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Here are the popularity rankings of 12,323 people names (including names that are shared by men and women), in 6 different categories, with the name origin and meanings. All ranking data are from 1990 U.S. Census. Both first names and last names are ranked.

First Name Ranking (Top 100) - (top)

RankNameSexMeaningOrigin
1 James he who supplants Hebrew
1 Mary star of the sea Latin
2 John God is gracious Hebrew
2 Patricia noble; patrician Latin
3 Linda pretty Spanish
3 Robert bright fame German
4 Barbara foreign woman Latin
4 Michael who resembles God? Hebrew
5 Elizabeth God's promise; God is my oath Hebrew
5 William will helmet, protection German
6 David beloved Hebrew
6 Jennifer fair one Welsh
7 Maria star of the sea Latin
7 Richard powerful leader German
8 Charles free man German
8 Susan lily Hebrew
9 Joseph Jehovah increases Hebrew
9 Margaret pearl Greek
10 Dorothy gift of God Greek
10 Thomas twin Aramaic
11 Christopher bearing Christ Greek
11 Lisa Hebrew
12 Daniel God is my judge Hebrew
12 Nancy Hebrew
13 Karen Danish
13 Paul small Latin
14 Betty Hebrew
14 Mark dedicated to Mars Latin
15 Donald great chief; world mighty Scottish
15 Helen sun ray, shining light Greek
16 George farmer Greek
16 Sandra Italian
17 Donna lady Italian
17 Kenneth fire born; good-looking Irish
18 Carol free man German
18 Steven English
19 Edward wealthy guard English
19 Ruth friend, companion Hebrew
20 Brian high, noble Irish
20 Sharon a fertile plain Hebrew
21 Michelle who resembles God? Hebrew
21 Ronald ruler's counselor Norse
22 Anthony Latin
22 Laura the bay, or laurel plant Latin
23 Kevin handsome beloved Irish
23 Sarah princess Hebrew
24 Jason healer; the Lord is salvation Hebrew
24 Kimberly Cyneburg's field English
25 Deborah bee Hebrew
25 Matthew gift of God Hebrew
26 Gary spear English
26 Jessica He sees Hebrew
27 Shirley bright meadow English
27 Timothy God's honor Greek
28 Cynthia from Mount Kynthos Greek
28 Jose Spanish
29 Angela messenger; messenger of God Greek
29 Larry English
30 Jeffrey German
30 Melissa bee; honey Greek
31 Brenda sword Norse
31 Frank German
32 Amy beloved Latin
32 Scott from Scotland, a Scotsman English
33 Anna He (God) has favored me Hebrew
33 Eric forever or alone, ruler Norse
34 Rebecca to bind Hebrew
34 Stephen crown, garland Greek
35 Andrew man, warrior Greek
35 Virginia maiden Latin
36 Kathleen Irish
36 Raymond protecting hands German
37 Gregory watchful, vigilant Greek
37 Pamela honey; all sweetness Greek
38 Joshua Jehovah is salvation Hebrew
38 Martha lady; mistress of the house Aramaic
39 Debra bee Hebrew
39 Jerry English
40 Amanda fit to be loved, lovable Latin
40 Dennis follower of Dionysius Greek
41 Stephanie crown, garland Greek
41 Walter commander of the army German
42 Carolyn free man German
42 Patrick patrician, noble Latin
43 Christine follower of Christ Latin
43 Peter rock Greek
44 Harold army ruler Scandinavian
44 Marie French
45 Douglas black river Scottish
45 Janet Scottish
46 Catherine pure Greek
46 Henry home ruler German
47 Carl German
47 Frances from France Latin
48 Ann He (God) has favored me Hebrew
48 Arthur stone, Thor, the eagle Celtic
49 Joyce lord Latin
49 Ryan king Gaelic
50 Diane divine Latin
50 Roger famous spearman German

First Name Ranking in Men (Top 100) - (top)

RankNameSexMeaningOrigin
1 James he who supplants Hebrew
2 John God is gracious Hebrew
3 Robert bright fame German
4 Michael who resembles God? Hebrew
5 William will helmet, protection German
6 David beloved Hebrew
7 Richard powerful leader German
8 Charles free man German
9 Joseph Jehovah increases Hebrew
10 Thomas twin Aramaic
11 Christopher bearing Christ Greek
12 Daniel God is my judge Hebrew
13 Paul small Latin
14 Mark dedicated to Mars Latin
15 Donald great chief; world mighty Scottish
16 George farmer Greek
17 Kenneth fire born; good-looking Irish
18 Steven English
19 Edward wealthy guard English
20 Brian high, noble Irish
21 Ronald ruler's counselor Norse
22 Anthony Latin
23 Kevin handsome beloved Irish
24 Jason healer; the Lord is salvation Hebrew
25 Matthew gift of God Hebrew
26 Gary spear English
27 Timothy God's honor Greek
28 Jose Spanish
29 Larry English
30 Jeffrey German
31 Frank German
32 Scott from Scotland, a Scotsman English
33 Eric forever or alone, ruler Norse
34 Stephen crown, garland Greek
35 Andrew man, warrior Greek
36 Raymond protecting hands German
37 Gregory watchful, vigilant Greek
38 Joshua Jehovah is salvation Hebrew
39 Jerry English
40 Dennis follower of Dionysius Greek
41 Walter commander of the army German
42 Patrick patrician, noble Latin
43 Peter rock Greek
44 Harold army ruler Scandinavian
45 Douglas black river Scottish
46 Henry home ruler German
47 Carl German
48 Arthur stone, Thor, the eagle Celtic
49 Ryan king Gaelic
50 Roger famous spearman German
51 Joe English
52 Juan God is gracious Spanish
53 Jack English
54 Albert noble, bright, famous German
55 Jonathan gift of God Hebrew
56 Justin just, upright, righteous Latin
57 Terry power of the tribe German
58 Gerald spear ruler German
59 Keith woodland, forest Scottish
60 Samuel God heard Hebrew
61 Willie English
62 Ralph wolf counsel English
63 Lawrence from Laurentum Latin
64 Nicholas people of victory Greek
65 Roy red Irish
66 Benjamin son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age Hebrew
67 Bruce Norman French
68 Brandon broom, gorse hill English
69 Adam earth Hebrew
70 Harry home ruler German
71 Fred elf or magical counsel; peaceful ruler German
72 Wayne wagon builder or driver English
73 Billy will helmet, protection German
74 Steve English
75 Louis famous warrior Latin
76 Jeremy Modern
77 Aaron mountain of strength Hebrew
78 Randy English
79 Howard noble watchman English
80 Eugene well-born, noble Greek
81 Carlos Spanish
82 Russell little red French
83 Bobby bright fame German
84 Victor champion Latin
85 Martin dedicated to Mars Latin
86 Ernest serious; battle to the death German
87 Phillip horse lover Greek
88 Todd fox English
89 Jesse the Lord exists Hebrew
90 Craig rock, rocky Scottish
91 Alan precious German
92 Shawn God is gracious Irish
93 Clarence one who lives near the River Clare Latin
94 Sean God is gracious Irish
95 Philip horse lover Greek
96 Chris bearing Christ Greek
97 Johnny God is gracious Hebrew
98 Earl nobleman, warrior, prince English
99 Jimmy he who supplants Hebrew
100 Antonio Spanish

First Name Ranking in Women (Top 100) - (top)

RankNameSexMeaningOrigin
1 Mary star of the sea Latin
2 Patricia noble; patrician Latin
3 Linda pretty Spanish
4 Barbara foreign woman Latin
5 Elizabeth God's promise; God is my oath Hebrew
6 Jennifer fair one Welsh
7 Maria star of the sea Latin
8 Susan lily Hebrew
9 Margaret pearl Greek
10 Dorothy gift of God Greek
11 Lisa Hebrew
12 Nancy Hebrew
13 Karen Danish
14 Betty Hebrew
15 Helen sun ray, shining light Greek
16 Sandra Italian
17 Donna lady Italian
18 Carol free man German
19 Ruth friend, companion Hebrew
20 Sharon a fertile plain Hebrew
21 Michelle who resembles God? Hebrew
22 Laura the bay, or laurel plant Latin
23 Sarah princess Hebrew
24 Kimberly Cyneburg's field English
25 Deborah bee Hebrew
26 Jessica He sees Hebrew
27 Shirley bright meadow English
28 Cynthia from Mount Kynthos Greek
29 Angela messenger; messenger of God Greek
30 Melissa bee; honey Greek
31 Brenda sword Norse
32 Amy beloved Latin
33 Anna He (God) has favored me Hebrew
34 Rebecca to bind Hebrew
35 Virginia maiden Latin
36 Kathleen Irish
37 Pamela honey; all sweetness Greek
38 Martha lady; mistress of the house Aramaic
39 Debra bee Hebrew
40 Amanda fit to be loved, lovable Latin
41 Stephanie crown, garland Greek
42 Carolyn free man German
43 Christine follower of Christ Latin
44 Marie French
45 Janet Scottish
46 Catherine pure Greek
47 Frances from France Latin
48 Ann He (God) has favored me Hebrew
49 Joyce lord Latin
50 Diane divine Latin
51 Alice noble, exalted German
52 Julie French
53 Heather English
54 Teresa late summer Greek
55 Doris from Doris; gift Greek
56 Gloria glory Latin
57 Evelyn Norman
58 Jean God is gracious Hebrew
59 Cheryl cherry fruit; green gemstone Greek
60 Mildred gentle strength English
61 Katherine pure Greek
62 Joan God is gracious Hebrew
63 Ashley ash meadow English
64 Judith from Judea; Jewish Hebrew
65 Rose rose Latin
66 Janice
67 Kelly descendant of Ceallach Irish
68 Nicole people of victory Greek
69 Judy
70 Christina follower of Christ Latin
71 Kathy
72 Theresa late summer Greek
73 Beverly beaver stream or meadow English
74 Denise follower of Dionysius French
75 Tammy English
76 Irene peace Greek
77 Jane God is gracious Hebrew
78 Lori Modern
79 Rachel ewe, female sheep Hebrew
80 Marilyn Modern
81 Andrea manly, virile Greek
82 Kathryn pure Greek
83 Louise famous warrior German
84 Sara princess Hebrew
85 Anne He (God) has favored me Hebrew
86 Jacqueline French
87 Wanda the tribe of the Vandals Slavic
88 Bonnie fine, attractive, pretty Scottish
89 Julia youthful; Jove's child Latin
90 Ruby the red gemstone English
91 Lois superior Greek
92 Tina Latin
93 Phyllis greenery Greek
94 Norma the standard or norm Latin
95 Paula small Latin
96 Diana divine Latin
97 Annie He (God) has favored me Hebrew
98 Lillian lily Latin
99 Emily rival; laborious; eager Latin
100 Robin German

Last Name (Surname) Ranking (Top 100) - (top)

RankNameSexMeaningOrigin
1 Smith blacksmith English
2 Johnson son of John English
3 Williams will helmet, protection German
4 Jones
5 Brown English
6 Davis son of David English
7 Miller one who grinds grain English
8 Wilson son of William English
9 Moore swarthy, dark-skinned; bog; noble, great Gaelic
10 Taylor tailor; to cut French
10 Taylor tailor; to cut French
11 Anderson Scandinavian
12 Thomas twin Aramaic
13 Jackson son of Jack English
14 White white, fair English
15 Harris son of Harry English
16 Martin dedicated to Mars Latin
17 Thompson twin Aramaic
19 Martinez
20 Robinson son of Robert English
21 Clark cleric, clerk Latin
22 Rodriguez famous power German
23 Lewis German
24 Lee pasture or meadow English
24 Lee meadow or pasture English
25 Walker cloth washer or walker English
25 Walker cloth-walker English
26 Hall worker at the hall English
27 Allen Gaelic
28 Young English
29 Hernandez Spanish
30 King king English
31 Wright carpenter English
33 Hill English
34 Scott from Scotland, a Scotsman English
35 Green
36 Adams earth Hebrew
37 Baker English
39 Nelson English
40 Carter one who transports goods English
41 Mitchell English
42 Perez breach, breakthrough Hebrew
44 Turner wood-worker English
45 Phillips horse lover Greek
46 Campbell crooked mouth Scottish
46 Campbell crooked mouth Scottish
47 Parker park keeper English
47 Parker park keeper English
48 Evans God is gracious; born of yew; youth Welsh
49 Edwards wealthy guard English
50 Collins holly Irish
51 Stewart steward English
52 Sanchez
53 Morris Latin
54 Rogers famous spearman German
55 Reed red English
55 Reed red-haired English
56 Cook cook Latin
57 Morgan circling sea Welsh
57 Morgan circling sea or great brightness; bright or white sea dweller Welsh
58 Bell
58 Bell Hebrew
59 Murphy sea warrior Irish
60 Bailey berry clearing; bailiff; city fortification English
60 Bailey berry clearing; bailiff; city fortification English
61 Rivera
62 Cooper barrel maker English
63 Richardson
64 Cox coxswain English
65 Howard noble watchman English
66 Ward watchman English
67 Torres
68 Peterson rock Greek
69 Gray gray-haired English
70 Ramirez renowned counselor Spanish
71 James he who supplants Hebrew
71 James Spanish
72 Watson son of Walter English
73 Brooks water, small stream German
73 Brooks water, small stream German
74 Kelly descendant of Ceallach Irish
74 Kelly descendant of Ceallach Irish
75 Sanders son of Alexander English
76 Price prize French
77 Bennett Latin
79 Barnes near the barns English
80 Ross headland, cape Scottish
80 Ross headland, cape Scottish
81 Henderson son of Henry English
82 Coleman Gaelic
83 Jenkins little John; God is gracious Hebrew
84 Perry Modern
84 Perry pear tree French
85 Powell son of Howell English
86 Long tall English
87 Patterson son of PAtrick; son of Peter Scottish
88 Hughes soul, mind, intellect German
90 Washington English
91 Butler bottle bearer English
92 Simmons son of Simon English

Last Name (Surname) Ranking in Men (Top 100) - (top)

RankNameSexMeaningOrigin
1 Smith blacksmith English
2 Johnson son of John English
3 Williams will helmet, protection German
4 Jones
5 Brown English
6 Davis son of David English
7 Miller one who grinds grain English
8 Wilson son of William English
9 Moore swarthy, dark-skinned; bog; noble, great Gaelic
10 Taylor tailor; to cut French
11 Anderson Scandinavian
12 Thomas twin Aramaic
13 Jackson son of Jack English
14 White white, fair English
15 Harris son of Harry English
16 Martin dedicated to Mars Latin
17 Thompson twin Aramaic
19 Martinez
20 Robinson son of Robert English
21 Clark cleric, clerk Latin
22 Rodriguez famous power German
23 Lewis German
24 Lee pasture or meadow English
25 Walker cloth washer or walker English
26 Hall worker at the hall English
27 Allen Gaelic
28 Young English
29 Hernandez Spanish
30 King king English
31 Wright carpenter English
33 Hill English
34 Scott from Scotland, a Scotsman English
35 Green
36 Adams earth Hebrew
37 Baker English
39 Nelson English
40 Carter one who transports goods English
41 Mitchell English
42 Perez breach, breakthrough Hebrew
44 Turner wood-worker English
45 Phillips horse lover Greek
46 Campbell crooked mouth Scottish
47 Parker park keeper English
48 Evans God is gracious; born of yew; youth Welsh
49 Edwards wealthy guard English
50 Collins holly Irish
51 Stewart steward English
52 Sanchez
53 Morris Latin
54 Rogers famous spearman German
55 Reed red English
56 Cook cook Latin
57 Morgan circling sea Welsh
58 Bell
59 Murphy sea warrior Irish
60 Bailey berry clearing; bailiff; city fortification English
62 Cooper barrel maker English
63 Richardson
64 Cox coxswain English
65 Howard noble watchman English
66 Ward watchman English
67 Torres
68 Peterson rock Greek
69 Gray gray-haired English
70 Ramirez renowned counselor Spanish
71 James he who supplants Hebrew
72 Watson son of Walter English
73 Brooks water, small stream German
74 Kelly descendant of Ceallach Irish
75 Sanders son of Alexander English
76 Price prize French
77 Bennett Latin
79 Barnes near the barns English
80 Ross headland, cape Scottish
81 Henderson son of Henry English
82 Coleman Gaelic
83 Jenkins little John; God is gracious Hebrew
84 Perry Modern
85 Powell son of Howell English
86 Long tall English
87 Patterson son of PAtrick; son of Peter Scottish
88 Hughes soul, mind, intellect German
90 Washington English
91 Butler bottle bearer English
92 Simmons son of Simon English
93 Foster woodsman English
94 Gonzales battle Spanish
95 Bryant English
96 Alexander man's defender, warrior Greek
97 Russell little red French
98 Griffin hooked nose Latin
100 Hayes hedged area English
102 Ford river crossing English
103 Hamilton flat-topped hill English
104 Graham gravel area; gray homestead English
105 Sullivan dark eyes Gaelic
106 Wallace Welshman French
108 Cole swarthy, coal-black, charcoal French
109 West western stream English
110 Jordan down-flowing Hebrew

Last Name (Surname) Ranking in Women (Top 100) - (top)

RankNameSexMeaningOrigin
10 Taylor tailor; to cut French
24 Lee meadow or pasture English
25 Walker cloth-walker English
46 Campbell crooked mouth Scottish
47 Parker park keeper English
55 Reed red-haired English
57 Morgan circling sea or great brightness; bright or white sea dweller Welsh
58 Bell Hebrew
60 Bailey berry clearing; bailiff; city fortification English
61 Rivera
71 James Spanish
73 Brooks water, small stream German
74 Kelly descendant of Ceallach Irish
80 Ross headland, cape Scottish
84 Perry pear tree French
108 Cole people of victory Greek
110 Jordan down-flowing Hebrew
130 Hunter English
135 Mason stoneworker English
137 Kennedy armored Irish
151 Palmer palm tree Latin
157 Rose rose Latin
163 Spencer provider English
164 Gardner gardener English
166 Payne countryman, rustic villager, peasant Latin
168 Berry berry English
173 Ray Hebrew
176 Carroll free man German
181 Bradley broad meadow English
182 Lane English
187 Riley courageous Irish
198 Kelley descendant of Ceallach Irish
203 Ryan king Irish
232 Reid red-haired English
233 Kim Cyneburg's field English
241 Larson son of Lars Scandinavian
245 Day day English
249 Medina city of the Prophet Arabic
254 Silva woodland, forest; woods, forest Latin
261 Byrd English
264 May the fifth month Sanskrit
265 Terry English
297 Rhodes
299 Beck stream Norse
311 Love love, affection English
318 Page young servant English
322 Chandler candle maker French
327 Ramsey raven island; ram island English
348 Tate cheerful English
349 Cross
360 Vega falling vulture Arabic
369 Blair plain, field Scottish
372 Reese enthusiasm Welsh
389 Becker to bind Hebrew
402 Quinn counsel Scottish
403 Blake black, dark; pale English
411 Lindsey Lincoln's marsh; island of linden trees English
415 Tyler a worker in roof tiles English
424 Gill bright promise; youthful Latin
426 Greer Scottish
448 Brady descendant of Br?ch Irish
453 Frank from France Latin
454 Logan hollow Scottish
472 Carson Scottish
476 Tran
479 Casey alert, watchful Irish
486 Cain beautiful and white, blessed Welsh
490 Mckenzie the fair one Scottish
492 Luna moon Latin
495 Allison noble, exalted German
496 Bridges
499 Summers English
505 Burnett brown French
511 Gates
513 Ayala deer or gazelle Hebrew
525 Morrow
534 Kirby church farm English
542 Lang
545 Heath English
561 Cameron crooked nose Scottish
564 Christian follower of Christ Latin
570 Larsen son of Lars Scandinavian
573 Glenn glen Irish
600 Parrish ecclesiastical locality French
604 Dorsey French
609 Avila bird German
622 Golden
627 Carey love Gaelic
634 Miranda worthy of admiration Latin
649 English English
665 Sloan man of arms, warrior Irish
678 Lara protection Latin
679 Shannon old, ancient Gaelic
725 Ashley ash meadow English
741 Nolan champion Irish
744 Brennan descendant of Braon? Irish
748 Joyce lord Latin
750 Haley hay meadow English
751 Valentine strong, healthy Latin
756 Moon

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