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Each generation cycles through its own set of popular names, but some have stood the test of time for decades. If you want to give your child a name that will seemingly never go out of style, there are a number of solid options to choose from. Of course, if you’re looking for something a little more unique that doesn’t cross the line into unconventional, you could always bring back an old favorite from decades past that is currently less common.

MooseRoots used data from the Social Security Administration to determine the top three male and female names each year since 1915.

There’s a good chance you probably know at least one John, James, Robert, Mary, Linda and Jennifer, so it should come as no surprise that these classics were chart toppers for years. Others — Alexis, Olivia, Brittany — made it into the top three a couple times, but ultimately faded out.

For each year, starting with 1915, MooseRoots provides the top names in order of first, second and third for each gender. See which names were most common in the year you were born.

This is a story from ​MooseRoots​, a Graphiq site. ​Graphiq​ is a technology company that offers 10B+ data visualizations and in-depth vertical search engines built upon the world’s deepest knowledge graph."

1915
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Top female names: Mary, Helen, Dorothy

Top male names: John, William, James

1916
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Top female names: Mary, Helen, Dorothy

Top male names: John, William, James

1917
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Top female names: Mary, Helen, Dorothy

Top male names: John, William, James

1918
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Top female names: Mary, Helen, Dorothy

Top male names: John, William, James

1919
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Top female names: Mary, Helen, Dorothy

Top male names: John, William, James

1920
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Top female names: Mary, Dorothy, Helen

Top male names: John, William, Robert

1921
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Top female names: Mary, Dorothy, Helen

Top male names: John, Robert, William

1922
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Top female names: Mary, Dorothy, Helen

Top male names: John, Robert, William

1923
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Top female names: Mary, Dorothy, Helen

Top male names: John, Robert, William

1924
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Top female names: Mary, Dorothy, Helen

Top male names: Robert, John, William

1925
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Top female names: Mary, Dorothy, Betty

Top male names: Robert, John, William

1926
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Top female names: Mary, Dorothy, Betty

Top male names: Robert, John, James

1927
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Top female names: Mary, Dorothy, Betty

Top male names: Robert, John, James

1928
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Top female names: Mary, Betty, Dorothy

Top male names: Robert, John, James

1929
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Top female names: Mary, Betty, Dorothy

Top male names: Robert, James, John

1930
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Top female names: Mary, Betty, Dorothy

Top male names: Robert, James, John

1931
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Top female names: Mary, Betty, Dorothy

Top male names: Robert, James, John

1932
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Top female names: Mary, Betty, Barbara

Top male names: Robert, James, John

1933
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Top female names: Mary, Betty, Barbara

Top male names: Robert, James, John

1934
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Top female names: Mary, Betty, Barbara

Top male names: Robert, James, John

1935
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Top female names: Mary, Shirley, Barbara

Top male names: Robert, James, John

1936
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Top female names: Mary, Shirley, Barbara

Top male names: Robert, James, John

1937
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Top female names: Mary, Barbara, Patricia

Top male names: Robert, James, John

1938
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Top female names: Mary, Barbara, Patricia

Top male names: Robert, James, John

1939
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Top female names: Mary, Barbara, Patricia

Top male names: Robert, James, John

1940
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Top female names: Mary, Barbara, Patricia

Top male names: James, Robert, John

1941
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Top female names: Mary, Barbara, Patricia

Top male names: James, Robert, John

1942
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Top female names: Mary, Barbara, Patricia

Top male names: James, Robert, John

1943
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Top female names: Mary, Barbara, Patricia

Top male names: James, Robert, John

1944
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Top female names: Mary, Barbara, Linda

Top male names: James, Robert, John

1945
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Top female names: Mary, Linda, Barbara

Top male names: James, Robert, John

1946
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Top female names: Mary, Linda, Patricia

Top male names: James, Robert, John

1947
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Top female names: Linda, Mary, Patricia

Top male names: James, Robert, John

1948
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Top female names: Linda, Mary, Barbara

Top male names: James, Robert, John

1949
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Top female names: Linda, Mary, Patricia

Top male names: James, Robert, John

1950
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Top female names: Linda, Mary, Patricia

Top male names: James, Robert, John

1951
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Top female names: Linda, Mary, Patricia

Top male names: James, Robert, John

1952
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Top female names: Linda, Mary, Patricia

Top male names: James, Robert, John

1953
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Top female names: Mary, Linda, Deborah

Top male names: Robert, James, Michael

1954
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Top female names: Mary, Linda, Deborah

Top male names: Michael, James, Robert

1955
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Top female names: Mary, Deborah, Linda

Top male names: Michael, David, James

1956
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Top female names: Mary, Debra, Linda

Top male names: Michael, James, Robert

1957
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Top female names: Mary, Susan, Linda

Top male names: Michael, James, David

1958
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Top female names: Mary, Susan, Linda

Top male names: Michael, David, James

1959
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Top female names: Mary, Susan, Linda

Top male names: Michael, David, James

1960
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Top female names: Mary, Susan, Linda

Top male names: David, Michael, James

1961
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Top female names: Mary, Lisa, Susan

Top male names: Michael, David, John

1962
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Top female names: Lisa, Mary, Susan

Top male names: Michael, David, John

1963
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Top female names: Lisa, Mary, Susan

Top male names: Michael, John, David

1964
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Top female names: Lisa, Mary, Susan

Top male names: Michael, John, David

1965
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Top female names: Lisa, Mary, Karen

Top male names: Michael, John, David

1966
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Top female names: Lisa, Kimberly, Mary

Top male names: Michael, David, James

1967
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Top female names: Lisa, Kimberly, Michelle

Top male names: Michael, David, James

1968
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Top female names: Lisa, Michelle, Kimberly

Top male names: Michael, David, John

1969
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Top female names: Lisa, Michelle, Jennifer

Top male names: Michael, David, James

1970
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Top female names: Jennifer, Lisa, Kimberly

Top male names: Michael, James, David

1971
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Top female names: Jennifer, Michelle, Lisa

Top male names: Michael, James, David

1972
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Top female names: Jennifer, Michelle, Lisa

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, James

1973
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Top female names: Jennifer, Amy, Michelle

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Jason

1974
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Top female names: Jennifer, Amy, Michelle

Top male names: Michael, Jason, Christopher

1975
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Top female names: Jennifer, Amy, Heather

Top male names: Michael, Jason, Christopher

1976
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Top female names: Jennifer, Amy, Melissa

Top male names: Michael, Jason, Christopher

1977
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Top female names: Jennifer, Melissa, Amy

Top male names: Michael, Jason, Christopher

1978
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Top female names: Jennifer, Melissa, Jessica

Top male names: Michael, Jason, Christopher

1979
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Top female names: Jennifer, Melissa, Amanda

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Jason

1980
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Top female names: Jennifer, Amanda, Jessica

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Jason

1981
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Top female names: Jennifer, Jessica, Amanda

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Matthew

1982
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Top female names: Jennifer, Jessica, Amanda

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Matthew

1983
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Top female names: Jennifer, Jessica, Amanda

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Matthew

1984
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Top female names: Jennifer, Jessica, Ashley

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Matthew

1985
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Top female names: Jessica, Ashley, Jennifer

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Matthew

1986
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Top female names: Jessica, Ashley, Amanda

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Matthew

1987
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Top female names: Jessica, Ashley, Amanda

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Matthew

1988
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Top female names: Jessica, Ashley, Amanda

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Matthew

1989
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Top female names: Jessica, Ashley, Brittany

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Matthew

1990
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Top female names: Jessica, Ashley, Brittany

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Matthew

1991
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Top female names: Ashley, Jessica, Brittany

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Matthew

1992
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Top female names: Ashley, Jessica, Amanda

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Matthew

1993
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Top female names: Jessica, Ashley, Sarah

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Matthew

1994
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Top female names: Jessica, Ashley, Emily

Top male names: Michael, Christopher, Matthew

1995
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Top female names: Jessica, Ashley, Emily

Top male names: Michael, Matthew, Christopher

1996
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Top female names: Emily, Jessica, Ashley

Top male names: Michael, Matthew, Jacob

1997
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Top female names: Emily, Jessica, Ashley

Top male names: Michael, Jacob, Matthew

1998
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Top female names: Emily, Hannah, Samantha

Top male names: Michael, Jacob, Matthew

1999
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Top female names: Emily, Hannah, Alexis

Top male names: Jacob, Michael, Matthew

2000
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Top female names: Emily, Hannah, Madison

Top male names: Jacob, Michael, Matthew

2001
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Top female names: Emily, Madison, Hannah

Top male names: Jacob, Michael, Matthew

2002
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Top female names: Emily, Madison, Hannah

Top male names: Jacob, Michael, Joshua

2003
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Top female names: Emily, Emma, Madison

Top male names: Jacob, Michael, Joshua

2004
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Top female names: Emily, Emma, Madison

Top male names: Jacob, Michael, Joshua

2005
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Top female names: Emily, Emma, Madison

Top male names: Jacob, Michael, Joshua

2006
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Top female names: Emily, Emma, Madison

Top male names: Jacob, Michael, Joshua

2007
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Top female names: Emily, Isabella, Emma

Top male names: Jacob, Michael, Ethan

2008
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Top female names: Emma, Isabella, Emily

Top male names: Jacob, Michael, Ethan

2009
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Top female names: Isabella, Emma, Olivia

Top male names: Jacob, Ethan, Michael

2010
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Top female names: Isabella, Sophia, Emma

Top male names: Jacob, Ethan, Michael

2011
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Top female names: Sophia, Isabella, Emma

Top male names: Jacob, Mason, William

2012
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Top female names: Sophia, Emma, Isabella

Top male names: Jacob, Mason, Ethan

2013
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Top female names: Sophia, Emma, Olivia

Top male names: Noah, Liam, Jacob

2014
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Top female names: Emma, Olivia, Sophia

Top male names: Noah, Liam, Mason