Most Popular Baby Names in 1979

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1979. 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 1979, 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 67,742 Jennifer 56,716
2 Christopher 50,689 Melissa 34,054
3 Jason 50,409 Amanda 31,927
4 David 42,074 Jessica 27,780
5 James 39,372 Amy 21,613
6 Matthew 35,655 Sarah 21,016
7 John 35,431 Heather 20,838
8 Robert 34,030 Angela 20,258
9 Joshua 31,134 Nicole 19,510
10 Brian 28,673 Michelle 19,269
11 Joseph 28,669 Elizabeth 18,079
12 Daniel 28,528 Kimberly 17,639
13 William 24,702 Lisa 17,285
14 Ryan 23,222 Christina 16,454
15 Nicholas 21,347 Stephanie 16,204
16 Jeremy 21,011 Kelly 15,297
17 Eric 20,273 Rebecca 14,548
18 Timothy 19,081 Crystal 13,467
19 Kevin 18,742 Jamie 12,156
20 Andrew 18,635 Laura 11,882
21 Anthony 17,524 Erin 11,257
22 Justin 17,400 Amber 11,082
23 Adam 17,061 April 10,904
24 Jeffrey 16,873 Mary 10,561
25 Richard 16,720 Shannon 10,369
26 Thomas 16,474 Andrea 10,338
27 Steven 16,333 Rachel 10,231
28 Charles 14,825 Tiffany 9,612
29 Scott 14,454 Julie 9,252
30 Mark 14,395 Sara 8,655
31 Jonathan 14,331 Megan 8,294
32 Aaron 13,080 Erica 8,177
33 Benjamin 12,520 Danielle 7,980
34 Paul 11,643 Emily 7,972
35 Brandon 11,310 Christine 7,689
36 Travis 11,053 Katherine 7,468
37 Nathan 10,737 Maria 7,329
38 Chad 10,162 Tara 6,808
39 Patrick 9,985 Brandy 6,777
40 Stephen 9,904 Monica 6,586
41 Kenneth 9,244 Carrie 6,356
42 Gregory 9,115 Misty 5,786
43 Shawn 7,910 Stacy 5,708
44 Jose 7,843 Patricia 5,651
45 Jacob 7,548 Lauren 5,629
46 Bryan 7,448 Karen 5,600
47 Bradley 6,932 Alicia 5,548
48 Edward 6,879 Holly 5,489
49 Sean 6,862 Tracy 5,389
50 Jesse 6,685 Kathryn 5,312
51 Donald 6,514 Susan 5,200
52 Keith 6,192 Jill 5,193
53 Peter 6,080 Melanie 5,021
54 Ronald 5,699 Dana 4,952
55 Samuel 5,686 Cynthia 4,933
56 Kyle 5,451 Kristy 4,881
57 George 5,261 Dawn 4,725
58 Douglas 5,171 Tina 4,677
59 Gary 5,038 Anna 4,668
60 Todd 4,985 Stacey 4,614
61 Juan 4,943 Brandi 4,608
62 Dustin 4,898 Kristen 4,570
63 Corey 4,738 Katie 4,510
64 Shaun 4,738 Wendy 4,499
65 Jared 4,674 Leslie 4,498
66 Erik 4,639 Samantha 4,461
67 Shane 4,484 Ashley 4,451
68 Phillip 4,422 Natalie 4,443
69 Larry 4,392 Lori 4,432
70 Raymond 4,342 Allison 4,411
71 Joel 4,214 Courtney 4,323
72 Derek 4,206 Christy 4,286
73 Carlos 4,165 Kristin 4,264
74 Zachary 4,157 Kristina 4,129
75 Dennis 4,082 Vanessa 4,102
76 Marcus 4,048 Veronica 4,063
77 Craig 4,028 Sandra 3,996
78 Frank 3,932 Catherine 3,878
79 Antonio 3,800 Tammy 3,759
80 Derrick 3,728 Jacqueline 3,742
81 Jeremiah 3,719 Mindy 3,711
82 Cory 3,588 Melinda 3,706
83 Philip 3,463 Heidi 3,672
84 Brent 3,462 Kathleen 3,646
85 Jerry 3,444 Brooke 3,510
86 Randy 3,417 Tonya 3,495
87 Jeffery 3,358 Teresa 3,480
88 Jamie 3,239 Lindsay 3,466
89 Gabriel 3,235 Valerie 3,407
90 Wesley 3,235 Pamela 3,366
91 Curtis 3,202 Erika 3,317
92 Russell 3,133 Denise 3,266
93 Casey 3,083 Tanya 3,225
94 Alexander 3,061 Cheryl 3,209
95 Nathaniel 3,041 Robin 3,206
96 Terry 3,040 Gina 3,115
97 Billy 2,999 Jaime 3,086
98 Brett 2,997 Leah 3,079
99 Troy 2,963 Katrina 2,998
100 Carl 2,900 Theresa 2,995
101 Seth 2,839 Renee 2,979
102 Luis 2,754 Alison 2,937
103 Mario 2,703 Nichole 2,908
104 Tony 2,647 Tamara 2,885
105 Victor 2,635 Michele 2,879
106 Bobby 2,587 Sabrina 2,869
107 Ian 2,554 Nancy 2,865
108 Lucas 2,542 Margaret 2,831
109 Vincent 2,521 Kristi 2,800
110 Luke 2,473 Natasha 2,795
111 Johnny 2,449 Diana 2,780
112 Adrian 2,365 Brenda 2,769
113 Jesus 2,365 Lindsey 2,760
114 Kristopher 2,349 Linda 2,740
115 Brad 2,336 Anne 2,735
116 Alan 2,323 Mandy 2,721
117 Jon 2,300 Sharon 2,692
118 Rodney 2,299 Beth 2,689
119 Marc 2,268 Victoria 2,673
120 Christian 2,266 Jenny 2,628
121 Danny 2,261 Meghan 2,571
122 Lawrence 2,255 Julia 2,568
123 Jimmy 2,233 Barbara 2,493
124 Ricky 2,225 Jaclyn 2,303
125 Willie 2,154 Kara 2,299
126 Jay 2,151 Ann 2,266
127 Micheal 2,136 Suzanne 2,245
128 Walter 2,122 Candice 2,227
129 Lee 2,081 Kelli 2,218
130 Ricardo 2,075 Krista 2,214
131 Tyler 2,044 Donna 2,199
132 Roger 2,027 Deborah 2,180
133 Martin 2,019 Colleen 2,135
134 Jorge 2,017 Regina 2,120
135 Randall 2,015 Bethany 2,094
136 Joe 1,966 Cindy 2,086
137 Miguel 1,962 Kendra 2,069
138 Henry 1,949 Carolyn 2,055
139 Allen 1,942 Molly 2,023
140 Manuel 1,910 Jodi 1,977
141 Andre 1,882 Monique 1,976
142 Lance 1,871 Carla 1,970
143 Arthur 1,864 Meredith 1,963
144 Gerald 1,863 Casey 1,957
145 Albert 1,860 Deanna 1,950
146 Clinton 1,855 Cassandra 1,945
147 Cody 1,853 Yolanda 1,935
148 Louis 1,838 Latoya 1,880
149 Wayne 1,832 Marie 1,878
150 Roy 1,752 Summer 1,860
151 Isaac 1,735 Rachael 1,853
152 Bruce 1,714 Felicia 1,852
153 Trevor 1,701 Kari 1,852
154 Francisco 1,688 Joy 1,822
155 Roberto 1,661 Tabitha 1,818
156 Alex 1,656 Aimee 1,815
157 Reginald 1,655 Shanna 1,793
158 Shannon 1,640 Adrienne 1,781
159 Frederick 1,636 Trisha 1,777
160 Maurice 1,593 Janet 1,746
161 Jack 1,586 Bridget 1,736
162 Darrell 1,527 Alisha 1,721
163 Ronnie 1,520 Rhonda 1,717
164 Darren 1,504 Angel 1,698
165 Neil 1,485 Paula 1,694
166 Damon 1,446 Debra 1,689
167 Hector 1,420 Latasha 1,686
168 Jordan 1,408 Brianne 1,661
169 Evan 1,404 Virginia 1,657
170 Barry 1,401 Desiree 1,635
171 Ernest 1,400 Bonnie 1,627
172 Ruben 1,396 Carmen 1,608
173 Omar 1,380 Candace 1,595
174 Mitchell 1,368 Miranda 1,594
175 Eddie 1,364 Sherry 1,591
176 Tyrone 1,364 Laurie 1,581
177 Jerome 1,360 Shawna 1,548
178 Jaime 1,358 Rebekah 1,519
179 Terrance 1,346 Jillian 1,507
180 Jermaine 1,339 Autumn 1,499
181 Calvin 1,337 Christie 1,458
182 Eugene 1,332 Shelly 1,457
183 Damien 1,323 Kristine 1,456
184 Oscar 1,311 Ebony 1,444
185 Angel 1,305 Martha 1,441
186 Edwin 1,285 Janelle 1,415
187 Tommy 1,278 Tamika 1,414
188 Dale 1,278 Kristie 1,407
189 Chris 1,266 Shauna 1,403
190 Geoffrey 1,263 Tasha 1,401
191 Leonard 1,263 Robyn 1,399
192 Mathew 1,257 Toni 1,396
193 Steve 1,257 Joanna 1,387
194 Kurt 1,251 Marissa 1,387
195 Harold 1,247 Sheila 1,369
196 Marvin 1,245 Angie 1,366
197 Alejandro 1,240 Melody 1,365
198 Theodore 1,239 Caroline 1,352
199 Clayton 1,212 Diane 1,330
200 Kelly 1,207 Kellie 1,326
201 Garrett 1,205 Stacie 1,326
202 Terrence 1,192 Tracey 1,313
203 Dwayne 1,167 Claudia 1,308
204 Melvin 1,158 Angelica 1,305
205 Micah 1,145 Marisa 1,293
206 Ramon 1,142 Sonya 1,287
207 Javier 1,141 Sonia 1,276
208 Johnathan 1,141 Kate 1,260
209 Colin 1,140 Priscilla 1,256
210 Cameron 1,130 Olivia 1,253
211 Fernando 1,130 Cara 1,247
212 Glenn 1,117 Yvonne 1,234
213 Raul 1,117 Abigail 1,225
214 Pedro 1,098 Traci 1,217
215 Joey 1,095 Tricia 1,209
216 Ralph 1,081 Kelley 1,201
217 Clint 1,076 Ruth 1,201
218 Stanley 1,066 Charity 1,198
219 Clifford 1,046 Shana 1,198
220 Jarrod 1,046 Audrey 1,178
221 Dominic 1,031 Latisha 1,175
222 Rafael 1,025 Naomi 1,175
223 Jessie 1,023 Alyssa 1,174
224 Jonathon 1,019 Carol 1,164
225 Andy 1,012 Krystal 1,164
226 Grant 1,010 Jana 1,161
227 Ross 1,002 Rosa 1,152
228 Heath 998 Keri 1,151
229 Austin 994 Ana 1,139
230 Brendan 991 Anita 1,139
231 Armando 976 Terri 1,128
232 Eduardo 967 Leigh 1,126
233 Levi 962 Cristina 1,123
234 Karl 960 Kathy 1,112
235 Marco 957 Kerri 1,110
236 Devin 939 Alissa 1,090
237 Francis 929 Nikki 1,085
238 Howard 928 Christa 1,080
239 Harry 914 Karla 1,080
240 Noah 914 Janice 1,078
241 Clarence 911 Gloria 1,076
242 Leon 907 Lynn 1,070
243 Nicolas 907 Shelley 1,065
244 Erick 902 Jasmine 1,042
245 Earl 893 Lakisha 1,042
246 Daryl 871 Leticia 1,017
247 Caleb 859 Sylvia 1,016
248 Franklin 858 Alexis 1,010
249 Byron 854 Jeanette 1,007
250 Spencer 851 Annette 1,001

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

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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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