Baby Name Popularity, Data, and History


Meaning: God is Gracious
Main Origin Language: Hebrew
(Or View John Girl)

In 2017 the name John...

• was given to 9,434 baby boys
• was the 27th most popular name for baby boys
• was 34% less popular than it was ten years ago
• was most popular in Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina
• was least popular in Arizona, New Mexico, and Washington
• was about as popular as Jayden and Owen
Babies Named John Born Per Year
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Per 100,000
Total Number
(In years of less than five births the number born is listed as zero and the rank was set to be the maximum rank)

Historically the name John...

• achieved it's highest popularity in 1950
• achieved it's lowest popularity in 2017
• is 86% less common in the 2010s than it was in the 1950s
• is 55% less common in the 2010s than it was in the 1990s
• has the most similar popularity history to Kenneth, Robert, James, Yvonne, Anne, Charlene
• has the most opposite popularity history to Ian, Hugo, Vicente, Alanna, Noemi, Priya
Rank Popularity of Baby Name John Per State
View Geographic History for John

Geographically the name John...

• 46% more popular east of the Mississippi than west of the Mississippi
• has the most similar state naming pattern as Tylan, Bryson, Robert, Caroline, Ryleigh, Mary
• has the most opposite state naming pattern as Emilio, Ezequiel, Emiliano, Itzel, Daleyza, Ximena
Girl Names With Similar Spelling
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Average Age of Benjamin
54 Years
Benjamin is older than 83% of all names
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More information on John by the Baby Name Institute

• How many babies named John are born every second?
• What are the chances a kid named John will be the only kid named John in his class?
• How similar is the naming popularity of John compared to other names?
• How was each statistic for this page calculated?
• How does John rank among the top 2,500 names of the year?
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