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The following table shows the 200 most popular given names for male and female babies born during 1940 - 1949. For each rank and sex, the table shows the name and the number of occurrences of that name. The 200 most popular names were taken from a universe that includes 15,154,592 male births and 14,893,613 female births.

Popular names of the 1940s
Males Females
Rank Name Number Name Number
1 James 795,638 Mary 639,986
2 Robert 757,973 Linda 531,609
3 John 711,491 Barbara 425,226
4 William 556,347 Patricia 411,386
5 Richard 477,363 Carol 292,307
6 David 426,283 Sandra 265,518
7 Charles 361,670 Nancy 252,027
8 Thomas 350,766 Sharon 221,212
9 Michael 336,557 Judith 218,004
10 Ronald 282,389 Susan 212,004
11 Larry 255,838 Betty 194,605
12 Donald 247,741 Carolyn 181,840
13 Joseph 230,243 Margaret 173,011
14 Gary 217,707 Shirley 171,762
15 George 208,966 Judy 167,710
16 Kenneth 198,500 Karen 167,687
17 Paul 183,324 Donna 165,516
18 Edward 174,758 Kathleen 152,976
19 Jerry 167,201 Joyce 151,487
20 Dennis 162,081 Dorothy 132,231
21 Frank 119,401 Janet 130,742
22 Daniel 112,770 Diane 122,867
23 Raymond 109,052 Janice 118,877
24 Roger 107,580 Joan 117,691
25 Stephen 106,774 Elizabeth 116,533
26 Gerald 103,315 Brenda 112,409
27 Walter 83,722 Gloria 105,041
28 Harold 82,139 Virginia 98,985
29 Steven 81,210 Marilyn 98,963
30 Douglas 80,752 Martha 95,373
31 Lawrence 80,435 Beverly 95,115
32 Terry 76,951 Helen 90,738
33 Wayne 75,111 Bonnie 86,876
34 Arthur 73,957 Ruth 85,650
35 Jack 73,923 Frances 85,430
36 Carl 72,725 Jean 80,360
37 Henry 72,455 Ann 76,789
38 Willie 72,385 Phyllis 76,135
39 Bruce 72,086 Pamela 73,113
40 Joe 71,996 Jane 72,529
41 Peter 69,340 Alice 72,382
42 Billy 67,803 Peggy 72,114
43 Roy 65,616 Cheryl 70,954
44 Ralph 64,948 Doris 64,134
45 Anthony 64,828 Catherine 62,077
46 Jimmy 63,498 Elaine 60,101
47 Albert 60,253 Cynthia 58,057
48 Bobby 58,869 Marie 57,518
49 Eugene 57,253 Lois 56,854
50 Johnny 57,174 Connie 56,595
51 Fred 56,646 Christine 54,560
52 Harry 56,232 Diana 53,683
53 Howard 53,523 Gail 53,140
54 Mark 50,737 Joanne 51,649
55 Alan 50,304 Rose 51,632
56 Louis 49,410 Wanda 50,773
57 Philip 48,734 Carole 50,304
58 Patrick 48,615 Rita 49,850
59 Dale 46,802 Charlotte 49,475
60 Danny 46,649 Jo 48,447
61 Stanley 46,261 Evelyn 48,161
62 Leonard 44,269 Geraldine 47,932
63 Timothy 43,496 Jacqueline 45,556
64 Gregory 43,239 Ellen 45,397
65 Samuel 43,132 Sally 45,343
66 Ronnie 42,444 Rebecca 45,309
67 Norman 42,159 Kathryn 44,582
68 Ernest 41,746 Deborah 44,057
69 Russell 41,316 Norma 43,021
70 Francis 39,524 Suzanne 41,402
71 Melvin 39,222 Anna 41,279
72 Earl 39,119 Sue 40,943
73 Frederick 39,092 Darlene 40,319
74 Allen 39,047 Patsy 40,274
75 Bill 37,759 Joann 40,013
76 Tommy 37,031 Sarah 39,973
77 Phillip 36,993 Katherine 39,916
78 Marvin 36,428 Paula 39,037
79 Steve 36,284 Annie 38,709
80 Don 36,240 Louise 38,653
81 Barry 36,188 Roberta 38,046
82 Clarence 36,185 Sylvia 37,283
83 Glenn 35,708 Anne 36,142
84 Jim 35,625 Theresa 35,787
85 Eddie 34,791 Sheila 35,735
86 Mike 34,640 Maria 35,560
87 Andrew 34,620 Laura 35,070
88 Jeffrey 34,342 Kathy 34,767
89 Leroy 33,846 Eileen 34,691
90 Alfred 31,987 Marcia 34,393
91 Martin 31,400 Rosemary 34,294
92 Lee 30,977 Glenda 33,344
93 Tom 29,882 Dolores 33,098
94 Ray 29,652 Mildred 33,064
95 Herbert 28,695 Lorraine 33,043
96 Gene 27,738 Marjorie 32,900
97 Bernard 26,443 Sherry 32,756
98 Theodore 26,242 Kay 32,649
99 Curtis 25,999 Anita 32,524
100 Keith 25,869 Dianne 32,293
101 Clifford 25,818 Ruby 31,869
102 Rodney 24,846 Irene 31,817
103 Gordon 24,459 Juanita 30,440
104 Jimmie 24,351 Maureen 30,259
105 Jesse 24,332 Loretta 30,120
106 Vincent 23,903 Jeanne 30,113
107 Warren 23,727 Constance 29,907
108 Lloyd 23,590 Lynn 29,386
109 Leon 23,575 Marlene 29,291
110 Jerome 23,107 Arlene 29,094
111 Edwin 22,967 Delores 28,501
112 Brian 22,796 Lynda 27,950
113 Victor 22,516 Julia 27,888
114 Bob 21,372 Marsha 27,408
115 Floyd 20,991 Charlene 26,782
116 Lewis 20,926 June 25,165
117 Harvey 20,754 Jeanette 24,720
118 Alvin 20,702 Edna 24,699
119 Clyde 20,702 Josephine 24,319
120 Craig 20,286 Eleanor 23,756
121 Vernon 20,031 Yvonne 23,672
122 Leslie 19,380 Vicki 23,490
123 Franklin 19,302 Vivian 22,913
124 Calvin 19,237 Emma 22,786
125 Jon 19,038 Georgia 22,391
126 Jay 18,662 Lillian 22,308
127 Charlie 18,247 Edith 22,145
128 Darrell 18,223 Pauline 21,907
129 Jackie 18,120 Wilma 21,190
130 Dan 18,012 Victoria 20,754
131 Allan 17,827 Ethel 20,578
132 Randall 17,777 Lucille 20,453
133 Joel 17,418 Florence 20,391
134 Gilbert 17,342 Sara 20,272
135 Benjamin 17,179 Margie 20,259
136 Lester 17,078 Thelma 20,228
137 Duane 17,067 Clara 20,028
138 Tony 16,959 Audrey 19,716
139 Leo 16,958 Grace 19,371
140 Herman 16,843 Teresa 19,328
141 Jose 16,815 Annette 19,177
142 Glen 16,545 Claudia 19,166
143 Johnnie 16,418 Gladys 19,056
144 Dean 16,359 Julie 19,036
145 Arnold 16,027 Marion 18,487
146 Lonnie 15,895 Gwendolyn 18,341
147 Christopher 15,871 Priscilla 18,121
148 Nicholas 15,504 Willie 18,095
149 Freddie 15,371 Esther 17,635
150 Chester 15,275 Eva 17,561
151 Eric 15,199 Andrea 17,063
152 Milton 14,870 Maryann 17,053
153 Cecil 14,836 Bernice 17,030
154 Lynn 14,198 Rosa 16,794
155 Manuel 14,188 Hazel 16,658
156 Randy 14,165 Billie 16,367
157 Roland 13,089 Bertha 16,223
158 Ted 13,023 Gayle 16,197
159 Dwight 12,862 Bobbie 16,195
160 Claude 12,816 Pat 16,149
161 Wesley 12,458 Maxine 16,069
162 Neil 12,433 Marian 16,039
163 Sam 12,350 Ella 15,973
164 Scott 12,168 Paulette 15,900
165 Dave 11,741 Joy 15,567
166 Wallace 11,460 Beatrice 15,560
167 Kevin 11,294 Cathy 15,551
168 Hugh 10,992 Lillie 15,352
169 Donnie 10,985 Janis 14,861
170 Elmer 10,872 Leslie 14,856
171 Micheal 10,619 Ida 14,293
172 Willard 10,594 Lynne 14,236
173 Juan 10,551 Deanna 13,736
174 Maurice 10,479 Faye 13,708
175 Garry 10,317 Terry 13,699
176 Jessie 10,316 Valerie 13,689
177 Marshall 10,238 Rachel 13,412
178 Oscar 10,190 Emily 13,408
179 Edgar 9,804 Lucy 13,128
180 Karl 9,729 Janie 13,117
181 Marion 9,666 Penny 13,113
182 Sidney 9,609 Jackie 13,093
183 Stuart 9,529 Harriet 12,921
184 Nathaniel 9,487 Regina 12,714
185 Alexander 9,481 Rosalie 12,585
186 Sammy 9,357 Alma 12,401
187 Everett 9,309 Angela 12,260
188 Benny 9,296 Vera 12,188
189 Guy 8,948 Jessie 12,148
190 Virgil 8,946 Marianne 11,945
191 Morris 8,801 Stephanie 11,937
192 Matthew 8,762 Jill 11,865
193 Earnest 8,703 Mattie 11,776
194 Lyle 8,617 Minnie 11,736
195 Max 8,524 Caroline 11,627
196 Bennie 8,479 Michele 11,599
197 Wendell 8,377 Veronica 11,528
198 Kent 8,346 Patty 11,416
199 Jonathan 8,299 Rosie 11,403
200 Fredrick 8,229 Stella 11,360
Source: 100% sample based on Social Security card application data as of the end of February 2015. See the limitations of this data source.