The above list shows the most popular names by year. Use the slider to change the year.
Since 1943 Michael has been in the top ten and was number one for many years. The girls' competition has been a bit rougher. Mary was the clear winner for many years but it has dwindled in recent years.
This is just a taste of the way we examine names at the Baby Name Institute. Click on links to any of the lists below to see other creative ways we have looked at the most popular names whether it be by letter, length, or even growing popularity. You can even view an animated history of the popular names across America since 1950.
If you want to see how your own name ranks in any year, search it using the search bar at the top of the page and see if you made the top 100.