Most Popular Baby Names in 1926

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1926. 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 1926, 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 Robert 61,130 Mary 67,836
2 John 56,106 Dorothy 36,617
3 James 53,205 Betty 32,961
4 William 51,919 Helen 26,885
5 Charles 29,524 Margaret 23,072
6 George 25,908 Ruth 20,223
7 Richard 25,145 Doris 16,298
8 Joseph 23,760 Virginia 16,161
9 Donald 20,913 Mildred 13,549
10 Edward 19,376 Frances 13,355
11 Thomas 16,595 Elizabeth 12,835
12 Frank 14,494 Jean 12,167
13 Paul 13,654 Evelyn 11,780
14 Harold 13,311 Shirley 11,760
15 Raymond 12,807 Anna 11,697
16 Jack 12,196 Barbara 11,080
17 Walter 11,775 Alice 10,956
18 Kenneth 10,343 Marie 10,631
19 Henry 9,998 Lois 9,819
20 Arthur 9,465 Gloria 9,196
21 Albert 9,145 Irene 9,169
22 David 9,040 Marjorie 8,640
23 Eugene 9,013 Patricia 8,589
24 Ralph 8,454 Martha 8,554
25 Harry 8,215 Rose 8,509
26 Carl 6,940 Florence 8,178
27 Howard 6,838 Louise 7,979
28 Willie 6,819 Lillian 7,661
29 Clarence 6,541 Norma 7,528
30 Louis 6,511 Ruby 7,474
31 Fred 6,448 Catherine 7,470
32 Earl 6,441 Eleanor 7,304
33 Joe 6,339 Phyllis 6,921
34 Roy 6,224 Annie 6,876
35 Francis 5,790 Gladys 6,634
36 Lawrence 5,582 Thelma 6,584
37 Ernest 5,436 Josephine 6,409
38 Leonard 5,402 Edna 6,395
39 Norman 5,284 Pauline 6,356
40 Billy 5,180 June 6,077
41 Gerald 5,122 Ethel 5,858
42 Anthony 5,060 Edith 5,786
43 Stanley 4,963 Lucille 5,760
44 Herbert 4,938 Joyce 5,704
45 Alfred 4,727 Bernice 5,442
46 Daniel 4,515 Grace 5,427
47 Melvin 4,193 Marion 5,354
48 Samuel 4,179 Hazel 5,302
49 Bernard 4,172 Dolores 5,219
50 Marvin 4,111 Rita 5,015
51 Leroy 3,808 Joan 4,995
52 Russell 3,793 Juanita 4,983
53 Floyd 3,622 Lorraine 4,891
54 Leo 3,551 Geraldine 4,812
55 Edwin 3,492 Ann 4,779
56 Michael 3,486 Jane 4,642
57 Ray 3,410 Nancy 4,566
58 Peter 3,359 Beatrice 4,518
59 Andrew 3,343 Emma 4,480
60 Lloyd 3,279 Audrey 4,477
61 Elmer 3,233 Clara 4,464
62 Clifford 3,189 Esther 4,454
63 Theodore 3,129 Sarah 4,423
64 Frederick 3,120 Theresa 4,406
65 Calvin 3,015 Marilyn 4,370
66 Vernon 2,952 Wanda 4,125
67 Clyde 2,872 Wilma 4,055
68 Wayne 2,813 Elaine 4,004
69 Herman 2,798 Elsie 3,909
70 Philip 2,708 Marian 3,859
71 Warren 2,701 Gertrude 3,852
72 Alvin 2,694 Katherine 3,834
73 Leon 2,647 Willie 3,819
74 Bill 2,643 Beverly 3,776
75 Glenn 2,635 Julia 3,688
76 Gordon 2,630 Bertha 3,583
77 Vincent 2,544 Agnes 3,533
78 Lester 2,537 Charlotte 3,512
79 Chester 2,534 Eva 3,494
80 Martin 2,493 Vivian 3,431
81 Charlie 2,446 Laura 3,374
82 Lewis 2,444 Ida 3,285
83 Milton 2,418 Kathleen 3,277
84 Dale 2,398 Vera 3,152
85 Lee 2,312 Maxine 3,150
86 Cecil 2,303 Anne 3,109
87 Jesse 2,298 Kathryn 3,094
88 Ronald 2,286 Jeanne 3,063
89 Roger 2,261 Bessie 3,054
90 Harvey 2,128 Donna 3,008
91 Gene 2,084 Alma 2,990
92 Sam 2,033 Eileen 2,928
93 Allen 2,020 Jessie 2,921
94 Victor 2,016 Violet 2,904
95 Wallace 2,011 Rosemary 2,900
96 Don 1,966 Pearl 2,899
97 Jerry 1,933 Viola 2,877
98 Benjamin 1,898 Ella 2,852
99 Arnold 1,882 Lillie 2,845
100 Willard 1,810 Ellen 2,768
101 Gilbert 1,781 Myrtle 2,756
102 Bob 1,778 Nellie 2,722
103 Douglas 1,778 Margie 2,714
104 Johnnie 1,731 Peggy 2,622
105 Claude 1,714 Bonnie 2,609
106 Oscar 1,714 Lucy 2,546
107 Roland 1,702 Sylvia 2,528
108 Eddie 1,677 Arlene 2,522
109 Edgar 1,677 Mattie 2,497
110 Maurice 1,640 Janet 2,468
111 Rudolph 1,635 Minnie 2,448
112 Curtis 1,627 Leona 2,429
113 Marion 1,627 Carol 2,427
114 Jerome 1,613 Carolyn 2,415
115 Jimmie 1,609 Maria 2,351
116 Bobby 1,595 Georgia 2,348
117 Junior 1,590 Geneva 2,329
118 Virgil 1,576 Mae 2,261
119 Everett 1,569 Jacqueline 2,245
120 Manuel 1,549 Christine 2,213
121 Glen 1,519 Stella 2,192
122 Wilbur 1,510 Billie 2,170
123 Homer 1,503 Lena 2,143
124 Jessie 1,481 Velma 2,120
125 Jose 1,473 Rosa 2,114
126 Leslie 1,467 Loretta 2,108
127 Bruce 1,414 Mabel 2,076
128 Hugh 1,393 Genevieve 2,031
129 Sidney 1,351 Muriel 2,027
130 Stephen 1,336 Opal 2,027
131 Hubert 1,321 Sara 2,022
132 Wesley 1,320 Jennie 2,012
133 Nicholas 1,319 Harriet 1,984
134 Morris 1,306 Eunice 1,942
135 Luther 1,295 Roberta 1,877
136 Johnny 1,289 Jeanette 1,871
137 Max 1,253 Marguerite 1,869
138 Tom 1,251 Carrie 1,860
139 Dean 1,245 Hilda 1,847
140 Willis 1,233 Dora 1,774
141 Patrick 1,220 Naomi 1,757
142 Franklin 1,201 Emily 1,729
143 Jim 1,166 Alberta 1,701
144 Irving 1,160 Claire 1,679
145 Billie 1,155 Delores 1,675
146 Alexander 1,151 Constance 1,669
147 Earnest 1,149 Blanche 1,658
148 Keith 1,120 Beulah 1,650
149 Horace 1,107 Inez 1,633
150 Oliver 1,065 Anita 1,617
151 Steve 1,053 Hattie 1,601
152 Lyle 1,051 Verna 1,586
153 Julius 1,032 Fannie 1,571
154 Phillip 1,020 Lula 1,564
155 Ben 1,012 Miriam 1,511
156 Edmund 1,012 Rosie 1,491
157 Tony 1,011 Erma 1,485
158 Salvatore 995 Cora 1,477
159 Guy 994 Janice 1,467
160 Duane 963 Sally 1,466
161 Clayton 956 Ada 1,462
162 Archie 920 Lola 1,442
163 Delbert 916 Madeline 1,397
164 Orville 894 Rachel 1,389
165 Clifton 884 Mable 1,388
166 Jimmy 882 Bette 1,381
167 Dan 880 Mamie 1,367
168 Otis 878 Flora 1,366
169 Bennie 865 Laverne 1,327
170 Mike 857 Irma 1,298
171 Clinton 843 Daisy 1,288
172 Angelo 840 Imogene 1,253
173 Dennis 838 Faye 1,219
174 Alan 836 Caroline 1,217
175 Jay 828 Eloise 1,209
176 Nathaniel 821 Nora 1,203
177 Jacob 810 Marcella 1,185
178 Larry 807 Bettie 1,182
179 Alex 805 Eula 1,175
180 Merle 787 Teresa 1,160
181 Ira 785 Rosalie 1,159
182 Allan 780 Antoinette 1,158
183 Alton 778 Olga 1,157
184 Wilbert 778 Susie 1,152
185 Leland 776 Rebecca 1,144
186 Matthew 776 Estelle 1,113
187 Ervin 768 Nina 1,111
188 Dewey 767 Winifred 1,111
189 Ivan 765 Maggie 1,092
190 Marshall 765 Lila 1,084
191 Ted 764 Johnnie 1,073
192 Tommy 751 Yvonne 1,066
193 Carroll 738 Ernestine 1,038
194 Antonio 729 Sadie 1,029
195 Lowell 726 Lorene 1,018
196 Elbert 717 Della 1,009
197 Jesus 713 Regina 997
198 Freddie 708 Patsy 993
199 Julian 703 Iris 965
200 Mark 703 Victoria 963
201 Sylvester 687 Henrietta 957
202 Nelson 685 Carmen 956
203 Emil 682 Sophie 953
204 Forrest 680 Colleen 945
205 Irvin 675 Adeline 944
206 Nathan 669 Joanne 944
207 Lonnie 660 Jeannette 920
208 Seymour 660 Melba 917
209 Dick 650 Fern 912
210 Juan 649 Joy 892
211 Eldon 647 Essie 882
212 Nick 642 Darlene 875
213 Pete 642 Olive 872
214 Rufus 641 Angelina 870
215 Wilfred 641 Susan 857
216 Wendell 640 Katie 852
217 Malcolm 629 Gwendolyn 849
218 Fredrick 626 Bobbie 839
219 Loyd 623 Nettie 839
220 Ramon 615 Priscilla 834
221 Laurence 610 Freda 830
222 Loren 608 Jo 815
223 Myron 608 Lydia 813
224 Ellis 607 Lucile 805
225 Neil 600 Jewel 787
226 Karl 595 Veronica 782
227 Aaron 593 Therese 781
228 Isaac 586 Annette 780
229 Gerard 584 Nadine 778
230 Norbert 581 Ollie 778
231 Darrell 578 Lottie 773
232 Johnie 578 May 767
233 Grady 576 Dorothea 758
234 Murray 568 Ora 758
235 Perry 564 Reba 748
236 Burton 559 Amelia 746
237 Felix 559 Angeline 745
238 Owen 554 Isabel 744
239 Rex 552 Goldie 743
240 Elwood 542 Cleo 730
241 Emmett 539 Connie 723
242 Mack 534 Rosemarie 723
243 Byron 533 Fay 722
244 Ross 530 Lela 721
245 Grover 529 Jewell 718
246 Troy 522 Cecilia 717
247 Bert 519 Iva 711
248 Mario 518 Sue 697
249 Aubrey 498 Corinne 689
250 Carlos 496 Sallie 689

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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