Top Three Names for Births, 1915-2014

The Social Security Administration will be releasing 2015’s Top Baby Names soon. This is a great opportunity to explore the past 99 years to see what the top 3 names have been since 1915 for boys and girls nationwide. As you can see, Michael and Mary are the clear winners, with Michael being in the top 5 for 44 years and Mary for 41.

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Girls Boys
Year Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3 Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3
2014 Emma Olivia Sophia Noah Liam Mason
2013 Sophia Emma Olivia Noah Liam Jacob
2012 Sophia Emma Isabella Jacob Mason Ethan
2011 Sophia Isabella Emma Jacob Mason William
2010 Isabella Sophia Emma Jacob Ethan Michael
2009 Isabella Emma Olivia Jacob Ethan Michael
2008 Emma Isabella Emily Jacob Michael Ethan
2007 Emily Isabella Emma Jacob Michael Ethan
2006 Emily Emma Madison Jacob Michael Joshua
2005 Emily Emma Madison Jacob Michael Joshua
2004 Emily Emma Madison Jacob Michael Joshua
2003 Emily Emma Madison Jacob Michael Joshua
2002 Emily Madison Hannah Jacob Michael Joshua
2001 Emily Madison Hannah Jacob Michael Matthew
2000 Emily Hannah Madison Jacob Michael Matthew
1999 Emily Hannah Alexis Jacob Michael Matthew
1998 Emily Hannah Samantha Michael Jacob Matthew
1997 Emily Jessica Ashley Michael Jacob Matthew
1996 Emily Jessica Ashley Michael Matthew Jacob
1995 Jessica Ashley Emily Michael Matthew Christopher
1994 Jessica Ashley Emily Michael Christopher Matthew
1993 Jessica Ashley Sarah Michael Christopher Matthew
1992 Ashley Jessica Amanda Michael Christopher Matthew
1991 Ashley Jessica Brittany Michael Christopher Matthew
1990 Jessica Ashley Brittany Michael Christopher Matthew
1989 Jessica Ashley Brittany Michael Christopher Matthew
1988 Jessica Ashley Amanda Michael Christopher Matthew
1987 Jessica Ashley Amanda Michael Christopher Matthew
1986 Jessica Ashley Amanda Michael Christopher Matthew
1985 Jessica Ashley Jennifer Michael Christopher Matthew
1984 Jennifer Jessica Ashley Michael Christopher Matthew
1983 Jennifer Jessica Amanda Michael Christopher Matthew
1982 Jennifer Jessica Amanda Michael Christopher Matthew
1981 Jennifer Jessica Amanda Michael Christopher Matthew
1980 Jennifer Amanda Jessica Michael Christopher Jason
1979 Jennifer Melissa Amanda Michael Christopher Jason
1978 Jennifer Melissa Jessica Michael Jason Christopher
1977 Jennifer Melissa Amy Michael Jason Christopher
1976 Jennifer Amy Melissa Michael Jason Christopher
1975 Jennifer Amy Heather Michael Jason Christopher
1974 Jennifer Amy Michelle Michael Jason Christopher
1973 Jennifer Amy Michelle Michael Christopher Jason
1972 Jennifer Michelle Lisa Michael Christopher James
1971 Jennifer Michelle Lisa Michael James David
1970 Jennifer Lisa Kimberly Michael David James
1969 Lisa Michelle Jennifer Michael David James
1968 Lisa Michelle Kimberly Michael David John
1967 Lisa Kimberly Michelle Michael David James
1966 Lisa Kimberly Mary Michael David James
1965 Lisa Mary Karen Michael John David
1964 Lisa Mary Susan Michael John David
1963 Lisa Mary Susan Michael John David
1962 Lisa Mary Susan Michael David John
1961 Mary Lisa Susan Michael David John
1960 Mary Susan Linda David Michael James
1959 Mary Susan Linda Michael David James
1958 Mary Susan Linda Michael David James
1957 Mary Susan Linda Michael James David
1956 Mary Debra Linda Michael James Robert
1955 Mary Deborah Linda Michael David James
1954 Mary Linda Deborah Michael James Robert
1953 Mary Linda Deborah Robert James Michael
1952 Linda Mary Patricia James Robert John
1951 Linda Mary Patricia James Robert John
1950 Linda Mary Patricia James Robert John
1949 Linda Mary Patricia James Robert John
1948 Linda Mary Barbara James Robert John
1947 Linda Mary Patricia James Robert John
1946 Mary Linda Patricia James Robert John
1945 Mary Linda Barbara James Robert John
1944 Mary Barbara Linda James Robert John
1943 Mary Barbara Patricia James Robert John
1942 Mary Barbara Patricia James Robert John
1941 Mary Barbara Patricia James Robert John
1940 Mary Barbara Patricia James Robert John
1939 Mary Barbara Patricia Robert James John
1938 Mary Barbara Patricia Robert James John
1937 Mary Barbara Patricia Robert James John
1936 Mary Shirley Barbara Robert James John
1935 Mary Shirley Barbara Robert James John
1934 Mary Betty Barbara Robert James John
1933 Mary Betty Barbara Robert James John
1932 Mary Betty Barbara Robert James John
1931 Mary Betty Dorothy Robert James John
1930 Mary Betty Dorothy Robert James John
1929 Mary Betty Dorothy Robert James John
1928 Mary Betty Dorothy Robert John James
1927 Mary Dorothy Betty Robert John James
1926 Mary Dorothy Betty Robert John James
1925 Mary Dorothy Betty Robert John William
1924 Mary Dorothy Helen Robert John William
1923 Mary Dorothy Helen John Robert William
1922 Mary Dorothy Helen John Robert William
1921 Mary Dorothy Helen John Robert William
1920 Mary Dorothy Helen John William Robert
1919 Mary Helen Dorothy John William James
1918 Mary Helen Dorothy John William James
1917 Mary Helen Dorothy John William James
1916 Mary Helen Dorothy John William James
1915 Mary Helen Dorothy John William James

This table shows the three most frequent given names for male and female births since 1915. The source is a 100% sample based on Social Security card application data. This table and information are from the Social Security Administration website.


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