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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 0 570 1 Robert 62,268 5.480 0 433
2 Barbara 39,279 3.441 0 4,367 2 James 59,099 5.201 0 2,548
3 Patricia 27,556 2.414 0 717 3 John 50,519 4.446 0 1,773
4 Betty 25,504 2.234 1 172 4 William 42,422 3.733 0 1,709
5 Shirley 23,767 2.082 -1 -3,049 5 Richard 34,380 3.025 0 1,407
6 Carol 19,424 1.702 0 2,088 6 Charles 31,138 2.740 0 614
7 Nancy 18,948 1.660 0 1,879 7 Donald 26,665 2.347 0 -1,203
8 Dorothy 16,348 1.432 0 -224 8 David 22,992 2.023 0 2,018
9 Margaret 15,330 1.343 1 187 9 Thomas 21,376 1.881 0 1,601
10 Joan 14,302 1.253 -1 -997 10 Ronald 20,296 1.786 1 2,160
11 Joyce 12,693 1.112 0 884 11 George 18,436 1.622 -1 6
12 Judith 10,876 0.953 22 4,730 12 Joseph 17,735 1.561 0 416
13 Helen 10,834 0.949 -1 -620 13 Edward 14,547 1.280 0 -383
14 Sandra 10,806 0.947 12 3,286 14 Kenneth 14,398 1.267 0 1,183
15 Carolyn 10,586 0.927 5 1,648 15 Paul 13,356 1.175 0 476
16 Janet 9,868 0.865 2 505 16 Larry 12,386 1.090 0 2,066
17 Elizabeth 9,800 0.859 0 415 17 Jerry 12,174 1.071 0 1,876
18 Beverly 9,770 0.856 -4 139 18 Frank 10,257 0.903 0 129
19 Marilyn 9,745 0.854 -6 7 19 Gerald 9,971 0.877 1 548
20 Donna 9,694 0.849 1 810 20 Raymond 9,729 0.856 -1 158
21 Ruth 9,302 0.815 -6 -303 21 Michael 9,080 0.799 6 1,985
22 Virginia 9,268 0.812 -6 -246 22 Gary 8,859 0.780 7 2,092
23 Frances 8,923 0.782 -4 -130 23 Harold 8,559 0.753 -2 10
24 Janice 8,711 0.763 1 945 24 Billy 8,248 0.726 -2 -48
25 Doris 8,602 0.754 -3 -279 25 Jack 8,140 0.716 -2 -53
26 Martha 8,579 0.752 -2 625 26 Walter 7,559 0.665 0 76
27 Jean 7,761 0.680 -4 -634 27 Bobby 7,494 0.659 -3 -255
28 Phyllis 7,646 0.670 -1 402 28 Joe 7,436 0.654 -3 -308
29 Alice 7,490 0.656 -1 368 29 Carl 6,846 0.602 -1 -63
30 Sharon 7,244 0.635 11 2,539 30 Henry 6,557 0.577 0 -113
31 Linda 7,046 0.617 18 2,666 31 Roger 6,554 0.577 5 844
32 Ann 6,990 0.612 -2 278 32 Arthur 6,523 0.574 -1 209
33 Lois 6,504 0.570 -4 -428 33 Eugene 6,112 0.538 0 114
34 Norma 6,367 0.558 -1 134 34 Willie 6,083 0.535 -2 -146
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 5,872 0.517 2 368
37 Marie 5,960 0.522 -2 -115 37 Albert 5,792 0.510 0 125
38 Evelyn 5,690 0.499 -2 -69 38 Fred 5,766 0.507 -3 26
39 Rose 5,289 0.463 0 -157 39 Daniel 5,583 0.491 0 460
40 Anna 5,140 0.450 -2 -309 40 Wayne 5,224 0.460 4 608
41 Judy 4,993 0.437 50 2,252 41 Roy 5,040 0.444 -1 150
42 Elaine 4,835 0.424 3 310 42 Howard 5,016 0.441 0 315
43 Dolores 4,807 0.421 -6 -760 43 Norman 4,951 0.436 0 277
44 Jane 4,787 0.419 -2 85 44 Harry 4,822 0.424 -3 9
45 Geraldine 4,652 0.408 -1 98 45 Jimmy 4,730 0.416 0 214
46 Carole 4,616 0.404 10 419 46 Anthony 4,689 0.413 1 353
47 Annie 4,562 0.400 -1 81 47 Louis 4,389 0.386 -1 32
48 Catherine 4,524 0.396 -1 65 48 Peter 4,295 0.378 4 487
49 Wanda 4,512 0.395 6 311 49 Dennis 4,236 0.373 14 1,077
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.