Most Popular Baby Names Since 1986

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names are since 1986. 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 1986, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1986.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Michael 1,142,808 Ashley 679,435
2 Matthew 905,228 Emily 659,435
3 Christopher 900,345 Jessica 622,101
4 Joshua 847,962 Sarah 516,166
5 Jacob 822,126 Samantha 500,783
6 Daniel 779,424 Elizabeth 499,368
7 Andrew 737,552 Emma 486,302
8 David 718,264 Olivia 475,554
9 James 716,021 Hannah 414,172
10 Joseph 711,350 Amanda 409,358

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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