Most Popular Baby Names in 1986

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1986. 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 1986, 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 64,224 Jessica 52,683
2 Christopher 56,701 Ashley 49,676
3 Matthew 46,929 Amanda 40,532
4 Joshua 37,547 Jennifer 36,184
5 David 37,160 Sarah 28,161
6 Daniel 36,578 Stephanie 22,649
7 James 34,048 Nicole 21,289
8 Andrew 33,860 Brittany 20,313
9 Robert 31,359 Heather 19,792
10 John 30,211 Elizabeth 19,074
11 Ryan 29,523 Megan 18,592
12 Joseph 28,837 Melissa 17,665
13 Brandon 27,258 Amber 16,952
14 Justin 26,634 Lauren 16,680
15 William 24,331 Rachel 15,454
16 Jonathan 23,974 Danielle 14,943
17 Nicholas 22,799 Tiffany 14,483
18 Jason 22,406 Kimberly 14,418
19 Anthony 21,955 Christina 14,383
20 Brian 21,033 Laura 14,176
21 Kevin 19,937 Samantha 14,092
22 Eric 19,526 Amy 13,456
23 Kyle 19,312 Michelle 13,302
24 Adam 18,166 Emily 13,236
25 Steven 18,099 Crystal 12,688
26 Thomas 17,356 Rebecca 11,790
27 Timothy 16,876 Sara 11,054
28 Jeremy 16,265 Katherine 10,573
29 Richard 15,012 Kelly 10,412
30 Benjamin 13,802 Erin 10,069
31 Jacob 13,653 Erica 9,973
32 Jeffrey 13,647 Whitney 9,536
33 Aaron 12,689 Angela 9,268
34 Charles 12,626 Jamie 9,234
35 Mark 12,612 Courtney 9,122
36 Stephen 11,877 Andrea 8,638
37 Sean 11,781 Mary 8,508
38 Zachary 11,725 Katie 8,333
39 Patrick 11,407 Lindsey 8,052
40 Tyler 10,913 Lisa 7,905
41 Alexander 10,608 Kristen 7,845
42 Dustin 10,316 Allison 7,577
43 Nathan 9,998 Vanessa 7,467
44 Scott 9,967 Shannon 7,404
45 Paul 9,716 Alicia 7,016
46 Gregory 9,535 Lindsay 6,951
47 Bryan 8,651 Christine 6,921
48 Jesse 8,543 Kathryn 6,392
49 Travis 8,481 Maria 6,133
50 Kenneth 8,453 Kristin 6,000
51 Jose 8,366 Anna 5,910
52 Samuel 7,577 Natalie 5,706
53 Jordan 7,303 Victoria 5,676
54 Bradley 7,038 April 5,675
55 Shawn 7,015 Jenna 5,417
56 Cody 6,933 Tara 5,084
57 Derek 6,901 Jacqueline 5,037
58 Jared 6,118 Julie 5,017
59 Chad 6,024 Monica 5,013
60 Peter 5,801 Cassandra 4,989
61 Edward 5,776 Krystal 4,928
62 Corey 5,768 Holly 4,839
63 Marcus 5,274 Kristina 4,839
64 Alex 5,110 Kayla 4,657
65 Juan 5,077 Brittney 4,594
66 Keith 5,036 Patricia 4,248
67 Shane 4,929 Catherine 4,242
68 Cory 4,870 Kathleen 4,130
69 Brett 4,729 Caitlin 3,880
70 Phillip 4,706 Natasha 3,873
71 Donald 4,662 Meghan 3,870
72 Joel 4,506 Alexandra 3,805
73 Antonio 4,406 Chelsea 3,753
74 George 4,345 Erika 3,679
75 Ronald 4,224 Diana 3,668
76 Carlos 4,091 Valerie 3,617
77 Raymond 4,055 Veronica 3,578
78 Nathaniel 4,031 Leah 3,455
79 Luis 4,026 Brandi 3,431
80 Craig 3,924 Casey 3,423
81 Evan 3,888 Cynthia 3,423
82 Casey 3,763 Hannah 3,387
83 Douglas 3,761 Mallory 3,323
84 Gary 3,719 Brandy 3,296
85 Ian 3,715 Alyssa 3,224
86 Philip 3,665 Leslie 3,221
87 Derrick 3,327 Stacy 3,220
88 Victor 3,293 Julia 3,106
89 Christian 3,211 Bethany 3,082
90 Austin 3,204 Margaret 3,082
91 Frank 3,179 Felicia 3,081
92 Erik 3,106 Dana 3,076
93 Vincent 3,093 Krista 3,054
94 Brent 3,061 Stacey 3,041
95 Gabriel 3,049 Jasmine 2,991
96 Wesley 3,041 Alison 2,975
97 Seth 2,981 Melanie 2,973
98 Trevor 2,980 Dominique 2,944
99 Adrian 2,942 Katrina 2,830
100 Curtis 2,909 Karen 2,801
101 Blake 2,786 Kendra 2,759
102 Jeffery 2,771 Kara 2,721
103 Randy 2,729 Rachael 2,699
104 Dennis 2,706 Brooke 2,697
105 Mitchell 2,664 Nichole 2,651
106 Luke 2,653 Sandra 2,638
107 Alan 2,646 Jillian 2,588
108 Larry 2,622 Candice 2,560
109 Jesus 2,599 Carrie 2,560
110 Todd 2,585 Molly 2,548
111 Miguel 2,575 Latoya 2,537
112 Mario 2,474 Kelsey 2,516
113 Devin 2,446 Morgan 2,477
114 Carl 2,443 Candace 2,458
115 Johnathan 2,416 Marissa 2,442
116 Russell 2,407 Nancy 2,426
117 Garrett 2,388 Tracy 2,424
118 Jeremiah 2,381 Susan 2,390
119 Martin 2,378 Gina 2,362
120 Tony 2,359 Sabrina 2,313
121 Jerry 2,267 Lacey 2,266
122 Terry 2,251 Robin 2,265
123 Troy 2,251 Meagan 2,244
124 Ricardo 2,223 Brenda 2,240
125 Johnny 2,205 Alisha 2,236
126 Lucas 2,196 Joanna 2,226
127 Jorge 2,183 Renee 2,214
128 Allen 2,118 Denise 2,205
129 Jonathon 2,107 Alexis 2,196
130 Bobby 2,104 Angelica 2,146
131 Caleb 2,098 Heidi 2,122
132 Shaun 2,065 Ashlee 2,118
133 Andre 2,051 Jaclyn 2,103
134 Lance 2,051 Tamara 2,101
135 Cameron 2,049 Jordan 2,084
136 Taylor 2,036 Monique 2,048
137 Marc 2,030 Miranda 2,036
138 Drew 2,001 Pamela 2,017
139 Henry 1,995 Tabitha 2,009
140 Kristopher 1,994 Teresa 2,009
141 Chase 1,968 Desiree 2,006
142 Mathew 1,967 Kelli 2,001
143 Manuel 1,960 Abigail 1,996
144 Ricky 1,956 Theresa 1,979
145 Lee 1,933 Misty 1,970
146 Francisco 1,916 Tina 1,961
147 Danny 1,914 Melinda 1,959
148 Randall 1,888 Linda 1,952
149 Dylan 1,833 Katelyn 1,939
150 Jimmy 1,820 Meredith 1,927
151 Lawrence 1,789 Anne 1,919
152 Ross 1,775 Colleen 1,841
153 Micheal 1,769 Rebekah 1,835
154 Albert 1,749 Brianna 1,815
155 Isaac 1,735 Savannah 1,810
156 Walter 1,715 Cassie 1,808
157 Roberto 1,709 Caroline 1,804
158 Colin 1,691 Kristy 1,787
159 Louis 1,686 Jill 1,774
160 Billy 1,685 Tanya 1,765
161 Clayton 1,672 Krystle 1,752
162 Calvin 1,665 Carolyn 1,737
163 Angel 1,651 Cristina 1,707
164 Spencer 1,645 Deanna 1,663
165 Alejandro 1,632 Ebony 1,662
166 Rodney 1,630 Ana 1,640
167 Roger 1,609 Jenny 1,631
168 Darren 1,580 Kristi 1,615
169 Arthur 1,571 Sierra 1,611
170 Oscar 1,571 Kari 1,599
171 Jake 1,552 Angel 1,583
172 Julian 1,543 Bridget 1,575
173 Joe 1,537 Sheena 1,573
174 Clinton 1,527 Christy 1,555
175 Jack 1,520 Priscilla 1,536
176 Maurice 1,509 Marie 1,523
177 Jon 1,506 Wendy 1,518
178 Willie 1,490 Christa 1,513
179 Grant 1,485 Mayra 1,502
180 Jay 1,482 Barbara 1,488
181 Hector 1,473 Audrey 1,487
182 Jamie 1,469 Kaitlin 1,466
183 Gerald 1,455 Lori 1,466
184 Javier 1,427 Dawn 1,452
185 Brendan 1,401 Cindy 1,446
186 Ruben 1,382 Kate 1,443
187 Dominic 1,370 Sharon 1,428
188 Reginald 1,350 Michele 1,424
189 Bruce 1,348 Britney 1,404
190 Edwin 1,345 Stefanie 1,389
191 Wayne 1,342 Virginia 1,367
192 Logan 1,328 Kristine 1,366
193 Fernando 1,323 Carla 1,344
194 Omar 1,314 Cara 1,339
195 Sergio 1,311 Claudia 1,332
196 Darrell 1,308 Adrienne 1,321
197 Roy 1,283 Aimee 1,318
198 Frederick 1,269 Claire 1,306
199 Geoffrey 1,263 Ann 1,303
200 Theodore 1,255 Tasha 1,302
201 Bryce 1,219 Tonya 1,298
202 Jaime 1,212 Deborah 1,287
203 Rafael 1,207 Haley 1,278
204 Ivan 1,204 Jessie 1,277
205 Emmanuel 1,185 Regina 1,269
206 Pedro 1,167 Trisha 1,268
207 Jerome 1,165 Robyn 1,262
208 Raul 1,164 Jacquelyn 1,261
209 Levi 1,163 Justine 1,259
210 Tyrone 1,158 Emma 1,258
211 Neil 1,152 Ashleigh 1,257
212 Marvin 1,136 Adriana 1,247
213 Terrance 1,134 Sade 1,245
214 Preston 1,121 Janet 1,236
215 Jessie 1,117 Olivia 1,231
216 Brad 1,103 Janelle 1,220
217 Micah 1,100 Jaime 1,219
218 Eddie 1,087 Taylor 1,216
219 Darryl 1,075 Kaitlyn 1,207
220 Dane 1,069 Latasha 1,204
221 Cole 1,068 Carmen 1,198
222 Ronnie 1,064 Shawna 1,195
223 Armando 1,062 Carly 1,189
224 Andres 1,059 Kasey 1,181
225 Kurt 1,058 Sasha 1,159
226 Devon 1,053 Grace 1,157
227 Noah 1,037 Martha 1,153
228 Ramon 1,029 Beth 1,135
229 Eduardo 1,022 Lydia 1,127
230 Edgar 1,020 Summer 1,127
231 Eugene 1,019 Autumn 1,122
232 Alberto 1,013 Alexandria 1,121
233 Ernest 1,007 Abby 1,120
234 Julio 994 Jeanette 1,111
235 Steve 990 Briana 1,106
236 Glenn 982 Shana 1,094
237 Dale 980 Bonnie 1,092
238 Nicolas 974 Hillary 1,083
239 Tommy 964 Ruth 1,083
240 Tyson 959 Evelyn 1,080
241 Jermaine 952 Kellie 1,077
242 Terrence 938 Toni 1,074
243 Max 923 Nina 1,073
244 Tristan 922 Mindy 1,072
245 Francis 914 Sophia 1,059
246 Marco 911 Mandy 1,057
247 Abraham 910 Marisa 1,054
248 Karl 903 Elise 1,044
249 Leonard 901 Joy 1,036
250 Bryant 897 Nikita 1,034

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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