Most Popular Baby Names Since 1942

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names are since 1942. 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 1942, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1942.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Michael 4,234,727 Mary 1,882,553
2 James 3,580,559 Jennifer 1,469,283
3 John 3,362,502 Linda 1,373,415
4 David 3,275,405 Patricia 1,196,668
5 Robert 3,220,244 Elizabeth 1,194,066
6 William 2,616,117 Susan 1,060,494
7 Christopher 2,043,722 Jessica 1,047,295
8 Joseph 1,914,832 Lisa 965,392
9 Richard 1,843,243 Karen 951,452
10 Daniel 1,812,609 Barbara 933,408

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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