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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1947

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1947 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 Linda 99,686 5.484 -707 -99,282 1 James 94,756 5.102 -3 -80,524
2 Mary 71,688 3.944 -124 -69,307 2 Robert 91,642 4.934 -63 -86,135
3 Patricia 51,278 2.821 -886 -50,976 3 John 88,318 4.755 -24 -78,884
4 Barbara 48,791 2.684 -904 -48,499 4 William 66,986 3.606 1 -52,082
5 Sandra 34,774 1.913 -889 -34,475 5 Richard 58,516 3.150 -170 -56,247
6 Carol 33,538 1.845 -1,808 -33,425 6 David 57,804 3.112 -17 -47,680
7 Nancy 32,442 1.785 -871 -32,134 7 Michael 50,500 2.719 -5 -37,921
8 Susan 31,953 1.758 -955 -31,681 8 Thomas 44,833 2.414 -40 -37,702
9 Sharon 28,536 1.570 -1,040 -28,293 9 Charles 40,772 2.195 -40 -33,642
10 Donna 23,518 1.294 -1,706 -23,395 10 Larry 34,935 1.881 -619 -34,524
11 Kathleen 22,097 1.216 -860 -21,787 11 Ronald 34,884 1.878 -449 -34,229
12 Judith 21,998 1.210 -834 -21,679 12 Gary 30,028 1.617 -625 -29,625
13 Karen 21,645 1.191 -543 -21,093 13 Donald 28,255 1.521 -475 -27,661
14 Judy 21,034 1.157 -1,597 -20,900 14 Joseph 27,513 1.481 -5 -17,153
15 Carolyn 20,743 1.141 -826 -20,422 15 Kenneth 24,578 1.323 -203 -22,827
16 Margaret 20,103 1.106 -116 -17,861 16 George 23,919 1.288 -108 -20,768
17 Betty 18,963 1.043 -1,303 -18,788 17 Dennis 23,684 1.275 -527 -23,174
18 Diane 17,774 0.978 -2,212 -17,690 18 Paul 22,795 1.227 -207 -21,111
19 Shirley 17,650 0.971 -1,252 -17,466 19 Edward 20,544 1.106 -150 -18,235
20 Joyce 15,910 0.875 -816 -15,587 20 Jerry 18,792 1.012 -536 -18,304
21 Brenda 15,827 0.871 -894 -15,537 21 Stephen 15,326 0.825 -250 -14,005
22 Janice 15,408 0.848 -1,471 -15,260 22 Daniel 15,188 0.818 7 -3,548
23 Janet 15,235 0.838 -1,338 -15,066 23 Frank 13,997 0.754 -350 -13,116
24 Cheryl 13,890 0.764 -2,932 -13,835 24 Steven 13,533 0.729 -158 -11,385
25 Elizabeth 13,441 0.739 12 -4,526 25 Roger 12,758 0.687 -600 -12,343
26 Dorothy 12,750 0.701 -575 -12,252 26 Terry 12,751 0.687 -666 -12,397
27 Gloria 12,626 0.695 -534 -12,088 27 Raymond 12,354 0.665 -266 -11,162
28 Pamela 12,400 0.682 -1,434 -12,247 28 Gerald 10,750 0.579 -796 -10,481
29 Marilyn 11,880 0.654 -499 -11,300 29 Bruce 10,526 0.567 -402 -9,812
30 Joan 11,273 0.620 -1,650 -11,146 30 Wayne 10,169 0.547 -786 -9,895
31 Beverly 11,207 0.617 -1,391 -11,048 31 Douglas 9,896 0.533 -597 -9,485
32 Martha 10,652 0.586 -718 -10,282 32 Lawrence 9,579 0.516 -464 -9,000
33 Cynthia 10,530 0.579 -604 -10,070 33 Gregory 9,324 0.502 -342 -8,443
34 Virginia 10,405 0.572 -480 -9,797 34 Walter 9,213 0.496 -231 -7,860
35 Bonnie 10,216 0.562 -662 -9,804 35 Harold 8,902 0.479 -764 -8,617
36 Jane 9,942 0.547 -246 -8,794 36 Peter 8,591 0.463 -177 -6,814
37 Phyllis 9,184 0.505 -5,913 -9,163 37 Jack 8,509 0.458 2 -90
38 Helen 8,979 0.494 -380 -8,221 38 Arthur 8,253 0.444 -206 -6,750
39 Jean 8,942 0.492 -2,419 -8,869 39 Danny 8,066 0.434 -465 -7,494
40 Frances 8,941 0.492 -398 -8,218 40 Carl 8,048 0.433 -587 -7,637
41 Ann 8,893 0.489 -982 -8,642 41 Anthony 8,012 0.431 9 790
42 Peggy 8,877 0.488 -5,552 -8,854 42 Willie 7,997 0.431 -762 -7,716
43 Connie 8,642 0.475 -2,916 -8,587 43 Joe 7,900 0.425 -641 -7,538
44 Ruth 8,481 0.467 -221 -7,287 44 Jimmy 7,877 0.424 -547 -7,421
45 Christine 8,376 0.461 -741 -8,030 45 Alan 7,823 0.421 -114 -5,387
46 Catherine 7,889 0.434 -152 -6,316 46 Henry 7,807 0.420 28 2,599
47 Alice 7,847 0.432 -23 -4,043 47 Mark 7,773 0.418 -156 -5,837
48 Diana 7,622 0.419 -182 -6,264 48 Roy 7,562 0.407 -489 -7,040
49 Gail 7,240 0.398 -8,334 -7,227 49 Johnny 7,444 0.401 -297 -6,480
50 Elaine 7,063 0.389 -538 -6,557 50 Ralph 7,388 0.398 -1,021 -7,204

 

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.