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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 15,155,050 male births and 14,893,790 female births.

Popular names of the 1940s
Males Females
Rank Name Number Name Number
1 James 795,647 Mary 639,999
2 Robert 758,005 Linda 531,615
3 John 711,526 Barbara 425,230
4 William 556,384 Patricia 411,389
5 Richard 477,385 Carol 292,316
6 David 426,294 Sandra 265,525
7 Charles 361,671 Nancy 252,030
8 Thomas 350,759 Sharon 221,218
9 Michael 336,559 Judith 218,007
10 Ronald 282,398 Susan 212,011
11 Larry 255,846 Betty 194,607
12 Donald 247,746 Carolyn 181,838
13 Joseph 230,242 Margaret 173,012
14 Gary 217,712 Shirley 171,763
15 George 208,968 Judy 167,710
16 Kenneth 198,502 Karen 167,689
17 Paul 183,336 Donna 165,514
18 Edward 174,769 Kathleen 152,973
19 Jerry 167,209 Joyce 151,490
20 Dennis 162,084 Dorothy 132,237
21 Frank 119,397 Janet 130,744
22 Daniel 112,767 Diane 122,868
23 Raymond 109,050 Janice 118,877
24 Roger 107,581 Joan 117,693
25 Stephen 106,781 Elizabeth 116,534
26 Gerald 103,323 Brenda 112,406
27 Walter 83,720 Gloria 105,035
28 Harold 82,144 Virginia 98,986
29 Steven 81,207 Marilyn 98,965
30 Douglas 80,755 Martha 95,375
31 Lawrence 80,441 Beverly 95,116
32 Terry 76,955 Helen 90,739
33 Wayne 75,117 Bonnie 86,876
34 Arthur 73,961 Ruth 85,650
35 Jack 73,920 Frances 85,431
36 Carl 72,727 Jean 80,364
37 Henry 72,454 Ann 76,793
38 Willie 72,394 Phyllis 76,135
39 Bruce 72,081 Pamela 73,113
40 Joe 71,993 Jane 72,529
41 Peter 69,340 Alice 72,381
42 Billy 67,809 Peggy 72,113
43 Roy 65,620 Cheryl 70,953
44 Ralph 64,952 Doris 64,134
45 Anthony 64,826 Catherine 62,076
46 Jimmy 63,504 Elaine 60,102
47 Albert 60,264 Cynthia 58,056
48 Bobby 58,871 Marie 57,517
49 Eugene 57,258 Lois 56,853
50 Johnny 57,179 Connie 56,595
51 Fred 56,646 Christine 54,561
52 Harry 56,235 Diana 53,684
53 Howard 53,523 Gail 53,140
54 Mark 50,734 Joanne 51,649
55 Alan 50,306 Rose 51,632
56 Louis 49,415 Wanda 50,771
57 Philip 48,733 Carole 50,304
58 Patrick 48,619 Rita 49,849
59 Dale 46,804 Charlotte 49,477
60 Danny 46,650 Jo 48,447
61 Stanley 46,262 Evelyn 48,160
62 Leonard 44,274 Geraldine 47,933
63 Timothy 43,497 Jacqueline 45,557
64 Gregory 43,237 Ellen 45,400
65 Samuel 43,127 Sally 45,343
66 Ronnie 42,446 Rebecca 45,309
67 Norman 42,164 Kathryn 44,582
68 Ernest 41,751 Deborah 44,060
69 Russell 41,323 Norma 43,022
70 Francis 39,523 Suzanne 41,403
71 Melvin 39,221 Anna 41,281
72 Earl 39,120 Sue 40,942
73 Frederick 39,098 Darlene 40,318
74 Allen 39,046 Patsy 40,275
75 Bill 37,760 Joann 40,010
76 Tommy 37,032 Sarah 39,974
77 Phillip 36,995 Katherine 39,916
78 Marvin 36,433 Paula 39,035
79 Steve 36,282 Annie 38,710
80 Don 36,240 Louise 38,651
81 Barry 36,189 Roberta 38,049
82 Clarence 36,188 Sylvia 37,283
83 Glenn 35,709 Anne 36,144
84 Jim 35,624 Theresa 35,787
85 Eddie 34,794 Sheila 35,735
86 Mike 34,644 Maria 35,559
87 Andrew 34,620 Laura 35,072
88 Jeffrey 34,344 Kathy 34,766
89 Leroy 33,849 Eileen 34,689
90 Alfred 31,989 Marcia 34,394
91 Martin 31,402 Rosemary 34,294
92 Lee 30,978 Glenda 33,344
93 Tom 29,883 Dolores 33,099
94 Ray 29,650 Mildred 33,065
95 Herbert 28,698 Lorraine 33,045
96 Gene 27,739 Marjorie 32,900
97 Bernard 26,445 Sherry 32,757
98 Theodore 26,242 Kay 32,649
99 Curtis 25,998 Anita 32,526
100 Keith 25,871 Dianne 32,291
101 Clifford 25,819 Ruby 31,869
102 Rodney 24,845 Irene 31,818
103 Gordon 24,463 Juanita 30,440
104 Jimmie 24,354 Maureen 30,259
105 Jesse 24,334 Loretta 30,119
106 Vincent 23,901 Jeanne 30,113
107 Warren 23,728 Constance 29,907
108 Lloyd 23,590 Lynn 29,386
109 Leon 23,575 Marlene 29,291
110 Jerome 23,108 Arlene 29,094
111 Edwin 22,970 Delores 28,501
112 Brian 22,795 Lynda 27,949
113 Victor 22,517 Julia 27,888
114 Bob 21,372 Marsha 27,408
115 Floyd 20,995 Charlene 26,780
116 Lewis 20,925 June 25,166
117 Harvey 20,756 Jeanette 24,721
118 Alvin 20,706 Edna 24,699
119 Clyde 20,705 Josephine 24,320
120 Craig 20,289 Eleanor 23,757
121 Vernon 20,033 Yvonne 23,672
122 Leslie 19,384 Vicki 23,491
123 Franklin 19,301 Vivian 22,913
124 Calvin 19,239 Emma 22,786
125 Jon 19,036 Georgia 22,391
126 Jay 18,661 Lillian 22,308
127 Charlie 18,251 Edith 22,146
128 Darrell 18,226 Pauline 21,908
129 Jackie 18,119 Wilma 21,193
130 Dan 18,009 Victoria 20,756
131 Allan 17,828 Ethel 20,578
132 Randall 17,778 Lucille 20,455
133 Joel 17,422 Florence 20,391
134 Gilbert 17,341 Sara 20,274
135 Benjamin 17,178 Margie 20,260
136 Lester 17,078 Thelma 20,229
137 Duane 17,069 Clara 20,026
138 Leo 16,958 Audrey 19,716
139 Tony 16,958 Grace 19,371
140 Herman 16,845 Teresa 19,330
141 Jose 16,813 Annette 19,176
142 Glen 16,546 Claudia 19,168
143 Johnnie 16,420 Gladys 19,056
144 Dean 16,358 Julie 19,036
145 Arnold 16,027 Marion 18,488
146 Lonnie 15,895 Gwendolyn 18,341
147 Christopher 15,873 Priscilla 18,122
148 Nicholas 15,507 Willie 18,097
149 Freddie 15,372 Esther 17,637
150 Chester 15,280 Eva 17,563
151 Eric 15,194 Andrea 17,061
152 Milton 14,872 Maryann 17,053
153 Cecil 14,838 Bernice 17,029
154 Lynn 14,197 Rosa 16,795
155 Manuel 14,187 Hazel 16,656
156 Randy 14,165 Billie 16,367
157 Roland 13,090 Bertha 16,224
158 Ted 13,025 Bobbie 16,197
159 Dwight 12,863 Gayle 16,197
160 Claude 12,815 Pat 16,150
161 Wesley 12,459 Maxine 16,070
162 Neil 12,433 Marian 16,041
163 Sam 12,351 Ella 15,974
164 Scott 12,166 Paulette 15,901
165 Dave 11,742 Joy 15,567
166 Wallace 11,462 Beatrice 15,559
167 Kevin 11,291 Cathy 15,552
168 Hugh 10,991 Lillie 15,354
169 Donnie 10,984 Janis 14,861
170 Elmer 10,874 Leslie 14,856
171 Micheal 10,619 Ida 14,292
172 Willard 10,595 Lynne 14,236
173 Juan 10,552 Deanna 13,737
174 Maurice 10,480 Faye 13,708
175 Garry 10,317 Terry 13,700
176 Jessie 10,314 Valerie 13,691
177 Marshall 10,237 Rachel 13,414
178 Oscar 10,187 Emily 13,408
179 Edgar 9,805 Lucy 13,128
180 Karl 9,729 Janie 13,117
181 Marion 9,666 Penny 13,114
182 Sidney 9,609 Jackie 13,093
183 Stuart 9,530 Harriet 12,923
184 Nathaniel 9,490 Regina 12,715
185 Alexander 9,483 Rosalie 12,586
186 Sammy 9,357 Alma 12,401
187 Everett 9,310 Angela 12,259
188 Benny 9,298 Vera 12,188
189 Guy 8,948 Jessie 12,148
190 Virgil 8,946 Marianne 11,945
191 Morris 8,801 Stephanie 11,938
192 Matthew 8,763 Jill 11,866
193 Earnest 8,703 Mattie 11,776
194 Lyle 8,618 Minnie 11,735
195 Max 8,524 Caroline 11,627
196 Bennie 8,479 Michele 11,600
197 Wendell 8,376 Veronica 11,528
198 Kent 8,346 Patty 11,416
199 Jonathan 8,299 Rosie 11,404
200 Fredrick 8,228 Stella 11,359
Source: 100% sample based on Social Security card application data as of the end of February 2016. See the limitations of this data source.