Baby Name Popularity Visualization Tool

To see how your favorite baby names have trended over time, simply type the name in the box below and hit the “Graph” button.

Our baby name trend tool visualizes boys' and girls' data in the same graph. It gives the total number of births in a year, instead of popularity ranks.

Don't forget to hover over the graph to see a pop up of how many boys and girls were given name in that year.

Keep an eye on the y-axis, it adjusts depending on how many babies were given the name in a year. For example, the name John has the y-axis adjust to 90,000, while a rare name like Moxie has a y-axis scaled to 60.

Baby Name Data

The baby name popularity data visualized here is for United States births. It uses the naming data reported by the Social Security Administration each year.

The Social Security Administration keeps records of first names listed on social security card applications since 1879. Data prior to 1937 is to be interpreted with caution as not all individuals applied for cards before this date.

These datasets are sex disaggregated, so gender neutral names like Avery have different rankings on the boys' and girls' popularity lists.

The data does not combine alternate spellings of the same name into one data entry (i.e Elliott and Elliot appear separately). It does remove spaces and hyphens in names; for example, Rose-mary, Rose Mary and Rosemary would all be captured under Rosemary.

You can read more about the SSA's dataset here.

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