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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1942

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1942 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 63,249 4.549 -125 -60,868 1 James 77,173 5.481 -3 -62,941
2 Barbara 44,734 3.217 -906 -44,442 2 Robert 71,835 5.102 -63 -66,328
3 Patricia 39,454 2.838 -886 -39,152 3 John 66,027 4.689 -24 -56,593
4 Linda 31,611 2.274 -704 -31,207 4 William 54,879 3.897 1 -39,975
5 Carol 30,271 2.177 -1,809 -30,158 5 Richard 43,583 3.095 -170 -41,314
6 Sandra 24,993 1.798 -888 -24,694 6 David 35,891 2.549 -17 -25,767
7 Judith 24,790 1.783 -839 -24,471 7 Charles 35,845 2.546 -42 -28,715
8 Nancy 23,325 1.678 -870 -23,017 8 Thomas 31,099 2.209 -40 -23,968
9 Betty 21,654 1.557 -1,311 -21,479 9 Ronald 27,134 1.927 -451 -26,479
10 Carolyn 19,978 1.437 -831 -19,657 10 Donald 23,951 1.701 -478 -23,357
11 Sharon 19,647 1.413 -1,038 -19,404 11 Joseph 22,421 1.592 -8 -12,061
12 Shirley 17,745 1.276 -1,259 -17,561 12 Larry 22,098 1.569 -617 -21,687
13 Joyce 16,726 1.203 -823 -16,403 13 Michael 21,726 1.543 1 -9,147
14 Margaret 16,551 1.190 -118 -14,309 14 George 21,273 1.511 -110 -18,122
15 Judy 15,668 1.127 -1,596 -15,534 15 Kenneth 18,205 1.293 -203 -16,454
16 Karen 15,385 1.107 -540 -14,833 16 Jerry 17,480 1.241 -540 -16,992
17 Dorothy 15,032 1.081 -584 -14,534 17 Edward 17,465 1.240 -152 -15,156
18 Joan 14,513 1.044 -1,662 -14,386 18 Gary 17,067 1.212 -619 -16,664
19 Janet 13,060 0.939 -1,342 -12,891 19 Paul 16,486 1.171 -206 -14,802
20 Donna 12,985 0.934 -1,696 -12,862 20 Dennis 13,282 0.943 -524 -12,772
21 Susan 12,016 0.864 -942 -11,744 21 Frank 12,245 0.870 -352 -11,364
22 Elizabeth 11,182 0.804 9 -2,267 22 Gerald 11,477 0.815 -802 -11,208
23 Virginia 10,804 0.777 -491 -10,196 23 Douglas 11,231 0.798 -605 -10,820
24 Kathleen 10,694 0.769 -847 -10,384 24 Raymond 11,111 0.789 -269 -9,919
25 Janice 10,282 0.740 -1,468 -10,134 25 Roger 9,173 0.651 -600 -8,758
26 Helen 10,015 0.720 -392 -9,257 26 Walter 8,677 0.616 -239 -7,324
27 Marilyn 9,906 0.712 -501 -9,326 27 Harold 8,582 0.609 -772 -8,297
28 Diane 9,552 0.687 -2,202 -9,468 28 Daniel 8,506 0.604 13 3,134
29 Martha 9,510 0.684 -721 -9,140 29 Arthur 8,026 0.570 -215 -6,523
30 Frances 9,470 0.681 -408 -8,747 30 Lawrence 7,638 0.542 -466 -7,059
31 Gloria 9,446 0.679 -530 -8,908 31 Henry 7,563 0.537 13 2,843
32 Beverly 9,408 0.677 -1,390 -9,249 32 Stephen 7,503 0.533 -239 -6,182
33 Ruth 9,315 0.670 -232 -8,121 33 Joe 7,382 0.524 -651 -7,020
34 Bonnie 8,821 0.634 -663 -8,409 34 Jack 7,360 0.523 -1 1,059
35 Carole 8,409 0.605 -11,745 -8,401 35 Billy 7,307 0.519 -800 -7,044
36 Jean 8,254 0.594 -2,422 -8,181 36 Carl 7,266 0.516 -591 -6,855
37 Phyllis 7,791 0.560 -5,913 -7,770 37 Willie 7,091 0.504 -767 -6,810
38 Ann 7,667 0.551 -985 -7,416 38 Ralph 6,635 0.471 -1,033 -6,451
39 Alice 7,379 0.531 -31 -3,575 39 Peter 6,586 0.468 -174 -4,809
40 Brenda 7,238 0.521 -875 -6,948 40 Albert 6,494 0.461 -390 -5,780
41 Doris 7,178 0.516 -2,048 -7,086 41 Wayne 6,481 0.460 -775 -6,207
42 Peggy 6,578 0.473 -5,552 -6,555 42 Roy 6,304 0.448 -495 -5,782
43 Marie 6,556 0.472 -608 -6,103 43 Bobby 6,248 0.444 -744 -5,953
44 Lois 6,404 0.461 -1,577 -6,271 44 Anthony 6,210 0.441 12 2,592
45 Elaine 5,984 0.430 -543 -5,478 45 Eugene 6,090 0.433 -769 -5,816
46 Jane 5,707 0.410 -236 -4,559 46 Fred 6,087 0.432 -1,513 -5,983
47 Geraldine 5,436 0.391 -1,582 -5,304 47 Jimmy 5,948 0.422 -544 -5,492
48 Joanne 5,342 0.384 -1,809 -5,233 48 Harry 5,626 0.400 -601 -5,229
49 Catherine 5,267 0.379 -149 -3,694 49 Howard 5,567 0.395 -950 -5,366
50 Rose 5,251 0.378 -91 -3,192 50 Bruce 5,383 0.382 -381 -4,669

 

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.