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The Most Popular Names in The United States – The Breakfast Flakes

Today for Weird Wednesday we were asking people where their name come from. We got a lot of great answers. And while we didn’t receive too many calls with people of the same name, it did get me thinking about what are the most popular names here in the United States.

Every year the Social Security office compiles the most popular names for that given year. Their reports go all the way back to 1880!

Courtesy of the Social Security Administration:

Popularity in 2011

Rank Male name Number of
males
Female name Number of
females
1 Jacob 20,153 Sophia 21,695
2 Mason 19,396 Isabella 19,745
3 William 17,151 Emma 18,674
4 Jayden 16,861 Olivia 17,169
5 Noah 16,719 Ava 15,383
6 Michael 16,598 Emily 14,164
7 Ethan 16,567 Abigail 13,149
8 Alexander 15,591 Madison 12,298
9 Aiden 15,389 Mia 11,451
10 Daniel 15,138 Chloe 10,917
11 Anthony 14,181 Elizabeth 9,972
12 Matthew 14,051 Ella 9,501
13 Elijah 13,817 Addison 9,246
14 Joshua 13,601 Natalie 8,593
15 Liam 13,347 Lily 8,112
16 Andrew 13,152 Grace 7,560
17 James 13,133 Samantha 7,330
18 David 13,098 Avery 7,303
19 Benjamin 12,942 Sofia 7,285
20 Logan 12,913 Aubrey 7,135

And as a comparison here is the top 20 from 1880!

Popularity in 1880

Rank Male name Number of
males
Female name Number of
females
1 John 9,655 Mary 7,065
2 William 9,533 Anna 2,604
3 James 5,927 Emma 2,003
4 Charles 5,348 Elizabeth 1,939
5 George 5,126 Minnie 1,746
6 Frank 3,242 Margaret 1,578
7 Joseph 2,632 Ida 1,472
8 Thomas 2,534 Alice 1,414
9 Henry 2,444 Bertha 1,320
10 Robert 2,415 Sarah 1,288
11 Edward 2,364 Annie 1,258
12 Harry 2,152 Clara 1,226
13 Walter 1,755 Ella 1,156
14 Arthur 1,599 Florence 1,063
15 Fred 1,569 Cora 1,045
16 Albert 1,493 Martha 1,040
17 Samuel 1,024 Laura 1,012
18 David 869 Nellie 995
19 Louis 828 Grace 982
20 Joe 731 Carrie 949

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