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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 15,155,297 male births and 14,893,991 female births.

Popular names of the 1940s
Males Females
Rank Name Number Name Number
1 James 795,663 Mary 640,012
2 Robert 758,015 Linda 531,625
3 John 711,539 Barbara 425,240
4 William 556,393 Patricia 411,397
5 Richard 477,396 Carol 292,322
6 David 426,291 Sandra 265,524
7 Charles 361,687 Nancy 252,035
8 Thomas 350,746 Sharon 221,222
9 Michael 336,556 Judith 218,014
10 Ronald 282,409 Susan 212,011
11 Larry 255,848 Betty 194,613
12 Donald 247,750 Carolyn 181,841
13 Joseph 230,241 Margaret 173,011
14 Gary 217,723 Shirley 171,767
15 George 208,986 Judy 167,709
16 Kenneth 198,497 Karen 167,691
17 Paul 183,329 Donna 165,517
18 Edward 174,772 Kathleen 152,977
19 Jerry 167,215 Joyce 151,486
20 Dennis 162,085 Dorothy 132,241
21 Frank 119,403 Janet 130,746
22 Daniel 112,768 Diane 122,869
23 Raymond 109,057 Janice 118,878
24 Roger 107,588 Joan 117,696
25 Stephen 106,784 Elizabeth 116,540
26 Gerald 103,323 Brenda 112,403
27 Walter 83,720 Gloria 105,038
28 Harold 82,148 Virginia 98,990
29 Steven 81,210 Marilyn 98,966
30 Douglas 80,754 Martha 95,375
31 Lawrence 80,445 Beverly 95,119
32 Terry 76,956 Helen 90,738
33 Wayne 75,119 Bonnie 86,875
34 Arthur 73,961 Ruth 85,656
35 Jack 73,915 Frances 85,430
36 Carl 72,726 Jean 80,365
37 Henry 72,462 Ann 76,791
38 Willie 72,398 Phyllis 76,132
39 Bruce 72,086 Pamela 73,115
40 Joe 71,993 Jane 72,532
41 Peter 69,343 Alice 72,384
42 Billy 67,813 Peggy 72,114
43 Roy 65,621 Cheryl 70,955
44 Ralph 64,956 Doris 64,133
45 Anthony 64,823 Catherine 62,077
46 Jimmy 63,505 Elaine 60,104
47 Albert 60,266 Cynthia 58,056
48 Bobby 58,875 Marie 57,516
49 Eugene 57,257 Lois 56,853
50 Johnny 57,177 Connie 56,596
51 Fred 56,652 Christine 54,564
52 Harry 56,239 Diana 53,686
53 Howard 53,524 Gail 53,138
54 Mark 50,732 Joanne 51,651
55 Alan 50,302 Rose 51,638
56 Louis 49,417 Wanda 50,772
57 Philip 48,736 Carole 50,304
58 Patrick 48,618 Rita 49,850
59 Dale 46,802 Charlotte 49,475
60 Danny 46,651 Jo 48,447
61 Stanley 46,263 Evelyn 48,159
62 Leonard 44,277 Geraldine 47,935
63 Timothy 43,494 Jacqueline 45,556
64 Gregory 43,227 Ellen 45,401
65 Samuel 43,123 Sally 45,343
66 Ronnie 42,447 Rebecca 45,309
67 Norman 42,166 Kathryn 44,581
68 Ernest 41,752 Deborah 44,059
69 Russell 41,325 Norma 43,023
70 Francis 39,521 Suzanne 41,402
71 Melvin 39,222 Anna 41,280
72 Earl 39,124 Sue 40,942
73 Frederick 39,099 Darlene 40,320
74 Allen 39,045 Patsy 40,277
75 Bill 37,762 Joann 40,010
76 Tommy 37,035 Sarah 39,975
77 Phillip 36,992 Katherine 39,913
78 Marvin 36,432 Paula 39,040
79 Steve 36,282 Annie 38,713
80 Don 36,242 Louise 38,652
81 Barry 36,188 Roberta 38,048
82 Clarence 36,188 Sylvia 37,286
83 Glenn 35,711 Anne 36,145
84 Jim 35,626 Theresa 35,788
85 Eddie 34,796 Sheila 35,739
86 Mike 34,644 Maria 35,559
87 Andrew 34,618 Laura 35,073
88 Jeffrey 34,345 Kathy 34,766
89 Leroy 33,853 Eileen 34,690
90 Alfred 31,988 Marcia 34,394
91 Martin 31,403 Rosemary 34,295
92 Lee 30,977 Glenda 33,344
93 Tom 29,881 Dolores 33,098
94 Ray 29,651 Mildred 33,064
95 Herbert 28,699 Lorraine 33,046
96 Gene 27,737 Marjorie 32,900
97 Bernard 26,447 Sherry 32,757
98 Theodore 26,243 Kay 32,650
99 Curtis 25,999 Anita 32,528
100 Keith 25,870 Dianne 32,291
101 Clifford 25,818 Ruby 31,871
102 Rodney 24,843 Irene 31,817
103 Gordon 24,461 Juanita 30,440
104 Jimmie 24,353 Maureen 30,259
105 Jesse 24,336 Loretta 30,120
106 Vincent 23,899 Jeanne 30,113
107 Warren 23,729 Constance 29,907
108 Lloyd 23,592 Lynn 29,385
109 Leon 23,577 Marlene 29,293
110 Jerome 23,108 Arlene 29,094
111 Edwin 22,970 Delores 28,502
112 Brian 22,791 Lynda 27,949
113 Victor 22,522 Julia 27,891
114 Bob 21,372 Marsha 27,409
115 Floyd 20,997 Charlene 26,779
116 Lewis 20,924 June 25,166
117 Harvey 20,757 Jeanette 24,723
118 Alvin 20,706 Edna 24,699
119 Clyde 20,706 Josephine 24,320
120 Craig 20,287 Eleanor 23,758
121 Vernon 20,031 Yvonne 23,672
122 Leslie 19,387 Vicki 23,490
123 Franklin 19,303 Vivian 22,914
124 Calvin 19,238 Emma 22,786
125 Jon 19,036 Georgia 22,391
126 Jay 18,663 Lillian 22,308
127 Charlie 18,258 Edith 22,146
128 Darrell 18,225 Pauline 21,910
129 Jackie 18,119 Wilma 21,192
130 Dan 18,011 Victoria 20,754
131 Allan 17,829 Ethel 20,579
132 Randall 17,777 Lucille 20,455
133 Joel 17,423 Florence 20,392
134 Gilbert 17,343 Sara 20,274
135 Benjamin 17,178 Margie 20,260
136 Lester 17,078 Thelma 20,229
137 Duane 17,069 Clara 20,028
138 Leo 16,957 Audrey 19,717
139 Tony 16,957 Grace 19,373
140 Herman 16,847 Teresa 19,330
141 Jose 16,815 Annette 19,175
142 Glen 16,545 Claudia 19,170
143 Johnnie 16,420 Gladys 19,058
144 Dean 16,357 Julie 19,036
145 Arnold 16,028 Marion 18,489
146 Lonnie 15,895 Gwendolyn 18,342
147 Christopher 15,874 Priscilla 18,122
148 Nicholas 15,508 Willie 18,097
149 Freddie 15,371 Esther 17,639
150 Chester 15,280 Eva 17,564
151 Eric 15,194 Andrea 17,061
152 Milton 14,873 Maryann 17,053
153 Cecil 14,836 Bernice 17,030
154 Lynn 14,198 Rosa 16,793
155 Manuel 14,186 Hazel 16,656
156 Randy 14,165 Billie 16,368
157 Roland 13,090 Bertha 16,225
158 Ted 13,027 Bobbie 16,197
159 Dwight 12,863 Gayle 16,197
160 Claude 12,814 Pat 16,150
161 Wesley 12,458 Maxine 16,071
162 Neil 12,433 Marian 16,040
163 Sam 12,351 Ella 15,973
164 Scott 12,164 Paulette 15,901
165 Dave 11,740 Joy 15,566
166 Wallace 11,463 Beatrice 15,561
167 Kevin 11,286 Cathy 15,551
168 Hugh 10,991 Lillie 15,354
169 Donnie 10,985 Janis 14,860
170 Elmer 10,873 Leslie 14,856
171 Micheal 10,617 Ida 14,291
172 Willard 10,596 Lynne 14,236
173 Juan 10,554 Deanna 13,737
174 Maurice 10,478 Faye 13,708
175 Garry 10,318 Terry 13,700
176 Jessie 10,316 Valerie 13,692
177 Marshall 10,238 Rachel 13,413
178 Oscar 10,187 Emily 13,406
179 Edgar 9,805 Lucy 13,128
180 Karl 9,727 Janie 13,117
181 Marion 9,667 Penny 13,114
182 Sidney 9,609 Jackie 13,093
183 Stuart 9,530 Harriet 12,923
184 Nathaniel 9,491 Regina 12,714
185 Alexander 9,480 Rosalie 12,586
186 Sammy 9,359 Alma 12,400
187 Everett 9,309 Angela 12,259
188 Benny 9,301 Vera 12,188
189 Guy 8,950 Jessie 12,148
190 Virgil 8,946 Marianne 11,945
191 Morris 8,800 Stephanie 11,937
192 Matthew 8,763 Jill 11,866
193 Earnest 8,703 Mattie 11,777
194 Lyle 8,618 Minnie 11,736
195 Max 8,525 Caroline 11,626
196 Bennie 8,477 Michele 11,603
197 Wendell 8,376 Veronica 11,528
198 Kent 8,346 Patty 11,416
199 Jonathan 8,300 Rosie 11,404
200 Fredrick 8,228 Stella 11,359
Source: 100% sample based on Social Security card application data as of March 2017. See the limitations of this data source.