Popular Baby Names In The Last 100 Years

The following table shows the 100 most popular given names for male and female babies born during the last 100 years, 1920-2019. For each rank and sex, the table shows the name and the number of occurrences of that name. These time-tested popular names were taken from a universe that includes 175,744,628 male births and 171,010,925 female births.

Please note that popular names listed below are not necessarily consistently popular in every year. For example, the name James, ranked as the most popular male name over the last 100 years, has been ranked as low as number 19. Similarly, the most popular female name in the table, Mary, ranked as low as 127.

Popular names for births in 1920-2019

Males Females
Rank Name Number Name Number
1 James 4,735,694 Mary 3,265,105
2 John 4,502,387 Patricia 1,560,897
3 Robert 4,499,901 Jennifer 1,467,664
4 Michael 4,330,025 Linda 1,448,309
5 William 3,601,719 Elizabeth 1,428,981
6 David 3,563,170 Barbara 1,402,428
7 Richard 2,467,544 Susan 1,104,407
8 Joseph 2,352,889 Jessica 1,045,519
9 Thomas 2,160,330 Sarah 993,847
10 Charles 2,106,078 Karen 985,728
11 Christopher 2,032,843 Nancy 969,544
12 Daniel 1,889,640 Lisa 965,003
13 Matthew 1,600,285 Margaret 944,344
14 Anthony 1,403,920 Betty 938,638
15 Donald 1,348,220 Sandra 873,609
16 Mark 1,346,509 Ashley 847,504
17 Paul 1,286,846 Dorothy 847,468
18 Steven 1,281,302 Kimberly 838,235
19 Andrew 1,252,016 Emily 826,262
20 Kenneth 1,226,558 Donna 823,285
21 Joshua 1,214,872 Michelle 811,401
22 Kevin 1,172,372 Carol 807,303
23 Brian 1,166,797 Amanda 772,882
24 George 1,159,331 Melissa 753,157
25 Edward 1,097,742 Deborah 739,809
26 Ronald 1,073,062 Stephanie 738,123
27 Timothy 1,069,165 Rebecca 729,683
28 Jason 1,035,285 Laura 721,299
29 Jeffrey 975,104 Sharon 720,816
30 Ryan 937,629 Cynthia 705,685
31 Jacob 925,412 Kathleen 689,366
32 Gary 899,858 Amy 680,682
33 Nicholas 891,818 Shirley 668,154
34 Eric 877,492 Angela 658,437
35 Jonathan 844,121 Helen 652,923
36 Stephen 840,005 Anna 629,400
37 Larry 802,430 Brenda 606,286
38 Justin 777,285 Pamela 592,694
39 Scott 769,663 Nicole 588,265
40 Brandon 759,155 Samantha 576,029
41 Benjamin 730,425 Katherine 574,858
42 Samuel 710,086 Emma 570,150
43 Frank 707,244 Ruth 563,391
44 Gregory 706,987 Christine 563,333
45 Raymond 679,913 Catherine 550,466
46 Alexander 666,982 Debra 548,279
47 Patrick 663,725 Rachel 546,309
48 Jack 637,347 Carolyn 542,250
49 Dennis 611,319 Janet 541,277
50 Jerry 602,696 Virginia 531,894
51 Tyler 589,687 Maria 528,760
52 Aaron 579,578 Heather 524,161
53 Jose 559,823 Diane 515,256
54 Henry 553,392 Julie 506,315
55 Adam 551,342 Joyce 500,601
56 Douglas 549,324 Victoria 481,786
57 Nathan 544,555 Kelly 471,257
58 Peter 540,603 Christina 471,012
59 Zachary 537,934 Lauren 469,625
60 Kyle 480,276 Joan 469,101
61 Walter 476,581 Evelyn 466,314
62 Harold 448,640 Olivia 464,246
63 Jeremy 437,552 Judith 449,885
64 Ethan 435,390 Megan 437,186
65 Carl 431,805 Cheryl 436,878
66 Keith 431,764 Martha 434,595
67 Roger 429,723 Andrea 434,410
68 Gerald 428,208 Frances 429,429
69 Christian 425,034 Hannah 426,616
70 Terry 422,106 Jacqueline 420,348
71 Sean 418,691 Ann 412,411
72 Arthur 415,722 Gloria 409,072
73 Austin 411,665 Jean 407,127
74 Noah 409,039 Kathryn 406,120
75 Lawrence 407,197 Alice 404,664
76 Jesse 388,484 Teresa 404,603
77 Joe 388,230 Sara 401,653
78 Bryan 381,581 Janice 400,210
79 Billy 379,560 Doris 395,048
80 Jordan 378,141 Madison 387,071
81 Albert 377,227 Julia 383,225
82 Dylan 377,049 Grace 379,239
83 Bruce 375,986 Judy 378,014
84 Willie 367,775 Abigail 373,862
85 Gabriel 352,072 Marie 373,633
86 Alan 348,591 Denise 371,019
87 Juan 345,375 Beverly 370,608
88 Logan 341,413 Amber 369,981
89 Wayne 339,139 Theresa 369,848
90 Ralph 338,689 Marilyn 369,847
91 Roy 338,079 Danielle 367,791
92 Eugene 330,306 Diana 358,617
93 Randy 327,821 Brittany 358,579
94 Vincent 322,824 Natalie 352,644
95 Russell 321,274 Sophia 351,883
96 Louis 320,157 Rose 351,296
97 Philip 315,423 Isabella 342,345
98 Bobby 313,302 Alexis 339,548
99 Johnny 308,243 Kayla 339,169
100 Bradley 306,339 Charlotte 338,315
Source: 100% sample based on Social Security card application data as of of March 2020. See the limitations of this data source.
Popular Baby Names In The Last 100 Years
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