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Most popular baby names of every year since 1915

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    The most popular baby name of every year since 1915

    If you’ve ever resented your parents because your classmates called you “John P.” as opposed to “John” or “Anna W.” instead of “Anna,” consider that they may have just been looking out for your best interest. Part of the psychology that goes into naming a child is a phenomenon known as the “playground effect,” the way in which parents consider how their child’s name would influence his or her popularity amongst peers. Because of the vicious social warzones schools can be, many parents shy away from unique names and those who do choose abnormal spellings typically regret it down the line, as was revealed by a survey of 3,000 parents.

    As such, it makes sense that over time the majority of American parents have gone for the same select few names year in and year out. Since 1915 there have only been eight male names and 10 female names that have taken the top spot annually for their respective national ranks. Of those 18, 16 have sustained their reign at the top for multiple years, indicating that when a new name amasses a great deal of popularity society clings to it for quite some time.

    Using data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker found the three most popular male and female names in the United States from every year since 1915. The top names for every year are ranked according to the total number of babies born with that name in that year.

    Read on to see if your name was amongst the most popular for the past 100 years.

    RELATED: Fastest growing baby names of the last 50 years

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    1915-1919

    #1 boys' name: John
    #2 boys' name: William
    #3 boys' name: James

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Helen
    #3 girls' name: Dorothy

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    1920

    #1 boys' name: John
    #2 boys' name: William
    #3 boys' name: Robert

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Dorothy
    #3 girls' name: Helen

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    1921-1923

    #1 boys' name: John
    #2 boys' name: Robert
    #3 boys' name: William

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Dorothy
    #3 girls' name: Helen

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    1924

    #1 boys' name: Robert
    #2 boys' name: John
    #3 boys' name: William

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Dorothy
    #3 girls' name: Helen

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    1925

    #1 boys' name: Robert
    #2 boys' name: John
    #3 boys' name: William

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Dorothy
    #3 girls' name: Betty

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    1926-1927

    #1 boys' name: Robert
    #2 boys' name: John
    #3 boys' name: James

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Dorothy
    #3 girls' name: Betty

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    1928

    #1 boys' name: Robert
    #2 boys' name: John
    #3 boys' name: James

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Betty
    #3 girls' name: Dorothy

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    1929-1931

    #1 boys' name: Robert
    #2 boys' name: James
    #3 boys' name: John

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Betty
    #3 girls' name: Dorothy

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    1932-1934

    #1 boys' name: Robert
    #2 boys' name: James
    #3 boys' name: John

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Betty
    #3 girls' name: Barbara

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    1935-1936

    #1 boys' name: Robert
    #2 boys' name: James
    #3 boys' name: John

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Shirley
    #3 girls' name: Barbara

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    1937-1939

    #1 boys' name: Robert
    #2 boys' name: James
    #3 boys' name: John

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Barbara
    #3 girls' name: Patricia

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    1940-1943

    #1 boys' name: James
    #2 boys' name: Robert
    #3 boys' name: John

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Barbara
    #3 girls' name: Patricia

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    1944

    #1 boys' name: James
    #2 boys' name: Robert
    #3 boys' name: John

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Barbara
    #3 girls' name: Linda

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    1945

    #1 boys' name: James
    #2 boys' name: Robert
    #3 boys' name: John

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Linda
    #3 girls' name: Barbara

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    1946

    #1 boys' name: James
    #2 boys' name: Robert
    #3 boys' name: John

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Linda
    #3 girls' name: Patricia

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    1947

    #1 boys' name: James
    #2 boys' name: Robert
    #3 boys' name: John

    #1 girls' name: Linda
    #2 girls' name: Mary
    #3 girls' name: Patricia

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    1948

    #1 boys' name: James
    #2 boys' name: Robert
    #3 boys' name: John

    #1 girls' name: Linda
    #2 girls' name: Mary
    #3 girls' name: Barbara

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    1949-1952

    #1 boys' name: James
    #2 boys' name: Robert
    #3 boys' name: John

    #1 girls' name: Linda
    #2 girls' name: Mary
    #3 girls' name: Patricia

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    1953

    #1 boys' name: Robert
    #2 boys' name: James
    #3 boys' name: Michael

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Linda
    #3 girls' name: Deborah

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    1954

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: James
    #3 boys' name: Robert

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Linda
    #3 girls' name: Deborah

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    1955

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: David
    #3 boys' name: James

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Deborah
    #3 girls' name: Linda

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    1956

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: James
    #3 boys' name: Robert

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Debra
    #3 girls' name: Linda

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    1957

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: James
    #3 boys' name: David

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Susan
    #3 girls' name: Linda

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    1958-1959

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: David
    #3 boys' name: James

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Susan
    #3 girls' name: Linda

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    1960

    #1 boys' name: David
    #2 boys' name: Michael
    #3 boys' name: James

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Susan
    #3 girls' name: Linda

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    1961

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: David
    #3 boys' name: John

    #1 girls' name: Mary
    #2 girls' name: Lisa
    #3 girls' name: Susan

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    1962

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: David
    #3 boys' name: John

    #1 girls' name: Lisa
    #2 girls' name: Mary
    #3 girls' name: Susan

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    1963-1964

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: John
    #3 boys' name: David

    #1 girls' name: Lisa
    #2 girls' name: Mary
    #3 girls' name: Susan

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    1965

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: John
    #3 boys' name: David

    #1 girls' name: Lisa
    #2 girls' name: Mary
    #3 girls' name: Karen

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    1966

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: David
    #3 boys' name: James

    #1 girls' name: Lisa
    #2 girls' name: Kimberly
    #3 girls' name: Mary

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    1967

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: David
    #3 boys' name: James

    #1 girls' name: Lisa
    #2 girls' name: Kimberly
    #3 girls' name: Michelle

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    1968

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: David
    #3 boys' name: John

    #1 girls' name: Lisa
    #2 girls' name: Michelle
    #3 girls' name: Kimberly

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    1969

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: David
    #3 boys' name: James

    #1 girls' name: Lisa
    #2 girls' name: Michelle
    #3 girls' name: Jennifer

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    1970

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: James
    #3 boys' name: David

    #1 girls' name: Jennifer
    #2 girls' name: Lisa
    #3 girls' name: Kimberly

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    1971

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: James
    #3 boys' name: David

    #1 girls' name: Jennifer
    #2 girls' name: Michelle
    #3 girls' name: Lisa

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    1972

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Christopher
    #3 boys' name: James

    #1 girls' name: Jennifer
    #2 girls' name: Michelle
    #3 girls' name: Lisa

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    1973

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Christopher
    #3 boys' name: Jason

    #1 girls' name: Jennifer
    #2 girls' name: Amy
    #3 girls' name: Michelle

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    1974

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Jason
    #3 boys' name: Christopher

    #1 girls' name: Jennifer
    #2 girls' name: Amy
    #3 girls' name: Michelle

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    1975

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Jason
    #3 boys' name: Christopher

    #1 girls' name: Jennifer
    #2 girls' name: Amy
    #3 girls' name: Heather

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    1976

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Jason
    #3 boys' name: Christopher

    #1 girls' name: Jennifer
    #2 girls' name: Amy
    #3 girls' name: Melissa

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    1977

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Jason
    #3 boys' name: Christopher

    #1 girls' name: Jennifer
    #2 girls' name: Melissa
    #3 girls' name: Amy

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    1978

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Jason
    #3 boys' name: Christopher

    #1 girls' name: Jennifer
    #2 girls' name: Melissa
    #3 girls' name: Jessica

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    1979

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Christopher
    #3 boys' name: Jason

    #1 girls' name: Jennifer
    #2 girls' name: Melissa
    #3 girls' name: Amanda

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    1980

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Christopher
    #3 boys' name: Jason

    #1 girls' name: Jennifer
    #2 girls' name: Amanda
    #3 girls' name: Jessica

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    1981-1983

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Christopher
    #3 boys' name: Matthew

    #1 girls' name: Jennifer
    #2 girls' name: Jessica
    #3 girls' name: Amanda

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    1984

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Christopher
    #3 boys' name: Matthew

    #1 girls' name: Jennifer
    #2 girls' name: Jessica
    #3 girls' name: Ashley

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    1985

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Christopher
    #3 boys' name: Matthew

    #1 girls' name: Jessica
    #2 girls' name: Ashley
    #3 girls' name: Jennifer

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    1986-1988

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Christopher
    #3 boys' name: Matthew

    #1 girls' name: Jessica
    #2 girls' name: Ashley
    #3 girls' name: Amanda

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    1989-1990

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Christopher
    #3 boys' name: Matthew

    #1 girls' name: Jessica
    #2 girls' name: Ashley
    #3 girls' name: Brittany

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    1991

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Christopher
    #3 boys' name: Matthew

    #1 girls' name: Ashley
    #2 girls' name: Jessica
    #3 girls' name: Brittany

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    1992

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Christopher
    #3 boys' name: Matthew

    #1 girls' name: Ashley
    #2 girls' name: Jessica
    #3 girls' name: Amanda

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    1993

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Christopher
    #3 boys' name: Matthew

    #1 girls' name: Jessica
    #2 girls' name: Ashley
    #3 girls' name: Sarah

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    1994

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Christopher
    #3 boys' name: Matthew

    #1 girls' name: Jessica
    #2 girls' name: Ashley
    #3 girls' name: Emily

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    1995

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Matthew
    #3 boys' name: Christopher

    #1 girls' name: Jessica
    #2 girls' name: Ashley
    #3 girls' name: Emily

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    1996

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Matthew
    #3 boys' name: Jacob

    #1 girls' name: Emily
    #2 girls' name: Jessica
    #3 girls' name: Ashley

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    1997

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Jacob
    #3 boys' name: Matthew

    #1 girls' name: Emily
    #2 girls' name: Jessica
    #3 girls' name: Ashley

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    1998

    #1 boys' name: Michael
    #2 boys' name: Jacob
    #3 boys' name: Matthew

    #1 girls' name: Emily
    #2 girls' name: Hannah
    #3 girls' name: Samantha

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    1999

    #1 boys' name: Jacob
    #2 boys' name: Michael
    #3 boys' name: Matthew

    #1 girls' name: Emily
    #2 girls' name: Hannah
    #3 girls' name: Alexis

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    2000

    #1 boys' name: Jacob
    #2 boys' name: Michael
    #3 boys' name: Matthew

    #1 girls' name: Emily
    #2 girls' name: Hannah
    #3 girls' name: Madison

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    2001

    #1 boys' name: Jacob
    #2 boys' name: Michael
    #3 boys' name: Matthew

    #1 girls' name: Emily
    #2 girls' name: Madison
    #3 girls' name: Hannah

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    2002

    #1 boys' name: Jacob
    #2 boys' name: Michael
    #3 boys' name: Joshua

    #1 girls' name: Emily
    #2 girls' name: Madison
    #3 girls' name: Hannah

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    2003-2006

    #1 boys' name: Jacob
    #2 boys' name: Michael
    #3 boys' name: Joshua

    #1 girls' name: Emily
    #2 girls' name: Emma
    #3 girls' name: Madison

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    2007

    #1 boys' name: Jacob
    #2 boys' name: Michael
    #3 boys' name: Ethan

    #1 girls' name: Emily
    #2 girls' name: Isabella
    #3 girls' name: Emma

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    2008

    #1 boys' name: Jacob
    #2 boys' name: Michael
    #3 boys' name: Ethan

    #1 girls' name: Emma
    #2 girls' name: Isabella
    #3 girls' name: Emily

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    2009

    #1 boys' name: Jacob
    #2 boys' name: Ethan
    #3 boys' name: Michael

    #1 girls' name: Isabella
    #2 girls' name: Emma
    #3 girls' name: Olivia

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    2010

    #1 boys' name: Jacob
    #2 boys' name: Ethan
    #3 boys' name: Michael

    #1 girls' name: Isabella
    #2 girls' name: Sophia
    #3 girls' name: Emma

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    2011

    #1 boys' name: Jacob
    #2 boys' name: Mason
    #3 boys' name: William

    #1 girls' name: Sophia
    #2 girls' name: Isabella
    #3 girls' name: Emma

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    2012

    #1 boys' name: Jacob
    #2 boys' name: Mason
    #3 boys' name: Ethan

    #1 girls' name: Sophia
    #2 girls' name: Emma
    #3 girls' name: Isabella

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    2013

    #1 boys' name: Noah
    #2 boys' name: Jacob
    #3 boys' name: Liam

    #1 girls' name: Sophia
    #2 girls' name: Emma
    #3 girls' name: Olivia

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    2014-2015

    #1 boys' name: Noah
    #2 boys' name: Liam
    #3 boys' name: Mason

    #1 girls' name: Emma
    #2 girls' name: Olivia
    #3 girls' name: Sophia

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    2016

    #1 boys' name: Noah
    #2 boys' name: Liam
    #3 boys' name: William

    #1 girls' name: Emma
    #2 girls' name: Olivia
    #3 girls' name: Ava

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    2017

    #1 boys' name: Liam
    #2 boys' name: Noah
    #3 boys' name: William

    #1 girls' name: Emma
    #2 girls' name: Olivia
    #3 girls' name: Ava

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