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Most Popular Kids' Names in America

Updated June 6, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

The most popular names of the last century

If you had taken a random survey of names in a playground at the turn of the century, you might have counted a fair number of Johns and even an Ethel or two among the smiling faces. These days, you're more apt to run into a Jayden or an Isabella.

Here's a current list of the most popular given names as compiled by the Social Security Administration, and a look back at some of the most popular given names by year of birth from 1900–2018. The 2019 names have been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. - from The Social Security Administration

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The 2010s

Top Names of 2018

Top Names of 2017

Top Names of 2016

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. James
  5. Oliver
  6. Benjamin
  7. Elijah
  8. Lucas
  9. Mason
  10. Logan
  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabella
  5. Sophia
  6. Charlotte
  7. Mia
  8. Amelia
  9. Harper
  10. Evelyn
  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. James
  5. Logan
  6. Benjamin
  7. Mason
  8. Elijah
  9. Oliver
  10. Jacob
  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabella
  5. Sophia
  6. Mia
  7. Charlotte
  8. Amelia
  9. Evelyn
  10. Abigail
  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. William
  4. Mason
  5. James
  6. Benjamin
  7. Jacob
  8. Michael
  9. Elijah
  10. Ethan
  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Sophia
  5. Isabella
  6. Mia
  7. Charlotte
  8. Abigail
  9. Emily
  10. Harper

Top Names of 2015

Top Names of 2014

Top Names of 2013

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. William
  4. Mason
  5. James
  6. Benjamin
  7. Jacob
  8. Michael
  9. Elijah
  10. Ethan
  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Sophia
  4. Ava
  5. Isabella
  6. Mia
  7. Abigail
  8. Emily
  9. Charlotte
  10. Harper
  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Mason
  4. Jacob
  5. William
  6. Ethan
  7. Michael
  8. Alexander
  9. James
  10. Daniel
  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Sophia
  4. Isabella
  5. Ava
  6. Mia
  7. Emily
  8. Abigail
  9. Madison
  10. Charlotte
  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Jacob
  4. Mason
  5. William
  6. Ethan
  7. Michael
  8. Alexander
  9. Jayden
  10. Daniel
  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Isabella
  5. Ava
  6. Mia
  7. Emily
  8. Abigail
  9. Madison
  10. Elizabeth

Top Names of 2012

Top Names of 2011

Top Names of 2010

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

  1. Jacob
  2. Mason
  3. Ethan
  4. Noah
  5. William
  6. Liam
  7. Jayden
  8. Michael
  9. Alexander
  10. Aiden
  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Isabella
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Abigail
  8. Mia
  9. Madison
  10. Elizabeth
  1. Jacob
  2. Mason
  3. William
  4. Jayden
  5. Noah
  6. Michael
  7. Ethan
  8. Alexander
  9. Aiden
  10. Daniel
  1. Sophia
  2. Isabella
  3. Emma
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Abigail
  8. Madison
  9. Chloe
  10. Mia
  1. Jacob
  2. Ethan
  3. Michael
  4. Jayden
  5. William
  6. Alexander
  7. Noah
  8. Daniel
  9. Aiden
  10. Anthony
  1. Isabella
  2. Sophia
  3. Emma
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Abigail
  8. Madison
  9. Chloe
  10. Mia

The 2000s

Top Names of 2009

Top Names of 2008

Top Names of 2007

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

  1. Jacob
  2. Ethan
  3. Michael
  4. Alexander
  5. William
  6. Joshua
  7. Daniel
  8. Jayden
  9. Noah
  10. Anthony
  1. Isabella
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Sophia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Madison
  8. Abigail
  9. Chloe
  10. Mia
  1. Aiden
  2. Jayden
  3. Ethan
  4. Jacob
  5. Caden
  6. Jackson
  7. Noah
  8. Jack
  9. Logan
  10. Matthew
  1. Emma
  2. Sophia
  3. Madison
  4. Isabella
  5. Olivia
  6. Ava
  7. Madeline
  8. Addison
  9. Hailey
  10. Lily
  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Ethan
  4. Joshua
  5. Daniel
  6. Christopher
  7. Anthony
  8. William
  9. Matthew
  10. Andrew
  1. Emily
  2. Isabella
  3. Emma
  4. Ava
  5. Madison
  6. Sophia
  7. Olivia
  8. Abigail
  9. Hannah
  10. Elizabeth

Top Names of 2006

Top Names of 2005

Top Names of 2004

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
  4. Ethan
  5. Matthew
  6. Daniel
  7. Christopher
  8. Andrew
  9. Anthony
  10. William
  1. Emily
  2. Emma
  3. Madison
  4. Isabella
  5. Ava
  6. Abigail
  7. Olivia
  8. Hannah
  9. Sophia
  10. Samantha
  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
  4. Matthew
  5. Ethan
  6. Andrew
  7. Daniel
  8. Anthony
  9. Christopher
  10. Joseph
  1. Emily
  2. Emma
  3. Madison
  4. Abigail
  5. Olivia
  6. Isabella
  7. Hannah
  8. Samantha
  9. Ava
  10. Ashley
  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
  4. Matthew
  5. Ethan
  6. Andrew
  7. Daniel
  8. William
  9. Joseph
  10. Christopher
  1. Emily
  2. Emma
  3. Madison
  4. Olivia
  5. Hannah
  6. Abigail
  7. Isabella
  8. Ashley
  9. Samantha
  10. Elizabeth

Top Names of 2003

Top Names of 2002

Top Names of 2001

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
  4. Matthew
  5. Andrew
  6. Joseph
  7. Ethan
  8. Daniel
  9. Christopher
  10. Anthony
  1. Emily
  2. Emma
  3. Madison
  4. Hannah
  5. Olivia
  6. Abigail
  7. Alexis
  8. Ashley
  9. Elizabeth
  10. Samantha
  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
  4. Matthew
  5. Ethan
  6. Joseph
  7. Andrew
  8. Christopher
  9. Daniel
  10. Nicholas
  1. Emily
  2. Madison
  3. Hannah
  4. Emma
  5. Alexis
  6. Ashley
  7. Abigail
  8. Sarah
  9. Samantha
  10. Olivia
  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Matthew
  4. Joshua
  5. Christopher
  6. Nicholas
  7. Andrew
  8. Joseph
  9. Daniel
  10. William
  1. Emily
  2. Madison
  3. Hannah
  4. Ashley
  5. Alexis
  6. Samantha
  7. Sarah
  8. Abigail
  9. Elizabeth
  10. Jessica

Top Names of 2000

Male

Female

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Matthew
  4. Joshua
  5. Christopher
  6. Nicholas
  7. Andrew
  8. Joseph
  9. Daniel
  10. Tyler
  1. Emily
  2. Hannah
  3. Madison
  4. Ashley
  5. Sarah
  6. Alexis
  7. Samantha
  8. Jessica
  9. Taylor
  10. Elizabeth

The 1900s

Top Names of the 1990s

Top Names of the 1980s

Top Names of the 1970s

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Joshua
  4. Matthew
  5. David
  6. Daniel
  7. Andrew
  8. Joseph
  9. Justin
  10. James
  1. Jessica
  2. Ashley
  3. Brittany
  4. Amanda
  5. Stephanie
  6. Jennifer
  7. Samantha
  8. Sarah
  9. Megan
  10. Lauren
  1. Michael
  2. Jason
  3. Christopher
  4. David
  5. James
  6. Matthew
  7. John
  8. Joshua
  9. Robert
  10. Daniel
  1. Jennifer
  2. Jessica
  3. Amanda
  4. Melissa
  5. Sarah
  6. Nicole
  7. Heather
  8. Amy
  9. Michelle
  10. Elizabeth
  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. John
  4. James
  5. Robert
  6. Christopher
  7. William
  8. Mark
  9. Richard
  10. Brian
  1. Jennifer
  2. Lisa
  3. Kimberly
  4. Michelle
  5. Angela
  6. Maria
  7. Amy
  8. Melissa
  9. Mary
  10. Tracy

Top Names of the 1960s

Top Names of the 1950s

Top Names of the 1940s

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

  1. David
  2. Michael
  3. John
  4. James
  5. Robert
  6. Mark
  7. William
  8. Richard
  9. Thomas
  10. Steven
  1. Mary
  2. Susan
  3. Maria
  4. Karen
  5. Lisa
  6. Linda
  7. Donna
  8. Patricia
  9. Debra
  10. Deborah
  1. John
  2. James
  3. Robert
  4. William
  5. Michael
  6. David
  7. Richard
  8. Thomas
  9. Charles
  10. Gary
  1. Linda
  2. Mary
  3. Patricia
  4. Barbara
  5. Susan
  6. Maria
  7. Sandra
  8. Nancy
  9. Deborah
  10. Kathleen
  1. James
  2. Robert
  3. John
  4. William
  5. Richard
  6. Charles
  7. David
  8. Thomas
  9. Donald
  10. Ronald
  1. Barbara
  2. Patricia
  3. Carol
  4. Judith
  5. Betty
  6. Nancy
  7. Maria
  8. Margaret
  9. Linda

Top Names of the 1930s

Top Names of the 1920s

Top Names of the 1910s

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

  1. Robert
  2. James
  3. John
  4. William
  5. Richard
  6. Charles
  7. Donald
  8. George
  9. Joseph
  10. Edward
  1. Mary
  2. Betty
  3. Dorothy
  4. Helen
  5. Barbara
  6. Margaret
  7. Maria
  8. Patricia
  9. Doris
  10. Joan, Ruth (tie)
  1. John
  2. William
  3. James
  4. Robert
  5. Joseph
  6. Charles
  7. George
  8. Edward
  9. Thomas
  10. Frank
  1. Mary
  2. Dorothy
  3. Helen
  4. Margaret
  5. Ruth
  6. Virginia
  7. Elizabeth
  8. Anna
  9. Mildred
  10. Betty
  1. John
  2. William
  3. James
  4. Robert
  5. Joseph
  6. Charles, George (tie)
  7. Edward
  8. Frank
  9. Harry
  1. Mary
  2. Helen
  3. Margaret
  4. Dorothy, Ruth (tie)
  5. Anna
  6. Mildred
  7. Elizabeth
  8. Alice

Top Names of the 1900s

Male

Female

  1. John
  2. William
  3. James
  4. George
  5. Charles
  6. Joseph
  7. Frank
  8. Henry
  9. Robert
  10. Harry
  1. Mary
  2. Helen
  3. Anna
  4. Margaret
  5. Ruth
  6. Elizabeth
  7. Marie
  8. Rose
  9. Florence
  10. Bertha
 
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