Most Popular Baby Names in 1936

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1936. 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 1936, 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 58,499 Mary 54,374
2 James 54,692 Shirley 35,163
3 John 47,676 Barbara 31,684
4 William 39,391 Betty 25,869
5 Richard 33,491 Patricia 23,915
6 Charles 29,092 Dorothy 17,668
7 Donald 28,638 Joan 17,071
8 Thomas 18,343 Nancy 16,756
9 George 18,197 Margaret 14,595
10 David 17,479 Carol 14,520
11 Joseph 17,456 Helen 12,234
12 Ronald 16,920 Joyce 11,991
13 Edward 14,194 Marilyn 11,065
14 Kenneth 12,487 Virginia 9,650
15 Paul 12,306 Doris 9,226
16 Frank 10,187 Ruth 9,215
17 Raymond 9,455 Beverly 8,900
18 Jerry 9,272 Elizabeth 8,859
19 Gerald 9,017 Frances 8,787
20 Jack 8,856 Jean 8,534
21 Harold 8,627 Janet 8,082
22 Billy 8,590 Donna 7,933
23 Joe 8,023 Carolyn 7,908
24 Bobby 7,734 Martha 7,389
25 Larry 7,612 Phyllis 7,373
26 Walter 7,536 Lois 7,231
27 Carl 6,588 Alice 7,200
28 Henry 6,445 Ann 6,666
29 Eugene 6,373 Norma 6,633
30 Arthur 6,264 Dolores 6,416
31 Ralph 6,029 Janice 6,149
32 Willie 6,011 Gloria 6,139
33 Michael 5,802 Marie 6,131
34 Albert 5,755 Evelyn 6,108
35 Roger 5,701 Peggy 6,068
36 Fred 5,601 Anna 5,725
37 Lawrence 5,342 Rose 5,698
38 Gary 5,190 Sandra 5,525
39 Harry 4,929 Marlene 5,331
40 Howard 4,875 Mildred 5,052
41 Daniel 4,817 Geraldine 4,862
42 Roy 4,817 Jane 4,720
43 Norman 4,647 Judith 4,580
44 Louis 4,418 Catherine 4,535
45 Wayne 4,406 Annie 4,528
46 Jimmy 4,207 Louise 4,353
47 Earl 4,106 Eleanor 4,340
48 Anthony 3,979 Joanne 4,304
49 Marvin 3,938 Marjorie 4,279
50 Francis 3,876 Elaine 4,259
51 Don 3,829 Ruby 4,227
52 Clarence 3,771 Patsy 4,196
53 Melvin 3,729 Sylvia 4,156
54 Leonard 3,716 Arlene 3,898
55 Ernest 3,715 Joann 3,885
56 Peter 3,714 Wanda 3,881
57 Leroy 3,643 Irene 3,817
58 Stanley 3,492 Delores 3,759
59 Dale 3,393 Sally 3,634
60 Alfred 3,253 Sharon 3,573
61 Bill 3,166 Charlotte 3,554
62 Herbert 3,116 June 3,516
63 Philip 3,033 Sarah 3,516
64 Ray 2,940 Roberta 3,466
65 Franklin 2,939 Bonnie 3,373
66 Gene 2,909 Jacqueline 3,361
67 Samuel 2,893 Kathleen 3,353
68 Bernard 2,854 Audrey 3,345
69 Russell 2,833 Rita 3,333
70 Frederick 2,816 Loretta 3,323
71 Jimmie 2,741 Edna 3,305
72 Johnny 2,731 Jo 3,292
73 Bruce 2,630 Carole 3,199
74 Dennis 2,628 Thelma 3,198
75 Gordon 2,567 Juanita 3,181
76 Lee 2,418 Lorraine 3,169
77 Bob 2,409 Josephine 3,142
78 Douglas 2,375 Wilma 3,123
79 Eddie 2,348 Lillian 3,117
80 Glenn 2,328 Florence 3,084
81 Allen 2,314 Yvonne 3,037
82 Leon 2,281 Pauline 2,980
83 Andrew 2,279 Darlene 2,963
84 Edwin 2,270 Gladys 2,944
85 Jim 2,268 Emma 2,833
86 Floyd 2,229 Grace 2,790
87 Theodore 2,219 Edith 2,759
88 Lloyd 2,158 Theresa 2,758
89 Clyde 2,152 Anne 2,756
90 Clifford 2,133 Ethel 2,731
91 Tommy 2,109 Clara 2,683
92 Martin 2,106 Lucille 2,631
93 Vernon 2,028 Marion 2,580
94 Leo 2,016 Jeanette 2,552
95 Warren 1,976 Bernice 2,543
96 Harvey 1,970 Hazel 2,511
97 Alvin 1,968 Linda 2,439
98 Jerome 1,966 Kay 2,408
99 Stephen 1,862 Ellen 2,398
100 Lewis 1,856 Katherine 2,356
101 Patrick 1,855 Margie 2,343
102 Phillip 1,846 Gail 2,342
103 Charlie 1,838 Eileen 2,320
104 Jesse 1,827 Anita 2,304
105 Herman 1,816 Julia 2,278
106 Jackie 1,811 Laura 2,255
107 Curtis 1,796 Esther 2,252
108 Alan 1,754 Willie 2,224
109 Vincent 1,737 Sue 2,222
110 Duane 1,725 Susan 2,154
111 Arnold 1,711 Rosemary 2,148
112 Tom 1,695 Diane 2,146
113 Gilbert 1,664 Kathryn 2,110
114 Cecil 1,576 Marian 2,059
115 Lester 1,546 Vivian 2,014
116 Victor 1,518 Eva 2,002
117 Johnnie 1,491 Billie 1,991
118 Roland 1,490 Bobbie 1,987
119 Milton 1,442 Judy 1,986
120 Glen 1,441 Maria 1,980
121 Elmer 1,412 Beatrice 1,957
122 Keith 1,403 Bertha 1,914
123 Benjamin 1,354 Elsie 1,874
124 Calvin 1,352 Lillie 1,865
125 Dean 1,332 Annette 1,852
126 Terry 1,292 Ella 1,838
127 Chester 1,278 Maxine 1,828
128 Leslie 1,251 Georgia 1,823
129 Max 1,249 Sara 1,823
130 Wallace 1,248 Ida 1,801
131 Sam 1,236 Christine 1,722
132 Claude 1,225 Karen 1,718
133 Darrell 1,207 Constance 1,698
134 Freddie 1,194 Connie 1,681
135 Manuel 1,173 Nellie 1,666
136 Willard 1,157 Bessie 1,645
137 Maurice 1,154 Alma 1,608
138 Allan 1,129 Marcia 1,595
139 Jose 1,118 Agnes 1,592
140 Jay 1,102 Jessie 1,587
141 Dick 1,088 Jeanne 1,535
142 Hugh 1,074 Vera 1,511
143 Edgar 1,067 Mattie 1,503
144 Ted 1,064 Joy 1,483
145 Wesley 1,061 Charlene 1,482
146 Joel 1,060 Rosa 1,452
147 Ronnie 1,057 Lucy 1,446
148 Marion 1,049 Minnie 1,429
149 Virgil 1,034 Myrna 1,396
150 Lowell 1,022 Glenda 1,366
151 Jessie 1,012 Suzanne 1,350
152 Rodney 1,009 Pat 1,344
153 Oscar 1,008 Geneva 1,334
154 Everett 976 Harriet 1,332
155 Dan 965 Maureen 1,329
156 Sidney 951 Gertrude 1,316
157 Nicholas 928 Sheila 1,312
158 Neil 914 Rosemarie 1,300
159 Lyle 910 Naomi 1,281
160 Hubert 892 Myrtle 1,239
161 Tony 892 Leona 1,235
162 Bennie 887 Faye 1,216
163 Delbert 882 Rachel 1,207
164 Morris 847 Rebecca 1,201
165 Karl 831 Viola 1,186
166 Homer 830 Carrie 1,183
167 Billie 824 Velma 1,182
168 Jon 816 Dora 1,163
169 Ben 815 Violet 1,153
170 Earnest 815 Mae 1,136
171 Luther 803 Emily 1,123
172 Carroll 790 Pearl 1,120
173 Wilbur 780 Rosie 1,108
174 Mike 774 Dixie 1,104
175 Willis 768 Lula 1,100
176 Danny 758 Claire 1,083
177 Lonnie 749 Caroline 1,075
178 Steve 741 Shelby 1,071
179 Nathaniel 738 Eunice 1,062
180 Roosevelt 738 Alberta 1,031
181 Benny 732 Cora 1,008
182 Mark 712 Maryann 996
183 Guy 711 Patty 986
184 Marshall 711 Cynthia 983
185 Clayton 707 Paula 982
186 Barry 706 Stella 967
187 Otis 700 Lola 960
188 Horace 691 Jeannette 954
189 Alton 674 Verna 950
190 Clinton 653 Jackie 948
191 Archie 647 Gwendolyn 943
192 Rudolph 647 Hattie 938
193 Clifton 639 Johnnie 937
194 Junior 637 Nina 937
195 Nelson 631 Lena 891
196 Wendell 629 Deloris 862
197 Bobbie 627 Ramona 859
198 Fredrick 626 Colleen 853
199 Lynn 614 Carmen 847
200 Alexander 613 Rosalie 845
201 Rex 612 Erma 841
202 Matthew 608 Diana 834
203 Doyle 597 Bettie 825
204 Leland 596 Hilda 822
205 Oliver 591 Fannie 815
206 Wilbert 587 Jennie 798
207 Juan 580 Claudia 792
208 Salvatore 576 Ernestine 792
209 Merle 568 Marguerite 792
210 Alex 563 Nora 791
211 Pete 559 Iris 788
212 Edmund 554 Daisy 776
213 Julius 548 Miriam 769
214 Loren 546 Genevieve 766
215 Stuart 542 Priscilla 758
216 Eldon 541 Janie 755
217 Carlos 535 Ada 750
218 Troy 534 Flora 748
219 Malcolm 531 Irma 748
220 Dave 525 Inez 744
221 Buddy 523 Beulah 743
222 Orville 516 Mabel 743
223 Ivan 513 Susie 733
224 Donnie 505 Madeline 727
225 Tommie 505 Melba 721
226 Perry 504 Della 720
227 Myron 501 Bette 717
228 Dewey 500 Gayle 717
229 Ira 500 Mable 712
230 Jacob 500 Laverne 711
231 Elbert 492 Opal 707
232 Antonio 490 Claudette 703
233 Sherman 485 Regina 703
234 Carlton 483 Mamie 702
235 Ervin 483 Muriel 697
236 Ramon 482 Jacquelyn 694
237 Sylvester 482 Lydia 688
238 Ruben 481 Marianne 682
239 Ross 475 Teresa 675
240 Jesus 470 Marcella 673
241 Gerard 468 Antoinette 662
242 Grady 467 Maggie 662
243 Nathan 464 Mona 656
244 Byron 461 Lila 645
245 Sammy 461 Blanche 644
246 Mack 453 Bettye 637
247 Sheldon 453 Katie 632
248 Rufus 451 Arline 631
249 Julian 448 Eula 630
250 Irvin 443 Eloise 611

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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