Most Popular Baby Names Since 1979

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names are since 1979. 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 1979, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1979.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Michael 1,616,953 Jessica 911,280
2 Christopher 1,288,600 Ashley 833,993
3 Matthew 1,215,232 Emily 738,033
4 Joshua 1,111,416 Jennifer 726,311
5 Daniel 1,011,346 Sarah 697,597
6 David 999,623 Amanda 652,407
7 James 980,004 Elizabeth 638,408
8 Joseph 923,253 Samantha 548,855
9 Andrew 900,677 Emma 490,595
10 Jacob 892,251 Olivia 483,361

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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