Most Popular Baby Names in 1972

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1972. 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 1972, 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 71,401 Jennifer 63,604
2 Christopher 52,188 Michelle 29,286
3 James 47,077 Lisa 27,549
4 David 46,358 Kimberly 26,286
5 John 43,184 Amy 25,875
6 Robert 43,039 Angela 23,559
7 Jason 37,441 Melissa 22,503
8 Brian 36,324 Stephanie 16,888
9 William 30,529 Heather 16,320
10 Matthew 22,944 Nicole 15,749
11 Scott 22,860 Tammy 14,210
12 Joseph 22,468 Julie 14,069
13 Kevin 22,363 Mary 13,759
14 Richard 22,317 Rebecca 13,252
15 Daniel 22,110 Elizabeth 12,185
16 Eric 22,034 Christine 11,986
17 Jeffrey 21,682 Laura 11,776
18 Mark 21,498 Tina 11,521
19 Steven 19,859 Tracy 11,436
20 Thomas 19,572 Dawn 11,338
21 Timothy 17,608 Karen 11,181
22 Anthony 17,458 Shannon 10,963
23 Charles 16,980 Kelly 10,942
24 Paul 14,564 Susan 10,574
25 Chad 13,399 Christina 10,171
26 Gregory 13,060 Cynthia 10,171
27 Kenneth 12,333 Patricia 9,597
28 Shawn 11,283 Lori 9,433
29 Stephen 11,044 Wendy 8,531
30 Andrew 10,118 Andrea 8,020
31 Todd 9,983 Sandra 7,914
32 Ronald 9,512 Maria 7,712
33 Sean 9,456 Stacy 7,603
34 Edward 9,298 Pamela 7,476
35 Patrick 9,284 Denise 7,384
36 Donald 9,264 Michele 7,377
37 Jonathan 9,227 Tonya 7,244
38 Keith 9,152 Tara 7,231
39 Ryan 8,893 Teresa 7,177
40 Aaron 7,863 Rachel 6,413
41 Gary 7,766 Stacey 6,380
42 Jeremy 7,402 Melanie 6,294
43 Douglas 7,393 Deborah 6,273
44 George 7,167 Brenda 6,270
45 Bryan 7,039 Donna 6,260
46 Craig 6,739 Jessica 6,209
47 Larry 6,603 Monica 6,128
48 Peter 6,478 April 6,121
49 Troy 6,351 Sarah 6,114
50 Jose 5,931 Sharon 6,111
51 Adam 5,746 Linda 5,745
52 Dennis 5,609 Dana 5,609
53 Jerry 5,598 Carrie 5,422
54 Raymond 5,449 Tanya 5,401
55 Shane 5,239 Robin 5,368
56 Frank 5,173 Cheryl 5,136
57 Travis 5,140 Kathleen 5,095
58 Jeffery 5,066 Barbara 5,080
59 Joshua 5,038 Crystal 5,045
60 Justin 4,974 Rhonda 5,000
61 Bradley 4,837 Tiffany 4,846
62 Terry 4,771 Jill 4,825
63 Brandon 4,631 Nancy 4,816
64 Benjamin 4,503 Heidi 4,724
65 Rodney 4,367 Catherine 4,685
66 Samuel 4,214 Debra 4,666
67 Derek 4,144 Kristin 4,584
68 Tony 4,005 Theresa 4,570
69 Russell 3,782 Katherine 4,514
70 Randy 3,739 Sherry 4,448
71 Marcus 3,686 Holly 4,376
72 Jamie 3,679 Paula 4,258
73 Juan 3,675 Danielle 4,199
74 Johnny 3,566 Christy 4,189
75 Roger 3,535 Leslie 4,184
76 Phillip 3,534 Amanda 4,181
77 Joel 3,533 Renee 4,090
78 Brent 3,530 Gina 4,057
79 Nathan 3,519 Jacqueline 3,802
80 Brett 3,507 Cindy 3,737
81 Chris 3,481 Melinda 3,672
82 Billy 3,471 Veronica 3,566
83 Marc 3,466 Diana 3,546
84 Carlos 3,438 Tamara 3,531
85 Carl 3,407 Kristen 3,529
86 Erik 3,397 Anna 3,450
87 Danny 3,307 Erica 3,444
88 Jesse 3,229 Tracey 3,408
89 Jon 3,221 Yolanda 3,398
90 Bobby 3,174 Sheila 3,393
91 Derrick 3,087 Ann 3,361
92 Curtis 3,080 Suzanne 3,300
93 Antonio 3,030 Erin 3,289
94 Shannon 3,014 Shelly 3,288
95 Corey 2,992 Margaret 3,285
96 Christian 2,963 Alicia 3,268
97 Jimmy 2,932 Jodi 3,260
98 Walter 2,915 Laurie 3,230
99 Nicholas 2,846 Victoria 3,205
100 Joe 2,824 Valerie 3,193
101 Lawrence 2,821 Sara 3,181
102 Gerald 2,817 Kristi 3,131
103 Wayne 2,793 Kathryn 3,128
104 Philip 2,778 Regina 3,105
105 Vincent 2,745 Diane 3,095
106 Darren 2,675 Carla 3,083
107 Victor 2,621 Deanna 3,038
108 Micheal 2,608 Kathy 3,031
109 Willie 2,593 Carol 3,009
110 Alan 2,577 Carolyn 2,993
111 Tracy 2,538 Janet 2,953
112 Albert 2,512 Kristina 2,924
113 Kyle 2,478 Beth 2,817
114 Roy 2,477 Jamie 2,813
115 Jay 2,446 Allison 2,798
116 Frederick 2,442 Katrina 2,750
117 Martin 2,425 Katina 2,745
118 Henry 2,420 Kim 2,743
119 Arthur 2,397 Jenny 2,635
120 Randall 2,353 Tricia 2,614
121 Bruce 2,314 Traci 2,612
122 Darrell 2,310 Sonya 2,506
123 Allen 2,304 Colleen 2,503
124 Luis 2,277 Terri 2,495
125 Lee 2,261 Misty 2,425
126 Lance 2,253 Shelley 2,384
127 Ricky 2,236 Kristine 2,369
128 Andre 2,155 Felicia 2,360
129 Alexander 2,115 Sherri 2,349
130 Louis 2,103 Emily 2,336
131 Dale 2,064 Julia 2,335
132 Harold 2,036 Connie 2,333
133 Ronnie 2,003 Vanessa 2,281
134 Glenn 1,980 Anne 2,265
135 Jermaine 1,965 Lynn 2,252
136 Cory 1,957 Anita 2,231
137 Mario 1,930 Samantha 2,222
138 Damon 1,927 Erika 2,181
139 Gabriel 1,919 Cassandra 2,126
140 Kelly 1,917 Brandy 2,082
141 Reginald 1,914 Brandi 2,056
142 Jack 1,905 Krista 2,050
143 Steve 1,849 Natalie 2,024
144 Tyrone 1,839 Carmen 1,967
145 Eugene 1,807 Angel 1,945
146 Tommy 1,775 Nichole 1,944
147 Ernest 1,768 Sheri 1,922
148 Barry 1,753 Kerry 1,910
149 Brad 1,749 Yvonne 1,904
150 Eddie 1,741 Kelli 1,899
151 Leonard 1,717 Martha 1,896
152 Manuel 1,704 Sabrina 1,879
153 Ricardo 1,700 Monique 1,877
154 Wesley 1,691 Aimee 1,874
155 Jacob 1,685 Annette 1,870
156 Dean 1,684 Bridget 1,867
157 Adrian 1,680 Bonnie 1,853
158 Duane 1,677 Kristy 1,838
159 Ralph 1,673 Stacie 1,820
160 Maurice 1,640 Joy 1,818
161 Jesus 1,612 Amber 1,813
162 Marvin 1,593 Alison 1,809
163 Dwayne 1,591 Tracie 1,794
164 Kurt 1,585 Virginia 1,790
165 Dustin 1,563 Becky 1,787
166 Jerome 1,549 Wanda 1,775
167 Jeff 1,540 Marie 1,764
168 Howard 1,492 Kristie 1,739
169 Clinton 1,487 Cathy 1,736
170 Stanley 1,475 Natasha 1,730
171 Melvin 1,456 Janice 1,713
172 Calvin 1,450 Jody 1,708
173 Greg 1,438 Nikki 1,704
174 Theodore 1,422 Shawna 1,665
175 Miguel 1,421 Gloria 1,618
176 Roberto 1,402 Sonia 1,613
177 Edwin 1,397 Vicki 1,612
178 Mike 1,392 Toni 1,595
179 Mitchell 1,370 Leah 1,593
180 Kirk 1,350 Penny 1,588
181 Jody 1,339 Megan 1,587
182 Francisco 1,334 Debbie 1,585
183 Harry 1,332 Trina 1,580
184 Ruben 1,323 Shawn 1,575
185 Neil 1,305 Beverly 1,567
186 Clifford 1,268 Kari 1,561
187 Jared 1,261 Belinda 1,536
188 Earl 1,251 Charlotte 1,535
189 Ian 1,249 Yvette 1,530
190 Heath 1,233 Kerri 1,501
191 Clarence 1,214 Jeanette 1,494
192 Nathaniel 1,208 Christie 1,480
193 Daryl 1,200 Robyn 1,470
194 Jorge 1,197 Sylvia 1,464
195 Casey 1,190 Charlene 1,462
196 Alex 1,183 Kara 1,456
197 Ray 1,178 Meredith 1,435
198 Norman 1,174 Joanna 1,423
199 Karl 1,167 Darlene 1,416
200 Alfred 1,164 Kendra 1,397
201 Terrence 1,161 Ruth 1,383
202 Glen 1,155 Catina 1,371
203 Darin 1,130 Betty 1,364
204 Hector 1,114 Claudia 1,363
205 Oscar 1,112 Tammie 1,362
206 Terrance 1,110 Joyce 1,350
207 Lonnie 1,098 Joanne 1,345
208 Warren 1,095 Peggy 1,343
209 Trevor 1,092 Shirley 1,335
210 Geoffrey 1,055 Ginger 1,317
211 Wade 1,054 Rose 1,308
212 Raul 1,053 Jean 1,300
213 Bernard 1,047 Hope 1,295
214 Lamont 1,041 Rosa 1,291
215 Fred 1,040 Tami 1,287
216 Dana 1,031 Tonia 1,280
217 Marlon 1,029 Frances 1,279
218 Leon 1,025 Dorothy 1,273
219 Jaime 1,009 Kimberley 1,271
220 Zachary 1,004 Judith 1,262
221 Ramon 1,003 Gretchen 1,261
222 Francis 989 Judy 1,260
223 Don 977 Kellie 1,254
224 Gilbert 963 Candace 1,253
225 Angel 957 Helen 1,242
226 Shaun 949 Molly 1,235
227 Byron 945 Kelley 1,217
228 Fredrick 944 Marsha 1,211
229 Roderick 939 Leigh 1,210
230 Clayton 932 Rita 1,199
231 Franklin 929 Alice 1,198
232 Rafael 928 Latonya 1,196
233 Leroy 917 Sonja 1,191
234 Stacy 914 Ashley 1,176
235 Joey 911 Bobbie 1,175
236 Clint 910 Ellen 1,175
237 Mathew 906 Maureen 1,172
238 Darryl 905 Jane 1,161
239 Javier 899 Norma 1,151
240 Cedric 896 Tasha 1,138
241 Toby 890 Juanita 1,135
242 Kelvin 884 Melody 1,122
243 Alvin 883 Vickie 1,122
244 Seth 869 Christa 1,121
245 Vernon 865 Karla 1,121
246 Donnie 861 Keri 1,115
247 Darrin 860 Joann 1,100
248 Pedro 843 Dina 1,097
249 Leslie 839 Ana 1,086
250 Tyler 834 Billie 1,076

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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