Most Popular Baby Names in 1937

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1937. 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 1937, 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 61,842 Mary 55,644
2 James 56,556 Barbara 34,912
3 John 48,749 Patricia 26,838
4 William 40,718 Shirley 26,820
5 Richard 32,974 Betty 25,329
6 Charles 30,524 Carol 17,336
7 Donald 27,870 Nancy 17,070
8 David 20,974 Dorothy 16,571
9 Thomas 19,772 Joan 15,300
10 George 18,433 Margaret 15,144
11 Ronald 18,138 Joyce 11,808
12 Joseph 17,322 Helen 11,454
13 Edward 14,930 Marilyn 9,738
14 Kenneth 13,217 Beverly 9,632
15 Paul 12,880 Ruth 9,606
16 Larry 10,321 Virginia 9,514
17 Jerry 10,300 Elizabeth 9,385
18 Frank 10,127 Janet 9,363
19 Raymond 9,572 Frances 9,055
20 Gerald 9,424 Carolyn 8,938
21 Harold 8,551 Donna 8,885
22 Billy 8,298 Doris 8,881
23 Jack 8,195 Jean 8,395
24 Bobby 7,746 Martha 7,954
25 Joe 7,742 Janice 7,767
26 Walter 7,483 Sandra 7,521
27 Michael 7,094 Phyllis 7,244
28 Carl 6,913 Alice 7,122
29 Gary 6,766 Lois 6,932
30 Henry 6,668 Ann 6,713
31 Arthur 6,316 Peggy 6,377
32 Willie 6,228 Gloria 6,333
33 Eugene 6,000 Norma 6,235
34 Ralph 5,922 Judith 6,146
35 Fred 5,739 Marie 6,075
36 Roger 5,710 Evelyn 5,759
37 Albert 5,666 Dolores 5,568
38 Lawrence 5,505 Anna 5,449
39 Daniel 5,123 Rose 5,446
40 Roy 4,889 Marlene 5,037
41 Harry 4,813 Sharon 4,705
42 Howard 4,701 Jane 4,702
43 Norman 4,674 Mildred 4,645
44 Wayne 4,615 Geraldine 4,555
45 Jimmy 4,517 Elaine 4,525
46 Louis 4,357 Annie 4,480
47 Anthony 4,337 Catherine 4,461
48 Earl 3,941 Louise 4,382
49 Marvin 3,911 Linda 4,379
50 Melvin 3,891 Sylvia 4,368
51 Don 3,815 Joanne 4,333
52 Peter 3,809 Ruby 4,289
53 Ernest 3,759 Eleanor 4,276
54 Clarence 3,757 Patsy 4,244
55 Francis 3,730 Wanda 4,201
56 Leroy 3,555 Carole 4,196
57 Stanley 3,483 Marjorie 4,091
58 Leonard 3,480 Joann 3,937
59 Dale 3,339 Sally 3,926
60 Alfred 3,181 Arlene 3,806
61 Gene 3,165 Kathleen 3,743
62 Philip 3,161 Irene 3,674
63 Dennis 3,159 Loretta 3,672
64 Bill 3,118 Bonnie 3,596
65 Herbert 3,039 Sarah 3,588
66 Samuel 3,028 Roberta 3,568
67 Russell 2,896 Charlotte 3,537
68 Frederick 2,878 Delores 3,530
69 Johnny 2,826 Rita 3,421
70 Bruce 2,808 Jacqueline 3,399
71 Ray 2,725 June 3,378
72 Jimmie 2,678 Darlene 3,285
73 Bernard 2,671 Jo 3,226
74 Douglas 2,608 Edna 3,221
75 Gordon 2,533 Juanita 3,181
76 Allen 2,518 Diane 3,175
77 Franklin 2,514 Yvonne 3,172
78 Lee 2,499 Thelma 3,060
79 Andrew 2,404 Kay 3,010
80 Floyd 2,386 Wilma 2,977
81 Bob 2,363 Florence 2,955
82 Eddie 2,349 Josephine 2,941
83 Jim 2,348 Lorraine 2,939
84 Tommy 2,328 Lillian 2,899
85 Leon 2,326 Audrey 2,888
86 Theodore 2,314 Gladys 2,872
87 Martin 2,278 Pauline 2,818
88 Edwin 2,263 Ethel 2,764
89 Glenn 2,263 Emma 2,749
90 Clifford 2,228 Jeanette 2,743
91 Lloyd 2,155 Judy 2,741
92 Stephen 2,133 Anne 2,724
93 Clyde 2,104 Anita 2,714
94 Patrick 2,089 Grace 2,710
95 Harvey 2,081 Theresa 2,702
96 Vernon 2,076 Edith 2,649
97 Leo 2,014 Susan 2,643
98 Phillip 2,005 Lucille 2,638
99 Alvin 1,987 Gail 2,634
100 Jerome 1,978 Clara 2,573
101 Herman 1,875 Sue 2,504
102 Jesse 1,866 Ellen 2,499
103 Alan 1,846 Katherine 2,484
104 Lewis 1,837 Bernice 2,384
105 Vincent 1,836 Laura 2,363
106 Warren 1,822 Hazel 2,348
107 Jackie 1,815 Eileen 2,344
108 Tom 1,808 Kathryn 2,326
109 Curtis 1,790 Marion 2,309
110 Charlie 1,756 Rosemary 2,307
111 Arnold 1,725 Margie 2,286
112 Gilbert 1,684 Julia 2,284
113 Terry 1,684 Karen 2,233
114 Cecil 1,636 Willie 2,193
115 Duane 1,630 Annette 2,157
116 Lester 1,577 Esther 2,156
117 Victor 1,541 Eva 2,059
118 Johnnie 1,477 Constance 2,028
119 Benjamin 1,423 Shelby 1,997
120 Elmer 1,413 Beatrice 1,986
121 Milton 1,385 Bertha 1,953
122 Glen 1,358 Maria 1,953
123 Keith 1,342 Bobbie 1,952
124 Allan 1,338 Marcia 1,948
125 Calvin 1,332 Elsie 1,938
126 Roland 1,318 Billie 1,937
127 Dean 1,313 Vivian 1,910
128 Ronnie 1,285 Connie 1,908
129 Chester 1,271 Marian 1,904
130 Darrell 1,260 Sara 1,901
131 Leslie 1,238 Lillie 1,899
132 Sam 1,214 Georgia 1,812
133 Wallace 1,190 Ida 1,783
134 Freddie 1,165 Ella 1,747
135 Willard 1,163 Christine 1,742
136 Jay 1,147 Maxine 1,731
137 Claude 1,138 Myrna 1,652
138 Manuel 1,131 Alma 1,627
139 Joel 1,116 Deanna 1,624
140 Marion 1,116 Nellie 1,590
141 Max 1,105 Charlene 1,580
142 Jose 1,085 Sheila 1,573
143 Hugh 1,070 Jessie 1,551
144 Maurice 1,069 Bessie 1,550
145 Edgar 1,068 Suzanne 1,545
146 Wesley 1,066 Glenda 1,536
147 Ted 1,062 Pat 1,529
148 Jessie 1,041 Mattie 1,499
149 Dan 1,033 Vera 1,498
150 Jon 1,030 Jeanne 1,495
151 Rodney 1,026 Lucy 1,450
152 Danny 1,023 Rosa 1,442
153 Dick 1,008 Agnes 1,420
154 Oscar 987 Harriet 1,419
155 Lowell 982 Maureen 1,395
156 Everett 975 Minnie 1,378
157 Virgil 970 Diana 1,333
158 Neil 969 Geneva 1,331
159 Nicholas 935 Gertrude 1,319
160 Tony 923 Faye 1,300
161 Delbert 909 Emily 1,293
162 Karl 907 Joy 1,236
163 Sidney 905 Rachel 1,229
164 Hubert 892 Velma 1,216
165 Homer 889 Paula 1,212
166 Bennie 885 Rebecca 1,209
167 Lyle 875 Maryann 1,205
168 Mike 872 Naomi 1,202
169 Luther 863 Myrtle 1,193
170 Morris 856 Cynthia 1,181
171 Lonnie 855 Rosemarie 1,180
172 Steve 846 Carrie 1,176
173 Alton 836 Leona 1,173
174 Earnest 832 Dixie 1,161
175 Ben 815 Viola 1,158
176 Mark 809 Cora 1,140
177 Marshall 804 Violet 1,139
178 Carroll 778 Rosie 1,124
179 Benny 760 Rosalie 1,116
180 Horace 745 Patty 1,113
181 Guy 732 Caroline 1,094
182 Barry 726 Lula 1,088
183 Wilbur 726 Dora 1,086
184 Willis 724 Gwendolyn 1,084
185 Billie 711 Mae 1,071
186 Nathaniel 704 Eunice 1,042
187 Lynn 703 Pearl 1,023
188 Clayton 700 Ramona 1,018
189 Otis 681 Jeannette 1,012
190 Roosevelt 678 Alberta 997
191 Alexander 675 Claire 959
192 Timothy 674 Verna 934
193 Clifton 669 Deloris 931
194 Nelson 660 Hattie 931
195 Clinton 659 Stella 916
196 Archie 649 Nina 901
197 Rudolph 630 Jackie 898
198 Stuart 623 Johnnie 880
199 Donnie 620 Lola 865
200 Oliver 609 Fannie 850
201 Matthew 606 Lena 846
202 Fredrick 602 Nora 842
203 Rex 601 Erma 834
204 Bobbie 597 Daisy 813
205 Dave 593 Marguerite 805
206 Wendell 583 Irma 800
207 Doyle 576 Priscilla 797
208 Ira 576 Ada 796
209 Juan 572 Claudia 795
210 Alex 565 Susie 794
211 Julius 565 Flora 790
212 Junior 562 Melba 789
213 Leland 555 Della 787
214 Wilbert 552 Angela 784
215 Buddy 551 Iris 779
216 Tommie 551 Carmen 774
217 Carlton 548 Ernestine 773
218 Ivan 546 Bettie 762
219 Perry 543 Hilda 761
220 Sherman 543 Madeline 754
221 Troy 541 Miriam 752
222 Jacob 537 Inez 744
223 Salvatore 536 Colleen 740
224 Steven 535 Gayle 720
225 Carlos 532 Beulah 719
226 Edmund 523 Janis 716
227 Byron 521 Mamie 713
228 Merle 519 Jacquelyn 711
229 Brian 519 Janie 707
230 Orville 516 Jennie 707
231 Myron 513 Regina 706
232 Pete 510 Muriel 702
233 Jesus 509 Mabel 697
234 Gregory 507 Genevieve 692
235 Grady 503 Laverne 692
236 Malcolm 501 Mable 691
237 Eldon 490 Antoinette 687
238 Ruben 489 Lydia 687
239 Loren 486 Bette 685
240 Pat 483 Dianne 673
241 Dewey 479 Marcella 664
242 Gerard 478 Teresa 661
243 Rufus 476 Eula 659
244 Sylvester 475 Sherry 649
245 Elbert 475 Amelia 646
246 Ramon 472 Marianne 646
247 Mack 472 Claudette 642
248 Sammy 470 Myra 642
249 Aaron 465 Bettye 638
250 Ross 465 Eloise 636

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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