Most Popular Baby Names in 1931

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1931. 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 1931, 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 60,518 Mary 60,295
2 James 51,224 Betty 36,105
3 John 48,428 Dorothy 26,526
4 William 43,278 Barbara 21,798
5 Richard 31,821 Joan 19,118
6 Charles 29,926 Helen 17,663
7 Donald 29,104 Margaret 17,333
8 George 20,689 Patricia 16,469
9 Joseph 19,329 Shirley 14,405
10 Thomas 16,847 Doris 13,628
11 Edward 15,645 Ruth 13,131
12 Paul 12,254 Virginia 11,884
13 David 11,782 Jean 11,012
14 Kenneth 11,566 Dolores 10,806
15 Jack 11,483 Joyce 10,581
16 Frank 11,474 Elizabeth 10,292
17 Raymond 10,857 Nancy 10,035
18 Harold 10,695 Frances 9,717
19 Billy 9,265 Marilyn 9,665
20 Walter 8,943 Lois 9,349
21 Eugene 8,151 Alice 8,816
22 Henry 7,803 Norma 8,760
23 Arthur 7,524 Gloria 8,549
24 Albert 7,131 Evelyn 8,490
25 Ralph 6,956 Anna 8,430
26 Gerald 6,825 Mildred 8,168
27 Ronald 6,724 Marie 7,549
28 Carl 6,581 Martha 7,481
29 Joe 6,452 Phyllis 7,213
30 Harry 6,044 Rose 6,881
31 Willie 5,965 Beverly 6,789
32 Bobby 5,857 Donna 6,601
33 Fred 5,699 Louise 5,896
34 Howard 5,621 Marjorie 5,880
35 Roy 5,487 Ann 5,859
36 Norman 5,424 Catherine 5,643
37 Louis 5,422 Irene 5,614
38 Lawrence 5,366 Geraldine 5,412
39 Clarence 5,062 Ruby 5,333
40 Earl 5,046 Eleanor 5,257
41 Herbert 4,789 Annie 5,089
42 Francis 4,735 Peggy 5,078
43 Jerry 4,370 Florence 5,011
44 Daniel 4,362 June 5,002
45 Marvin 4,358 Janet 4,948
46 Anthony 4,306 Carol 4,892
47 Ernest 4,298 Lillian 4,807
48 Leonard 4,279 Rita 4,613
49 Stanley 4,202 Lorraine 4,588
50 Alfred 3,949 Jane 4,533
51 Melvin 3,700 Josephine 4,496
52 Leroy 3,648 Edna 4,462
53 Roger 3,624 Thelma 4,440
54 Bernard 3,514 Wanda 4,395
55 Michael 3,491 Gladys 4,350
56 Samuel 3,380 Pauline 4,191
57 Wayne 3,218 Juanita 4,128
58 Bill 3,216 Delores 4,050
59 Don 3,176 Theresa 4,032
60 Ray 3,161 Carolyn 4,009
61 Peter 3,121 Clara 3,899
62 Dale 3,009 Lucille 3,854
63 Russell 2,943 Bernice 3,823
64 Gene 2,767 Audrey 3,790
65 Andrew 2,714 Edith 3,772
66 Floyd 2,707 Marion 3,764
67 Lloyd 2,704 Ethel 3,762
68 Edwin 2,702 Joanne 3,757
69 Leo 2,702 Wilma 3,741
70 Theodore 2,667 Grace 3,712
71 Philip 2,649 Sarah 3,636
72 Glenn 2,625 Elaine 3,623
73 Frederick 2,468 Bonnie 3,551
74 Vernon 2,465 Hazel 3,508
75 Clifford 2,451 Charlotte 3,403
76 Gordon 2,398 Emma 3,308
77 Clyde 2,334 Arlene 3,217
78 Bob 2,318 Jacqueline 3,136
79 Allen 2,307 Esther 3,034
80 Alvin 2,299 Anne 2,978
81 Jimmie 2,288 Billie 2,921
82 Elmer 2,265 Vivian 2,893
83 Herman 2,263 Patsy 2,867
84 Leon 2,246 Marian 2,862
85 Douglas 2,203 Beatrice 2,842
86 Vincent 2,160 Elsie 2,808
87 Lewis 2,157 Kathleen 2,800
88 Larry 2,146 Rosemary 2,722
89 Jimmy 2,126 Laura 2,669
90 Lee 2,123 Joann 2,655
91 Martin 2,104 Julia 2,624
92 Gilbert 1,993 Katherine 2,623
93 Harvey 1,978 Willie 2,596
94 Charlie 1,975 Eva 2,592
95 Eddie 1,959 Marlene 2,586
96 Lester 1,919 Loretta 2,580
97 Jesse 1,897 Sally 2,557
98 Arnold 1,835 Jeanne 2,524
99 Warren 1,834 Ellen 2,450
100 Milton 1,833 Ida 2,418
101 Bruce 1,790 Maxine 2,392
102 Cecil 1,768 Bertha 2,364
103 Jerome 1,749 Agnes 2,303
104 Duane 1,727 Janice 2,287
105 Chester 1,718 Jeanette 2,235
106 Johnny 1,716 Eileen 2,224
107 Roland 1,698 Margie 2,206
108 Curtis 1,636 Kathryn 2,203
109 Victor 1,624 Maria 2,186
110 Johnnie 1,594 Ella 2,162
111 Patrick 1,570 Vera 2,160
112 Glen 1,563 Lillie 2,119
113 Benjamin 1,558 Alma 2,115
114 Wallace 1,541 Bessie 2,115
115 Tommy 1,534 Gertrude 2,094
116 Jim 1,522 Jo 2,085
117 Maurice 1,495 Anita 2,080
118 Sam 1,459 Constance 2,073
119 Calvin 1,442 Nellie 1,987
120 Alan 1,423 Georgia 1,961
121 Virgil 1,383 Roberta 1,955
122 Willard 1,378 Jessie 1,930
123 Edgar 1,377 Sylvia 1,927
124 Keith 1,377 Bobbie 1,902
125 Tom 1,364 Christine 1,884
126 Jose 1,360 Lucy 1,827
127 Dean 1,346 Viola 1,823
128 Billie 1,344 Darlene 1,822
129 Oscar 1,335 Minnie 1,771
130 Stephen 1,334 Mattie 1,765
131 Hugh 1,326 Velma 1,758
132 Manuel 1,312 Violet 1,750
133 Marion 1,311 Leona 1,743
134 Claude 1,296 Myrtle 1,712
135 Jessie 1,267 Sara 1,707
136 Everett 1,229 Geneva 1,664
137 Hubert 1,229 Pearl 1,648
138 Dennis 1,202 Rosa 1,632
139 Leslie 1,191 Claire 1,626
140 Max 1,182 Naomi 1,517
141 Phillip 1,176 Mae 1,462
142 Jackie 1,122 Stella 1,419
143 Wesley 1,115 Harriet 1,415
144 Homer 1,104 Dora 1,363
145 Nicholas 1,103 Genevieve 1,359
146 Rudolph 1,101 Alberta 1,353
147 Lowell 1,090 Eunice 1,344
148 Franklin 1,089 Carrie 1,308
149 Wilbur 1,087 Lena 1,302
150 Junior 1,067 Jennie 1,288
151 Allan 1,002 Yvonne 1,270
152 Dick 992 Joy 1,224
153 Gary 989 Sue 1,220
154 Morris 989 Verna 1,213
155 Ted 983 Rosie 1,207
156 Luther 958 Lola 1,200
157 Lyle 943 Marguerite 1,191
158 Sidney 938 Faye 1,188
159 Delbert 932 Emily 1,188
160 Horace 931 Cora 1,182
161 Willis 931 Rachel 1,171
162 Earnest 915 Lula 1,154
163 Ben 912 Erma 1,151
164 Dan 883 Ramona 1,130
165 Neil 882 Caroline 1,125
166 Jay 867 Inez 1,111
167 Darrell 834 Hilda 1,098
168 Clayton 831 Judith 1,098
169 Bennie 822 Fannie 1,093
170 Tony 814 Rebecca 1,089
171 Freddie 805 Opal 1,087
172 Alexander 793 Muriel 1,081
173 Steve 786 Beulah 1,063
174 Guy 781 Mabel 1,060
175 Oliver 779 Hattie 1,057
176 Salvatore 766 Laverne 1,042
177 Archie 758 Bettie 1,032
178 Bobbie 751 Daisy 1,010
179 Carroll 750 Charlene 1,009
180 Juan 744 Susan 1,005
181 Otis 730 Rosalie 1,002
182 Alex 727 Nina 997
183 Lonnie 720 Connie 995
184 Edmund 708 Lila 995
185 Julius 707 Jeannette 974
186 Rodney 707 Ada 973
187 Alton 706 Johnnie 967
188 Clifton 698 Flora 965
189 Leland 694 Marcella 958
190 Mike 693 Blanche 956
191 Clinton 688 Mamie 947
192 Myron 680 Teresa 947
193 Wilbert 675 Ernestine 941
194 Angelo 669 Rosemarie 940
195 Doyle 668 Irma 938
196 Marshall 667 Carmen 934
197 Mark 665 Eloise 926
198 Merle 662 Pat 926
199 Nathaniel 660 Madeline 925
200 Orville 656 Deloris 917
201 Ramon 656 Imogene 908
202 Ivan 646 Nora 903
203 Wendell 641 Mable 897
204 Karl 635 Iris 895
205 Jesus 630 Gwendolyn 893
206 Antonio 626 Antoinette 879
207 Ira 619 Eula 872
208 Matthew 608 Miriam 869
209 Nelson 608 Susie 869
210 Benny 601 Della 863
211 Dewey 597 Diane 857
212 Pete 591 Carole 851
213 Conrad 584 Patty 827
214 Malcolm 584 Suzanne 805
215 Irving 583 Marcia 799
216 Loren 576 Regina 777
217 Jacob 572 Melba 770
218 Ervin 569 Estelle 764
219 Dwight 568 Colleen 760
220 Elbert 566 Katie 752
221 Eldon 561 Priscilla 749
222 Gerard 551 Maggie 742
223 Irvin 547 Annette 741
224 Carlos 545 Bettye 741
225 Perry 543 Maureen 741
226 Sylvester 526 Lorene 738
227 Rex 519 Sadie 728
228 Laurence 518 Victoria 712
229 Loyd 515 Bette 709
230 Wilfred 513 Janie 696
231 Nick 511 Olga 674
232 Byron 503 Winifred 670
233 Carlton 503 Reba 652
234 Fredrick 502 Henrietta 649
235 Julian 502 Lydia 646
236 Norbert 501 Jacquelyn 645
237 Tommie 494 Freda 640
238 Troy 485 Cynthia 632
239 Mack 483 Jackie 631
240 Rufus 483 Fay 630
241 Felix 479 Nadine 630
242 Joel 477 Angela 619
243 Burton 473 Angelina 618
244 Forrest 473 Dixie 617
245 Irwin 468 Ina 616
246 Roosevelt 467 Marianne 612
247 Ruben 465 Natalie 599
248 Buddy 464 Amelia 591
249 Bert 463 Nettie 588
250 Aaron 457 Paula 585

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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