Number One Baby Names

Baby names that have achieved the top standing in the U.S. are an elite group. Since the beginning of American baby-naming time, 1880, there have been only 16 baby names that have reached Number One, with Emma and David only touching the top for one year each and Ashley for just two. The all-time Number One baby names in the U.S. are:
  • Linda

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Linda will live forever in baby name history for toppling Mary from its four hundred year reign as Number 1. Queen of Names in 1950, Linda has fallen even further in favor than Mary today. Read More 

  • Lisa

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Elvis naming his daughter Lisa Marie and the hit song "Mona Lisa" conspired to catapult one of Elizabeth's many offshoots to Number 4 in 1970. Its star barely twinkles now. Read More 

  • Mary

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Mary, the quintessential New Testament name, was Number 1 for girls until the mid-twentieth century. Though still close to the Top 100, at Number 120 Mary is used now mostly for religious or... Read More 

  • Michael

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Michael was the Number 1 American boys' name for almost half a century. Now, though, Michael has moved down to seventh place, still translating to about an annual 15,000+ babies. How has Michael... Read More 

  • Robert

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Robert was Number 1 in both 1925 and 1950, and in fact was in the Top 25 for an entire century, giving it true classic status. Though no longer stylish, Robert is still widely used as a family... Read More 

  • Sophia

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Sophia, which was the Number 1 girls' name in the US from 2011 to 2013, has a sensuous sound and high-minded meaning. Sophia's been chosen by several celeb parents, and reached the top of the... Read More 

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