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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 96,209 5.521 -707 -95,805 1 James 88,588 4.970 -3 -74,356
2 Mary 68,596 3.936 -124 -66,215 2 Robert 85,467 4.795 -63 -79,960
3 Barbara 46,827 2.687 -905 -46,535 3 John 82,830 4.647 -24 -73,396
4 Patricia 46,134 2.647 -885 -45,832 4 William 61,964 3.476 1 -47,060
5 Susan 35,985 2.065 -958 -35,713 5 David 56,616 3.176 -18 -46,492
6 Sandra 31,060 1.782 -888 -30,761 6 Michael 52,565 2.949 -6 -39,986
7 Nancy 29,411 1.688 -871 -29,103 7 Richard 50,970 2.859 -168 -48,701
8 Carol 28,979 1.663 -1,806 -28,866 8 Thomas 43,778 2.456 -40 -36,647
9 Sharon 26,141 1.500 -1,040 -25,898 9 Charles 38,677 2.170 -40 -31,547
10 Kathleen 23,258 1.335 -861 -22,948 10 Ronald 33,516 1.880 -450 -32,861
11 Donna 22,030 1.264 -1,705 -21,907 11 Larry 33,429 1.875 -618 -33,018
12 Karen 21,996 1.262 -544 -21,444 12 Gary 28,390 1.593 -625 -27,987
13 Margaret 18,872 1.083 -119 -16,630 13 Joseph 26,804 1.504 -6 -16,444
14 Carolyn 18,617 1.068 -827 -18,296 14 Donald 26,442 1.483 -474 -25,848
15 Judith 17,786 1.021 -831 -17,467 15 Kenneth 23,548 1.321 -203 -21,797
16 Judy 17,702 1.016 -1,595 -17,568 16 George 21,922 1.230 -108 -18,771
17 Brenda 17,695 1.015 -898 -17,405 17 Dennis 21,756 1.220 -527 -21,246
18 Betty 16,621 0.954 -1,302 -16,446 18 Paul 21,246 1.192 -207 -19,562
19 Diane 16,605 0.953 -2,211 -16,521 19 Edward 18,977 1.065 -150 -16,668
20 Shirley 16,128 0.926 -1,251 -15,944 20 Stephen 17,057 0.957 -251 -15,736
21 Joyce 14,379 0.825 -815 -14,056 21 Jerry 16,806 0.943 -535 -16,318
22 Pamela 14,279 0.819 -1,440 -14,126 22 Daniel 16,508 0.926 7 -4,868
23 Janice 14,161 0.813 -1,470 -14,013 23 Steven 15,979 0.896 -159 -13,831
24 Janet 13,979 0.802 -1,337 -13,810 24 Roger 12,813 0.719 -601 -12,398
25 Cheryl 13,221 0.759 -2,931 -13,166 25 Frank 12,695 0.712 -348 -11,814
26 Elizabeth 13,211 0.758 13 -4,296 26 Terry 12,132 0.681 -666 -11,778
27 Cynthia 12,241 0.702 -610 -11,781 27 Raymond 11,612 0.651 -266 -10,420
28 Gloria 11,687 0.671 -533 -11,149 28 Bruce 11,064 0.621 -403 -10,350
29 Dorothy 11,324 0.650 -572 -10,826 29 Mark 10,268 0.576 -174 -8,332
30 Deborah 11,245 0.645 -744 -10,892 30 Gerald 9,845 0.552 -794 -9,576
31 Beverly 10,796 0.620 -1,391 -10,637 31 Lawrence 9,762 0.548 -465 -9,183
32 Martha 10,006 0.574 -718 -9,636 32 Gregory 9,724 0.546 -343 -8,843
33 Marilyn 9,935 0.570 -495 -9,355 33 Douglas 9,467 0.531 -595 -9,056
34 Bonnie 9,817 0.563 -663 -9,405 34 Wayne 8,682 0.487 -782 -8,408
35 Christine 9,679 0.555 -751 -9,333 35 Walter 8,626 0.484 -230 -7,273
36 Virginia 9,298 0.534 -478 -8,690 36 Harold 8,142 0.457 -763 -7,857
37 Joan 9,272 0.532 -1,643 -9,145 37 Peter 8,050 0.452 -176 -6,273
38 Peggy 9,088 0.522 -5,556 -9,065 38 Timothy 8,038 0.451 -126 -5,645
39 Jane 8,781 0.504 -243 -7,633 39 Danny 8,006 0.449 -465 -7,434
40 Helen 8,304 0.477 -378 -7,546 40 Willie 7,968 0.447 -764 -7,687
41 Catherine 8,245 0.473 -157 -6,672 41 Anthony 7,881 0.442 9 921
42 Frances 8,177 0.469 -396 -7,454 42 Carl 7,829 0.439 -585 -7,418
43 Connie 8,054 0.462 -2,916 -7,999 43 Jack 7,612 0.427 8 807
44 Ann 8,024 0.460 -979 -7,773 44 Arthur 7,583 0.425 -200 -6,080
45 Ruth 7,904 0.454 -220 -6,710 45 Henry 7,420 0.416 27 2,986
46 Phyllis 7,875 0.452 -5,904 -7,854 46 Alan 7,394 0.415 -113 -4,958
47 Jean 7,773 0.446 -2,411 -7,700 47 Joe 7,289 0.409 -637 -6,927
48 Diana 7,702 0.442 -182 -6,344 48 Patrick 7,190 0.403 -123 -4,907
49 Alice 6,982 0.401 -21 -3,178 49 Roy 7,065 0.396 -488 -6,543
50 Rebecca 6,795 0.390 -166 -5,379 50 Jimmy 6,923 0.388 -541 -6,467

 

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.