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Popular Birth Names (1990s) ... Part III

Updated on August 25, 2012

Birth Names

This is the third and final posting of my Popular Birth Names Hub which will focus on the most frequently used baby names during the 1990s.

Common Birth Names ... Over 3 Decades

As I did my research of the most popular names from 1970 - 1999, I looked to see if there were names which were commonly used over all three decades.

Surprisingly, there were no similar female baby names used in the last decade ('90s) compared to the previous two decades ('70s & '80s).

However, there were some similar male baby names used over all three decades ('70s - '90s) and those are as follows: Christopher, Matthew and Michael.

U.S. Social Security Administration

The United States Social Security Administration office conducted research to determine what the top 200 names were during this era. The data that was used to compile their listing consisted of 19,635,434 females and 20,540,500 male births between 1990 - 1999.

Listed below are the top ten names of both female and male babies during this time. If you would like to view the meaning and/or derivation behind each of name, then please feel free to click here.

Top Ten (Female Birth Names)

Listed below are the top ten female baby names during the 1990 era:

  1. Jessica - 303,027
  2. Ashley - 301, 756
  3. Emily - 237,195
  4. Sarah - 224,125
  5. Samantha - 223,970
  6. Amanda - 190,979
  7. Brittany - 190,804
  8. Elizabeth - 172,503
  9. Taylor - 169,007
  10. Megan - 160,337

Top Ten (Male Birth Names)

Listed below are the top ten male baby names during the 1990 era:

  1. Michael - 462,236
  2. Christopher - 360,148
  3. Matthew - 351,557
  4. Joshua - 329,050
  5. Jacob - 298,159
  6. Nicholas - 275,255
  7. Andrew - 272,720
  8. Daniel - 271,980
  9. Tyler - 262,249
  10. Joseph - 260,505

This concludes my three-part Hub on popular baby names from the 1970s through the end of the 1990s. It will be interesting to see what name make the Social Security Administration's list for the 2000s; I am sure that list will be interesting and surprising.

Until next time ...

Based on the most commonly used names for girls over the first two decades, which one do you like the best?

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Based on the most commonly used names for boys over the past three decades, which one do you like the best?

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