Most Popular Baby Names in 1974

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1974. 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 1974, 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 67,580 Jennifer 63,116
2 Jason 54,772 Amy 29,565
3 Christopher 48,601 Michelle 25,830
4 David 41,810 Heather 23,181
5 James 41,352 Angela 22,804
6 John 37,634 Kimberly 22,422
7 Robert 37,030 Melissa 22,164
8 Brian 34,457 Lisa 19,773
9 Matthew 27,222 Stephanie 16,981
10 William 26,989 Rebecca 15,168
11 Daniel 23,840 Nicole 13,116
12 Joseph 21,836 Elizabeth 12,262
13 Eric 20,193 Mary 11,741
14 Kevin 19,471 Julie 11,360
15 Jeffrey 19,325 Christina 10,848
16 Mark 18,915 Kelly 10,848
17 Richard 18,643 Jessica 10,655
18 Scott 18,040 Shannon 10,609
19 Steven 17,675 Christine 9,899
20 Thomas 17,280 Sarah 9,789
21 Anthony 16,391 Laura 9,716
22 Timothy 15,896 Dawn 9,417
23 Charles 15,151 Tracy 9,288
24 Jeremy 13,300 Tammy 9,239
25 Ryan 13,193 Tina 8,667
26 Chad 12,796 Karen 8,650
27 Paul 12,320 Susan 8,471
28 Andrew 11,785 April 8,453
29 Joshua 11,598 Patricia 8,034
30 Shawn 11,443 Lori 7,960
31 Gregory 10,837 Maria 7,795
32 Aaron 10,511 Wendy 7,564
33 Jonathan 10,238 Cynthia 7,557
34 Kenneth 10,148 Amanda 7,477
35 Stephen 10,115 Andrea 7,473
36 Adam 8,427 Rachel 7,397
37 Sean 8,290 Tonya 6,876
38 Patrick 8,136 Stacy 6,741
39 Todd 7,850 Tara 6,655
40 Edward 7,824 Danielle 6,629
41 Donald 7,760 Tiffany 6,478
42 Ronald 7,667 Carrie 6,438
43 Justin 7,430 Monica 6,284
44 Keith 7,390 Sandra 6,268
45 Bryan 7,231 Kristen 6,053
46 Benjamin 7,186 Tanya 5,996
47 Jose 6,722 Erin 5,871
48 Gary 6,445 Stacey 5,801
49 George 6,279 Crystal 5,621
50 Peter 5,950 Michele 5,586
51 Brandon 5,860 Melanie 5,483
52 Nathan 5,848 Denise 5,397
53 Douglas 5,847 Teresa 5,395
54 Travis 5,700 Pamela 5,272
55 Larry 5,694 Dana 5,158
56 Shane 5,656 Holly 5,144
57 Craig 5,541 Christy 5,067
58 Bradley 5,171 Jill 5,060
59 Dennis 4,880 Brenda 4,828
60 Samuel 4,674 Heidi 4,686
61 Jerry 4,665 Sara 4,651
62 Raymond 4,579 Katherine 4,531
63 Troy 4,568 Robin 4,524
64 Juan 4,429 Tamara 4,524
65 Frank 4,366 Leslie 4,464
66 Jeffery 4,366 Misty 4,438
67 Jesse 4,106 Donna 4,355
68 Jamie 4,086 Deborah 4,343
69 Terry 4,027 Emily 4,329
70 Phillip 3,936 Sharon 4,276
71 Carlos 3,868 Veronica 4,226
72 Rodney 3,849 Kristin 4,218
73 Marcus 3,805 Catherine 4,184
74 Derek 3,638 Erica 4,121
75 Joel 3,493 Linda 4,078
76 Brent 3,414 Kathleen 3,952
77 Corey 3,380 Barbara 3,907
78 Billy 3,367 Nancy 3,896
79 Randy 3,345 Theresa 3,856
80 Tony 3,220 Brandy 3,831
81 Nicholas 3,218 Melinda 3,751
82 Antonio 3,181 Anna 3,615
83 Russell 3,173 Jacqueline 3,575
84 Johnny 3,167 Gina 3,560
85 Marc 3,108 Renee 3,528
86 Philip 2,972 Rhonda 3,526
87 Jacob 2,962 Diana 3,512
88 Derrick 2,959 Cheryl 3,498
89 Carl 2,896 Alicia 3,436
90 Erik 2,881 Sherry 3,435
91 Danny 2,862 Jodi 3,306
92 Bobby 2,791 Amber 3,273
93 Roger 2,754 Valerie 3,183
94 Jon 2,750 Debra 3,129
95 Brett 2,680 Margaret 3,088
96 Victor 2,623 Paula 3,063
97 Kyle 2,600 Jamie 3,021
98 Curtis 2,590 Kathryn 2,990
99 Jimmy 2,569 Allison 2,960
100 Lawrence 2,543 Ann 2,928
101 Shannon 2,505 Kristina 2,889
102 Micheal 2,492 Kristi 2,884
103 Christian 2,489 Cindy 2,853
104 Walter 2,489 Victoria 2,847
105 Brad 2,484 Megan 2,817
106 Luis 2,453 Brandi 2,808
107 Vincent 2,434 Shelly 2,797
108 Gerald 2,418 Tracey 2,760
109 Martin 2,372 Joy 2,756
110 Jay 2,365 Christie 2,705
111 Damon 2,361 Suzanne 2,697
112 Alexander 2,359 Yolanda 2,632
113 Joe 2,346 Regina 2,586
114 Cory 2,328 Carla 2,572
115 Henry 2,321 Deanna 2,558
116 Chris 2,279 Laurie 2,555
117 Alan 2,233 Beth 2,523
118 Gabriel 2,233 Carolyn 2,472
119 Willie 2,221 Natalie 2,470
120 Wayne 2,219 Anne 2,462
121 Dustin 2,197 Sheila 2,438
122 Roy 2,187 Vanessa 2,352
123 Randall 2,116 Colleen 2,345
124 Lee 2,114 Courtney 2,337
125 Allen 2,104 Kara 2,304
126 Arthur 2,076 Katrina 2,277
127 Darren 2,075 Erika 2,265
128 Mario 2,062 Samantha 2,252
129 Ricky 2,034 Diane 2,228
130 Albert 2,016 Janet 2,175
131 Jared 2,004 Jenny 2,132
132 Andre 1,997 Sonya 2,112
133 Jesus 1,945 Kristy 2,089
134 Louis 1,934 Alison 2,080
135 Frederick 1,930 Bridget 2,080
136 Bruce 1,854 Julia 2,065
137 Darrell 1,840 Felicia 2,041
138 Adrian 1,819 Carol 2,040
139 Tyrone 1,816 Kristie 2,039
140 Ricardo 1,810 Natasha 2,006
141 Ronnie 1,788 Traci 2,005
142 Manuel 1,765 Shelley 1,997
143 Kelly 1,759 Tricia 1,968
144 Casey 1,729 Anita 1,936
145 Dale 1,691 Kim 1,936
146 Harold 1,679 Kathy 1,920
147 Ian 1,658 Kristine 1,864
148 Miguel 1,657 Aimee 1,857
149 Jack 1,652 Leah 1,843
150 Ernest 1,643 Martha 1,832
151 Jermaine 1,628 Terri 1,828
152 Reginald 1,611 Krista 1,808
153 Nathaniel 1,609 Kari 1,805
154 Eugene 1,603 Jody 1,776
155 Tommy 1,580 Joanna 1,773
156 Barry 1,564 Stacie 1,757
157 Clinton 1,547 Carmen 1,750
158 Glenn 1,544 Kerry 1,729
159 Lance 1,528 Cassandra 1,727
160 Francisco 1,512 Virginia 1,711
161 Roberto 1,512 Nichole 1,685
162 Tracy 1,493 Shawna 1,663
163 Marvin 1,486 Lynn 1,645
164 Leonard 1,468 Connie 1,634
165 Wesley 1,468 Ashley 1,625
166 Eddie 1,456 Sherri 1,619
167 Steve 1,446 Claudia 1,609
168 Jorge 1,428 Kelli 1,606
169 Jerome 1,416 Robyn 1,598
170 Seth 1,412 Angie 1,590
171 Alex 1,388 Kerri 1,577
172 Ruben 1,383 Sonia 1,577
173 Maurice 1,375 Yvonne 1,541
174 Ralph 1,370 Monique 1,532
175 Neil 1,324 Meredith 1,519
176 Kristopher 1,308 Marie 1,507
177 Calvin 1,298 Becky 1,497
178 Jeremiah 1,294 Kendra 1,490
179 Zachary 1,276 Molly 1,480
180 Theodore 1,271 Tracie 1,453
181 Heath 1,249 Toni 1,452
182 Kurt 1,236 Bonnie 1,451
183 Mitchell 1,231 Angel 1,450
184 Dean 1,222 Sheri 1,428
185 Hector 1,214 Gloria 1,421
186 Howard 1,207 Charity 1,410
187 Duane 1,201 Lauren 1,394
188 Dwayne 1,200 Annette 1,381
189 Oscar 1,199 Sylvia 1,353
190 Melvin 1,197 Tasha 1,344
191 Geoffrey 1,179 Jeanette 1,326
192 Edwin 1,167 Sabrina 1,325
193 Clifford 1,149 Janice 1,323
194 Stanley 1,146 Mindy 1,313
195 Jody 1,125 Hope 1,299
196 Kirk 1,122 Ruth 1,299
197 Wade 1,119 Latonya 1,290
198 Angel 1,111 Ginger 1,281
199 Terrence 1,106 Gretchen 1,278
200 Greg 1,098 Shawn 1,271
201 Trevor 1,095 Joyce 1,263
202 Clayton 1,092 Joanne 1,254
203 Jaime 1,092 Charlotte 1,251
204 Mathew 1,083 Rosa 1,250
205 Toby 1,079 Keri 1,231
206 Earl 1,078 Leigh 1,224
207 Harry 1,078 Kelley 1,208
208 Terrance 1,068 Beverly 1,206
209 Raul 1,065 Wanda 1,205
210 Javier 1,059 Belinda 1,199
211 Darin 1,037 Caroline 1,198
212 Ramon 1,016 Melody 1,198
213 Clarence 1,005 Latasha 1,196
214 Karl 1,004 Trina 1,191
215 Norman 1,000 Rachael 1,188
216 Pedro 981 Alice 1,181
217 Jeff 975 Bethany 1,181
218 Alfred 973 Ana 1,178
219 Leon 973 Penny 1,174
220 Ray 956 Tonia 1,174
221 Byron 954 Vicki 1,168
222 Daryl 953 Cathy 1,167
223 Clint 942 Candace 1,155
224 Isaac 941 Yvette 1,150
225 Warren 935 Helen 1,140
226 Rafael 929 Nakia 1,134
227 Lonnie 922 Billie 1,132
228 Tyler 922 Betty 1,130
229 Franklin 913 Katie 1,109
230 Cedric 903 Nikki 1,108
231 Andy 897 Marsha 1,107
232 Fred 891 Dorothy 1,099
233 Francis 889 Kellie 1,089
234 Gilbert 886 Ellen 1,088
235 Roderick 880 Cara 1,074
236 Armando 872 Bobbie 1,073
237 Alejandro 870 Charlene 1,070
238 Bernard 859 Frances 1,067
239 Joey 855 Karla 1,063
240 Fernando 842 Norma 1,062
241 Damian 829 Angelica 1,061
242 Stacy 828 Joann 1,059
243 Lamont 824 Debbie 1,055
244 Glen 819 Rose 1,055
245 Mike 815 Jolene 1,052
246 Dana 814 Juanita 1,040
247 Alvin 812 Trisha 1,039
248 Eduardo 811 Tamika 1,038
249 Omar 808 Jodie 1,028
250 Shaun 802 Rebekah 1,023

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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