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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 56,215 4.925 -125 -53,888 1 Robert 62,268 5.480 -70 -57,128
2 Barbara 39,279 3.441 -928 -38,994 2 James 59,099 5.201 -2 -45,574
3 Patricia 27,556 2.414 -910 -27,263 3 John 50,519 4.446 -24 -41,400
4 Betty 25,504 2.234 -1,124 -25,289 4 William 42,422 3.733 1 -27,906
5 Shirley 23,767 2.082 -1,459 -23,617 5 Richard 34,380 3.025 -183 -32,261
6 Carol 19,424 1.702 -1,782 -19,311 6 Charles 31,138 2.740 -46 -24,534
7 Nancy 18,948 1.660 -832 -18,626 7 Donald 26,665 2.347 -519 -26,132
8 Dorothy 16,348 1.432 -578 -15,831 8 David 22,992 2.023 -14 -13,295
9 Margaret 15,330 1.343 -118 -13,018 9 Thomas 21,376 1.881 -40 -14,597
10 Joan 14,302 1.253 -1,717 -14,184 10 Ronald 20,296 1.786 -483 -19,718
11 Joyce 12,693 1.112 -936 -12,415 11 George 18,436 1.622 -116 -15,377
12 Judith 10,876 0.953 -838 -10,558 12 Joseph 17,735 1.561 -11 -8,180
13 Helen 10,834 0.949 -400 -10,089 13 Edward 14,547 1.280 -156 -12,279
14 Sandra 10,806 0.947 -961 -10,537 14 Kenneth 14,398 1.267 -212 -12,743
15 Carolyn 10,586 0.927 -845 -10,274 15 Paul 13,356 1.175 -219 -11,731
16 Janet 9,868 0.865 -1,396 -9,711 16 Larry 12,386 1.090 -690 -12,047
17 Elizabeth 9,800 0.859 4 -1,287 17 Jerry 12,174 1.071 -584 -11,723
18 Beverly 9,770 0.856 -1,275 -9,595 18 Frank 10,257 0.903 -374 -9,454
19 Marilyn 9,745 0.854 -591 -9,251 19 Gerald 9,971 0.877 -875 -9,730
20 Donna 9,694 0.849 -1,547 -9,557 20 Raymond 9,729 0.856 -279 -8,580
21 Ruth 9,302 0.815 -244 -8,068 21 Michael 9,080 0.799 7 2,540
22 Virginia 9,268 0.812 -518 -8,690 22 Gary 8,859 0.780 -652 -8,492
23 Frances 8,923 0.782 -422 -8,208 23 Harold 8,559 0.753 -774 -8,278
24 Janice 8,711 0.763 -1,409 -8,558 24 Billy 8,248 0.726 -821 -7,988
25 Doris 8,602 0.754 -1,789 -8,491 25 Jack 8,140 0.716 -3 694
26 Martha 8,579 0.752 -771 -8,238 26 Walter 7,559 0.665 -245 -6,256
27 Jean 7,761 0.680 -2,366 -7,686 27 Bobby 7,494 0.659 -797 -7,226
28 Phyllis 7,646 0.670 -6,947 -7,629 28 Joe 7,436 0.654 -667 -7,091
29 Alice 7,490 0.656 -42 -3,847 29 Carl 6,846 0.602 -671 -6,504
30 Sharon 7,244 0.635 -1,097 -7,028 30 Henry 6,557 0.577 14 4,092
31 Linda 7,046 0.617 -695 -6,657 31 Roger 6,554 0.577 -605 -6,143
32 Ann 6,990 0.612 -951 -6,723 32 Arthur 6,523 0.574 -198 -4,881
33 Lois 6,504 0.570 -1,660 -6,382 33 Eugene 6,112 0.538 -829 -5,860
34 Norma 6,367 0.558 -2,237 -6,287 34 Willie 6,083 0.535 -900 -5,859
35 Peggy 6,341 0.556 -5,519 -6,318 35 Ralph 6,018 0.530 -916 -5,801
36 Gloria 6,300 0.552 -548 -5,779 36 Lawrence 5,872 0.517 -462 -5,299
37 Marie 5,960 0.522 -539 -5,430 37 Albert 5,792 0.510 -415 -5,135
38 Evelyn 5,690 0.499 28 4,686 38 Fred 5,766 0.507 -1,612 -5,669
39 Rose 5,289 0.463 -84 -2,857 39 Daniel 5,583 0.491 24 5,590
40 Anna 5,140 0.450 -14 -995 40 Wayne 5,224 0.460 -733 -4,925
41 Judy 4,993 0.437 -1,492 -4,852 41 Roy 5,040 0.444 -501 -4,526
42 Elaine 4,835 0.424 -592 -4,367 42 Howard 5,016 0.441 -926 -4,803
43 Dolores 4,807 0.421 -3,881 -4,770 43 Norman 4,951 0.436 -1,181 -4,800
44 Jane 4,787 0.419 -247 -3,664 44 Harry 4,822 0.424 -576 -4,395
45 Geraldine 4,652 0.408 -1,674 -4,533 45 Jimmy 4,730 0.416 -608 -4,340
46 Carole 4,616 0.404 -9,846 -4,606 46 Anthony 4,689 0.413 8 3,314
47 Annie 4,562 0.400 -261 -3,482 47 Louis 4,389 0.386 -216 -3,021
48 Catherine 4,524 0.396 -156 -3,026 48 Peter 4,295 0.378 -163 -2,483
49 Wanda 4,512 0.395 -6,148 -4,492 49 Dennis 4,236 0.373 -507 -3,743
50 Karen 4,508 0.395 -585 -4,040 50 Earl 4,007 0.353 -1,614 -3,912

 

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.