Baby Names and Social Security Numbers

by Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist
May 2020

Are you thinking about having children or already expecting a newborn? If so, at the top of your new parent or guardian to-do list should be “get my child a Social Security number.” It’s one of the first steps that you can take to protect their bright future. To learn more about this topic, read our Social Security Numbers for Children publication at and explore our Parents and Guardians page at

Are you curious where your own name appears in the baby names list? See how your name ranks, as far back as 1879 at Be sure to view the latest top 10 baby names when we release them in time for Mother’s Day.