Most Popular Baby Names of the 30s

During the 1930's, Americans faced the Great Depression with grit and perserverance while President Franklin Roosevelt told them that, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Shirley Temple was adorable, and Dorothy went Somewhere Over the Rainbow to help people forget their troubles. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig helped the New York Yankees win 5 World Series, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean, and the Empire State Building opened and was the tallest building in the world. As the decade came to a close the world faced another war. The hardships that America faced and the hope for the future can be seen in the most popular baby names of the 1930s.

Trendy Names of the 1930s

Boy Names

RankNameIn the 1930sSince 1879
#1Dick10k29k
#2Bobbie6k18k
#3Betty1k4k
#4Marlyn8192k
#5Kaye328503
#6Bobie196377
#7Delores189430
#8Derl189306
#9Boby158374
#10Ordean<100161

Girl Names

RankNameIn the 1930sSince 1879
#1Shirley229k685k
#2Joan173k480k
#3Dolores77k211k
#4Marlys3k9k
#5Bobbye1k3k
#6Shelba9702k
#7Dorla5901k
#8Joretta5561k
#9Shelva5461k
#10Ardeth4501k

Most Popular Names Of the Decade

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert591k4,809k
#2James547k5,136k
#3John488k5,106k
#4-William417k4,088k
#5Richard330k2,561k
#6Charles303k2,379k
#7Donald284k1,410k
#8George192k1,461k
#9Thomas184k2,298k
#10Joseph181k2,593k
#11David165k3,601k
#12Edward148k1,286k
#13Ronald140k1,077k
#14-Paul126k1,385k
#15Kenneth125k1,271k
#16Frank108k909k
#17Raymond100k771k
#18Jack96k677k
#19Harold95k549k
#20Billy88k382k
#21Gerald83k447k
#22Walter81k619k
#23Jerry81k612k
#24Joe71k450k
#25Eugene71k378k
#26Henry70k669k
#27Bobby69k313k
#28Arthur68k526k
#29Carl67k502k
#30Larry65k805k
#31Ralph64k412k
#32Albert63k487k
#33Willie62k448k
#34Fred56k343k
#35Michael56k4,338k
#36Lawrence54k456k
#37Harry53k421k
#38Howard51k345k
#39Roy51k404k
#40Norman50k252k
#41Roger50k439k
#42Daniel48k1,896k
#43Louis48k394k
#44Earl45k288k
#45Gary44k900k
#46Clarence43k302k
#47Anthony43k1,424k
#48Francis41k285k
#49Wayne41k352k
#50Marvin41k250k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary573k4,121k
#2Betty300k999k
#3Barbara296k1,434k
#4Shirley229k685k
#5Patricia221k1,571k
#6Dorothy210k1,107k
#7Joan173k480k
#8Margaret157k1,244k
#9Nancy142k1,002k
#10Helen140k1,018k
#11Carol118k816k
#12Joyce116k507k
#13Doris111k462k
#14Ruth109k822k
#15Virginia103k648k
#16Marilyn99k370k
#17Elizabeth96k1,621k
#18Jean94k458k
#19Frances92k589k
#20Beverly81k377k
#21Lois81k332k
#22Alice79k556k
#23Donna79k831k
#24Martha78k548k
#25Dolores77k211k
#26Janet76k556k
#27Phyllis74k322k
#28Norma73k277k
#29Carolyn70k555k
#30Evelyn69k552k
#31Gloria69k411k
#32Anna67k884k
#33Marie66k536k
#34Ann64k468k
#35Mildred62k451k
#36Rose59k479k
#37Peggy56k293k
#38Geraldine50k210k
#39Catherine50k657k
#40Judith50k452k
#41Louise50k332k
#42Janice49k405k
#43Marjorie49k272k
#44Annie49k348k
#45Ruby48k344k
#46Eleanor46k277k
#47Jane46k369k
#48Sandra45k873k
#49Irene44k351k
#50Wanda43k281k

Most Popular Names Of 1939

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert60k4,809k
#2-James60k5,136k
#3-John51k5,106k
#4-William42k4,088k
#5-Richard35k2,561k
#6-Charles31k2,379k
#7David25k3,601k
#8Donald24k1,410k
#9-Thomas22k2,298k
#10-Ronald20k1,077k
#11-George18k1,461k
#12-Joseph18k2,593k
#13Kenneth15k1,271k
#14Larry15k805k
#15Edward14k1,286k
#16Jerry14k612k
#17Paul13k1,385k
#18Michael11k4,338k
#19-Gerald10k447k
#20Frank10k909k
#21Gary10k900k
#22Raymond9k771k
#23-Harold8k549k
#24-Billy7k382k
#25Walter7k619k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary55k4,121k
#2-Barbara37k1,434k
#3-Patricia30k1,571k
#4-Betty24k999k
#5-Shirley20k685k
#6-Carol20k816k
#7-Nancy20k1,002k
#8Judith17k452k
#9Dorothy15k1,107k
#10Margaret15k1,244k
#11Joan14k480k
#12Joyce13k507k
#13Sandra12k873k
#14Carolyn11k555k
#15Linda11k1,452k
#16Helen10k1,018k
#17Janet10k556k
#18Elizabeth10k1,621k
#19-Marilyn10k370k
#20-Donna9k831k
#21Virginia9k648k
#22Ruth9k822k
#23Sharon9k721k
#24-Janice9k405k
#25Beverly9k377k

Most Popular Names Of 1938

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert62k4,809k
#2-James59k5,136k
#3-John51k5,106k
#4-William42k4,088k
#5-Richard34k2,561k
#6-Charles31k2,379k
#7-Donald27k1,410k
#8-David23k3,601k
#9-Thomas21k2,298k
#10Ronald20k1,077k
#11George18k1,461k
#12-Joseph18k2,593k
#13-Edward15k1,286k
#14-Kenneth14k1,271k
#15-Paul13k1,385k
#16-Larry12k805k
#17-Jerry12k612k
#18-Frank10k909k
#19Gerald10k447k
#20Raymond10k771k
#21Michael9k4,338k
#22Gary9k900k
#23Harold9k549k
#24Billy8k382k
#25Jack8k677k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary56k4,121k
#2-Barbara39k1,434k
#3-Patricia28k1,571k
#4Betty26k999k
#5Shirley24k685k
#6-Carol19k816k
#7-Nancy19k1,002k
#8-Dorothy16k1,107k
#9Margaret15k1,244k
#10Joan14k480k
#11-Joyce13k507k
#12Judith11k452k
#13Helen11k1,018k
#14Sandra11k873k
#15Carolyn11k555k
#16Janet10k556k
#17-Elizabeth10k1,621k
#18Beverly10k377k
#19Marilyn10k370k
#20Donna10k831k
#21Ruth9k822k
#22Virginia9k648k
#23Frances9k589k
#24Janice9k405k
#25Doris9k462k

Most Popular Names Of 1937

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert62k4,809k
#2-James57k5,136k
#3-John49k5,106k
#4-William41k4,088k
#5-Richard33k2,561k
#6-Charles31k2,379k
#7-Donald28k1,410k
#8David21k3,601k
#9Thomas20k2,298k
#10George18k1,461k
#11Ronald18k1,077k
#12Joseph17k2,593k
#13-Edward15k1,286k
#14-Kenneth13k1,271k
#15-Paul13k1,385k
#16Larry10k805k
#17Jerry10k612k
#18Frank10k909k
#19Raymond10k771k
#20Gerald9k447k
#21-Harold9k549k
#22-Billy8k382k
#23Jack8k677k
#24-Bobby8k313k
#25Joe8k450k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary56k4,121k
#2Barbara35k1,434k
#3Patricia27k1,571k
#4Shirley27k685k
#5Betty25k999k
#6Carol17k816k
#7Nancy17k1,002k
#8Dorothy17k1,107k
#9Joan15k480k
#10Margaret15k1,244k
#11Joyce12k507k
#12Helen11k1,018k
#13-Marilyn10k370k
#14Beverly10k377k
#15Ruth10k822k
#16Virginia10k648k
#17Elizabeth9k1,621k
#18Janet9k556k
#19-Frances9k589k
#20Carolyn9k555k
#21Donna9k831k
#22Doris9k462k
#23Jean8k458k
#24-Martha8k548k
#25Janice8k405k

Most Popular Names Of 1936

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert58k4,809k
#2-James55k5,136k
#3-John48k5,106k
#4-William39k4,088k
#5-Richard33k2,561k
#6-Charles29k2,379k
#7-Donald29k1,410k
#8Thomas18k2,298k
#9George18k1,461k
#10David17k3,601k
#11Joseph17k2,593k
#12-Ronald17k1,077k
#13-Edward14k1,286k
#14Kenneth12k1,271k
#15Paul12k1,385k
#16-Frank10k909k
#17-Raymond9k771k
#18Jerry9k612k
#19Gerald9k447k
#20Jack9k677k
#21Harold9k549k
#22Billy9k382k
#23Joe8k450k
#24-Bobby8k313k
#25Larry8k805k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary54k4,121k
#2-Shirley35k685k
#3-Barbara32k1,434k
#4-Betty26k999k
#5-Patricia24k1,571k
#6-Dorothy18k1,107k
#7-Joan17k480k
#8Nancy17k1,002k
#9Margaret15k1,244k
#10Carol15k816k
#11Helen12k1,018k
#12-Joyce12k507k
#13Marilyn11k370k
#14Virginia10k648k
#15Doris9k462k
#16Ruth9k822k
#17Beverly9k377k
#18Elizabeth9k1,621k
#19-Frances9k589k
#20Jean9k458k
#21Janet8k556k
#22Donna8k831k
#23Carolyn8k555k
#24-Martha7k548k
#25Phyllis7k322k

Most Popular Names Of 1935

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert57k4,809k
#2-James55k5,136k
#3-John47k5,106k
#4-William40k4,088k
#5-Richard34k2,561k
#6Charles30k2,379k
#7Donald30k1,410k
#8-George19k1,461k
#9-Thomas18k2,298k
#10-Joseph17k2,593k
#11David16k3,601k
#12Ronald15k1,077k
#13-Edward14k1,286k
#14-Paul13k1,385k
#15-Kenneth12k1,271k
#16-Frank10k909k
#17Raymond10k771k
#18Jack9k677k
#19Billy9k382k
#20Harold9k549k
#21Gerald8k447k
#22Jerry8k612k
#23Walter8k619k
#24Bobby8k313k
#25Joe8k450k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary55k4,121k
#2Shirley42k685k
#3-Barbara31k1,434k
#4Betty29k999k
#5Patricia23k1,571k
#6Dorothy19k1,107k
#7-Joan18k480k
#8-Margaret15k1,244k
#9Nancy15k1,002k
#10Helen13k1,018k
#11Carol12k816k
#12-Joyce11k507k
#13Doris11k462k
#14Marilyn10k370k
#15Ruth10k822k
#16Virginia10k648k
#17Elizabeth9k1,621k
#18Jean9k458k
#19-Frances9k589k
#20Beverly8k377k
#21Lois8k332k
#22Janet8k556k
#23-Donna8k831k
#24Martha8k548k
#25-Alice7k556k

Most Popular Names Of 1934

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert56k4,809k
#2-James54k5,136k
#3-John47k5,106k
#4-William40k4,088k
#5-Richard33k2,561k
#6Donald30k1,410k
#7Charles30k2,379k
#8-George18k1,461k
#9Thomas17k2,298k
#10Joseph17k2,593k
#11Ronald14k1,077k
#12David14k3,601k
#13Edward14k1,286k
#14-Paul12k1,385k
#15-Kenneth12k1,271k
#16-Frank11k909k
#17-Jack10k677k
#18-Harold10k549k
#19-Raymond10k771k
#20-Billy10k382k
#21-Walter8k619k
#22-Gerald8k447k
#23Bobby8k313k
#24Eugene7k378k
#25Jerry7k612k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary57k4,121k
#2-Betty31k999k
#3-Barbara29k1,434k
#4Shirley23k685k
#5Dorothy21k1,107k
#6-Patricia21k1,571k
#7Joan19k480k
#8Margaret15k1,244k
#9Helen14k1,018k
#10Nancy14k1,002k
#11Doris12k462k
#12-Joyce11k507k
#13-Ruth11k822k
#14Carol10k816k
#15-Virginia10k648k
#16Jean10k458k
#17Marilyn9k370k
#18Elizabeth9k1,621k
#19Frances9k589k
#20Lois8k332k
#21Janet8k556k
#22Beverly8k377k
#23Donna8k831k
#24Norma8k277k
#25Alice8k556k

Most Popular Names Of 1933

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert54k4,809k
#2-James51k5,136k
#3-John46k5,106k
#4-William39k4,088k
#5-Richard31k2,561k
#6-Charles29k2,379k
#7-Donald28k1,410k
#8-George18k1,461k
#9-Joseph17k2,593k
#10-Thomas17k2,298k
#11-Edward14k1,286k
#12Ronald12k1,077k
#13David12k3,601k
#14Paul12k1,385k
#15Kenneth11k1,271k
#16Frank11k909k
#17-Jack10k677k
#18-Harold10k549k
#19-Raymond10k771k
#20-Billy9k382k
#21-Walter8k619k
#22Gerald7k447k
#23Eugene7k378k
#24Henry7k669k
#25-Arthur7k526k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary55k4,121k
#2-Betty32k999k
#3-Barbara27k1,434k
#4-Dorothy22k1,107k
#5-Joan19k480k
#6-Patricia19k1,571k
#7-Margaret15k1,244k
#8-Helen15k1,018k
#9-Shirley14k685k
#10-Doris12k462k
#11Nancy12k1,002k
#12-Joyce11k507k
#13Ruth11k822k
#14Jean10k458k
#15Virginia10k648k
#16-Marilyn9k370k
#17-Elizabeth9k1,621k
#18Frances9k589k
#19Lois9k332k
#20Carol8k816k
#21Dolores8k211k
#22Alice8k556k
#23Norma7k277k
#24Donna7k831k
#25Janet7k556k

Most Popular Names Of 1932

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert59k4,809k
#2-James52k5,136k
#3-John49k5,106k
#4-William42k4,088k
#5-Richard32k2,561k
#6-Charles31k2,379k
#7-Donald30k1,410k
#8-George20k1,461k
#9-Joseph19k2,593k
#10-Thomas17k2,298k
#11-Edward15k1,286k
#12David12k3,601k
#13Paul12k1,385k
#14-Kenneth12k1,271k
#15Frank11k909k
#16Ronald11k1,077k
#17Jack11k677k
#18-Harold10k549k
#19Raymond10k771k
#20Billy9k382k
#21Walter9k619k
#22Eugene8k378k
#23Henry7k669k
#24Gerald7k447k
#25Arthur7k526k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary60k4,121k
#2-Betty34k999k
#3Barbara26k1,434k
#4Dorothy25k1,107k
#5-Joan21k480k
#6Patricia18k1,571k
#7-Margaret17k1,244k
#8Helen16k1,018k
#9-Shirley14k685k
#10-Doris13k462k
#11-Ruth12k822k
#12Joyce11k507k
#13Nancy11k1,002k
#14Virginia11k648k
#15Jean11k458k
#16Marilyn11k370k
#17Elizabeth10k1,621k
#18Dolores10k211k
#19Frances10k589k
#20-Lois10k332k
#21-Alice9k556k
#22-Norma8k277k
#23Evelyn8k552k
#24Anna8k884k
#25Gloria8k411k

Most Popular Names Of 1931

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert61k4,809k
#2-James51k5,136k
#3-John48k5,106k
#4-William43k4,088k
#5-Richard32k2,561k
#6-Charles30k2,379k
#7-Donald29k1,410k
#8-George21k1,461k
#9-Joseph19k2,593k
#10Thomas17k2,298k
#11Edward16k1,286k
#12-Paul12k1,385k
#13David12k3,601k
#14Kenneth12k1,271k
#15Jack11k677k
#16Frank11k909k
#17Raymond11k771k
#18-Harold11k549k
#19Billy9k382k
#20Walter9k619k
#21-Eugene8k378k
#22-Henry8k669k
#23-Arthur8k526k
#24-Albert7k487k
#25-Ralph7k412k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary60k4,121k
#2-Betty36k999k
#3-Dorothy27k1,107k
#4Barbara22k1,434k
#5Joan19k480k
#6Helen18k1,018k
#7Margaret17k1,244k
#8Patricia16k1,571k
#9Shirley14k685k
#10Doris14k462k
#11Ruth13k822k
#12-Virginia12k648k
#13Jean11k458k
#14Dolores11k211k
#15Joyce11k507k
#16Elizabeth10k1,621k
#17Nancy10k1,002k
#18Frances10k589k
#19Marilyn10k370k
#20Lois9k332k
#21Alice9k556k
#22Norma9k277k
#23Gloria9k411k
#24Evelyn8k552k
#25Anna8k884k

Most Popular Names Of 1930

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert62k4,809k
#2-James54k5,136k
#3-John52k5,106k
#4-William47k4,088k
#5Richard32k2,561k
#6Charles32k2,379k
#7-Donald29k1,410k
#8-George23k1,461k
#9-Joseph21k2,593k
#10-Edward17k1,286k
#11-Thomas17k2,298k
#12Paul13k1,385k
#13Frank13k909k
#14-Jack12k677k
#15David12k3,601k
#16Raymond12k771k
#17Kenneth12k1,271k
#18Harold12k549k
#19-Walter10k619k
#20Billy9k382k
#21Eugene9k378k
#22Henry9k669k
#23Arthur8k526k
#24-Albert8k487k
#25Ralph8k412k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary64k4,121k
#2-Betty38k999k
#3-Dorothy30k1,107k
#4-Helen20k1,018k
#5-Margaret18k1,244k
#6Barbara18k1,434k
#7Patricia16k1,571k
#8Joan15k480k
#9Doris15k462k
#10Ruth15k822k
#11Shirley15k685k
#12Virginia13k648k
#13Dolores13k211k
#14Jean12k458k
#15-Elizabeth11k1,621k
#16-Frances11k589k
#17-Lois10k332k
#18Joyce10k507k
#19-Evelyn10k552k
#20Alice10k556k
#21Mildred9k451k
#22Marilyn9k370k
#23Anna9k884k
#24Nancy9k1,002k
#25-Norma9k277k
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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.