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Popular Baby Names of the 1940s

     The following table shows the 200 most popular given names for male and female babies born during the 1940s. For each rank and sex, the table shows the name and the number of occurrences of that name. The 200 most popular names were taken from a universe that includes 15,146,031 male births and 14,891,059 female births.

    Popular names of the 1940s
      Males Females
    Rank Name Number Name Number
    1 James 795,233 Mary 639,863
    2 Robert 757,565 Linda 531,515
    3 John 711,106 Barbara 425,141
    4 William 556,025 Patricia 411,330
    5 Richard 477,133 Carol 292,250
    6 David 426,045 Sandra 265,466
    7 Charles 361,473 Nancy 251,977
    8 Thomas 350,579 Sharon 221,186
    9 Michael 336,360 Judith 217,972
    10 Ronald 282,239 Susan 211,961
    11 Larry 255,706 Betty 194,585
    12 Donald 247,598 Carolyn 181,806
    13 Joseph 230,110 Margaret 172,982
    14 Gary 217,579 Shirley 171,743
    15 George 208,870 Judy 167,684
    16 Kenneth 198,411 Karen 167,658
    17 Paul 183,225 Donna 165,487
    18 Edward 174,665 Kathleen 152,951
    19 Jerry 167,096 Joyce 151,455
    20 Dennis 161,981 Dorothy 132,208
    21 Frank 119,325 Janet 130,729
    22 Daniel 112,691 Diane 122,856
    23 Raymond 108,978 Janice 118,865
    24 Roger 107,506 Joan 117,668
    25 Stephen 106,704 Elizabeth 116,512
    26 Gerald 103,262 Brenda 112,397
    27 Walter 83,686 Gloria 105,020
    28 Harold 82,092 Virginia 98,966
    29 Steven 81,167 Marilyn 98,944
    30 Douglas 80,711 Martha 95,363
    31 Lawrence 80,395 Beverly 95,104
    32 Terry 76,898 Helen 90,720
    33 Wayne 75,062 Bonnie 86,871
    34 Arthur 73,934 Ruth 85,638
    35 Jack 73,885 Frances 85,412
    36 Carl 72,672 Jean 80,344
    37 Henry 72,413 Ann 76,776
    38 Willie 72,328 Phyllis 76,126
    39 Bruce 72,049 Pamela 73,096
    40 Joe 71,962 Jane 72,524
    41 Peter 69,313 Alice 72,375
    42 Billy 67,770 Peggy 72,093
    43 Roy 65,577 Cheryl 70,932
    44 Ralph 64,923 Doris 64,130
    45 Anthony 64,793 Catherine 62,068
    46 Jimmy 63,460 Elaine 60,092
    47 Albert 60,222 Cynthia 58,050
    48 Bobby 58,845 Marie 57,501
    49 Eugene 57,222 Lois 56,850
    50 Johnny 57,143 Connie 56,586
    51 Fred 56,601 Christine 54,554
    52 Harry 56,196 Diana 53,675
    53 Howard 53,484 Gail 53,124
    54 Mark 50,725 Joanne 51,644
    55 Alan 50,272 Rose 51,627
    56 Louis 49,393 Wanda 50,769
    57 Philip 48,723 Carole 50,297
    58 Patrick 48,571 Rita 49,840
    59 Dale 46,780 Charlotte 49,462
    60 Danny 46,632 Jo 48,439
    61 Stanley 46,224 Evelyn 48,154
    62 Leonard 44,239 Geraldine 47,921
    63 Timothy 43,474 Jacqueline 45,555
    64 Gregory 43,206 Ellen 45,396
    65 Samuel 43,110 Sally 45,337
    66 Ronnie 42,430 Rebecca 45,299
    67 Norman 42,149 Kathryn 44,570
    68 Ernest 41,716 Deborah 44,048
    69 Russell 41,295 Norma 43,016
    70 Francis 39,497 Suzanne 41,389
    71 Melvin 39,195 Anna 41,288
    72 Earl 39,100 Sue 40,933
    73 Frederick 39,070 Darlene 40,314
    74 Allen 39,035 Patsy 40,272
    75 Bill 37,746 Joann 40,012
    76 Tommy 37,006 Sarah 39,954
    77 Phillip 36,972 Katherine 39,908
    78 Marvin 36,405 Paula 39,031
    79 Steve 36,266 Annie 38,686
    80 Don 36,216 Louise 38,644
    81 Clarence 36,163 Roberta 38,040
    82 Barry 36,161 Sylvia 37,280
    83 Glenn 35,690 Anne 36,150
    84 Jim 35,612 Theresa 35,778
    85 Eddie 34,771 Sheila 35,728
    86 Mike 34,613 Maria 35,553
    87 Andrew 34,599 Laura 35,060
    88 Jeffrey 34,314 Kathy 34,766
    89 Leroy 33,833 Eileen 34,682
    90 Alfred 31,974 Marcia 34,389
    91 Martin 31,393 Rosemary 34,290
    92 Lee 30,968 Glenda 33,341
    93 Tom 29,865 Dolores 33,086
    94 Ray 29,633 Mildred 33,066
    95 Herbert 28,685 Lorraine 33,040
    96 Gene 27,727 Marjorie 32,893
    97 Bernard 26,424 Sherry 32,747
    98 Theodore 26,217 Kay 32,649
    99 Curtis 25,993 Anita 32,519
    100 Keith 25,857 Dianne 32,288
    101 Clifford 25,805 Ruby 31,854
    102 Rodney 24,827 Irene 31,811
    103 Gordon 24,441 Juanita 30,432
    104 Jimmie 24,324 Maureen 30,255
    105 Jesse 24,318 Loretta 30,117
    106 Vincent 23,897 Jeanne 30,107
    107 Warren 23,709 Constance 29,902
    108 Lloyd 23,583 Lynn 29,384
    109 Leon 23,565 Marlene 29,287
    110 Jerome 23,086 Arlene 29,091
    111 Edwin 22,952 Delores 28,499
    112 Brian 22,772 Lynda 27,949
    113 Victor 22,503 Julia 27,887
    114 Bob 21,366 Marsha 27,399
    115 Floyd 20,982 Charlene 26,781
    116 Lewis 20,919 June 25,162
    117 Harvey 20,737 Jeanette 24,710
    118 Clyde 20,695 Edna 24,691
    119 Alvin 20,682 Josephine 24,308
    120 Craig 20,269 Eleanor 23,749
    121 Vernon 20,027 Yvonne 23,664
    122 Leslie 19,362 Vicki 23,489
    123 Franklin 19,282 Vivian 22,910
    124 Calvin 19,224 Emma 22,780
    125 Jon 19,026 Georgia 22,387
    126 Jay 18,656 Lillian 22,299
    127 Charlie 18,237 Edith 22,141
    128 Darrell 18,216 Pauline 21,898
    129 Jackie 18,102 Wilma 21,185
    130 Dan 18,006 Victoria 20,749
    131 Allan 17,812 Ethel 20,578
    132 Randall 17,765 Lucille 20,450
    133 Joel 17,407 Florence 20,388
    134 Gilbert 17,324 Sara 20,272
    135 Benjamin 17,170 Margie 20,252
    136 Lester 17,064 Thelma 20,224
    137 Duane 17,055 Clara 20,021
    138 Tony 16,950 Audrey 19,715
    139 Leo 16,949 Grace 19,368
    140 Herman 16,834 Teresa 19,323
    141 Jose 16,805 Annette 19,177
    142 Glen 16,535 Claudia 19,163
    143 Johnnie 16,405 Gladys 19,050
    144 Dean 16,348 Julie 19,036
    145 Arnold 16,017 Marion 18,484
    146 Lonnie 15,888 Gwendolyn 18,339
    147 Christopher 15,860 Priscilla 18,116
    148 Nicholas 15,499 Willie 18,092
    149 Freddie 15,359 Esther 17,633
    150 Chester 15,263 Eva 17,562
    151 Eric 15,181 Andrea 17,058
    152 Milton 14,863 Maryann 17,047
    153 Cecil 14,824 Bernice 17,026
    154 Lynn 14,184 Rosa 16,793
    155 Manuel 14,178 Hazel 16,652
    156 Randy 14,155 Billie 16,367
    157 Roland 13,083 Bertha 16,223
    158 Ted 13,013 Gayle 16,196
    159 Dwight 12,859 Bobbie 16,192
    160 Claude 12,809 Pat 16,151
    161 Wesley 12,453 Maxine 16,072
    162 Neil 12,426 Marian 16,034
    163 Sam 12,346 Ella 15,963
    164 Scott 12,169 Paulette 15,902
    165 Dave 11,736 Joy 15,564
    166 Wallace 11,449 Beatrice 15,559
    167 Kevin 11,293 Cathy 15,547
    168 Hugh 10,987 Lillie 15,350
    169 Donnie 10,981 Janis 14,860
    170 Elmer 10,863 Leslie 14,854
    171 Micheal 10,628 Ida 14,289
    172 Willard 10,589 Lynne 14,233
    173 Juan 10,542 Deanna 13,736
    174 Maurice 10,471 Faye 13,707
    175 Garry 10,310 Terry 13,704
    176 Jessie 10,309 Valerie 13,687
    177 Marshall 10,237 Rachel 13,406
    178 Oscar 10,184 Emily 13,401
    179 Edgar 9,802 Lucy 13,128
    180 Karl 9,721 Janie 13,111
    181 Marion 9,660 Penny 13,109
    182 Sidney 9,604 Jackie 13,087
    183 Stuart 9,520 Harriet 12,919
    184 Nathaniel 9,482 Regina 12,713
    185 Alexander 9,468 Rosalie 12,582
    186 Sammy 9,353 Alma 12,401
    187 Everett 9,300 Angela 12,255
    188 Benny 9,292 Vera 12,185
    189 Guy 8,938 Jessie 12,143
    190 Virgil 8,938 Marianne 11,947
    191 Morris 8,796 Stephanie 11,933
    192 Matthew 8,759 Jill 11,866
    193 Earnest 8,692 Mattie 11,769
    194 Lyle 8,610 Minnie 11,732
    195 Max 8,514 Caroline 11,624
    196 Bennie 8,476 Michele 11,597
    197 Wendell 8,368 Veronica 11,526
    198 Kent 8,341 Patty 11,411
    199 Jonathan 8,287 Rosie 11,401
    200 Fredrick 8,227 Stella 11,361

     

    Source: 100% sample based on Social Security card application data as of the end of February 2011.
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