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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1939

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1939 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 54,901 4.841 -125 -52,574 1 Robert 59,645 5.263 -70 -54,505
2 Barbara 37,258 3.285 -928 -36,973 2 James 59,627 5.262 -2 -46,102
3 Patricia 29,706 2.619 -910 -29,413 3 John 51,015 4.502 -24 -41,896
4 Betty 23,641 2.085 -1,124 -23,426 4 William 42,077 3.713 1 -27,561
5 Shirley 20,445 1.803 -1,459 -20,295 5 Richard 35,373 3.122 -183 -33,254
6 Carol 20,166 1.778 -1,782 -20,053 6 Charles 30,787 2.717 -46 -24,183
7 Nancy 19,726 1.739 -832 -19,404 7 David 25,362 2.238 -15 -15,665
8 Judith 16,626 1.466 -842 -16,308 8 Donald 24,056 2.123 -518 -23,523
9 Dorothy 15,171 1.338 -577 -14,654 9 Thomas 22,128 1.953 -40 -15,349
10 Margaret 14,952 1.318 -117 -12,640 10 Ronald 19,835 1.750 -483 -19,257
11 Joan 14,140 1.247 -1,716 -14,022 11 George 17,888 1.579 -116 -14,829
12 Joyce 13,394 1.181 -935 -13,116 12 Joseph 17,716 1.563 -11 -8,161
13 Sandra 11,970 1.056 -962 -11,701 13 Kenneth 14,710 1.298 -213 -13,055
14 Carolyn 11,292 0.996 -846 -10,980 14 Larry 14,529 1.282 -692 -14,190
15 Linda 10,714 0.945 -711 -10,325 15 Edward 14,427 1.273 -154 -12,159
16 Helen 10,418 0.919 -397 -9,673 16 Jerry 13,728 1.211 -585 -13,277
17 Janet 10,115 0.892 -1,395 -9,958 17 Paul 13,333 1.177 -217 -11,708
18 Elizabeth 9,707 0.856 5 -1,194 18 Michael 10,824 0.955 4 796
19 Marilyn 9,539 0.841 -591 -9,045 19 Gerald 10,053 0.887 -875 -9,812
20 Donna 9,370 0.826 -1,547 -9,233 20 Frank 9,988 0.881 -372 -9,185
21 Virginia 9,227 0.814 -519 -8,649 21 Gary 9,681 0.854 -653 -9,314
22 Ruth 9,060 0.799 -243 -7,826 22 Raymond 9,247 0.816 -277 -8,098
23 Sharon 9,014 0.795 -1,104 -8,798 23 Harold 8,300 0.732 -774 -8,019
24 Janice 8,779 0.774 -1,409 -8,626 24 Billy 7,470 0.659 -821 -7,210
25 Beverly 8,701 0.767 -1,268 -8,526 25 Walter 7,319 0.646 -246 -6,016
26 Frances 8,578 0.756 -419 -7,863 26 Jack 7,307 0.645 -2 1,527
27 Martha 8,492 0.749 -770 -8,151 27 Joe 7,189 0.634 -668 -6,844
28 Judy 8,081 0.713 -1,505 -7,940 28 Roger 7,153 0.631 -608 -6,742
29 Doris 7,685 0.678 -1,785 -7,574 29 Bobby 7,058 0.623 -795 -6,790
30 Phyllis 7,590 0.669 -6,945 -7,573 30 Carl 6,594 0.582 -670 -6,252
31 Alice 7,368 0.650 -40 -3,725 31 Henry 6,559 0.579 15 4,090
32 Jean 7,289 0.643 -2,361 -7,214 32 Arthur 6,381 0.563 -198 -4,739
33 Ann 6,550 0.578 -950 -6,283 33 Willie 6,305 0.556 -901 -6,081
34 Peggy 6,049 0.533 -5,520 -6,026 34 Dennis 6,213 0.548 -522 -5,720
35 Lois 6,033 0.532 -1,658 -5,911 35 Ralph 5,957 0.526 -916 -5,740
36 Gloria 5,939 0.524 -548 -5,418 36 Lawrence 5,882 0.519 -462 -5,309
37 Marie 5,889 0.519 -539 -5,359 37 Eugene 5,875 0.518 -825 -5,623
38 Norma 5,827 0.514 -2,233 -5,747 38 Daniel 5,796 0.511 23 5,377
39 Karen 5,542 0.489 -596 -5,074 39 Wayne 5,653 0.499 -734 -5,354
40 Evelyn 5,329 0.470 30 5,047 40 Fred 5,535 0.488 -1,610 -5,438
41 Geraldine 5,159 0.455 -1,678 -5,040 41 Albert 5,477 0.483 -411 -4,820
42 Rose 5,040 0.444 -81 -2,608 42 Roy 5,154 0.455 -500 -4,640
43 Anna 4,931 0.435 -11 -786 43 Jimmy 4,752 0.419 -610 -4,362
44 Susan 4,887 0.431 -1,035 -4,653 44 Norman 4,741 0.418 -1,180 -4,590
45 Elaine 4,785 0.422 -589 -4,317 45 Harry 4,663 0.411 -575 -4,236
46 Jane 4,770 0.421 -245 -3,647 46 Peter 4,641 0.410 -165 -2,829
47 Carole 4,679 0.413 -9,845 -4,669 47 Anthony 4,609 0.407 9 3,394
48 Kathleen 4,656 0.411 -846 -4,355 48 Howard 4,608 0.407 -920 -4,395
49 Catherine 4,576 0.404 -155 -3,078 49 Louis 4,224 0.373 -214 -2,856
50 Wanda 4,559 0.402 -6,147 -4,539 50 Earl 3,894 0.344 -1,614 -3,799

 

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.