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The following table shows the 200 most popular given names for male and female babies born during 1950 - 1959. 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 20,510,690 male births and 19,731,157 female births.

Popular names of the 1950s
Males Females
Rank Name Number Name Number
1 James 843,262 Mary 625,498
2 Michael 836,991 Linda 564,219
3 Robert 829,909 Patricia 459,562
4 John 797,418 Susan 437,671
5 David 769,468 Deborah 430,476
6 William 590,880 Barbara 345,660
7 Richard 535,071 Debra 341,265
8 Thomas 454,107 Karen 332,458
9 Mark 382,391 Nancy 286,735
10 Charles 360,915 Donna 270,305
11 Steven 333,477 Cynthia 263,378
12 Gary 329,706 Sandra 251,522
13 Joseph 299,813 Pamela 237,352
14 Donald 273,364 Sharon 232,781
15 Ronald 270,967 Kathleen 224,274
16 Kenneth 262,635 Carol 222,609
17 Paul 253,050 Diane 210,590
18 Larry 245,508 Brenda 209,213
19 Daniel 243,553 Cheryl 171,349
20 Stephen 207,150 Janet 167,489
21 Dennis 204,093 Elizabeth 165,638
22 Timothy 198,211 Kathy 157,908
23 Edward 188,249 Margaret 149,553
24 Jeffrey 184,529 Janice 133,595
25 George 180,919 Carolyn 124,039
26 Gregory 178,334 Denise 123,766
27 Kevin 158,952 Judy 118,026
28 Douglas 148,112 Rebecca 115,671
29 Terry 140,612 Joyce 114,938
30 Anthony 136,606 Teresa 114,259
31 Jerry 136,480 Christine 113,325
32 Bruce 136,346 Catherine 108,814
33 Randy 120,472 Shirley 108,784
34 Brian 112,291 Judith 108,741
35 Frank 112,229 Betty 103,181
36 Scott 111,787 Beverly 97,766
37 Roger 110,073 Lisa 95,822
38 Raymond 108,868 Laura 95,519
39 Peter 102,706 Theresa 89,583
40 Patrick 96,814 Connie 88,794
41 Keith 91,193 Ann 87,029
42 Lawrence 91,064 Julie 86,694
43 Wayne 88,050 Gloria 86,680
44 Danny 86,568 Gail 85,606
45 Alan 83,939 Joan 85,160
46 Gerald 82,564 Paula 84,852
47 Ricky 79,115 Peggy 84,268
48 Carl 78,701 Cindy 83,975
49 Christopher 78,175 Martha 83,172
50 Dale 75,496 Bonnie 82,999
51 Walter 72,143 Jane 82,900
52 Craig 69,469 Cathy 82,702
53 Willie 66,418 Robin 82,413
54 Johnny 65,726 Debbie 82,092
55 Arthur 65,687 Diana 80,214
56 Steve 64,202 Marilyn 80,145
57 Joe 62,595 Kathryn 77,779
58 Randall 62,392 Dorothy 74,466
59 Jack 62,379 Wanda 72,437
60 Russell 62,368 Jean 72,250
61 Henry 62,216 Vicki 71,974
62 Harold 62,118 Sheila 70,149
63 Roy 61,792 Virginia 69,770
64 Andrew 60,955 Sherry 68,321
65 Philip 60,823 Katherine 66,848
66 Ralph 60,394 Rose 66,712
67 Billy 59,231 Lynn 66,033
68 Glenn 58,680 Jo 63,961
69 Stanley 57,124 Ruth 62,512
70 Jimmy 54,851 Maria 62,374
71 Rodney 54,779 Darlene 61,865
72 Barry 54,765 Jacqueline 60,462
73 Samuel 53,745 Rita 60,247
74 Eric 53,284 Rhonda 59,803
75 Bobby 53,246 Phyllis 57,765
76 Albert 52,821 Helen 57,561
77 Phillip 52,429 Vickie 56,854
78 Ronnie 51,254 Kim 56,074
79 Martin 50,952 Lori 56,063
80 Mike 48,333 Ellen 55,371
81 Eugene 48,255 Elaine 54,222
82 Louis 47,901 Joanne 53,537
83 Howard 47,828 Anne 52,387
84 Allen 47,291 Valerie 52,232
85 Curtis 46,290 Alice 52,066
86 Jeffery 45,839 Frances 51,181
87 Frederick 44,242 Suzanne 50,312
88 Leonard 43,527 Marie 49,256
89 Harry 43,311 Victoria 49,116
90 Micheal 40,933 Kimberly 48,959
91 Tony 40,779 Anita 47,586
92 Ernest 39,644 Laurie 46,952
93 Eddie 38,565 Michelle 46,785
94 Fred 37,432 Sally 46,698
95 Darrell 37,233 Terri 46,433
96 Jay 36,950 Marcia 43,720
97 Melvin 36,139 Terry 43,184
98 Matthew 35,816 Jennifer 43,075
99 Lee 35,805 Leslie 43,043
100 Vincent 35,336 Doris 42,890
101 Tommy 34,932 Maureen 42,809
102 Francis 34,746 Wendy 42,661
103 Marvin 34,686 Michele 41,954
104 Dean 34,556 Anna 41,671
105 Rick 34,380 Marsha 41,551
106 Victor 33,882 Angela 40,344
107 Norman 33,728 Sarah 39,964
108 Earl 32,625 Sylvia 39,525
109 Jose 31,388 Jill 39,060
110 Calvin 30,535 Dawn 38,897
111 Ray 29,892 Sue 38,846
112 Clifford 29,843 Evelyn 38,394
113 Alfred 29,720 Roberta 37,911
114 Jerome 29,693 Jeanne 37,661
115 Bradley 29,483 Charlotte 36,992
116 Clarence 29,458 Eileen 36,558
117 Don 29,437 Lois 36,188
118 Theodore 29,027 Colleen 35,908
119 Jon 28,920 Stephanie 35,564
120 Rickey 27,938 Annette 35,345
121 Joel 27,840 Glenda 35,217
122 Jesse 26,632 Yvonne 35,036
123 Jim 26,205 Dianne 34,484
124 Edwin 26,181 Tina 33,990
125 Dan 26,002 Beth 33,985
126 Bernard 25,866 Lorraine 33,577
127 Chris 25,857 Constance 33,522
128 Jonathan 25,805 Renee 32,946
129 Gordon 25,713 Charlene 32,714
130 Glen 25,379 Joann 32,651
131 Jeff 24,920 Julia 32,450
132 Warren 24,601 Gwendolyn 31,942
133 Leroy 24,578 Norma 30,800
134 Herbert 24,284 Regina 30,787
135 Duane 24,124 Amy 30,590
136 Bill 23,875 Sheryl 30,382
137 Benjamin 23,840 Loretta 30,379
138 Tom 23,741 Carla 29,426
139 Alvin 23,068 Andrea 29,370
140 Nicholas 22,612 Tammy 29,178
141 Tim 22,213 Irene 26,962
142 Mitchell 21,952 Jan 26,158
143 Marc 21,921 Louise 25,846
144 Leslie 21,373 Juanita 25,646
145 Leon 21,335 Marlene 25,244
146 Kim 21,197 Penny 25,115
147 Dwight 20,834 Rosemary 24,991
148 Bryan 20,630 Becky 24,836
149 Lloyd 20,606 Kay 24,646
150 Vernon 20,123 Joy 24,510
151 Gene 19,685 Geraldine 24,220
152 Reginald 19,330 Jeanette 23,983
153 Lonnie 19,183 Gayle 23,724
154 Guy 19,138 Annie 23,675
155 Gilbert 18,829 Vivian 23,542
156 Garry 18,782 Claudia 23,143
157 Juan 18,757 Lynda 22,686
158 Karl 18,724 Melissa 22,295
159 Kent 18,682 Audrey 22,215
160 Kurt 18,636 Lynne 22,189
161 Todd 18,564 Patsy 21,730
162 Jackie 18,431 Melinda 21,505
163 Greg 18,241 Vicky 21,332
164 Lewis 18,122 Toni 21,305
165 Wesley 18,073 June 21,102
166 Clyde 17,883 Belinda 20,938
167 Floyd 17,852 Marjorie 20,929
168 Neil 17,703 Arlene 20,652
169 Allan 17,688 Patti 20,598
170 Donnie 17,145 Ruby 20,549
171 Perry 17,068 Sara 20,489
172 Franklin 17,008 Yolanda 19,938
173 Lester 16,553 Rosa 19,870
174 Brad 16,476 Christina 19,848
175 Manuel 16,359 Melanie 19,847
176 Kirk 16,216 Delores 19,362
177 Carlos 15,813 Jackie 19,304
178 Leo 15,530 Vanessa 19,160
179 Jimmie 15,520 Carmen 18,938
180 Randolph 15,492 Monica 18,709
181 Charlie 15,275 Janis 18,670
182 Robin 15,212 Holly 18,633
183 Dana 15,148 Marianne 18,470
184 Darryl 15,088 Dolores 18,307
185 Dave 14,850 Shelley 18,220
186 Ted 14,716 Veronica 17,616
187 Milton 14,567 Mildred 17,569
188 Daryl 14,495 Dana 17,109
189 Kerry 14,399 Eva 17,103
190 Freddie 14,389 Rachel 16,774
191 Brent 14,324 Shelia 16,754
192 Harvey 14,241 Roxanne 16,603
193 Gerard 14,207 Carole 16,533
194 Stuart 14,071 Lillian 16,505
195 Johnnie 14,035 Josephine 16,403
196 Herman 13,822 Carrie 16,179
197 Lynn 13,762 Patty 16,106
198 Rex 13,491 Sherri 16,103
199 Arnold 13,189 Doreen 16,081
200 Kelly 13,123 Grace 15,910
Source: 100% sample based on Social Security card application data as of the end of February 2015. See the limitations of this data source.