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Top 1000 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1938

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1938 Popular Names U.S. - Top 1000 Baby Names
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Girls Number
of Girls
% Rank Number Boys Number
of Boys
% Rank Number
1 Mary 56,214 4.925 0 572 1 Robert 62,265 5.480 0 436
2 Barbara 39,277 3.441 0 4,370 2 James 59,096 5.201 0 2,547
3 Patricia 27,555 2.414 0 717 3 John 50,513 4.445 0 1,767
4 Betty 25,503 2.234 1 172 4 William 42,422 3.733 0 1,713
5 Shirley 23,769 2.083 -1 -3,047 5 Richard 34,382 3.026 0 1,406
6 Carol 19,424 1.702 0 2,089 6 Charles 31,137 2.740 0 618
7 Nancy 18,947 1.660 0 1,878 7 Donald 26,664 2.347 0 -1,202
8 Dorothy 16,347 1.432 0 -225 8 David 22,992 2.023 0 2,019
9 Margaret 15,330 1.343 1 185 9 Thomas 21,376 1.881 0 1,603
10 Joan 14,302 1.253 -1 -996 10 Ronald 20,294 1.786 1 2,158
11 Joyce 12,693 1.112 0 884 11 George 18,435 1.622 -1 7
12 Judith 10,875 0.953 22 4,729 12 Joseph 17,734 1.561 0 418
13 Helen 10,834 0.949 -1 -620 13 Edward 14,546 1.280 0 -384
14 Sandra 10,806 0.947 12 3,286 14 Kenneth 14,395 1.267 0 1,180
15 Carolyn 10,585 0.927 5 1,647 15 Paul 13,354 1.175 0 480
16 Janet 9,868 0.865 2 505 16 Larry 12,386 1.090 0 2,066
17 Elizabeth 9,800 0.859 0 414 17 Jerry 12,173 1.071 0 1,876
18 Beverly 9,770 0.856 -4 139 18 Frank 10,256 0.903 0 129
19 Marilyn 9,745 0.854 -6 7 19 Gerald 9,969 0.877 1 546
20 Donna 9,694 0.849 1 810 20 Raymond 9,729 0.856 -1 157
21 Ruth 9,301 0.815 -6 -304 21 Michael 9,078 0.799 6 1,983
22 Virginia 9,268 0.812 -6 -244 22 Gary 8,858 0.780 7 2,089
23 Frances 8,923 0.782 -4 -129 23 Harold 8,556 0.753 -2 7
24 Janice 8,712 0.763 1 947 24 Billy 8,249 0.726 -2 -48
25 Doris 8,604 0.754 -3 -278 25 Jack 8,140 0.716 -2 -52
26 Martha 8,580 0.752 -2 627 26 Walter 7,559 0.665 0 76
27 Jean 7,760 0.680 -4 -635 27 Bobby 7,494 0.660 -3 -254
28 Phyllis 7,644 0.670 -1 400 28 Joe 7,435 0.654 -3 -307
29 Alice 7,488 0.656 -1 365 29 Carl 6,844 0.602 -1 -64
30 Sharon 7,244 0.635 11 2,539 30 Henry 6,558 0.577 0 -112
31 Linda 7,046 0.617 18 2,666 31 Roger 6,555 0.577 5 847
32 Ann 6,990 0.612 -2 278 32 Arthur 6,522 0.574 -1 209
33 Lois 6,504 0.570 -4 -429 33 Eugene 6,112 0.538 0 114
34 Norma 6,367 0.558 -1 135 34 Willie 6,083 0.535 -2 -148
35 Peggy 6,341 0.556 -4 -36 35 Ralph 6,018 0.530 -1 97
36 Gloria 6,300 0.552 -4 -31 36 Lawrence 5,873 0.517 2 368
37 Marie 5,960 0.522 -2 -114 37 Albert 5,792 0.510 0 124
38 Evelyn 5,690 0.499 -2 -69 38 Fred 5,767 0.508 -3 29
39 Rose 5,289 0.463 0 -158 39 Daniel 5,582 0.491 0 458
40 Anna 5,140 0.450 -2 -309 40 Wayne 5,225 0.460 4 610
41 Judy 4,993 0.437 50 2,252 41 Roy 5,040 0.444 -1 151
42 Elaine 4,835 0.424 3 309 42 Howard 5,016 0.441 0 315
43 Dolores 4,807 0.421 -6 -760 43 Norman 4,950 0.436 0 276
44 Jane 4,787 0.419 -2 85 44 Harry 4,822 0.424 -3 8
45 Geraldine 4,652 0.408 -1 98 45 Jimmy 4,730 0.416 0 214
46 Carole 4,615 0.404 10 418 46 Anthony 4,688 0.413 1 353
47 Annie 4,561 0.400 -1 80 47 Louis 4,389 0.386 -1 32
48 Catherine 4,524 0.396 -1 65 48 Peter 4,295 0.378 4 488
49 Wanda 4,512 0.395 6 311 49 Dennis 4,237 0.373 14 1,078
50 Karen 4,508 0.395 63 2,276 50 Earl 4,007 0.353 -2 64

 

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.