Most Popular Baby Names in 1896

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1896. 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 1896, 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 8,138 Mary 13,811
2 William 7,747 Anna 5,860
3 James 5,206 Helen 4,392
4 George 4,286 Margaret 4,050
5 Charles 3,639 Ruth 3,905
6 Joseph 3,051 Ethel 3,502
7 Frank 2,845 Elizabeth 3,471
8 Robert 2,719 Florence 3,323
9 Edward 2,296 Marie 3,087
10 Henry 2,183 Emma 2,872
11 Harry 2,091 Lillian 2,702
12 Thomas 2,088 Alice 2,651
13 Walter 2,017 Edna 2,604
14 Arthur 1,821 Clara 2,582
15 Albert 1,434 Bertha 2,565
16 Fred 1,393 Minnie 2,530
17 Clarence 1,254 Grace 2,485
18 Willie 1,092 Bessie 2,435
19 Roy 1,027 Annie 2,358
20 Paul 964 Rose 2,341
21 Earl 892 Mabel 2,283
22 Louis 871 Hazel 2,226
23 Harold 862 Gertrude 2,221
24 Raymond 859 Ida 2,159
25 Carl 852 Pearl 2,101
26 Richard 834 Martha 2,022
27 Joe 767 Esther 1,964
28 David 765 Frances 1,964
29 Ernest 764 Edith 1,932
30 Ralph 746 Myrtle 1,928
31 Samuel 734 Elsie 1,878
32 Charlie 714 Eva 1,779
33 Howard 677 Gladys 1,757
34 Herbert 635 Nellie 1,696
35 Jesse 586 Sarah 1,691
36 Elmer 576 Ella 1,683
37 Andrew 566 Laura 1,665
38 Daniel 561 Agnes 1,654
39 Francis 551 Mildred 1,620
40 Jack 539 Catherine 1,594
41 Oscar 539 Irene 1,593
42 Alfred 527 Louise 1,531
43 Sam 518 Lillie 1,483
44 Will 508 Julia 1,407
45 Eugene 507 Carrie 1,388
46 Lawrence 499 Dorothy 1,366
47 Leo 497 Hattie 1,320
48 Lee 455 Lena 1,318
49 Herman 427 Mattie 1,288
50 Ray 426 Josephine 1,256
51 Benjamin 416 Alma 1,243
52 Peter 402 Cora 1,204
53 Michael 399 Jennie 1,178
54 Claude 398 Blanche 1,150
55 Floyd 396 Mae 1,148
56 Lewis 386 Maude 1,104
57 Frederick 381 Jessie 1,103
58 Clyde 372 Mamie 1,081
59 Edwin 351 Lucy 1,074
60 Leonard 350 Stella 1,054
61 Martin 343 Katherine 1,047
62 Tom 339 Viola 1,047
63 Chester 329 Ada 1,041
64 Russell 327 Lula 1,012
65 Lester 318 Fannie 1,001
66 Clifford 311 Ruby 994
67 Lloyd 308 Marion 987
68 Edgar 306 Dora 874
69 Ben 299 Maggie 871
70 Harvey 292 Beatrice 870
71 Jim 281 Nora 844
72 Leroy 278 Sadie 827
73 Anthony 276 Ellen 811
74 Luther 265 Rosa 808
75 Hugh 263 Pauline 756
76 Eddie 262 Willie 755
77 Guy 262 Beulah 750
78 Stanley 259 Marguerite 725
79 Homer 258 Susie 718
80 Otto 250 Effie 716
81 Ed 246 Vera 675
82 Bernard 241 May 671
83 Jacob 241 Daisy 661
84 Theodore 241 Evelyn 646
85 Leslie 237 Della 642
86 Leon 235 Lucille 637
87 Alexander 232 Nettie 628
88 Archie 230 Kathryn 625
89 Jessie 229 Virginia 621
90 Everett 224 Olive 583
91 Allen 219 Lydia 580
92 Philip 218 Lottie 574
93 Patrick 214 Georgia 562
94 Donald 211 Leona 556
95 Horace 204 Hilda 549
96 Victor 201 Emily 527
97 Cecil 200 Flora 527
98 Milton 194 Nancy 527
99 Oliver 194 Katie 516
100 Isaac 191 Lizzie 508
101 Ira 190 Sallie 498
102 Alvin 183 Eleanor 493
103 August 180 Charlotte 492
104 Norman 178 Bernice 489
105 Sidney 176 Ann 488
106 Kenneth 175 Addie 485
107 Glenn 174 Etta 484
108 Julius 174 Theresa 469
109 Bert 173 Lola 450
110 Marion 172 Caroline 437
111 Charley 168 Harriet 437
112 Alex 165 Iva 434
113 Stephen 164 Lela 425
114 Lonnie 159 Anne 423
115 Melvin 158 Jane 413
116 Bryan 157 Henrietta 412
117 Percy 157 Ollie 409
118 Willard 152 Ora 408
119 Mack 148 Nannie 400
120 Max 145 Inez 398
121 Rufus 145 Estelle 392
122 Wesley 145 Loretta 391
123 Willis 145 Lois 388
124 Earnest 144 Marjorie 387
125 Emil 143 Goldie 384
126 Virgil 138 Essie 381
127 Morris 136 Mollie 374
128 Hobart 135 Rebecca 371
129 Dan 133 Amanda 367
130 Wallace 130 Mable 367
131 Gilbert 129 Amelia 365
132 Vernon 129 Eula 365
133 Maurice 127 Estella 363
134 Warren 125 Olga 355
135 Otis 124 Violet 354
136 Matthew 123 Eunice 351
137 Mckinley 121 Rachel 348
138 Wilbur 120 Susan 343
139 Hubert 119 Betty 342
140 Mark 119 Sylvia 340
141 Dave 118 Frieda 339
142 Marshall 118 Matilda 339
143 Gordon 117 Sara 326
144 Johnnie 116 Verna 326
145 Emmett 113 Barbara 324
146 Glen 113 Hannah 323
147 Vincent 112 Amy 320
148 Perry 111 Nina 320
149 Sylvester 111 Flossie 315
150 Amos 110 Rosie 314
151 Edmund 110 Maria 312
152 Nathan 110 Doris 307
153 Abraham 109 Genevieve 305
154 Rudolph 108 Kate 303
155 Curtis 107 Alta 302
156 Nicholas 106 Lucile 300
157 Ellis 106 Maud 298
158 Jose 104 Victoria 281
159 Manuel 104 Madeline 279
160 Arnold 102 Sophia 278
161 Clayton 102 Christine 274
162 Sherman 100 Ola 273
163 Calvin 98 Naomi 269
164 Adam 96 Marian 267
165 Bennie 96 Augusta 265
166 Elbert 96 Irma 261
167 Franklin 96 Eliza 260
168 Clifton 95 Thelma 260
169 Gerald 95 Kathleen 259
170 Gus 95 Alberta 258
171 Jerry 94 Celia 258
172 Steve 94 Sophie 258
173 Adolph 93 Jean 255
174 Clinton 93 Velma 249
175 Marvin 93 Freda 246
176 Ollie 93 Belle 238
177 Roland 92 Ina 238
178 Claud 90 Selma 238
179 Dennis 90 Isabel 232
180 Jasper 90 Luella 230
181 Reuben 90 Lulu 228
182 Alonzo 89 Josie 227
183 Orville 89 Vivian 224
184 Phillip 89 Janie 223
185 Jake 88 Allie 221
186 Elijah 87 Fern 218
187 Forrest 87 Nell 215
188 Irving 87 Millie 213
189 Jess 87 Callie 212
190 Bill 86 Winifred 212
191 Nelson 86 Virgie 211
192 Cornelius 85 Teresa 209
193 Mike 85 Winnie 205
194 Simon 85 Rena 203
195 Roscoe 84 Lila 201
196 Felix 83 Elva 198
197 Owen 83 Geneva 197
198 Ross 83 Norma 197
199 Moses 81 Erma 192
200 Harrison 79 Cecelia 190
201 Irvin 79 Delia 190
202 Jay 78 Tillie 189
203 Jerome 76 Adeline 187
204 Johnie 75 Mayme 186
205 Grover 74 Opal 186
206 Christopher 73 Sally 185
207 Nathaniel 73 Bertie 183
208 Wilson 73 Isabelle 180
209 Douglas 72 Lora 179
210 Ivan 72 Jeanette 172
211 Timothy 72 Leah 169
212 Dock 71 Miriam 169
213 Grant 71 Cecilia 168
214 Wilfred 71 Dollie 167
215 Roger 70 Gussie 167
216 Aaron 69 Juanita 165
217 Bruce 69 Bonnie 163
218 Noah 69 Birdie 162
219 Alva 68 Elma 160
220 Levi 68 Myra 158
221 Don 66 Johanna 157
222 Harley 64 Lelia 153
223 Millard 64 Adele 152
224 Dewey 63 Bess 151
225 Juan 63 Katharine 151
226 Monroe 63 Hester 150
227 Pete 63 Carolyn 149
228 Silas 63 Leila 149
229 Wade 63 Regina 149
230 Wiley 62 Veronica 145
231 Austin 62 Cecile 144
232 Jeff 62 Muriel 144
233 Leland 61 Leola 141
234 Karl 60 Anita 139
235 Byron 59 Louisa 138
236 Laurence 59 Jeannette 135
237 Barney 58 Cleo 134
238 Clark 58 Lenora 134
239 Edmond 58 Hallie 134
240 Julian 57 Faye 132
241 Mary 57 Roxie 132
242 Grady 57 Maudie 132
243 Cleveland 56 Harriett 131
244 Loyd 56 Hettie 131
245 Tony 56 Adelaide 130
246 Ervin 55 Zella 130
247 Wayne 55 Rhoda 130
248 Ike 54 Cornelia 130
249 Earle 53 Margie 130
250 Preston 53 Lou 130

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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