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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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1947
Girls Number
of Girls
% Rank Number Boys Number
of Boys
% Rank Number
1 Linda 96,211 5.521 0 -3,478 1 James 88,584 4.969 0 -6,173
2 Mary 68,597 3.937 0 -3,090 2 Robert 85,475 4.795 0 -6,165
3 Barbara 46,826 2.687 1 -1,966 3 John 82,829 4.646 0 -5,490
4 Patricia 46,136 2.648 -1 -5,143 4 William 61,965 3.476 0 -5,024
5 Susan 35,985 2.065 3 4,031 5 David 56,623 3.176 1 -1,183
6 Sandra 31,060 1.782 -1 -3,715 6 Michael 52,564 2.949 1 2,063
7 Nancy 29,411 1.688 0 -3,033 7 Richard 50,970 2.859 -2 -7,551
8 Carol 28,979 1.663 -2 -4,560 8 Thomas 43,778 2.456 0 -1,057
9 Sharon 26,142 1.500 0 -2,393 9 Charles 38,676 2.170 0 -2,094
10 Kathleen 23,256 1.335 1 1,159 10 Ronald 33,518 1.880 1 -1,369
11 Donna 22,031 1.264 -1 -1,488 11 Larry 33,431 1.875 -1 -1,507
12 Karen 21,996 1.262 1 348 12 Gary 28,394 1.593 0 -1,636
13 Margaret 18,874 1.083 3 -1,226 13 Joseph 26,805 1.504 1 -709
14 Carolyn 18,619 1.068 1 -2,124 14 Donald 26,443 1.483 -1 -1,814
15 Judith 17,788 1.021 -3 -4,209 15 Kenneth 23,551 1.321 0 -1,027
16 Judy 17,702 1.016 -2 -3,332 16 George 21,923 1.230 0 -1,995
17 Brenda 17,696 1.016 4 1,869 17 Dennis 21,758 1.221 0 -1,926
18 Betty 16,622 0.954 -1 -2,340 18 Paul 21,250 1.192 0 -1,542
19 Diane 16,607 0.953 -1 -1,167 19 Edward 18,977 1.065 0 -1,567
20 Shirley 16,126 0.925 -1 -1,522 20 Stephen 17,059 0.957 1 1,733
21 Joyce 14,381 0.825 -1 -1,528 21 Jerry 16,807 0.943 -1 -1,983
22 Pamela 14,278 0.819 6 1,878 22 Daniel 16,507 0.926 0 1,317
23 Janice 14,161 0.813 -1 -1,247 23 Steven 15,981 0.896 1 2,449
24 Janet 13,978 0.802 -1 -1,256 24 Roger 12,817 0.719 1 58
25 Cheryl 13,222 0.759 -1 -669 25 Frank 12,693 0.712 -2 -1,305
26 Elizabeth 13,212 0.758 -1 -227 26 Terry 12,134 0.681 0 -618
27 Cynthia 12,241 0.702 6 1,710 27 Raymond 11,613 0.651 0 -740
28 Gloria 11,688 0.671 -1 -938 28 Bruce 11,065 0.621 1 540
29 Dorothy 11,324 0.650 -3 -1,425 29 Mark 10,265 0.576 18 2,494
30 Deborah 11,244 0.645 32 5,406 30 Gerald 9,844 0.552 -2 -906
31 Beverly 10,796 0.620 0 -410 31 Lawrence 9,764 0.548 1 184
32 Martha 10,006 0.574 0 -645 32 Gregory 9,723 0.545 1 398
33 Marilyn 9,935 0.570 -4 -1,945 33 Douglas 9,469 0.531 -2 -427
34 Bonnie 9,817 0.563 1 -400 34 Wayne 8,681 0.487 -4 -1,487
35 Christine 9,679 0.555 10 1,303 35 Walter 8,626 0.484 -1 -588
36 Virginia 9,298 0.534 -2 -1,108 36 Harold 8,143 0.457 -1 -759
37 Joan 9,272 0.532 -7 -2,001 37 Peter 8,050 0.452 -1 -541
38 Peggy 9,088 0.522 4 212 38 Timothy 8,040 0.451 14 1,295
39 Jane 8,780 0.504 -3 -1,162 39 Danny 8,004 0.449 0 -62
40 Helen 8,302 0.476 -2 -676 40 Willie 7,969 0.447 2 -28
41 Catherine 8,245 0.473 5 356 41 Anthony 7,880 0.442 0 -134
42 Frances 8,177 0.469 -3 -764 42 Carl 7,830 0.439 -2 -218
43 Connie 8,055 0.462 0 -587 43 Jack 7,612 0.427 -6 -896
44 Ann 8,025 0.461 -3 -868 44 Arthur 7,582 0.425 -6 -670
45 Ruth 7,904 0.454 -1 -577 45 Henry 7,421 0.416 1 -388
46 Phyllis 7,876 0.452 -9 -1,308 46 Alan 7,394 0.415 -1 -429
47 Jean 7,773 0.446 -7 -1,168 47 Joe 7,289 0.409 -4 -613
48 Diana 7,703 0.442 0 82 48 Patrick 7,190 0.403 5 568
49 Alice 6,981 0.401 -2 -867 49 Roy 7,065 0.396 -1 -499
50 Rebecca 6,795 0.390 2 463 50 Jimmy 6,924 0.388 -6 -953

 

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.