Popular Baby Names from the Early 1900s to Today

Did you ever wonder why your ancestors had the first names they did? Were they old names used over generations in the family, or does your family history have some names that seemingly were random with no obvious family connection?

It might be that your family chose a name because it was the name of a family friend, or maybe it was one of the popular names of their day.

Here is a list of the most popular baby names for girls and boys in the United States spanning nearly a century, from the early 1900s up to 2011. See where your family’s first names place on this list of the top baby names.

What is your favorite first name in your family tree? Share with us in the comments.

Top Five Names for Births in 1912-2011

Females

Males

Year

Rank 1

Rank 2

Rank 3

Rank 4

Rank 5

Rank 1

Rank 2

Rank 3

Rank 4

Rank 5

2011

Sophia

Isabella

Emma

Olivia

Ava

Jacob

Mason

William

Jayden

Noah

2010

Isabella

Sophia

Emma

Olivia

Ava

Jacob

Ethan

Michael

Jayden

William

2009

Isabella

Emma

Olivia

Sophia

Ava

Jacob

Ethan

Michael

Alexander

William

2008

Emma

Isabella

Emily

Olivia

Ava

Jacob

Michael

Ethan

Joshua

Daniel

2007

Emily

Isabella

Emma

Ava

Madison

Jacob

Michael

Ethan

Joshua

Daniel

2006

Emily

Emma

Madison

Isabella

Ava

Jacob

Michael

Joshua

Ethan

Matthew

2005

Emily

Emma

Madison

Abigail

Olivia

Jacob

Michael

Joshua

Matthew

Ethan

2004

Emily

Emma

Madison

Olivia

Hannah

Jacob

Michael

Joshua

Matthew

Ethan

2003

Emily

Emma

Madison

Hannah

Olivia

Jacob

Michael

Joshua

Matthew

Andrew

2002

Emily

Madison

Hannah

Emma

Alexis

Jacob

Michael

Joshua

Matthew

Ethan

2001

Emily

Madison

Hannah

Ashley

Alexis

Jacob

Michael

Matthew

Joshua

Christopher

2000

Emily

Hannah

Madison

Ashley

Sarah

Jacob

Michael

Matthew

Joshua

Christopher

1999

Emily

Hannah

Alexis

Sarah

Samantha

Jacob

Michael

Matthew

Joshua

Nicholas

1998

Emily

Hannah

Samantha

Ashley

Sarah

Michael

Jacob

Matthew

Joshua

Christopher

1997

Emily

Jessica

Ashley

Sarah

Hannah

Michael

Jacob

Matthew

Christopher

Joshua

1996

Emily

Jessica

Ashley

Sarah

Samantha

Michael

Matthew

Jacob

Christopher

Joshua

1995

Jessica

Ashley

Emily

Samantha

Sarah

Michael

Matthew

Christopher

Jacob

Joshua

1994

Jessica

Ashley

Emily

Samantha

Sarah

Michael

Christopher

Matthew

Joshua

Tyler

1993

Jessica

Ashley

Sarah

Samantha

Emily

Michael

Christopher

Matthew

Joshua

Tyler

1992

Ashley

Jessica

Amanda

Brittany

Sarah

Michael

Christopher

Matthew

Joshua

Andrew

1991

Ashley

Jessica

Brittany

Amanda

Samantha

Michael

Christopher

Matthew

Joshua

Andrew

1990

Jessica

Ashley

Brittany

Amanda

Samantha

Michael

Christopher

Matthew

Joshua

Daniel

1989

Jessica

Ashley

Brittany

Amanda

Sarah

Michael

Christopher

Matthew

Joshua

David

1988

Jessica

Ashley

Amanda

Sarah

Jennifer

Michael

Christopher

Matthew

Joshua

Andrew

1987

Jessica

Ashley

Amanda

Jennifer

Sarah

Michael

Christopher

Matthew

Joshua

David

1986

Jessica

Ashley

Amanda

Jennifer

Sarah

Michael

Christopher

Matthew

Joshua

David

1985

Jessica

Ashley

Jennifer

Amanda

Sarah

Michael

Christopher

Matthew

Joshua

Daniel

1984

Jennifer

Jessica

Ashley

Amanda

Sarah

Michael

Christopher

Matthew

Joshua

David

1983

Jennifer

Jessica

Amanda

Ashley

Sarah

Michael

Christopher

Matthew

David

Joshua

1982

Jennifer

Jessica

Amanda

Sarah

Melissa

Michael

Christopher

Matthew

Jason

David

1981

Jennifer

Jessica

Amanda

Sarah

Melissa

Michael

Christopher

Matthew

Jason

David

1980

Jennifer

Amanda

Jessica

Melissa

Sarah

Michael

Christopher

Jason

David

James

1979

Jennifer

Melissa

Amanda

Jessica

Amy

Michael

Christopher

Jason

David

James

1978

Jennifer

Melissa

Jessica

Amy

Heather

Michael

Jason

Christopher

David

James

1977

Jennifer

Melissa

Amy

Jessica

Heather

Michael

Jason

Christopher

David

James

1976

Jennifer

Amy

Melissa

Heather

Angela

Michael

Jason

Christopher

David

James

1975

Jennifer

Amy

Heather

Melissa

Angela

Michael

Jason

Christopher

James

David

1974

Jennifer

Amy

Michelle

Heather

Angela

Michael

Jason

Christopher

David

James

1973

Jennifer

Amy

Michelle

Kimberly

Lisa

Michael

Christopher

Jason

James

David

1972

Jennifer

Michelle

Lisa

Kimberly

Amy

Michael

Christopher

James

David

John

1971

Jennifer

Michelle

Lisa

Kimberly

Amy

Michael

James

David

John

Robert

1970

Jennifer

Lisa

Kimberly

Michelle

Amy

Michael

James

David

John

Robert

1969

Lisa

Michelle

Jennifer

Kimberly

Melissa

Michael

David

James

John

Robert

1968

Lisa

Michelle

Kimberly

Jennifer

Melissa

Michael

David

John

James

Robert

1967

Lisa

Kimberly

Michelle

Mary

Susan

Michael

David

James

John

Robert

1966

Lisa

Kimberly

Mary

Michelle

Karen

Michael

David

James

John

Robert

1965

Lisa

Mary

Karen

Kimberly

Susan

Michael

John

David

James

Robert

1964

Lisa

Mary

Susan

Karen

Patricia

Michael

John

David

James

Robert

1963

Lisa

Mary

Susan

Karen

Linda

Michael

John

David

James

Robert

1962

Lisa

Mary

Susan

Karen

Linda

Michael

David

John

James

Robert

1961

Mary

Lisa

Susan

Linda

Karen

Michael

David

John

James

Robert

1960

Mary

Susan

Linda

Karen

Donna

David

Michael

James

John

Robert

1959

Mary

Susan

Linda

Karen

Donna

Michael

David

James

John

Robert

1958

Mary

Susan

Linda

Karen

Patricia

Michael

David

James

Robert

John

1957

Mary

Susan

Linda

Debra

Karen

Michael

James

David

Robert

John

1956

Mary

Debra

Linda

Deborah

Susan

Michael

James

Robert

David

John

1955

Mary

Deborah

Linda

Debra

Susan

Michael

David

James

Robert

John

1954

Mary

Linda

Deborah

Patricia

Susan

Michael

James

Robert

John

David

1953

Mary

Linda

Deborah

Patricia

Susan

Robert

James

Michael

John

David

1952

Linda

Mary

Patricia

Deborah

Susan

James

Robert

John

Michael

David

1951

Linda

Mary

Patricia

Deborah

Barbara

James

Robert

John

Michael

David

1950

Linda

Mary

Patricia

Barbara

Susan

James

Robert

John

Michael

David

1949

Linda

Mary

Patricia

Barbara

Susan

James

Robert

John

William

Michael

1948

Linda

Mary

Barbara

Patricia

Susan

James

Robert

John

William

David

1947

Linda

Mary

Patricia

Barbara

Sandra

James

Robert

John

William

Richard

1946

Mary

Linda

Patricia

Barbara

Carol

James

Robert

John

William

Richard

1945

Mary

Linda

Barbara

Patricia

Carol

James

Robert

John

William

Richard

1944

Mary

Barbara

Linda

Patricia

Carol

James

Robert

John

William

Richard

1943

Mary

Barbara

Patricia

Linda

Carol

James

Robert

John

William

Richard

1942

Mary

Barbara

Patricia

Linda

Carol

James

Robert

John

William

Richard

1941

Mary

Barbara

Patricia

Carol

Linda

James

Robert

John

William

Richard

1940

Mary

Barbara

Patricia

Judith

Betty

James

Robert

John

William

Richard

1939

Mary

Barbara

Patricia

Betty

Shirley

Robert

James

John

William

Richard

1938

Mary

Barbara

Patricia

Betty

Shirley

Robert

James

John

William

Richard

1937

Mary

Barbara

Patricia

Shirley

Betty

Robert

James

John

William

Richard

1936

Mary

Shirley

Barbara

Betty

Patricia

Robert

James

John

William

Richard

1935

Mary

Shirley

Barbara

Betty

Patricia

Robert

James

John

William

Richard

1934

Mary

Betty

Barbara

Shirley

Dorothy

Robert

James

John

William

Richard

1933

Mary

Betty

Barbara

Dorothy

Joan

Robert

James

John

William

Richard

1932

Mary

Betty

Barbara

Dorothy

Joan

Robert

James

John

William

Richard

1931

Mary

Betty

Dorothy

Barbara

Joan

Robert

James

John

William

Richard

1930

Mary

Betty

Dorothy

Helen

Margaret

Robert

James

John

William

Richard

1929

Mary

Betty

Dorothy

Helen

Margaret

Robert

James

John

William

Charles

1928

Mary

Betty

Dorothy

Helen

Margaret

Robert

John

James

William

Charles

1927

Mary

Dorothy

Betty

Helen

Margaret

Robert

John

James

William

Charles

1926

Mary

Dorothy

Betty

Helen

Margaret

Robert

John

James

William

Charles

1925

Mary

Dorothy

Betty

Helen

Margaret

Robert

John

William

James

Charles

1924

Mary

Dorothy

Helen

Betty

Margaret

Robert

John

William

James

Charles

1923

Mary

Dorothy

Helen

Margaret

Betty

John

Robert

William

James

Charles

1922

Mary

Dorothy

Helen

Margaret

Ruth

John

Robert

William

James

Charles

1921

Mary

Dorothy

Helen

Margaret

Ruth

John

Robert

William

James

Charles

1920

Mary

Dorothy

Helen

Margaret

Ruth

John

William

Robert

James

Charles

1919

Mary

Helen

Dorothy

Margaret

Ruth

John

William

James

Robert

Charles

1918

Mary

Helen

Dorothy

Margaret

Ruth

John

William

James

Robert

Charles

1917

Mary

Helen

Dorothy

Margaret

Ruth

John

William

James

Robert

Joseph

1916

Mary

Helen

Dorothy

Margaret

Ruth

John

William

James

Robert

Joseph

1915

Mary

Helen

Dorothy

Margaret

Ruth

John

William

James

Robert

Joseph

1914

Mary

Helen

Dorothy

Margaret

Ruth

John

William

James

Robert

Joseph

1913

Mary

Helen

Dorothy

Margaret

Ruth

John

William

James

Robert

Joseph

1912

Mary

Helen

Dorothy

Margaret

Ruth

John

William

James

Robert

Joseph