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What are some of the most common names in the United States?

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Some of the most common names for males in the United States are Jacob, Michael, James, Robert and John, while some of the most common names for females are Emily, Jessica, Jennifer, Lisa and Mary. Name popularity changes from year to year, often influenced by popular culture and public trends.

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In the last 100 years, the male name Michael has been the top name 44 times, while the female name Mary has been the top name 41 times. The individual popularity of a given name also changes; for example, the male name Michael had the least amount of popularity in 1931, when it was ranked the 55th most popular.

The most common name also varies state by state; in 2014, the most common male name in the state of New York was Jacob, and the most common female name was Sophia. In contrast, the most common male name in the state of Utah was William, and the most common female name was Olivia.

The Social Security Administration tracks name popularity on its website, pulling the data from births that occurred in the United States after 1879. Many people born prior to 1937 did not apply for Social Security cards, so their data does not appear in the collection.

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