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Top 1000 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1947

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1947 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 Linda 99,689 5.484 1 46,979 1 James 94,757 5.102 0 7,321
2 Mary 71,687 3.944 -1 4,220 2 Robert 91,640 4.934 0 7,502
3 Patricia 51,279 2.821 0 4,983 3 John 88,319 4.755 0 9,058
4 Barbara 48,792 2.684 0 3,670 4 William 66,989 3.607 0 6,951
5 Sandra 34,775 1.913 1 3,083 5 Richard 58,521 3.151 0 -347
6 Carol 33,539 1.845 -1 -745 6 David 57,806 3.112 0 11,367
7 Nancy 32,444 1.785 0 4,100 7 Michael 50,501 2.719 0 9,320
8 Susan 31,954 1.758 0 3,687 8 Thomas 44,835 2.414 0 5,968
9 Sharon 28,535 1.570 0 711 9 Charles 40,770 2.195 0 2,567
10 Donna 23,519 1.294 3 3,750 10 Larry 34,938 1.881 1 6,492
11 Kathleen 22,097 1.216 5 3,338 11 Ronald 34,887 1.878 -1 3,032
12 Judith 21,997 1.210 -2 -311 12 Gary 30,030 1.617 0 3,106
13 Karen 21,648 1.191 2 2,002 13 Donald 28,257 1.521 0 1,995
14 Judy 21,034 1.157 -3 555 14 Joseph 27,514 1.481 0 3,234
15 Carolyn 20,743 1.141 -3 843 15 Kenneth 24,578 1.323 0 2,541
16 Margaret 20,100 1.106 1 1,968 16 George 23,918 1.288 0 2,344
17 Betty 18,962 1.043 -3 -750 17 Dennis 23,684 1.275 0 2,243
18 Diane 17,774 0.978 1 1,942 18 Paul 22,792 1.227 0 1,733
19 Shirley 17,648 0.971 -1 -221 19 Edward 20,544 1.106 0 1,965
20 Joyce 15,909 0.875 0 698 20 Jerry 18,790 1.012 0 1,228
21 Brenda 15,827 0.871 3 3,138 21 Stephen 15,326 0.825 3 3,490
22 Janice 15,408 0.848 0 1,371 22 Daniel 15,190 0.818 -1 2,322
23 Janet 15,234 0.838 -2 1,091 23 Frank 13,998 0.754 -1 1,334
24 Cheryl 13,891 0.764 3 2,365 24 Steven 13,532 0.729 4 4,655
25 Elizabeth 13,439 0.739 0 1,686 25 Roger 12,759 0.687 -2 348
26 Dorothy 12,749 0.701 -3 -48 26 Terry 12,752 0.687 0 2,076
27 Gloria 12,626 0.695 -1 939 27 Raymond 12,353 0.665 -2 1,069
28 Pamela 12,400 0.682 6 3,034 28 Gerald 10,750 0.579 -1 723
29 Marilyn 11,880 0.654 0 1,169 29 Bruce 10,525 0.567 3 2,068
30 Joan 11,273 0.620 -2 54 30 Wayne 10,168 0.547 -1 1,360
31 Beverly 11,206 0.616 -1 776 31 Douglas 9,896 0.533 3 1,563
32 Martha 10,651 0.586 0 890 32 Lawrence 9,580 0.516 -1 1,065
33 Cynthia 10,531 0.579 13 3,637 33 Gregory 9,325 0.502 24 3,655
34 Virginia 10,406 0.572 -3 390 34 Walter 9,214 0.496 -4 549
35 Bonnie 10,217 0.562 -2 709 35 Harold 8,902 0.479 -2 532
36 Jane 9,942 0.547 -1 971 36 Peter 8,591 0.463 2 1,110
37 Phyllis 9,184 0.505 4 1,138 37 Jack 8,508 0.458 -2 707
38 Helen 8,978 0.494 -2 127 38 Arthur 8,252 0.444 -2 715
39 Frances 8,941 0.492 0 491 39 Danny 8,066 0.434 7 1,415
40 Jean 8,941 0.492 -3 386 40 Carl 8,048 0.433 -1 667
41 Ann 8,893 0.489 -1 816 41 Anthony 8,014 0.431 3 1,242
42 Peggy 8,876 0.488 1 1,478 42 Willie 7,997 0.431 -2 664
43 Connie 8,642 0.475 2 1,426 43 Joe 7,902 0.425 -6 367
44 Ruth 8,481 0.467 -6 8 44 Jimmy 7,877 0.424 -2 749
45 Christine 8,376 0.461 5 2,173 45 Alan 7,823 0.421 4 1,334
46 Catherine 7,889 0.434 2 1,523 46 Henry 7,809 0.420 -5 495
47 Alice 7,848 0.432 -3 484 47 Mark 7,771 0.418 11 2,441
48 Diana 7,621 0.419 -6 77 48 Roy 7,564 0.407 -5 647
49 Gail 7,240 0.398 0 1,012 49 Johnny 7,444 0.401 -2 839
50 Elaine 7,062 0.388 -3 261 50 Ralph 7,386 0.398 -2 799

 

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.