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The Most Popular Baby Names from the Year You Were Born

Did your name make the list?

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Mothers day composition. Photo album, black-and-white pictures.Halfpoint/Shutterstock

Having one of the most popular names can be a good and bad thing. Everyone will know how to spell your name, but the chances that you have at least one other person in your class or at your job with the same name are pretty high. We gathered the top three names for every year, 1950-2010, from the Social Security Administration. Check out your birth year below to see if your name made the list. Also, check out the most popular toy the year you were born.

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Marie HoffmanCourtesy Marie Hoffman/Reminisce

1950

Girls

  1. Linda
  2. Mary
  3. Patricia

Boys

  1. James
  2. Robert
  3. John

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John WoodCourtesy John Wood/Reminisce

1951

Girls

  1. Linda
  2. Mary
  3. Patricia

Boys

  1. James
  2. Robert
  3. John
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Raelene MaestrasCourtesy Raelene Maestras

1952

Girls

  1. Linda
  2. Mary
  3. Patricia

Boys

  1. James
  2. Robert
  3. John

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IgorGolovniov/Shutterstock

1953

Girls

  1. Mary
  2. Linda
  3. Deborah

Boys

  1. Robert
  2. James
  3. Michael

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Kathleen McDonaldCourtesy Kathleen McDonald/Reminisce

1954

Girls

  1. Mary
  2. Linda
  3. Deborah

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. James
  3. Robert
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Linda KastCourtesy Linda Kast/Reminisce

1955

Girls

  1. Mary
  2. Deborah
  3. Linda

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. James
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Lynette GibboneyCourtesy Lynette Gibboney/Reminisce

1956

Girls

  1. Mary
  2. Deborah
  3. Linda

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. James
  3. Robert
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Kenney SlattenCourtesy Kenney Slatten/Reminisce

1957

Girls

  1. Mary
  2. Susan
  3. Linda

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. James
  3. David
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Earleen JohnsonCourtesy Earleen Johnson/Reminisce

1958

Girls

  1. Mary
  2. Susan
  3. Linda

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. James

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Peter FornabaioCourtesy Peter Fornabaio

1959

Girls

  1. Mary
  2. Susan
  3. Linda

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. James
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Donna fornabaioCourtesy Donna Fornabaio

1960

Girls

  1. Mary
  2. Susan
  3. Linda

Boys

  1. David
  2. Michael
  3. James
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Marlene BarnesCourtesy Marlene Barnes/Reminsice

1961

Girls

  1. Mary
  2. Lisa
  3. Susan

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. John
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Roman Nerud/Shutterstock

1962

Girls

  1. Lisa
  2. Mary
  3. Susan

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. John
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IgorGolovniov/Shutterstock

1963

Girls

  1. Lisa
  2. Mary
  3. Susan

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. John
  3. David
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IgorGolovniov/Shutterstock

1964

Girls

  1. Lisa
  2. Mary
  3. Susan

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. John
  3. David

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Roman Nerud/Shutterstock

1965

Girls

  1. Lisa
  2. Mary
  3. Karen

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. John
  3. David
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Galyamin Sergej/Shutterstock

1966

Girls

  1. Lisa
  2. Kimberly
  3. Mary

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. James
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IgorGolovniov/Shutterstock

1967

Girls

  1. Lisa
  2. Kimberly
  3. Michelle

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. James
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Roman Nerud/Shutterstock

1968

Girls

  1. Lisa
  2. Michelle
  3. Kimberly

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. John
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Roman Nerud/Shutterstock

1969

Girls

  1. Lisa
  2. Michelle
  3. Jennifer

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. James
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Ron Baxendale IICourtesy Ron Baxendale II/Reminisce

1970

Girls

  1. Jennifer
  2. Lisa
  3. Kimberly

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. James
  3. David

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nurse child - photo scan - about 1970sKUCO/Shutterstock

1971

Girls

  1. Jennifer
  2. Michelle
  3. Lisa

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. James
  3. David
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baby 70'sKUCO/Shutterstock

1972

Girls

  1. Jennifer
  2. Michelle
  3. Lisa

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. James
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baby 1970sKUCO/Shutterstock

1973

Girls

  1. Jennifer
  2. Amy
  3. Michelle

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Jason
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babyRoman Nerud/Shutterstock

1974

Girls

  1. Jennifer
  2. Amy
  3. Michelle

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Jason
  3. Christopher
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Roman Nerud/Shutterstock

1975

Girls

  1. Jennifer
  2. Amy
  3. Heather

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Jason
  3. Christopher
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baby 1970sRoman Nerud/Shutterstock

1976

Girls

  1. Jennifer
  2. Amy
  3. Melissa

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Jason
  3. Christopher
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shutterstock_629488757Lyudmila2509/Shutterstock

1977

Girls

  1. Jennifer
  2. Melissa
  3. Amy

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Jason
  3. Christopher
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shutterstock_417259396Roman Nerud/Shutterstock

1978

Girls

  1. Jennifer
  2. Melissa
  3. Jessica

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Jason
  3. Christopher
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Linda KastCourtesy Linda Kast/Reminisce

1979

Girls

  1. Jennifer
  2. Melissa
  3. Amanda

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Jason

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close up. portrait of a yawning newborn baby.SmartPhotoLab/Shutterstock

1980

Girls

  1. Jennifer
  2. Amanda
  3. Jessica

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Jason
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Cindy KimmelCourtesy Cindy Kimmel

1981

Girls

  1. Jennifer
  2. Jessica
  3. Amanda

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew

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Galyamin Sergej/Shutterstock

1982

Girls

  1. Jennifer
  2. Jessica
  3. Amanda

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
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Jerri Sue deCordova FoxCourtesy Jerri Sue deCordova Fox/Reminisce

1983

Girls

  1. Jennifer
  2. Jessica
  3. Amanda

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
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Roman Nerud/Shutterstock

1984

Girls

  1. Jennifer
  2. Jessica
  3. Ashley

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
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MikeCourtesy Michael Carpentieri

1985

Girls

  1. Jessica
  2. Ashley
  3. Jennifer

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
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Roman Nerud/Shutterstock

1986

Girls

  1. Jessica
  2. Ashley
  3. Amanda

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
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1980s babyRoman Nerud/Shutterstock

1987

Girls

  1. Jessica
  2. Ashley
  3. Amanda

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
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Roman Nerud/Shutterstock

1988

Girls

  1. Jessica
  2. Ashley
  3. Amanda

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
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Matt FukudaCourtesy Matt Fukuda/Reminisce

1989

Girls

  1. Jessica
  2. Ashley
  3. Brittany

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew

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Ashley lewis born 1990Courtesy Ashley Lewis

1990

Girls

  1. Jessica
  2. Ashley
  3. Brittany

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
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Linda KastCourtesy Linda Kast/Reminisce

1991

Girls

  1. Ashley
  2. Jessica
  3. Brittany

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
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Danielle FornabaioCourtesy Danielle Fornabaio

1992

Girls

  1. Ashley
  2. Jessica
  3. Amanda

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
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Nicole Fornabaio born 93Courtesy Nicole Fornabaio

1993

Girls

  1. Jessica
  2. Ashley
  3. Sarah

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
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claire nowak born 94Courtesy Claire Nowak

1994

Girls

  1. Jessica
  2. Ashley
  3. Emily

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
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morgan cutolo born 1995Courtesy Morgan Cutolo

1995

Girls

  1. Jessica
  2. Ashley
  3. Emily

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Matthew
  3. Christopher

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Portrait Of Happy Young Baby Boy In High ChairMarko Poplasen/Shutterstock

1996

Girls

  1. Emily
  2. Jessica
  3. Ashley

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Matthew
  3. Jacob
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levenia coatsCourtesy Levenia Coats/Reminisce

1997

Girls

  1. Emily
  2. Jessica
  3. Ashley

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Jacob
  3. Matthew
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Awake Newborn Baby on Cream White BackgroundUrsula Page/Shutterstock

1998

Girls

  1. Emily
  2. Hannah
  3. Samantha

Boys

  1. Michael
  2. Jacob
  3. Matthew
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Young Asian mother is kissing her lovely one year old son. Vintage photo mom and son Kinnaree/Shutterstock

1999

Girls

  1. Emily
  2. Hannah
  3. Alexis

Boys

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Matthew
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One year old baby girl sleeping.Stephan Schlachter/Shutterstock

2000

Girls

  1. Emily
  2. Hannah
  3. Madison

Boys

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Matthew
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Cute newborn baby boy in a bedJosipa Bjelobrk/Shutterstock

2001

Girls

  1. Emily
  2. Madison
  3. Hannah

Boys

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Matthew

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Happy Mixed Race Toddler BoyTatiana Chekryzhova/Shutterstock

2002

Girls

  1. Emily
  2. Madison
  3. Hannah

Boys

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
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Cute little baby sleeping on bed at homeAfrica Studio/Shutterstock

2003

Girls

  1. Emily
  2. Emma
  3. Madison

Boys

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
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Cute baby drinking milk from baby bottle while looking his mom. Mother feeding son infant from bottle. Little boy drinking milk from bottle at home.Rido/Shutterstock

2004

Girls

  1. Emily
  2. Emma
  3. Madison

Boys

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua

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the top view of baby in cot, cradlealice-photo/Shutterstock

2005

Girls

  1. Emily
  2. Emma
  3. Madison

Boys

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
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Baby boy drinking milk from bottle holding by mother. Healthy nutrition. morrowlight/Shutterstock

2006

Girls

  1. Emily
  2. Emma
  3. Madison

Boys

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
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Portrait of a crawling baby on the carpet in my roomVasilyev Alexandr/Shutterstock

2007

Girls

  1. Emily
  2. Isabella
  3. Emma

Boys

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Ethan
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African American Father And Baby BoyTatiana Chekryzhova/Shutterstock

2008

Girls

  1. Emma
  2. Isabella
  3. Emily

Boys

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Ethan
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childhood, babyhood and people concept - happy little baby boy or girl sitting on floor at homeSyda Productions/Shutterstock

2009

Girls

  1. Isabella
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia

Boys

  1. Jacob
  2. Ethan
  3. Michael
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Jerri Sue deCordova FoxCourtesy Jerri Sue deCordova Fox/Reminisce

2010

Girls

  1. Isabella
  2. Sophia
  3. Emma

Boys

  1. Jacob
  2. Ethan
  3. Michael

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Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is an Associate Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She writes for rd.com, helps lead the editorial relationship with our partners, manages our year-round interns, and keeps the hundreds of pieces of content our team produces every month organized. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.

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