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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 15,152,842 male births and 14,893,063 female births.

Popular names of the 1940s
Males Females
Rank Name Number Name Number
1 James 795,557 Mary 639,971
2 Robert 757,894 Linda 531,593
3 John 711,411 Barbara 425,218
4 William 556,286 Patricia 411,377
5 Richard 477,322 Carol 292,296
6 David 426,243 Sandra 265,510
7 Charles 361,643 Nancy 252,014
8 Thomas 350,722 Sharon 221,209
9 Michael 336,505 Judith 217,995
10 Ronald 282,354 Susan 211,992
11 Larry 255,828 Betty 194,603
12 Donald 247,708 Carolyn 181,834
13 Joseph 230,199 Margaret 173,004
14 Gary 217,689 Shirley 171,759
15 George 208,950 Judy 167,701
16 Kenneth 198,466 Karen 167,681
17 Paul 183,311 Donna 165,507
18 Edward 174,743 Kathleen 152,973
19 Jerry 167,173 Joyce 151,475
20 Dennis 162,066 Dorothy 132,229
21 Frank 119,391 Janet 130,736
22 Daniel 112,746 Diane 122,864
23 Raymond 109,040 Janice 118,875
24 Roger 107,570 Joan 117,687
25 Stephen 106,744 Elizabeth 116,531
26 Gerald 103,298 Brenda 112,403
27 Walter 83,717 Gloria 105,034
28 Harold 82,129 Virginia 98,980
29 Steven 81,202 Marilyn 98,957
30 Douglas 80,741 Martha 95,372
31 Lawrence 80,426 Beverly 95,116
32 Terry 76,945 Helen 90,730
33 Wayne 75,100 Bonnie 86,874
34 Arthur 73,957 Ruth 85,650
35 Jack 73,914 Frances 85,430
36 Carl 72,709 Jean 80,357
37 Henry 72,447 Ann 76,783
38 Willie 72,378 Phyllis 76,132
39 Bruce 72,078 Pamela 73,109
40 Joe 71,987 Jane 72,532
41 Peter 69,341 Alice 72,377
42 Billy 67,792 Peggy 72,110
43 Roy 65,605 Cheryl 70,948
44 Ralph 64,941 Doris 64,137
45 Anthony 64,822 Catherine 62,075
46 Jimmy 63,492 Elaine 60,096
47 Albert 60,250 Cynthia 58,054
48 Bobby 58,867 Marie 57,512
49 Eugene 57,243 Lois 56,856
50 Johnny 57,170 Connie 56,591
51 Fred 56,638 Christine 54,560
52 Harry 56,225 Diana 53,680
53 Howard 53,518 Gail 53,137
54 Mark 50,733 Joanne 51,648
55 Alan 50,293 Rose 51,633
56 Louis 49,405 Wanda 50,771
57 Philip 48,735 Carole 50,301
58 Patrick 48,606 Rita 49,850
59 Dale 46,801 Charlotte 49,470
60 Danny 46,642 Jo 48,446
61 Stanley 46,251 Evelyn 48,157
62 Leonard 44,262 Geraldine 47,931
63 Timothy 43,490 Jacqueline 45,556
64 Gregory 43,231 Ellen 45,394
65 Samuel 43,125 Sally 45,342
66 Ronnie 42,445 Rebecca 45,310
67 Norman 42,158 Kathryn 44,579
68 Ernest 41,743 Deborah 44,053
69 Russell 41,312 Norma 43,020
70 Francis 39,523 Suzanne 41,399
71 Melvin 39,217 Anna 41,282
72 Earl 39,118 Sue 40,944
73 Frederick 39,089 Darlene 40,317
74 Allen 39,045 Patsy 40,276
75 Bill 37,756 Joann 40,012
76 Tommy 37,030 Sarah 39,968
77 Phillip 36,985 Katherine 39,913
78 Marvin 36,425 Paula 39,037
79 Steve 36,278 Annie 38,700
80 Don 36,234 Louise 38,653
81 Barry 36,183 Roberta 38,046
82 Clarence 36,173 Sylvia 37,284
83 Glenn 35,705 Anne 36,149
84 Jim 35,623 Theresa 35,786
85 Eddie 34,786 Sheila 35,732
86 Mike 34,635 Maria 35,558
87 Andrew 34,618 Laura 35,063
88 Jeffrey 34,331 Kathy 34,767
89 Leroy 33,840 Eileen 34,688
90 Alfred 31,985 Marcia 34,395
91 Martin 31,398 Rosemary 34,294
92 Lee 30,972 Glenda 33,342
93 Tom 29,879 Dolores 33,095
94 Ray 29,648 Mildred 33,063
95 Herbert 28,693 Lorraine 33,044
96 Gene 27,736 Marjorie 32,897
97 Bernard 26,445 Sherry 32,754
98 Theodore 26,237 Kay 32,648
99 Curtis 25,996 Anita 32,521
100 Keith 25,866 Dianne 32,290
101 Clifford 25,814 Ruby 31,864
102 Rodney 24,840 Irene 31,816
103 Gordon 24,459 Juanita 30,438
104 Jimmie 24,344 Maureen 30,258
105 Jesse 24,330 Loretta 30,119
106 Vincent 23,904 Jeanne 30,111
107 Warren 23,724 Constance 29,907
108 Lloyd 23,588 Lynn 29,386
109 Leon 23,574 Marlene 29,290
110 Jerome 23,101 Arlene 29,093
111 Edwin 22,959 Delores 28,502
112 Brian 22,789 Lynda 27,951
113 Victor 22,510 Julia 27,888
114 Bob 21,371 Marsha 27,406
115 Floyd 20,986 Charlene 26,781
116 Lewis 20,927 June 25,164
117 Harvey 20,751 Jeanette 24,720
118 Alvin 20,703 Edna 24,697
119 Clyde 20,700 Josephine 24,317
120 Craig 20,283 Eleanor 23,756
121 Vernon 20,028 Yvonne 23,672
122 Leslie 19,376 Vicki 23,490
123 Franklin 19,301 Vivian 22,910
124 Calvin 19,235 Emma 22,785
125 Jon 19,035 Georgia 22,392
126 Jay 18,660 Lillian 22,308
127 Charlie 18,245 Edith 22,142
128 Darrell 18,225 Pauline 21,905
129 Jackie 18,118 Wilma 21,189
130 Dan 18,008 Victoria 20,753
131 Allan 17,824 Ethel 20,578
132 Randall 17,774 Lucille 20,452
133 Joel 17,416 Florence 20,390
134 Gilbert 17,340 Sara 20,273
135 Benjamin 17,178 Margie 20,256
136 Lester 17,074 Thelma 20,225
137 Duane 17,063 Clara 20,029
138 Tony 16,959 Audrey 19,717
139 Leo 16,955 Grace 19,371
140 Herman 16,840 Teresa 19,327
141 Jose 16,812 Annette 19,176
142 Glen 16,543 Claudia 19,166
143 Johnnie 16,414 Gladys 19,055
144 Dean 16,357 Julie 19,039
145 Arnold 16,025 Marion 18,485
146 Lonnie 15,893 Gwendolyn 18,341
147 Christopher 15,867 Priscilla 18,118
148 Nicholas 15,503 Willie 18,095
149 Freddie 15,369 Esther 17,636
150 Chester 15,272 Eva 17,559
151 Eric 15,196 Andrea 17,061
152 Milton 14,868 Maryann 17,054
153 Cecil 14,833 Bernice 17,030
154 Lynn 14,192 Rosa 16,791
155 Manuel 14,184 Hazel 16,657
156 Randy 14,161 Billie 16,367
157 Roland 13,088 Bertha 16,223
158 Ted 13,022 Gayle 16,196
159 Dwight 12,863 Bobbie 16,195
160 Claude 12,815 Pat 16,151
161 Wesley 12,455 Maxine 16,068
162 Neil 12,430 Marian 16,036
163 Sam 12,347 Ella 15,973
164 Scott 12,166 Paulette 15,901
165 Dave 11,740 Joy 15,567
166 Wallace 11,457 Beatrice 15,559
167 Kevin 11,294 Cathy 15,553
168 Hugh 10,987 Lillie 15,352
169 Donnie 10,985 Janis 14,862
170 Elmer 10,867 Leslie 14,856
171 Micheal 10,622 Ida 14,292
172 Willard 10,593 Lynne 14,234
173 Juan 10,551 Deanna 13,736
174 Maurice 10,478 Faye 13,710
175 Garry 10,319 Terry 13,700
176 Jessie 10,316 Valerie 13,688
177 Marshall 10,238 Rachel 13,411
178 Oscar 10,187 Emily 13,406
179 Edgar 9,804 Lucy 13,128
180 Karl 9,726 Janie 13,117
181 Marion 9,663 Penny 13,112
182 Sidney 9,608 Jackie 13,092
183 Stuart 9,529 Harriet 12,920
184 Nathaniel 9,485 Regina 12,714
185 Alexander 9,478 Rosalie 12,585
186 Sammy 9,352 Alma 12,401
187 Everett 9,307 Angela 12,260
188 Benny 9,298 Vera 12,188
189 Virgil 8,947 Jessie 12,147
190 Guy 8,946 Marianne 11,946
191 Morris 8,800 Stephanie 11,934
192 Matthew 8,759 Jill 11,866
193 Earnest 8,701 Mattie 11,774
194 Lyle 8,614 Minnie 11,736
195 Max 8,522 Caroline 11,625
196 Bennie 8,478 Michele 11,598
197 Wendell 8,377 Veronica 11,528
198 Kent 8,345 Patty 11,414
199 Jonathan 8,296 Rosie 11,401
200 Fredrick 8,229 Stella 11,360
Source: 100% sample based on Social Security card application data as of the end of February 2014. See the limitations of this data source.