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 1,124,938 Ashley 675,894
2 Matthew 890,783 Emily 646,433
3 Christopher 889,001 Jessica 620,837
4 Joshua 837,349 Sarah 510,561
5 Jacob 806,126 Samantha 495,613
6 Daniel 761,311 Elizabeth 485,214
7 Andrew 726,858 Emma 456,434
8 David 702,680 Olivia 441,253
9 Joseph 695,512 Amanda 408,024
10 James 691,626 Hannah 405,175

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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