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Popular Baby Names of the 1950s

    The following table shows the 200 most popular given names for male and female babies born during the 1950s. 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 20,501,466 male births and 19,727,902 female births.

    Popular names of the 1950s
      Males Females
    Rank Name Number Name Number
    1 James 842,850 Mary 625,382
    2 Michael 836,700 Linda 564,095
    3 Robert 829,567 Patricia 459,464
    4 John 797,067 Susan 437,613
    5 David 769,196 Deborah 430,398
    6 William 590,615 Barbara 345,584
    7 Richard 534,841 Debra 341,225
    8 Thomas 453,911 Karen 332,403
    9 Mark 382,281 Nancy 286,700
    10 Charles 360,739 Donna 270,264
    11 Steven 333,391 Cynthia 263,328
    12 Gary 329,533 Sandra 251,488
    13 Joseph 299,695 Pamela 237,321
    14 Donald 273,228 Sharon 232,738
    15 Ronald 270,819 Kathleen 224,244
    16 Kenneth 262,529 Carol 222,573
    17 Paul 252,939 Diane 210,551
    18 Larry 245,332 Brenda 209,189
    19 Daniel 243,461 Cheryl 171,333
    20 Stephen 207,064 Janet 167,452
    21 Dennis 203,986 Elizabeth 165,594
    22 Timothy 198,137 Kathy 157,891
    23 Edward 188,177 Margaret 149,528
    24 Jeffrey 184,490 Janice 133,566
    25 George 180,812 Carolyn 124,013
    26 Gregory 178,279 Denise 123,746
    27 Kevin 158,932 Judy 118,011
    28 Douglas 148,051 Rebecca 115,654
    29 Terry 140,539 Joyce 114,921
    30 Anthony 136,561 Teresa 114,240
    31 Jerry 136,406 Christine 113,302
    32 Bruce 136,281 Catherine 108,788
    33 Randy 120,433 Shirley 108,766
    34 Brian 112,269 Judith 108,709
    35 Frank 112,167 Betty 103,172
    36 Scott 111,763 Beverly 97,745
    37 Roger 110,016 Lisa 95,819
    38 Raymond 108,827 Laura 95,506
    39 Peter 102,666 Theresa 89,574
    40 Patrick 96,773 Connie 88,782
    41 Keith 91,176 Ann 87,019
    42 Lawrence 91,029 Julie 86,687
    43 Wayne 88,008 Gloria 86,667
    44 Danny 86,516 Gail 85,600
    45 Alan 83,914 Joan 85,146
    46 Gerald 82,520 Paula 84,843
    47 Ricky 79,081 Peggy 84,256
    48 Carl 78,675 Cindy 83,968
    49 Christopher 78,150 Martha 83,160
    50 Dale 75,455 Bonnie 82,983
    51 Walter 72,095 Jane 82,884
    52 Craig 69,443 Cathy 82,696
    53 Willie 66,373 Robin 82,405
    54 Johnny 65,692 Debbie 82,091
    55 Arthur 65,649 Diana 80,190
    56 Steve 64,168 Marilyn 80,139
    57 Joe 62,561 Kathryn 77,761
    58 Randall 62,368 Dorothy 74,467
    59 Jack 62,355 Wanda 72,414
    60 Russell 62,342 Jean 72,240
    61 Henry 62,188 Vicki 71,969
    62 Harold 62,081 Sheila 70,139
    63 Roy 61,752 Virginia 69,759
    64 Andrew 60,931 Sherry 68,316
    65 Philip 60,800 Katherine 66,829
    66 Ralph 60,358 Rose 66,697
    67 Billy 59,203 Lynn 66,022
    68 Glenn 58,654 Jo 63,941
    69 Stanley 57,096 Ruth 62,493
    70 Jimmy 54,814 Maria 62,337
    71 Rodney 54,752 Darlene 61,855
    72 Barry 54,746 Jacqueline 60,451
    73 Samuel 53,726 Rita 60,240
    74 Eric 53,267 Rhonda 59,795
    75 Bobby 53,207 Phyllis 57,758
    76 Albert 52,787 Helen 57,558
    77 Phillip 52,401 Vickie 56,847
    78 Ronnie 51,226 Kim 56,072
    79 Martin 50,926 Lori 56,056
    80 Mike 48,312 Ellen 55,355
    81 Eugene 48,220 Elaine 54,207
    82 Louis 47,860 Joanne 53,531
    83 Howard 47,804 Anne 52,376
    84 Allen 47,263 Valerie 52,224
    85 Curtis 46,269 Alice 52,054
    86 Jeffery 45,818 Frances 51,176
    87 Frederick 44,237 Suzanne 50,305
    88 Leonard 43,496 Marie 49,252
    89 Harry 43,268 Victoria 49,106
    90 Micheal 40,915 Kimberly 48,955
    91 Tony 40,774 Anita 47,572
    92 Ernest 39,619 Laurie 46,946
    93 Eddie 38,550 Michelle 46,775
    94 Fred 37,415 Sally 46,696
    95 Darrell 37,217 Terri 46,429
    96 Jay 36,942 Marcia 43,711
    97 Melvin 36,118 Terry 43,179
    98 Matthew 35,812 Jennifer 43,067
    99 Lee 35,789 Leslie 43,036
    100 Vincent 35,318 Doris 42,882
    101 Tommy 34,913 Maureen 42,803
    102 Francis 34,739 Wendy 42,649
    103 Marvin 34,665 Michele 41,947
    104 Dean 34,534 Anna 41,662
    105 Rick 34,365 Marsha 41,549
    106 Victor 33,870 Angela 40,343
    107 Norman 33,706 Sarah 39,959
    108 Earl 32,604 Sylvia 39,512
    109 Jose 31,358 Jill 39,053
    110 Calvin 30,517 Dawn 38,891
    111 Ray 29,873 Sue 38,840
    112 Clifford 29,830 Evelyn 38,379
    113 Alfred 29,701 Roberta 37,907
    114 Jerome 29,687 Jeanne 37,659
    115 Bradley 29,479 Charlotte 36,987
    116 Clarence 29,433 Eileen 36,549
    117 Don 29,424 Lois 36,181
    118 Theodore 29,016 Colleen 35,903
    119 Jon 28,917 Stephanie 35,557
    120 Rickey 27,927 Annette 35,340
    121 Joel 27,834 Glenda 35,209
    122 Jesse 26,622 Yvonne 35,034
    123 Jim 26,194 Dianne 34,481
    124 Edwin 26,166 Tina 33,986
    125 Dan 25,995 Beth 33,981
    126 Bernard 25,856 Lorraine 33,573
    127 Chris 25,856 Constance 33,514
    128 Jonathan 25,796 Renee 32,943
    129 Gordon 25,701 Charlene 32,710
    130 Glen 25,366 Joann 32,645
    131 Jeff 24,918 Julia 32,443
    132 Warren 24,590 Gwendolyn 31,935
    133 Leroy 24,555 Norma 30,793
    134 Herbert 24,266 Regina 30,780
    135 Duane 24,121 Amy 30,586
    136 Bill 23,867 Sheryl 30,376
    137 Benjamin 23,820 Loretta 30,369
    138 Tom 23,728 Carla 29,422
    139 Alvin 23,050 Andrea 29,367
    140 Nicholas 22,598 Tammy 29,180
    141 Tim 22,207 Irene 26,957
    142 Mitchell 21,949 Jan 26,157
    143 Marc 21,914 Louise 25,843
    144 Leslie 21,360 Juanita 25,638
    145 Leon 21,318 Marlene 25,233
    146 Kim 21,189 Penny 25,110
    147 Dwight 20,824 Rosemary 24,984
    148 Bryan 20,628 Becky 24,831
    149 Lloyd 20,596 Kay 24,641
    150 Vernon 20,106 Joy 24,508
    151 Gene 19,672 Geraldine 24,217
    152 Reginald 19,317 Jeanette 23,982
    153 Lonnie 19,158 Gayle 23,723
    154 Guy 19,137 Annie 23,679
    155 Gilbert 18,815 Vivian 23,531
    156 Garry 18,765 Claudia 23,140
    157 Juan 18,744 Lynda 22,685
    158 Karl 18,712 Melissa 22,290
    159 Kent 18,672 Audrey 22,212
    160 Kurt 18,632 Lynne 22,188
    161 Todd 18,564 Patsy 21,723
    162 Jackie 18,418 Melinda 21,501
    163 Greg 18,230 Vicky 21,327
    164 Lewis 18,108 Toni 21,304
    165 Wesley 18,067 June 21,094
    166 Clyde 17,871 Belinda 20,938
    167 Floyd 17,842 Marjorie 20,925
    168 Neil 17,693 Arlene 20,650
    169 Allan 17,678 Patti 20,595
    170 Donnie 17,140 Ruby 20,546
    171 Perry 17,059 Sara 20,480
    172 Franklin 17,001 Yolanda 19,932
    173 Lester 16,543 Rosa 19,867
    174 Brad 16,473 Christina 19,843
    175 Manuel 16,351 Melanie 19,841
    176 Kirk 16,206 Delores 19,365
    177 Carlos 15,792 Jackie 19,303
    178 Leo 15,523 Vanessa 19,159
    179 Jimmie 15,521 Carmen 18,930
    180 Randolph 15,481 Monica 18,703
    181 Charlie 15,256 Janis 18,667
    182 Robin 15,209 Holly 18,632
    183 Dana 15,142 Marianne 18,466
    184 Darryl 15,084 Dolores 18,309
    185 Dave 14,836 Shelley 18,215
    186 Ted 14,711 Veronica 17,614
    187 Milton 14,554 Mildred 17,560
    188 Daryl 14,488 Dana 17,107
    189 Kerry 14,394 Eva 17,100
    190 Freddie 14,386 Rachel 16,770
    191 Brent 14,323 Shelia 16,754
    192 Harvey 14,237 Roxanne 16,599
    193 Gerard 14,203 Carole 16,533
    194 Stuart 14,069 Lillian 16,501
    195 Johnnie 14,029 Josephine 16,403
    196 Herman 13,813 Carrie 16,179
    197 Lynn 13,753 Patty 16,107
    198 Rex 13,482 Sherri 16,102
    199 Arnold 13,184 Doreen 16,079
    200 Kelly 13,117 Grace 15,908

     

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