Most Popular Baby Names in 1978

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1978. 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 1978, 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 67,157 Jennifer 56,319
2 Jason 51,627 Melissa 28,328
3 Christopher 47,254 Jessica 26,103
4 David 40,705 Amy 23,212
5 James 39,917 Heather 22,273
6 Matthew 34,311 Amanda 20,518
7 John 34,035 Angela 20,513
8 Robert 33,389 Sarah 19,978
9 Brian 29,451 Michelle 18,858
10 Joseph 26,672 Nicole 17,276
11 Daniel 26,449 Lisa 17,034
12 Joshua 25,215 Kelly 16,983
13 William 24,190 Kimberly 16,879
14 Ryan 21,338 Elizabeth 16,810
15 Kevin 20,110 Christina 16,372
16 Eric 19,779 Stephanie 16,232
17 Timothy 19,599 Rebecca 13,800
18 Jeremy 19,512 Crystal 12,592
19 Jeffrey 17,001 Laura 11,244
20 Anthony 16,813 Jamie 10,982
21 Andrew 16,739 Erin 10,787
22 Richard 16,733 Shannon 10,602
23 Thomas 16,492 Andrea 10,460
24 Steven 16,403 Mary 10,042
25 Nicholas 16,352 Rachel 9,805
26 Mark 14,870 Julie 9,797
27 Charles 14,853 April 9,589
28 Justin 14,193 Sara 8,868
29 Adam 13,921 Christine 8,273
30 Scott 13,549 Amber 8,175
31 Jonathan 12,522 Danielle 7,984
32 Aaron 12,307 Tiffany 7,700
33 Paul 11,737 Emily 7,479
34 Benjamin 11,417 Erica 7,341
35 Chad 10,114 Carrie 7,319
36 Nathan 9,893 Maria 7,013
37 Stephen 9,860 Brandy 6,698
38 Gregory 9,351 Katherine 6,623
39 Shawn 9,292 Karen 6,372
40 Brandon 9,245 Tara 6,329
41 Kenneth 9,024 Megan 5,897
42 Patrick 8,844 Monica 5,865
43 Bryan 7,295 Misty 5,834
44 Jose 7,146 Stacy 5,777
45 Sean 7,072 Tina 5,699
46 Travis 6,956 Jill 5,675
47 Edward 6,484 Tracy 5,629
48 Donald 6,426 Patricia 5,501
49 Keith 6,173 Susan 5,417
50 Jacob 6,166 Cynthia 5,404
51 Jesse 6,109 Kristy 5,331
52 Shaun 6,107 Dawn 5,216
53 Bradley 6,100 Melanie 4,999
54 Peter 5,882 Stacey 4,999
55 Ronald 5,759 Holly 4,972
56 Todd 5,502 Wendy 4,917
57 Samuel 5,394 Kathryn 4,809
58 George 5,304 Alicia 4,750
59 Douglas 5,151 Christy 4,661
60 Gary 5,113 Lori 4,632
61 Corey 4,942 Brandi 4,500
62 Juan 4,834 Kristen 4,369
63 Kyle 4,518 Leslie 4,342
64 Larry 4,516 Kristina 4,229
65 Shane 4,481 Anna 4,172
66 Craig 4,476 Natalie 4,167
67 Phillip 4,363 Tammy 4,069
68 Dustin 4,178 Courtney 4,033
69 Raymond 4,135 Sandra 4,004
70 Marcus 3,999 Dana 4,003
71 Dennis 3,863 Jaime 4,002
72 Jared 3,847 Catherine 3,958
73 Cory 3,846 Veronica 3,934
74 Joel 3,811 Samantha 3,887
75 Derek 3,803 Allison 3,867
76 Derrick 3,786 Vanessa 3,852
77 Frank 3,773 Tonya 3,826
78 Carlos 3,730 Kristin 3,807
79 Antonio 3,679 Kathleen 3,743
80 Jeffery 3,543 Lauren 3,669
81 Jeremiah 3,445 Jacqueline 3,577
82 Jerry 3,433 Tanya 3,576
83 Wesley 3,309 Heidi 3,568
84 Philip 3,300 Melinda 3,564
85 Erik 3,265 Denise 3,519
86 Randy 3,217 Michele 3,484
87 Brent 3,181 Ashley 3,482
88 Troy 3,155 Teresa 3,472
89 Zachary 3,133 Robin 3,441
90 Gabriel 3,131 Katie 3,424
91 Terry 3,089 Sabrina 3,351
92 Casey 3,002 Valerie 3,300
93 Russell 2,985 Gina 3,221
94 Nathaniel 2,926 Cheryl 3,167
95 Jamie 2,865 Lindsay 3,123
96 Curtis 2,826 Mandy 3,109
97 Tony 2,775 Nancy 3,045
98 Alexander 2,745 Kristi 2,992
99 Billy 2,696 Renee 2,970
100 Carl 2,605 Linda 2,933
101 Johnny 2,562 Theresa 2,922
102 Rodney 2,556 Diana 2,885
103 Victor 2,549 Brenda 2,872
104 Kristopher 2,525 Erika 2,827
105 Vincent 2,509 Tamara 2,801
106 Seth 2,505 Sharon 2,757
107 Marc 2,481 Beth 2,742
108 Jon 2,411 Leah 2,711
109 Bobby 2,399 Pamela 2,689
110 Luis 2,399 Margaret 2,630
111 Adrian 2,308 Jenny 2,619
112 Brett 2,305 Julia 2,595
113 Lawrence 2,247 Barbara 2,580
114 Mario 2,229 Natasha 2,556
115 Christian 2,215 Brooke 2,534
116 Danny 2,208 Nichole 2,511
117 Ian 2,175 Suzanne 2,507
118 Jimmy 2,170 Deborah 2,479
119 Jay 2,151 Anne 2,466
120 Roger 2,142 Donna 2,461
121 Willie 2,134 Victoria 2,457
122 Alan 2,122 Katrina 2,439
123 Brad 2,107 Alison 2,434
124 Jesus 2,074 Kelli 2,326
125 Micheal 2,059 Ann 2,320
126 Martin 2,051 Tabitha 2,309
127 Henry 2,045 Kara 2,291
128 Joe 2,038 Jodi 2,265
129 Andre 2,034 Regina 2,188
130 Ricky 2,018 Carolyn 2,175
131 Walter 1,990 Jaclyn 2,129
132 Damon 1,982 Carla 2,103
133 Lee 1,980 Colleen 2,056
134 Lance 1,973 Cindy 2,043
135 Randall 1,973 Latoya 2,040
136 Lucas 1,953 Deanna 2,032
137 Gerald 1,890 Kari 1,968
138 Wayne 1,888 Yolanda 1,951
139 Luke 1,884 Joy 1,946
140 Ricardo 1,883 Felicia 1,939
141 Arthur 1,875 Angel 1,935
142 Manuel 1,851 Molly 1,933
143 Shannon 1,848 Summer 1,918
144 Allen 1,828 Aimee 1,905
145 Miguel 1,825 Kendra 1,904
146 Albert 1,805 Meredith 1,880
147 Roy 1,798 Debra 1,874
148 Clinton 1,764 Marie 1,862
149 Tyler 1,757 Shanna 1,844
150 Louis 1,754 Paula 1,828
151 Bruce 1,701 Sherry 1,828
152 Cody 1,683 Lindsey 1,813
153 Jorge 1,634 Cassandra 1,812
154 Roberto 1,612 Desiree 1,809
155 Francisco 1,608 Bethany 1,765
156 Jack 1,579 Adrienne 1,733
157 Maurice 1,575 Krista 1,733
158 Frederick 1,534 Janet 1,732
159 Neil 1,528 Kristine 1,732
160 Reginald 1,515 Rhonda 1,725
161 Damien 1,508 Shawna 1,703
162 Barry 1,501 Rachael 1,695
163 Ronnie 1,476 Bridget 1,685
164 Alex 1,472 Meghan 1,681
165 Darrell 1,465 Virginia 1,653
166 Darren 1,454 Tamika 1,637
167 Isaac 1,450 Kristie 1,619
168 Tyrone 1,434 Candice 1,614
169 Trevor 1,406 Laurie 1,614
170 Eddie 1,382 Mindy 1,595
171 Ernest 1,380 Trisha 1,580
172 Ruben 1,380 Monique 1,574
173 Jerome 1,371 Christie 1,533
174 Chris 1,338 Casey 1,532
175 Eugene 1,329 Shelly 1,502
176 Dale 1,324 Martha 1,485
177 Tommy 1,321 Stacie 1,466
178 Oscar 1,315 Toni 1,457
179 Leonard 1,314 Tracey 1,449
180 Kelly 1,308 Kellie 1,445
181 Omar 1,294 Diane 1,433
182 Mathew 1,285 Carmen 1,428
183 Terrance 1,283 Miranda 1,415
184 Jaime 1,278 Sheila 1,414
185 Geoffrey 1,272 Latasha 1,397
186 Mitchell 1,272 Janelle 1,384
187 Calvin 1,262 Robyn 1,378
188 Jermaine 1,254 Alisha 1,377
189 Angel 1,249 Kelley 1,364
190 Harold 1,242 Joanna 1,349
191 Hector 1,242 Cara 1,346
192 Dwayne 1,238 Shana 1,345
193 Steve 1,236 Rebekah 1,343
194 Edwin 1,231 Jillian 1,341
195 Theodore 1,214 Melody 1,331
196 Marvin 1,200 Candace 1,326
197 Melvin 1,161 Keri 1,322
198 Evan 1,158 Ebony 1,318
199 Javier 1,157 Olivia 1,313
200 Glenn 1,121 Caroline 1,308
201 Terrence 1,115 Autumn 1,307
202 Alejandro 1,107 Shauna 1,267
203 Clayton 1,083 Sonya 1,265
204 Fernando 1,081 Carol 1,264
205 Ralph 1,079 Sonia 1,264
206 Cameron 1,075 Marisa 1,257
207 Joey 1,072 Tricia 1,248
208 Kurt 1,065 Kerri 1,222
209 Raul 1,037 Angie 1,221
210 Clint 1,029 Anita 1,221
211 Stanley 1,026 Traci 1,218
212 Heath 1,023 Ruth 1,208
213 Pedro 1,017 Yvonne 1,207
214 Ramon 1,010 Claudia 1,200
215 Micah 1,007 Jody 1,168
216 Clifford 1,002 Janice 1,162
217 Eduardo 1,001 Kerry 1,154
218 Rafael 997 Angelica 1,147
219 Jordan 981 Marissa 1,147
220 Andy 970 Ana 1,140
221 Dominic 964 Kathy 1,134
222 Howard 958 Terri 1,116
223 Colin 950 Lynn 1,108
224 Johnathan 944 Connie 1,103
225 Francis 940 Priscilla 1,099
226 Clarence 935 Nikki 1,094
227 Earl 927 Bonnie 1,090
228 Leon 924 Cristina 1,088
229 Ross 919 Krystal 1,074
230 Harry 913 Rosa 1,073
231 Jarrod 913 Naomi 1,070
232 Karl 901 Charity 1,066
233 Brendan 897 Lakisha 1,066
234 Alfred 895 Audrey 1,062
235 Jessie 895 Tasha 1,053
236 Armando 894 Gloria 1,050
237 Sergio 892 Annette 1,045
238 Toby 886 Shelley 1,029
239 Austin 885 Jeanette 1,027
240 Jonathon 876 Leticia 1,021
241 Clifton 869 Ellen 1,012
242 Devin 868 Abigail 1,010
243 Marco 852 Kate 999
244 Damian 849 Becky 996
245 Jody 843 Ginger 996
246 Daryl 838 Keisha 985
247 Duane 837 Tameka 963
248 Franklin 836 Jana 959
249 Grant 819 Latisha 957
250 Tyson 817 Sylvia 949

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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