Most Popular Baby Names in 1885

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1885. 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 1885, 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 8,756 Mary 9,128
2 William 8,044 Anna 3,994
3 James 5,175 Emma 2,728
4 George 4,674 Elizabeth 2,582
5 Charles 4,599 Margaret 2,204
6 Frank 3,067 Minnie 2,178
7 Joseph 2,540 Clara 1,910
8 Henry 2,406 Bertha 1,860
9 Robert 2,322 Ida 1,854
10 Thomas 2,266 Annie 1,703
11 Edward 2,220 Alice 1,681
12 Harry 2,198 Florence 1,667
13 Walter 1,808 Bessie 1,588
14 Fred 1,562 Grace 1,575
15 Arthur 1,516 Ethel 1,495
16 Albert 1,429 Nellie 1,432
17 Clarence 906 Martha 1,425
18 Samuel 888 Sarah 1,424
19 Louis 809 Ella 1,395
20 Grover 768 Mabel 1,349
21 Ernest 718 Laura 1,325
22 David 712 Carrie 1,283
23 Charlie 705 Cora 1,253
24 Roy 691 Maude 1,222
25 Joe 681 Rose 1,164
26 Richard 672 Pearl 1,146
27 Will 625 Lillian 1,143
28 Oscar 623 Helen 1,134
29 Willie 614 Gertrude 1,086
30 Andrew 599 Edna 1,077
31 Jesse 556 Edith 1,071
32 Daniel 535 Julia 1,062
33 Peter 516 Jennie 1,045
34 Carl 494 Myrtle 1,026
35 Sam 492 Mattie 1,014
36 Earl 481 Hattie 1,008
37 Frederick 466 Lillie 979
38 Benjamin 464 Eva 971
39 Alfred 446 Louise 956
40 Elmer 443 Jessie 952
41 Howard 438 Lula 949
42 Lewis 437 Marie 885
43 Paul 428 Ada 876
44 Ralph 422 Lena 876
45 Herbert 388 Catherine 846
46 Jim 370 Frances 844
47 Michael 370 Fannie 783
48 Tom 361 Josephine 783
49 Martin 357 Dora 776
50 Lee 348 Katherine 751
51 Eugene 345 Maggie 716
52 Claude 343 Lucy 711
53 Jacob 343 Blanche 710
54 Ed 328 Agnes 695
55 Herman 326 Elsie 685
56 Francis 319 Nora 670
57 Clyde 318 Stella 649
58 Raymond 308 Rosa 623
59 Harvey 304 Effie 613
60 Edgar 303 Daisy 607
61 Jack 295 May 607
62 Ben 292 Mamie 606
63 Edwin 289 Mae 578
64 Lawrence 288 Ellen 555
65 Charley 285 Lizzie 537
66 Bert 276 Nettie 536
67 Chester 273 Nancy 527
68 Guy 266 Alma 515
69 Otto 263 Sadie 514
70 Floyd 259 Ruth 506
71 Luther 259 Della 500
72 Oliver 258 Susie 477
73 Hugh 257 Sallie 457
74 Ray 237 Flora 445
75 Ira 235 Maud 429
76 Homer 228 Addie 406
77 Patrick 217 Lydia 404
78 Alexander 205 Caroline 399
79 Isaac 204 Mollie 396
80 Leonard 204 Lottie 393
81 Jessie 202 Katie 388
82 Harold 201 Irene 376
83 Leo 199 Etta 372
84 Theodore 199 Georgia 371
85 Archie 196 Lulu 360
86 August 193 Olive 349
87 Allen 184 Emily 346
88 Sidney 170 Viola 345
89 Philip 163 Harriet 342
90 Leroy 162 Amanda 339
91 Bernard 160 Jane 330
92 Alex 159 Esther 320
93 Stephen 158 Kathryn 320
94 Horace 155 Charlotte 317
95 Anthony 153 Willie 312
96 Warren 151 Beulah 309
97 Julius 150 Kate 309
98 Cleveland 147 Ollie 305
99 Leon 146 Rebecca 302
100 Victor 143 Susan 302
101 Eddie 141 Eliza 300
102 Lester 141 Amelia 298
103 Marion 141 Virginia 289
104 Clifford 139 Nannie 285
105 Emil 138 Hazel 281
106 Willis 133 Ruby 272
107 Milton 130 Matilda 260
108 Dan 129 Belle 255
109 Dave 128 Pauline 254
110 Everett 128 Estella 246
111 Alvin 125 Mildred 245
112 Leslie 122 Amy 240
113 Earnest 120 Hannah 236
114 Calvin 119 Theresa 232
115 Jess 119 Leona 231
116 Norman 118 Iva 229
117 Rufus 118 Henrietta 225
118 Franklin 117 Augusta 223
119 Jerry 115 Eleanor 222
120 Perry 115 Ora 218
121 Amos 114 Sara 215
122 Dennis 112 Rachel 212
123 Jose 111 Josie 211
124 Matthew 111 Ann 208
125 Melvin 110 Anne 203
126 Lloyd 109 Marion 198
127 Ross 109 Mayme 198
128 Wesley 108 Dorothy 196
129 Wallace 107 Barbara 195
130 Alonzo 104 Nina 193
131 Mack 104 Evelyn 191
132 Nathan 103 Lola 191
133 Adolph 102 Beatrice 188
134 Emmett 101 Sophia 185
135 Jake 100 Estelle 183
136 Morris 99 Mable 180
137 Percy 98 Allie 176
138 Roscoe 98 Maria 175
139 Stanley 97 Lela 168
140 Claud 97 Goldie 167
141 Adam 96 Victoria 163
142 Cornelius 96 Eula 158
143 Maurice 96 Callie 157
144 Willard 95 Alta 155
145 Russell 94 Betty 155
146 Elbert 92 Delia 155
147 Hiram 92 Janie 155
148 Wilbur 92 Celia 153
149 Irvin 91 Essie 153
150 Jay 91 Millie 152
151 Manuel 90 Nell 151
152 Otis 89 Inez 150
153 Aaron 88 Rena 148
154 Cecil 87 Rosie 142
155 Gus 87 Ola 139
156 Jasper 87 Louisa 138
157 Phillip 87 Eunice 136
158 Abraham 86 Lou 135
159 Mike 84 Christine 132
160 Nelson 83 Birdie 131
161 Simon 83 Luella 131
162 Clinton 82 Bettie 127
163 Elijah 82 Bertie 126
164 Sylvester 82 Ina 126
165 Virgil 82 Sophie 125
166 Felix 80 Vera 124
167 Levi 79 Leila 123
168 Orville 79 Hilda 121
169 Ellis 78 Olga 121
170 Irving 78 Winifred 120
171 Marshall 78 Hulda 113
172 Gilbert 77 Lora 113
173 Ollie 77 Sylvia 112
174 Noah 76 Dollie 110
175 Wiley 76 Nelle 109
176 Anton 74 Elva 108
177 Lonnie 74 Verna 108
178 Mark 74 Christina 107
179 Moses 74 Sally 107
180 Silas 73 Hettie 106
181 Hubert 72 Rhoda 106
182 Reuben 72 Isabelle 105
183 Christopher 71 Lois 105
184 Johnnie 71 Lelia 104
185 Max 71 Isabel 102
186 Vernon 71 Mathilda 102
187 Curtis 70 Tillie 101
188 Owen 70 Lucille 100
189 Rudolph 70 Jean 99
190 Augustus 69 Cornelia 98
191 Cleve 69 Alberta 97
192 Clayton 68 Bess 97
193 Edmund 68 Bernice 96
194 Glenn 68 Adelaide 94
195 Bill 66 Sue 94
196 Nicholas 66 Violet 92
197 Marvin 65 Gladys 91
198 Sherman 65 Loretta 91
199 Timothy 64 Frieda 90
200 Jeff 63 Abbie 88
201 Millard 63 Lily 88
202 Fredrick 62 Lura 88
203 Newton 61 Roxie 88
204 Elias 60 Genevieve 87
205 Steve 60 Gertie 87
206 Dock 59 Gussie 87
207 Grant 59 Johanna 87
208 Wilson 59 Adeline 86
209 Ora 58 Carolyn 86
210 Solomon 58 Helena 86
211 Riley 58 Marguerite 86
212 Pearl 57 Fanny 85
213 Bruce 56 Hester 85
214 Eli 56 Leah 85
215 Joel 56 Cecelia 84
216 Pete 56 Lucinda 84
217 Andy 55 Myra 84
218 Christian 55 Mina 82
219 Gustave 55 Jeannette 81
220 Austin 54 Lilly 80
221 Clifton 54 Winnie 80
222 Juan 54 Harriett 78
223 Monroe 54 Katharine 78
224 Nathaniel 54 Lucile 78
225 Wade 54 Minerva 77
226 Jerome 53 Virgie 77
227 Bob 52 Elma 76
228 Miles 52 Wilhelmina 76
229 Scott 52 Jeanette 76
230 Bennie 51 Hallie 75
231 Edd 51 Flossie 73
232 Harley 51 Lenora 73
233 Chris 50 Dessie 72
234 Luke 50 Meta 72
235 Mose 50 Phoebe 72
236 Julian 49 Adele 71
237 Gordon 48 Cecilia 71
238 Preston 48 Regina 71
239 Roland 48 Lettie 70
240 Vincent 48 Mabelle 70
241 Abe 47 Irma 69
242 Donald 47 Eugenia 68
243 Alva 46 Lida 68
244 Byron 46 Naomi 68
245 Clark 45 Selma 68
246 Harrison 45 Blanch 67
247 Glen 45 Freda 67
248 Bud 44 Claudia 67
249 Marcus 44 Elsa 66
250 Karl 44 Teresa 66

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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