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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1940

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1940 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 56,203 4.758 -125 -53,876 1 James 62,473 5.267 -3 -48,948
2 Barbara 36,734 3.110 -928 -36,449 2 Robert 61,196 5.160 -69 -56,056
3 Patricia 32,664 2.765 -910 -32,371 3 John 54,779 4.619 -24 -45,660
4 Judith 22,382 1.895 -846 -22,064 4 William 44,768 3.775 1 -30,252
5 Betty 22,074 1.869 -1,123 -21,859 5 Richard 37,415 3.155 -183 -35,296
6 Carol 21,761 1.842 -1,782 -21,648 6 Charles 31,684 2.671 -46 -25,080
7 Nancy 19,732 1.670 -832 -19,410 7 David 27,687 2.334 -15 -17,990
8 Linda 18,369 1.555 -718 -17,980 8 Thomas 23,987 2.022 -41 -17,208
9 Shirley 17,878 1.513 -1,455 -17,728 9 Donald 23,106 1.948 -517 -22,573
10 Sandra 16,150 1.367 -965 -15,881 10 Ronald 20,730 1.748 -483 -20,152
11 Margaret 15,058 1.275 -116 -12,746 11 George 18,309 1.544 -116 -15,250
12 Dorothy 14,875 1.259 -574 -14,358 12 Joseph 18,207 1.535 -11 -8,652
13 Joyce 14,802 1.253 -934 -14,524 13 Larry 17,200 1.450 -693 -16,861
14 Joan 13,286 1.125 -1,713 -13,168 14 Jerry 15,200 1.282 -587 -14,749
15 Carolyn 12,654 1.071 -845 -12,342 15 Kenneth 15,134 1.276 -211 -13,479
16 Judy 11,384 0.964 -1,517 -11,243 16 Edward 14,400 1.214 -153 -12,132
17 Sharon 11,118 0.941 -1,110 -10,902 17 Paul 14,101 1.189 -217 -12,476
18 Helen 10,200 0.863 -395 -9,455 18 Michael 13,228 1.115 4 -1,608
19 Janet 10,104 0.855 -1,393 -9,947 19 Gary 12,571 1.060 -655 -12,204
20 Elizabeth 9,952 0.842 7 -1,439 20 Frank 10,595 0.893 -372 -9,792
21 Virginia 9,554 0.809 -519 -8,976 21 Gerald 10,239 0.863 -873 -9,998
22 Janice 9,315 0.789 -1,411 -9,162 22 Raymond 9,568 0.807 -277 -8,419
23 Donna 9,231 0.781 -1,544 -9,094 23 Harold 8,078 0.681 -774 -7,797
24 Ruth 8,885 0.752 -241 -7,651 24 Dennis 7,845 0.661 -532 -7,352
25 Marilyn 8,701 0.737 -585 -8,207 25 Walter 7,724 0.651 -246 -6,421
26 Martha 8,692 0.736 -771 -8,351 26 Roger 7,598 0.641 -610 -7,187
27 Beverly 8,657 0.733 -1,266 -8,482 27 Billy 7,596 0.640 -818 -7,336
28 Frances 8,619 0.730 -417 -7,904 28 Joe 7,222 0.609 -667 -6,877
29 Jean 8,066 0.683 -2,364 -7,991 29 Jack 7,046 0.594 1 1,788
30 Gloria 8,025 0.679 -554 -7,504 30 Bobby 6,882 0.580 -794 -6,614
31 Doris 7,767 0.658 -1,783 -7,656 31 Henry 6,819 0.575 15 3,830
32 Alice 7,602 0.644 -39 -3,959 32 Carl 6,754 0.569 -668 -6,412
33 Phyllis 7,416 0.628 -6,942 -7,399 33 Arthur 6,508 0.549 -197 -4,866
34 Karen 7,283 0.617 -601 -6,815 34 Daniel 6,221 0.525 19 4,952
35 Ann 7,195 0.609 -948 -6,928 35 Willie 6,173 0.520 -899 -5,949
36 Susan 6,755 0.572 -1,043 -6,521 36 Lawrence 6,171 0.520 -462 -5,598
37 Peggy 6,127 0.519 -5,517 -6,104 37 Ralph 5,835 0.492 -914 -5,618
38 Lois 6,126 0.519 -1,655 -6,004 38 Eugene 5,798 0.489 -824 -5,546
39 Bonnie 5,958 0.504 -652 -5,541 39 Wayne 5,726 0.483 -734 -5,427
40 Kathleen 5,697 0.482 -854 -5,396 40 Fred 5,585 0.471 -1,610 -5,488
41 Marie 5,542 0.469 -535 -5,012 41 Albert 5,571 0.470 -411 -4,914
42 Brenda 5,441 0.461 -970 -5,186 42 Roy 5,565 0.469 -500 -5,051
43 Norma 5,334 0.452 -2,228 -5,254 43 Peter 5,048 0.426 -168 -3,236
44 Rose 5,198 0.440 -79 -2,766 44 Jimmy 4,961 0.418 -609 -4,571
45 Diane 5,173 0.438 -2,428 -5,102 45 Howard 4,825 0.407 -923 -4,612
46 Geraldine 5,152 0.436 -1,673 -5,033 46 Anthony 4,766 0.402 8 3,237
47 Jane 5,090 0.431 -244 -3,967 47 Harry 4,678 0.394 -573 -4,251
48 Evelyn 4,984 0.422 38 5,392 48 Norman 4,575 0.386 -1,176 -4,424
49 Carole 4,789 0.405 -9,843 -4,779 49 Stephen 4,422 0.373 -235 -3,186
50 Elaine 4,782 0.405 -584 -4,314 50 Louis 4,324 0.365 -213 -2,956

 

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.