USA Name Data

This public dataset was created by the Social Security Administration and contains all names from Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States after 1879. Note that many people born before 1937 never applied for a Social Security card, so their names are not included in this data. For others who did apply, records may not show the place of birth, and again their names are not included in the data.

All data are from a 100% sample of records on Social Security card applications as of the end of February 2015. To safeguard privacy, the Social Security Administration restricts names to those with at least 5 occurrences.

You can start exploring this data in the BigQuery web UI.

Go to the USA Names dataset

Sample queries

Here are some examples of SQL queries you can run on this data in BigQuery.

These samples use BigQuery’s legacy SQL by setting the #legacySQL prefix. For more information, see Setting a query prefix.

What are the most common names?

Notice that the first most common female name is 6th on the list.

What are the most common female names?

Are there more female or male names?

Female names by a wide margin.

About the data

Dataset Source: Data.gov

Category: Social

Use: This dataset is publicly available for anyone to use under the following terms provided by the Dataset Source — http://www.data.gov/privacy-policy#data_policy — and is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, express or implied, from Google. Google disclaims all liability for any damages, direct or indirect, resulting from the use of the dataset.

View in BigQuery: Go to the USA Names dataset

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