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Baby Name Popularity

Curious Which Baby Names Are Most Popular?

Baby Name Popularity Trends in the United States


Drumroll please! Those of us who fancy names enjoy the time of year when the U.S. Social Security Administration posts its baby name popularity data on first names given by parents in the prior calendar year. It is not a perfect accounting of every birth—just a list of newborn applicants for social security numbers that year. However, the data are considered statistically accurate measures of newborn given names.

Recognizing the value of the data collected, the Social Security Administration has made the it available to the public and massaged it in ways of interest to parents, sociologists, psychologists, name enthusiasts and, certainly, to a baby name consultant.

The Top 10 Baby Names in the U.S. for 2017 are on this page. (Data are compiled after a year is completed, so 2018 data won’t be available until the middle of next year.) Some names, like William, always seem to withstand the test of time. Some, like Ava and Mia, have taken the spotlight, now finding themselves among the most popular names of the 2000s after spending the 20th century in the background. Still others, like Logan, are enjoying their first visit to the top of the popularity charts.

More Fun with Baby Name Popularity Statistics

At the U.S. Social Security Administration’s site for baby name popularity data click “Popular Names by Birth Year” to find top names from the year you were born—or to search for a vintage baby name from 100 years ago or more.

A particular favorite at My Name for Life is the search to see how the popularity of baby names has changed over time. It’s excellent if you enjoy studying how names make their way into our language. For example, you don’t have to be a fan of onomastics (name studies) to figure out why, in 2009, the year President Obama took office, the names “Malia” and “Sasha” were among the fastest-growing names in the U.S., and why last year "Melania" moved up the chart so quickly.

Among the newest data tracked by the U.S. Social Security Administration are names given to the most babies born in the past 100 years. Have fun with baby name data! Contact our office for assistance with your special name.

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