Most Popular Baby Names of the 40s

In 1940, the United States felt from World War and elected President Franklin Roosevelt to an unprecedented third term in office. Soon the feeling of safety was destroyed by the attack on Pearl Harbor and our entry in to the war, which raged on until 1945. The decade saw life in the United States continuing to evolve with Jackie Robinson becoming the first black baseball player in the Major League and Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier. Life in the United States continued to change as did the most popular baby names of the 40's.

Trendy Names of the 1940s

Boy Names

RankNameIn the 1940sSince 1879
#1Lanny3k10k
#2Melvyn2k4k
#3Linda1k4k
#4Mcarthur9792k
#5Judith6111k
#6Judy4831k
#7Carole161264
#8Wilkie147344
#9Fairley<100121
#10Mcarther<100<100

Girl Names

RankNameIn the 1940sSince 1879
#1Linda532k1,452k
#2Carol292k816k
#3Judith218k452k
#4Judy168k382k
#5Carole50k111k
#6Lynda28k78k
#7Pat16k40k
#8Sharron7k17k
#9Sharyn4k7k
#10Judie3k5k

Most Popular Names Of the Decade

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1James796k5,136k
#2Robert758k4,809k
#3-John712k5,106k
#4-William556k4,088k
#5-Richard477k2,561k
#6David426k3,601k
#7Charles362k2,379k
#8Thomas351k2,298k
#9Michael337k4,338k
#10Ronald282k1,077k
#11Larry256k805k
#12Donald248k1,410k
#13Joseph230k2,593k
#14Gary218k900k
#15George209k1,461k
#16Kenneth198k1,271k
#17Paul183k1,385k
#18Edward175k1,286k
#19Jerry167k612k
#20Dennis162k617k
#21Frank119k909k
#22Daniel113k1,896k
#23Raymond109k771k
#24Roger108k439k
#25Stephen107k855k
#26Gerald103k447k
#27Walter84k619k
#28Harold82k549k
#29Steven81k1,278k
#30Douglas81k557k
#31Lawrence80k456k
#32Terry77k422k
#33Wayne75k352k
#34Arthur74k526k
#35Jack74k677k
#36Carl73k502k
#37Henry72k669k
#38Willie72k448k
#39Bruce72k382k
#40Joe72k450k
#41Peter69k573k
#42Billy68k382k
#43Roy66k404k
#44Ralph65k412k
#45Anthony65k1,424k
#46Jimmy64k286k
#47Albert60k487k
#48Bobby59k313k
#49Eugene57k378k
#50Johnny57k311k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary640k4,121k
#2Linda532k1,452k
#3-Barbara425k1,434k
#4Patricia411k1,571k
#5Carol292k816k
#6Sandra266k873k
#7Nancy252k1,002k
#8Sharon221k721k
#9Judith218k452k
#10Susan212k1,121k
#11Betty195k999k
#12Carolyn182k555k
#13Margaret173k1,244k
#14Shirley172k685k
#15Judy168k382k
#16Karen168k985k
#17Donna166k831k
#18Kathleen153k711k
#19Joyce151k507k
#20Dorothy132k1,107k
#21Janet131k556k
#22Diane123k518k
#23Janice119k405k
#24Joan118k480k
#25Elizabeth117k1,621k
#26Brenda112k607k
#27Gloria105k411k
#28Virginia99k648k
#29Marilyn99k370k
#30Martha95k548k
#31Beverly95k377k
#32Helen91k1,018k
#33Bonnie87k324k
#34Ruth86k822k
#35Frances85k589k
#36Jean80k458k
#37Ann77k468k
#38Phyllis76k322k
#39Pamela73k594k
#40Jane73k369k
#41Alice72k556k
#42Peggy72k293k
#43Cheryl71k439k
#44Doris64k462k
#45Catherine62k657k
#46Elaine60k257k
#47Cynthia58k708k
#48Marie58k536k
#49Lois57k332k
#50Connie57k266k

Most Popular Names Of 1949

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-James87k5,136k
#2-Robert84k4,809k
#3-John81k5,106k
#4-William62k4,088k
#5Michael60k4,338k
#6David60k3,601k
#7-Richard51k2,561k
#8-Thomas45k2,298k
#9-Charles40k2,379k
#10Larry32k805k
#11Ronald31k1,077k
#12-Gary29k900k
#13Donald27k1,410k
#14Joseph26k2,593k
#15-Kenneth24k1,271k
#16Dennis22k617k
#17Paul22k1,385k
#18George21k1,461k
#19Stephen20k855k
#20Steven20k1,278k
#21Edward19k1,286k
#22-Daniel18k1,896k
#23Jerry16k612k
#24Mark14k1,348k
#25Roger13k439k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Linda91k1,452k
#2-Mary67k4,121k
#3Patricia46k1,571k
#4Barbara43k1,434k
#5-Susan38k1,121k
#6-Sandra31k873k
#7-Nancy29k1,002k
#8-Carol27k816k
#9Kathleen26k711k
#10Sharon26k721k
#11Karen22k985k
#12Donna22k831k
#13Brenda21k607k
#14Margaret19k1,244k
#15Deborah19k740k
#16Judith18k452k
#17Carolyn17k555k
#18Shirley17k685k
#19-Diane17k518k
#20Judy16k382k
#21Pamela15k594k
#22Betty15k999k
#23Janet15k556k
#24Janice14k405k
#25Elizabeth14k1,621k

Most Popular Names Of 1948

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-James89k5,136k
#2-Robert85k4,809k
#3-John83k5,106k
#4-William62k4,088k
#5David57k3,601k
#6Michael53k4,338k
#7Richard51k2,561k
#8-Thomas44k2,298k
#9-Charles39k2,379k
#10Ronald34k1,077k
#11Larry33k805k
#12-Gary28k900k
#13Joseph27k2,593k
#14Donald26k1,410k
#15-Kenneth24k1,271k
#16-George22k1,461k
#17-Dennis22k617k
#18-Paul21k1,385k
#19-Edward19k1,286k
#20Stephen17k855k
#21Jerry17k612k
#22-Daniel17k1,896k
#23Steven16k1,278k
#24Roger13k439k
#25Frank13k909k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Linda96k1,452k
#2-Mary69k4,121k
#3Barbara47k1,434k
#4Patricia46k1,571k
#5Susan36k1,121k
#6Sandra31k873k
#7-Nancy29k1,002k
#8Carol29k816k
#9-Sharon26k721k
#10Kathleen23k711k
#11Donna22k831k
#12Karen22k985k
#13Margaret19k1,244k
#14Carolyn19k555k
#15Judith18k452k
#16Judy18k382k
#17Brenda18k607k
#18Betty17k999k
#19Diane17k518k
#20Shirley16k685k
#21Joyce14k507k
#22Pamela14k594k
#23Janice14k405k
#24Janet14k556k
#25Cheryl13k439k

Most Popular Names Of 1947

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-James95k5,136k
#2-Robert92k4,809k
#3-John88k5,106k
#4-William67k4,088k
#5-Richard59k2,561k
#6-David58k3,601k
#7-Michael50k4,338k
#8-Thomas45k2,298k
#9-Charles41k2,379k
#10Larry35k805k
#11Ronald35k1,077k
#12-Gary30k900k
#13-Donald28k1,410k
#14-Joseph28k2,593k
#15-Kenneth25k1,271k
#16-George24k1,461k
#17-Dennis24k617k
#18-Paul23k1,385k
#19-Edward21k1,286k
#20-Jerry19k612k
#21Stephen15k855k
#22Daniel15k1,896k
#23Frank14k909k
#24Steven14k1,278k
#25Roger13k439k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1Linda100k1,452k
#2Mary72k4,121k
#3-Patricia51k1,571k
#4-Barbara49k1,434k
#5Sandra35k873k
#6Carol34k816k
#7-Nancy32k1,002k
#8-Susan32k1,121k
#9-Sharon29k721k
#10Donna24k831k
#11Kathleen22k711k
#12Judith22k452k
#13Karen22k985k
#14Judy21k382k
#15Carolyn21k555k
#16Margaret20k1,244k
#17Betty19k999k
#18Diane18k518k
#19Shirley18k685k
#20-Joyce16k507k
#21Brenda16k607k
#22-Janice15k405k
#23Janet15k556k
#24Cheryl14k439k
#25-Elizabeth13k1,621k

Most Popular Names Of 1946

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-James87k5,136k
#2-Robert84k4,809k
#3-John79k5,106k
#4-William60k4,088k
#5-Richard59k2,561k
#6-David46k3,601k
#7Michael41k4,338k
#8-Thomas39k2,298k
#9Charles38k2,379k
#10-Ronald32k1,077k
#11-Larry28k805k
#12Gary27k900k
#13Donald26k1,410k
#14-Joseph24k2,593k
#15Kenneth22k1,271k
#16George22k1,461k
#17Dennis21k617k
#18Paul21k1,385k
#19Edward19k1,286k
#20-Jerry18k612k
#21Daniel13k1,896k
#22Frank13k909k
#23Roger12k439k
#24Stephen12k855k
#25Raymond11k771k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary67k4,121k
#2-Linda53k1,452k
#3Patricia46k1,571k
#4Barbara45k1,434k
#5-Carol34k816k
#6-Sandra32k873k
#7-Nancy28k1,002k
#8Susan28k1,121k
#9Sharon28k721k
#10Judith22k452k
#11Judy20k382k
#12-Carolyn20k555k
#13Donna20k831k
#14Betty20k999k
#15Karen20k985k
#16Kathleen19k711k
#17Margaret18k1,244k
#18Shirley18k685k
#19Diane16k518k
#20Joyce15k507k
#21-Janet14k556k
#22Janice14k405k
#23Dorothy13k1,107k
#24Brenda13k607k
#25Elizabeth12k1,621k

Most Popular Names Of 1945

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-James74k5,136k
#2-Robert70k4,809k
#3-John66k5,106k
#4-William50k4,088k
#5-Richard46k2,561k
#6-David37k3,601k
#7-Charles32k2,379k
#8-Thomas32k2,298k
#9-Michael30k4,338k
#10-Ronald24k1,077k
#11Larry23k805k
#12Donald22k1,410k
#13Gary21k900k
#14Joseph21k2,593k
#15George19k1,461k
#16-Kenneth18k1,271k
#17-Paul17k1,385k
#18-Edward16k1,286k
#19Dennis15k617k
#20Jerry15k612k
#21-Frank11k909k
#22Roger11k439k
#23Raymond10k771k
#24Daniel10k1,896k
#25Gerald9k447k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary59k4,121k
#2Linda41k1,452k
#3Barbara38k1,434k
#4-Patricia36k1,571k
#5-Carol30k816k
#6-Sandra25k873k
#7-Nancy21k1,002k
#8Sharon21k721k
#9Judith20k452k
#10Susan19k1,121k
#11Betty18k999k
#12Carolyn17k555k
#13Judy17k382k
#14Shirley16k685k
#15Margaret16k1,244k
#16-Karen16k985k
#17-Donna15k831k
#18-Joyce14k507k
#19Kathleen14k711k
#20Dorothy12k1,107k
#21-Janet12k556k
#22Diane12k518k
#23Gloria11k411k
#24Janice11k405k
#25Joan10k480k

Most Popular Names Of 1944

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-James77k5,136k
#2-Robert71k4,809k
#3-John67k5,106k
#4-William52k4,088k
#5-Richard46k2,561k
#6-David37k3,601k
#7-Charles35k2,379k
#8-Thomas32k2,298k
#9Michael27k4,338k
#10Ronald26k1,077k
#11-Donald23k1,410k
#12-Larry22k805k
#13-Joseph21k2,593k
#14-George20k1,461k
#15Gary20k900k
#16Kenneth18k1,271k
#17Paul17k1,385k
#18-Edward16k1,286k
#19Jerry16k612k
#20-Dennis14k617k
#21-Frank11k909k
#22-Raymond11k771k
#23Roger11k439k
#24Gerald10k447k
#25-Daniel9k1,896k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary62k4,121k
#2-Barbara39k1,434k
#3Linda38k1,452k
#4Patricia37k1,571k
#5-Carol30k816k
#6-Sandra26k873k
#7Nancy23k1,002k
#8Judith22k452k
#9Sharon22k721k
#10-Betty20k999k
#11-Carolyn19k555k
#12Judy17k382k
#13Susan16k1,121k
#14-Margaret16k1,244k
#15Shirley16k685k
#16Karen16k985k
#17-Donna15k831k
#18Joyce15k507k
#19-Dorothy13k1,107k
#20Kathleen13k711k
#21Janet13k556k
#22Joan12k480k
#23-Elizabeth11k1,621k
#24-Diane11k518k
#25Gloria10k411k

Most Popular Names Of 1943

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-James80k5,136k
#2-Robert75k4,809k
#3-John69k5,106k
#4-William56k4,088k
#5-Richard46k2,561k
#6-David37k3,601k
#7-Charles37k2,379k
#8-Thomas33k2,298k
#9-Ronald29k1,077k
#10Michael25k4,338k
#11Donald24k1,410k
#12-Larry23k805k
#13Joseph23k2,593k
#14-George22k1,461k
#15-Kenneth19k1,271k
#16Gary18k900k
#17Jerry18k612k
#18Edward18k1,286k
#19-Paul17k1,385k
#20-Dennis14k617k
#21-Frank12k909k
#22Raymond11k771k
#23Gerald11k447k
#24Roger11k439k
#25Daniel9k1,896k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary66k4,121k
#2-Barbara43k1,434k
#3-Patricia40k1,571k
#4-Linda38k1,452k
#5-Carol32k816k
#6-Sandra26k873k
#7-Judith25k452k
#8Sharon25k721k
#9Nancy24k1,002k
#10Betty22k999k
#11Carolyn20k555k
#12-Shirley18k685k
#13Judy17k382k
#14-Margaret17k1,244k
#15Karen17k985k
#16Joyce16k507k
#17Donna15k831k
#18Susan15k1,121k
#19Dorothy15k1,107k
#20Janet13k556k
#21Joan13k480k
#22Kathleen12k711k
#23Elizabeth12k1,621k
#24Diane11k518k
#25Virginia11k648k

Most Popular Names Of 1942

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-James77k5,136k
#2-Robert72k4,809k
#3-John66k5,106k
#4-William55k4,088k
#5-Richard44k2,561k
#6David36k3,601k
#7Charles36k2,379k
#8-Thomas31k2,298k
#9-Ronald27k1,077k
#10-Donald24k1,410k
#11Joseph22k2,593k
#12Larry22k805k
#13Michael22k4,338k
#14George21k1,461k
#15-Kenneth18k1,271k
#16Jerry17k612k
#17-Edward17k1,286k
#18Gary17k900k
#19Paul16k1,385k
#20Dennis13k617k
#21-Frank12k909k
#22Gerald11k447k
#23Douglas11k557k
#24Raymond11k771k
#25-Roger9k439k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary63k4,121k
#2-Barbara45k1,434k
#3-Patricia39k1,571k
#4Linda32k1,452k
#5Carol30k816k
#6Sandra25k873k
#7Judith25k452k
#8-Nancy23k1,002k
#9Betty22k999k
#10Carolyn20k555k
#11Sharon20k721k
#12Shirley18k685k
#13-Joyce17k507k
#14Margaret17k1,244k
#15Judy16k382k
#16Karen15k985k
#17Dorothy15k1,107k
#18Joan15k480k
#19Janet13k556k
#20-Donna13k831k
#21Susan12k1,121k
#22Elizabeth11k1,621k
#23-Virginia11k648k
#24Kathleen11k711k
#25Janice10k405k

Most Popular Names Of 1941

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-James67k5,136k
#2-Robert64k4,809k
#3-John58k5,106k
#4-William48k4,088k
#5-Richard39k2,561k
#6-Charles33k2,379k
#7-David31k3,601k
#8-Thomas27k2,298k
#9Ronald24k1,077k
#10Donald23k1,410k
#11Larry20k805k
#12-Joseph20k2,593k
#13George19k1,461k
#14-Jerry17k612k
#15-Kenneth16k1,271k
#16Michael16k4,338k
#17Edward16k1,286k
#18Paul15k1,385k
#19-Gary15k900k
#20Gerald11k447k
#21Frank11k909k
#22-Raymond10k771k
#23Dennis10k617k
#24Harold8k549k
#25Roger8k439k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary58k4,121k
#2-Barbara40k1,434k
#3-Patricia37k1,571k
#4Carol24k816k
#5Linda24k1,452k
#6Judith23k452k
#7Betty21k999k
#8Nancy21k1,002k
#9Sandra20k873k
#10Shirley17k685k
#11Carolyn16k555k
#12Margaret16k1,244k
#13-Joyce16k507k
#14Dorothy15k1,107k
#15Sharon14k721k
#16-Judy14k382k
#17Joan13k480k
#18Janet11k556k
#19Karen11k985k
#20Donna10k831k
#21Elizabeth10k1,621k
#22-Janice10k405k
#23Virginia10k648k
#24Helen10k1,018k
#25Martha9k548k

Most Popular Names Of 1940

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1James62k5,136k
#2Robert61k4,809k
#3-John55k5,106k
#4-William45k4,088k
#5-Richard37k2,561k
#6-Charles32k2,379k
#7-David28k3,601k
#8Thomas24k2,298k
#9Donald23k1,410k
#10-Ronald21k1,077k
#11-George18k1,461k
#12-Joseph18k2,593k
#13Larry17k805k
#14Jerry15k612k
#15Kenneth15k1,271k
#16Edward14k1,286k
#17-Paul14k1,385k
#18-Michael13k4,338k
#19Gary13k900k
#20-Frank11k909k
#21Gerald10k447k
#22-Raymond10k771k
#23-Harold8k549k
#24Dennis8k617k
#25-Walter8k619k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary56k4,121k
#2-Barbara37k1,434k
#3-Patricia33k1,571k
#4Judith22k452k
#5Betty22k999k
#6-Carol22k816k
#7-Nancy20k1,002k
#8Linda18k1,452k
#9Shirley18k685k
#10Sandra16k873k
#11Margaret15k1,244k
#12Dorothy15k1,107k
#13Joyce15k507k
#14Joan13k480k
#15Carolyn13k555k
#16Judy11k382k
#17Sharon11k721k
#18Helen10k1,018k
#19Janet10k556k
#20Elizabeth10k1,621k
#21-Virginia10k648k
#22Janice9k405k
#23Donna9k831k
#24Ruth9k822k
#25Marilyn9k370k
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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.