Popular Baby Names 1940’s

Popular names of the period 1940s

The most popular name for males in the 1940s was James where public birth records show 795,730 men were named James, The most popular name for females in the 1940s was Mary where public birth records show 640,041 ladies were named Mary.
Males Females
Rank Name Number Name Number
1 James 795,730 Mary 640,041
2 Robert 758,071 Linda 531,647
3 John 711,563 Barbara 425,250
4 William 556,435 Patricia 411,405
5 Richard 477,444 Carol 292,327
6 David 426,334 Sandra 265,531
7 Charles 361,720 Nancy 252,048
8 Thomas 350,755 Sharon 221,227
9 Michael 336,550 Judith 218,025
10 Ronald 282,448 Susan 212,011
11 Larry 255,888 Betty 194,616
12 Donald 247,794 Carolyn 181,851
13 Joseph 230,262 Margaret 173,018
14 Gary 217,753 Shirley 171,775
15 George 209,003 Judy 167,717
16 Kenneth 198,537 Karen 167,694
17 Paul 183,339 Donna 165,525
18 Edward 174,778 Kathleen 152,979
19 Jerry 167,235 Joyce 151,489
20 Dennis 162,099 Dorothy 132,247
21 Frank 119,411 Janet 130,752
22 Daniel 112,768 Diane 122,879
23 Raymond 109,064 Janice 118,886
24 Roger 107,592 Joan 117,699
25 Stephen 106,802 Elizabeth 116,542
26 Gerald 103,330 Brenda 112,407
27 Walter 83,727 Gloria 105,044
28 Harold 82,167 Virginia 98,996
29 Steven 81,206 Marilyn 98,971
30 Douglas 80,758 Martha 95,379
31 Lawrence 80,450 Beverly 95,122
32 Terry 76,963 Helen 90,740
33 Wayne 75,122 Bonnie 86,883
34 Arthur 73,960 Ruth 85,658
35 Jack 73,921 Frances 85,439
36 Carl 72,730 Jean 80,364
37 Henry 72,477 Ann 76,794
38 Willie 72,414 Phyllis 76,135
39 Bruce 72,093 Pamela 73,118
40 Joe 72,009 Jane 72,536
41 Peter 69,332 Alice 72,389
42 Billy 67,826 Peggy 72,116
43 Roy 65,636 Cheryl 70,958
44 Ralph 64,968 Doris 64,138
45 Anthony 64,826 Catherine 62,081
46 Jimmy 63,515 Elaine 60,104
47 Albert 60,270 Cynthia 58,058
48 Bobby 58,885 Marie 57,517
49 Eugene 57,266 Lois 56,854
50 Johnny 57,190 Connie 56,597
51 Fred 56,665 Christine 54,563
52 Harry 56,244 Diana 53,695
53 Howard 53,530 Gail 53,138
54 Mark 50,726 Joanne 51,652
55 Alan 50,303 Rose 51,639
56 Louis 49,423 Wanda 50,773
57 Philip 48,731 Carole 50,307
58 Patrick 48,617 Rita 49,852
59 Dale 46,803 Charlotte 49,477
60 Danny 46,655 Jo 48,446
61 Stanley 46,265 Evelyn 48,158
62 Leonard 44,278 Geraldine 47,933
63 Timothy 43,499 Jacqueline 45,556
64 Gregory 43,221 Ellen 45,404
65 Samuel 43,121 Sally 45,341
66 Ronnie 42,452 Rebecca 45,309
67 Norman 42,163 Kathryn 44,580
68 Ernest 41,759 Deborah 44,058
69 Russell 41,328 Norma 43,030
70 Francis 39,518 Suzanne 41,403
71 Melvin 39,228 Anna 41,282
72 Earl 39,125 Sue 40,942
73 Frederick 39,107 Darlene 40,320
74 Allen 39,047 Patsy 40,276
75 Bill 37,759 Joann 40,015
76 Tommy 37,041 Sarah 39,973
77 Phillip 36,986 Katherine 39,911
78 Marvin 36,442 Paula 39,041
79 Steve 36,283 Annie 38,716
80 Don 36,251 Louise 38,661
81 Clarence 36,195 Roberta 38,050
82 Barry 36,188 Sylvia 37,285
83 Glenn 35,711 Anne 36,145
84 Jim 35,628 Theresa 35,789
85 Eddie 34,803 Sheila 35,741
86 Mike 34,643 Maria 35,562
87 Andrew 34,617 Laura 35,071
88 Jeffrey 34,338 Kathy 34,764
89 Leroy 33,857 Eileen 34,694
90 Alfred 31,993 Marcia 34,395
91 Martin 31,404 Rosemary 34,296
92 Lee 30,977 Glenda 33,348
93 Tom 29,884 Dolores 33,101
94 Ray 29,655 Mildred 33,066
95 Herbert 28,703 Lorraine 33,046
96 Gene 27,737 Marjorie 32,901
97 Bernard 26,446 Sherry 32,756
98 Theodore 26,245 Kay 32,652
99 Curtis 26,004 Anita 32,527
100 Keith 25,869 Dianne 32,294
101 Clifford 25,821 Ruby 31,872
102 Rodney 24,847 Irene 31,818
103 Gordon 24,465 Juanita 30,445
104 Jimmie 24,360 Maureen 30,260
105 Jesse 24,334 Loretta 30,118
106 Vincent 23,900 Jeanne 30,114
107 Warren 23,735 Constance 29,910
108 Lloyd 23,599 Lynn 29,386
109 Leon 23,576 Marlene 29,294
110 Jerome 23,106 Arlene 29,093
111 Edwin 22,973 Delores 28,502
112 Brian 22,790 Lynda 27,951
113 Victor 22,520 Julia 27,891
114 Bob 21,374 Marsha 27,411
115 Floyd 20,995 Charlene 26,781
116 Lewis 20,929 June 25,166
117 Harvey 20,759 Jeanette 24,726
118 Alvin 20,710 Edna 24,697
119 Clyde 20,709 Josephine 24,322
120 Craig 20,289 Eleanor 23,760
121 Vernon 20,035 Yvonne 23,672
122 Leslie 19,388 Vicki 23,493
123 Franklin 19,308 Vivian 22,913
124 Calvin 19,239 Emma 22,788
125 Jon 19,034 Georgia 22,394
126 Jay 18,661 Lillian 22,310
127 Charlie 18,261 Edith 22,146
128 Darrell 18,226 Pauline 21,912
129 Jackie 18,124 Wilma 21,193
130 Dan 18,019 Victoria 20,752
131 Allan 17,828 Ethel 20,582
132 Randall 17,775 Lucille 20,455
133 Joel 17,422 Florence 20,392
134 Gilbert 17,350 Sara 20,273
135 Benjamin 17,179 Margie 20,260
136 Lester 17,081 Thelma 20,230
137 Duane 17,070 Clara 20,028
138 Tony 16,960 Audrey 19,718
139 Leo 16,959 Grace 19,369
140 Herman 16,853 Teresa 19,330
141 Jose 16,817 Annette 19,178
142 Glen 16,549 Claudia 19,172
143 Johnnie 16,421 Gladys 19,060
144 Dean 16,354 Julie 19,035
145 Arnold 16,036 Marion 18,491
146 Lonnie 15,897 Gwendolyn 18,342
147 Christopher 15,869 Priscilla 18,122
148 Nicholas 15,505 Willie 18,099
149 Freddie 15,372 Esther 17,637
150 Chester 15,285 Eva 17,563
151 Eric 15,188 Andrea 17,060
152 Milton 14,877 Maryann 17,053
153 Cecil 14,837 Bernice 17,029
154 Lynn 14,201 Rosa 16,795
155 Manuel 14,188 Hazel 16,657
156 Randy 14,165 Billie 16,370
157 Roland 13,090 Bertha 16,224
158 Ted 13,026 Gayle 16,198
159 Dwight 12,862 Bobbie 16,197
160 Claude 12,819 Pat 16,150
161 Wesley 12,462 Maxine 16,072
162 Neil 12,429 Marian 16,041
163 Sam 12,350 Ella 15,974
164 Scott 12,161 Paulette 15,900
165 Dave 11,740 Joy 15,565
166 Wallace 11,465 Beatrice 15,560
167 Kevin 11,275 Cathy 15,551
168 Hugh 10,994 Lillie 15,356
169 Donnie 10,987 Janis 14,862
170 Elmer 10,875 Leslie 14,855
171 Micheal 10,619 Ida 14,293
172 Willard 10,600 Lynne 14,237
173 Juan 10,558 Deanna 13,739
174 Maurice 10,480 Faye 13,707
175 Garry 10,319 Terry 13,698
176 Jessie 10,319 Valerie 13,691
177 Marshall 10,240 Emily 13,408
178 Oscar 10,186 Rachel 13,408
179 Edgar 9,805 Lucy 13,129
180 Karl 9,723 Janie 13,119
181 Marion 9,668 Penny 13,114
182 Sidney 9,610 Jackie 13,090
183 Stuart 9,526 Harriet 12,922
184 Nathaniel 9,492 Regina 12,714
185 Alexander 9,478 Rosalie 12,587
186 Sammy 9,360 Alma 12,401
187 Everett 9,311 Angela 12,259
188 Benny 9,302 Vera 12,188
189 Guy 8,950 Jessie 12,149
190 Virgil 8,948 Marianne 11,946
191 Morris 8,801 Stephanie 11,936
192 Matthew 8,761 Jill 11,865
193 Earnest 8,704 Mattie 11,779
194 Lyle 8,619 Minnie 11,735
195 Max 8,524 Caroline 11,625
196 Bennie 8,480 Michele 11,605
197 Wendell 8,378 Veronica 11,528
198 Kent 8,346 Patty 11,417
199 Jonathan 8,297 Rosie 11,404
200 Fredrick 8,231 Stella 11,363
Source: 100% sample based on Social Security card application data as of of March 2020. See the limitations of this data source.
Popular Baby Names 1940’s
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