Most Popular Baby Names in 1917

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1917. 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 1917, 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 51,852 Mary 64,280
2 William 42,422 Helen 34,251
3 James 37,339 Dorothy 28,852
4 Robert 35,220 Margaret 25,560
5 Joseph 24,762 Ruth 23,568
6 George 24,196 Mildred 16,257
7 Charles 24,143 Anna 15,160
8 Edward 17,501 Elizabeth 15,131
9 Frank 15,769 Frances 14,363
10 Thomas 12,611 Virginia 14,261
11 Walter 12,582 Evelyn 12,532
12 Harold 11,194 Marie 11,813
13 Paul 11,156 Alice 10,990
14 Richard 10,914 Florence 10,539
15 Henry 10,696 Lillian 9,843
16 Raymond 9,956 Rose 9,783
17 Arthur 9,282 Irene 9,163
18 Albert 9,157 Catherine 8,689
19 Harry 8,856 Louise 8,584
20 Donald 8,729 Edna 8,422
21 Ralph 7,391 Josephine 8,326
22 Jack 6,874 Martha 8,261
23 Louis 6,771 Gladys 8,075
24 Carl 6,699 Ethel 7,864
25 Clarence 6,586 Doris 7,819
26 Howard 6,410 Eleanor 7,669
27 Kenneth 6,141 Ruby 7,662
28 David 6,100 Edith 7,532
29 Fred 5,986 Lucille 7,529
30 Francis 5,801 Grace 7,373
31 Willie 5,751 Hazel 7,285
32 Earl 5,632 Thelma 7,245
33 Roy 5,586 Pauline 6,896
34 Stanley 5,186 Betty 6,639
35 Joe 5,143 Annie 6,404
36 Lawrence 5,094 Marjorie 6,399
37 Ernest 5,055 Gertrude 6,300
38 Anthony 5,027 Esther 6,281
39 Eugene 4,873 Beatrice 5,839
40 Herbert 4,745 Jean 5,692
41 Leonard 4,694 Clara 5,626
42 Samuel 4,490 Bernice 5,546
43 Alfred 4,424 Lois 5,485
44 Michael 4,289 Ann 5,455
45 Elmer 3,812 Marion 5,371
46 Norman 3,788 Emma 5,121
47 Leo 3,779 Julia 5,078
48 Andrew 3,752 Agnes 5,066
49 Bernard 3,711 Katherine 4,956
50 Peter 3,464 Elsie 4,939
51 Frederick 3,455 Bertha 4,881
52 Russell 3,436 Sarah 4,766
53 Lloyd 3,417 Anne 4,603
54 Daniel 3,360 Eva 4,286
55 Edwin 3,346 Jane 4,258
56 Chester 3,338 Ida 4,247
57 Melvin 3,155 Pearl 4,232
58 Herman 2,974 Myrtle 4,046
59 Clifford 2,969 Viola 4,040
60 Leroy 2,951 Kathryn 3,984
61 Lester 2,854 Bessie 3,927
62 Floyd 2,820 Stella 3,872
63 Theodore 2,809 Rita 3,870
64 Clyde 2,719 Nellie 3,808
65 Vincent 2,636 Laura 3,807
66 Philip 2,544 Vera 3,714
67 Charlie 2,536 Barbara 3,535
68 Marvin 2,517 Mabel 3,499
69 Gerald 2,486 Sylvia 3,469
70 Lewis 2,477 Jessie 3,465
71 Vernon 2,463 Alma 3,407
72 Sam 2,455 Willie 3,381
73 Woodrow 2,428 June 3,370
74 Ray 2,426 Marian 3,267
75 Milton 2,394 Minnie 3,262
76 Benjamin 2,386 Charlotte 3,229
77 Martin 2,336 Genevieve 3,192
78 Victor 2,207 Marguerite 3,161
79 Jesse 2,200 Vivian 3,119
80 Willard 2,188 Leona 3,115
81 Alvin 2,142 Jennie 3,109
82 Leon 2,102 Wilma 3,071
83 Cecil 2,101 Ella 3,054
84 Gordon 2,019 Violet 3,026
85 Lee 2,004 Lena 3,004
86 Glenn 1,997 Lillie 2,931
87 Oscar 1,961 Juanita 2,929
88 Edgar 1,920 Lucy 2,929
89 Stephen 1,892 Geraldine 2,897
90 Harvey 1,808 Ellen 2,855
91 Arnold 1,781 Blanche 2,836
92 Wilbur 1,749 Phyllis 2,696
93 Warren 1,743 Maxine 2,647
94 Everett 1,734 Mattie 2,572
95 Sidney 1,727 Opal 2,541
96 Wayne 1,715 Mae 2,507
97 Alexander 1,664 Theresa 2,490
98 Claude 1,625 Nancy 2,411
99 Morris 1,624 Velma 2,411
100 Allen 1,592 Sophie 2,382
101 Maurice 1,554 Kathleen 2,358
102 Homer 1,552 Beulah 2,232
103 Virgil 1,523 Emily 2,220
104 Max 1,511 Harriet 2,203
105 Gilbert 1,510 Georgia 2,163
106 Irving 1,470 Eileen 2,147
107 Leslie 1,440 Sara 2,147
108 Marion 1,416 Norma 2,123
109 Nicholas 1,412 Carrie 2,073
110 Hugh 1,403 Inez 2,050
111 Johnnie 1,403 Eunice 2,035
112 Steve 1,385 Hilda 2,006
113 Julius 1,384 Geneva 1,997
114 Jessie 1,361 Loretta 1,970
115 Hubert 1,338 Fannie 1,961
116 Luther 1,304 Lorraine 1,961
117 Roland 1,285 Audrey 1,906
118 Eddie 1,265 Hattie 1,858
119 Roger 1,249 Ada 1,853
120 Dale 1,248 Christine 1,843
121 Curtis 1,243 Rosa 1,829
122 Glen 1,235 Alberta 1,818
123 Wallace 1,215 Shirley 1,800
124 Franklin 1,194 Verna 1,799
125 Horace 1,182 Dora 1,740
126 Mike 1,181 Cora 1,737
127 Oliver 1,175 Madeline 1,728
128 Manuel 1,158 Muriel 1,714
129 Ben 1,128 Estelle 1,704
130 Jacob 1,122 Mamie 1,689
131 Tony 1,111 Olga 1,655
132 Alex 1,081 Jeanette 1,638
133 Jerome 1,073 Naomi 1,619
134 Orville 1,061 Miriam 1,614
135 Edmund 1,045 Lula 1,607
136 Wesley 1,014 Janet 1,585
137 Emil 1,004 Anita 1,573
138 Douglas 981 Olive 1,566
139 Tom 981 Dolores 1,562
140 Willis 954 Wanda 1,545
141 Rudolph 946 Winifred 1,526
142 Archie 939 Lucile 1,516
143 Earnest 924 Lola 1,493
144 Wilson 921 Mable 1,463
145 Otis 912 Flora 1,450
146 Guy 904 Maria 1,441
147 Bill 891 Patricia 1,441
148 Nathan 881 Erma 1,436
149 Matthew 862 Roberta 1,426
150 Jerry 861 Daisy 1,417
151 Ira 857 Sadie 1,404
152 Angelo 856 Caroline 1,368
153 Lyle 855 Lottie 1,362
154 Patrick 836 Nora 1,360
155 Salvatore 834 Henrietta 1,350
156 Bruce 805 Irma 1,340
157 Otto 803 Rachel 1,339
158 Jose 800 Victoria 1,334
159 Clifton 793 Susie 1,329
160 Calvin 785 Elaine 1,281
161 Marshall 777 Maggie 1,268
162 Delbert 775 Fern 1,261
163 Jim 774 Adeline 1,234
164 Wilfred 772 Carolyn 1,223
165 Ronald 767 Rebecca 1,215
166 Clayton 759 Jeanne 1,212
167 Don 757 Arlene 1,208
168 Ivan 756 Della 1,192
169 Wilbert 754 Lydia 1,180
170 Irvin 734 Antoinette 1,177
171 Abraham 731 Bonnie 1,177
172 Bennie 730 Eula 1,170
173 Phillip 722 Amelia 1,160
174 Ervin 718 Nina 1,154
175 Sylvester 715 Marcella 1,133
176 Jimmie 712 Rosemary 1,124
177 Nick 705 Jeannette 1,113
178 Merle 701 Nettie 1,106
179 Elbert 675 Rosie 1,099
180 Adolph 673 Dorothea 1,076
181 Karl 673 Lorene 1,062
182 Clinton 670 Joan 1,048
183 Forrest 663 Veronica 1,038
184 August 661 Sally 1,029
185 Felix 660 Joyce 1,017
186 Julian 652 Regina 1,016
187 Rufus 646 Goldie 1,012
188 Jay 643 Freda 1,010
189 Nathaniel 640 Cleo 1,009
190 Pete 639 Isabelle 982
191 Leland 627 Eloise 964
192 Isaac 622 Adele 960
193 Adam 614 Margie 951
194 Nelson 605 Essie 945
195 Alton 604 May 945
196 Lonnie 597 Angeline 941
197 Aaron 596 Faye 931
198 Dan 595 Isabel 931
199 Dennis 582 Katie 927
200 Antonio 579 Claire 926
201 Ellis 574 Cecelia 920
202 Carroll 563 Ollie 911
203 Dean 559 Effie 892
204 Johnie 552 Ora 887
205 Lowell 551 Angelina 886
206 Malcolm 544 Iva 855
207 Emmett 542 Constance 845
208 Gene 542 Luella 842
209 Grover 540 Celia 839
210 Bert 533 Susan 837
211 Johnny 531 Addie 836
212 Elwood 528 Lela 828
213 Grady 528 Rosalie 809
214 Mark 528 Sallie 807
215 Perry 527 Carol 798
216 Keith 518 Selma 786
217 Percy 515 Alta 783
218 Dominick 508 Sue 778
219 Dominic 505 Annette 775
220 Ross 503 Frieda 766
221 Ted 498 Nell 766
222 Laurence 495 Laverne 762
223 Myron 490 Elva 760
224 Owen 489 Etta 750
225 Loyd 488 Jewell 746
226 Byron 487 Angela 742
227 Mack 480 Ernestine 742
228 Erwin 479 Maude 728
229 Fredrick 471 Ola 723
230 Rex 471 Helene 721
231 Billy 469 Eleanore 708
232 Roscoe 468 Leola 708
233 Norbert 466 Cecilia 704
234 Sherman 466 Melba 701
235 Wendell 466 Sophia 698
236 Amos 462 Johnnie 695
237 Charley 457 Ina 691
238 Allan 451 Fay 690
239 Eldon 439 Matilda 685
240 Aubrey 437 Lila 678
241 Murray 436 Teresa 673
242 Seymour 434 Mollie 672
243 Harley 430 Donna 652
244 Reuben 430 Lizzie 646
245 Loren 424 Jewel 642
246 Millard 421 Janie 634
247 Dewey 417 Beverly 630
248 Preston 413 Francis 627
249 Gerard 413 Billie 618
250 Austin 409 Reba 618

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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