Find Out Which Baby Name Was the Most Popular in the Year You Were Born

Alessia Santoro

Every once in a while, a trendy name comes into fashion and works its way up into the top spots to become one of the most popular names of the year. Some of these names have staying power that lasts for close to a decade - or in the case of Michael, decades - others only hold one of the top slots for 365 days before getting nudged back down.

Read through to find out which baby names have held the top five spots for both boys and girls since 1950, according to the Social Security Administration (and check out the least popular names here).

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Cute Girl Names

The Top 5 Most Popular Boys' Names by Year Since 1950

Year 1 2 3 4 5 2018 Liam Noah William James Oliver 2017 Liam Noah William James Logan 2016 Noah Liam William Mason James 2015 Noah
Liam Mason Jacob William 2014 Noah Liam Mason Jacob William 2013 Noah Liam Jacob Mason William 2012 Jacob Mason Ethan Noah William 2011 Jacob Mason William Jayden Noah 2010 Jacob Ethan Michael Jayden William 2009 Jacob Ethan Michael Alexander William 2008 Jacob Michael Ethan Joshua Daniel 2007 Jacob Michael Ethan Joshua Daniel 2006 Jacob Michael Joshua Ethan Matthew 2005 Jacob Michael Joshua Matthew Ethan 2004 Jacob Michael Joshua Matthew Ethan 2003 Jacob Michael Joshua Matthew Andrew 2002 Jacob Michael Joshua Matthew Ethan 2001 Jacob Michael Matthew Joshua Christopher 2000 Jacob Michael Matthew Joshua Christopher 1999 Jacob Michael Matthew Joshua Nicholas 1998 Michael Jacob Matthew Joshua Christopher 1997 Michael Jacob Matthew Christopher Joshua 1996 Michael Matthew Jacob Christopher Joshua 1995 Michael Matthew Christopher Jacob Joshua 1994 Michael Christopher Matthew Joshua Tyler 1993 Michael Christopher Matthew Joshua Tyler 1992 Michael Christopher Matthew Joshua Andrew 1991 Michael Christopher Matthew Joshua Andrew 1990 Michael Christopher Matthew Joshua Daniel 1989 Michael Christopher Matthew Joshua David 1988 Michael Christopher Matthew Joshua Andrew 1987 Michael Christopher Matthew Joshua David 1986 Michael Christopher Matthew Joshua David 1985 Michael Christopher Matthew Joshua Daniel 1984 Michael Christopher Matthew Joshua David 1983 Michael Christopher Matthew David Joshua 1982 Michael Christopher Matthew Jason David 1981 Michael Christopher Matthew Jason David 1980 Michael Christopher Jason David James 1979 Michael Christopher Jason David James 1978 Michael Jason Christopher David James 1977 Michael Jason Christopher David James 1976 Michael Jason Christopher David James 1975 Michael Jason Christopher James David 1974 Michael Jason Christopher David James 1973 Michael Christopher Jason James David 1972 Michael Christopher James David John 1971 Michael James David John Robert 1970 Michael James David John Robert 1969 Michael David James John Robert 1968 Michael David John James Robert 1967 Michael David James John Robert 1966 Michael David James John Robert 1965 Michael John David James Robert 1964 Michael John David James Robert 1963 Michael John David James Robert 1962 Michael David John James Robert 1961 Michael David John James Robert 1960 David Michael James John Robert 1959 Michael David James John Robert 1958 Michael David James Robert John 1957 Michael James David Robert John 1956 Michael James Robert David John 1955 Michael David James Robert John 1954 Michael Robert James John David 1953 Robert James Michael John David 1952 James Robert John Michael David 1951 James Robert John Michael David 1950 James Robert John Michael David Related: The Cutest Names For Baby Boys

Cute Boy Names

The Top 5 Most Popular Girls' Names by Year Since 1950

Year 1 2 3 4 5 2018 Emma Olivia Ava Isabella Sophia 2017 Emma Olivia Ava Isabella Sophia 2016 Emma Olivia Ava Sophia Isabella 2015 Emma Olivia Sophia Ava Isabella 2014 Emma Olivia Sophia Isabella Ava 2013 Sophia Emma Olivia Isabella Ava 2012 Sophia Emma Isabella Olivia Ava 2011 Sophia Isabella Emma Olivia Ava 2010 Isabella Sophia Emma Olivia Ava 2009 Isabella Emma Olivia Sophia Ava 2008 Emma Isabella Emily Olivia Ava 2007 Emily Isabella Emma Ava Madison 2006 Emily Emma Madison Isabella Ava 2005 Emily Emma Madison Abigail Olivia 2004 Emily Emma Madison Olivia Hannah 2003 Emily Emma Madison Hannah Olivia 2002 Emily Madison Hannah Emma Alexis 2001 Emily Madison Hannah Ashley Alexis 2000 Emily Hannah Madison Ashley Sarah 1999 Emily Hannah Alexis Sarah Samantha 1998 Emily Hannah Samantha Sarah Ashley 1997 Emily Jessica Ashley Sarah Hannah 1996 Emily Jessica Ashley Sarah Samantha 1995 Jessica Ashley Emily Samantha Sarah 1994 Jessica Ashley Emily Samantha Sarah 1993 Jessica Ashley Sarah Samantha Emily 1992 Ashley Jessica Amanda Brittany Sarah 1991 Ashley Jessica Brittany Amanda Samantha 1990 Jessica Ashley Brittany Amanda Samantha 1989 Jessica Ashley Brittany Amanda Sarah 1988 Jessica Ashley Amanda Sarah Jennifer 1987 Jessica Ashley Amanda Jennifer Sarah 1986 Jessica Ashley Amanda Jennifer Sarah 1985 Jessica Ashley Jennifer Amanda Sarah 1984 Jennifer Jessica Ashley Amanda Sarah 1983 Jennifer Jessica Amanda Ashley Sarah 1982 Jennifer Jessica Amanda Sarah Melissa 1981 Jennifer Jessica Amanda Sarah Melissa 1980 Jennifer Amanda Jessica Melissa Sarah 1979 Jennifer Melissa Amanda Jessica Amy 1978 Jennifer Melissa Jessica Amy Heather 1977 Jennifer Melissa Amy Jessica Heather 1976 Jennifer Amy Melissa Heather Angela 1975 Jennifer Amy Heather Melissa Angela 1974 Jennifer Amy Michelle Heather Angela 1973 Jennifer Amy Michelle Kimberly Lisa 1972 Jennifer Michelle Lisa Kimberly Amy 1971 Jennifer Michelle Lisa Kimberly Amy 1970 Jennifer Lisa Kimberly Michelle Amy 1969 Lisa Michelle Jennifer Kimberly Melissa 1968 Lisa Michelle Kimberly Jennifer Melissa 1967 Lisa Kimberly Michelle Mary Susan 1966 Lisa Kimberly Mary Michelle Karen 1965 Lisa Mary Karen Kimberly Susan 1964 Lisa Mary Susan Karen Patricia 1963 Lisa Mary Susan Karen Linda 1962 Lisa Mary Susan Karen Linda 1961 Mary Lisa Susan Linda Karen 1960 Mary Susan Linda Karen Donna 1959 Mary Susan Linda Karen Donna 1958 Mary Susan Linda Karen Patricia 1957 Mary Susan Linda Debra Karen 1956 Mary Debra Linda Deborah Susan 1955 Mary Deborah Linda Debra Susan 1954 Mary Linda Deborah Patricia Susan 1953 Mary Linda Deborah Patricia Susan 1952 Linda Mary Patricia Deborah Susan 1951 Linda Mary Patricia Deborah Barbara 1950 Linda Mary Patricia Barbara Susan