Most Popular Baby Names in 1886

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1886. 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 1886, 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 9,026 Mary 9,889
2 William 8,252 Anna 4,283
3 James 5,355 Emma 2,764
4 George 4,671 Elizabeth 2,680
5 Charles 4,533 Minnie 2,372
6 Frank 3,127 Margaret 2,275
7 Joseph 2,594 Ida 2,049
8 Robert 2,443 Bertha 2,001
9 Henry 2,404 Clara 1,916
10 Thomas 2,337 Florence 1,860
11 Edward 2,312 Alice 1,811
12 Harry 2,257 Bessie 1,791
13 Walter 1,880 Annie 1,765
14 Arthur 1,656 Grace 1,723
15 Fred 1,599 Ethel 1,699
16 Albert 1,488 Sarah 1,569
17 Clarence 995 Nellie 1,492
18 Samuel 870 Martha 1,491
19 Louis 846 Ella 1,464
20 Roy 767 Mabel 1,422
21 Joe 759 Carrie 1,396
22 Charlie 723 Laura 1,372
23 Richard 720 Edna 1,314
24 David 674 Lillian 1,282
25 Ernest 668 Helen 1,267
26 Oscar 645 Rose 1,261
27 Will 642 Gertrude 1,249
28 Willie 641 Cora 1,231
29 Andrew 614 Pearl 1,204
30 Jesse 614 Maude 1,189
31 Earl 570 Edith 1,184
32 Carl 556 Eva 1,155
33 Daniel 555 Hattie 1,139
34 Sam 519 Jennie 1,100
35 Elmer 485 Myrtle 1,094
36 Alfred 480 Julia 1,061
37 Howard 467 Louise 1,061
38 Paul 466 Frances 1,059
39 Benjamin 463 Mattie 1,044
40 Frederick 461 Lula 1,040
41 Ralph 440 Jessie 1,003
42 Peter 437 Lillie 995
43 Lewis 431 Lena 992
44 Herman 418 Marie 988
45 Grover 407 Catherine 916
46 Herbert 400 Ada 915
47 Lee 399 Josephine 844
48 Claude 391 Fannie 837
49 Jim 389 Dora 827
50 Tom 383 Lucy 817
51 Eugene 362 Blanche 787
52 Raymond 353 Agnes 779
53 Michael 348 Maggie 756
54 Jacob 346 Katherine 744
55 Francis 344 Mamie 712
56 Ben 335 Nora 708
57 Lawrence 331 Stella 702
58 Martin 329 Elsie 698
59 Edwin 313 Rosa 673
60 Harvey 310 Effie 672
61 Edgar 309 Mae 641
62 Clyde 307 Alma 603
63 Ed 303 Daisy 602
64 Jack 299 May 602
65 Chester 287 Nettie 591
66 Floyd 275 Ruth 581
67 Ray 271 Della 565
68 Otto 270 Sadie 562
69 Theodore 258 Susie 559
70 Guy 255 Ellen 551
71 Luther 253 Lizzie 512
72 Patrick 249 Nancy 492
73 Leo 240 Sallie 490
74 Leonard 236 Maud 478
75 Oliver 230 Lottie 450
76 Bert 228 Flora 443
77 Hugh 227 Viola 440
78 Harold 224 Irene 437
79 Homer 224 Etta 433
80 Isaac 224 Katie 431
81 Charley 214 Hazel 429
82 Allen 211 Mollie 421
83 Alexander 206 Addie 417
84 August 203 Olive 404
85 Ira 198 Esther 396
86 Eddie 197 Georgia 395
87 Philip 187 Lydia 392
88 Marion 182 Willie 388
89 Jessie 181 Kathryn 383
90 Stephen 181 Lulu 376
91 Bernard 180 Amanda 370
92 Archie 175 Caroline 370
93 Anthony 174 Emily 369
94 Julius 173 Charlotte 368
95 Clifford 172 Rebecca 355
96 Alex 161 Virginia 353
97 Norman 161 Nannie 347
98 Lester 160 Beulah 345
99 Horace 156 Harriet 341
100 Leroy 155 Kate 335
101 Sidney 155 Amelia 326
102 Dan 154 Susan 323
103 Everett 150 Ollie 318
104 Willis 150 Matilda 309
105 Victor 146 Jane 306
106 Milton 145 Ruby 301
107 Lloyd 144 Mildred 289
108 Warren 144 Henrietta 288
109 Leon 142 Eliza 287
110 Perry 141 Ora 287
111 Jess 140 Pauline 276
112 Dave 139 Theresa 276
113 Rufus 139 Marion 273
114 Leslie 136 Eleanor 271
115 Nathan 136 Belle 270
116 Emil 127 Hannah 254
117 Franklin 127 Sara 247
118 Jerry 125 Estella 246
119 Percy 122 Nina 238
120 Amos 121 Augusta 237
121 Wesley 121 Iva 237
122 Russell 115 Dorothy 230
123 Alvin 112 Lela 230
124 Matthew 112 Ann 229
125 Calvin 109 Leona 227
126 Jay 107 Amy 226
127 Ross 107 Mayme 219
128 Alonzo 106 Sophia 218
129 Mark 106 Estelle 216
130 Wilbur 106 Rachel 213
131 Earnest 105 Josie 212
132 Marshall 105 Anne 211
133 Wallace 104 Barbara 207
134 Adam 103 Goldie 204
135 Gus 102 Evelyn 203
136 Glenn 99 Inez 197
137 Otis 99 Beatrice 192
138 Dennis 98 Lola 191
139 Maurice 97 Mable 187
140 Simon 97 Ola 186
141 Mack 97 Eula 181
142 Levi 97 Maria 180
143 Claud 96 Allie 178
144 Morris 96 Nell 175
145 Adolph 95 Millie 170
146 Cornelius 95 Delia 169
147 Jake 95 Betty 167
148 Stanley 95 Vera 167
149 Elbert 94 Essie 163
150 Emmett 94 Victoria 162
151 Phillip 94 Alta 159
152 Elijah 93 Sophie 156
153 Felix 92 Callie 155
154 Gilbert 91 Bertie 151
155 Marvin 90 Christine 151
156 Noah 90 Olga 151
157 Jasper 88 Ina 149
158 Lonnie 88 Janie 149
159 Roscoe 88 Celia 147
160 Cleveland 87 Winifred 146
161 Aaron 86 Hilda 143
162 Clinton 85 Tillie 143
163 Ellis 85 Eunice 142
164 Jose 85 Bettie 141
165 Nicholas 85 Loretta 141
166 Mike 84 Lucille 139
167 Moses 84 Sylvia 137
168 Cecil 83 Dollie 136
169 Melvin 83 Genevieve 136
170 Owen 83 Isabelle 136
171 Reuben 82 Louisa 136
172 Ollie 81 Luella 136
173 Edmund 80 Bernice 135
174 Willard 80 Verna 134
175 Virgil 79 Rosie 133
176 Nelson 78 Gladys 131
177 Abraham 77 Isabel 131
178 Harrison 77 Lou 129
179 Silas 77 Winnie 129
180 Fredrick 75 Bess 128
181 Timothy 74 Marguerite 125
182 Clayton 73 Jean 124
183 Harley 73 Birdie 123
184 Max 73 Mathilda 120
185 Monroe 73 Rena 119
186 Pearl 73 Cornelia 117
187 Sylvester 73 Lois 116
188 Vernon 73 Leila 115
189 Curtis 72 Rhoda 114
190 Irvin 71 Elva 110
191 Wilson 71 Lora 109
192 Manuel 70 Flossie 105
193 Steve 70 Johanna 105
194 Dock 69 Sally 104
195 Grant 69 Violet 103
196 Juan 69 Lelia 102
197 Mose 69 Virgie 99
198 Rudolph 68 Alberta 98
199 Johnnie 67 Christina 98
200 Bob 66 Nelle 98
201 Christopher 66 Cecelia 96
202 Eli 66 Myra 96
203 Newton 66 Sue 96
204 Sherman 66 Adelaide 94
205 Barney 65 Harriett 92
206 Alva 64 Roxie 92
207 Austin 64 Frieda 91
208 Bill 64 Hettie 91
209 Gordon 64 Selma 91
210 Ora 63 Katharine 90
211 Orville 63 Lucinda 90
212 Jeff 63 Gussie 89
213 Anton 62 Lettie 86
214 Chris 62 Adeline 85
215 Edd 62 Hulda 85
216 Don 61 Lilly 85
217 Hubert 61 Abbie 84
218 Wade 61 Teresa 84
219 Irving 60 Jeanette 83
220 Cyrus 59 Leah 83
221 Nathaniel 59 Marjorie 83
222 Augustus 58 Carolyn 82
223 Lon 58 Elma 82
224 Donald 57 Fanny 81
225 Millard 57 Francis 81
226 Columbus 56 Gertie 81
227 Forrest 56 Irma 81
228 Bruce 55 Hallie 80
229 Joshua 55 Isabella 80
230 Roland 55 Mina 80
231 Pete 54 Phoebe 80
232 Hiram 53 Adele 79
233 Asa 52 Lura 77
234 Byron 51 Meta 77
235 Abe 50 Myrtie 77
236 Conrad 50 Hester 76
237 Edmond 50 Jeannette 75
238 Enoch 50 Lenora 75
239 Jerome 50 Lily 75
240 Julian 50 Linnie 74
241 Luke 50 Olivia 72
242 Vincent 50 Zella 72
243 Wiley 49 Norma 72
244 Joel 49 Roberta 72
245 Clark 49 Geneva 71
246 Glen 49 Eugenia 71
247 Andy 49 Lucile 71
248 Ike 48 Mandy 69
249 Mathew 48 Regina 69
250 Karl 48 Lila 69

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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