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Top 100 Most Popular U.S. Baby Names Of 1948

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1948 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 96,211 5.521 -725 -95,822 1 James 88,584 4.969 -3 -75,059
2 Mary 68,597 3.937 -124 -66,270 2 Robert 85,475 4.795 -69 -80,335
3 Barbara 46,826 2.687 -927 -46,541 3 John 82,829 4.646 -24 -73,710
4 Patricia 46,136 2.648 -909 -45,843 4 William 61,965 3.476 1 -47,449
5 Susan 35,985 2.065 -1,074 -35,751 5 David 56,623 3.176 -17 -46,926
6 Sandra 31,060 1.782 -969 -30,791 6 Michael 52,564 2.949 -8 -40,944
7 Nancy 29,411 1.688 -832 -29,089 7 Richard 50,970 2.859 -181 -48,851
8 Carol 28,979 1.663 -1,780 -28,866 8 Thomas 43,778 2.456 -41 -36,999
9 Sharon 26,142 1.500 -1,118 -25,926 9 Charles 38,676 2.170 -43 -32,072
10 Kathleen 23,256 1.335 -884 -22,955 10 Ronald 33,518 1.880 -483 -32,940
11 Donna 22,031 1.264 -1,556 -21,894 11 Larry 33,431 1.875 -695 -33,092
12 Karen 21,996 1.262 -623 -21,528 12 Gary 28,394 1.593 -662 -28,027
13 Margaret 18,874 1.083 -114 -16,562 13 Joseph 26,805 1.504 -10 -17,250
14 Carolyn 18,619 1.068 -846 -18,307 14 Donald 26,443 1.483 -512 -25,910
15 Judith 17,788 1.021 -835 -17,470 15 Kenneth 23,551 1.321 -211 -21,896
16 Judy 17,702 1.016 -1,517 -17,561 16 George 21,923 1.230 -111 -18,864
17 Brenda 17,696 1.016 -995 -17,441 17 Dennis 21,758 1.221 -539 -21,265
18 Betty 16,622 0.954 -1,110 -16,407 18 Paul 21,250 1.192 -216 -19,625
19 Diane 16,607 0.953 -2,454 -16,536 19 Edward 18,977 1.065 -150 -16,709
20 Shirley 16,126 0.925 -1,444 -15,976 20 Stephen 17,059 0.957 -264 -15,823
21 Joyce 14,381 0.825 -926 -14,103 21 Jerry 16,807 0.943 -580 -16,356
22 Pamela 14,278 0.819 -1,562 -14,143 22 Daniel 16,507 0.926 7 -5,334
23 Janice 14,161 0.813 -1,410 -14,008 23 Steven 15,981 0.896 -175 -13,959
24 Janet 13,978 0.802 -1,388 -13,821 24 Roger 12,817 0.719 -612 -12,406
25 Cheryl 13,222 0.759 -2,873 -13,165 25 Frank 12,693 0.712 -367 -11,890
26 Elizabeth 13,212 0.758 13 -4,699 26 Terry 12,134 0.681 -731 -11,825
27 Cynthia 12,241 0.702 -666 -11,825 27 Raymond 11,613 0.651 -272 -10,464
28 Gloria 11,688 0.671 -556 -11,167 28 Bruce 11,065 0.621 -450 -10,458
29 Dorothy 11,324 0.650 -557 -10,807 29 Mark 10,265 0.576 -181 -8,406
30 Deborah 11,244 0.645 -749 -10,897 30 Gerald 9,844 0.552 -864 -9,603
31 Beverly 10,796 0.620 -1,262 -10,621 31 Lawrence 9,764 0.548 -467 -9,191
32 Martha 10,006 0.574 -765 -9,665 32 Gregory 9,723 0.545 -376 -8,945
33 Marilyn 9,935 0.570 -577 -9,441 33 Douglas 9,469 0.531 -639 -9,098
34 Bonnie 9,817 0.563 -657 -9,400 34 Wayne 8,681 0.487 -739 -8,382
35 Christine 9,679 0.555 -891 -9,392 35 Walter 8,626 0.484 -236 -7,323
36 Virginia 9,298 0.534 -504 -8,720 36 Harold 8,143 0.457 -761 -7,862
37 Joan 9,272 0.532 -1,690 -9,154 37 Peter 8,050 0.452 -174 -6,238
38 Peggy 9,088 0.522 -5,516 -9,065 38 Timothy 8,040 0.451 -127 -5,710
39 Jane 8,780 0.504 -252 -7,657 39 Danny 8,004 0.449 -501 -7,488
40 Helen 8,302 0.476 -373 -7,557 40 Willie 7,969 0.447 -894 -7,745
41 Catherine 8,245 0.473 -163 -6,747 41 Anthony 7,880 0.442 3 123
42 Frances 8,177 0.469 -403 -7,462 42 Carl 7,830 0.439 -658 -7,488
43 Connie 8,055 0.462 -2,387 -7,982 43 Jack 7,612 0.427 15 1,222
44 Ann 8,025 0.461 -939 -7,758 44 Arthur 7,582 0.425 -186 -5,940
45 Ruth 7,904 0.454 -220 -6,670 45 Henry 7,421 0.416 29 3,228
46 Phyllis 7,876 0.452 -6,929 -7,859 46 Alan 7,394 0.415 -126 -5,150
47 Jean 7,773 0.446 -2,346 -7,698 47 Joe 7,289 0.409 -648 -6,944
48 Diana 7,703 0.442 -136 -6,098 48 Patrick 7,190 0.403 -141 -5,079
49 Alice 6,981 0.401 -22 -3,338 49 Roy 7,065 0.396 -493 -6,551
50 Rebecca 6,795 0.390 -164 -5,353 50 Jimmy 6,924 0.388 -603 -6,534

 

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.