Most Popular Baby Names Since 1966

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names are since 1966. 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 1966, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1966.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Michael 2,586,456 Jennifer 1,348,361
2 Christopher 1,837,981 Jessica 1,034,764
3 David 1,664,132 Ashley 852,439
4 James 1,633,020 Elizabeth 825,370
5 Matthew 1,515,199 Sarah 813,153
6 John 1,498,268 Emily 782,272
7 Robert 1,338,715 Amanda 754,649
8 Daniel 1,318,046 Melissa 687,979
9 William 1,290,055 Michelle 678,588
10 Joseph 1,244,037 Kimberly 663,746

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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