Most Popular Baby Names of the Past Century

100 Years of Baby Names

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When the most popular names for any given year are published, from year to year there is not usually a great difference. Certain names fall or rise a few points, but the lists of most popular names from the Social Security Administration don't appear markedly different than the previous year.

But rarely does a name's short-term popularity translate into staying power, as is the case with any fad. Compare the most popular names from the past 100 years with the most current top baby names list, and try to spot the differences as well as the similarities.

Most Popular Names 1915-2015

Male/Female

RankNameNumberNameNumber
1James4,855,084Mary3,569,442
2John4,712,974Patricia1,566,449
3Robert4,648,775Jennifer1,462,389
4Michael4,286,411Elizabeth1,459,038
5William3,736,671Linda1,447,566
6David3,540,971Barbara1,418,293
7Richard2,510,419Susan1,107,596
8Joseph2,422,552Margaret1,060,055
9Charles2,192,933Jessica1,039,233
10Thomas2,188,254Sarah997,279
11Christopher1,992,177Dorothy990,143
12Daniel1,845,661Karen983,041
13Matthew1,547,912Nancy979,502
14Donald1,388,430Betty973,406
15Anthony1,382,783Lisa963,349
16Mark1,339,606Sandra872,245
17Paul1,333,140Ashley834,055
18Steven1,271,700Kimberly827,919
19George1,264,668Donna826,501
20Kenneth1,248,772Helen816,652
21Andrew1,228,724Carol811,384
22Edward1,174,223Michelle804,199
23Joshua1,173,480Emily787,609
24Brian1,157,675Amanda770,143
25Kevin1,152,966Melissa747,609
26Ronald1,073,381Deborah738,515
27Timothy1,057,992Laura735,332
28Jason1,013,934Stephanie733,859
29Jeffrey969,691Rebecca728,055
30Ryan899,850Sharon720,175
31Gary898,028Cynthia704,450
32Nicholas871,823Kathleen699,410
33Eric864,935Anna682,104
34Jacob863,998Shirley678,079
35Stephen842,452Ruth675,950
36Jonathan811,850Amy675,035
37Larry801,919Angela654,957
38Frank781,454Brenda605,240
39Scott767,520Virginia598,619
40Justin761,975Pamela592,675
41Brandon740,363Catherine585,007
42Raymond725,148Katherine584,346
43Gregory703,345Nicole579,598
44Samuel681,046Christine570,978
45Benjamin672,896Samantha554,060
46Patrick656,421Janet549,115
47Jack628,951Debra548,245
48Dennis611,322Carolyn546,738
49Alexander610,460Rachel544,462
50Jerry604,459Heather523,579
51Tyler569,667Maria521,706
52Henry554,125Diane515,667
53Douglas552,526Julie504,292
54Aaron549,289Joyce503,851
55Peter548,459Emma499,712
56Jose540,108Frances498,012
57Walter532,025Evelyn477,973
58Adam529,757Joan474,358
59Zachary517,858Martha472,333
60Nathan511,882Christina468,759
61Harold503,676Kelly468,590
62Kyle471,183Lauren459,321
63Carl463,344Victoria453,017
64Arthur454,142Judith449,724
65Gerald439,017Alice441,419
66Roger433,730Ann437,509
67Keith431,380Cheryl436,864
68Lawrence429,359Jean435,870
69Jeremy427,200Doris434,763
70Terry420,746Megan433,839
71Albert420,372Marie430,491
72Joe412,384Andrea423,029
73Sean411,209Kathryn421,662
74Willie396,892Jacqueline416,523
75Christian390,273Gloria408,281
76Jesse388,757Teresa405,995
77Austin388,427Sara402,674
78Billy380,749Janice402,391
79Bruce376,569Hannah399,380
80Ralph375,359Julia392,692
81Bryan372,319Rose387,712
82Ethan370,539Theresa381,855
83Roy363,486Grace380,654
84Eugene354,218Judy378,639
85Jordan351,940Beverly373,414
86Louis347,315Olivia371,766
87Wayne346,192Denise370,745
88Alan338,053Marilyn367,939
89Harry336,726Amber366,001
90Russell334,804Danielle363,170
91Juan331,865Brittany356,249
92Dylan331,424Diana352,767
93Randy325,734Mildred352,390
94Philip324,389Jane348,500
95Vincent317,411Madison346,408
96Noah315,000Lori337,992
97Bobby312,089Tiffany334,101
98Howard311,591Kathy331,742
99Gabriel306,243Tammy329,231
100Johnny305,889Kayla328,219

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