Most Popular Baby Names in 1988

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1988. 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 1988, 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 64,150 Jessica 51,546
2 Christopher 53,010 Ashley 49,967
3 Matthew 45,876 Amanda 39,459
4 Joshua 42,656 Sarah 28,371
5 Andrew 35,745 Jennifer 27,890
6 David 35,319 Brittany 26,816
7 Justin 35,048 Stephanie 22,842
8 Daniel 34,710 Samantha 20,700
9 James 32,517 Nicole 20,309
10 Robert 30,320 Elizabeth 20,041
11 John 29,416 Lauren 19,637
12 Joseph 29,010 Megan 18,569
13 Ryan 27,741 Tiffany 18,365
14 Nicholas 25,296 Heather 18,038
15 Jonathan 24,349 Amber 16,677
16 William 24,128 Melissa 16,544
17 Brandon 23,732 Danielle 16,253
18 Anthony 23,637 Emily 15,872
19 Kevin 20,168 Rachel 15,343
20 Eric 20,166 Kayla 13,431
21 Kyle 19,894 Michelle 13,338
22 Brian 19,534 Christina 12,956
23 Thomas 18,809 Laura 12,123
24 Steven 17,864 Courtney 12,041
25 Timothy 16,806 Kimberly 11,946
26 Adam 16,465 Rebecca 11,871
27 Jason 15,910 Katherine 11,152
28 Jacob 15,879 Crystal 10,102
29 Zachary 15,871 Amy 10,035
30 Benjamin 15,189 Sara 10,014
31 Aaron 14,408 Erica 9,590
32 Richard 14,144 Kelly 8,911
33 Tyler 13,344 Chelsea 8,881
34 Alexander 13,339 Mary 8,510
35 Jeremy 13,168 Andrea 8,391
36 Jeffrey 12,401 Kristen 8,381
37 Charles 12,107 Erin 8,263
38 Sean 11,788 Angela 7,913
39 Mark 11,706 Whitney 7,852
40 Stephen 11,606 Katie 7,767
41 Travis 11,419 Vanessa 7,515
42 Patrick 11,394 Victoria 7,282
43 Cody 10,582 Lisa 7,268
44 Nathan 10,150 Caitlin 7,246
45 Samuel 9,559 Jamie 7,182
46 Paul 9,434 Allison 7,143
47 Scott 9,351 Alyssa 7,135
48 Dustin 9,337 Lindsey 7,001
49 Jose 9,002 Alexandra 6,967
50 Gregory 8,631 Alicia 6,700
51 Kenneth 8,567 Christine 6,611
52 Jordan 8,489 Brittney 6,576
53 Derek 8,072 Jasmine 6,445
54 Bryan 8,037 Anna 6,441
55 Jesse 7,911 Kathryn 6,338
56 Corey 7,330 Shannon 6,254
57 Bradley 7,019 Lindsay 6,025
58 Alex 6,406 Kristin 6,019
59 Cory 6,264 Cassandra 5,726
60 Jared 6,208 Maria 5,708
61 Shawn 5,893 Hannah 5,562
62 Edward 5,800 Jacqueline 5,545
63 Austin 5,587 Natalie 5,483
64 Peter 5,427 Kelsey 5,454
65 Chad 5,299 April 4,839
66 Marcus 5,212 Jenna 4,608
67 Shane 5,172 Tara 4,607
68 Juan 5,166 Kristina 4,576
69 Cameron 4,986 Catherine 4,505
70 Keith 4,948 Monica 4,461
71 Phillip 4,577 Julie 4,460
72 Antonio 4,463 Holly 4,217
73 Brett 4,375 Natasha 4,038
74 Evan 4,335 Krystal 4,018
75 Luis 4,328 Kathleen 3,928
76 Donald 4,327 Erika 3,885
77 Ian 4,316 Patricia 3,799
78 George 4,294 Morgan 3,794
79 Ronald 4,175 Cynthia 3,786
80 Carlos 4,124 Kendra 3,761
81 Nathaniel 4,055 Meghan 3,609
82 Vincent 4,055 Leah 3,558
83 Casey 4,038 Veronica 3,525
84 Raymond 4,034 Katelyn 3,511
85 Joel 3,936 Diana 3,488
86 Christian 3,933 Molly 3,461
87 Trevor 3,695 Brooke 3,415
88 Douglas 3,655 Julia 3,360
89 Victor 3,624 Bethany 3,270
90 Seth 3,491 Dana 3,193
91 Taylor 3,490 Brandi 3,171
92 Wesley 3,477 Casey 3,149
93 Erik 3,476 Margaret 3,140
94 Philip 3,373 Leslie 3,080
95 Mitchell 3,322 Kara 3,039
96 Derrick 3,310 Brianna 2,963
97 Craig 3,306 Alexis 2,902
98 Devin 3,301 Kaitlin 2,842
99 Frank 3,271 Melanie 2,831
100 Gary 3,245 Rachael 2,831
101 Adrian 3,220 Marissa 2,809
102 Gabriel 3,118 Taylor 2,796
103 Blake 3,100 Valerie 2,767
104 Jesus 2,923 Jillian 2,746
105 Curtis 2,907 Felicia 2,703
106 Mario 2,893 Kaitlyn 2,689
107 Brent 2,868 Brandy 2,686
108 Caleb 2,816 Bianca 2,637
109 Logan 2,758 Angelica 2,612
110 Alan 2,754 Katrina 2,576
111 Miguel 2,730 Karen 2,567
112 Randy 2,716 Krista 2,567
113 Lucas 2,715 Alison 2,541
114 Spencer 2,694 Nichole 2,498
115 Johnathan 2,675 Jaclyn 2,497
116 Martin 2,651 Sabrina 2,437
117 Dennis 2,650 Candace 2,420
118 Garrett 2,645 Abigail 2,375
119 Luke 2,624 Stacey 2,369
120 Jeffery 2,584 Mallory 2,365
121 Ricardo 2,505 Nancy 2,346
122 Jorge 2,471 Caroline 2,323
123 Larry 2,447 Brenda 2,286
124 Troy 2,344 Alexandria 2,275
125 Jonathon 2,330 Stacy 2,273
126 Carl 2,317 Alisha 2,268
127 Chase 2,308 Desiree 2,266
128 Russell 2,298 Sandra 2,257
129 Jerry 2,266 Lacey 2,243
130 Johnny 2,266 Candice 2,227
131 Colin 2,259 Carrie 2,205
132 Francisco 2,256 Joanna 2,205
133 Tony 2,244 Ashlee 2,154
134 Allen 2,211 Olivia 2,141
135 Todd 2,202 Monique 2,131
136 Jeremiah 2,191 Jordan 2,128
137 Dylan 2,158 Gabrielle 2,099
138 Andre 2,152 Britney 2,085
139 Manuel 2,118 Denise 2,064
140 Henry 2,082 Susan 2,060
141 Terry 2,065 Meagan 2,054
142 Mathew 2,061 Gina 2,025
143 Isaac 1,963 Haley 2,004
144 Kristopher 1,956 Miranda 1,976
145 Danny 1,899 Dominique 1,905
146 Lance 1,892 Renee 1,891
147 Clayton 1,887 Sasha 1,886
148 Ricky 1,884 Melinda 1,879
149 Marc 1,873 Chelsey 1,878
150 Lawrence 1,862 Kelli 1,864
151 Angel 1,829 Meredith 1,860
152 Calvin 1,811 Paige 1,860
153 Albert 1,795 Anne 1,853
154 Randall 1,794 Tabitha 1,850
155 Brendan 1,793 Linda 1,845
156 Micheal 1,785 Priscilla 1,812
157 Lee 1,782 Latoya 1,810
158 Ross 1,770 Carolyn 1,802
159 Drew 1,753 Briana 1,801
160 Jimmy 1,732 Emma 1,791
161 Oscar 1,732 Robin 1,765
162 Rodney 1,730 Heidi 1,746
163 Bobby 1,716 Deanna 1,738
164 Bryant 1,714 Ebony 1,726
165 Jake 1,707 Grace 1,709
166 Louis 1,704 Angel 1,704
167 Julian 1,673 Colleen 1,703
168 Roberto 1,661 Rebekah 1,695
169 Shaun 1,656 Autumn 1,666
170 Hector 1,655 Ana 1,663
171 Jack 1,650 Theresa 1,657
172 Grant 1,624 Teresa 1,635
173 Edgar 1,617 Tracy 1,632
174 Levi 1,611 Tina 1,603
175 Walter 1,610 Carly 1,599
176 Alejandro 1,606 Cassie 1,599
177 Darren 1,597 Justine 1,591
178 Ruben 1,593 Bridget 1,566
179 Bryce 1,587 Cindy 1,556
180 Roger 1,578 Audrey 1,555
181 Javier 1,569 Sierra 1,551
182 Arthur 1,553 Jacquelyn 1,533
183 Edwin 1,552 Tamara 1,531
184 Sergio 1,546 Pamela 1,511
185 Billy 1,510 Tanya 1,505
186 Maurice 1,493 Barbara 1,504
187 Joe 1,472 Kari 1,496
188 Jamie 1,470 Cristina 1,483
189 Jon 1,447 Adriana 1,448
190 Devon 1,440 Claire 1,447
191 Willie 1,427 Marie 1,436
192 Omar 1,426 Mayra 1,433
193 Terrance 1,424 Adrienne 1,426
194 Gerald 1,405 Misty 1,407
195 Clinton 1,398 Jenny 1,401
196 Dominic 1,398 Kristine 1,375
197 Max 1,386 Jill 1,333
198 Eduardo 1,385 Ashleigh 1,315
199 Jay 1,362 Savannah 1,314
200 Fernando 1,360 Tasha 1,306
201 Preston 1,353 Kasey 1,297
202 Reginald 1,333 Virginia 1,292
203 Ivan 1,329 Wendy 1,292
204 Pedro 1,305 Karina 1,288
205 Bruce 1,283 Kristy 1,281
206 Rafael 1,282 Michele 1,272
207 Emmanuel 1,277 Cara 1,268
208 Jaime 1,256 Claudia 1,267
209 Wayne 1,243 Janelle 1,247
210 Terrence 1,241 Breanna 1,243
211 Theodore 1,239 Kristi 1,235
212 Raul 1,234 Nina 1,227
213 Geoffrey 1,232 Abby 1,222
214 Xavier 1,230 Kirsten 1,221
215 Andres 1,222 Yesenia 1,208
216 Darrell 1,213 Tiara 1,202
217 Maxwell 1,207 Sharon 1,196
218 Nicolas 1,204 Roxanne 1,191
219 Frederick 1,178 Ellen 1,186
220 Roy 1,163 Janet 1,178
221 Marvin 1,153 Lydia 1,174
222 Eddie 1,128 Ann 1,172
223 Jerome 1,127 Caitlyn 1,171
224 Micah 1,113 Carmen 1,168
225 Tyrone 1,112 Daisy 1,165
226 Alberto 1,096 Sophia 1,165
227 Jessie 1,082 Jessie 1,160
228 Marco 1,081 Raquel 1,156
229 Darryl 1,079 Stefanie 1,155
230 Noah 1,063 Kate 1,153
231 Byron 1,056 Martha 1,137
232 Cesar 1,051 Amelia 1,129
233 Kurt 1,042 Christy 1,129
234 Dominique 1,029 Evelyn 1,125
235 Mason 1,026 Kelley 1,125
236 Julio 1,023 Kellie 1,122
237 Jamal 1,018 Toni 1,119
238 Ronnie 1,013 Jocelyn 1,104
239 Ernest 1,002 Shawna 1,102
240 Neil 1,000 Elise 1,095
241 Ramon 994 Lori 1,090
242 Armando 994 Aimee 1,088
243 Hunter 979 Carla 1,086
244 Isaiah 978 Latasha 1,086
245 Abraham 974 Hillary 1,083
246 Brady 954 Trisha 1,067
247 Francis 952 Regina 1,064
248 Steve 949 Marisa 1,061
249 Darius 948 Dawn 1,061
250 Tommy 945 Deborah 1,056

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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