Most Popular Baby Names in 1997

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1997. 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 1997, 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 37,549 Emily 25,734
2 Jacob 34,156 Jessica 21,043
3 Matthew 31,514 Ashley 20,896
4 Christopher 29,105 Sarah 20,711
5 Joshua 28,284 Hannah 20,594
6 Nicholas 27,257 Samantha 20,169
7 Andrew 25,203 Taylor 19,502
8 Brandon 25,194 Alexis 17,170
9 Austin 25,118 Elizabeth 15,426
10 Tyler 24,876 Madison 15,189
11 Daniel 23,948 Megan 14,242
12 Joseph 23,597 Kayla 13,885
13 Zachary 21,929 Rachel 13,793
14 David 21,888 Lauren 13,245
15 John 21,386 Alyssa 12,648
16 Ryan 20,527 Amanda 12,242
17 James 20,405 Brianna 12,007
18 Anthony 20,031 Jennifer 11,839
19 William 20,019 Victoria 11,792
20 Justin 18,744 Brittany 11,528
21 Jonathan 18,539 Nicole 10,745
22 Alexander 17,111 Morgan 10,341
23 Robert 16,303 Stephanie 9,778
24 Kyle 15,918 Jasmine 9,678
25 Christian 15,058 Rebecca 9,631
26 Jordan 14,760 Abigail 9,628
27 Samuel 14,235 Olivia 9,477
28 Kevin 13,293 Courtney 9,036
29 Benjamin 13,267 Amber 8,914
30 Dylan 12,968 Alexandra 8,751
31 Thomas 12,896 Haley 8,684
32 Jose 11,924 Katherine 8,516
33 Aaron 11,170 Anna 8,341
34 Nathan 10,442 Danielle 8,033
35 Eric 10,318 Sydney 8,032
36 Cody 10,294 Emma 7,746
37 Brian 9,733 Julia 7,339
38 Noah 9,278 Maria 7,313
39 Adam 8,805 Allison 7,274
40 Steven 8,766 Jordan 7,166
41 Jason 8,745 Kaitlyn 7,005
42 Logan 8,620 Destiny 6,727
43 Timothy 8,503 Shelby 6,700
44 Hunter 8,405 Melissa 6,679
45 Cameron 8,217 Brooke 6,670
46 Ethan 7,806 Mary 6,647
47 Caleb 7,774 Savannah 6,578
48 Sean 7,743 Natalie 6,539
49 Charles 7,654 Kimberly 6,182
50 Patrick 7,489 Sara 6,158
51 Richard 7,242 Gabrielle 5,943
52 Connor 7,141 Erin 5,939
53 Luis 7,129 Sabrina 5,815
54 Juan 7,113 Vanessa 5,796
55 Alex 6,854 Michelle 5,694
56 Jared 6,682 Sierra 5,688
57 Gabriel 6,404 Kelsey 5,573
58 Mark 6,165 Andrea 5,405
59 Devin 6,042 Madeline 5,313
60 Evan 6,002 Marissa 5,298
61 Isaiah 6,002 Tiffany 5,221
62 Trevor 6,001 Christina 5,180
63 Jesse 5,918 Katelyn 5,156
64 Jeremy 5,803 Paige 5,030
65 Nathaniel 5,775 Bailey 5,023
66 Dakota 5,664 Laura 4,850
67 Carlos 5,460 Mariah 4,803
68 Stephen 5,414 Cheyenne 4,764
69 Bryan 5,252 Grace 4,638
70 Ian 5,208 Miranda 4,590
71 Jesus 5,163 Mackenzie 4,491
72 Cole 5,158 Briana 4,475
73 Isaac 5,146 Chelsea 4,460
74 Elijah 5,087 Breanna 4,444
75 Antonio 5,069 Caroline 4,439
76 Jack 4,984 Jenna 4,422
77 Chase 4,963 Jacqueline 4,278
78 Luke 4,953 Alexandria 4,234
79 Paul 4,752 Monica 4,223
80 Blake 4,728 Hailey 4,145
81 Travis 4,684 Cassandra 4,096
82 Tanner 4,676 Kristen 4,085
83 Kenneth 4,658 Kelly 4,063
84 Jeffrey 4,582 Erica 3,991
85 Garrett 4,546 Shannon 3,914
86 Angel 4,514 Kathryn 3,873
87 Taylor 4,332 Caitlin 3,862
88 Dustin 4,277 Katie 3,862
89 Mason 4,267 Alicia 3,782
90 Dalton 4,237 Heather 3,768
91 Miguel 4,234 Autumn 3,740
92 Tristan 4,196 Amy 3,690
93 Marcus 4,181 Angela 3,652
94 Bradley 4,123 Sophia 3,640
95 Adrian 4,114 Lindsey 3,637
96 Mitchell 4,068 Catherine 3,591
97 Seth 4,043 Diana 3,583
98 Lucas 4,031 Molly 3,449
99 Alejandro 3,997 Crystal 3,435
100 Edward 3,915 Michaela 3,398
101 Jake 3,839 Angelica 3,381
102 Peter 3,827 Makayla 3,345
103 Gregory 3,802 Jamie 3,241
104 Spencer 3,766 Leah 3,203
105 Victor 3,701 Cassidy 3,143
106 Derek 3,670 Alexa 3,090
107 Brendan 3,622 Kaylee 3,055
108 Colton 3,600 Claire 3,039
109 Shawn 3,448 Chloe 3,015
110 Corey 3,416 Margaret 2,967
111 Malik 3,381 Erika 2,898
112 Bryce 3,352 Mikayla 2,873
113 Scott 3,344 Meghan 2,868
114 Shane 3,317 Isabella 2,862
115 Grant 3,315 Leslie 2,821
116 Brett 3,268 Kylie 2,745
117 Jorge 3,231 Cynthia 2,714
118 Vincent 3,193 Dominique 2,669
119 Devon 3,189 Kaitlin 2,668
120 Alexis 3,182 Gabriela 2,629
121 George 3,177 Bethany 2,623
122 Collin 3,157 Jocelyn 2,621
123 Alec 3,137 Gabriella 2,613
124 Jackson 3,126 Faith 2,577
125 Colin 3,098 Adriana 2,551
126 Joel 2,989 Veronica 2,543
127 Oscar 2,970 Melanie 2,522
128 Jeremiah 2,929 Mia 2,493
129 Dominic 2,928 Jade 2,492
130 Ricardo 2,926 Brittney 2,483
131 Julian 2,911 Summer 2,480
132 Dillon 2,887 Karina 2,373
133 Francisco 2,865 Caitlyn 2,365
134 Erik 2,857 Bianca 2,362
135 Riley 2,833 Zoe 2,362
136 Gavin 2,757 Hayley 2,353
137 Wyatt 2,747 Carly 2,335
138 Raymond 2,705 Ana 2,319
139 Henry 2,656 Ariana 2,319
140 Eduardo 2,624 Daisy 2,303
141 Xavier 2,590 Isabel 2,258
142 Johnathan 2,550 Valerie 2,224
143 Nicolas 2,430 Karen 2,223
144 Wesley 2,358 Angel 2,214
145 Cristian 2,331 Ariel 2,212
146 Manuel 2,322 Casey 2,195
147 Clayton 2,319 Desiree 2,185
148 Maxwell 2,317 Brenda 2,158
149 Fernando 2,315 Lindsay 2,086
150 Parker 2,298 Mckenzie 2,068
151 Bailey 2,295 Rebekah 2,057
152 Mario 2,295 Holly 2,056
153 Omar 2,291 Kendra 2,053
154 Javier 2,290 Rachael 2,039
155 Martin 2,230 Adrianna 2,007
156 Levi 2,225 Audrey 2,007
157 Andres 2,202 Selena 1,998
158 Alan 2,177 Whitney 1,961
159 Brady 2,162 Christine 1,941
160 Ivan 2,160 Lydia 1,937
161 Edgar 2,115 Kara 1,907
162 Liam 2,112 Alejandra 1,905
163 Casey 2,097 Kristina 1,865
164 Ronald 2,096 Julie 1,864
165 Phillip 2,086 Jada 1,856
166 Cory 2,083 Jillian 1,849
167 Hayden 2,068 Alondra 1,837
168 Frank 2,023 Claudia 1,837
169 Keith 2,000 Patricia 1,781
170 Troy 1,998 Raven 1,781
171 Drew 1,992 Hope 1,770
172 Sergio 1,985 Tara 1,768
173 Donald 1,970 Alison 1,763
174 Chad 1,952 Kristin 1,752
175 Roberto 1,944 Kathleen 1,742
176 Marco 1,923 Aaliyah 1,739
177 Darius 1,890 Arianna 1,706
178 Preston 1,889 Hanna 1,699
179 Hector 1,871 Dana 1,683
180 Jonathon 1,845 Cierra 1,677
181 Harrison 1,824 Diamond 1,676
182 Trenton 1,808 Maya 1,675
183 Andre 1,800 Alexus 1,674
184 Chandler 1,796 Riley 1,669
185 Kaleb 1,793 Kirsten 1,633
186 Derrick 1,784 Kennedy 1,624
187 Diego 1,784 Jasmin 1,606
188 Cesar 1,783 April 1,602
189 Sebastian 1,769 Natasha 1,594
190 Conner 1,727 Mallory 1,589
191 Chance 1,715 Evelyn 1,571
192 Calvin 1,707 Abby 1,564
193 Gage 1,702 Kendall 1,559
194 Max 1,698 Lisa 1,546
195 Philip 1,661 Asia 1,532
196 Jonah 1,621 Nancy 1,525
197 Erick 1,615 Naomi 1,525
198 Edwin 1,605 Kiana 1,507
199 Ruben 1,595 Brandi 1,484
200 Dante 1,589 Marisa 1,477
201 Douglas 1,585 Karla 1,470
202 Micah 1,570 Sandra 1,448
203 Landon 1,545 Kyra 1,444
204 Carter 1,540 Jordyn 1,437
205 Armando 1,512 Jazmin 1,429
206 Damian 1,507 Cindy 1,421
207 Pedro 1,498 Katrina 1,411
208 Curtis 1,496 Joanna 1,409
209 Dennis 1,489 Tori 1,409
210 Emmanuel 1,474 Guadalupe 1,406
211 Johnny 1,467 Ciara 1,401
212 Jerry 1,457 Kassandra 1,398
213 Donovan 1,449 Jazmine 1,395
214 Gerardo 1,432 Esmeralda 1,393
215 Mathew 1,432 Lillian 1,393
216 Abraham 1,428 Deja 1,391
217 Andy 1,425 Ashlyn 1,367
218 Allen 1,408 Tessa 1,358
219 Raul 1,406 Julissa 1,355
220 Jakob 1,387 Lily 1,355
221 Skyler 1,387 Anne 1,346
222 Aidan 1,381 Deanna 1,344
223 Josiah 1,381 Daniela 1,340
224 Owen 1,366 Allyson 1,335
225 Griffin 1,364 Payton 1,335
226 Randy 1,362 Mckenna 1,330
227 Rafael 1,360 Brooklyn 1,328
228 Ty 1,358 Amelia 1,317
229 Colby 1,357 Yesenia 1,306
230 Enrique 1,349 Peyton 1,303
231 Marc 1,336 Madeleine 1,301
232 Gary 1,326 Ashlee 1,288
233 Marcos 1,321 Meagan 1,286
234 Zachery 1,321 Nina 1,283
235 Nolan 1,311 Bridget 1,281
236 Louis 1,309 Katelynn 1,281
237 Trey 1,291 Monique 1,272
238 Julio 1,288 Kiara 1,263
239 Giovanni 1,281 Celeste 1,252
240 Alberto 1,272 Tatiana 1,246
241 Brent 1,254 Mercedes 1,244
242 Tony 1,248 Katlyn 1,232
243 Larry 1,239 Alissa 1,223
244 Jimmy 1,228 Tabitha 1,217
245 Trent 1,228 Serena 1,205
246 Jaime 1,212 Savanna 1,196
247 Zackary 1,203 Krystal 1,188
248 Dallas 1,182 Imani 1,185
249 Albert 1,177 Sofia 1,183
250 Avery 1,173 Dakota 1,175

Historical Data for Baby Names

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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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