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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 67,467 4.183 0 8,184 1 James 87,436 5.298 0 12,987
2 Linda 52,710 3.268 0 11,248 2 Robert 84,138 5.099 0 14,201
3 Patricia 46,296 2.870 1 10,457 3 John 79,261 4.803 0 13,148
4 Barbara 45,122 2.798 -1 6,846 4 William 60,038 3.638 0 9,825
5 Carol 34,284 2.126 0 3,897 5 Richard 58,868 3.567 0 12,825
6 Sandra 31,692 1.965 0 6,991 6 David 46,439 2.814 0 9,341
7 Nancy 28,344 1.757 0 6,888 7 Michael 41,181 2.495 2 11,282
8 Susan 28,267 1.753 2 9,045 8 Thomas 38,867 2.355 0 6,998
9 Sharon 27,824 1.725 -1 6,990 9 Charles 38,203 2.315 -2 5,741
10 Judith 22,308 1.383 -1 2,119 10 Ronald 31,855 1.930 0 8,192
11 Judy 20,479 1.270 2 3,477 11 Larry 28,446 1.724 0 5,624
12 Carolyn 19,900 1.234 0 2,656 12 Gary 26,924 1.632 1 5,580
13 Donna 19,769 1.226 4 4,372 13 Donald 26,262 1.591 -1 4,127
14 Betty 19,712 1.222 -3 1,323 14 Joseph 24,280 1.471 0 3,465
15 Karen 19,646 1.218 1 3,968 15 Kenneth 22,037 1.335 1 3,944
16 Kathleen 18,759 1.163 3 4,958 16 George 21,574 1.307 -1 2,256
17 Margaret 18,132 1.124 -2 2,449 17 Dennis 21,441 1.299 2 6,451
18 Shirley 17,869 1.108 -4 1,720 18 Paul 21,059 1.276 -1 4,067
19 Diane 15,832 0.982 3 3,608 19 Edward 18,579 1.126 -1 2,711
20 Joyce 15,211 0.943 -2 1,260 20 Jerry 17,562 1.064 0 2,861
21 Janet 14,143 0.877 0 1,817 21 Daniel 12,868 0.780 3 3,163
22 Janice 14,037 0.870 2 3,254 22 Frank 12,664 0.767 -1 1,793
23 Dorothy 12,797 0.793 -3 471 23 Roger 12,411 0.752 -1 1,840
24 Brenda 12,689 0.787 5 3,484 24 Stephen 11,836 0.717 2 3,197
25 Elizabeth 11,753 0.729 1 1,415 25 Raymond 11,284 0.684 -2 1,429
26 Gloria 11,687 0.725 -3 651 26 Terry 10,676 0.647 7 3,843
27 Cheryl 11,526 0.715 5 3,376 27 Gerald 10,027 0.608 -2 1,169
28 Joan 11,219 0.696 -3 824 28 Steven 8,877 0.538 15 2,902
29 Marilyn 10,711 0.664 -2 1,177 29 Wayne 8,808 0.534 6 2,071
30 Beverly 10,430 0.647 7 2,811 30 Walter 8,665 0.525 -3 1,090
31 Virginia 10,016 0.621 -3 775 31 Lawrence 8,515 0.516 -1 1,350
32 Martha 9,761 0.605 -2 1,012 32 Bruce 8,457 0.512 16 2,844
33 Bonnie 9,508 0.590 2 1,763 33 Harold 8,370 0.507 -5 846
34 Pamela 9,366 0.581 8 3,197 34 Douglas 8,333 0.505 -5 940
35 Jane 8,971 0.556 1 1,332 35 Jack 7,801 0.473 -3 948
36 Helen 8,851 0.549 -5 550 36 Arthur 7,537 0.457 -2 737
37 Jean 8,555 0.530 1 1,128 37 Joe 7,535 0.457 -1 908
38 Ruth 8,473 0.525 -5 429 38 Peter 7,481 0.453 0 997
39 Frances 8,450 0.524 -5 510 39 Carl 7,381 0.447 0 1,068
40 Ann 8,077 0.501 -1 1,040 40 Willie 7,333 0.444 -9 306
41 Phyllis 8,046 0.499 -1 1,516 41 Henry 7,314 0.443 -4 711
42 Diana 7,544 0.468 1 1,497 42 Jimmy 7,128 0.432 -1 973
43 Peggy 7,398 0.459 2 1,559 43 Roy 6,917 0.419 -3 735
44 Alice 7,364 0.457 -3 1,006 44 Anthony 6,772 0.410 2 1,087
45 Connie 7,216 0.447 2 1,878 45 Billy 6,715 0.407 -3 697
46 Cynthia 6,894 0.427 44 3,768 46 Danny 6,651 0.403 10 2,476
47 Elaine 6,801 0.422 -3 913 47 Johnny 6,605 0.400 -2 903
48 Catherine 6,366 0.395 2 1,336 48 Ralph 6,587 0.399 -4 802
49 Gail 6,228 0.386 3 1,397 49 Alan 6,489 0.393 3 1,417
50 Christine 6,203 0.385 12 2,125 50 Harry 6,028 0.365 -3 375

 

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.