Most Popular Names

Here are the 100 most popular baby names in United States of 1940 for girls and boys. Click on a name below to learn baby name meanings and more.

Most Popular Names For Births In the United States 1940:

Boys
Rank Name % Num
1 James 5.267 62,452
2 Robert 5.160 61,184
3 John 4.618 54,762
4 William 3.775 44,766
5 Richard 3.155 37,411
6 Charles 2.671 31,675
7 David 2.334 27,678
8 Thomas 2.023 23,985
9 Donald 1.948 23,097
10 Ronald 1.748 20,729
11 George 1.544 18,304
12 Joseph 1.535 18,196
13 Larry 1.451 17,201
14 Jerry 1.282 15,197
15 Kenneth 1.276 15,130
16 Edward 1.214 14,396
17 Paul 1.189 14,103
18 Michael 1.116 13,228
19 Gary 1.059 12,563
20 Frank 0.893 10,594
21 Gerald 0.863 10,236
22 Raymond 0.807 9,565
23 Harold 0.680 8,069
24 Dennis 0.661 7,842
25 Walter 0.651 7,724
26 Roger 0.641 7,598
27 Billy 0.640 7,594
28 Joe 0.609 7,219
29 Jack 0.594 7,044
30 Bobby 0.581 6,884
31 Henry 0.575 6,816
32 Carl 0.569 6,752
33 Arthur 0.549 6,505
34 Daniel 0.524 6,217
35 Lawrence 0.521 6,172
36 Willie 0.520 6,168
37 Ralph 0.492 5,831
38 Eugene 0.489 5,795
39 Wayne 0.483 5,722
40 Fred 0.471 5,587
41 Albert 0.470 5,569
42 Roy 0.469 5,563
43 Peter 0.426 5,049
44 Jimmy 0.419 4,963
45 Howard 0.407 4,825
46 Anthony 0.402 4,765
47 Harry 0.394 4,675
48 Norman 0.386 4,579
49 Stephen 0.373 4,421
50 Louis 0.365 4,323
51 Johnny 0.337 3,996
52 Earl 0.332 3,942
53 Melvin 0.332 3,934
54 Leonard 0.322 3,813
55 Bruce 0.320 3,789
56 Douglas 0.314 3,729
57 Ernest 0.312 3,697
58 Dale 0.312 3,696
59 Stanley 0.311 3,690
60 Philip 0.310 3,675
61 Francis 0.304 3,604
62 Don 0.299 3,543
63 Marvin 0.295 3,502
64 Clarence 0.294 3,482
65 Samuel 0.284 3,363
66 Leroy 0.279 3,309
67 Bill 0.276 3,268
68 Frederick 0.261 3,091
69 Alfred 0.258 3,063
70 Gene 0.258 3,058
71 Allen 0.256 3,031
72 Russell 0.254 3,010
73 Terry 0.251 2,980
74 Patrick 0.243 2,883
75 Herbert 0.242 2,872
76 Tommy 0.238 2,824
77 Ray 0.236 2,794
78 Jim 0.229 2,713
79 Phillip 0.221 2,626
80 Lee 0.221 2,623
81 Eddie 0.218 2,580
82 Bernard 0.208 2,467
83 Glenn 0.208 2,465
84 Andrew 0.205 2,433
85 Martin 0.204 2,423
86 Jimmie 0.203 2,407
87 Franklin 0.201 2,389
88 Alan 0.200 2,376
89 Leon 0.195 2,317
90 Theodore 0.194 2,306
91 Gordon 0.193 2,294
92 Tom 0.193 2,286
93 Jesse 0.186 2,206
94 Clifford 0.184 2,184
95 Jerome 0.184 2,177
96 Edwin 0.178 2,115
97 Curtis 0.177 2,101
98 Harvey 0.176 2,084
99 Bob 0.176 2,082
100 Lloyd 0.174 2,066
Girls
Rank Name % Num
1 Mary 4.758 56,201
2 Barbara 3.110 36,733
3 Patricia 2.765 32,660
4 Judith 1.895 22,378
5 Betty 1.869 22,073
6 Carol 1.842 21,758
7 Nancy 1.670 19,730
8 Linda 1.555 18,368
9 Shirley 1.513 17,873
10 Sandra 1.367 16,150
11 Margaret 1.275 15,057
12 Dorothy 1.259 14,871
13 Joyce 1.253 14,799
14 Joan 1.125 13,289
15 Carolyn 1.071 12,656
16 Judy 0.964 11,381
17 Sharon 0.941 11,117
18 Helen 0.864 10,203
19 Janet 0.856 10,105
20 Elizabeth 0.843 9,955
21 Virginia 0.809 9,552
22 Janice 0.789 9,315
23 Donna 0.781 9,230
24 Ruth 0.752 8,886
25 Marilyn 0.737 8,700
26 Martha 0.736 8,690
27 Beverly 0.733 8,654
28 Frances 0.730 8,617
29 Jean 0.683 8,064
30 Gloria 0.679 8,023
31 Doris 0.658 7,767
32 Alice 0.643 7,600
33 Phyllis 0.628 7,415
34 Karen 0.617 7,283
35 Ann 0.609 7,193
36 Susan 0.572 6,756
37 Peggy 0.519 6,126
38 Lois 0.519 6,125
39 Bonnie 0.505 5,960
40 Kathleen 0.482 5,698
41 Marie 0.469 5,544
42 Brenda 0.461 5,441
43 Norma 0.452 5,334
44 Rose 0.440 5,198
45 Diane 0.438 5,173
46 Geraldine 0.436 5,152
47 Jane 0.431 5,090
48 Evelyn 0.422 4,984
49 Carole 0.405 4,787
50 Elaine 0.405 4,782
51 Anna 0.399 4,718
52 Wanda 0.399 4,709
53 Catherine 0.388 4,581
54 Joanne 0.374 4,419
55 Charlotte 0.363 4,289
56 Annie 0.357 4,214
57 Patsy 0.345 4,079
58 Mildred 0.333 3,935
59 Louise 0.332 3,923
60 Sarah 0.328 3,869
61 Sally 0.322 3,805
62 Sylvia 0.322 3,802
63 Joann 0.321 3,791
64 Marjorie 0.312 3,681
65 Gail 0.307 3,621
66 Ruby 0.306 3,615
67 Dolores 0.305 3,604
68 Eleanor 0.303 3,582
69 Loretta 0.296 3,499
70 Rita 0.291 3,440
71 Roberta 0.290 3,431
72 Jo 0.290 3,426
73 Irene 0.287 3,395
74 Ellen 0.281 3,317
75 Arlene 0.276 3,257
76 Jacqueline 0.272 3,218
77 Kay 0.271 3,199
78 Juanita 0.268 3,169
79 Darlene 0.264 3,119
80 Marlene 0.264 3,116
81 Sue 0.263 3,105
82 June 0.250 2,948
83 Delores 0.248 2,929
84 Anne 0.245 2,897
85 Rosemary 0.243 2,874
86 Edna 0.240 2,835
87 Anita 0.239 2,827
88 Connie 0.237 2,795
89 Josephine 0.232 2,741
90 Jeanette 0.231 2,727
91 Katherine 0.229 2,708
92 Julia 0.229 2,707
93 Wilma 0.222 2,621
94 Emma 0.221 2,606
95 Lorraine 0.219 2,582
96 Rebecca 0.216 2,554
97 Lillian 0.214 2,523
98 Edith 0.212 2,509
99 Audrey 0.212 2,503
100 Florence 0.209 2,464