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Top 1000 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1939

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1939 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 54,903 4.841 0 -1,311 1 Robert 59,645 5.264 0 -2,620
2 Barbara 37,258 3.285 0 -2,019 2 James 59,628 5.262 0 532
3 Patricia 29,706 2.619 0 2,151 3 John 51,017 4.502 0 504
4 Betty 23,640 2.085 0 -1,863 4 William 42,078 3.713 0 -344
5 Shirley 20,446 1.803 0 -3,323 5 Richard 35,372 3.122 0 990
6 Carol 20,166 1.778 0 742 6 Charles 30,785 2.717 0 -352
7 Nancy 19,728 1.740 0 781 7 David 25,361 2.238 1 2,369
8 Judith 16,626 1.466 4 5,751 8 Donald 24,055 2.123 -1 -2,609
9 Dorothy 15,171 1.338 -1 -1,176 9 Thomas 22,127 1.953 0 751
10 Margaret 14,952 1.318 -1 -378 10 Ronald 19,835 1.750 0 -459
11 Joan 14,140 1.247 -1 -162 11 George 17,887 1.579 0 -548
12 Joyce 13,394 1.181 -1 701 12 Joseph 17,715 1.563 0 -19
13 Sandra 11,970 1.056 1 1,164 13 Kenneth 14,710 1.298 1 315
14 Carolyn 11,291 0.996 1 706 14 Larry 14,528 1.282 2 2,142
15 Linda 10,714 0.945 16 3,668 15 Edward 14,428 1.273 -2 -118
16 Helen 10,418 0.919 -3 -416 16 Jerry 13,729 1.212 1 1,556
17 Janet 10,114 0.892 -1 246 17 Paul 13,331 1.176 -2 -23
18 Elizabeth 9,707 0.856 -1 -93 18 Michael 10,824 0.955 3 1,746
19 Marilyn 9,539 0.841 0 -206 19 Gerald 10,052 0.887 0 83
20 Donna 9,370 0.826 0 -324 20 Frank 9,987 0.881 -2 -269
21 Virginia 9,227 0.814 1 -41 21 Gary 9,680 0.854 1 822
22 Ruth 9,060 0.799 -1 -241 22 Raymond 9,247 0.816 -2 -482
23 Sharon 9,013 0.795 7 1,769 23 Harold 8,302 0.733 0 -254
24 Janice 8,779 0.774 0 67 24 Billy 7,469 0.659 0 -780
25 Beverly 8,701 0.767 -7 -1,069 25 Walter 7,319 0.646 1 -240
26 Frances 8,578 0.756 -3 -345 26 Jack 7,306 0.645 -1 -834
27 Martha 8,493 0.749 -1 -87 27 Joe 7,192 0.635 1 -243
28 Judy 8,082 0.713 13 3,089 28 Roger 7,152 0.631 3 597
29 Doris 7,683 0.677 -4 -921 29 Bobby 7,055 0.623 -2 -439
30 Phyllis 7,590 0.669 -2 -54 30 Carl 6,594 0.582 -1 -250
31 Alice 7,367 0.650 -2 -121 31 Henry 6,557 0.579 -1 -1
32 Jean 7,290 0.643 -5 -470 32 Arthur 6,380 0.563 0 -142
33 Ann 6,550 0.578 -1 -440 33 Willie 6,303 0.556 1 220
34 Peggy 6,048 0.533 1 -293 34 Dennis 6,211 0.548 15 1,974
35 Lois 6,033 0.532 -2 -471 35 Ralph 5,957 0.526 0 -61
36 Gloria 5,939 0.524 0 -361 36 Lawrence 5,882 0.519 0 9
37 Marie 5,889 0.519 0 -71 37 Eugene 5,875 0.518 -4 -237
38 Norma 5,827 0.514 -4 -540 38 Daniel 5,797 0.512 1 215
39 Karen 5,542 0.489 11 1,034 39 Wayne 5,651 0.499 1 426
40 Evelyn 5,329 0.470 -2 -361 40 Fred 5,536 0.489 -2 -231
41 Geraldine 5,159 0.455 4 507 41 Albert 5,477 0.483 -4 -315
42 Rose 5,040 0.444 -3 -249 42 Roy 5,153 0.455 -1 113
43 Anna 4,931 0.435 -3 -209 43 Jimmy 4,751 0.419 2 21
44 Susan 4,886 0.431 28 1,331 44 Norman 4,741 0.418 -1 -209
45 Elaine 4,785 0.422 -3 -50 45 Harry 4,663 0.412 -1 -159
46 Jane 4,770 0.421 -2 -17 46 Peter 4,642 0.410 2 347
47 Carole 4,679 0.413 -1 64 47 Anthony 4,609 0.407 -1 -79
48 Kathleen 4,656 0.411 10 427 48 Howard 4,607 0.407 -6 -409
49 Catherine 4,576 0.404 -1 52 49 Louis 4,224 0.373 -2 -165
50 Wanda 4,559 0.402 -1 47 50 Earl 3,894 0.344 0 -113

 

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.