Most Popular Baby Names in 1897

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1897. 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 1897, 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 7,550 Mary 13,413
2 William 7,198 Anna 5,429
3 James 5,113 Helen 4,519
4 George 4,078 Margaret 4,146
5 Charles 3,341 Ruth 3,878
6 Joseph 2,827 Elizabeth 3,442
7 Frank 2,726 Florence 3,369
8 Robert 2,701 Ethel 3,182
9 Edward 2,121 Marie 3,078
10 Henry 1,994 Emma 2,698
11 Thomas 1,980 Lillian 2,683
12 Walter 1,895 Edna 2,567
13 Harry 1,879 Bertha 2,502
14 Arthur 1,647 Grace 2,458
15 Albert 1,377 Clara 2,454
16 Fred 1,301 Alice 2,431
17 Clarence 1,201 Bessie 2,407
18 Willie 1,151 Hazel 2,339
19 Roy 999 Rose 2,316
20 Paul 923 Annie 2,307
21 Harold 860 Minnie 2,284
22 Raymond 837 Mabel 2,222
23 Louis 831 Gertrude 2,135
24 Earl 829 Ida 2,108
25 Carl 828 Pearl 2,076
26 Joe 798 Martha 1,990
27 Ernest 785 Frances 1,975
28 Samuel 759 Esther 1,911
29 David 730 Myrtle 1,833
30 Charlie 714 Edith 1,823
31 Richard 702 Elsie 1,763
32 Ralph 697 Gladys 1,737
33 Howard 634 Mildred 1,723
34 Elmer 587 Sarah 1,713
35 Herbert 565 Eva 1,709
36 Andrew 555 Ella 1,708
37 Oscar 543 Nellie 1,693
38 Jesse 529 Irene 1,587
39 Daniel 520 Laura 1,585
40 Alfred 513 Agnes 1,579
41 Lawrence 505 Louise 1,563
42 Jack 497 Catherine 1,511
43 Francis 496 Dorothy 1,472
44 Will 491 Lillie 1,401
45 Sam 478 Julia 1,380
46 Leo 462 Carrie 1,365
47 Lee 453 Josephine 1,267
48 Floyd 451 Hattie 1,251
49 Eugene 447 Cora 1,246
50 Herman 412 Lena 1,239
51 Peter 397 Alma 1,213
52 Ray 397 Jessie 1,191
53 Edwin 380 Mattie 1,181
54 Benjamin 378 Mae 1,144
55 Lewis 378 Blanche 1,092
56 Frederick 369 Jennie 1,074
57 Michael 368 Ruby 1,025
58 Clyde 359 Viola 1,017
59 Claude 345 Mamie 1,006
60 Martin 312 Marion 994
61 Leonard 310 Lucy 984
62 Lester 310 Maude 984
63 Tom 298 Lula 971
64 Russell 295 Stella 966
65 Ben 291 Katherine 962
66 Leroy 291 Ada 956
67 Chester 290 Fannie 956
68 Clifford 285 Beatrice 942
69 Edgar 278 Dora 862
70 Homer 278 Willie 818
71 Luther 271 Nora 812
72 Harvey 268 Pauline 777
73 Eddie 263 Vera 776
74 Lloyd 258 Rosa 770
75 Jim 252 Maggie 760
76 Anthony 249 Sadie 757
77 Stanley 240 Ellen 733
78 Bernard 234 Marguerite 728
79 Jessie 234 Effie 698
80 Otto 234 Evelyn 690
81 Leon 229 Beulah 688
82 Allen 226 Lucille 648
83 Leslie 222 Lydia 642
84 Cecil 216 Virginia 638
85 Theodore 215 Susie 626
86 Hugh 213 Daisy 624
87 Patrick 210 Della 624
88 Jacob 204 Emily 619
89 Philip 200 Leona 619
90 Ed 198 Nettie 614
91 Norman 197 May 595
92 Donald 195 Olive 583
93 Guy 195 Kathryn 570
94 Stephen 194 Hilda 561
95 Archie 190 Eleanor 559
96 Victor 190 Nancy 553
97 Alvin 186 Ann 545
98 Percy 183 Sallie 545
99 Ira 180 Lizzie 543
100 Everett 179 Theresa 533
101 Isaac 175 Georgia 529
102 Oliver 174 Lottie 523
103 Alexander 172 Bernice 519
104 Glenn 171 Charlotte 492
105 Kenneth 164 Katie 492
106 Milton 161 Flora 488
107 Horace 160 Lola 487
108 Julius 159 Anne 479
109 Mack 159 Etta 467
110 Virgil 159 Addie 461
111 Dewey 158 Lois 457
112 Charley 156 Caroline 456
113 Marion 153 Ollie 455
114 Vernon 152 Iva 454
115 Sidney 149 Estelle 439
116 Earnest 148 Lela 438
117 Bert 143 Thelma 419
118 Willard 143 Henrietta 416
119 Nathan 139 Violet 411
120 August 137 Marjorie 410
121 Warren 137 Amelia 408
122 Marvin 134 Ora 408
123 Otis 133 Loretta 406
124 Morris 132 Goldie 400
125 Willis 132 Jane 396
126 Emil 131 Inez 391
127 Wallace 131 Eunice 387
128 Alex 130 Harriet 383
129 Melvin 128 Rebecca 376
130 Johnnie 125 Genevieve 371
131 Rufus 124 Mable 371
132 Hubert 123 Betty 367
133 Max 122 Olga 364
134 Dave 121 Eula 359
135 Gilbert 121 Sylvia 357
136 Wesley 121 Amanda 354
137 Emmett 118 Sara 353
138 Jerry 118 Verna 350
139 Maurice 117 Doris 349
140 Dan 115 Susan 341
141 Mckinley 115 Rosie 339
142 Lonnie 114 Nina 336
143 Vincent 112 Mollie 333
144 Sylvester 111 Nannie 333
145 Wilbur 111 Essie 329
146 Jess 110 Matilda 326
147 Rudolph 109 Estella 317
148 Hobart 105 Amy 315
149 Mark 104 Marian 309
150 Nelson 104 Irma 308
151 Arnold 103 Sophie 308
152 Calvin 103 Maria 304
153 Perry 103 Barbara 299
154 Curtis 102 Rachel 297
155 Jake 102 Alta 295
156 Matthew 100 Alberta 294
157 Ellis 98 Madeline 290
158 Irving 98 Hannah 288
159 Felix 97 Christine 281
160 Bryan 97 Velma 280
161 Bennie 96 Freda 279
162 Dennis 96 Flossie 278
163 Edmund 96 Frieda 278
164 Elbert 95 Sophia 278
165 Amos 94 Maud 270
166 Gerald 93 Lucile 269
167 Adolph 92 Kate 267
168 Mike 92 Ola 266
169 Ollie 92 Allie 265
170 Roland 92 Ina 262
171 Cornelius 91 Celia 260
172 Clinton 90 Jean 258
173 Gordon 89 Kathleen 250
174 Gus 89 Janie 247
175 Adam 88 Eliza 244
176 Glen 88 Naomi 241
177 Aaron 87 Vivian 241
178 Nicholas 87 Fern 237
179 Manuel 86 Augusta 236
180 Jose 85 Victoria 234
181 Alonzo 84 Callie 231
182 Bill 84 Opal 230
183 Claud 84 Winifred 217
184 Jasper 83 Isabelle 215
185 Orville 83 Erma 213
186 Harley 82 Belle 212
187 Jay 82 Cecelia 212
188 Marshall 82 Isabel 210
189 Phillip 82 Josie 209
190 Reuben 82 Nell 209
191 Forrest 81 Mayme 207
192 Simon 79 Luella 206
193 Steve 79 Sally 206
194 Clifton 78 Millie 204
195 Pete 76 Norma 200
196 Clayton 75 Lulu 199
197 Irvin 75 Tillie 199
198 Roscoe 74 Elva 198
199 Grant 72 Virgie 194
200 Johnie 71 Rena 193
201 Ivan 70 Miriam 188
202 Moses 70 Adele 187
203 Owen 70 Delia 186
204 Alva 69 Geneva 183
205 Harrison 69 Selma 183
206 Laurence 69 Dollie 176
207 Dock 68 Lila 176
208 Franklin 68 Regina 176
209 Elijah 65 Bertie 175
210 Fredrick 65 Juanita 175
211 Mary 63 Adeline 172
212 Abraham 62 Lora 169
213 Ross 62 Gussie 166
214 Loyd 61 Cecilia 160
215 Sherman 61 Teresa 159
216 Hobert 60 Jeanette 158
217 Jerome 60 Leila 157
218 Jeff 59 Elma 156
219 Leland 59 Veronica 155
220 Levi 59 Winnie 155
221 Wiley 59 Hallie 152
222 Abe 58 Lelia 152
223 Barney 58 Muriel 152
224 Bruce 58 Birdie 151
225 Carroll 58 Faye 148
226 Clark 58 Leah 147
227 Douglas 58 Katharine 145
228 Monroe 58 Sue 145
229 Noah 58 Carolyn 145
230 Roger 58 Anita 144
231 Timothy 58 Roxie 144
232 Christopher 57 Jeannette 144
233 Karl 57 Adelaide 142
234 Grover 56 Bonnie 142
235 Ervin 55 Cornelia 141
236 Austin 54 Fay 141
237 Tony 54 Hester 140
238 Juan 53 Letha 140
239 Wade 53 Bettie 138
240 Silas 53 Cecil 138
241 Julian 53 Maudie 138
242 Bob 53 Myra 138
243 Wayne 51 Bess 137
244 Andy 50 Lenora 133
245 Mathew 50 Cleo 131
246 Jennings 50 Helena 131
247 Byron 50 Olivia 131
248 Forest 50 Wilma 131
249 Jimmie 49 Hulda 130
250 Louie 49 Roberta 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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