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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 63,254 4.549 0 5,214 1 James 77,176 5.481 0 10,440
2 Barbara 44,734 3.217 0 5,196 2 Robert 71,838 5.102 0 7,605
3 Patricia 39,456 2.838 0 2,555 3 John 66,027 4.689 0 8,512
4 Linda 31,611 2.273 1 7,890 4 William 54,884 3.898 0 7,095
5 Carol 30,273 2.177 -1 6,092 5 Richard 43,585 3.095 0 4,479
6 Sandra 24,993 1.798 3 5,495 6 David 35,894 2.549 1 5,343
7 Judith 24,792 1.783 -1 1,476 7 Charles 35,843 2.545 -1 3,111
8 Nancy 23,325 1.678 0 2,444 8 Thomas 31,098 2.208 0 4,455
9 Betty 21,653 1.557 -2 748 9 Ronald 27,134 1.927 0 2,735
10 Carolyn 19,979 1.437 1 3,706 10 Donald 23,951 1.701 0 1,318
11 Sharon 19,647 1.413 4 5,376 11 Joseph 22,421 1.592 1 2,618
12 Shirley 17,745 1.276 -2 792 12 Larry 22,098 1.569 -1 1,968
13 Joyce 16,727 1.203 0 1,046 13 Michael 21,726 1.543 3 5,795
14 Margaret 16,550 1.190 -2 852 14 George 21,272 1.511 -1 2,012
15 Judy 15,668 1.127 1 1,702 15 Kenneth 18,205 1.293 0 2,069
16 Karen 15,386 1.107 3 4,556 16 Jerry 17,481 1.241 -2 676
17 Dorothy 15,032 1.081 -3 467 17 Edward 17,468 1.241 0 1,889
18 Joan 14,514 1.044 -1 1,131 18 Gary 17,067 1.212 1 2,501
19 Janet 13,060 0.939 -1 1,923 19 Paul 16,486 1.171 -1 1,325
20 Donna 12,985 0.934 0 2,539 20 Dennis 13,282 0.943 3 3,722
21 Susan 12,016 0.864 6 3,128 21 Frank 12,244 0.870 0 1,451
22 Elizabeth 11,182 0.804 -1 913 22 Gerald 11,476 0.815 -2 534
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 1,163
25 Janice 10,283 0.740 -3 222 25 Roger 9,173 0.651 0 1,080
26 Helen 10,015 0.720 -2 125 26 Walter 8,677 0.616 0 930
27 Marilyn 9,906 0.712 3 1,351 27 Harold 8,582 0.609 -3 479
28 Diane 9,552 0.687 12 3,126 28 Daniel 8,505 0.604 3 1,454
29 Martha 9,509 0.684 -4 351 29 Arthur 8,027 0.570 4 1,289
30 Frances 9,471 0.681 1 1,003 30 Lawrence 7,639 0.543 4 987
31 Gloria 9,447 0.679 -5 441 31 Henry 7,563 0.537 -3 399
32 Beverly 9,408 0.677 -3 682 32 Stephen 7,501 0.533 9 1,694
33 Ruth 9,315 0.670 -5 452 33 Joe 7,383 0.524 -3 231
34 Bonnie 8,822 0.634 -1 1,063 34 Jack 7,360 0.523 -2 410
35 Carole 8,409 0.605 13 3,445 35 Billy 7,309 0.519 -8 -350
36 Jean 8,255 0.594 -4 415 36 Carl 7,266 0.516 -7 106
37 Phyllis 7,791 0.560 -2 444 37 Willie 7,091 0.504 -1 560
38 Ann 7,666 0.551 -1 544 38 Ralph 6,635 0.471 0 597
39 Alice 7,378 0.531 -5 -68 39 Peter 6,586 0.468 5 975
40 Brenda 7,238 0.521 1 907 40 Albert 6,494 0.461 0 565
41 Doris 7,178 0.516 -3 101 41 Wayne 6,482 0.460 -4 374
42 Peggy 6,579 0.473 -3 20 42 Roy 6,307 0.448 -3 361
43 Marie 6,556 0.472 -1 405 43 Bobby 6,249 0.444 -8 -339
44 Lois 6,404 0.461 -1 298 44 Anthony 6,210 0.441 2 973
45 Elaine 5,984 0.430 -1 607 45 Eugene 6,090 0.432 -3 336
46 Jane 5,708 0.411 0 619 46 Fred 6,087 0.432 -3 468
47 Geraldine 5,437 0.391 -2 210 47 Jimmy 5,949 0.422 -2 616
48 Joanne 5,342 0.384 6 677 48 Harry 5,628 0.400 0 571
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 1,084

 

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.