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Mid-’50s families: Top 100 baby names for boys in the year 1955

What were the keenest, neatest and most popular names for newborns in the mid-fifties?

Check out this table of the top 100 names for baby boys who were born in the year 1955, based on Social Security card applications for births in the US!

Top 50 baby names of 1950

Baby name popularity in 1955
Ranking Boy’s name # people with the name
1 Michael 88,279
2 David 86,181
3 James 84,128
4 Robert 83,671
5 John 80,021
6 William 59,912
7 Richard 53,517
8 Thomas 45,796
9 Mark 42,201
10 Steven 37,797
11 Charles 35,329
12 Gary 34,389
13 Joseph 31,585
14 Donald 27,694
15 Kenneth 26,729
16 Paul 26,670
17 Daniel 26,433
18 Ronald 26,142
19 Larry 22,826
20 Jeffrey 22,502
21 Stephen 22,106
22 Timothy 20,731
23 Dennis 20,396
24 Gregory 19,792
25 Edward 19,254
26 George 18,154
27 Kevin 17,148
28 Terry 15,565
29 Douglas 15,300
30 Randy 14,948
31 Anthony 14,156
32 Bruce 14,070
33 Jerry 12,976
34 Frank 11,103
35 Peter 11,009
36 Raymond 10,990
37 Roger 10,958
38 Scott 10,768
39 Keith 10,400
40 Brian 10,104
41 Patrick 9,861
42 Lawrence 9,134
43 Alan 9,029
44 Wayne 8,715
45 Danny 8,696
46 Ricky 8,331
47 Carl 8,291
48 Gerald 8,070
49 Christopher 7,900
50 Craig 7,434
51 Walter 7,288
52 Dale 7,159
53 Randall 6,682
54 Willie 6,626
55 Johnny 6,616
56 Arthur 6,573
57 Russell 6,522
58 Roy 6,315
59 Glenn 6,245
60 Jack 6,207
61 Henry 6,201
62 Philip 6,155
63 Harold 6,085
64 Stanley 6,049
65 Rodney 6,042
66 Andrew 6,010
67 Ralph 5,965
68 Joe 5,860
69 Billy 5,763
70 Barry 5,599
71 Samuel 5,531
72 Steve 5,510
73 Jeffery 5,463
74 Phillip 5,395
75 Bobby 5,215
76 Albert 5,160
77 Martin 5,056
78 Jimmy 5,019
79 Curtis 4,972
80 Ronnie 4,956
81 Eugene 4,793
82 Louis 4,776
83 Howard 4,750
84 Allen 4,749
85 Eric 4,665
86 Frederick 4,546
87 Micheal 4,535
88 Leonard 4,249
89 Harry 4,132
90 Ernest 3,974
91 Darrell 3,896
92 Eddie 3,777
93 Tony 3,752
94 Marvin 3,657
95 Melvin 3,642
96 Lee 3,598
97 Kim 3,493
98 Vincent 3,493
99 Fred 3,490
100 Francis 3,440
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