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The Most Popular Baby Names from the Year You Were Born

Did your name make the list?

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North America’s most popular baby names

Having one of the most popular names can be a good and bad thing. Everyone will know how to spell your name, but the chances that you have at least one other person in your class or at your job with the same name are pretty high. We gathered the top three names for every year, 1950-2018, from the Social Security Administration. Check out your birth year below to see if your name made the list.

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Marie HoffmanCourtesy Marie Hoffman/Reminisce

1950

Girls: 1. Linda, 2. Mary, 3. Patricia

Boys: 1. James, 2. Robert, 3. John

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Popular baby namesCourtesy John Wood/Reminisce

1951

Girls: 1. Linda, 2. Mary, 3. Patricia

Boys: 1. James, 2. Robert, 3. John

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Popular baby namesCourtesy Raelene Maestras

1952

Girls: 1. Linda, 2. Mary, 3. Patricia

Boys: 1. James, 2. Robert, 3. John

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1953

Girls: 1. Mary, 2. Linda, 3. Deborah

Boys: 1. Robert, 2. James, 3. Michael

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Popular baby namesCourtesy Kathleen McDonald/Reminisce

1954

Girls: 1. Mary, 2. Linda, 3. Deborah

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. James, 3. Robert

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Linda KastCourtesy Linda Kast/Reminisce

1955

Girls: 1. Mary, 2. Deborah, 3. Linda

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. David, 3. James

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Popular baby namesCourtesy Lynette Gibboney/Reminisce

1956

Girls: 1. Mary, 2. Deborah, 3. Linda

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. James, 3. Robert

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Popular baby namesCourtesy Kenney Slatten/Reminisce

1957

Girls: 1. Mary, 2. Susan, 3. Linda

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. James, 3. David

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Most popular baby namesCourtesy Earleen Johnson/Reminisce

1958

Girls: 1. Mary, 2. Susan, 3. Linda

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. David, 3. James

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Siblings in 1960sCourtesy Peter Fornabaio

1959

Girls: 1. Mary, 2. Susan, 3. Linda

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. David, 3. James

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Popular baby namesCourtesy Donna Fornabaio

1960

Girls: 1. Mary, 2. Susan, 3. Linda

Boys: 1. David, 2. Michael, 3. James

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Marlene BarnesCourtesy Marlene Barnes/Reminsice

1961

Girls: 1. Mary, 2. Lisa, 3. Susan

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. David, 3. John

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1962


Girls: 1. Lisa, 2. Mary, 3. Susan

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. David, 3. John

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1963

Girls: 1. Lisa, 2. Mary, 3. Susan

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. John, 3. David

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1964

Girls: 1. Lisa, 2. Mary, 3. Susan

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. John, 3. David

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1965

Girls: 1. Lisa, 2. Mary, 3. Karen

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. John, 3. David

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1966

Girls: 1. Lisa, 2. Kimberly, 3. Mary

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. David, 3. James

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1967

Girls: 1. Lisa, 2. Kimberly, 3. Michelle

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. David, 3. James

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1968

Girls: 1. Lisa, 2. Michelle, 3. Kimberly

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. David, 3. John

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1969

Girls: 1. Lisa, 2. Michelle, 3. Jennifer

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. David, 3. James

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Boy in 1970Courtesy Ron Baxendale II/Reminisce

1970

Girls: 1. Jennifer, 2. Lisa, 3. Kimberly

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. James, 3. David

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nurse child - photo scan - about 1970sKUCO/Shutterstock

1971

Girls: 1. Jennifer, 2. Michelle, 3. Lisa

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. James, 3. David

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1972

Girls: 1. Jennifer, 2. Michelle, 3. Lisa

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. James

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1973

Girls: 1. Jennifer, 2. Amy, 3. Michelle

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Jason

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1974

Girls: 1. Jennifer, 2. Amy, 3. Michelle

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Jason, 3. Christopher

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1975

Girls: 1. Jennifer, 2. Amy, 3. Heather

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Jason, 3. Christopher

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1976

Girls: 1. Jennifer, 2. Amy, 3. Melissa

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Jason, 3. Christopher

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1977

Girls: 1. Jennifer, 2. Melissa, 3. Amy

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Jason, 3. Christopher

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1978

Girls: 1. Jennifer, 2. Melissa, 3. Jessica

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Jason, 3. Christopher

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Linda KastCourtesy Linda Kast/Reminisce

1979

Girls: 1. Jennifer, 2. Melissa, 3. Amanda

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Jason

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close up. portrait of a yawning newborn baby.SmartPhotoLab/Shutterstock

1980

Girls: 1. Jennifer, 2. Amanda, 3. Jessica

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, Jason

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Popular baby namesCourtesy Cindy Kimmel

1981

Girls: 1. Jennifer, 2. Jessica, 3. Amanda

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Matthew

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1982

Girls: 1. Jennifer, 2. Jessica, 3. Amanda

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Matthew

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Popular baby namesCourtesy Jerri Sue deCordova Fox/Reminisce

1983

Girls: 1. Jennifer, 2. Jessica, 3. Amanda

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Matthew

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1984

Girls: 1. Jennifer, 2. Jessica, 3. Ashley

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Matthew

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Smiling baby in 1985Courtesy Michael Carpentieri

1985

Girls: 1. Jessica, 2. Ashley, 3. Jennifer

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Matthew

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1986

Girls: 1. Jessica, 2. Ashley, 3. Amanda

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Matthew

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1980s babyRoman Nerud/Shutterstock

1987

Girls: 1. Jessica, 2. Ashley, 3. Amanda

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Matthew

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1988

Girls: 1. Jessica, 2. Ashley, 3. Amanda

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Matthew

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Baby in Chicago Cubs costumeCourtesy Matt Fukuda/Reminisce

1989

Girls: 1. Jessica, 2. Ashley, 3. Brittany

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Matthew

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Cute baby in 1990Courtesy Ashley Lewis

1990

Girls: 1. Jessica, 2. Ashley, 3. Brittany

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Matthew

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Linda KastCourtesy Linda Kast/Reminisce

1991

Girls: 1. Ashley, 2. Jessica, 3. Brittany

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Matthew

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Popular baby namesCourtesy Danielle Fornabaio

1992

Girls: 1. Ashley, 2. Jessica, 3. Amanda

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Matthew

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Cute baby from 1993Courtesy Nicole Fornabaio

1993

Girls: 1. Jessica, 2. Ashley, 3. Sarah

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Matthew

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Popular baby namesCourtesy Claire Nowak

1994

Girls: 1. Jessica, 2. Ashley, 3. Emily

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Christopher, 3. Matthew

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morgan cutolo born 1995Courtesy Morgan Cutolo

1995

Girls: 1. Jessica, 2. Ashley, 3. Emily

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Matthew, 3. Christopher

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Portrait Of Happy Young Baby Boy In High ChairMarko Poplasen/Shutterstock

1996

Girls: 1. Emily, 2. Jessica, 3. Ashley

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Matthew, 3. Jacob

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Cute baby from the 1990sCourtesy Levenia Coats/Reminisce

1997

Girls: 1. Emily, 2. Jessica, 3. Ashley

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Jacob, 3. Matthew

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Awake Newborn Baby on Cream White BackgroundUrsula Page/Shutterstock

1998

Girls: 1. Emily, 2. Hannah, 3. Samantha

Boys: 1. Michael, 2. Jacob, 3. Matthew

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Young Asian mother is kissing her lovely one year old son. Vintage photo mom and son Kinnaree/Shutterstock

1999

Girls: 1. Emily, 2. Hannah, 3. Alexis

Boys: 1. Jacob, 2. Michael, 3. Matthew

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One year old baby girl sleeping.Stephan Schlachter/Shutterstock

2000

Girls: 1. Emily, 2. Hannah, 3. Madison

Boys: 1. Jacob, 2. Michael, 3. Matthew

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Cute newborn baby boy in a bedJosipa Bjelobrk/Shutterstock

2001

Girls: 1. Emily, 2. Madison, 3. Hannah

Boys: 1. Jacob, 2. Michael, 3. Matthew

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Happy Mixed Race Toddler BoyTatiana Chekryzhova/Shutterstock

2002

Girls: 1. Emily, 2. Madison, 3. Hannah

Boys: 1. Jacob, 2. Michael, 3. Joshua

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Cute little baby sleeping on bed at homeAfrica Studio/Shutterstock

2003

Girls: 1. Emily, 2. Emma, 3. Madison

Boys: 1. Jacob, 2. Michael, 3. Joshua

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Cute baby drinking milk from baby bottle while looking his mom. Mother feeding son infant from bottle. Little boy drinking milk from bottle at home.Rido/Shutterstock

2004

Girls: 1. Emily, 2. Emma, 3. Madison

Boys: 1. Jacob, 2. Michael, 3. Joshua

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the top view of baby in cot, cradlealice-photo/Shutterstock

2005

Girls: 1. Emily, 2. Emma, 3. Madison

Boys: 1. Jacob, 2. Michael, 3. Joshua

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Baby boy drinking milk from bottle holding by mother. Healthy nutrition. morrowlight/Shutterstock

2006

Girls: 1. Emily, 2. Emma, 3. Madison

Boys: 1. Jacob, 2. Michael, 3. Joshua

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Portrait of a crawling baby on the carpet in my roomVasilyev Alexandr/Shutterstock

2007

Girls: 1. Emily, 2. Isabella, 3. Emma

Boys: 1. Jacob, 2. Michael, 3. Ethan

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African American Father And Baby BoyTatiana Chekryzhova/Shutterstock

2008

Girls: 1. Emma, 2. Isabella, 3. Emily

Boys: 1. Jacob, 2. Michael, 3. Ethan

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childhood, babyhood and people concept - happy little baby boy or girl sitting on floor at homeSyda Productions/Shutterstock

2009

Girls: 1. Isabella, 2. Emma, 3. Olivia

Boys: 1. Jacob, 2. Ethan, 3. Michael

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Cute babyCourtesy Jerri Sue deCordova Fox/Reminisce

2010

Girls: 1. Isabella, 2. Sophia, 3. Emma

Boys: 1. Jacob, 2. Ethan, 3. Michael

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2011

Girls: 1. Sophia, 2. Isabella, 3. Emma

Boys: 1. Jacob, 2. Mason, 3. William

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Yawning babyPhoto: Shutterstock

2012

Girls: 1. Sophia, 2. Emma, 3. Isabella

Boys: 1. Jacob, 2. Mason, 3. Ethan

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Sleeping babyPhoto: Shutterstock

2013

Girls: 1. Sophia, 2. Emma, 3. Olivia

Boys: 1. Noah, 2. Jacob, 3. Liam

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Happy babyPhoto: Shutterstock

2014

Girls: 1. Emma, 2. Olivia, 3. Sophia

Boys: 1. Noah, 2. Liam, 3. Mason

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Laughing babyPhoto: Shutterstock

2015

Girls: 1. Emma, 2. Olivia, 3. Sophia

Boys: 1. Noah, 2. Liam, 3. Mason

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Cute baby eating fruitPhoto: Shutterstock

2016

Girls: 1. Emma, 2. Olivia, 3. Ava

Boys: 1. Noah, 2. Liam, 3. William

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Cute little girlPhoto: Shutterstock

2017

Girls: 1. Emma, 2. Olivia, 3. Sophia

Boys: 1. Liam, 2. Noah, 3. William

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Cute toddlerPhoto: Shutterstock

2018

Girls: 1. Emma, 2. Olivia, 3. Sophia

Boys: 1. Noah, 2. Liam, 3. Mason

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