Most Popular Baby Names in 1971

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1971. 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 1971, 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 77,599 Jennifer 56,780
2 James 54,622 Michelle 33,161
3 David 53,127 Lisa 32,911
4 John 51,522 Kimberly 30,700
5 Robert 50,655 Amy 26,237
6 Christopher 48,234 Angela 25,897
7 William 35,429 Melissa 23,871
8 Jason 34,193 Tammy 17,658
9 Brian 32,636 Mary 16,698
10 Scott 30,920 Julie 15,326
11 Richard 26,162 Stephanie 15,143
12 Jeffrey 25,849 Heather 15,019
13 Mark 25,142 Tracy 14,327
14 Kevin 24,865 Dawn 14,286
15 Joseph 24,524 Karen 14,210
16 Steven 23,679 Laura 13,875
17 Thomas 23,161 Susan 13,781
18 Eric 22,973 Christine 13,678
19 Matthew 22,554 Elizabeth 13,603
20 Daniel 21,787 Tina 13,266
21 Timothy 20,096 Shannon 12,650
22 Charles 19,858 Kelly 12,596
23 Anthony 19,229 Rebecca 12,190
24 Paul 17,473 Cynthia 12,146
25 Gregory 14,764 Lori 11,832
26 Kenneth 14,764 Patricia 11,465
27 Stephen 13,106 Nicole 10,425
28 Shawn 12,830 Pamela 10,143
29 Chad 12,138 Wendy 10,064
30 Todd 12,064 Christina 9,914
31 Ronald 11,629 Sandra 9,712
32 Edward 11,061 Stacy 9,114
33 Andrew 10,916 Deborah 8,674
34 Donald 10,871 Teresa 8,563
35 Patrick 10,808 Andrea 8,480
36 Sean 10,516 Denise 8,217
37 Keith 9,860 Maria 8,125
38 Gary 9,190 Donna 8,012
39 Douglas 8,739 Michele 7,956
40 Jonathan 8,630 Sharon 7,523
41 Aaron 8,406 Stacey 7,483
42 George 8,227 Linda 7,374
43 Craig 7,957 Brenda 7,158
44 Larry 7,765 Dana 6,933
45 Jeremy 7,498 Tonya 6,899
46 Troy 7,338 Rhonda 6,649
47 Peter 7,030 Barbara 6,451
48 Bryan 6,616 Monica 6,426
49 Dennis 6,592 Tara 6,335
50 Jerry 6,572 Cheryl 6,327
51 Ryan 6,188 Nancy 6,215
52 Raymond 6,107 Robin 6,213
53 Jeffery 6,100 Kathleen 6,154
54 Frank 6,089 Rachel 6,118
55 Jose 6,007 Carrie 5,976
56 Terry 5,862 April 5,938
57 Adam 5,856 Debra 5,928
58 Bradley 5,786 Sarah 5,845
59 Rodney 5,199 Jill 5,725
60 Shane 5,096 Sherry 5,562
61 Travis 5,016 Theresa 5,446
62 Tony 4,888 Tiffany 5,413
63 Derek 4,676 Paula 5,380
64 Russell 4,540 Jessica 5,360
65 Marcus 4,411 Catherine 5,336
66 Samuel 4,407 Melanie 5,137
67 Randy 4,344 Katherine 5,123
68 Chris 4,293 Leslie 5,109
69 Benjamin 4,251 Gina 4,922
70 Marc 4,209 Cindy 4,904
71 Roger 4,132 Kristin 4,860
72 Carl 4,060 Tanya 4,854
73 Brent 4,053 Renee 4,830
74 Johnny 3,939 Tracey 4,789
75 Billy 3,907 Jacqueline 4,783
76 Phillip 3,851 Holly 4,745
77 Corey 3,770 Heidi 4,716
78 Jon 3,716 Ann 4,558
79 Bobby 3,650 Crystal 4,534
80 Joshua 3,649 Tamara 4,485
81 Juan 3,644 Sheila 4,332
82 Danny 3,611 Diana 4,212
83 Gerald 3,591 Diane 4,207
84 Derrick 3,581 Amanda 4,132
85 Lawrence 3,523 Melinda 4,057
86 Joel 3,497 Margaret 4,001
87 Vincent 3,438 Kristen 3,966
88 Curtis 3,428 Suzanne 3,932
89 Carlos 3,426 Christy 3,930
90 Walter 3,360 Regina 3,874
91 Brett 3,358 Kathy 3,863
92 Wayne 3,332 Carol 3,858
93 Jimmy 3,318 Erin 3,858
94 Philip 3,304 Jodi 3,827
95 Brandon 3,263 Deanna 3,791
96 Jamie 3,233 Laurie 3,752
97 Erik 3,215 Yolanda 3,724
98 Lance 3,179 Victoria 3,721
99 Alan 3,167 Danielle 3,717
100 Darren 3,157 Beth 3,684
101 Joe 3,152 Kim 3,682
102 Randall 3,101 Valerie 3,680
103 Justin 3,057 Shelly 3,637
104 Nathan 3,049 Carolyn 3,611
105 Martin 3,018 Alicia 3,589
106 Shannon 3,008 Anna 3,577
107 Jesse 3,005 Carla 3,557
108 Frederick 2,973 Erica 3,490
109 Bruce 2,972 Tricia 3,471
110 Roy 2,960 Veronica 3,425
111 Antonio 2,959 Kathryn 3,420
112 Henry 2,948 Janet 3,394
113 Victor 2,889 Kristi 3,271
114 Jay 2,868 Sara 3,208
115 Willie 2,863 Terri 3,167
116 Kyle 2,828 Traci 3,118
117 Arthur 2,816 Kristina 3,056
118 Darrell 2,815 Jamie 3,054
119 Albert 2,683 Allison 3,018
120 Allen 2,673 Kristine 2,964
121 Ricky 2,659 Colleen 2,948
122 Christian 2,646 Anne 2,919
123 Nicholas 2,614 Sherri 2,860
124 Micheal 2,555 Felicia 2,809
125 Dale 2,545 Connie 2,751
126 Louis 2,518 Sonya 2,730
127 Lee 2,477 Anita 2,682
128 Glenn 2,476 Lynn 2,671
129 Andre 2,416 Vanessa 2,657
130 Harold 2,387 Julia 2,607
131 Steve 2,372 Stacie 2,555
132 Jack 2,366 Annette 2,467
133 Alexander 2,365 Sabrina 2,416
134 Barry 2,360 Krista 2,412
135 Ronnie 2,304 Kelli 2,381
136 Kelly 2,265 Cassandra 2,377
137 Dean 2,245 Wanda 2,366
138 Luis 2,226 Bonnie 2,329
139 Brad 2,165 Katrina 2,298
140 Jeff 2,154 Shelley 2,273
141 Reginald 2,117 Cathy 2,270
142 Tyrone 2,114 Jenny 2,240
143 Ernest 2,099 Alison 2,210
144 Tracy 2,077 Samantha 2,209
145 Eugene 2,061 Kerry 2,207
146 Leonard 2,038 Erika 2,198
147 Eddie 2,021 Martha 2,190
148 Tommy 1,994 Yvonne 2,188
149 Ralph 1,989 Tracie 2,172
150 Cory 1,986 Virginia 2,148
151 Wesley 1,960 Janice 2,144
152 Marvin 1,932 Sheri 2,143
153 Mike 1,923 Carmen 2,139
154 Mario 1,903 Natalie 2,092
155 Kurt 1,876 Debbie 2,064
156 Howard 1,839 Vicki 2,009
157 Dwayne 1,827 Marie 2,006
158 Stanley 1,770 Penny 2,000
159 Kirk 1,746 Toni 1,994
160 Jerome 1,707 Beverly 1,988
161 Jody 1,704 Monique 1,948
162 Maurice 1,701 Jody 1,937
163 Greg 1,698 Becky 1,930
164 Manuel 1,687 Belinda 1,885
165 Ricardo 1,668 Kristie 1,867
166 Theodore 1,665 Gloria 1,866
167 Duane 1,617 Emily 1,865
168 Daryl 1,593 Shawn 1,863
169 Calvin 1,591 Darlene 1,824
170 Jesus 1,583 Joy 1,824
171 Damon 1,581 Kristy 1,822
172 Melvin 1,579 Trina 1,815
173 Gabriel 1,576 Jean 1,776
174 Glen 1,532 Yvette 1,771
175 Harry 1,531 Betty 1,764
176 Edwin 1,526 Charlotte 1,745
177 Adrian 1,505 Aimee 1,733
178 Earl 1,502 Charlene 1,733
179 Clinton 1,486 Kari 1,732
180 Miguel 1,474 Amber 1,720
181 Dustin 1,471 Bridget 1,713
182 Neil 1,422 Sonia 1,693
183 Roberto 1,394 Joyce 1,692
184 Warren 1,385 Peggy 1,690
185 Clifford 1,382 Leah 1,689
186 Clarence 1,371 Jeanette 1,677
187 Alfred 1,371 Ginger 1,670
188 Alex 1,369 Joanne 1,653
189 Mitchell 1,343 Tammie 1,652
190 Norman 1,343 Ruth 1,628
191 Karl 1,322 Dorothy 1,623
192 Ruben 1,322 Kimberley 1,610
193 Darin 1,292 Shirley 1,587
194 Fred 1,281 Sylvia 1,577
195 Lonnie 1,272 Kerri 1,575
196 Ray 1,266 Judy 1,523
197 Darrin 1,264 Alice 1,507
198 Terrence 1,238 Meredith 1,507
199 Francisco 1,223 Megan 1,500
200 Francis 1,210 Misty 1,494
201 Nathaniel 1,210 Angel 1,488
202 Ian 1,199 Kendra 1,482
203 Geoffrey 1,196 Kara 1,471
204 Hector 1,176 Maureen 1,471
205 Bernard 1,167 Hope 1,454
206 Wade 1,157 Tami 1,453
207 Jorge 1,151 Frances 1,452
208 Casey 1,126 Judith 1,452
209 Franklin 1,126 Helen 1,440
210 Scotty 1,118 Rose 1,429
211 Raul 1,116 Kellie 1,426
212 Terrance 1,101 Tonia 1,425
213 Dana 1,098 Leigh 1,424
214 Don 1,093 Shawna 1,421
215 Trevor 1,091 Rita 1,419
216 Shaun 1,088 Robyn 1,418
217 Byron 1,087 Karla 1,417
218 Jared 1,073 Ellen 1,391
219 Joey 1,070 Christie 1,384
220 Oscar 1,065 Joann 1,381
221 Gilbert 1,064 Rosa 1,375
222 Darryl 1,063 Joanna 1,372
223 Jacob 1,056 Norma 1,361
224 Roderick 1,056 Gretchen 1,347
225 Heath 1,053 Vickie 1,332
226 Tim 1,050 Candace 1,308
227 Leon 1,042 Marsha 1,305
228 Alvin 1,033 Loretta 1,304
229 Toby 1,032 Natasha 1,303
230 Jaime 1,031 Evelyn 1,300
231 Stacy 1,027 Juanita 1,300
232 Fredrick 1,022 Jane 1,297
233 Jermaine 1,015 Elaine 1,288
234 Leroy 1,012 Kelley 1,287
235 Kent 1,003 Jeanne 1,270
236 Angel 1,002 Angie 1,263
237 Ramon 1,000 Claudia 1,252
238 Leslie 986 Christa 1,250
239 Clayton 968 Marilyn 1,215
240 Javier 966 Jackie 1,215
241 Herbert 951 Caroline 1,213
242 Lloyd 947 Bobbie 1,205
243 Vernon 942 Marcia 1,204
244 Mathew 935 Melody 1,203
245 Jim 934 Raquel 1,195
246 Lewis 933 Sheryl 1,191
247 Gordon 915 Sonja 1,187
248 Pedro 911 Molly 1,185
249 Dwight 907 Gail 1,184
250 Dan 902 Staci 1,179

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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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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