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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1946

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1946 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 67,468 4.183 -125 -65,087 1 James 87,431 5.298 -3 -73,199
2 Linda 52,711 3.268 -706 -52,307 2 Robert 84,134 5.098 -63 -78,627
3 Patricia 46,296 2.870 -886 -45,994 3 John 79,261 4.803 -24 -69,827
4 Barbara 45,123 2.798 -904 -44,831 4 William 60,039 3.638 1 -45,135
5 Carol 34,284 2.126 -1,809 -34,171 5 Richard 58,865 3.567 -170 -56,596
6 Sandra 31,692 1.965 -888 -31,393 6 David 46,437 2.814 -17 -36,313
7 Nancy 28,344 1.757 -871 -28,036 7 Michael 41,179 2.495 -5 -28,600
8 Susan 28,266 1.753 -955 -27,994 8 Thomas 38,868 2.355 -40 -31,737
9 Sharon 27,823 1.725 -1,040 -27,580 9 Charles 38,200 2.315 -40 -31,070
10 Judith 22,307 1.383 -836 -21,988 10 Ronald 31,853 1.930 -450 -31,198
11 Judy 20,479 1.270 -1,600 -20,345 11 Larry 28,445 1.724 -618 -28,034
12 Carolyn 19,900 1.234 -829 -19,579 12 Gary 26,922 1.631 -625 -26,519
13 Donna 19,769 1.226 -1,703 -19,646 13 Donald 26,260 1.591 -475 -25,666
14 Betty 19,712 1.222 -1,306 -19,537 14 Joseph 24,279 1.471 -5 -13,919
15 Karen 19,645 1.218 -541 -19,093 15 Kenneth 22,035 1.335 -203 -20,284
16 Kathleen 18,760 1.163 -855 -18,450 16 George 21,572 1.307 -108 -18,421
17 Margaret 18,132 1.124 -115 -15,890 17 Dennis 21,442 1.299 -527 -20,932
18 Shirley 17,866 1.108 -1,253 -17,682 18 Paul 21,055 1.276 -207 -19,371
19 Diane 15,831 0.982 -2,211 -15,747 19 Edward 18,580 1.126 -150 -16,271
20 Joyce 15,211 0.943 -816 -14,888 20 Jerry 17,562 1.064 -536 -17,074
21 Janet 14,142 0.877 -1,340 -13,973 21 Daniel 12,867 0.780 6 -1,227
22 Janice 14,037 0.870 -1,471 -13,889 22 Frank 12,663 0.767 -351 -11,782
23 Dorothy 12,798 0.794 -578 -12,300 23 Roger 12,413 0.752 -602 -11,998
24 Brenda 12,689 0.787 -891 -12,399 24 Stephen 11,835 0.717 -247 -10,514
25 Elizabeth 11,752 0.729 12 -2,837 25 Raymond 11,287 0.684 -268 -10,095
26 Gloria 11,687 0.725 -535 -11,149 26 Terry 10,676 0.647 -666 -10,322
27 Cheryl 11,525 0.715 -2,929 -11,470 27 Gerald 10,026 0.608 -797 -9,757
28 Joan 11,219 0.696 -1,652 -11,092 28 Steven 8,878 0.538 -154 -6,730
29 Marilyn 10,711 0.664 -499 -10,131 29 Wayne 8,807 0.534 -787 -8,533
30 Beverly 10,430 0.647 -1,392 -10,271 30 Walter 8,664 0.525 -235 -7,311
31 Virginia 10,016 0.621 -483 -9,408 31 Lawrence 8,516 0.516 -465 -7,937
32 Martha 9,761 0.605 -718 -9,391 32 Bruce 8,457 0.512 -399 -7,743
33 Bonnie 9,507 0.589 -664 -9,095 33 Harold 8,369 0.507 -766 -8,084
34 Pamela 9,366 0.581 -1,428 -9,213 34 Douglas 8,332 0.505 -594 -7,921
35 Jane 8,972 0.556 -247 -7,824 35 Jack 7,801 0.473 0 618
36 Helen 8,851 0.549 -382 -8,093 36 Arthur 7,537 0.457 -208 -6,034
37 Jean 8,554 0.530 -2,421 -8,481 37 Joe 7,536 0.457 -647 -7,174
38 Ruth 8,472 0.525 -227 -7,278 38 Peter 7,482 0.453 -175 -5,705
39 Frances 8,450 0.524 -399 -7,727 39 Carl 7,380 0.447 -588 -6,969
40 Ann 8,077 0.501 -983 -7,826 40 Willie 7,332 0.444 -764 -7,051
41 Phyllis 8,047 0.499 -5,909 -8,026 41 Henry 7,315 0.443 23 3,091
42 Diana 7,542 0.468 -188 -6,184 42 Jimmy 7,128 0.432 -549 -6,672
43 Peggy 7,398 0.459 -5,551 -7,375 43 Roy 6,918 0.419 -494 -6,396
44 Alice 7,363 0.457 -26 -3,559 44 Anthony 6,771 0.410 12 2,031
45 Connie 7,216 0.447 -2,914 -7,161 45 Billy 6,715 0.407 -790 -6,452
46 Cynthia 6,893 0.427 -591 -6,433 46 Danny 6,650 0.403 -458 -6,078
47 Elaine 6,801 0.422 -541 -6,295 47 Johnny 6,605 0.400 -299 -5,641
48 Catherine 6,366 0.395 -150 -4,793 48 Ralph 6,587 0.399 -1,023 -6,403
49 Gail 6,228 0.386 -8,334 -6,215 49 Alan 6,490 0.393 -110 -4,054
50 Christine 6,203 0.385 -736 -5,857 50 Harry 6,027 0.365 -599 -5,630

 

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.