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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1938

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1938 Popular Names U.S. - Top 100 Baby Names
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Girls Number
of Girls
% Rank Number Boys Number
of Boys
% Rank Number
1 Mary 56,214 4.925 -125 -53,833 1 Robert 62,265 5.480 -64 -56,758
2 Barbara 39,277 3.441 -906 -38,985 2 James 59,096 5.201 -2 -44,864
3 Patricia 27,555 2.414 -886 -27,253 3 John 50,513 4.445 -24 -41,079
4 Betty 25,503 2.234 -1,316 -25,328 4 William 42,422 3.733 1 -27,518
5 Shirley 23,769 2.083 -1,266 -23,585 5 Richard 34,382 3.026 -170 -32,113
6 Carol 19,424 1.702 -1,808 -19,311 6 Charles 31,137 2.740 -43 -24,007
7 Nancy 18,947 1.660 -871 -18,639 7 Donald 26,664 2.347 -481 -26,070
8 Dorothy 16,347 1.432 -593 -15,849 8 David 22,992 2.023 -15 -12,868
9 Margaret 15,330 1.343 -123 -13,088 9 Thomas 21,376 1.881 -39 -14,245
10 Joan 14,302 1.253 -1,670 -14,175 10 Ronald 20,294 1.786 -450 -19,639
11 Joyce 12,693 1.112 -825 -12,370 11 George 18,435 1.622 -113 -15,284
12 Judith 10,875 0.953 -834 -10,556 12 Joseph 17,734 1.561 -7 -7,374
13 Helen 10,834 0.949 -405 -10,076 13 Edward 14,546 1.280 -156 -12,237
14 Sandra 10,806 0.947 -880 -10,507 14 Kenneth 14,395 1.267 -204 -12,644
15 Carolyn 10,585 0.927 -826 -10,264 15 Paul 13,354 1.175 -210 -11,670
16 Janet 9,868 0.865 -1,345 -9,699 16 Larry 12,386 1.090 -613 -11,975
17 Elizabeth 9,800 0.859 4 -885 17 Jerry 12,173 1.071 -539 -11,685
18 Beverly 9,770 0.856 -1,404 -9,611 18 Frank 10,256 0.903 -355 -9,375
19 Marilyn 9,745 0.854 -509 -9,165 19 Gerald 9,969 0.877 -805 -9,700
20 Donna 9,694 0.849 -1,696 -9,571 20 Raymond 9,729 0.856 -273 -8,537
21 Ruth 9,301 0.815 -244 -8,107 21 Michael 9,078 0.799 9 3,501
22 Virginia 9,268 0.812 -492 -8,660 22 Gary 8,858 0.780 -615 -8,455
23 Frances 8,923 0.782 -415 -8,200 23 Harold 8,556 0.753 -776 -8,271
24 Janice 8,712 0.763 -1,469 -8,564 24 Billy 8,249 0.726 -811 -7,986
25 Doris 8,604 0.754 -2,064 -8,512 25 Jack 8,140 0.716 -10 279
26 Martha 8,580 0.752 -724 -8,210 26 Walter 7,559 0.665 -239 -6,206
27 Jean 7,760 0.680 -2,431 -7,687 27 Bobby 7,494 0.660 -760 -7,199
28 Phyllis 7,644 0.670 -5,922 -7,623 28 Joe 7,435 0.654 -656 -7,073
29 Alice 7,488 0.656 -41 -3,684 29 Carl 6,844 0.602 -598 -6,433
30 Sharon 7,244 0.635 -1,019 -7,001 30 Henry 6,558 0.577 12 3,848
31 Linda 7,046 0.617 -677 -6,642 31 Roger 6,555 0.577 -594 -6,140
32 Ann 6,990 0.612 -991 -6,739 32 Arthur 6,522 0.574 -212 -5,019
33 Lois 6,504 0.570 -1,588 -6,371 33 Eugene 6,112 0.538 -781 -5,838
34 Norma 6,367 0.558 -2,291 -6,288 34 Willie 6,083 0.535 -770 -5,802
35 Peggy 6,341 0.556 -5,559 -6,318 35 Ralph 6,018 0.530 -1,036 -5,834
36 Gloria 6,300 0.552 -525 -5,762 36 Lawrence 5,873 0.517 -460 -5,294
37 Marie 5,960 0.522 -614 -5,507 37 Albert 5,792 0.510 -393 -5,078
38 Evelyn 5,690 0.499 29 4,985 38 Fred 5,767 0.508 -1,521 -5,663
39 Rose 5,289 0.463 -102 -3,230 39 Daniel 5,582 0.491 24 6,058
40 Anna 5,140 0.450 -13 -620 40 Wayne 5,225 0.460 -776 -4,951
41 Judy 4,993 0.437 -1,570 -4,859 41 Roy 5,040 0.444 -496 -4,518
42 Elaine 4,835 0.424 -546 -4,329 42 Howard 5,016 0.441 -957 -4,815
43 Dolores 4,807 0.421 -3,246 -4,759 43 Norman 4,950 0.436 -1,077 -4,780
44 Jane 4,787 0.419 -238 -3,639 44 Harry 4,822 0.424 -605 -4,425
45 Geraldine 4,652 0.408 -1,584 -4,520 45 Jimmy 4,730 0.416 -546 -4,274
46 Carole 4,615 0.404 -11,734 -4,607 46 Anthony 4,688 0.413 14 4,114
47 Annie 4,561 0.400 -250 -3,474 47 Louis 4,389 0.386 -230 -3,099
48 Catherine 4,524 0.396 -150 -2,951 48 Peter 4,295 0.378 -165 -2,518
49 Wanda 4,512 0.395 -5,098 -4,486 49 Dennis 4,237 0.373 -495 -3,727
50 Karen 4,508 0.395 -506 -3,956 50 Earl 4,007 0.353 -1,440 -3,896

 

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.