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Top 1000 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1940

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1940 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 56,203 4.758 0 1,302 1 James 62,473 5.267 1 2,846
2 Barbara 36,734 3.110 0 -524 2 Robert 61,196 5.160 -1 1,551
3 Patricia 32,664 2.765 0 2,958 3 John 54,779 4.619 0 3,764
4 Judith 22,382 1.895 4 5,756 4 William 44,768 3.775 0 2,691
5 Betty 22,074 1.869 -1 -1,567 5 Richard 37,415 3.155 0 2,042
6 Carol 21,761 1.842 0 1,595 6 Charles 31,684 2.671 0 897
7 Nancy 19,732 1.670 0 6 7 David 27,687 2.334 0 2,325
8 Linda 18,369 1.555 7 7,655 8 Thomas 23,987 2.022 1 1,859
9 Shirley 17,878 1.513 -4 -2,567 9 Donald 23,106 1.948 -1 -950
10 Sandra 16,150 1.367 3 4,180 10 Ronald 20,730 1.748 0 895
11 Margaret 15,058 1.275 -1 106 11 George 18,309 1.544 0 421
12 Dorothy 14,875 1.259 -3 -296 12 Joseph 18,207 1.535 0 491
13 Joyce 14,802 1.253 -1 1,408 13 Larry 17,200 1.450 1 2,671
14 Joan 13,286 1.125 -3 -854 14 Jerry 15,200 1.282 2 1,472
15 Carolyn 12,654 1.071 -1 1,362 15 Kenneth 15,134 1.276 -2 424
16 Judy 11,384 0.964 12 3,303 16 Edward 14,400 1.214 -1 -27
17 Sharon 11,118 0.941 6 2,104 17 Paul 14,101 1.189 0 768
18 Helen 10,200 0.863 -2 -218 18 Michael 13,228 1.115 0 2,404
19 Janet 10,104 0.855 -2 -11 19 Gary 12,571 1.060 2 2,890
20 Elizabeth 9,952 0.842 -2 245 20 Frank 10,595 0.893 0 607
21 Virginia 9,554 0.809 0 327 21 Gerald 10,239 0.863 -2 186
22 Janice 9,315 0.789 2 536 22 Raymond 9,568 0.807 0 321
23 Donna 9,231 0.781 -3 -139 23 Harold 8,078 0.681 0 -222
24 Ruth 8,885 0.752 -2 -175 24 Dennis 7,845 0.661 10 1,632
25 Marilyn 8,701 0.737 -6 -838 25 Walter 7,724 0.651 0 405
26 Martha 8,692 0.736 1 200 26 Roger 7,598 0.641 2 445
27 Beverly 8,657 0.733 -2 -44 27 Billy 7,596 0.640 -3 126
28 Frances 8,619 0.730 -2 41 28 Joe 7,222 0.609 -1 33
29 Jean 8,066 0.683 3 777 29 Jack 7,046 0.594 -3 -261
30 Gloria 8,025 0.679 6 2,086 30 Bobby 6,882 0.580 -1 -176
31 Doris 7,767 0.658 -2 82 31 Henry 6,819 0.575 0 260
32 Alice 7,602 0.644 -1 234 32 Carl 6,754 0.569 -2 160
33 Phyllis 7,416 0.628 -3 -174 33 Arthur 6,508 0.549 -1 127
34 Karen 7,283 0.617 5 1,741 34 Daniel 6,221 0.525 4 425
35 Ann 7,195 0.609 -2 645 35 Willie 6,173 0.520 -2 -132
36 Susan 6,755 0.572 8 1,868 36 Lawrence 6,171 0.520 0 289
37 Peggy 6,127 0.519 -3 78 37 Ralph 5,835 0.492 -2 -122
38 Lois 6,126 0.519 -3 93 38 Eugene 5,798 0.489 -1 -77
39 Bonnie 5,958 0.504 22 2,071 39 Wayne 5,726 0.483 0 73
40 Kathleen 5,697 0.482 8 1,041 40 Fred 5,585 0.471 0 50
41 Marie 5,542 0.469 -4 -347 41 Albert 5,571 0.470 0 94
42 Brenda 5,441 0.461 44 2,685 42 Roy 5,565 0.469 0 411
43 Norma 5,334 0.452 -5 -493 43 Peter 5,048 0.426 3 407
44 Rose 5,198 0.440 -2 158 44 Jimmy 4,961 0.418 -1 209
45 Diane 5,173 0.438 6 834 45 Howard 4,825 0.407 3 217
46 Geraldine 5,152 0.436 -5 -7 46 Anthony 4,766 0.402 1 157
47 Jane 5,090 0.431 -1 320 47 Harry 4,678 0.394 -2 15
48 Evelyn 4,984 0.422 -8 -345 48 Norman 4,575 0.386 -4 -166
49 Carole 4,789 0.405 -2 110 49 Stephen 4,422 0.373 16 1,246
50 Elaine 4,782 0.405 -5 -3 50 Louis 4,324 0.365 -1 100

 

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.