Jim 2,199 Dorothy 2,666
137 Norman 2,171 Traci 2,659
138 Carlos 2,161 Jamie 2,657
139 Nicholas 2,143 Peggy 2,648
140 Duane 2,116 Shelley 2,545
141 Derek 2,111 Rose 2,532
142 Melvin 2,044 Carrie 2,475
143 Andre 2,028 Yvette 2,473
144 Harry 1,993 Helen 2,448
145 Erik 1,964 Crystal 2,422
146 Kyle 1,953 Sylvia 2,410
147 Jerome 1,945 Vickie 2,395
148 Antonio 1,916 Amanda 2,328
149 Theodore 1,904 Kristen 2,323
150 Brad 1,898 Natalie 2,309
151 Fred 1,877 Charlotte 2,301
152 Edwin 1,872 Gail 2,301
153 Tom 1,849 Becky 2,297
154 Kirk 1,839 Rachel 2,277
155 Ray 1,829 Toni 2,248
156 Lance 1,819 Alicia 2,224
157 Wesley 1,802 Alice 2,221
158 Karl 1,791 Sheryl 2,211
159 Calvin 1,763 Charlene 2,186
160 Earl 1,752 Tanya 2,168
161 Glen 1,748 Felicia 2,135
162 Rick 1,745 Frances 2,124
163 Mitchell 1,730 Carmen 2,121
164 Francis 1,695 Joann 2,117
165 Luis 1,660 Joy 2,090
166 Don 1,650 Elaine 2,060
167 Warren 1,626 Sara 2,058
168 Tyrone 1,614 Eileen 2,039
169 Clifford 1,612 Nicole 2,030
170 Alfred 1,608 Marilyn 1,995
171 Ryan 1,573 Kimberley 1,985
172 Kent 1,570 Jeanette 1,964
173 Bill 1,556 Phyllis 1,938
174 Dan 1,540 Jackie 1,936
175 Manuel 1,535 Loretta 1,899
176 Clarence 1,531 Evelyn 1,871
177 Bernard 1,523 Jeanne 1,865
178 Lonnie 1,429 Norma 1,859
179 Nathan 1,424 Sally 1,834
180 Maurice 1,416 Roberta 1,818
181 Gordon 1,387 Shelia 1,806
182 Alexander 1,372 Samantha 1,794
183 Wade 1,361 Audrey 1,769
184 Leroy 1,349 Allison 1,768
185 Daryl 1,329 Kristi 1,761
186 Shane 1,315 Jody 1,760
187 Leon 1,308 Ronda 1,752
188 Franklin 1,302 Belinda 1,749
189 Travis 1,300 Lorraine 1,743
190 Mario 1,293 Kelli 1,731
191 Vernon 1,283 Terry 1,709
192 Guy 1,278 Melody 1,707
193 Gilbert 1,269 Karla 1,686
194 Marcus 1,268 Sandy 1,680
195 Kerry 1,241 Jessica 1,668
196 Alvin 1,239 Shari 1,645
197 Leslie 1,239 Vanessa 1,644
198 Neil 1,225 Bridget 1,629
199 Ricardo 1,199 Cassandra 1,595
200 Ruben 1,195 Jo 1,590
201 Byron 1,178 Monique 1,558
202 Stuart 1,171 Caroline 1,551
203 Herbert 1,159 Tami 1,533
204 Shannon 1,157 Juanita 1,532
205 Gene 1,146 Kristina 1,530
206 Gregg 1,134 Sonia 1,529
207 Perry 1,123 Erin 1,523
208 Lloyd 1,116 Kelley 1,515
209 Jesus 1,107 Shawn 1,492
210 Roberto 1,102 Constance 1,467
211 Terrence 1,091 Darla 1,445
212 Kelvin 1,080 Dianne 1,428
213 Ted 1,073 Tammie 1,427
214 Lewis 1,056 Marcia 1,419
215 Dwight 1,049 Robyn 1,418
216 Timmy 1,038 Doris 1,417
217 Joey 1,031 Gwendolyn 1,414
218 Alex 1,025 Rosa 1,398
219 Dana 1,018 Angie 1,394
220 Miguel 1,017 Leah 1,378
221 Andy 997 Glenda 1,368
222 Allan 987 Tracie 1,361
223 Marty 975 Hope 1,359
224 Terrance 963 Lora 1,357
225 Jamie 961 Lynette 1,331
226 Roderick 960 Sonja 1,320
227 Rickey 945 Danielle 1,316
228 Oscar 944 Sue 1,316
229 Floyd 943 Katrina 1,309
230 Ron 940 Lynda 1,309
231 Hector 938 Teri 1,308
232 Kenny 926 Marsha 1,306
233 Jimmie 923 Eva 1,293
234 Ross 917 Tara 1,288
235 Nathaniel 904 Irene 1,286
236 Jessie 903 Dianna 1,260
237 Christian 889 Emily 1,249
238 Roland 880 Janine 1,238
239 Donnie 870 Candace 1,220
240 Dave 868 Doreen 1,212
241 Damon 865 Lee 1,211
242 Francisco 863 Tiffany 1,208
243 Bret 860 Kellie 1,198
244 Leo 856 Roxanne 1,187
245 Robin 852 Lauren 1,186
246 Johnnie 851 Lynne 1,172
247 Fredrick 844 Ginger 1,149
248 Raul 843 Ramona 1,146
249 Geoffrey 836 Marlene 1,141
250 Charlie 836 Jana 1,139

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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