Most Popular Baby Names in 1938

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1938. 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 1938, 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 62,269 Mary 56,214
2 James 59,100 Barbara 39,276
3 John 50,522 Patricia 27,556
4 William 42,429 Betty 25,506
5 Richard 34,383 Shirley 23,767
6 Charles 31,144 Carol 19,425
7 Donald 26,672 Nancy 18,950
8 David 22,993 Dorothy 16,352
9 Thomas 21,380 Margaret 15,331
10 Ronald 20,295 Joan 14,305
11 George 18,434 Joyce 12,694
12 Joseph 17,738 Judith 10,877
13 Edward 14,549 Helen 10,836
14 Kenneth 14,399 Sandra 10,806
15 Paul 13,358 Carolyn 10,587
16 Larry 12,391 Janet 9,868
17 Jerry 12,170 Elizabeth 9,802
18 Frank 10,260 Beverly 9,770
19 Gerald 9,972 Marilyn 9,745
20 Raymond 9,729 Donna 9,694
21 Michael 9,081 Ruth 9,302
22 Gary 8,861 Virginia 9,270
23 Harold 8,559 Frances 8,923
24 Billy 8,248 Janice 8,712
25 Jack 8,142 Doris 8,602
26 Walter 7,560 Martha 8,579
27 Bobby 7,498 Jean 7,761
28 Joe 7,438 Phyllis 7,646
29 Carl 6,847 Alice 7,490
30 Henry 6,559 Sharon 7,244
31 Roger 6,554 Linda 7,047
32 Arthur 6,526 Ann 6,990
33 Eugene 6,113 Lois 6,504
34 Willie 6,082 Norma 6,367
35 Ralph 6,015 Peggy 6,341
36 Lawrence 5,873 Gloria 6,299
37 Albert 5,795 Marie 5,959
38 Fred 5,767 Evelyn 5,690
39 Daniel 5,584 Rose 5,291
40 Wayne 5,226 Anna 5,142
41 Roy 5,042 Judy 4,994
42 Howard 5,017 Elaine 4,835
43 Norman 4,952 Dolores 4,807
44 Harry 4,823 Jane 4,787
45 Jimmy 4,730 Geraldine 4,652
46 Anthony 4,689 Carole 4,616
47 Louis 4,389 Annie 4,564
48 Peter 4,293 Catherine 4,524
49 Dennis 4,236 Wanda 4,514
50 Earl 4,008 Karen 4,507
51 Francis 3,949 Marlene 4,473
52 Don 3,901 Mildred 4,441
53 Marvin 3,900 Marjorie 4,318
54 Melvin 3,818 Sally 4,277
55 Ernest 3,708 Patsy 4,258
56 Dale 3,690 Sylvia 4,257
57 Leonard 3,668 Joanne 4,250
58 Clarence 3,637 Kathleen 4,229
59 Stanley 3,543 Louise 4,068
60 Douglas 3,509 Eleanor 4,048
61 Leroy 3,490 Ruby 3,942
62 Samuel 3,242 Loretta 3,912
63 Johnny 3,197 Arlene 3,893
64 Philip 3,172 Diane 3,826
65 Gene 3,147 Bonnie 3,773
66 Bruce 3,128 Rosalie 3,759
67 Bill 3,114 Sarah 3,749
68 Herbert 3,015 Joann 3,710
69 Alfred 3,008 Jacqueline 3,633
70 Russell 2,948 Charlotte 3,625
71 Frederick 2,936 Irene 3,555
72 Ray 2,882 Susan 3,555
73 Allen 2,833 Roberta 3,547
74 Stephen 2,726 Rita 3,357
75 Bernard 2,714 Darlene 3,321
76 Jimmie 2,693 Delores 3,321
77 Tommy 2,666 Gail 3,216
78 Gordon 2,657 Jo 3,172
79 Eddie 2,615 June 3,142
80 Lee 2,575 Juanita 3,130
81 Jim 2,496 Kay 3,114
82 Andrew 2,410 Edna 3,081
83 Glenn 2,367 Josephine 2,978
84 Theodore 2,361 Anne 2,887
85 Leon 2,354 Wilma 2,871
86 Terry 2,336 Thelma 2,865
87 Martin 2,312 Audrey 2,845
88 Patrick 2,291 Lillian 2,824
89 Clifford 2,275 Ellen 2,805
90 Edwin 2,248 Florence 2,805
91 Alan 2,241 Jeanette 2,803
92 Lloyd 2,215 Theresa 2,763
93 Jerome 2,209 Lorraine 2,741
94 Bob 2,204 Ethel 2,726
95 Phillip 2,154 Rosemary 2,681
96 Floyd 2,147 Emma 2,668
97 Clyde 2,130 Pauline 2,665
98 Alvin 2,062 Clara 2,663
99 Harvey 2,049 Anita 2,636
100 Franklin 2,020 Grace 2,609
101 Curtis 2,004 Yvonne 2,607
102 Warren 1,996 Edith 2,599
103 Vernon 1,958 Sue 2,590
104 Leo 1,952 Gladys 2,588
105 Jackie 1,943 Katherine 2,575
106 Tom 1,933 Lucille 2,479
107 Jesse 1,911 Julia 2,477
108 Herman 1,898 Laura 2,443
109 Lewis 1,882 Margie 2,426
110 Vincent 1,834 Connie 2,407
111 Arnold 1,820 Hazel 2,338
112 Charlie 1,800 Bernice 2,289
113 Ronnie 1,642 Eileen 2,283
114 Duane 1,615 Kathryn 2,282
115 Lester 1,604 Deanna 2,254
116 Gilbert 1,596 Marcia 2,169
117 Victor 1,561 Constance 2,161
118 Cecil 1,557 Marion 2,150
119 Allan 1,540 Annette 2,149
120 Keith 1,535 Esther 2,132
121 Glen 1,464 Willie 2,019
122 Calvin 1,455 Maria 2,011
123 Johnnie 1,453 Glenda 1,958
124 Roland 1,429 Sara 1,949
125 Benjamin 1,416 Beatrice 1,910
126 Jon 1,408 Eva 1,906
127 Milton 1,400 Bobbie 1,868
128 Darrell 1,355 Marian 1,865
129 Dean 1,338 Christine 1,842
130 Elmer 1,330 Maxine 1,824
131 Claude 1,311 Bertha 1,817
132 Freddie 1,310 Lillie 1,816
133 Rodney 1,301 Suzanne 1,807
134 Joel 1,260 Myrna 1,801
135 Leslie 1,248 Vivian 1,797
136 Chester 1,236 Sheila 1,784
137 Danny 1,209 Elsie 1,775
138 Jay 1,181 Georgia 1,762
139 Wallace 1,176 Billie 1,746
140 Max 1,164 Ella 1,728
141 Sam 1,162 Ida 1,724
142 Jose 1,159 Shelby 1,713
143 Maurice 1,152 Charlene 1,673
144 Manuel 1,143 Maureen 1,611
145 Marion 1,139 Rebecca 1,575
146 Hugh 1,121 Rosa 1,568
147 Ted 1,111 Alma 1,557
148 Willard 1,094 Jeanne 1,552
149 Steve 1,077 Pat 1,533
150 Wesley 1,073 Jessie 1,476
151 Virgil 1,068 Diana 1,466
152 Neil 1,067 Nellie 1,454
153 Tony 1,058 Mattie 1,443
154 Mike 1,054 Lucy 1,428
155 Barry 1,041 Bessie 1,419
156 Dan 1,040 Vera 1,412
157 Edgar 1,031 Agnes 1,393
158 Oscar 1,023 Harriet 1,373
159 Everett 1,000 Joy 1,373
160 Lonnie 997 Cynthia 1,365
161 Nicholas 989 Minnie 1,361
162 Karl 985 Faye 1,322
163 Jessie 972 Paula 1,318
164 Lowell 966 Emily 1,308
165 Dick 936 Rachel 1,279
166 Mark 903 Naomi 1,240
167 Timothy 882 Dixie 1,229
168 Sidney 875 Maryann 1,212
169 Delbert 874 Gwendolyn 1,205
170 Bennie 872 Rosie 1,193
171 Homer 855 Geneva 1,179
172 Ben 846 Gertrude 1,167
173 Wilbur 842 Leona 1,164
174 Morris 839 Velma 1,160
175 Carroll 828 Patty 1,157
176 Earnest 828 Rosemarie 1,150
177 Luther 828 Dora 1,134
178 Hubert 825 Cora 1,132
179 Benny 823 Carrie 1,121
180 Marshall 819 Sonja 1,117
181 Lynn 810 Caroline 1,116
182 Nelson 795 Myrtle 1,116
183 Lyle 790 Mae 1,083
184 Steven 772 Claire 1,074
185 Alton 765 Jackie 1,062
186 Nathaniel 749 Jeannette 1,044
187 Willis 732 Viola 1,040
188 Horace 723 Priscilla 1,026
189 Guy 719 Pearl 1,006
190 Otis 718 Ramona 1,000
191 Billie 688 Lula 972
192 Rudolph 683 Nina 972
193 Alexander 666 Alberta 959
194 Fredrick 664 Violet 959
195 Roosevelt 663 Eunice 942
196 Clinton 657 Deloris 935
197 Clifton 649 Verna 927
198 Wilbert 647 Hattie 919
199 Stuart 641 Lola 895
200 Clayton 640 Stella 877
201 Juan 639 Bettie 869
202 Rex 628 Lena 859
203 Dave 626 Nora 857
204 Brian 609 Johnnie 851
205 Matthew 607 Hilda 850
206 Alex 602 Melba 850
207 Donnie 595 Madeline 847
208 Doyle 585 Claudia 837
209 Leland 585 Marguerite 826
210 Carlos 584 Dianne 817
211 Myron 580 Fannie 804
212 Perry 580 Gayle 803
213 Wendell 580 Carmen 794
214 Archie 577 Susie 792
215 Loren 575 Ernestine 790
216 Oliver 568 Erma 787
217 Julius 555 Daisy 786
218 Ira 554 Janie 777
219 Dallas 552 Flora 774
220 Troy 546 Miriam 768
221 Bobbie 544 Irma 766
222 Malcolm 542 Sondra 758
223 Carlton 538 Della 748
224 Gerard 536 Ada 745
225 Gregory 536 Bette 741
226 Salvatore 530 Jacquelyn 741
227 Ivan 526 Antoinette 739
228 Merle 525 Iris 730
229 Buddy 521 Marianne 730
230 Sherman 521 Bettye 728
231 Junior 516 Myra 724
232 Nathan 516 Lynn 722
233 Byron 515 Angela 717
234 Edmund 513 Muriel 706
235 Pete 513 Colleen 697
236 Tommie 509 Teresa 695
237 Sylvester 503 Beulah 689
238 Dewey 501 Claudette 688
239 Sammy 497 Genevieve 686
240 Ervin 488 Regina 686
241 Jacob 488 Jennie 680
242 Clark 487 Mamie 677
243 Antonio 484 Lydia 677
244 Rudy 480 Brenda 676
245 Laurence 479 Sherry 674
246 Ross 479 Mabel 673
247 Aaron 477 Marcella 653
248 Ellis 476 Katie 642
249 Elbert 473 Mable 641
250 Jesus 473 Mona 640

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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