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Top 1000 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1942

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1942 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 63,249 4.549 0 5,209 1 James 77,173 5.481 0 10,442
2 Barbara 44,734 3.217 0 5,197 2 Robert 71,835 5.102 0 7,602
3 Patricia 39,454 2.838 0 2,553 3 John 66,027 4.689 0 8,512
4 Linda 31,611 2.274 1 7,891 4 William 54,879 3.897 0 7,093
5 Carol 30,271 2.177 -1 6,090 5 Richard 43,583 3.095 0 4,479
6 Sandra 24,993 1.798 3 5,494 6 David 35,891 2.549 1 5,339
7 Judith 24,790 1.783 -1 1,473 7 Charles 35,845 2.546 -1 3,117
8 Nancy 23,325 1.678 0 2,443 8 Thomas 31,099 2.209 0 4,458
9 Betty 21,654 1.557 -2 752 9 Ronald 27,134 1.927 0 2,737
10 Carolyn 19,978 1.437 1 3,705 10 Donald 23,951 1.701 0 1,323
11 Sharon 19,647 1.413 4 5,377 11 Joseph 22,421 1.592 1 2,621
12 Shirley 17,745 1.276 -2 792 12 Larry 22,098 1.569 -1 1,968
13 Joyce 16,726 1.203 0 1,045 13 Michael 21,726 1.543 3 5,795
14 Margaret 16,551 1.190 -2 855 14 George 21,273 1.511 -1 2,013
15 Judy 15,668 1.127 1 1,702 15 Kenneth 18,205 1.293 0 2,072
16 Karen 15,385 1.107 3 4,555 16 Jerry 17,480 1.241 -2 675
17 Dorothy 15,032 1.081 -3 469 17 Edward 17,465 1.240 0 1,890
18 Joan 14,513 1.044 -1 1,131 18 Gary 17,067 1.212 1 2,501
19 Janet 13,060 0.939 -1 1,924 19 Paul 16,486 1.171 -1 1,324
20 Donna 12,985 0.934 0 2,539 20 Dennis 13,282 0.943 3 3,723
21 Susan 12,016 0.864 6 3,127 21 Frank 12,245 0.870 0 1,452
22 Elizabeth 11,182 0.804 -1 913 22 Gerald 11,477 0.815 -2 537
23 Virginia 10,804 0.777 0 761 23 Douglas 11,231 0.798 30 7,084
24 Kathleen 10,694 0.769 12 3,534 24 Raymond 11,111 0.789 -2 1,162
25 Janice 10,282 0.740 -3 222 25 Roger 9,173 0.651 0 1,080
26 Helen 10,015 0.720 -2 126 26 Walter 8,677 0.616 0 930
27 Marilyn 9,906 0.712 3 1,353 27 Harold 8,582 0.609 -3 480
28 Diane 9,552 0.687 12 3,127 28 Daniel 8,506 0.604 3 1,457
29 Martha 9,510 0.684 -4 351 29 Arthur 8,026 0.570 4 1,287
30 Frances 9,470 0.681 1 1,002 30 Lawrence 7,638 0.542 4 986
31 Gloria 9,446 0.679 -5 440 31 Henry 7,563 0.537 -3 400
32 Beverly 9,408 0.677 -3 682 32 Stephen 7,503 0.533 9 1,695
33 Ruth 9,315 0.670 -5 453 33 Joe 7,382 0.524 -3 232
34 Bonnie 8,821 0.634 -1 1,063 34 Jack 7,360 0.523 -2 410
35 Carole 8,409 0.605 13 3,445 35 Billy 7,307 0.519 -8 -354
36 Jean 8,254 0.594 -4 414 36 Carl 7,266 0.516 -7 106
37 Phyllis 7,791 0.560 -2 444 37 Willie 7,091 0.504 -1 561
38 Ann 7,667 0.551 -1 545 38 Ralph 6,635 0.471 0 598
39 Alice 7,379 0.531 -5 -67 39 Peter 6,586 0.468 5 975
40 Brenda 7,238 0.521 1 907 40 Albert 6,494 0.461 0 567
41 Doris 7,178 0.516 -3 101 41 Wayne 6,481 0.460 -4 373
42 Peggy 6,578 0.473 -3 19 42 Roy 6,304 0.448 -3 357
43 Marie 6,556 0.472 -1 405 43 Bobby 6,248 0.444 -8 -340
44 Lois 6,404 0.461 -1 298 44 Anthony 6,210 0.441 2 975
45 Elaine 5,984 0.430 -1 607 45 Eugene 6,090 0.433 -3 337
46 Jane 5,707 0.410 0 618 46 Fred 6,087 0.432 -3 470
47 Geraldine 5,436 0.391 -2 208 47 Jimmy 5,948 0.422 -2 617
48 Joanne 5,342 0.384 6 677 48 Harry 5,626 0.400 0 568
49 Catherine 5,267 0.379 2 383 49 Howard 5,567 0.395 -2 496
50 Rose 5,251 0.378 -1 302 50 Bruce 5,383 0.382 1 1,086

 

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.