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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 20,515,053 male births and 19,732,905 female births.

Popular names of the 1950s
Males Females
Rank Name Number Name Number
1 James 843,452 Mary 625,560
2 Michael 837,117 Linda 564,293
3 Robert 830,107 Patricia 459,610
4 John 797,599 Susan 437,701
5 David 769,609 Deborah 430,507
6 William 591,017 Barbara 345,692
7 Richard 535,192 Debra 341,300
8 Thomas 454,185 Karen 332,486
9 Mark 382,432 Nancy 286,765
10 Charles 361,000 Donna 270,318
11 Steven 333,529 Cynthia 263,389
12 Gary 329,789 Sandra 251,547
13 Joseph 299,891 Pamela 237,370
14 Donald 273,432 Sharon 232,791
15 Ronald 271,031 Kathleen 224,309
16 Kenneth 262,688 Carol 222,626
17 Paul 253,097 Diane 210,607
18 Larry 245,581 Brenda 209,233
19 Daniel 243,609 Cheryl 171,362
20 Stephen 207,176 Janet 167,501
21 Dennis 204,163 Elizabeth 165,646
22 Timothy 198,232 Kathy 157,920
23 Edward 188,290 Margaret 149,568
24 Jeffrey 184,559 Janice 133,599
25 George 180,963 Carolyn 124,062
26 Gregory 178,380 Denise 123,770
27 Kevin 158,959 Judy 118,042
28 Douglas 148,148 Rebecca 115,688
29 Terry 140,654 Joyce 114,952
30 Anthony 136,627 Teresa 114,267
31 Jerry 136,532 Christine 113,330
32 Bruce 136,394 Catherine 108,824
33 Randy 120,497 Shirley 108,792
34 Brian 112,306 Judith 108,749
35 Frank 112,276 Betty 103,186
36 Scott 111,788 Beverly 97,778
37 Roger 110,099 Lisa 95,822
38 Raymond 108,903 Laura 95,520
39 Peter 102,713 Theresa 89,590
40 Patrick 96,828 Connie 88,801
41 Keith 91,198 Ann 87,034
42 Lawrence 91,076 Julie 86,694
43 Wayne 88,075 Gloria 86,693
44 Danny 86,597 Gail 85,614
45 Alan 83,943 Joan 85,166
46 Gerald 82,586 Paula 84,858
47 Ricky 79,124 Peggy 84,279
48 Carl 78,715 Cindy 83,974
49 Christopher 78,209 Martha 83,179
50 Dale 75,519 Bonnie 83,004
51 Walter 72,163 Jane 82,908
52 Craig 69,464 Cathy 82,710
53 Willie 66,432 Robin 82,414
54 Johnny 65,742 Debbie 82,090
55 Arthur 65,702 Diana 80,222
56 Steve 64,227 Marilyn 80,153
57 Joe 62,614 Kathryn 77,792
58 Randall 62,404 Dorothy 74,472
59 Jack 62,389 Wanda 72,443
60 Russell 62,382 Jean 72,262
61 Henry 62,229 Vicki 71,976
62 Harold 62,142 Sheila 70,159
63 Roy 61,813 Virginia 69,779
64 Andrew 60,963 Sherry 68,327
65 Philip 60,831 Katherine 66,850
66 Ralph 60,409 Rose 66,712
67 Billy 59,245 Lynn 66,040
68 Glenn 58,688 Jo 63,963
69 Stanley 57,136 Ruth 62,520
70 Jimmy 54,865 Maria 62,416
71 Rodney 54,791 Darlene 61,871
72 Barry 54,778 Jacqueline 60,462
73 Samuel 53,756 Rita 60,254
74 Eric 53,291 Rhonda 59,803
75 Bobby 53,257 Phyllis 57,769
76 Albert 52,826 Helen 57,568
77 Phillip 52,442 Vickie 56,856
78 Ronnie 51,275 Kim 56,074
79 Martin 50,965 Lori 56,064
80 Mike 48,346 Ellen 55,378
81 Eugene 48,264 Elaine 54,224
82 Louis 47,909 Joanne 53,547
83 Howard 47,837 Anne 52,389
84 Allen 47,306 Valerie 52,231
85 Curtis 46,305 Alice 52,062
86 Jeffery 45,851 Frances 51,190
87 Frederick 44,256 Suzanne 50,321
88 Leonard 43,541 Marie 49,258
89 Harry 43,322 Victoria 49,118
90 Micheal 40,928 Kimberly 48,954
91 Tony 40,782 Anita 47,586
92 Ernest 39,659 Laurie 46,954
93 Eddie 38,572 Michelle 46,784
94 Fred 37,439 Sally 46,703
95 Darrell 37,236 Terri 46,431
96 Jay 36,954 Marcia 43,728
97 Melvin 36,158 Terry 43,190
98 Lee 35,812 Jennifer 43,071
99 Matthew 35,809 Leslie 43,043
100 Vincent 35,346 Doris 42,895
101 Tommy 34,946 Maureen 42,814
102 Francis 34,758 Wendy 42,666
103 Marvin 34,691 Michele 41,960
104 Dean 34,562 Anna 41,691
105 Rick 34,384 Marsha 41,554
106 Victor 33,885 Angela 40,347
107 Norman 33,731 Sarah 39,966
108 Earl 32,633 Sylvia 39,529
109 Jose 31,402 Jill 39,055
110 Calvin 30,544 Dawn 38,898
111 Ray 29,901 Sue 38,851
112 Clifford 29,853 Evelyn 38,400
113 Alfred 29,732 Roberta 37,913
114 Jerome 29,697 Jeanne 37,664
115 Bradley 29,481 Charlotte 36,994
116 Clarence 29,471 Eileen 36,559
117 Don 29,445 Lois 36,193
118 Theodore 29,036 Colleen 35,912
119 Jon 28,923 Stephanie 35,561
120 Rickey 27,943 Annette 35,344
121 Joel 27,847 Glenda 35,221
122 Jesse 26,637 Yvonne 35,037
123 Jim 26,210 Dianne 34,486
124 Edwin 26,191 Tina 33,990
125 Dan 26,011 Beth 33,986
126 Bernard 25,876 Lorraine 33,583
127 Chris 25,869 Constance 33,525
128 Jonathan 25,809 Renee 32,948
129 Gordon 25,718 Charlene 32,716
130 Glen 25,385 Joann 32,661
131 Jeff 24,923 Julia 32,453
132 Warren 24,602 Gwendolyn 31,943
133 Leroy 24,578 Norma 30,801
134 Herbert 24,288 Regina 30,788
135 Duane 24,130 Amy 30,588
136 Bill 23,880 Loretta 30,385
137 Benjamin 23,844 Sheryl 30,382
138 Tom 23,745 Carla 29,429
139 Alvin 23,076 Andrea 29,375
140 Nicholas 22,617 Tammy 29,178
141 Tim 22,217 Irene 26,969
142 Mitchell 21,958 Jan 26,162
143 Marc 21,927 Louise 25,845
144 Leslie 21,376 Juanita 25,648
145 Leon 21,341 Marlene 25,247
146 Kim 21,202 Penny 25,118
147 Dwight 20,841 Rosemary 24,995
148 Bryan 20,631 Becky 24,836
149 Lloyd 20,615 Kay 24,644
150 Vernon 20,127 Joy 24,515
151 Gene 19,691 Geraldine 24,222
152 Reginald 19,332 Jeanette 23,985
153 Lonnie 19,189 Gayle 23,725
154 Guy 19,143 Annie 23,674
155 Gilbert 18,836 Vivian 23,546
156 Garry 18,786 Claudia 23,149
157 Juan 18,760 Lynda 22,689
158 Karl 18,729 Melissa 22,292
159 Kent 18,688 Audrey 22,219
160 Kurt 18,638 Lynne 22,192
161 Todd 18,564 Patsy 21,733
162 Jackie 18,438 Melinda 21,505
163 Greg 18,243 Vicky 21,331
164 Lewis 18,128 Toni 21,306
165 Wesley 18,075 June 21,101
166 Clyde 17,889 Belinda 20,938
167 Floyd 17,860 Marjorie 20,935
168 Neil 17,705 Arlene 20,655
169 Allan 17,690 Patti 20,603
170 Donnie 17,155 Ruby 20,549
171 Perry 17,073 Sara 20,493
172 Franklin 17,008 Yolanda 19,943
173 Lester 16,560 Rosa 19,875
174 Brad 16,479 Christina 19,847
175 Manuel 16,366 Melanie 19,847
176 Kirk 16,219 Delores 19,360
177 Carlos 15,813 Jackie 19,303
178 Leo 15,527 Vanessa 19,161
179 Jimmie 15,526 Carmen 18,947
180 Randolph 15,492 Monica 18,714
181 Charlie 15,278 Janis 18,672
182 Robin 15,214 Holly 18,634
183 Dana 15,153 Marianne 18,474
184 Darryl 15,086 Dolores 18,308
185 Dave 14,850 Shelley 18,222
186 Ted 14,719 Veronica 17,619
187 Milton 14,568 Mildred 17,569
188 Daryl 14,496 Dana 17,108
189 Kerry 14,405 Eva 17,106
190 Freddie 14,397 Rachel 16,777
191 Brent 14,326 Shelia 16,755
192 Harvey 14,247 Roxanne 16,604
193 Gerard 14,208 Carole 16,532
194 Stuart 14,069 Lillian 16,505
195 Johnnie 14,039 Josephine 16,406
196 Herman 13,827 Carrie 16,181
197 Lynn 13,764 Patty 16,108
198 Rex 13,493 Sherri 16,103
199 Arnold 13,192 Doreen 16,085
200 Kelly 13,125 Grace 15,915
Source: 100% sample based on Social Security card application data as of March 2017. See the limitations of this data source.