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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 15,150,637 male births and 14,892,428 female births.

Popular names of the 1940s
Males Females
Rank Name Number Name Number
1 James 795,436 Mary 639,938
2 Robert 757,790 Linda 531,559
3 John 711,324 Barbara 425,192
4 William 556,195 Patricia 411,360
5 Richard 477,279 Carol 292,280
6 David 426,188 Sandra 265,498
7 Charles 361,577 Nancy 251,997
8 Thomas 350,664 Sharon 221,202
9 Michael 336,437 Judith 217,985
10 Ronald 282,305 Susan 211,981
11 Larry 255,778 Betty 194,600
12 Donald 247,670 Carolyn 181,825
13 Joseph 230,179 Margaret 173,001
14 Gary 217,649 Shirley 171,752
15 George 208,924 Judy 167,699
16 Kenneth 198,437 Karen 167,676
17 Paul 183,281 Donna 165,504
18 Edward 174,720 Kathleen 152,968
19 Jerry 167,150 Joyce 151,466
20 Dennis 162,037 Dorothy 132,221
21 Frank 119,360 Janet 130,736
22 Daniel 112,724 Diane 122,859
23 Raymond 109,020 Janice 118,874
24 Roger 107,546 Joan 117,680
25 Stephen 106,728 Elizabeth 116,527
26 Gerald 103,282 Brenda 112,399
27 Walter 83,714 Gloria 105,029
28 Harold 82,122 Virginia 98,972
29 Steven 81,190 Marilyn 98,953
30 Douglas 80,733 Martha 95,369
31 Lawrence 80,412 Beverly 95,109
32 Terry 76,932 Helen 90,723
33 Wayne 75,084 Bonnie 86,873
34 Arthur 73,952 Ruth 85,644
35 Jack 73,903 Frances 85,427
36 Carl 72,695 Jean 80,353
37 Henry 72,436 Ann 76,785
38 Willie 72,364 Phyllis 76,130
39 Bruce 72,068 Pamela 73,105
40 Joe 71,980 Jane 72,530
41 Peter 69,331 Alice 72,377
42 Billy 67,785 Peggy 72,108
43 Roy 65,599 Cheryl 70,945
44 Ralph 64,936 Doris 64,137
45 Anthony 64,814 Catherine 62,074
46 Jimmy 63,479 Elaine 60,095
47 Albert 60,243 Cynthia 58,053
48 Bobby 58,859 Marie 57,511
49 Eugene 57,236 Lois 56,856
50 Johnny 57,165 Connie 56,586
51 Fred 56,624 Christine 54,559
52 Harry 56,214 Diana 53,681
53 Howard 53,504 Gail 53,133
54 Mark 50,730 Joanne 51,648
55 Alan 50,287 Rose 51,632
56 Louis 49,400 Wanda 50,769
57 Philip 48,728 Carole 50,300
58 Patrick 48,588 Rita 49,846
59 Dale 46,790 Charlotte 49,464
60 Danny 46,638 Jo 48,443
61 Stanley 46,248 Evelyn 48,154
62 Leonard 44,250 Geraldine 47,928
63 Timothy 43,478 Jacqueline 45,556
64 Gregory 43,223 Ellen 45,394
65 Samuel 43,122 Sally 45,340
66 Ronnie 42,439 Rebecca 45,309
67 Norman 42,154 Kathryn 44,575
68 Ernest 41,740 Deborah 44,049
69 Russell 41,305 Norma 43,018
70 Francis 39,512 Suzanne 41,396
71 Melvin 39,212 Anna 41,285
72 Earl 39,115 Sue 40,940
73 Frederick 39,082 Darlene 40,315
74 Allen 39,042 Patsy 40,275
75 Bill 37,755 Joann 40,008
76 Tommy 37,024 Sarah 39,963
77 Phillip 36,982 Katherine 39,912
78 Marvin 36,416 Paula 39,034
79 Steve 36,271 Annie 38,695
80 Don 36,226 Louise 38,650
81 Barry 36,174 Roberta 38,043
82 Clarence 36,168 Sylvia 37,285
83 Glenn 35,700 Anne 36,149
84 Jim 35,620 Theresa 35,784
85 Eddie 34,784 Sheila 35,730
86 Mike 34,627 Maria 35,556
87 Andrew 34,617 Laura 35,062
88 Jeffrey 34,325 Kathy 34,765
89 Leroy 33,837 Eileen 34,685
90 Alfred 31,979 Marcia 34,394
91 Martin 31,398 Rosemary 34,293
92 Lee 30,970 Glenda 33,342
93 Tom 29,876 Dolores 33,093
94 Ray 29,645 Mildred 33,063
95 Herbert 28,689 Lorraine 33,045
96 Gene 27,730 Marjorie 32,894
97 Bernard 26,441 Sherry 32,748
98 Theodore 26,233 Kay 32,648
99 Curtis 25,997 Anita 32,520
100 Keith 25,864 Dianne 32,291
101 Clifford 25,812 Ruby 31,861
102 Rodney 24,836 Irene 31,813
103 Gordon 24,451 Juanita 30,437
104 Jimmie 24,338 Maureen 30,258
105 Jesse 24,330 Loretta 30,118
106 Vincent 23,905 Jeanne 30,112
107 Warren 23,720 Constance 29,906
108 Lloyd 23,588 Lynn 29,385
109 Leon 23,570 Marlene 29,290
110 Jerome 23,101 Arlene 29,091
111 Edwin 22,953 Delores 28,500
112 Brian 22,783 Lynda 27,950
113 Victor 22,510 Julia 27,888
114 Bob 21,371 Marsha 27,403
115 Floyd 20,986 Charlene 26,781
116 Lewis 20,925 June 25,165
117 Harvey 20,745 Jeanette 24,718
118 Clyde 20,701 Edna 24,698
119 Alvin 20,699 Josephine 24,316
120 Craig 20,281 Eleanor 23,754
121 Vernon 20,026 Yvonne 23,671
122 Leslie 19,371 Vicki 23,489
123 Franklin 19,295 Vivian 22,909
124 Calvin 19,228 Emma 22,782
125 Jon 19,034 Georgia 22,388
126 Jay 18,659 Lillian 22,302
127 Charlie 18,245 Edith 22,142
128 Darrell 18,223 Pauline 21,901
129 Jackie 18,112 Wilma 21,188
130 Dan 18,009 Victoria 20,754
131 Allan 17,818 Ethel 20,576
132 Randall 17,773 Lucille 20,451
133 Joel 17,414 Florence 20,389
134 Gilbert 17,333 Sara 20,275
135 Benjamin 17,175 Margie 20,254
136 Lester 17,072 Thelma 20,224
137 Duane 17,061 Clara 20,029
138 Tony 16,956 Audrey 19,717
139 Leo 16,955 Grace 19,369
140 Herman 16,838 Teresa 19,327
141 Jose 16,812 Annette 19,176
142 Glen 16,541 Claudia 19,166
143 Johnnie 16,412 Gladys 19,052
144 Dean 16,357 Julie 19,039
145 Arnold 16,022 Marion 18,483
146 Lonnie 15,889 Gwendolyn 18,341
147 Christopher 15,865 Priscilla 18,117
148 Nicholas 15,501 Willie 18,092
149 Freddie 15,367 Esther 17,634
150 Chester 15,267 Eva 17,559
151 Eric 15,193 Andrea 17,061
152 Milton 14,865 Maryann 17,052
153 Cecil 14,831 Bernice 17,030
154 Lynn 14,190 Rosa 16,792
155 Manuel 14,183 Hazel 16,654
156 Randy 14,158 Billie 16,366
157 Roland 13,087 Bertha 16,224
158 Ted 13,018 Gayle 16,197
159 Dwight 12,861 Bobbie 16,195
160 Claude 12,813 Pat 16,151
161 Wesley 12,453 Maxine 16,069
162 Neil 12,428 Marian 16,037
163 Sam 12,345 Ella 15,970
164 Scott 12,167 Paulette 15,900
165 Dave 11,737 Joy 15,567
166 Wallace 11,456 Beatrice 15,559
167 Kevin 11,290 Cathy 15,552
168 Hugh 10,986 Lillie 15,351
169 Donnie 10,982 Janis 14,860
170 Elmer 10,865 Leslie 14,856
171 Micheal 10,625 Ida 14,290
172 Willard 10,592 Lynne 14,234
173 Juan 10,549 Deanna 13,736
174 Maurice 10,472 Faye 13,708
175 Jessie 10,316 Terry 13,701
176 Garry 10,315 Valerie 13,688
177 Marshall 10,239 Rachel 13,410
178 Oscar 10,187 Emily 13,403
179 Edgar 9,804 Lucy 13,131
180 Karl 9,722 Janie 13,114
181 Marion 9,662 Penny 13,112
182 Sidney 9,607 Jackie 13,090
183 Stuart 9,527 Harriet 12,920
184 Nathaniel 9,485 Regina 12,713
185 Alexander 9,474 Rosalie 12,583
186 Sammy 9,350 Alma 12,399
187 Everett 9,306 Angela 12,260
188 Benny 9,297 Vera 12,185
189 Guy 8,943 Jessie 12,147
190 Virgil 8,943 Marianne 11,946
191 Morris 8,797 Stephanie 11,933
192 Matthew 8,759 Jill 11,866
193 Earnest 8,697 Mattie 11,773
194 Lyle 8,614 Minnie 11,735
195 Max 8,520 Caroline 11,625
196 Bennie 8,477 Michele 11,598
197 Wendell 8,373 Veronica 11,528
198 Kent 8,343 Patty 11,414
199 Jonathan 8,296 Rosie 11,402
200 Fredrick 8,228 Stella 11,360
Source: 100% sample based on Social Security card application data as of the end of February 2013. See the limitations of this data source.