Most Popular Baby Names in 1888

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1888. 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 1888, 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 9,247 Mary 11,754
2 William 8,705 Anna 4,982
3 James 5,562 Elizabeth 3,224
4 George 4,912 Emma 3,087
5 Charles 4,591 Margaret 2,904
6 Frank 3,459 Minnie 2,654
7 Joseph 2,993 Bertha 2,450
8 Robert 2,814 Florence 2,444
9 Harry 2,759 Ethel 2,374
10 Henry 2,596 Bessie 2,278
11 Edward 2,470 Clara 2,230
12 Thomas 2,449 Ida 2,229
13 Walter 2,040 Alice 2,202
14 Arthur 1,710 Annie 2,188
15 Fred 1,665 Grace 2,090
16 Albert 1,569 Helen 1,847
17 Clarence 1,022 Mabel 1,830
18 Samuel 931 Ella 1,774
19 Louis 884 Martha 1,769
20 Roy 856 Sarah 1,755
21 David 801 Nellie 1,736
22 Charlie 796 Edna 1,687
23 Joe 789 Lillian 1,656
24 Willie 786 Carrie 1,647
25 Benjamin 781 Laura 1,624
26 Richard 772 Pearl 1,591
27 Ernest 766 Rose 1,590
28 Will 707 Gertrude 1,468
29 Carl 675 Edith 1,453
30 Earl 675 Frances 1,452
31 Oscar 647 Cora 1,433
32 Jesse 637 Maude 1,396
33 Andrew 615 Louise 1,334
34 Sam 607 Eva 1,329
35 Daniel 566 Myrtle 1,310
36 Ralph 547 Hattie 1,298
37 Alfred 536 Jennie 1,298
38 Paul 529 Julia 1,292
39 Elmer 527 Mattie 1,268
40 Howard 513 Marie 1,258
41 Peter 498 Lillie 1,249
42 Frederick 496 Catherine 1,212
43 Herbert 485 Jessie 1,200
44 Grover 474 Lula 1,173
45 Raymond 469 Lena 1,162
46 Michael 466 Ada 1,116
47 Ben 463 Elsie 1,112
48 Lee 430 Agnes 1,046
49 Tom 416 Josephine 1,001
50 Lewis 412 Fannie 991
51 Herman 403 Lucy 964
52 Harrison 400 Blanche 942
53 Eugene 398 Mamie 917
54 Martin 378 Dora 898
55 Claude 374 Hazel 898
56 Jim 362 Katherine 893
57 Francis 353 Maggie 882
58 Jacob 353 Alma 853
59 Leo 353 Ruth 850
60 Clyde 344 Mae 836
61 Lawrence 343 Nora 832
62 Harvey 334 Rosa 832
63 Ray 331 May 782
64 Jack 329 Stella 775
65 Edgar 321 Effie 744
66 Otto 312 Irene 722
67 Floyd 302 Nettie 692
68 Ed 301 Ellen 691
69 Edwin 298 Sadie 691
70 Harold 298 Sallie 633
71 Guy 297 Della 621
72 Chester 288 Susie 621
73 Bert 282 Daisy 612
74 Luther 275 Viola 596
75 Allen 260 Lizzie 593
76 Homer 256 Nancy 582
77 Charley 254 Esther 572
78 Jessie 254 Flora 541
79 Hugh 253 Willie 522
80 Theodore 249 Katie 516
81 Patrick 245 Lottie 511
82 Alexander 237 Etta 500
83 Leonard 225 Mildred 499
84 Ira 222 Georgia 477
85 Isaac 221 Lydia 472
86 August 213 Maud 469
87 Bernard 207 Olive 465
88 Oliver 206 Charlotte 464
89 Julius 197 Caroline 458
90 Leon 196 Emily 457
91 Philip 196 Addie 455
92 Clifford 194 Jane 446
93 Anthony 193 Kathryn 446
94 Eddie 193 Ruby 445
95 Leroy 192 Beulah 426
96 Archie 191 Ollie 411
97 Lester 189 Amanda 404
98 Stephen 187 Pauline 393
99 Leslie 175 Harriet 389
100 Lloyd 175 Virginia 385
101 Sidney 168 Theresa 377
102 Alex 167 Mollie 375
103 Horace 165 Dorothy 373
104 Milton 165 Nannie 373
105 Marion 162 Lulu 367
106 Alvin 157 Susan 363
107 Everett 156 Kate 360
108 Norman 156 Amelia 358
109 Dan 154 Henrietta 349
110 Stanley 154 Eliza 343
111 Percy 151 Rebecca 337
112 Warren 148 Matilda 328
113 Wesley 147 Ora 325
114 Dave 146 Marion 322
115 Russell 146 Belle 317
116 Emil 142 Beatrice 316
117 Roscoe 141 Gladys 314
118 Earnest 138 Leona 311
119 Willis 135 Lola 304
120 Victor 134 Nina 304
121 Gus 133 Estella 303
122 Jess 132 Iva 302
123 Franklin 129 Ann 295
124 Nathan 129 Hannah 295
125 Rufus 126 Sara 293
126 Perry 124 Anne 292
127 Calvin 123 Lela 292
128 Willard 123 Eleanor 288
129 Jay 122 Rachel 281
130 Adam 120 Estelle 274
131 Melvin 119 Augusta 270
132 Max 118 Vera 263
133 Otis 116 Goldie 261
134 Phillip 116 Josie 257
135 Mark 115 Barbara 253
136 Matthew 114 Sophia 251
137 Virgil 112 Mayme 247
138 Wallace 111 Maria 239
139 Alonzo 110 Evelyn 237
140 Glenn 110 Amy 236
141 Gilbert 109 Marguerite 235
142 Simon 109 Inez 233
143 Adolph 107 Essie 230
144 Jake 107 Allie 223
145 Dennis 106 Eula 223
146 Cornelius 105 Hilda 219
147 Wilbur 103 Alta 218
148 Lonnie 101 Betty 214
149 Manuel 101 Millie 213
150 Felix 101 Rosie 211
151 Clinton 101 Mable 209
152 Emmett 100 Victoria 207
153 Maurice 100 Ina 206
154 Jose 99 Janie 206
155 Elbert 98 Delia 200
156 Owen 98 Ola 200
157 Nicholas 97 Celia 196
158 Cecil 96 Callie 195
159 Mack 96 Nell 188
160 Morris 95 Flossie 182
161 Amos 94 Birdie 181
162 Jeff 93 Eunice 180
163 Jerry 92 Bertie 179
164 Levi 91 Lucille 179
165 Marshall 91 Winifred 176
166 Aaron 90 Olga 172
167 Marvin 90 Rena 172
168 Ross 90 Luella 171
169 Curtis 89 Sophie 171
170 Irving 89 Christine 170
171 Elijah 88 Leila 170
172 Claud 87 Bettie 169
173 Cleveland 87 Lou 169
174 Orville 87 Sylvia 166
175 Nelson 85 Verna 165
176 Reuben 84 Bess 164
177 Gordon 83 Bernice 157
178 Noah 83 Loretta 157
179 Steve 83 Frieda 154
180 Sylvester 83 Genevieve 154
181 Fredrick 82 Tillie 154
182 Harley 82 Isabelle 153
183 Johnnie 82 Louisa 152
184 Pete 82 Alberta 147
185 Mike 81 Jean 145
186 Moses 80 Violet 145
187 Austin 79 Isabel 144
188 Christopher 79 Winnie 143
189 Sherman 79 Sally 142
190 Abraham 78 Selma 139
191 Irvin 78 Abbie 137
192 Jasper 78 Roxie 136
193 Vernon 78 Myra 134
194 Bennie 77 Dollie 133
195 Donald 77 Mathilda 133
196 Glen 77 Rhoda 130
197 Edmund 76 Adeline 128
198 Ollie 76 Elva 128
199 Timothy 76 Lelia 128
200 Eli 75 Hulda 126
201 Hubert 75 Jeanette 126
202 Alva 74 Lilly 124
203 Monroe 74 Carolyn 123
204 Anton 72 Hettie 120
205 Thurman 72 Irma 120
206 Ellis 71 Lois 120
207 Karl 71 Gussie 118
208 Silas 71 Harriett 118
209 Hiram 70 Johanna 118
210 Millard 70 Leah 118
211 Ora 70 Marjorie 118
212 Barney 69 Sue 117
213 Pearl 69 Adele 116
214 Dock 68 Cornelia 116
215 Edd 68 Christina 114
216 Mathew 67 Cecelia 113
217 Vincent 67 Hester 113
218 Augustus 66 Virgie 112
219 Clifton 64 Teresa 111
220 Wiley 64 Zella 111
221 Clayton 63 Geneva 109
222 Nathaniel 63 Jeannette 109
223 Wilson 62 Katharine 108
224 Mose 62 Lora 107
225 Forrest 62 Lenora 105
226 Columbus 60 Nelle 105
227 Andy 60 Mina 104
228 Bob 59 Helena 103
229 Chris 59 Lily 102
230 Asa 58 Norma 101
231 Bill 58 Frankie 100
232 Preston 58 Meta 99
233 Tony 57 Adelaide 98
234 Benjiman 56 Elma 97
235 Juan 56 Lucinda 97
236 Lon 55 Cecilia 97
237 Ervin 54 Freda 95
238 Rudolph 54 Linnie 95
239 Ike 53 Lucile 94
240 Morton 53 Hallie 93
241 Byron 52 Naomi 93
242 Gustave 52 Marian 92
243 Arnold 51 Regina 92
244 Christian 51 Gertie 91
245 Douglas 50 Lura 91
246 Wade 50 Lettie 90
247 Newton 50 Wilhelmina 88
248 Joshua 50 Francis 88
249 Mary 50 Lila 88
250 Don 50 Elsa 87

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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