Most Popular Baby Names in 1921

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1921. 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 1921, 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 58,215 Mary 73,985
2 Robert 52,784 Dorothy 39,087
3 William 51,862 Helen 34,822
4 James 49,749 Margaret 28,468
5 Charles 29,243 Ruth 25,784
6 George 27,476 Virginia 19,032
7 Joseph 26,182 Mildred 17,881
8 Edward 20,818 Betty 17,638
9 Frank 16,707 Frances 15,993
10 Richard 16,376 Elizabeth 15,801
11 Thomas 15,307 Anna 14,477
12 Harold 13,811 Evelyn 14,278
13 Donald 13,776 Doris 13,152
14 Paul 13,168 Marie 12,501
15 Walter 13,004 Alice 11,955
16 Raymond 12,646 Marjorie 11,209
17 Henry 11,411 Florence 10,719
18 Jack 10,756 Irene 10,624
19 Arthur 10,527 Lillian 9,770
20 Albert 10,158 Rose 9,352
21 Harry 9,731 Martha 9,264
22 Kenneth 8,960 Louise 9,180
23 Ralph 8,860 Catherine 8,887
24 Warren 7,798 Gladys 8,814
25 David 7,766 Jean 8,593
26 Eugene 7,718 Ruby 8,333
27 Howard 7,713 Edna 8,302
28 Clarence 7,332 Josephine 8,134
29 Louis 7,247 Eleanor 8,054
30 Carl 7,077 Thelma 7,839
31 Earl 6,754 Lucille 7,698
32 Roy 6,545 Ethel 7,603
33 Fred 6,495 Edith 7,589
34 Willie 6,490 Hazel 7,341
35 Francis 6,293 Grace 7,230
36 Joe 6,204 Annie 7,209
37 Lawrence 5,977 Pauline 7,142
38 Ernest 5,697 Lois 6,899
39 Leonard 5,651 Bernice 6,190
40 Anthony 5,239 Barbara 6,013
41 Stanley 5,232 Beatrice 5,968
42 Herbert 5,217 Esther 5,926
43 Alfred 4,925 Marion 5,814
44 Samuel 4,755 Shirley 5,694
45 Bernard 4,484 Clara 5,606
46 Norman 4,479 Gertrude 5,350
47 Michael 4,198 Jane 5,187
48 Elmer 4,146 Rita 5,157
49 Daniel 4,088 Katherine 5,156
50 Leo 4,066 June 5,155
51 Andrew 4,015 Norma 5,101
52 Russell 3,946 Emma 5,073
53 Melvin 3,886 Ann 5,058
54 Edwin 3,750 Sarah 5,024
55 Leroy 3,749 Elsie 4,878
56 Chester 3,549 Agnes 4,798
57 Peter 3,548 Juanita 4,779
58 Lloyd 3,537 Julia 4,737
59 Marvin 3,490 Bertha 4,608
60 Gerald 3,383 Phyllis 4,590
61 Frederick 3,376 Lorraine 4,533
62 Clifford 3,262 Geraldine 4,522
63 Floyd 3,255 Eva 4,325
64 Herman 3,219 Kathryn 4,201
65 Theodore 3,171 Pearl 4,175
66 Lester 3,076 Viola 4,160
67 Ray 3,075 Ida 4,146
68 Vernon 3,068 Vivian 4,103
69 Clyde 3,022 Marian 4,064
70 Vincent 2,779 Anne 4,007
71 Lewis 2,712 Laura 3,998
72 Philip 2,703 Wilma 3,823
73 Alvin 2,687 Myrtle 3,791
74 Leon 2,618 Willie 3,748
75 Milton 2,588 Bessie 3,678
76 Charlie 2,574 Vera 3,631
77 Jesse 2,486 Maxine 3,630
78 Martin 2,461 Alma 3,589
79 Cecil 2,456 Charlotte 3,587
80 Glenn 2,449 Nellie 3,513
81 Wayne 2,417 Violet 3,469
82 Benjamin 2,412 Audrey 3,434
83 Victor 2,407 Kathleen 3,419
84 Gordon 2,382 Patricia 3,381
85 Sam 2,366 Mabel 3,336
86 Lee 2,354 Stella 3,335
87 Harvey 2,286 Nancy 3,323
88 Wallace 2,095 Sylvia 3,297
89 Willard 2,077 Ella 3,237
90 Edgar 2,014 Genevieve 3,235
91 Arnold 1,982 Jessie 3,225
92 Oscar 1,978 Leona 3,210
93 Dale 1,956 Lucy 3,157
94 Allen 1,937 Lillie 3,118
95 Everett 1,913 Ellen 3,065
96 Claude 1,887 Minnie 2,998
97 Stephen 1,869 Elaine 2,922
98 Virgil 1,830 Marguerite 2,897
99 Roger 1,803 Jennie 2,889
100 Wilbur 1,755 Eileen 2,862
101 Maurice 1,743 Wanda 2,738
102 Marion 1,716 Gloria 2,731
103 Gilbert 1,704 Opal 2,713
104 Morris 1,666 Lena 2,710
105 Homer 1,657 Mattie 2,703
106 Leslie 1,647 Margie 2,697
107 Roland 1,630 Theresa 2,613
108 Johnnie 1,624 Velma 2,606
109 Billy 1,622 Jeanne 2,590
110 Sidney 1,588 Mae 2,589
111 Douglas 1,566 Dolores 2,558
112 Max 1,558 Blanche 2,487
113 Manuel 1,556 Geneva 2,485
114 Nicholas 1,554 Harriet 2,389
115 Hubert 1,548 Sara 2,350
116 Alexander 1,533 Beulah 2,313
117 Jessie 1,517 Georgia 2,313
118 Eddie 1,511 Christine 2,301
119 Glen 1,506 Muriel 2,248
120 Hugh 1,485 Eunice 2,240
121 Bill 1,482 Emily 2,184
122 Curtis 1,479 Loretta 2,134
123 Luther 1,453 Hilda 2,128
124 Irving 1,417 Janet 2,123
125 Jerome 1,408 Jeanette 2,096
126 Franklin 1,350 Carrie 2,081
127 Wesley 1,332 Inez 2,081
128 Julius 1,326 Rosemary 2,035
129 Horace 1,313 Maria 2,028
130 Steve 1,294 Dora 2,026
131 Calvin 1,276 Rosa 1,977
132 Jose 1,209 Naomi 1,976
133 Willis 1,209 Alberta 1,929
134 Tony 1,196 Anita 1,924
135 Oliver 1,194 Fannie 1,892
136 Don 1,172 Sophie 1,865
137 Orville 1,149 Joyce 1,840
138 Earnest 1,128 Arlene 1,837
139 Ben 1,124 Madeline 1,835
140 Guy 1,120 Cora 1,828
141 Jerry 1,114 Verna 1,813
142 Edmund 1,104 Joan 1,790
143 Jacob 1,094 Lula 1,778
144 Tom 1,093 Hattie 1,776
145 Mike 1,080 Ada 1,756
146 Bruce 1,070 Carolyn 1,753
147 Jimmie 1,051 Miriam 1,743
148 Angelo 1,044 Roberta 1,732
149 Alex 1,022 Constance 1,686
150 Lyle 1,007 Mamie 1,627
151 Otis 1,001 Bonnie 1,609
152 Patrick 1,001 Rachel 1,583
153 Keith 998 Olga 1,572
154 Ronald 993 Olive 1,567
155 Archie 979 Mable 1,566
156 Delbert 972 Flora 1,553
157 Rudolph 960 Lola 1,540
158 Clayton 951 Erma 1,525
159 Salvatore 949 Marcella 1,502
160 Clifton 932 Daisy 1,481
161 Matthew 914 Estelle 1,436
162 Phillip 914 Caroline 1,425
163 Wilbert 899 Winifred 1,417
164 Marshall 896 Eloise 1,379
165 Jim 879 Irma 1,376
166 Ira 878 Carol 1,374
167 Junior 877 Nora 1,350
168 Dean 876 Susie 1,321
169 Clinton 873 Bette 1,316
170 Gene 873 Eula 1,313
171 Leland 866 Rosie 1,313
172 Ervin 859 Lorene 1,304
173 Merle 833 Maggie 1,300
174 Jay 828 Fern 1,297
175 Johnny 824 Rebecca 1,272
176 Ivan 820 Sadie 1,249
177 Emil 819 Adeline 1,246
178 Bob 798 Lucile 1,242
179 Irvin 789 Victoria 1,238
180 Forrest 781 Antoinette 1,235
181 Bennie 775 Nina 1,212
182 Julian 765 Claire 1,210
183 Nick 765 Lottie 1,208
184 Dewey 762 Henrietta 1,174
185 Sylvester 755 Laverne 1,163
186 Nathan 751 Beverly 1,160
187 Nathaniel 748 Della 1,153
188 Antonio 745 Regina 1,144
189 Wilfred 737 Donna 1,111
190 Dennis 728 Billie 1,104
191 Rufus 721 Jeannette 1,094
192 Dan 717 Angelina 1,075
193 Elbert 714 Rosalie 1,074
194 Nelson 704 Veronica 1,074
195 Owen 703 Peggy 1,066
196 Seymour 700 Dorothea 1,057
197 Aaron 697 Lydia 1,052
198 Grover 690 Nettie 1,034
199 Lowell 690 Essie 1,032
200 Alton 688 Amelia 995
201 Woodrow 684 Cleo 992
202 Abraham 683 Faye 989
203 Ellis 682 Angeline 986
204 Carroll 669 Goldie 984
205 Pete 668 May 977
206 Felix 667 Katie 976
207 Bert 661 Isabel 971
208 Isaac 648 Freda 970
209 Lonnie 643 Ollie 912
210 Otto 640 Melba 910
211 Johnie 626 Johnnie 909
212 Mark 626 Lela 907
213 Grady 619 Lila 894
214 Ted 614 Sally 891
215 Elwood 613 Adele 890
216 Myron 612 Luella 887
217 August 610 Ernestine 871
218 Emmett 608 Annette 866
219 Murray 604 Jewell 857
220 Percy 603 Effie 848
221 Wilson 601 Isabelle 846
222 Loyd 600 Susan 846
223 Laurence 599 Imogene 838
224 Malcolm 599 Addie 836
225 Eldon 596 Ora 835
226 Rex 591 Cecelia 825
227 Wendell 587 Gwendolyn 819
228 Adam 583 Bettie 818
229 Fredrick 582 Delores 810
230 Norbert 577 Leola 789
231 Allan 576 Iva 785
232 Dominick 575 Jewel 784
233 Karl 573 Sallie 782
234 Juan 571 Carmen 776
235 Perry 565 Eleanore 768
236 Byron 558 Cecilia 761
237 Dominic 553 Yvonne 761
238 Roscoe 550 Nell 760
239 Billie 547 Jacqueline 757
240 Amos 546 Ola 755
241 Duane 546 Reba 748
242 Harley 537 Ina 745
243 Troy 532 Alta 741
244 Gerard 530 Etta 740
245 Mack 529 Teresa 738
246 Adolph 525 Janice 732
247 Jesus 517 Natalie 729
248 Ross 514 Priscilla 723
249 Burton 503 Elva 720
250 Mario 502 Janie 708

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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