Most Popular Baby Names in 1981

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1981. 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 1981, 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 68,776 Jennifer 57,049
2 Christopher 50,239 Jessica 42,537
3 Matthew 43,336 Amanda 34,373
4 Jason 41,932 Sarah 28,174
5 David 40,671 Melissa 28,003
6 Joshua 39,052 Amy 20,347
7 James 38,315 Nicole 20,314
8 John 34,886 Stephanie 20,211
9 Robert 34,411 Elizabeth 20,176
10 Daniel 30,996 Heather 17,946
11 Joseph 30,776 Michelle 17,777
12 Justin 27,312 Rebecca 16,738
13 Ryan 26,824 Kimberly 16,689
14 Brian 26,599 Tiffany 16,413
15 William 24,806 Angela 15,922
16 Jonathan 22,603 Crystal 15,883
17 Eric 20,726 Christina 14,397
18 Andrew 20,237 Lisa 14,294
19 Brandon 20,218 Erin 13,857
20 Adam 20,040 Amber 13,813
21 Nicholas 19,780 Laura 13,291
22 Jeremy 19,118 Rachel 12,588
23 Anthony 18,583 Kelly 11,876
24 Timothy 18,230 Andrea 11,684
25 Kevin 17,462 April 11,403
26 Thomas 17,170 Sara 11,358
27 Richard 16,858 Mary 11,044
28 Steven 16,489 Jamie 10,981
29 Jeffrey 15,930 Emily 10,802
30 Aaron 14,697 Danielle 10,039
31 Charles 14,436 Kristin 9,737
32 Benjamin 14,361 Shannon 9,228
33 Mark 13,544 Megan 8,967
34 Scott 12,727 Ashley 8,879
35 Paul 11,778 Lauren 8,814
36 Nathan 11,264 Erica 8,625
37 Jesse 10,451 Julie 8,565
38 Patrick 10,389 Kristen 8,542
39 Stephen 10,300 Katherine 8,436
40 Travis 10,108 Maria 7,678
41 Kenneth 9,476 Brandy 6,895
42 Dustin 9,355 Christine 6,854
43 Jacob 9,351 Courtney 6,638
44 Sean 8,894 Katie 6,600
45 Jose 8,770 Tara 6,367
46 Gregory 8,757 Alicia 5,855
47 Chad 8,414 Lindsay 5,845
48 Bryan 7,219 Kathryn 5,822
49 Shawn 7,077 Monica 5,783
50 Bradley 6,897 Brandi 5,526
51 Edward 6,660 Samantha 5,521
52 Kyle 6,574 Brooke 5,330
53 Derek 6,481 Patricia 5,283
54 Samuel 6,039 Anna 5,192
55 Peter 6,003 Carrie 5,094
56 Donald 5,911 Leslie 4,934
57 Jared 5,866 Allison 4,905
58 Keith 5,619 Lindsey 4,863
59 Ronald 5,537 Cynthia 4,857
60 Juan 5,498 Natalie 4,857
61 George 5,159 Misty 4,799
62 Gary 4,947 Vanessa 4,747
63 Zachary 4,852 Holly 4,565
64 Douglas 4,791 Karen 4,538
65 Joel 4,541 Stacy 4,480
66 Phillip 4,541 Melanie 4,475
67 Marcus 4,510 Jacqueline 4,336
68 Raymond 4,366 Veronica 4,314
69 Corey 4,249 Latoya 4,267
70 Alexander 4,241 Susan 4,248
71 Carlos 4,185 Dana 4,247
72 Craig 4,095 Kristina 4,061
73 Todd 3,957 Catherine 4,056
74 Larry 3,954 Sandra 4,035
75 Antonio 3,924 Diana 3,970
76 Erik 3,923 Pamela 3,884
77 Jeremiah 3,895 Tracy 3,868
78 Derrick 3,850 Jill 3,857
79 Brett 3,774 Dawn 3,838
80 Nathaniel 3,721 Tina 3,821
81 Shane 3,713 Leah 3,809
82 Frank 3,639 Kathleen 3,777
83 Dennis 3,633 Stacey 3,753
84 Philip 3,579 Heidi 3,737
85 Casey 3,519 Natasha 3,730
86 Shaun 3,383 Candice 3,697
87 Gabriel 3,376 Victoria 3,691
88 Lucas 3,375 Julia 3,670
89 Brent 3,374 Valerie 3,611
90 Cory 3,359 Wendy 3,609
91 Luis 3,345 Lori 3,478
92 Randy 3,340 Tanya 3,408
93 Jeffery 3,335 Erika 3,398
94 Curtis 3,196 Kristy 3,263
95 Seth 3,139 Katrina 3,259
96 Tyler 3,121 Denise 3,202
97 Jerry 3,056 Teresa 3,122
98 Russell 3,048 Renee 2,995
99 Wesley 3,043 Theresa 2,943
100 Luke 3,019 Christy 2,942
101 Ian 2,932 Nancy 2,911
102 Jordan 2,923 Robin 2,869
103 Billy 2,883 Monique 2,860
104 Victor 2,843 Cassandra 2,855
105 Terry 2,815 Anne 2,809
106 Carl 2,791 Gina 2,799
107 Vincent 2,768 Margaret 2,791
108 Jesus 2,759 Melinda 2,774
109 Mario 2,716 Nichole 2,772
110 Bobby 2,659 Tonya 2,755
111 Tony 2,649 Linda 2,729
112 Alan 2,593 Brenda 2,721
113 Johnny 2,555 Alison 2,703
114 Troy 2,516 Bethany 2,691
115 Adrian 2,470 Tamara 2,651
116 Miguel 2,399 Meghan 2,617
117 Ricardo 2,362 Tammy 2,586
118 Jamie 2,356 Candace 2,580
119 Cody 2,327 Barbara 2,530
120 Roger 2,244 Sabrina 2,496
121 Christian 2,235 Kara 2,438
122 Ricky 2,220 Casey 2,420
123 Lee 2,212 Jenny 2,402
124 Clinton 2,207 Jaime 2,385
125 Lawrence 2,194 Beth 2,309
126 Henry 2,186 Kelli 2,280
127 Martin 2,154 Michele 2,272
128 Jorge 2,109 Miranda 2,239
129 Jimmy 2,097 Kristi 2,206
130 Danny 2,094 Sharon 2,154
131 Allen 2,062 Krystal 2,133
132 Jon 2,057 Rachael 2,131
133 Andre 2,055 Ann 2,123
134 Marc 2,050 Cheryl 2,116
135 Rodney 2,029 Molly 2,089
136 Micheal 2,021 Mandy 2,088
137 Randall 2,011 Jillian 2,081
138 Walter 1,990 Colleen 2,069
139 Evan 1,972 Latasha 2,059
140 Mitchell 1,966 Meredith 2,047
141 Willie 1,966 Tasha 2,018
142 Manuel 1,961 Alisha 1,997
143 Brad 1,958 Marie 1,989
144 Francisco 1,956 Carolyn 1,958
145 Albert 1,942 Kari 1,954
146 Kristopher 1,934 Deanna 1,941
147 Roberto 1,928 Tabitha 1,919
148 Alex 1,873 Rebekah 1,906
149 Joe 1,860 Deborah 1,904
150 Isaac 1,837 Bridget 1,900
151 Louis 1,807 Regina 1,881
152 Arthur 1,803 Kendra 1,850
153 Jay 1,784 Krista 1,848
154 Gerald 1,764 Mindy 1,828
155 Trevor 1,758 Joanna 1,827
156 Wayne 1,751 Abigail 1,815
157 Roy 1,725 Angel 1,815
158 Johnathan 1,711 Jaclyn 1,808
159 Blake 1,704 Virginia 1,802
160 Lance 1,685 Carla 1,788
161 Jermaine 1,681 Suzanne 1,776
162 Maurice 1,645 Morgan 1,769
163 Jonathon 1,643 Cindy 1,747
164 Bruce 1,635 Trisha 1,726
165 Mathew 1,626 Brittany 1,714
166 Jack 1,613 Donna 1,700
167 Garrett 1,498 Nina 1,700
168 Alejandro 1,490 Felicia 1,630
169 Ruben 1,473 Bonnie 1,624
170 Frederick 1,470 Joy 1,622
171 Oscar 1,465 Desiree 1,607
172 Calvin 1,457 Alexis 1,585
173 Austin 1,454 Jodi 1,579
174 Omar 1,436 Adrienne 1,573
175 Caleb 1,430 Martha 1,572
176 Darren 1,426 Janet 1,568
177 Hector 1,410 Yolanda 1,565
178 Jaime 1,410 Ebony 1,554
179 Reginald 1,409 Summer 1,544
180 Noah 1,400 Priscilla 1,539
181 Ronnie 1,370 Claudia 1,531
182 Levi 1,365 Aimee 1,506
183 Jerome 1,364 Angelica 1,502
184 Darrell 1,361 Autumn 1,496
185 Barry 1,350 Stefanie 1,487
186 Clayton 1,349 Paula 1,480
187 Edwin 1,333 Marissa 1,450
188 Neil 1,332 Carmen 1,449
189 Cameron 1,325 Ana 1,440
190 Raul 1,318 Hannah 1,414
191 Eddie 1,316 Jasmine 1,400
192 Javier 1,307 Kate 1,397
193 Ernest 1,305 Caroline 1,391
194 Angel 1,300 Lacey 1,369
195 Terrance 1,276 Robyn 1,368
196 Jessie 1,252 Jenna 1,360
197 Dale 1,250 Kristine 1,360
198 Geoffrey 1,245 Shawna 1,358
199 Fernando 1,243 Rhonda 1,356
200 Ross 1,241 Toni 1,351
201 Colin 1,227 Cristina 1,347
202 Pedro 1,227 Debra 1,342
203 Sergio 1,223 Janelle 1,317
204 Rafael 1,213 Whitney 1,302
205 Tommy 1,213 Audrey 1,285
206 Tyrone 1,211 Diane 1,271
207 Shannon 1,204 Ruth 1,267
208 Leonard 1,192 Sherry 1,266
209 Kelly 1,182 Cara 1,261
210 Clifford 1,178 Shanna 1,255
211 Eugene 1,173 Sophia 1,235
212 Marvin 1,170 Shelly 1,229
213 Micah 1,169 Rosa 1,225
214 Kurt 1,161 Cassie 1,224
215 Brendan 1,158 Laurie 1,224
216 Clint 1,145 Naomi 1,224
217 Ramon 1,137 Sheila 1,214
218 Theodore 1,134 Abby 1,211
219 Armando 1,125 Jessie 1,210
220 Steve 1,115 Alexandra 1,205
221 Glenn 1,107 Tamika 1,187
222 Grant 1,100 Kellie 1,177
223 Harold 1,099 Melody 1,176
224 Terrence 1,077 Marisa 1,168
225 Joey 1,072 Jacquelyn 1,148
226 Karl 1,063 Sonya 1,137
227 Melvin 1,051 Sonia 1,131
228 Damien 1,037 Alyssa 1,129
229 Beau 1,027 Gloria 1,109
230 Stanley 1,016 Leigh 1,100
231 Dominic 1,013 Rose 1,096
232 Dwayne 1,010 Jeanette 1,088
233 Jarrod 1,006 Yvonne 1,082
234 Ivan 1,002 Terri 1,067
235 Byron 996 Stacie 1,062
236 Francis 973 Anita 1,057
237 Andy 969 Adriana 1,045
238 Eduardo 944 Carol 1,044
239 Darryl 937 Tracey 1,038
240 Edgar 934 Nikki 1,036
241 Alberto 932 Leticia 1,036
242 Drew 917 Christie 1,031
243 Cesar 915 Evelyn 1,030
244 Cedric 910 Olivia 1,029
245 Tyson 908 Kerri 1,024
246 Marco 904 Tia 1,010
247 Ralph 897 Sylvia 1,008
248 Nicolas 895 Charlene 1,003
249 Julio 888 Keri 999
250 Erick 874 Becky 993

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.

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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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