Most Popular Baby Names in 1916

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1916. 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 1916, 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 50,043 Mary 61,438
2 William 40,418 Helen 32,662
3 James 35,569 Dorothy 27,418
4 Robert 31,741 Margaret 24,953
5 Joseph 23,883 Ruth 23,190
6 Charles 23,612 Mildred 15,633
7 George 23,381 Anna 15,228
8 Edward 17,005 Elizabeth 14,939
9 Frank 15,291 Frances 13,746
10 Thomas 11,998 Virginia 12,487
11 Walter 11,760 Evelyn 11,889
12 Paul 10,790 Marie 11,682
13 Harold 10,698 Alice 10,719
14 Henry 10,656 Florence 10,412
15 Richard 10,134 Rose 9,605
16 Raymond 9,566 Lillian 9,592
17 Albert 9,044 Irene 9,035
18 Arthur 8,921 Louise 8,630
19 Harry 8,476 Edna 8,625
20 Donald 7,737 Catherine 8,469
21 Ralph 7,086 Josephine 8,127
22 Louis 6,817 Gladys 8,019
23 Carl 6,786 Ruby 7,686
24 Clarence 6,304 Martha 7,610
25 Howard 6,171 Ethel 7,601
26 Jack 6,162 Grace 7,461
27 Kenneth 6,012 Eleanor 7,406
28 David 5,813 Edith 7,306
29 Fred 5,745 Thelma 7,290
30 Willie 5,660 Lucille 7,241
31 Francis 5,652 Hazel 7,214
32 Earl 5,553 Doris 7,161
33 Roy 5,327 Pauline 6,655
34 Stanley 5,130 Esther 6,421
35 Joe 4,911 Gertrude 6,243
36 Ernest 4,823 Annie 6,105
37 Anthony 4,749 Marjorie 5,866
38 Lawrence 4,742 Beatrice 5,586
39 Eugene 4,646 Clara 5,544
40 Herbert 4,463 Ann 5,343
41 Samuel 4,399 Emma 5,217
42 Leonard 4,328 Bernice 5,183
43 Alfred 4,278 Lois 5,149
44 Michael 4,210 Betty 5,136
45 Elmer 3,936 Jean 5,081
46 Andrew 3,723 Julia 5,066
47 Leo 3,621 Marion 5,033
48 Norman 3,609 Elsie 5,027
49 Bernard 3,476 Bertha 4,900
50 Peter 3,370 Agnes 4,853
51 Russell 3,330 Katherine 4,801
52 Frederick 3,325 Sarah 4,798
53 Edwin 3,299 Anne 4,571
54 Chester 3,212 Ida 4,364
55 Daniel 3,149 Eva 4,337
56 Herman 3,043 Bessie 4,122
57 Melvin 2,984 Pearl 4,073
58 Lloyd 2,926 Myrtle 3,960
59 Lester 2,907 Viola 3,948
60 Floyd 2,783 Kathryn 3,933
61 Clifford 2,767 Nellie 3,862
62 Clyde 2,707 Jane 3,826
63 Leroy 2,699 Stella 3,818
64 Woodrow 2,668 Laura 3,744
65 Theodore 2,641 Mabel 3,680
66 Marvin 2,529 Vera 3,622
67 Vincent 2,500 Rita 3,477
68 Charlie 2,416 Jessie 3,414
69 Willard 2,413 Sylvia 3,414
70 Philip 2,409 Alma 3,403
71 Lewis 2,374 Minnie 3,274
72 Milton 2,345 Marian 3,198
73 Ray 2,334 Willie 3,116
74 Sam 2,313 Barbara 3,112
75 Vernon 2,288 Leona 3,086
76 Gerald 2,260 Genevieve 3,063
77 Jesse 2,230 Vivian 3,049
78 Victor 2,215 Marguerite 3,034
79 Benjamin 2,186 Jennie 3,010
80 Cecil 2,181 Charlotte 2,995
81 Martin 2,122 Ella 2,965
82 Alvin 2,093 Wilma 2,962
83 Lee 2,016 Violet 2,921
84 Glenn 1,970 Lucy 2,877
85 Leon 1,954 Lena 2,869
86 Oscar 1,916 June 2,840
87 Stephen 1,877 Ellen 2,838
88 Edgar 1,874 Lillie 2,825
89 Arnold 1,858 Blanche 2,714
90 Gordon 1,792 Juanita 2,644
91 Everett 1,764 Opal 2,636
92 Harvey 1,763 Mae 2,607
93 Claude 1,733 Mattie 2,556
94 Wilbur 1,680 Geraldine 2,549
95 Sidney 1,659 Phyllis 2,427
96 Hugh 1,619 Maxine 2,424
97 Morris 1,618 Beulah 2,401
98 Wayne 1,587 Theresa 2,348
99 Alexander 1,584 Velma 2,319
100 Maurice 1,584 Emily 2,213
101 Allen 1,572 Sophie 2,198
102 Warren 1,549 Nancy 2,166
103 Homer 1,506 Carrie 2,159
104 Virgil 1,496 Kathleen 2,154
105 Max 1,493 Hilda 2,075
106 Gilbert 1,441 Harriet 2,067
107 Nicholas 1,419 Inez 2,057
108 Steve 1,399 Georgia 1,992
109 Irving 1,373 Sara 1,992
110 Marion 1,357 Eunice 1,964
111 Julius 1,355 Norma 1,921
112 Leslie 1,355 Geneva 1,919
113 Hubert 1,351 Loretta 1,903
114 Eddie 1,311 Cora 1,899
115 Johnnie 1,306 Hattie 1,889
116 Luther 1,287 Fannie 1,883
117 Jessie 1,269 Ada 1,860
118 Roland 1,201 Eileen 1,858
119 Ben 1,191 Audrey 1,853
120 Curtis 1,174 Rosa 1,793
121 Dale 1,161 Christine 1,787
122 Glen 1,156 Estelle 1,772
123 Jacob 1,132 Alberta 1,765
124 Wallace 1,126 Dora 1,725
125 Mike 1,114 Verna 1,713
126 Horace 1,106 Olga 1,685
127 Oliver 1,103 Lula 1,676
128 Alex 1,094 Lorraine 1,671
129 Roger 1,087 Mamie 1,653
130 Franklin 1,073 Naomi 1,649
131 Orville 1,063 Madeline 1,644
132 Tony 1,054 Olive 1,616
133 Manuel 1,049 Sadie 1,529
134 Edmund 1,032 Muriel 1,524
135 Wesley 1,026 Jeanette 1,522
136 Willis 990 Mable 1,520
137 Rudolph 988 Daisy 1,511
138 Jerome 985 Wanda 1,505
139 Emil 970 Lucile 1,483
140 Tom 970 Miriam 1,460
141 Wilson 912 Flora 1,459
142 Otis 908 Janet 1,449
143 Nathan 904 Lottie 1,389
144 Guy 903 Caroline 1,385
145 Jerry 885 Erma 1,378
146 Angelo 864 Dolores 1,374
147 Bill 854 Lola 1,372
148 Matthew 825 Winifred 1,365
149 Ira 820 Irma 1,353
150 Salvatore 819 Victoria 1,340
151 Douglas 815 Anita 1,339
152 Archie 806 Fern 1,332
153 Lyle 806 Rachel 1,328
154 Patrick 802 Nora 1,314
155 Earnest 780 Roberta 1,313
156 Clifton 771 Susie 1,313
157 Calvin 766 Maggie 1,277
158 Abraham 753 Henrietta 1,264
159 Clayton 753 Maria 1,261
160 Don 744 Shirley 1,245
161 Delbert 743 Elaine 1,236
162 Bruce 740 Sally 1,221
163 Marshall 739 Carolyn 1,216
164 Irvin 724 Eula 1,210
165 Ivan 723 Della 1,172
166 Phillip 723 Adeline 1,168
167 Ronald 723 Amelia 1,159
168 Wilfred 723 Lydia 1,148
169 Bennie 720 Rebecca 1,132
170 Otto 719 Nina 1,130
171 Wilbert 716 Nettie 1,125
172 Sylvester 715 Arlene 1,105
173 Ervin 692 Jeannette 1,082
174 Felix 692 Patricia 1,078
175 Jose 686 Antoinette 1,063
176 Karl 685 Jeanne 1,050
177 Jim 684 Lorene 1,043
178 August 676 Goldie 1,039
179 Jimmie 667 Dorothea 1,036
180 Clinton 662 Cleo 1,031
181 Elbert 662 Rosie 1,030
182 Nick 656 Marcella 1,002
183 Forrest 652 Isabel 1,000
184 Jay 640 Rosemary 996
185 Adolph 633 Bonnie 992
186 Isaac 629 Veronica 976
187 Julian 625 Eloise 953
188 Nelson 619 Freda 948
189 Adam 609 Angeline 940
190 Alton 604 May 938
191 Merle 604 Katie 935
192 Dan 594 Isabelle 927
193 Grover 591 Ollie 925
194 Nathaniel 590 Regina 921
195 Aaron 583 Margie 915
196 Pete 582 Sallie 912
197 Rufus 577 Essie 904
198 Leland 571 Adele 902
199 Mark 571 Lela 888
200 Ellis 570 Cecelia 883
201 Dominick 567 Effie 878
202 Lonnie 567 Angelina 871
203 Bert 556 Sue 868
204 Antonio 551 Faye 865
205 Carroll 541 Ora 857
206 Dennis 532 Iva 844
207 Dominic 530 Susan 844
208 Lowell 529 Claire 838
209 Grady 527 Frieda 838
210 Elwood 526 Luella 837
211 Percy 524 Addie 823
212 Gene 517 Joan 823
213 Wendell 515 Constance 811
214 Myron 514 Celia 810
215 Dean 504 Carol 789
216 Emmett 500 Rosalie 787
217 Roscoe 494 Elva 783
218 Johnie 493 Leola 780
219 Owen 488 Annette 773
220 Mack 485 Alta 765
221 Jess 485 Joyce 746
222 Erwin 484 Etta 742
223 Amos 478 Maude 739
224 Keith 476 Jewel 726
225 Malcolm 476 Eleanore 724
226 Byron 471 Nell 722
227 Laurence 470 Helene 718
228 Loyd 467 Selma 718
229 Sherman 463 Angela 716
230 Charley 461 Lila 708
231 Rex 461 Jewell 699
232 Johnny 458 Sophia 697
233 Ross 457 Cecilia 685
234 Harley 454 Ernestine 676
235 Ted 453 Fay 676
236 Allan 446 Johnnie 676
237 Troy 442 Ola 672
238 Austin 441 Ina 671
239 Reuben 441 Lizzie 669
240 Perry 439 Matilda 665
241 Fredrick 437 Reba 665
242 Norbert 436 Teresa 662
243 Loren 434 Mollie 650
244 Murray 434 Janie 649
245 Aubrey 429 Laverne 642
246 Eldon 424 Elma 622
247 Preston 418 Donna 606
248 Cornelius 402 Estella 595
249 Millard 398 Amy 595
250 Dwight 397 Nannie 593

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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