Most Popular Baby Names of the 1880s

The 1880's were a changing time in the United States. While the wild west was still wild, other parts of the nation were embracing change. In the wild west, the outlaws Billy the Kid and Jesse James were shot and killed and the Gun Fight at the OK Corral took place in Tombstone, Arizona. The 1880's also saw the publication of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Labor Day celebrated for the first time, the Brooklyn Bridge opening, and the Statue of Liberty dedicated. Life across the country was evolving, during the 1880's, and so was the list of the most popular baby names.

Trendy Names of the 1880s

Boy Names

RankNameIn the 1880sSince 1879
#1Wong<100187
#2Chin<100134
#3Maude<100133
#4Bird<100109
#5Hosteen<100<100
#6Maud<100<100
#7Edw<100<100
#8Merida<100<100
#9Pembroke<100<100
#10Roll<100<100

Girl Names

RankNameIn the 1880sSince 1879
#1Lotta178499
#2Bird<100121
#3Caddie<100<100
#4Tilla<100<100
#5Alphonsine<100<100
#6Ason<100<100
#7Crete<100<100
#8Byrde<100<100
#9Franc<100<100
#10Zilpah<100<100

Most Popular Names Of the Decade

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-John90k5,106k
#2-William85k4,088k
#3-James54k5,136k
#4-George48k1,461k
#5-Charles47k2,379k
#6-Frank31k909k
#7-Joseph26k2,593k
#8-Henry24k669k
#9-Robert24k4,809k
#10-Thomas24k2,298k
#11-Edward23k1,286k
#12-Harry23k421k
#13-Walter18k619k
#14-Arthur16k526k
#15-Fred16k343k
#16-Albert14k487k
#17-Samuel9k740k
#18-Clarence9k302k
#19-Louis8k394k
#20-David8k3,601k
#21-Joe7k450k
#22-Charlie7k166k
#23-Richard7k2,561k
#24-Ernest7k301k
#25-Roy7k404k
#26-Will6k44k
#27-Andrew6k1,276k
#28-Jesse6k414k
#29-Oscar6k197k
#30-Willie6k448k
#31-Daniel6k1,896k
#32-Benjamin5k721k
#33-Carl5k502k
#34-Sam5k123k
#35-Alfred5k241k
#36-Earl5k288k
#37-Peter5k573k
#38-Elmer5k128k
#39-Frederick5k260k
#40-Howard4k345k
#41-Lewis4k150k
#42-Ralph4k412k
#43-Herbert4k228k
#44-Paul4k1,385k
#45-Lee4k230k
#46-Tom4k139k
#47-Herman4k135k
#48-Martin4k305k
#49-Jacob4k906k
#50-Michael4k4,338k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary92k4,121k
#2-Anna38k884k
#3-Emma25k634k
#4-Elizabeth25k1,621k
#5-Margaret22k1,244k
#6-Minnie22k159k
#7-Ida18k186k
#8-Bertha18k208k
#9-Clara18k274k
#10-Alice17k556k
#11-Annie17k348k
#12-Florence17k335k
#13-Bessie15k170k
#14-Grace15k483k
#15-Ethel15k279k
#16-Sarah15k1,070k
#17-Ella14k289k
#18-Martha14k548k
#19-Nellie14k149k
#20-Mabel13k134k
#21-Laura13k794k
#22-Carrie13k266k
#23-Cora12k128k
#24-Helen11k1,018k
#25-Maude11k45k
#26-Lillian11k433k
#27-Gertrude11k177k
#28-Rose11k479k
#29-Edna11k294k
#30-Pearl11k156k
#31-Edith11k265k
#32-Jennie10k127k
#33-Hattie10k98k
#34-Mattie10k131k
#35-Eva10k259k
#36-Julia10k453k
#37-Myrtle10k136k
#38-Louise10k332k
#39-Lillie9k155k
#40-Jessie9k167k
#41-Frances9k589k
#42-Catherine9k657k
#43-Lula9k84k
#44-Lena9k136k
#45-Marie8k536k
#46-Ada8k93k
#47-Josephine8k301k
#48-Fannie8k85k
#49-Lucy8k194k
#50-Dora7k105k

Most Popular Names Of 1889

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-John9k5,106k
#2-William8k4,088k
#3-James5k5,136k
#4-George4k1,461k
#5-Charles4k2,379k
#6-Frank3k909k
#7-Joseph3k2,593k
#8Harry3k421k
#9Robert3k4,809k
#10Edward2k1,286k
#11Henry2k669k
#12-Thomas2k2,298k
#13-Walter2k619k
#14-Arthur2k526k
#15-Fred2k343k
#16-Albert1k487k
#17-Clarence984302k
#18Roy888404k
#19-Louis837394k
#20Samuel810740k
#21Benjamin760721k
#22David7573,601k
#23Ernest736301k
#24Richard7112,561k
#25Joe708450k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary12k4,121k
#2-Anna5k884k
#3-Elizabeth3k1,621k
#4Margaret3k1,244k
#5Emma3k634k
#6-Minnie3k159k
#7Florence2k335k
#8Ethel2k279k
#9Bessie2k170k
#10Clara2k274k
#11Bertha2k208k
#12Alice2k556k
#13Annie2k348k
#14Ida2k186k
#15-Grace2k483k
#16Mabel2k134k
#17Helen2k1,018k
#18Edna2k294k
#19Nellie2k149k
#20-Sarah2k1,070k
#21Martha2k548k
#22Ella2k289k
#23-Lillian2k433k
#24Pearl2k156k
#25-Laura2k794k

Most Popular Names Of 1888

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-John9k5,106k
#2-William9k4,088k
#3-James6k5,136k
#4-George5k1,461k
#5-Charles5k2,379k
#6-Frank3k909k
#7-Joseph3k2,593k
#8Robert3k4,809k
#9Harry3k421k
#10Henry3k669k
#11Edward2k1,286k
#12Thomas2k2,298k
#13-Walter2k619k
#14-Arthur2k526k
#15-Fred2k343k
#16-Albert2k487k
#17-Clarence1k302k
#18-Samuel931740k
#19-Louis884394k
#20-Roy856404k
#21David8013,601k
#22Charlie796166k
#23Joe789450k
#24Willie786448k
#25Benjamin781721k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary12k4,121k
#2-Anna5k884k
#3-Elizabeth3k1,621k
#4-Emma3k634k
#5-Margaret3k1,244k
#6-Minnie3k159k
#7-Bertha2k208k
#8Florence2k335k
#9Ethel2k279k
#10Bessie2k170k
#11Clara2k274k
#12Ida2k186k
#13Alice2k556k
#14Annie2k348k
#15-Grace2k483k
#16Helen2k1,018k
#17Mabel2k134k
#18Ella2k289k
#19Martha2k548k
#20-Sarah2k1,070k
#21Nellie2k149k
#22Edna2k294k
#23Lillian2k433k
#24Carrie2k266k
#25Laura2k794k

Most Popular Names Of 1887

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-John8k5,106k
#2-William7k4,088k
#3-James5k5,136k
#4-George4k1,461k
#5-Charles4k2,379k
#6-Frank3k909k
#7-Joseph2k2,593k
#8Henry2k669k
#9Thomas2k2,298k
#10Edward2k1,286k
#11Robert2k4,809k
#12-Harry2k421k
#13-Walter2k619k
#14-Arthur1k526k
#15-Fred1k343k
#16-Albert1k487k
#17-Clarence892302k
#18-Samuel802740k
#19-Louis791394k
#20-Roy726404k
#21-Joe685450k
#22David6733,601k
#23Ernest653301k
#24Charlie642166k
#25Richard6222,561k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary10k4,121k
#2-Anna4k884k
#3Elizabeth3k1,621k
#4Emma3k634k
#5Margaret2k1,244k
#6Minnie2k159k
#7Bertha2k208k
#8Clara2k274k
#9Florence2k335k
#10Ida2k186k
#11Ethel2k279k
#12Annie2k348k
#13Bessie2k170k
#14Alice2k556k
#15Grace2k483k
#16Ella2k289k
#17Martha2k548k
#18Mabel1k134k
#19Nellie1k149k
#20Sarah1k1,070k
#21Helen1k1,018k
#22-Laura1k794k
#23Carrie1k266k
#24Edna1k294k
#25Pearl1k156k

Most Popular Names Of 1886

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-John9k5,106k
#2-William8k4,088k
#3-James5k5,136k
#4-George5k1,461k
#5-Charles5k2,379k
#6-Frank3k909k
#7-Joseph3k2,593k
#8Robert2k4,809k
#9Henry2k669k
#10-Thomas2k2,298k
#11-Edward2k1,286k
#12-Harry2k421k
#13-Walter2k619k
#14Arthur2k526k
#15Fred2k343k
#16-Albert1k487k
#17-Clarence995302k
#18-Samuel870740k
#19-Louis846394k
#20Roy767404k
#21Joe759450k
#22Charlie723166k
#23Richard7202,561k
#24David6743,601k
#25Ernest668301k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary10k4,121k
#2-Anna4k884k
#3-Emma3k634k
#4-Elizabeth3k1,621k
#5Minnie2k159k
#6Margaret2k1,244k
#7Ida2k186k
#8-Bertha2k208k
#9Clara2k274k
#10Florence2k335k
#11-Alice2k556k
#12Bessie2k170k
#13Annie2k348k
#14-Grace2k483k
#15-Ethel2k279k
#16Sarah2k1,070k
#17Nellie1k149k
#18Martha1k548k
#19-Ella1k289k
#20-Mabel1k134k
#21Carrie1k266k
#22Laura1k794k
#23Edna1k294k
#24Lillian1k433k
#25Helen1k1,018k

Most Popular Names Of 1885

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-John9k5,106k
#2-William8k4,088k
#3-James5k5,136k
#4-George5k1,461k
#5-Charles5k2,379k
#6-Frank3k909k
#7-Joseph3k2,593k
#8Henry2k669k
#9Robert2k4,809k
#10Thomas2k2,298k
#11-Edward2k1,286k
#12-Harry2k421k
#13-Walter2k619k
#14Fred2k343k
#15Arthur2k526k
#16-Albert1k487k
#17Clarence906302k
#18Samuel888740k
#19-Louis809394k
#20-Grover76827k
#21Ernest718301k
#22David7123,601k
#23Charlie705166k
#24Roy691404k
#25Joe681450k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary9k4,121k
#2-Anna4k884k
#3-Emma3k634k
#4-Elizabeth3k1,621k
#5Margaret2k1,244k
#6Minnie2k159k
#7Clara2k274k
#8Bertha2k208k
#9Ida2k186k
#10-Annie2k348k
#11-Alice2k556k
#12-Florence2k335k
#13Bessie2k170k
#14Grace2k483k
#15Ethel1k279k
#16Nellie1k149k
#17Martha1k548k
#18Sarah1k1,070k
#19-Ella1k289k
#20-Mabel1k134k
#21-Laura1k794k
#22-Carrie1k266k
#23-Cora1k128k
#24-Maude1k45k
#25Rose1k479k

Most Popular Names Of 1884

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-John9k5,106k
#2-William9k4,088k
#3-James6k5,136k
#4George5k1,461k
#5Charles5k2,379k
#6-Frank3k909k
#7-Joseph3k2,593k
#8Thomas3k2,298k
#9Henry2k669k
#10Robert2k4,809k
#11-Edward2k1,286k
#12-Harry2k421k
#13-Walter2k619k
#14-Arthur2k526k
#15-Fred2k343k
#16-Albert1k487k
#17-Samuel945740k
#18-Clarence889302k
#19-Louis886394k
#20Grover80227k
#21David7613,601k
#22Joe759450k
#23Richard7492,561k
#24Charlie746166k
#25Ernest690301k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary9k4,121k
#2-Anna4k884k
#3-Emma3k634k
#4-Elizabeth3k1,621k
#5-Minnie2k159k
#6-Margaret2k1,244k
#7Ida2k186k
#8Clara2k274k
#9Bertha2k208k
#10Annie2k348k
#11-Alice2k556k
#12Florence2k335k
#13-Grace2k483k
#14Sarah2k1,070k
#15Bessie1k170k
#16Martha1k548k
#17-Nellie1k149k
#18Ethel1k279k
#19Ella1k289k
#20Mabel1k134k
#21Laura1k794k
#22Carrie1k266k
#23Cora1k128k
#24Maude1k45k
#25Pearl1k156k

Most Popular Names Of 1883

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-John9k5,106k
#2-William8k4,088k
#3-James5k5,136k
#4Charles5k2,379k
#5George5k1,461k
#6-Frank3k909k
#7-Joseph3k2,593k
#8Henry2k669k
#9Robert2k4,809k
#10Thomas2k2,298k
#11-Edward2k1,286k
#12-Harry2k421k
#13-Walter2k619k
#14-Arthur2k526k
#15-Fred2k343k
#16-Albert1k487k
#17-Samuel937740k
#18Clarence837302k
#19Louis796394k
#20David7343,601k
#21Richard6492,561k
#22Charlie643166k
#23Ernest641301k
#24-Andrew6231,276k
#25Daniel6151,896k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary8k4,121k
#2-Anna3k884k
#3-Emma2k634k
#4-Elizabeth2k1,621k
#5-Minnie2k159k
#6-Margaret2k1,244k
#7Bertha2k208k
#8Ida2k186k
#9Annie2k348k
#10Clara2k274k
#11Alice1k556k
#12-Sarah1k1,070k
#13Grace1k483k
#14Florence1k335k
#15Martha1k548k
#16Ella1k289k
#17Nellie1k149k
#18-Bessie1k170k
#19Laura1k794k
#20Ethel1k279k
#21Carrie1k266k
#22Maude1k45k
#23-Mabel1k134k
#24Cora1k128k
#25Gertrude923177k

Most Popular Names Of 1882

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-John10k5,106k
#2-William9k4,088k
#3-James6k5,136k
#4-George5k1,461k
#5-Charles5k2,379k
#6-Frank3k909k
#7-Joseph3k2,593k
#8Thomas3k2,298k
#9Henry3k669k
#10Robert3k4,809k
#11Edward2k1,286k
#12-Harry2k421k
#13-Walter2k619k
#14-Arthur2k526k
#15-Fred2k343k
#16-Albert1k487k
#17-Samuel1k740k
#18Louis852394k
#19David8383,601k
#20Clarence837302k
#21Charlie753166k
#22-Richard7462,561k
#23-Joe739450k
#24-Andrew6731,276k
#25Will66644k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary8k4,121k
#2-Anna3k884k
#3-Emma2k634k
#4-Elizabeth2k1,621k
#5Minnie2k159k
#6Margaret2k1,244k
#7-Ida2k186k
#8Alice2k556k
#9-Bertha2k208k
#10Annie1k348k
#11-Clara1k274k
#12-Sarah1k1,070k
#13Florence1k335k
#14Martha1k548k
#15Ella1k289k
#16Grace1k483k
#17Laura1k794k
#18Bessie1k170k
#19Nellie1k149k
#20Maude1k45k
#21Cora1k128k
#22Carrie1k266k
#23-Mabel997134k
#24Ethel989279k
#25Mattie966131k

Most Popular Names Of 1881

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-John9k5,106k
#2-William9k4,088k
#3-James5k5,136k
#4George5k1,461k
#5Charles5k2,379k
#6-Frank3k909k
#7-Joseph2k2,593k
#8Henry2k669k
#9Thomas2k2,298k
#10Edward2k1,286k
#11Robert2k4,809k
#12-Harry2k421k
#13-Walter2k619k
#14-Arthur2k526k
#15-Fred1k343k
#16-Albert1k487k
#17-Samuel919740k
#18-David7503,601k
#19-Louis746394k
#20Charlie668166k
#21Clarence668302k
#22Richard6412,561k
#23Joe639450k
#24-Andrew5881,276k
#25Ernest571301k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary7k4,121k
#2-Anna3k884k
#3-Emma2k634k
#4-Elizabeth2k1,621k
#5Margaret2k1,244k
#6Minnie2k159k
#7-Ida1k186k
#8Annie1k348k
#9-Bertha1k208k
#10Alice1k556k
#11Clara1k274k
#12Sarah1k1,070k
#13-Ella1k289k
#14Nellie1k149k
#15Grace1k483k
#16Florence1k335k
#17Martha1k548k
#18Cora969128k
#19Laura962794k
#20-Carrie958266k
#21-Maude92345k
#22Bessie903170k
#23Mabel893134k
#24Gertrude791177k
#25Ethel788279k

Most Popular Names Of 1880

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-John10k5,106k
#2-William10k4,088k
#3-James6k5,136k
#4-Charles5k2,379k
#5-George5k1,461k
#6-Frank3k909k
#7-Joseph3k2,593k
#8-Thomas3k2,298k
#9-Henry2k669k
#10-Robert2k4,809k
#11-Edward2k1,286k
#12-Harry2k421k
#13-Walter2k619k
#14-Arthur2k526k
#15-Fred2k343k
#16-Albert1k487k
#17-Samuel1k740k
#18-David8693,601k
#19-Louis828394k
#20-Joe731450k
#21-Charlie730166k
#22-Clarence730302k
#23-Richard7282,561k
#24-Andrew6441,276k
#25-Daniel6431,896k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary7k4,121k
#2-Anna3k884k
#3-Emma2k634k
#4-Elizabeth2k1,621k
#5-Minnie2k159k
#6-Margaret2k1,244k
#7-Ida1k186k
#8-Alice1k556k
#9-Bertha1k208k
#10-Sarah1k1,070k
#11-Annie1k348k
#12-Clara1k274k
#13-Ella1k289k
#14-Florence1k335k
#15-Cora1k128k
#16-Martha1k548k
#17-Laura1k794k
#18-Nellie995149k
#19-Grace982483k
#20-Carrie949266k
#21-Maude85845k
#22-Mabel808134k
#23-Bessie796170k
#24-Jennie793127k
#25-Gertrude787177k
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The data is taken from births that occurred in the United States after 1879. From 1880 to 1936, all births may not be included in the original data set.