Most Popular Baby Names in 1928

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1928. 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 1928, 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 60,703 Mary 66,873
2 John 53,757 Betty 36,079
3 James 52,756 Dorothy 33,732
4 William 49,121 Helen 22,937
5 Charles 31,243 Margaret 20,297
6 Richard 28,797 Ruth 17,858
7 Donald 25,702 Doris 16,575
8 George 24,398 Barbara 14,873
9 Joseph 22,316 Virginia 14,503
10 Edward 18,492 Shirley 14,213
11 Thomas 16,580 Patricia 12,332
12 Frank 13,569 Jean 12,207
13 Paul 13,163 Frances 12,137
14 Harold 12,679 Elizabeth 11,765
15 Jack 12,493 Mildred 11,649
16 Raymond 11,949 Anna 10,575
17 Kenneth 11,169 Evelyn 10,534
18 Walter 10,652 Lois 10,422
19 David 9,994 Alice 10,139
20 Eugene 9,709 Dolores 9,615
21 Henry 9,316 Marie 9,287
22 Arthur 8,879 Martha 8,251
23 Albert 8,814 Norma 8,165
24 Ralph 8,100 Rose 8,161
25 Herbert 8,067 Gloria 8,117
26 Harry 7,606 Phyllis 7,923
27 Billy 7,310 Joan 7,855
28 Carl 6,943 Irene 7,729
29 Willie 6,819 Marjorie 7,632
30 Joe 6,681 Joyce 7,244
31 Howard 6,496 Louise 7,054
32 Louis 6,297 Florence 6,970
33 Alfred 6,248 Catherine 6,910
34 Roy 6,228 Ruby 6,693
35 Clarence 6,066 Lillian 6,575
36 Fred 6,035 Eleanor 6,536
37 Earl 5,967 Annie 6,328
38 Lawrence 5,597 Marilyn 6,067
39 Norman 5,590 Lorraine 5,982
40 Francis 5,515 Thelma 5,979
41 Gerald 5,487 Gladys 5,793
42 Leonard 5,134 Josephine 5,672
43 Ernest 4,941 Nancy 5,537
44 Anthony 4,717 June 5,517
45 Stanley 4,480 Edna 5,473
46 Marvin 4,451 Beverly 5,435
47 Daniel 4,434 Marion 5,420
48 Melvin 4,249 Pauline 5,389
49 Bernard 4,066 Theresa 5,332
50 Ronald 3,974 Geraldine 5,156
51 Leroy 3,872 Lucille 5,094
52 Samuel 3,845 Grace 4,989
53 Michael 3,597 Bernice 4,943
54 Floyd 3,337 Ann 4,931
55 Russell 3,326 Ethel 4,927
56 Peter 3,299 Edith 4,846
57 Ray 3,247 Rita 4,811
58 Edwin 3,166 Juanita 4,734
59 Lloyd 3,161 Hazel 4,649
60 Andrew 3,143 Audrey 4,630
61 Leo 3,095 Donna 4,468
62 Gene 3,089 Jane 4,409
63 Bill 2,977 Wanda 4,318
64 Elmer 2,976 Sarah 4,244
65 Bobby 2,971 Clara 4,104
66 Theodore 2,918 Esther 4,097
67 Frederick 2,884 Emma 4,017
68 Clifford 2,861 Elaine 4,005
69 Wayne 2,856 Wilma 3,936
70 Vernon 2,852 Beatrice 3,922
71 Roger 2,774 Marian 3,886
72 Alvin 2,749 Charlotte 3,474
73 Philip 2,727 Elsie 3,469
74 Clyde 2,714 Willie 3,443
75 Dale 2,638 Katherine 3,398
76 Glenn 2,602 Peggy 3,381
77 Gordon 2,596 Carol 3,350
78 Herman 2,589 Vivian 3,310
79 Jerry 2,587 Eva 3,212
80 Charlie 2,461 Julia 3,206
81 Leon 2,460 Bertha 3,161
82 Vincent 2,437 Kathleen 3,152
83 Martin 2,427 Laura 3,146
84 Don 2,383 Maxine 3,126
85 Warren 2,362 Agnes 3,023
86 Lewis 2,338 Gertrude 3,011
87 Lee 2,280 Ida 2,995
88 Chester 2,243 Rosemary 2,972
89 Lester 2,230 Bonnie 2,923
90 Harvey 2,187 Jeanne 2,879
91 Jesse 2,170 Carolyn 2,848
92 Milton 2,170 Vera 2,842
93 Allen 2,137 Anne 2,824
94 Calvin 2,128 Delores 2,810
95 Bob 2,093 Janet 2,782
96 Gilbert 2,048 Billie 2,776
97 Cecil 2,006 Jacqueline 2,738
98 Arnold 1,974 Ellen 2,683
99 Victor 1,946 Kathryn 2,680
100 Jimmie 1,924 Ella 2,670
101 Curtis 1,920 Bessie 2,663
102 Douglas 1,912 Eileen 2,644
103 Johnnie 1,871 Viola 2,624
104 Wallace 1,845 Lillie 2,621
105 Eddie 1,806 Maria 2,566
106 Benjamin 1,804 Arlene 2,521
107 Roland 1,778 Alma 2,497
108 Jose 1,769 Margie 2,437
109 Sam 1,759 Jessie 2,423
110 Jerome 1,751 Pearl 2,367
111 Manuel 1,648 Nellie 2,346
112 Bruce 1,628 Lucy 2,321
113 Willard 1,628 Violet 2,321
114 Edgar 1,600 Velma 2,291
115 Glen 1,595 Georgia 2,290
116 Claude 1,532 Myrtle 2,243
117 Johnny 1,529 Ramona 2,239
118 Marion 1,515 Minnie 2,229
119 Junior 1,494 Sylvia 2,222
120 Maurice 1,493 Christine 2,177
121 Hubert 1,488 Mattie 2,127
122 Oscar 1,465 Leona 2,085
123 Everett 1,428 Loretta 1,996
124 Jessie 1,418 Geneva 1,981
125 Virgil 1,406 Rosa 1,971
126 Max 1,404 Jeanette 1,943
127 Wilbur 1,401 Roberta 1,923
128 Leslie 1,380 Sally 1,891
129 Hugh 1,374 Sara 1,873
130 Stephen 1,336 Lena 1,806
131 Homer 1,320 Mae 1,806
132 Patrick 1,320 Stella 1,804
133 Billie 1,317 Harriet 1,785
134 Rudolph 1,308 Genevieve 1,747
135 Tom 1,305 Mabel 1,742
136 Dean 1,287 Claire 1,734
137 Jim 1,237 Anita 1,725
138 Jimmy 1,226 Eunice 1,721
139 Keith 1,223 Muriel 1,660
140 Nicholas 1,217 Carrie 1,652
141 Duane 1,211 Naomi 1,652
142 Sidney 1,206 Joanne 1,650
143 Wesley 1,182 Jennie 1,642
144 Morris 1,156 Dora 1,640
145 Luther 1,153 Patsy 1,623
146 Franklin 1,103 Opal 1,591
147 Horace 1,098 Marguerite 1,583
148 Willis 1,085 Hilda 1,574
149 Phillip 1,078 Janice 1,566
150 Larry 1,068 Emily 1,559
151 Tommy 1,062 Alberta 1,556
152 Alexander 1,047 Verna 1,458
153 Earnest 1,042 Blanche 1,427
154 Delbert 1,023 Beulah 1,422
155 Lyle 999 Cora 1,393
156 Ben 987 Rosie 1,385
157 Alan 964 Erma 1,382
158 Salvatore 962 Lula 1,376
159 Dennis 956 Hattie 1,375
160 Tony 955 Inez 1,370
161 Oliver 934 Fannie 1,361
162 Steve 925 Constance 1,319
163 Edmund 911 Imogene 1,315
164 Dan 908 Lola 1,294
165 Otis 884 Laverne 1,293
166 Irving 879 Bobbie 1,257
167 Guy 868 Madeline 1,252
168 Julius 864 Miriam 1,250
169 Archie 860 Daisy 1,246
170 Juan 858 Rosalie 1,236
171 Allan 844 Ada 1,213
172 Dick 834 Teresa 1,212
173 Clayton 833 Flora 1,201
174 Bennie 832 Marcella 1,193
175 Ted 826 Caroline 1,189
176 Alton 816 Darlene 1,186
177 Angelo 812 Rachel 1,181
178 Orville 811 Mamie 1,178
179 Alex 799 Jo 1,168
180 Leland 789 Mable 1,152
181 Clinton 788 Yvonne 1,133
182 Matthew 784 Johnnie 1,127
183 Clifton 780 Rebecca 1,120
184 Jesus 775 Irma 1,102
185 Jay 768 Colleen 1,099
186 Merle 764 Bettie 1,098
187 Mike 760 Estelle 1,095
188 Lowell 758 Joy 1,092
189 Ivan 755 Eula 1,089
190 Antonio 747 Nora 1,083
191 Freddie 744 Eloise 1,082
192 Wilbert 741 Faye 1,078
193 Ira 728 Ernestine 1,058
194 Nathaniel 728 Susie 1,051
195 Marshall 726 Lila 1,034
196 Jacob 717 Antoinette 1,027
197 Lonnie 708 Nina 1,023
198 Neil 696 Maggie 1,021
199 Irvin 687 Carmen 1,017
200 Ramon 683 Iris 1,011
201 Nelson 681 Joann 1,001
202 Dewey 675 Bette 1,000
203 Ervin 672 Gwendolyn 988
204 Myron 668 Regina 956
205 Malcolm 666 Winifred 955
206 Wendell 658 Olga 934
207 Elbert 656 Lorene 929
208 Carroll 655 Rosemarie 912
209 Mark 651 Della 897
210 Darrell 649 Sadie 895
211 Wilfred 636 Jeannette 889
212 Julian 633 Priscilla 887
213 Perry 633 Angelina 872
214 Pete 614 Melba 868
215 Loren 612 Charlene 854
216 Jackie 606 Henrietta 847
217 Nick 604 Victoria 833
218 Rufus 602 Katie 826
219 Norbert 599 Lydia 815
220 Karl 599 Susan 812
221 Sylvester 598 Essie 806
222 Gerard 593 Fern 806
223 Rodney 589 Olive 790
224 Carlos 584 Annette 780
225 Emil 582 Sue 780
226 Bobbie 581 Therese 776
227 Eldon 579 Amelia 755
228 Doyle 577 Ollie 753
229 Laurence 573 Freda 748
230 Forrest 571 Jewel 743
231 Seymour 568 Reba 729
232 Troy 562 Adeline 721
233 Aaron 559 Nettie 711
234 Carlton 551 Janie 709
235 Nathan 548 Sophie 708
236 Fredrick 547 May 705
237 Byron 546 Veronica 695
238 Ellis 544 Natalie 687
239 Johnie 543 Nadine 679
240 Loyd 540 Angeline 674
241 Isaac 534 Bettye 663
242 Rex 519 Luella 661
243 Burton 518 Lela 660
244 Mack 518 Connie 658
245 Bert 517 Lottie 658
246 Grady 512 Ora 655
247 Sherman 511 Jewell 652
248 Roosevelt 509 Isabel 652
249 Irwin 508 Deloris 647
250 Owen 505 Iva 643

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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