Most Popular Baby Names in 1987

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1987. 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 1987, 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 63,654 Jessica 55,995
2 Christopher 54,494 Ashley 54,853
3 Matthew 46,497 Amanda 41,786
4 Joshua 39,999 Jennifer 32,704
5 David 36,793 Sarah 27,892
6 Andrew 36,207 Stephanie 22,399
7 Daniel 35,870 Brittany 22,232
8 James 32,657 Nicole 20,289
9 Justin 31,494 Heather 18,980
10 Robert 30,232 Elizabeth 18,607
11 John 29,548 Samantha 17,943
12 Joseph 28,523 Megan 17,824
13 Ryan 28,490 Melissa 17,675
14 Brandon 24,822 Danielle 17,007
15 William 24,206 Amber 16,749
16 Nicholas 23,253 Lauren 16,706
17 Anthony 23,128 Rachel 15,644
18 Jonathan 23,108 Tiffany 14,743
19 Kevin 20,420 Emily 14,706
20 Brian 20,356 Christina 13,815
21 Eric 20,203 Michelle 13,034
22 Kyle 19,866 Laura 13,032
23 Jason 19,343 Kimberly 13,030
24 Thomas 18,132 Amy 11,786
25 Steven 17,770 Rebecca 11,630
26 Timothy 17,393 Crystal 11,009
27 Adam 16,929 Kayla 10,578
28 Benjamin 14,889 Katherine 10,435
29 Jeremy 14,475 Sara 10,089
30 Richard 14,405 Kelly 9,867
31 Jacob 14,320 Erica 9,327
32 Jeffrey 13,479 Whitney 8,920
33 Zachary 13,210 Courtney 8,910
34 Aaron 12,683 Erin 8,846
35 Charles 12,176 Angela 8,580
36 Mark 12,000 Andrea 8,493
37 Alexander 11,839 Mary 8,395
38 Stephen 11,549 Katie 8,195
39 Tyler 11,541 Jamie 7,914
40 Sean 11,453 Lisa 7,546
41 Patrick 11,144 Lindsey 7,454
42 Travis 10,399 Kristen 7,360
43 Scott 10,193 Vanessa 7,346
44 Dustin 10,102 Allison 7,341
45 Nathan 9,909 Shannon 6,966
46 Paul 9,706 Alicia 6,777
47 Gregory 9,131 Chelsea 6,629
48 Jose 8,738 Christine 6,619
49 Cody 8,670 Lindsay 6,532
50 Samuel 8,577 Victoria 6,255
51 Bryan 8,562 Kathryn 6,238
52 Jordan 8,406 Anna 6,169
53 Kenneth 8,356 Maria 5,675
54 Derek 8,251 Jacqueline 5,626
55 Jesse 7,985 Kristin 5,462
56 Bradley 6,916 Natalie 5,329
57 Corey 6,444 Jenna 5,305
58 Jared 6,210 April 5,296
59 Shawn 6,203 Alexandra 5,217
60 Alex 6,043 Alyssa 5,134
61 Edward 5,906 Brittney 5,128
62 Cory 5,851 Kristina 5,019
63 Chad 5,624 Caitlin 4,990
64 Peter 5,545 Monica 4,809
65 Shane 5,307 Julie 4,742
66 Juan 4,977 Hannah 4,594
67 Marcus 4,949 Kelsey 4,574
68 Phillip 4,811 Cassandra 4,555
69 Keith 4,786 Tara 4,445
70 Donald 4,503 Krystal 4,379
71 Brett 4,432 Holly 4,259
72 Antonio 4,420 Kathleen 4,164
73 Ronald 4,152 Natasha 4,129
74 Carlos 4,145 Catherine 4,107
75 Joel 4,136 Erika 3,992
76 Austin 4,093 Patricia 3,913
77 George 4,089 Kendra 3,841
78 Nathaniel 4,051 Meghan 3,769
79 Raymond 3,997 Jasmine 3,725
80 Casey 3,926 Veronica 3,616
81 Ian 3,926 Casey 3,581
82 Luis 3,916 Leah 3,453
83 Evan 3,867 Dana 3,423
84 Philip 3,840 Cynthia 3,395
85 Douglas 3,804 Diana 3,353
86 Derrick 3,532 Julia 3,330
87 Gary 3,486 Bethany 3,296
88 Craig 3,365 Brandi 3,244
89 Seth 3,339 Leslie 3,195
90 Christian 3,324 Margaret 3,146
91 Victor 3,305 Mallory 3,140
92 Wesley 3,244 Brandy 3,032
93 Trevor 3,237 Valerie 2,964
94 Erik 3,234 Brooke 2,956
95 Vincent 3,172 Morgan 2,926
96 Cameron 3,159 Felicia 2,911
97 Frank 3,127 Molly 2,889
98 Devin 3,078 Rachael 2,833
99 Gabriel 3,078 Jillian 2,793
100 Curtis 2,909 Alison 2,770
101 Mitchell 2,871 Melanie 2,746
102 Adrian 2,847 Stacy 2,746
103 Brent 2,835 Stacey 2,709
104 Randy 2,789 Kara 2,700
105 Jesus 2,788 Katrina 2,613
106 Blake 2,786 Angelica 2,602
107 Dennis 2,756 Karen 2,580
108 Mario 2,738 Krista 2,550
109 Jeffery 2,646 Marissa 2,545
110 Miguel 2,637 Sabrina 2,543
111 Luke 2,591 Nichole 2,538
112 Alan 2,586 Ashlee 2,466
113 Garrett 2,585 Alexis 2,459
114 Caleb 2,503 Dominique 2,444
115 Larry 2,502 Sandra 2,411
116 Johnathan 2,478 Jaclyn 2,404
117 Taylor 2,432 Lacey 2,399
118 Martin 2,404 Alisha 2,392
119 Russell 2,380 Carrie 2,389
120 Todd 2,356 Candace 2,330
121 Lucas 2,326 Candice 2,291
122 Troy 2,294 Brianna 2,287
123 Tony 2,290 Gina 2,270
124 Spencer 2,251 Desiree 2,251
125 Jerry 2,233 Susan 2,248
126 Carl 2,222 Nancy 2,235
127 Johnny 2,202 Katelyn 2,218
128 Allen 2,173 Brenda 2,151
129 Jorge 2,170 Latoya 2,151
130 Jeremiah 2,138 Monique 2,119
131 Ricardo 2,122 Kelli 2,110
132 Jonathon 2,117 Denise 2,104
133 Terry 2,101 Joanna 2,056
134 Colin 2,097 Renee 2,048
135 Francisco 2,095 Caroline 2,046
136 Andre 2,093 Meagan 2,004
137 Henry 2,088 Yesenia 2,003
138 Manuel 2,084 Abigail 2,001
139 Chase 2,070 Tracy 1,990
140 Mathew 2,045 Miranda 1,977
141 Dylan 1,998 Kaitlin 1,958
142 Lance 1,993 Linda 1,930
143 Marc 1,969 Melinda 1,921
144 Logan 1,951 Heidi 1,914
145 Kristopher 1,938 Robin 1,912
146 Lawrence 1,899 Jordan 1,901
147 Bobby 1,886 Anne 1,869
148 Ricky 1,854 Meredith 1,815
149 Danny 1,844 Carolyn 1,813
150 Randall 1,832 Tina 1,811
151 Shaun 1,829 Tabitha 1,809
152 Isaac 1,827 Sasha 1,802
153 Clayton 1,814 Pamela 1,783
154 Lee 1,811 Teresa 1,781
155 Jimmy 1,810 Cassie 1,755
156 Brendan 1,808 Tanya 1,750
157 Calvin 1,790 Ebony 1,748
158 Albert 1,767 Colleen 1,746
159 Micheal 1,765 Theresa 1,743
160 Drew 1,759 Tamara 1,736
161 Louis 1,683 Rebekah 1,731
162 Ross 1,666 Misty 1,713
163 Oscar 1,660 Kaitlyn 1,707
164 Angel 1,654 Taylor 1,705
165 Jack 1,652 Jenny 1,700
166 Jake 1,637 Olivia 1,698
167 Roberto 1,627 Kari 1,671
168 Billy 1,622 Priscilla 1,648
169 Edgar 1,602 Ana 1,646
170 Darren 1,601 Deanna 1,638
171 Rodney 1,595 Paige 1,638
172 Hector 1,591 Barbara 1,633
173 Alejandro 1,584 Sierra 1,621
174 Walter 1,575 Gabrielle 1,606
175 Grant 1,563 Emma 1,588
176 Roger 1,559 Justine 1,586
177 Arthur 1,557 Britney 1,585
178 Jamie 1,541 Haley 1,557
179 Javier 1,530 Alexandria 1,554
180 Ruben 1,527 Bridget 1,540
181 Jon 1,515 Kristy 1,512
182 Bryant 1,498 Mayra 1,512
183 Julian 1,491 Marie 1,498
184 Joe 1,488 Audrey 1,487
185 Jay 1,486 Cristina 1,479
186 Willie 1,479 Chelsey 1,477
187 Maurice 1,472 Savannah 1,469
188 Max 1,453 Adrienne 1,467
189 Sergio 1,444 Jacquelyn 1,466
190 Gerald 1,441 Briana 1,450
191 Edwin 1,405 Kate 1,449
192 Emmanuel 1,401 Angel 1,445
193 Levi 1,393 Autumn 1,441
194 Clinton 1,361 Cindy 1,424
195 Bryce 1,354 Kristi 1,420
196 Reginald 1,336 Carly 1,412
197 Dominic 1,335 Jill 1,409
198 Bruce 1,305 Grace 1,378
199 Geoffrey 1,304 Kristine 1,369
200 Wayne 1,298 Wendy 1,356
201 Omar 1,288 Ashleigh 1,347
202 Preston 1,278 Claire 1,334
203 Roy 1,258 Kasey 1,315
204 Pedro 1,256 Janet 1,312
205 Darrell 1,233 Michele 1,310
206 Theodore 1,217 Claudia 1,304
207 Rafael 1,216 Christy 1,293
208 Fernando 1,202 Tasha 1,279
209 Devon 1,195 Nina 1,263
210 Jaime 1,183 Stefanie 1,259
211 Jerome 1,181 Sharon 1,248
212 Raul 1,180 Virginia 1,246
213 Frederick 1,171 Cara 1,232
214 Jessie 1,163 Aimee 1,229
215 Tyrone 1,149 Jessie 1,222
216 Terrance 1,133 Janelle 1,217
217 Ivan 1,130 Toni 1,216
218 Andres 1,102 Adriana 1,210
219 Eddie 1,095 Lydia 1,209
220 Eduardo 1,079 Krystle 1,207
221 Marvin 1,079 Ann 1,204
222 Neil 1,078 Deborah 1,203
223 Darryl 1,076 Latasha 1,202
224 Micah 1,064 Regina 1,200
225 Armando 1,051 Carla 1,199
226 Terrence 1,044 Kelley 1,197
227 Ronnie 1,039 Tonya 1,189
228 Brad 1,026 Trisha 1,189
229 Kurt 1,022 Lori 1,170
230 Nicolas 1,019 Raquel 1,170
231 Maxwell 1,015 Sheena 1,154
232 Julio 1,008 Dawn 1,153
233 Cole 1,003 Kellie 1,153
234 Steve 1,003 Carmen 1,151
235 Ramon 1,001 Elise 1,143
236 Noah 995 Martha 1,142
237 Jamal 988 Shawna 1,126
238 Tommy 988 Sophia 1,124
239 Glenn 987 Jaime 1,108
240 Alberto 984 Ellen 1,080
241 Xavier 970 Hillary 1,079
242 Leonard 966 Nikki 1,072
243 Marco 957 Jeanette 1,066
244 Francis 950 Randi 1,062
245 Ernest 947 Abby 1,051
246 Tyson 936 Robyn 1,050
247 Tristan 932 Summer 1,041
248 Dale 930 Donna 1,032
249 Byron 929 Ruth 1,031
250 Erick 918 Roxanne 1,021

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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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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