Most Popular Baby Names in 1939

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1939. 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 1939, 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 59,653 Mary 54,903
2 James 59,634 Barbara 37,261
3 John 51,019 Patricia 29,707
4 William 42,077 Betty 23,641
5 Richard 35,378 Shirley 20,447
6 Charles 30,785 Carol 20,166
7 David 25,362 Nancy 19,724
8 Donald 24,057 Judith 16,626
9 Thomas 22,130 Dorothy 15,172
10 Ronald 19,836 Margaret 14,951
11 George 17,886 Joan 14,140
12 Joseph 17,720 Joyce 13,393
13 Kenneth 14,711 Sandra 11,970
14 Larry 14,530 Carolyn 11,291
15 Edward 14,427 Linda 10,713
16 Jerry 13,730 Helen 10,417
17 Paul 13,335 Janet 10,117
18 Michael 10,827 Elizabeth 9,709
19 Gerald 10,054 Marilyn 9,539
20 Frank 9,988 Donna 9,370
21 Gary 9,681 Virginia 9,227
22 Raymond 9,247 Ruth 9,060
23 Harold 8,302 Sharon 9,014
24 Billy 7,473 Janice 8,780
25 Walter 7,320 Beverly 8,702
26 Jack 7,305 Frances 8,577
27 Joe 7,188 Martha 8,493
28 Roger 7,153 Judy 8,080
29 Bobby 7,058 Doris 7,686
30 Carl 6,593 Phyllis 7,590
31 Henry 6,559 Alice 7,368
32 Arthur 6,380 Jean 7,289
33 Willie 6,306 Ann 6,551
34 Dennis 6,213 Peggy 6,050
35 Ralph 5,959 Lois 6,033
36 Lawrence 5,883 Gloria 5,939
37 Eugene 5,874 Marie 5,888
38 Daniel 5,797 Norma 5,826
39 Wayne 5,652 Karen 5,542
40 Fred 5,537 Evelyn 5,329
41 Albert 5,477 Geraldine 5,160
42 Roy 5,154 Rose 5,040
43 Jimmy 4,753 Anna 4,929
44 Norman 4,742 Susan 4,886
45 Harry 4,663 Elaine 4,785
46 Peter 4,641 Jane 4,770
47 Howard 4,610 Carole 4,679
48 Anthony 4,609 Kathleen 4,656
49 Louis 4,225 Catherine 4,577
50 Earl 3,896 Wanda 4,558
51 Melvin 3,853 Diane 4,339
52 Marvin 3,759 Sally 4,244
53 Francis 3,721 Joanne 4,224
54 Leonard 3,713 Annie 4,151
55 Ernest 3,686 Mildred 4,137
56 Don 3,585 Patsy 4,111
57 Stanley 3,571 Joann 3,993
58 Douglas 3,564 Dolores 3,980
59 Dale 3,531 Louise 3,958
60 Clarence 3,483 Marjorie 3,907
61 Leroy 3,389 Bonnie 3,886
62 Johnny 3,371 Sylvia 3,871
63 Samuel 3,254 Eleanor 3,810
64 Bruce 3,233 Marlene 3,774
65 Stephen 3,176 Loretta 3,770
66 Philip 3,174 Charlotte 3,740
67 Bill 3,161 Ruby 3,711
68 Herbert 3,098 Sarah 3,671
69 Gene 3,013 Arlene 3,577
70 Alfred 2,988 Jo 3,524
71 Frederick 2,973 Roberta 3,409
72 Allen 2,928 Jacqueline 3,387
73 Russell 2,832 Gail 3,353
74 Ray 2,709 Irene 3,330
75 Jim 2,637 Darlene 3,287
76 Bernard 2,626 Kay 3,260
77 Tommy 2,622 Juanita 3,212
78 Lee 2,587 Rita 3,188
79 Patrick 2,531 Delores 3,018
80 Jimmie 2,524 Ellen 3,005
81 Eddie 2,509 Edna 2,904
82 Gordon 2,508 Jeanette 2,892
83 Terry 2,444 June 2,866
84 Andrew 2,439 Josephine 2,838
85 Alan 2,330 Anne 2,769
86 Leon 2,329 Brenda 2,756
87 Glenn 2,302 Wilma 2,699
88 Clifford 2,292 Thelma 2,697
89 Bob 2,244 Emma 2,685
90 Theodore 2,196 Yvonne 2,647
91 Martin 2,192 Julia 2,637
92 Phillip 2,176 Sue 2,621
93 Jerome 2,152 Theresa 2,612
94 Floyd 2,094 Rosemary 2,611
95 Lloyd 2,087 Florence 2,593
96 Edwin 2,063 Lorraine 2,592
97 Tom 2,026 Anita 2,588
98 Curtis 2,011 Audrey 2,568
99 Jesse 2,009 Lillian 2,554
100 Vernon 1,994 Ethel 2,494
101 Clyde 1,959 Katherine 2,476
102 Harvey 1,947 Edith 2,474
103 Alvin 1,941 Clara 2,451
104 Warren 1,891 Gladys 2,418
105 Jackie 1,889 Pauline 2,414
106 Lewis 1,856 Kathryn 2,378
107 Franklin 1,855 Laura 2,374
108 Leo 1,842 Grace 2,371
109 Ronnie 1,825 Marcia 2,346
110 Vincent 1,810 Lucille 2,312
111 Herman 1,801 Connie 2,296
112 Charlie 1,749 Glenda 2,287
113 Arnold 1,618 Margie 2,266
114 Cecil 1,579 Rosalie 2,162
115 Gilbert 1,553 Eileen 2,158
116 Lester 1,549 Bernice 2,123
117 Keith 1,506 Esther 2,110
118 Duane 1,495 Hazel 2,099
119 Victor 1,475 Maria 2,077
120 Johnnie 1,458 Marion 2,068
121 Jon 1,450 Annette 2,066
122 Rodney 1,446 Suzanne 2,032
123 Glen 1,427 Constance 2,009
124 Benjamin 1,423 Christine 1,988
125 Allan 1,412 Sheila 1,957
126 Calvin 1,394 Willie 1,951
127 Barry 1,376 Sara 1,873
128 Milton 1,372 Vivian 1,868
129 Mike 1,349 Eva 1,859
130 Darrell 1,340 Marian 1,838
131 Elmer 1,329 Georgia 1,833
132 Roland 1,329 Ella 1,829
133 Chester 1,296 Deanna 1,805
134 Dean 1,296 Rebecca 1,796
135 Joel 1,296 Bertha 1,794
136 Leslie 1,294 Beatrice 1,780
137 Danny 1,271 Maxine 1,775
138 Freddie 1,237 Diana 1,712
139 Steve 1,208 Charlene 1,705
140 Tony 1,175 Elsie 1,703
141 Claude 1,155 Bobbie 1,676
142 Jay 1,146 Pat 1,659
143 Manuel 1,142 Lillie 1,651
144 Steven 1,130 Myrna 1,600
145 Sam 1,121 Ida 1,589
146 Wesley 1,114 Maureen 1,586
147 Willard 1,104 Jeanne 1,551
148 Jose 1,096 Priscilla 1,542
149 Ted 1,079 Billie 1,538
150 Lonnie 1,070 Alma 1,497
151 Wallace 1,070 Rosa 1,493
152 Neil 1,067 Cynthia 1,489
153 Timothy 1,067 Vera 1,411
154 Jessie 1,058 Lucy 1,408
155 Marion 1,033 Jessie 1,395
156 Nicholas 1,032 Harriet 1,391
157 Maurice 1,017 Nellie 1,373
158 Edgar 1,008 Bessie 1,362
159 Oscar 1,002 Paula 1,348
160 Hugh 999 Rachel 1,345
161 Dan 995 Faye 1,327
162 Max 979 Agnes 1,300
163 Everett 977 Mattie 1,293
164 Virgil 937 Emily 1,292
165 Morris 927 Minnie 1,268
166 Lowell 924 Joy 1,259
167 Lynn 885 Maryann 1,237
168 Dick 877 Gwendolyn 1,182
169 Bennie 876 Dixie 1,175
170 Mark 867 Shelby 1,165
171 Karl 866 Rosie 1,160
172 Benny 864 Geneva 1,143
173 Sidney 861 Gertrude 1,092
174 Delbert 843 Naomi 1,086
175 Lyle 833 Carrie 1,078
176 Brian 808 Rosemarie 1,077
177 Earnest 808 Leona 1,075
178 Nelson 803 Velma 1,067
179 Carroll 788 Myrtle 1,063
180 Homer 785 Mae 1,060
181 Hubert 783 Patty 1,052
182 Marshall 782 Dora 1,044
183 Nathaniel 770 Cora 1,039
184 Luther 764 Jeannette 1,018
185 Otis 730 Jackie 1,014
186 Alexander 722 Caroline 1,005
187 Guy 711 Viola 981
188 Horace 711 Stella 954
189 Ben 709 Claire 931
190 Wilbur 702 Alberta 927
191 Willis 693 Verna 927
192 Alton 680 Lula 923
193 Dave 663 Dianne 922
194 Clifton 662 Nina 917
195 Clinton 657 Hattie 912
196 Donnie 640 Violet 911
197 Clayton 632 Pearl 902
198 Fredrick 629 Claudia 901
199 Juan 625 Madeline 888
200 Loren 625 Ramona 887
201 Archie 622 Sondra 875
202 Matthew 622 Lynn 871
203 Oliver 598 Sonja 862
204 Alex 597 Nora 859
205 Gregory 596 Eunice 848
206 Wendell 596 Gayle 843
207 Stuart 590 Lola 840
208 Rudolph 588 Johnnie 838
209 Roosevelt 587 Deloris 826
210 Troy 586 Daisy 823
211 Perry 584 Ernestine 794
212 Carlos 579 Erma 792
213 Leland 570 Melba 781
214 Doyle 569 Carmen 776
215 Wilbert 565 Bettie 775
216 Rex 564 Marguerite 768
217 Myron 560 Antoinette 766
218 Byron 555 Flora 766
219 Billie 551 Lena 765
220 Laurence 549 Lynda 764
221 Sherman 546 Hilda 762
222 Pete 544 Janie 758
223 Salvatore 534 Iris 749
224 Julius 531 Irma 746
225 Merle 529 Susie 745
226 Ira 525 Sherry 739
227 Malcolm 523 Fannie 736
228 Gerard 521 Bette 735
229 Ivan 518 Angela 733
230 Dallas 509 Jacquelyn 725
231 Randall 506 Miriam 713
232 Sammy 503 Julie 710
233 Buddy 500 Ada 703
234 Kent 495 Marianne 695
235 Tommie 495 Regina 689
236 Orville 494 Lynne 689
237 Carlton 494 Jennie 682
238 Eldon 494 Mamie 681
239 Grady 486 Della 680
240 Ross 480 Lydia 680
241 Dewey 478 Victoria 675
242 Darrel 475 Colleen 665
243 Bobbie 474 Bettye 658
244 Sylvester 472 Myra 658
245 Aaron 471 Teresa 650
246 Nathan 468 Andrea 648
247 Edmund 467 Katie 648
248 Junior 465 Mable 639
249 Isaac 462 Marcella 634
250 Elbert 459 Genevieve 625

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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