Most Popular Baby Names in 1881

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1881. These names are taken directly from the Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.

The table below shows the top 250 most popular baby names in 1881, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name.

You can also use the links below to research more about the most popular baby names.

Top 1000 most popular boy names: 1-250 | 251-500 | 501-750 | 751-1000

Top 1000 most popular girl names: 1-250 | 251-500 | 501-750 | 751-1000

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 John 8,769 Mary 6,919
2 William 8,524 Anna 2,698
3 James 5,441 Emma 2,034
4 George 4,664 Elizabeth 1,852
5 Charles 4,636 Margaret 1,658
6 Frank 2,834 Minnie 1,653
7 Joseph 2,456 Ida 1,439
8 Henry 2,339 Annie 1,326
9 Thomas 2,282 Bertha 1,324
10 Edward 2,177 Alice 1,308
11 Robert 2,140 Clara 1,242
12 Harry 2,002 Sarah 1,226
13 Walter 1,670 Ella 1,148
14 Arthur 1,575 Nellie 1,096
15 Fred 1,418 Grace 1,089
16 Albert 1,319 Florence 1,046
17 Samuel 919 Martha 1,044
18 David 750 Cora 969
19 Louis 746 Laura 962
20 Charlie 668 Carrie 958
21 Clarence 668 Maude 923
22 Richard 641 Bessie 903
23 Joe 639 Mabel 893
24 Andrew 588 Gertrude 791
25 Ernest 571 Ethel 788
26 Will 550 Jennie 784
27 Jesse 536 Edith 778
28 Oscar 530 Hattie 775
29 Daniel 527 Mattie 754
30 Willie 498 Julia 737
31 Benjamin 481 Rose 734
32 Sam 481 Lillian 723
33 Alfred 466 Lillie 678
34 Roy 440 Eva 661
35 Lewis 439 Jessie 661
36 Frederick 433 Lula 655
37 Peter 428 Myrtle 643
38 Elmer 388 Pearl 641
39 Jacob 381 Edna 637
40 Herbert 369 Catherine 635
41 Carl 359 Ada 628
42 Howard 359 Louise 617
43 Tom 349 Helen 612
44 Lee 342 Lucy 611
45 Ralph 329 Frances 586
46 Martin 327 Dora 585
47 Jim 323 Fannie 565
48 Earl 314 Josephine 563
49 Eugene 314 Daisy 562
50 Bert 312 Lena 555
51 Edgar 312 Maggie 532
52 Herman 304 Katherine 504
53 Claude 302 Rosa 500
54 Michael 298 Marie 499
55 Paul 291 Nora 498
56 Ben 289 Effie 463
57 Ira 286 Blanche 456
58 Harvey 282 May 451
59 Chester 274 Nancy 429
60 Edwin 274 Della 428
61 Ed 272 Agnes 424
62 Charley 266 Nettie 419
63 Francis 259 Sallie 416
64 Isaac 258 Stella 416
65 Luther 249 Ellen 413
66 Lawrence 244 Mamie 412
67 Oliver 238 Lizzie 396
68 Clyde 232 Susie 367
69 Otto 221 Sadie 366
70 Hugh 219 Elsie 344
71 Alexander 209 Maud 328
72 Leonard 206 Flora 317
73 Jack 197 Caroline 316
74 Raymond 195 Etta 316
75 Patrick 188 Mae 314
76 Guy 186 Lulu 313
77 Homer 181 Lydia 299
78 Floyd 178 Alma 293
79 Theodore 178 Susan 292
80 Allen 172 Lottie 289
81 August 172 Addie 287
82 Marion 162 Mollie 281
83 Philip 156 Katie 279
84 Warren 156 Ruth 275
85 Horace 152 Harriet 270
86 Dan 148 Kate 267
87 Ray 148 Amanda 263
88 Garfield 147 Nannie 258
89 Stephen 147 Georgia 256
90 Emil 145 Emily 244
91 Jessie 143 Eliza 238
92 Milton 143 Viola 237
93 Willis 142 Amelia 235
94 Calvin 138 Willie 229
95 Dave 135 Charlotte 227
96 Bernard 130 Rebecca 226
97 Julius 129 Belle 219
98 Leroy 129 Kathryn 218
99 Sidney 129 Jane 216
100 Anthony 128 Olive 211
101 Archie 125 Virginia 210
102 Perry 123 Irene 206
103 Leo 122 Hannah 196
104 Leon 121 Ora 191
105 Rufus 121 Esther 189
106 Harold 120 Matilda 187
107 Franklin 117 Henrietta 181
108 Adam 116 Theresa 173
109 Alex 114 Ollie 169
110 Alonzo 111 Pauline 166
111 Everett 111 Estella 163
112 Clifford 110 Beulah 162
113 Victor 110 Augusta 157
114 Eddie 109 Rachel 157
115 Alvin 105 Mildred 154
116 Levi 104 Josie 149
117 Amos 102 Sara 147
118 Roscoe 102 Amy 145
119 Wesley 102 Louisa 142
120 Dennis 99 Luella 141
121 Eli 97 Leona 138
122 Jerry 97 Anne 131
123 Jay 96 Ann 130
124 Hiram 95 Barbara 130
125 Norman 95 Lola 129
126 Percy 95 Estelle 127
127 Aaron 94 Lela 125
128 Gus 94 Millie 124
129 Mark 94 Nina 123
130 Willard 94 Iva 122
131 Moses 93 Sophia 122
132 Earnest 92 Maria 120
133 Gilbert 92 Ruby 119
134 Jake 92 Victoria 117
135 Leslie 92 Evelyn 116
136 Nathan 91 Mayme 115
137 Adolph 90 Alta 114
138 Nelson 90 Lou 114
139 Otis 89 Janie 113
140 Irvin 88 Betty 112
141 Wallace 88 Delia 111
142 Clinton 87 Eleanor 110
143 Lester 87 Marion 110
144 Lloyd 87 Dorothy 109
145 Morris 87 Ina 108
146 Abraham 86 Celia 107
147 Jess 85 Callie 104
148 Elbert 84 Bettie 103
149 Phillip 84 Allie 98
150 Jasper 83 Inez 95
151 Ross 82 Dollie 90
152 Noah 81 Ola 90
153 Wilbur 81 Lucinda 88
154 Claud 80 Mable 88
155 Cornelius 80 Rena 88
156 Mack 80 Beatrice 87
157 Matthew 80 Harriett 86
158 Lonnie 77 Rosie 85
159 Jose 76 Birdie 84
160 Melvin 76 Eula 84
161 Stanley 76 Rhoda 84
162 Sylvester 76 Winnie 84
163 Wiley 76 Christina 82
164 Simon 75 Isabelle 82
165 Reuben 73 Tillie 82
166 Silas 73 Abbie 81
167 Wilson 73 Winifred 81
168 Curtis 72 Essie 80
169 Felix 72 Lora 80
170 Maurice 72 Sally 79
171 Alva 70 Sophie 78
172 Elijah 69 Eunice 77
173 Christopher 68 Leila 77
174 Owen 67 Isabel 76
175 Austin 66 Nell 75
176 Clark 66 Lelia 74
177 Max 66 Myra 72
178 Asa 65 Nelle 72
179 Emmett 65 Roxie 72
180 Fredrick 65 Mathilda 69
181 Russell 65 Bertie 68
182 Virgil 65 Katharine 68
183 Winfield 65 Lenora 68
184 Mose 63 Lettie 68
185 Timothy 63 Christine 67
186 Rudolph 62 Sue 67
187 Edmund 61 Sylvia 67
188 Harley 61 Cornelia 66
189 Harrison 61 Linnie 65
190 Jeff 61 Alberta 64
191 Orville 61 Hettie 64
192 Irving 60 Adelaide 62
193 Andy 58 Mina 62
194 Ellis 58 Helena 61
195 Lemuel 58 Carolyn 60
196 Monroe 58 Adeline 58
197 Anton 57 Genevieve 58
198 Joel 57 Johanna 58
199 Manuel 57 Loretta 58
200 Marvin 57 Lida 57
201 Pete 57 Fanny 55
202 Vernon 57 Hester 55
203 Marshall 56 Lilly 55
204 Nicholas 56 Naomi 55
205 Ike 55 Lois 53
206 Mathew 55 Minerva 53
207 Ora 55 Mittie 53
208 Christian 53 Bess 52
209 Emery 53 Claudia 52
210 Newton 53 Leah 52
211 Chris 52 Lucretia 52
212 Clayton 52 Marguerite 52
213 Pearl 52 Cecelia 51
214 Wade 52 Elva 51
215 Augustus 51 Olivia 51
216 Columbus 51 Gussie 50
217 Scott 51 Hazel 50
218 Bob 50 Isabella 50
219 Solomon 49 Cordelia 49
220 Emanuel 48 Rosetta 49
221 Nathaniel 48 Wilhelmina 49
222 Riley 47 Bernice 48
223 Sherman 47 Hilda 48
224 Glenn 45 Lucille 48
225 Johnnie 45 Polly 48
226 Juan 45 Vera 48
227 Marcus 45 Cynthia 47
228 Ollie 45 Elnora 47
229 Enoch 44 Francis 47
230 Ezra 44 Selma 47
231 Mike 44 Lily 46
232 Steve 44 Lura 46
233 Ambrose 43 Phoebe 46
234 Arch 43 Teresa 46
235 Dock 43 Angie 44
236 Hubert 43 Hulda 44
237 Bill 42 Jean 44
238 Burton 42 Louella 44
239 Edmond 42 Myrtie 44
240 Emory 42 Jeannette 43
241 Luke 42 Virgie 43
242 Ole 42 Lyda 43
243 Elias 41 Adele 43
244 Edd 40 Dessie 42
245 Miles 40 Lila 42
246 Major 40 Violet 42
247 Joshua 40 Madge 41
248 Cyrus 40 Roberta 41
249 Anderson 40 Regina 41
250 Barney 40 Elma 41

Historical Data for Baby Names

If you're interested to see how the trends and popularity of baby names have changed, you can use the links below to view the historical data by decade.

Most popular first names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Most popular boy names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Most popular girl names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and excludes any names with fewer than 5 occurrences in any geographic area.

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