These are the most popular baby names from the year you were born

Breanna Robinson
Friday 23 April 2021 14:33
Lifestyle
(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

You probably don’t think of the Social Security Administration often.

If you’re a US citizen or live and work in the US, they sent you a social security number, and you rarely have to deal with them unless you need benefits.

But the agency collects so much data that it has become a treasure trove of fascinating information about name trends in America over the years.

We’ve rounded up the most popular names from each decade, and scroll down to find out how to view the most popular names from your exact birth year, no matter how old you are.

Popular baby names in the 1970s

Girls

  • Jennifer
  • Amy
  • Melissa

Boys

  • Michael
  • Christopher
  • Jason

Popular baby names in the 1980s

Girls

  • Jennifer
  • Amanda
  • Jessica

Boys

  • Michael
  • Christopher
  • Matthew

Popular baby names in the 1990s

Girls

  • Jessica
  • Ashley
  • Emily

Boys

  • Michael
  • Christopher
  • Matthew

Read more:

Popular baby names in the 2000s

Girls

  • Emily
  • Emma
  • Madison

Boys

  • Jacob
  • Michael
  • Joshua

Popular baby names in the 2010s

Girls

  • Olivia
  • Sophia
  • Emma

Boys

  • Jacob
  • Liam
  • Noah

In the past 40 years or so, it seems that the enduring popular girl names are Jennifer and Jessica, and popular boy names are Matthew and Michael.

There’s no data on the website as of yet for names in the 2020s, but in 2019, popular names for boys are Liam, Noah , and Oliver, and girls are Olivia, Emma, and Ava.

To find the top names in the year of your birth, visit the SSA website and scroll to the bottom page where you’ll have to type in the year you were born, click the subsequent drop down box and choose if you want to see see the top 20 to 500 names in that year, then hit go and you’re all set!

Popular baby names

(Photo courtesy of Social Security’s website)

You also have the option to see the popularity of names by state, decade, how they changed in popularity, adjust the settings to include percentages of births and number of births when seeing the popularity of names, or type in your name to see the popularity over the course of time.

Trending