Most Popular Baby Names in 1973

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1973. 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 1973, 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 67,842 Jennifer 62,446
2 Christopher 48,324 Amy 26,965
3 Jason 46,685 Michelle 26,934
4 James 42,874 Kimberly 23,532
5 David 41,100 Lisa 22,671
6 John 39,180 Melissa 22,481
7 Robert 38,700 Angela 20,897
8 Brian 35,710 Heather 19,350
9 William 28,022 Stephanie 17,266
10 Matthew 24,545 Rebecca 14,871
11 Daniel 23,694 Nicole 13,924
12 Joseph 21,332 Julie 12,787
13 Eric 20,808 Elizabeth 12,358
14 Kevin 20,778 Mary 12,313
15 Mark 20,382 Tammy 11,245
16 Richard 19,950 Christina 10,889
17 Jeffrey 19,223 Christine 10,550
18 Scott 18,983 Kelly 10,517
19 Thomas 17,933 Laura 10,340
20 Steven 17,190 Tracy 9,913
21 Anthony 16,420 Dawn 9,890
22 Timothy 16,044 Shannon 9,805
23 Charles 15,760 Karen 9,355
24 Paul 12,904 Tina 9,309
25 Chad 12,885 Susan 9,282
26 Gregory 11,681 Cynthia 8,744
27 Shawn 11,453 Patricia 8,477
28 Kenneth 10,981 Lori 8,473
29 Andrew 10,731 Wendy 7,812
30 Ryan 10,512 Andrea 7,768
31 Jonathan 10,274 Maria 7,659
32 Stephen 9,958 Stacy 7,339
33 Jeremy 9,364 April 7,263
34 Aaron 9,237 Jessica 7,226
35 Todd 8,679 Sarah 7,216
36 Sean 8,556 Tonya 7,183
37 Patrick 8,486 Tara 6,707
38 Edward 8,367 Denise 6,618
39 Donald 8,364 Sandra 6,585
40 Ronald 8,328 Monica 6,376
41 Keith 8,167 Stacey 6,253
42 Joshua 8,065 Rachel 6,106
43 Bryan 7,117 Melanie 6,079
44 Gary 6,849 Michele 5,996
45 Adam 6,842 Teresa 5,988
46 George 6,608 Carrie 5,836
47 Douglas 6,597 Pamela 5,814
48 Craig 6,297 Crystal 5,771
49 Jose 6,095 Danielle 5,649
50 Larry 6,082 Tanya 5,632
51 Justin 6,077 Amanda 5,627
52 Peter 5,917 Tiffany 5,500
53 Travis 5,869 Brenda 5,380
54 Shane 5,712 Holly 5,114
55 Benjamin 5,234 Donna 5,058
56 Dennis 5,180 Deborah 4,981
57 Jerry 5,096 Sharon 4,964
58 Brandon 5,070 Kristen 4,937
59 Troy 5,064 Dana 4,933
60 Raymond 4,835 Robin 4,806
61 Frank 4,788 Linda 4,730
62 Bradley 4,750 Jill 4,539
63 Nathan 4,744 Barbara 4,436
64 Jeffery 4,406 Katherine 4,420
65 Terry 4,378 Heidi 4,396
66 Samuel 4,268 Tamara 4,286
67 Juan 4,092 Catherine 4,262
68 Rodney 4,060 Kathleen 4,250
69 Derek 3,926 Theresa 4,179
70 Jamie 3,914 Rhonda 4,162
71 Phillip 3,861 Veronica 4,154
72 Marcus 3,714 Melinda 4,144
73 Carlos 3,574 Christy 4,121
74 Joel 3,569 Cheryl 4,010
75 Jesse 3,444 Leslie 3,953
76 Billy 3,442 Sherry 3,953
77 Russell 3,399 Nancy 3,942
78 Tony 3,352 Kristin 3,905
79 Randy 3,347 Erin 3,877
80 Brent 3,287 Renee 3,847
81 Marc 3,276 Erica 3,797
82 Johnny 3,266 Brandy 3,714
83 Danny 3,179 Gina 3,698
84 Roger 3,156 Debra 3,652
85 Nicholas 3,151 Diana 3,520
86 Erik 3,060 Anna 3,504
87 Derrick 3,055 Paula 3,504
88 Brett 3,030 Jacqueline 3,499
89 Corey 3,020 Sara 3,479
90 Carl 3,014 Misty 3,475
91 Philip 2,999 Alicia 3,431
92 Antonio 2,961 Cindy 3,283
93 Bobby 2,890 Ann 3,256
94 Jon 2,801 Margaret 3,169
95 Jimmy 2,734 Victoria 3,071
96 Chris 2,705 Valerie 3,042
97 Christian 2,700 Kristina 3,038
98 Curtis 2,691 Suzanne 3,035
99 Vincent 2,683 Emily 3,029
100 Shannon 2,636 Jodi 3,024
101 Walter 2,630 Sheila 2,999
102 Gerald 2,592 Tracey 2,978
103 Victor 2,579 Jamie 2,953
104 Lawrence 2,526 Shelly 2,910
105 Joe 2,521 Allison 2,904
106 Micheal 2,476 Laurie 2,895
107 Wayne 2,449 Kathryn 2,884
108 Martin 2,401 Kristi 2,846
109 Willie 2,393 Brandi 2,843
110 Kyle 2,376 Regina 2,843
111 Henry 2,361 Deanna 2,796
112 Darren 2,291 Bridget 2,764
113 Albert 2,290 Yolanda 2,751
114 Alan 2,272 Carla 2,686
115 Luis 2,272 Diane 2,602
116 Alexander 2,260 Carolyn 2,568
117 Roy 2,235 Beth 2,564
118 Jay 2,217 Katrina 2,524
119 Arthur 2,207 Janet 2,521
120 Frederick 2,183 Katina 2,474
121 Randall 2,175 Carol 2,457
122 Jacob 2,128 Anne 2,451
123 Lee 2,111 Tricia 2,386
124 Allen 2,079 Kathy 2,371
125 Damon 2,047 Colleen 2,307
126 Tracy 2,043 Aimee 2,281
127 Jermaine 2,039 Traci 2,259
128 Cory 2,034 Shelley 2,258
129 Mario 2,019 Kim 2,194
130 Gabriel 1,981 Amber 2,181
131 Darrell 1,979 Sonya 2,168
132 Andre 1,959 Erika 2,156
133 Ricky 1,943 Kristine 2,148
134 Bruce 1,912 Vanessa 2,145
135 Louis 1,905 Samantha 2,118
136 Ronnie 1,894 Julia 2,092
137 Brad 1,885 Terri 2,088
138 Jack 1,853 Felicia 2,070
139 Tyrone 1,832 Jenny 2,066
140 Harold 1,812 Natalie 2,060
141 Dale 1,803 Megan 2,022
142 Jesus 1,737 Anita 1,985
143 Tommy 1,732 Krista 1,954
144 Eugene 1,722 Connie 1,938
145 Manuel 1,711 Lynn 1,933
146 Kelly 1,703 Alison 1,927
147 Glenn 1,701 Kristy 1,891
148 Lance 1,685 Kerry 1,874
149 Ernest 1,679 Sherri 1,852
150 Leonard 1,665 Stacie 1,839
151 Ricardo 1,634 Cassandra 1,816
152 Reginald 1,630 Virginia 1,816
153 Dustin 1,616 Angel 1,815
154 Adrian 1,613 Monique 1,802
155 Jared 1,590 Natasha 1,782
156 Eddie 1,586 Carmen 1,756
157 Ralph 1,559 Kelli 1,726
158 Wesley 1,554 Martha 1,725
159 Barry 1,517 Yvonne 1,721
160 Steve 1,514 Nichole 1,720
161 Clinton 1,511 Kristie 1,709
162 Marvin 1,506 Joy 1,697
163 Miguel 1,461 Bonnie 1,687
164 Jerome 1,449 Jody 1,687
165 Maurice 1,441 Sheri 1,667
166 Roberto 1,438 Joanna 1,663
167 Dwayne 1,436 Kara 1,630
168 Dean 1,412 Tracie 1,625
169 Nathaniel 1,392 Marie 1,619
170 Melvin 1,380 Becky 1,612
171 Francisco 1,377 Annette 1,605
172 Stanley 1,357 Kari 1,601
173 Howard 1,351 Sabrina 1,601
174 Calvin 1,349 Sonia 1,598
175 Theodore 1,343 Leah 1,587
176 Duane 1,334 Claudia 1,564
177 Edwin 1,320 Gloria 1,555
178 Jorge 1,320 Meredith 1,522
179 Ruben 1,310 Christie 1,513
180 Ian 1,302 Kerri 1,504
181 Greg 1,301 Belinda 1,499
182 Neil 1,299 Robyn 1,476
183 Casey 1,279 Janice 1,475
184 Alex 1,245 Penny 1,471
185 Jody 1,244 Cathy 1,436
186 Kurt 1,237 Vicki 1,414
187 Mitchell 1,217 Wanda 1,412
188 Kirk 1,214 Shawna 1,403
189 Harry 1,204 Toni 1,397
190 Hector 1,195 Jeanette 1,362
191 Terrance 1,187 Gretchen 1,350
192 Jeff 1,183 Beverly 1,347
193 Clifford 1,175 Sylvia 1,347
194 Terrence 1,166 Charlotte 1,330
195 Earl 1,157 Molly 1,328
196 Seth 1,137 Betty 1,322
197 Zachary 1,136 Joanne 1,298
198 Wade 1,112 Trina 1,296
199 Clayton 1,106 Nikki 1,292
200 Clarence 1,100 Shawn 1,285
201 Alfred 1,075 Ruth 1,273
202 Heath 1,074 Ginger 1,271
203 Oscar 1,068 Yvette 1,267
204 Jaime 1,064 Kendra 1,264
205 Darin 1,057 Rosa 1,260
206 Angel 1,049 Ashley 1,253
207 Ray 1,046 Catina 1,236
208 Mike 1,039 Debbie 1,232
209 Javier 1,036 Joyce 1,226
210 Ramon 1,032 Keri 1,212
211 Warren 1,030 Charlene 1,207
212 Daryl 1,029 Kelley 1,201
213 Mathew 1,027 Latonya 1,195
214 Trevor 1,027 Alice 1,187
215 Fred 1,022 Dorothy 1,174
216 Dana 1,012 Darlene 1,163
217 Leon 1,007 Frances 1,155
218 Toby 1,005 Shirley 1,155
219 Karl 987 Kellie 1,153
220 Lonnie 986 Peggy 1,144
221 Norman 986 Marsha 1,134
222 Kristopher 981 Candace 1,133
223 Francis 980 Helen 1,133
224 Geoffrey 977 Melody 1,123
225 Raul 959 Staci 1,123
226 Franklin 946 Tasha 1,121
227 Bernard 945 Tonia 1,119
228 Gilbert 918 Mindy 1,117
229 Byron 916 Caroline 1,111
230 Stacy 915 Jean 1,110
231 Roderick 909 Karla 1,110
232 Rafael 904 Lauren 1,097
233 Marlon 902 Ana 1,095
234 Lamont 899 Rose 1,093
235 Clint 897 Billie 1,092
236 Isaac 897 Kimberley 1,092
237 Don 893 Tammie 1,091
238 Eduardo 890 Christa 1,081
239 Cedric 883 Leigh 1,078
240 Joey 873 Bobbie 1,076
241 Alvin 869 Ellen 1,074
242 Glen 868 Bethany 1,043
243 Pedro 865 Norma 1,043
244 Kelvin 826 Joann 1,039
245 Fernando 808 Juanita 1,037
246 Leroy 806 Maureen 1,033
247 Vernon 791 Judy 1,032
248 Leslie 791 Rita 1,031
249 Donnie 787 Evelyn 1,015
250 Omar 786 Judith 1,012

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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