The Most Popular Names in the U.S.

Have you ever wondered how many people out there have the same name as you? Or which name is the most popular one in the entire country? Well, while we can’t really help with the first question, we do have answers for the latter. The Social Security Administration provided a list of the top 100 most popular names in the United States in the past century, so keep reading to find out what they are.

 

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Between 1920 and 2019 there have been 175,744,628 male births and 171,010,925 female births. From all of those, 2.7% of all male babies are called James, and 1.9& of all female babies are called Mary – making these the most popular names in this century. In the second place for the most popular male name comes the name John, followed by Robert. The fourth most popular male name is Michael, while the fifth is William. And while Mary is the most popular female name this century, the second place goes to Patricia. The third most popular female name in the country is Jennifer, and the fourth is actually Linda. The fifth most popular female name is Elizabeth.

 

Now if you are wondering which ones are at the bottom of the list, these are the names in 95th place: Russell and Sophia. Following those, the last items on this list are Louis, Philip, Bobby, Johnny, and Bradley, while the least popular female names on this list are Rose, Isabella, Alexis, Kayla, and Charlotte.