Most Popular Baby Names Since 1881

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names are since 1881. 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 10 most popular baby names since 1881, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1881.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 James 5,184,234 Mary 4,123,249
2 John 5,132,588 Elizabeth 1,651,750
3 Robert 4,827,216 Patricia 1,572,554
4 Michael 4,383,134 Jennifer 1,468,730
5 William 4,134,354 Linda 1,453,381
6 David 3,638,008 Barbara 1,434,922
7 Joseph 2,628,515 Margaret 1,251,848
8 Richard 2,568,550 Susan 1,121,965
9 Charles 2,400,226 Dorothy 1,108,657
10 Thomas 2,322,537 Sarah 1,082,984

More Popular Baby Names

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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

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.

Most popular first names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Most popular boy names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

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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