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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 56,201 4.758 -125 -53,820 1 James 62,471 5.267 -3 -48,239
2 Barbara 36,733 3.110 -906 -36,441 2 Robert 61,195 5.160 -63 -55,688
3 Patricia 32,662 2.765 -886 -32,360 3 John 54,777 4.619 -24 -45,343
4 Judith 22,380 1.895 -842 -22,061 4 William 44,770 3.775 1 -29,866
5 Betty 22,074 1.869 -1,315 -21,899 5 Richard 37,416 3.155 -170 -35,147
6 Carol 21,761 1.842 -1,808 -21,648 6 Charles 31,685 2.672 -43 -24,555
7 Nancy 19,732 1.670 -871 -19,424 7 David 27,684 2.334 -16 -17,560
8 Linda 18,368 1.555 -700 -17,964 8 Thomas 23,987 2.022 -40 -16,856
9 Shirley 17,878 1.513 -1,262 -17,694 9 Donald 23,104 1.948 -479 -22,510
10 Sandra 16,150 1.367 -884 -15,851 10 Ronald 20,729 1.748 -450 -20,074
11 Margaret 15,058 1.275 -121 -12,816 11 George 18,308 1.544 -113 -15,157
12 Dorothy 14,877 1.259 -589 -14,379 12 Joseph 18,205 1.535 -7 -7,845
13 Joyce 14,800 1.253 -823 -14,477 13 Larry 17,200 1.450 -616 -16,789
14 Joan 13,287 1.125 -1,666 -13,160 14 Jerry 15,200 1.282 -542 -14,712
15 Carolyn 12,657 1.071 -826 -12,336 15 Kenneth 15,134 1.276 -203 -13,383
16 Judy 11,382 0.964 -1,595 -11,248 16 Edward 14,401 1.214 -153 -12,092
17 Sharon 11,119 0.941 -1,032 -10,876 17 Paul 14,101 1.189 -208 -12,417
18 Helen 10,199 0.863 -400 -9,441 18 Michael 13,229 1.115 6 -650
19 Janet 10,104 0.855 -1,342 -9,935 19 Gary 12,571 1.060 -618 -12,168
20 Elizabeth 9,952 0.843 7 -1,037 20 Frank 10,595 0.893 -353 -9,714
21 Virginia 9,553 0.809 -493 -8,945 21 Gerald 10,241 0.863 -803 -9,972
22 Janice 9,315 0.789 -1,471 -9,167 22 Raymond 9,568 0.807 -271 -8,376
23 Donna 9,230 0.781 -1,693 -9,107 23 Harold 8,076 0.681 -776 -7,791
24 Ruth 8,886 0.752 -241 -7,692 24 Dennis 7,845 0.661 -520 -7,335
25 Marilyn 8,700 0.737 -503 -8,120 25 Walter 7,723 0.651 -240 -6,370
26 Martha 8,692 0.736 -724 -8,322 26 Roger 7,598 0.641 -599 -7,183
27 Beverly 8,656 0.733 -1,395 -8,497 27 Billy 7,596 0.640 -808 -7,333
28 Frances 8,618 0.730 -410 -7,895 28 Joe 7,221 0.609 -656 -6,859
29 Jean 8,066 0.683 -2,429 -7,993 29 Jack 7,046 0.594 -6 1,373
30 Gloria 8,025 0.679 -531 -7,487 30 Bobby 6,882 0.580 -757 -6,587
31 Doris 7,765 0.657 -2,058 -7,673 31 Henry 6,820 0.575 13 3,586
32 Alice 7,602 0.644 -38 -3,798 32 Carl 6,755 0.570 -595 -6,344
33 Phyllis 7,416 0.628 -5,917 -7,395 33 Arthur 6,508 0.549 -211 -5,005
34 Karen 7,283 0.617 -522 -6,731 34 Daniel 6,220 0.524 19 5,420
35 Ann 7,194 0.609 -988 -6,943 35 Willie 6,172 0.520 -769 -5,891
36 Susan 6,755 0.572 -927 -6,483 36 Lawrence 6,171 0.520 -460 -5,592
37 Peggy 6,128 0.519 -5,557 -6,105 37 Ralph 5,835 0.492 -1,034 -5,651
38 Lois 6,125 0.519 -1,583 -5,992 38 Eugene 5,799 0.489 -776 -5,525
39 Bonnie 5,958 0.504 -658 -5,546 39 Wayne 5,726 0.483 -777 -5,452
40 Kathleen 5,697 0.482 -831 -5,387 40 Fred 5,586 0.471 -1,519 -5,482
41 Marie 5,542 0.469 -610 -5,089 41 Albert 5,572 0.470 -389 -4,858
42 Brenda 5,441 0.461 -873 -5,151 42 Roy 5,564 0.469 -495 -5,042
43 Norma 5,334 0.452 -2,282 -5,255 43 Peter 5,049 0.426 -170 -3,272
44 Rose 5,198 0.440 -97 -3,139 44 Jimmy 4,962 0.418 -547 -4,506
45 Diane 5,172 0.438 -2,185 -5,088 45 Howard 4,824 0.407 -954 -4,623
46 Geraldine 5,152 0.436 -1,583 -5,020 46 Anthony 4,766 0.402 14 4,036
47 Jane 5,089 0.431 -235 -3,941 47 Harry 4,678 0.394 -602 -4,281
48 Evelyn 4,983 0.422 39 5,692 48 Norman 4,576 0.386 -1,072 -4,406
49 Carole 4,788 0.405 -11,731 -4,780 49 Stephen 4,423 0.373 -222 -3,102
50 Elaine 4,782 0.405 -538 -4,276 50 Louis 4,325 0.365 -227 -3,035

 

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.