Most Popular Baby Names Since 1987

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names are since 1987. 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 1987, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1987.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Michael 1,078,584 Emily 646,199
2 Matthew 858,299 Ashley 629,759
3 Christopher 843,644 Jessica 569,418
4 Joshua 810,415 Sarah 488,005
5 Jacob 808,473 Samantha 486,691
6 Daniel 742,846 Emma 485,044
7 Andrew 703,692 Elizabeth 480,294
8 Joseph 682,513 Olivia 474,323
9 James 681,973 Hannah 410,785
10 David 681,104 Madison 403,757

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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