The TOP 50 Baby Names of ALL TIME

Looking for a classic baby name that will stand the test of time? Look no further! Here are the top 50 baby names of all time in the United States, according to the Social Security Administration. If you are looking for a spin on a popular name, I’ve included variations and shortenings of these great American names. Enjoy!

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  • Ladies First!

    Ladies First!

    The most popular girl’s name of all time: Mary!

  • Patricia

    Patricia

    A close second is Patricia! Try shortening to Patty or Patti!

  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth

    There are so many variations of this one! Ellie, Elle, Eliza, Beth, Bethany, Betsy, and more!

  • Jennifer

    Jennifer

    How about Jen or Jenny?

  • Linda

    Linda

    The #5 girl’s name of all time!

  • Barbara

    Barbara

    This one is a bit more unusual these days!

  • Margaret

    Margaret

    How about Marge or Margot?

  • Susan

    Susan

    Little Baby Suzie??

  • Dorothy

    Dorothy

    I really love this one! So unique!!

  • Sarah

    Sarah

    This one will always be a popular one!

  • Jessica

    Jessica

    This one too! Try Jess or Jessie for short!

  • Helen

    Helen

    I think this is a beautiful middle name!

  • Nancy

    Nancy

    Dreaming of a Fancy Nancy??

  • Betty

    Betty

    Old-fashioned, but oh-so adorable!

  • Karen

    Karen

    Love this name? Try Kara or Cora for a similar twist!

  • Lisa

    Lisa

    Lisa, Elisa, Elise… all beautiful girl’s names!

  • Sandra

    Sandra

    Sandra is a beautiful name, young and old!

  • Anna

    Anna

    Here’s another super common name! Try Anne or Hanna for a variation…

  • Donna

    Donna

    Donna is more uncommon these days. Try Dana or Deena for a similar name!

  • Ruth

    Ruth

    This one dates back to biblical times (as most of the top 50 do!)

  • Carol

    Carol

    Carol, Carrie, Carolle… all pretty-sounding names!

  • Kimberly

    Kimberly

    Names that end in a Y-sound are SO common, these days!

  • Ashley

    Ashley

    For a variation on spelling try Ashlie or Ashlee!

  • Michelle

    Michelle

    Michelle, Michele, Shelly… lots of ways to do this one!

  • Laura

    Laura

    Try Laura, Lora, or Lara! (Lauren and Laurel are pretty, too!)

  • And now for the boys...

    And now for the boys...

    The most popular boy’s name of all time?? James!

  • John

    John

    A close runner-up!

  • Robert

    Robert

    Try Robbie or Bobby for a boy!

  • Michael

    Michael

    A classic boy’s name…

  • William

    William

    For a variation, try Will or Liam!

  • David

    David

    Another biblical name!

  • Richard

    Richard

    A bit less common these days…

  • Joseph

    Joseph

    Try Joseph, Joe, Jose, or Seth for a similar name!

  • Charles

    Charles

    Charles, Charlie, Charley, Chuck!

  • Thomas

    Thomas

    A standard middle name!

  • Christopher

    Christopher

    I even know a Topher!

  • Daniel

    Daniel

    Dan, Danny, Dani!

  • Matthew

    Matthew

    Matthew will always be a great boy’s name!

  • George

    George

    Another one that’s a bit less common these days!

  • Donald

    Donald

    Donald, Donnie, Don!

  • Paul

    Paul

    I think this is an excellent middle name!

  • Anthony

    Anthony

    Try Anthony, Antony, Anton, or Tony for a variation!

  • Mark

    Mark

    This one is sweet and simple!

  • Edward

    Edward

    The name of a prince!

  • Stephen

    Stephen

    Stephen, Steven, Stephan, Stephon… lots of variations here!

  • Kenneth

    Kenneth

    Honestly, I was surprised this one made the top 50!

  • Andrew

    Andrew

    Turn Andrew into Andy or Drew for short!

  • Brian

    Brian

    Brian, Bryan, Ryan!

  • Kevin

    Kevin

    Kevin can be shortened to Kev!

  • Joshua

    Joshua

    The #25 boy’s name of all time!

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