Most Popular Baby Names in 1976

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1976. 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 1976, 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 66,947 Jennifer 59,474
2 Jason 52,678 Amy 31,341
3 Christopher 45,211 Melissa 25,096
4 David 39,289 Heather 24,192
5 James 38,310 Angela 22,040
6 John 34,005 Michelle 19,553
7 Robert 33,810 Kimberly 18,965
8 Brian 30,532 Jessica 18,370
9 Matthew 29,971 Lisa 17,349
10 Daniel 24,721 Amanda 15,589
11 William 24,444 Stephanie 15,179
12 Joseph 24,070 Rebecca 14,491
13 Eric 21,371 Nicole 14,450
14 Jeremy 20,139 Christina 14,034
15 Kevin 18,481 Sarah 13,994
16 Ryan 17,500 Elizabeth 13,544
17 Jeffrey 17,021 Shannon 13,373
18 Joshua 16,867 Jamie 12,538
19 Richard 16,763 Kelly 11,794
20 Steven 16,657 Laura 11,253
21 Timothy 16,627 Julie 10,842
22 Anthony 16,609 Mary 10,319
23 Thomas 16,128 Rachel 8,453
24 Scott 15,721 Erin 8,384
25 Mark 15,515 Andrea 8,354
26 Charles 13,931 Christine 8,112
27 Andrew 13,317 Sara 8,023
28 Paul 11,787 Carrie 7,992
29 Chad 11,775 Jaime 7,837
30 Aaron 11,350 April 7,761
31 Jonathan 11,319 Karen 7,506
32 Benjamin 10,681 Tiffany 7,485
33 Justin 10,153 Danielle 7,362
34 Shawn 10,107 Maria 7,345
35 Gregory 10,062 Dawn 7,049
36 Adam 9,947 Crystal 6,947
37 Stephen 9,729 Tracy 6,823
38 Kenneth 9,134 Stacy 6,524
39 Nathan 8,616 Wendy 6,466
40 Brandon 7,790 Susan 6,405
41 Patrick 7,644 Tammy 6,227
42 Sean 7,576 Tara 6,023
43 Bryan 7,294 Patricia 6,017
44 Jose 7,058 Cynthia 6,014
45 Edward 7,055 Monica 5,981
46 Travis 6,835 Misty 5,906
47 Donald 6,799 Lori 5,849
48 Keith 6,750 Tina 5,747
49 Ronald 6,460 Amber 5,648
50 Todd 6,443 Emily 5,547
51 Bradley 5,981 Stacey 5,389
52 Gary 5,596 Jill 5,284
53 George 5,559 Melanie 5,240
54 Peter 5,447 Erica 5,234
55 Jesse 5,303 Brandy 5,232
56 Douglas 5,232 Holly 5,175
57 Shane 5,099 Katherine 5,055
58 Juan 5,050 Tonya 4,964
59 Samuel 5,032 Sandra 4,861
60 Larry 4,842 Christy 4,853
61 Craig 4,738 Tanya 4,820
62 Jamie 4,620 Megan 4,465
63 Jacob 4,513 Michele 4,443
64 Corey 4,439 Dana 4,408
65 Raymond 4,221 Leslie 4,310
66 Dennis 4,172 Teresa 4,055
67 Jerry 4,071 Allison 4,030
68 Frank 3,902 Veronica 4,022
69 Phillip 3,788 Denise 3,988
70 Carlos 3,787 Heidi 3,891
71 Antonio 3,775 Alicia 3,791
72 Joel 3,726 Catherine 3,780
73 Troy 3,715 Kristen 3,653
74 Marcus 3,686 Kristin 3,628
75 Terry 3,669 Robin 3,624
76 Jeffery 3,566 Courtney 3,621
77 Nicholas 3,472 Anna 3,589
78 Brent 3,406 Brenda 3,587
79 Randy 3,318 Brandi 3,537
80 Kyle 3,309 Natalie 3,503
81 Gabriel 3,303 Sharon 3,454
82 Dustin 3,214 Kathleen 3,407
83 Cory 3,184 Valerie 3,387
84 Derek 3,169 Pamela 3,366
85 Billy 3,157 Samantha 3,351
86 Tony 3,065 Renee 3,314
87 Russell 2,997 Nancy 3,281
88 Rodney 2,989 Kathryn 3,263
89 Philip 2,947 Theresa 3,176
90 Jared 2,930 Linda 3,139
91 Derrick 2,921 Tamara 3,087
92 Jeremiah 2,875 Victoria 3,040
93 Johnny 2,875 Donna 3,032
94 Erik 2,756 Gina 3,010
95 Carl 2,671 Melinda 2,994
96 Zachary 2,647 Deborah 2,991
97 Bobby 2,643 Kristina 2,972
98 Shannon 2,612 Barbara 2,970
99 Marc 2,598 Jacqueline 2,949
100 Victor 2,531 Mandy 2,924
101 Jimmy 2,498 Diana 2,758
102 Danny 2,493 Jodi 2,672
103 Roger 2,465 Margaret 2,669
104 Damon 2,455 Kristi 2,519
105 Vincent 2,454 Cheryl 2,489
106 Curtis 2,452 Vanessa 2,464
107 Alexander 2,445 Rhonda 2,461
108 Brad 2,436 Ann 2,437
109 Brett 2,418 Jenny 2,427
110 Luis 2,388 Katrina 2,366
111 Jon 2,327 Sherry 2,358
112 Christian 2,269 Erika 2,340
113 Lawrence 2,251 Kristy 2,327
114 Nathaniel 2,212 Beth 2,306
115 Alan 2,188 Ashley 2,288
116 Micheal 2,181 Yolanda 2,275
117 Martin 2,173 Regina 2,274
118 Joe 2,170 Alison 2,273
119 Wesley 2,148 Leah 2,270
120 Gerald 2,140 Cindy 2,262
121 Willie 2,136 Paula 2,251
122 Henry 2,127 Carla 2,249
123 Casey 2,126 Aimee 2,248
124 Adrian 2,120 Anne 2,221
125 Andre 2,115 Lauren 2,220
126 Jay 2,102 Suzanne 2,201
127 Walter 2,102 Kari 2,181
128 Seth 2,098 Carolyn 2,116
129 Jesus 2,040 Deanna 2,116
130 Mario 2,029 Felicia 2,098
131 Wayne 2,022 Natasha 2,095
132 Ricky 1,993 Joy 2,075
133 Randall 1,985 Debra 2,070
134 Allen 1,969 Lindsay 2,070
135 Ian 1,939 Latoya 2,052
136 Albert 1,917 Colleen 2,044
137 Arthur 1,904 Laurie 2,038
138 Lee 1,875 Kara 2,036
139 Roy 1,871 Christie 2,010
140 Manuel 1,837 Tracey 1,942
141 Ricardo 1,786 Julia 1,915
142 Louis 1,784 Janet 1,878
143 Miguel 1,757 Sheila 1,871
144 Lance 1,737 Tamika 1,866
145 Tyrone 1,732 Shelly 1,861
146 Frederick 1,731 Sabrina 1,856
147 Darren 1,696 Kelli 1,820
148 Bruce 1,691 Nichole 1,769
149 Jack 1,667 Marie 1,761
150 Darrell 1,665 Molly 1,731
151 Clinton 1,659 Stacie 1,725
152 Jorge 1,654 Joanna 1,717
153 Kristopher 1,609 Angie 1,709
154 Chris 1,602 Bridget 1,708
155 Ronnie 1,596 Diane 1,689
156 Roberto 1,587 Angel 1,642
157 Francisco 1,574 Kendra 1,630
158 Kelly 1,541 Kristie 1,624
159 Eugene 1,514 Carmen 1,616
160 Ernest 1,486 Virginia 1,615
161 Dale 1,481 Martha 1,598
162 Harold 1,439 Krista 1,593
163 Reginald 1,427 Katie 1,592
164 Jermaine 1,426 Jody 1,565
165 Barry 1,422 Sonia 1,554
166 Jerome 1,412 Sonya 1,520
167 Steve 1,408 Shawna 1,510
168 Jaime 1,402 Anita 1,509
169 Eddie 1,399 Kerri 1,509
170 Tommy 1,392 Monique 1,498
171 Ruben 1,364 Carol 1,492
172 Alex 1,362 Meredith 1,468
173 Neil 1,354 Keri 1,466
174 Maurice 1,347 Trisha 1,464
175 Dwayne 1,327 Brooke 1,463
176 Glenn 1,318 Kerry 1,449
177 Leonard 1,310 Rachael 1,438
178 Geoffrey 1,297 Adrienne 1,430
179 Tyler 1,261 Tricia 1,430
180 Hector 1,255 Robyn 1,429
181 Trevor 1,254 Traci 1,421
182 Marvin 1,253 Claudia 1,408
183 Calvin 1,231 Toni 1,399
184 Oscar 1,231 Terri 1,388
185 Terrance 1,200 Latasha 1,384
186 Clayton 1,190 Kathy 1,381
187 Mitchell 1,189 Kristine 1,358
188 Edwin 1,186 Cassandra 1,355
189 Theodore 1,172 Shana 1,323
190 Melvin 1,165 Connie 1,314
191 Terrence 1,165 Annette 1,299
192 Ralph 1,163 Bethany 1,293
193 Mathew 1,162 Yvonne 1,290
194 Joey 1,160 Shelley 1,275
195 Heath 1,151 Kim 1,248
196 Stanley 1,151 Olivia 1,233
197 Angel 1,140 Caroline 1,226
198 Omar 1,137 Gretchen 1,225
199 Raul 1,111 Melody 1,215
200 Cody 1,097 Angelica 1,212
201 Toby 1,095 Candace 1,212
202 Isaac 1,091 Candice 1,210
203 Alejandro 1,074 Bonnie 1,204
204 Cameron 1,070 Charity 1,204
205 Clifford 1,065 Ruth 1,198
206 Javier 1,054 Becky 1,196
207 Duane 1,053 Rebekah 1,187
208 Howard 1,033 Gloria 1,174
209 Kurt 1,018 Kellie 1,174
210 Wade 1,009 Mindy 1,166
211 Damian 995 Ana 1,165
212 Eduardo 995 Rosa 1,158
213 Jody 995 Janice 1,155
214 Ramon 987 Hope 1,151
215 Rafael 975 Lynn 1,148
216 Harry 965 Sherri 1,144
217 Armando 961 Jeanette 1,127
218 Pedro 956 Tasha 1,106
219 Clarence 953 Cara 1,103
220 Earl 941 Kelley 1,100
221 Leon 925 Sheri 1,094
222 Andy 915 Marisa 1,092
223 Luke 914 Latonya 1,086
224 Byron 906 Amie 1,084
225 Alfred 902 Charlene 1,080
226 Micah 900 Ginger 1,080
227 Daryl 896 Summer 1,072
228 Kirk 890 Sylvia 1,058
229 Dean 888 Bobbie 1,049
230 Fernando 886 Belinda 1,048
231 Lucas 878 Miranda 1,044
232 Johnathan 874 Leticia 1,037
233 Clifton 870 Keisha 1,027
234 Karl 868 Tracie 1,021
235 Clint 867 Nikki 1,009
236 Cedric 861 Tabitha 1,003
237 Greg 858 Yvette 1,001
238 Ray 850 Billie 1,000
239 Sergio 849 Audrey 988
240 Francis 840 Dorothy 983
241 Brendan 837 Jami 980
242 Lonnie 833 Karla 978
243 Warren 829 Cristina 975
244 Gilbert 825 Rose 972
245 Norman 825 Charlotte 956
246 Jessie 822 Alice 955
247 Franklin 804 Joyce 948
248 Fred 799 Frances 948
249 Bernard 794 Joanne 945
250 Colin 790 Helen 944

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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