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See Baby Name Trends of the 1970's for more info.
 

Girl Names

Boy Names

    Jennifer 1   Michael 1
    Melissa 2   Jason 2
    Jessica 3   Christopher 3
    Amy 4   David 4
    Heather 5   James 5
    Amanda 6   Matthew 6
    Angela 7   John 7
    Sarah 8   Robert 8
    Michelle 9   Brian 9
    Nicole 10   Joseph 10
    Lisa 11   Daniel 11
    Kelly 12   Joshua 12
    Kimberly 13   William 13
    Elizabeth 14   Ryan 14
    Christina 15   Kevin 15
    Stephanie 16   Eric 16
    Rebecca 17   Timothy 17
    Crystal 18   Jeremy 18
    Laura 19   Jeffrey 19
    Jamie 20   Anthony 20
    Erin 21   Andrew 21
    Shannon 22   Richard 22
    Andrea 23   Thomas 23
    Mary 24   Steven 24
    Rachel 25   Nicholas 25
    Julie 26   Mark 26
    April 27   Charles 27
    Sara 28   Justin 28
    Christine 29   Adam 29
    Amber 30   Scott 30
 
The Baby Name Trends of 1978

Baby Names in 1978

The year 1978 saw the rise of names like Lauren, Cheryl, and Tabitha for girls and names like Nicholas, Shaun, and Lucas for boys. The top overall girl name was Jennifer for the 9th year in a row. The most popular boy name was Michael for the 18th year in a row. The fastest rising names were Chrissy, Kylie, and Aja for girls and Nicholas, Shaun, and Nickolas for boys. 1978 also saw the decline of previously popular girl names like Tammy, Jaime, and Kim and the decline of boy names like Wesley, Jody, and Duane.
Girl Name % Change Boy Name % Change
  Chrissy New   Nicholas +169%
  Kylie New   Shaun +137%
  Aja New   Nickolas +113%
  Devin New   Chance +96%
  Lacy +185%   Nicolas +84%
  Lacey +159%   Conor +82%
  Devon +131%   Damien +81%
  Abby +122%   Lucas +77%
  Corinne +113%   Jedidiah +63%
  Mayra +91%   Dane +55%
  Desiree +83%   Jedediah +55%
  Corrine +77%   Luke +52%
  Tabitha +68%   Jordan +51%
  Tessa +67%   Leif +50%
  Elaina +65%   Logan +50%
  Hillary +62%   Tarik +47%
  Casey +62%   Nathanial +44%
  Jacklyn +61%   Ariel +44%
  Quiana +61%   Delvin +43%
  Ryan +60%   Desmond +43%
  January +56%   Chauncey +42%
  Destiny +54%   Reid +42%
  Cheryl +49%   Riley +41%
  Shasta +48%   Kasey +40%
  Carolina +48%   Tanner +40%
Girl Name % Change Boy Name % Change
  Farrah -78%   Levar -51%
  Tennille -67%   Lavar -38%
  Kizzy -59%   Lincoln -36%
  Anitra -52%   Seneca -35%
  Salina -48%   Kirby -32%
  Aisha -47%   Shon -32%
  Kizzie -47%   Korey -30%
  Rashida -39%   Donny -29%
  Jaime -32%   Jude -29%
  Dionne -32%   Abdul -28%
  Layla -32%   Jamey -28%
  Trish -31%   Chuck -27%
  Karie -31%   Anson -27%
  Danita -31%   Raheem -27%
  Karri -30%   Tory -26%
Girl Names Rank Boy Names Rank
  Lauren 80   Shaun 51
  Ashley 86   Casey 92
  Katie 90   Nathaniel 94
  Cheryl 94
  Lindsay 95
  Kristi 98
Girl Names Rank Boy Names Rank
  Lacey 293   Thaddeus 430
  Devon 307   Kendall 436
  Abby 350   Emmanuel 453
  Ryan 368   Logan 455
  Chrissy 377   Kristoffer 457
  Kasey 404   Graham 466
  Kylie 407   Chance 470
  Aja 412   Jamel 472
  Lacy 442   Landon 476
  Alana 450   Reggie 482
  Katy 451   Isaiah 483
  Malinda 452   Jed 484
  Tessa 453   Tobias 485
  Devin 472   Kurtis 489
  Gabrielle 473   Emanuel 491
  Adrianne 482   Reynaldo 495
  Cristy 483   Mason 496
  Mayra 484   Nathanael 498
  Sasha 487   Claude 499
  Carolina 491   Jarvis 500
  Aubrey 497
  Susana 498
  Marci 499

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Note: these are estimates based on incomplete data. The numbers are likely to be a bit off, especially for earlier years (i.e. years prior to World War 2).