Most Popular Baby Names in 1920

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1920. 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 1920, 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 56,914 Mary 70,982
2 William 50,148 Dorothy 36,643
3 Robert 48,678 Helen 35,097
4 James 47,909 Margaret 27,994
5 Charles 28,309 Ruth 26,101
6 George 26,891 Mildred 18,059
7 Joseph 25,590 Virginia 17,314
8 Edward 20,096 Elizabeth 15,909
9 Frank 16,430 Frances 15,883
10 Richard 15,010 Anna 14,581
11 Thomas 14,938 Betty 14,016
12 Harold 13,678 Evelyn 13,838
13 Walter 13,293 Marie 12,743
14 Paul 12,571 Doris 11,892
15 Raymond 12,194 Alice 11,596
16 Donald 11,942 Florence 10,732
17 Henry 11,305 Irene 10,072
18 Arthur 10,236 Lillian 10,049
19 Albert 9,997 Louise 9,179
20 Jack 9,599 Rose 9,011
21 Harry 9,406 Catherine 8,878
22 Ralph 8,556 Gladys 8,819
23 Kenneth 7,840 Martha 8,709
24 Howard 7,465 Marjorie 8,658
25 David 7,445 Eleanor 8,497
26 Clarence 7,221 Ruby 8,336
27 Carl 7,010 Edna 8,331
28 Louis 6,966 Josephine 8,093
29 Willie 6,888 Lucille 7,989
30 Eugene 6,866 Ethel 7,868
31 Earl 6,532 Thelma 7,814
32 Roy 6,355 Edith 7,773
33 Fred 6,298 Jean 7,714
34 Francis 6,241 Hazel 7,308
35 Joe 6,071 Annie 7,269
36 Lawrence 5,727 Pauline 7,180
37 Ernest 5,566 Grace 7,172
38 Leonard 5,511 Lois 6,560
39 Warren 5,492 Esther 6,068
40 Stanley 5,314 Bernice 5,928
41 Herbert 5,249 Beatrice 5,804
42 Alfred 5,007 Gertrude 5,797
43 Anthony 4,944 Marion 5,745
44 Samuel 4,654 Clara 5,470
45 Elmer 4,206 Katherine 5,276
46 Bernard 4,164 Emma 5,237
47 Norman 4,109 Barbara 5,106
48 Leo 4,054 Jane 5,055
49 Andrew 4,026 Ann 5,041
50 Michael 4,003 Sarah 5,031
51 Russell 3,901 Elsie 4,993
52 Daniel 3,896 Rita 4,979
53 Edwin 3,734 June 4,911
54 Melvin 3,718 Agnes 4,907
55 Chester 3,698 Julia 4,889
56 Leroy 3,549 Shirley 4,713
57 Peter 3,497 Bertha 4,604
58 Lloyd 3,454 Eva 4,498
59 Clifford 3,291 Viola 4,292
60 Frederick 3,275 Geraldine 4,265
61 Floyd 3,260 Juanita 4,238
62 Marvin 3,244 Pearl 4,204
63 Theodore 3,219 Laura 4,171
64 Gerald 3,157 Vivian 4,128
65 Vernon 3,145 Anne 4,114
66 Herman 3,109 Ida 4,090
67 Ray 3,086 Kathryn 4,082
68 Clyde 3,068 Myrtle 3,955
69 Lester 3,068 Norma 3,949
70 Charlie 2,785 Lorraine 3,928
71 Philip 2,700 Bessie 3,906
72 Lewis 2,688 Phyllis 3,852
73 Vincent 2,661 Marian 3,845
74 Milton 2,592 Willie 3,816
75 Leon 2,554 Vera 3,785
76 Alvin 2,523 Nellie 3,762
77 Cecil 2,459 Violet 3,694
78 Martin 2,439 Wilma 3,671
79 Jesse 2,420 Charlotte 3,624
80 Glenn 2,375 Alma 3,584
81 Victor 2,349 Maxine 3,507
82 Lee 2,322 Stella 3,492
83 Benjamin 2,309 Mabel 3,364
84 Sam 2,283 Jessie 3,329
85 Gordon 2,277 Sylvia 3,317
86 Wayne 2,180 Genevieve 3,258
87 Harvey 2,165 Minnie 3,244
88 Willard 2,089 Ella 3,232
89 Edgar 2,029 Leona 3,166
90 Oscar 2,006 Lillie 3,162
91 Arnold 1,911 Kathleen 3,158
92 Claude 1,893 Ellen 3,076
93 Wallace 1,877 Marguerite 3,055
94 Allen 1,866 Lucy 3,018
95 Everett 1,827 Nancy 2,982
96 Stephen 1,772 Mattie 2,902
97 Gilbert 1,763 Jennie 2,808
98 Wilbur 1,741 Lena 2,785
99 Johnnie 1,727 Mae 2,730
100 Homer 1,722 Eileen 2,718
101 Virgil 1,711 Opal 2,702
102 Maurice 1,708 Blanche 2,688
103 Roger 1,691 Audrey 2,666
104 Eddie 1,681 Patricia 2,502
105 Dale 1,680 Velma 2,491
106 Douglas 1,657 Geneva 2,467
107 Sidney 1,610 Elaine 2,433
108 Morris 1,609 Theresa 2,426
109 Marion 1,604 Beulah 2,377
110 Leslie 1,592 Dolores 2,365
111 Jessie 1,590 Sara 2,364
112 Max 1,561 Harriet 2,360
113 Hubert 1,508 Georgia 2,356
114 Roland 1,501 Jeanne 2,279
115 Hugh 1,489 Eunice 2,238
116 Irving 1,485 Rosa 2,199
117 Alexander 1,474 Wanda 2,198
118 Manuel 1,460 Christine 2,181
119 Franklin 1,451 Emily 2,168
120 Curtis 1,443 Loretta 2,122
121 Bill 1,421 Carrie 2,108
122 Glen 1,413 Inez 2,107
123 Luther 1,379 Muriel 2,071
124 Nicholas 1,355 Janet 2,057
125 Julius 1,318 Hilda 2,050
126 Jerome 1,285 Jeanette 2,043
127 Steve 1,281 Fannie 1,979
128 Horace 1,276 Alberta 1,967
129 Wesley 1,244 Sophie 1,965
130 Jose 1,241 Maria 1,935
131 Tom 1,207 Anita 1,934
132 Billy 1,206 Hattie 1,870
133 Willis 1,197 Dora 1,865
134 Orville 1,195 Naomi 1,854
135 Oliver 1,164 Verna 1,851
136 Tony 1,146 Ada 1,823
137 Ben 1,138 Cora 1,819
138 Edmund 1,104 Madeline 1,779
139 Calvin 1,098 Lula 1,765
140 Earnest 1,092 Miriam 1,744
141 Mike 1,074 Rosemary 1,713
142 Alex 1,069 Mamie 1,708
143 Jacob 1,050 Joan 1,647
144 Jerry 1,043 Roberta 1,636
145 Archie 1,037 Arlene 1,594
146 Otis 1,031 Olga 1,590
147 Jimmie 1,024 Lola 1,580
148 Don 1,019 Mable 1,579
149 Bruce 996 Flora 1,566
150 Delbert 982 Carolyn 1,556
151 Lyle 967 Olive 1,552
152 Matthew 967 Erma 1,529
153 Clayton 961 Joyce 1,523
154 Guy 957 Bonnie 1,515
155 Angelo 922 Daisy 1,489
156 Clifton 910 Rachel 1,484
157 Salvatore 910 Nora 1,477
158 Clinton 908 Estelle 1,460
159 Patrick 877 Caroline 1,436
160 Wilbert 867 Winifred 1,432
161 Bennie 856 Marcella 1,404
162 Marshall 850 Rosie 1,396
163 Ervin 843 Susie 1,395
164 Phillip 840 Irma 1,393
165 Jim 838 Constance 1,377
166 Nathaniel 837 Lucile 1,358
167 Emil 835 Lorene 1,353
168 Ronald 832 Margie 1,353
169 Rudolph 830 Eula 1,305
170 Ira 829 Fern 1,304
171 Merle 819 Henrietta 1,302
172 Nathan 815 Maggie 1,299
173 Gene 810 Victoria 1,286
174 Sylvester 807 Sadie 1,285
175 Keith 803 Rebecca 1,269
176 Wilfred 802 Adeline 1,260
177 Leland 799 Lottie 1,240
178 Forrest 792 Eloise 1,239
179 Ivan 791 Nina 1,226
180 Dean 788 Antoinette 1,162
181 Elbert 786 Nettie 1,141
182 Irvin 775 Carol 1,140
183 Woodrow 774 Della 1,137
184 Johnny 767 Katie 1,121
185 Dan 764 Lydia 1,118
186 Lonnie 740 Regina 1,116
187 Nelson 740 Dorothea 1,110
188 Rufus 729 Laverne 1,094
189 Bob 710 Jeannette 1,060
190 Antonio 706 Amelia 1,054
191 Isaac 706 Cleo 1,048
192 Johnie 706 Veronica 1,039
193 Junior 699 Angelina 1,035
194 Nick 699 Claire 1,019
195 Julian 693 Gloria 1,016
196 Grover 684 Bette 1,000
197 Alton 683 Essie 996
198 Lowell 670 Goldie 996
199 Aaron 668 Isabel 992
200 Felix 668 Rosalie 984
201 Jay 666 Freda 974
202 Seymour 660 Donna 959
203 Abraham 656 Sally 958
204 Ellis 646 May 956
205 Pete 636 Ollie 950
206 Otto 634 Adele 944
207 Dennis 624 Beverly 940
208 Dewey 619 Faye 935
209 Emmett 614 Angeline 918
210 Rex 614 Melba 907
211 August 610 Addie 904
212 Carroll 607 Billie 902
213 Juan 605 Isabelle 899
214 Roscoe 604 Effie 895
215 Grady 602 Ora 895
216 Percy 601 Jewell 893
217 Owen 598 Cecelia 890
218 Bert 593 Lela 878
219 Mark 589 Peggy 875
220 Elwood 586 Annette 868
221 Wilson 583 Ernestine 863
222 Loyd 582 Iva 861
223 Adam 579 Johnnie 854
224 Byron 571 Luella 852
225 Dominick 564 Susan 850
226 Fredrick 558 Leola 849
227 Malcolm 556 Lila 840
228 Laurence 550 Jewel 826
229 Myron 548 Imogene 804
230 Ross 548 Etta 803
231 Ted 545 Sallie 803
232 Wendell 544 Bettie 777
233 Perry 542 Selma 768
234 Dominic 536 Elva 767
235 Allan 535 Janie 764
236 Mack 533 Gwendolyn 758
237 Loren 530 Carmen 757
238 Jesus 528 Cecilia 757
239 Murray 524 Ola 748
240 Billie 523 Eleanore 737
241 Adolph 522 Delores 733
242 Troy 519 Celia 726
243 Eldon 517 Teresa 720
244 Norbert 515 Alta 715
245 Karl 502 Lizzie 711
246 Amos 493 Sue 707
247 Neil 489 Yvonne 702
248 Sherman 488 Reba 699
249 Charley 485 Maude 695
250 Harley 484 Fay 690

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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