Special Report

The Most Popular Names In America Since 1880

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15. Paul
> Avg. share of babies named Paul, 1880-2019 0.81%
> Total no. of babies named Paul, 1880-2019: 1,390,077
> Most popular decade: 1960 when 242,537 babies were named Paul, or 1.26% of all baby boys
> Pictured: Actor Paul Newman

The name is derived from the Roman family name Paulus, which means small or humble in Latin.

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14. Daniel
> Avg. share of babies named Daniel, 1880-2019 0.88%
> Total no. of babies named Daniel, 1880-2019: 1,929,520
> Most popular decade: 1980 when 345,535 babies were named Daniel, or 1.87% of all baby boys
> Pictured: Actor Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel is a form of the Hebrew Daniyyel, which means “God is my judge.”

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13. Frank
> Avg. share of babies named Frank, 1880-2019 1.01%
> Total no. of babies named Frank, 1880-2019: 911,993
> Most popular decade: 1880 when 30,967 babies were named Frank, or 2.83% of all baby boys
> Pictured: Singer Frank Sinatra

Frank comes from the Old French Franc and the Germanic Frank, referring to a person of the Germanic tribes that founded the Frankish Empire, which included what is now France, Germany, and Italy. Frank is used as a version of Francis, meaning a Frenchman.

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12. Edward
> Avg. share of babies named Edward, 1880-2019 1.08%
> Total no. of babies named Edward, 1880-2019: 1,293,145
> Most popular decade: 1880 when 23,133 babies were named Edward, or 2.11% of all baby boys
> Pictured: Actor Edward Norton

Edward means “rich guard.” The name comes from the Old English elements “ead” for wealth or fortune and “weard” for guard. Edward is one of the few Old English names used throughout Europe, even though the spelling varies.

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11. Richard
> Avg. share of babies named Richard, 1880-2019 1.36%
> Total no. of babies named Richard, 1880-2019: 2,567,406
> Most popular decade: 1940 when 477,444 babies were named Richard, or 3.21% of all baby boys
> Pictured: Stand-up comedian Richard Pryor

Richard means “brave power.” The names come from the Germanic elements “ric” (power, rule) and “hard” (brave, hardy). It was introduced in England by the Normans. Richard is the name of three English monarchs.