Most Popular Baby Names in 1942

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1942. 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 1942, 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 James 77,174 Mary 63,256
2 Robert 71,848 Barbara 44,735
3 John 66,033 Patricia 39,458
4 William 54,886 Linda 31,612
5 Richard 43,585 Carol 30,272
6 David 35,896 Sandra 24,994
7 Charles 35,844 Judith 24,792
8 Thomas 31,099 Nancy 23,326
9 Ronald 27,138 Betty 21,659
10 Donald 23,954 Carolyn 19,977
11 Joseph 22,425 Sharon 19,647
12 Larry 22,099 Shirley 17,750
13 Michael 21,726 Joyce 16,728
14 George 21,272 Margaret 16,549
15 Kenneth 18,207 Judy 15,668
16 Jerry 17,482 Karen 15,385
17 Edward 17,467 Dorothy 15,029
18 Gary 17,070 Joan 14,514
19 Paul 16,491 Janet 13,062
20 Dennis 13,280 Donna 12,985
21 Frank 12,245 Susan 12,014
22 Gerald 11,477 Elizabeth 11,185
23 Douglas 11,231 Virginia 10,805
24 Raymond 11,109 Kathleen 10,696
25 Roger 9,174 Janice 10,285
26 Walter 8,679 Helen 10,015
27 Harold 8,583 Marilyn 9,907
28 Daniel 8,506 Diane 9,552
29 Arthur 8,027 Martha 9,511
30 Lawrence 7,640 Frances 9,472
31 Henry 7,565 Gloria 9,448
32 Stephen 7,501 Beverly 9,409
33 Joe 7,381 Ruth 9,317
34 Jack 7,361 Bonnie 8,824
35 Billy 7,311 Carole 8,410
36 Carl 7,265 Jean 8,255
37 Willie 7,089 Phyllis 7,791
38 Ralph 6,634 Ann 7,665
39 Peter 6,587 Alice 7,381
40 Albert 6,496 Brenda 7,238
41 Wayne 6,483 Doris 7,178
42 Roy 6,309 Peggy 6,578
43 Bobby 6,250 Marie 6,556
44 Anthony 6,210 Lois 6,405
45 Eugene 6,090 Elaine 5,984
46 Fred 6,087 Jane 5,708
47 Jimmy 5,949 Geraldine 5,438
48 Harry 5,628 Joanne 5,342
49 Howard 5,569 Catherine 5,267
50 Bruce 5,385 Rose 5,253
51 Louis 5,151 Charlotte 5,022
52 Terry 4,810 Norma 4,971
53 Norman 4,681 Evelyn 4,938
54 Philip 4,601 Wanda 4,792
55 Johnny 4,587 Rita 4,706
56 Stanley 4,587 Sally 4,656
57 Leonard 4,371 Patsy 4,559
58 Francis 4,296 Joann 4,506
59 Samuel 4,194 Anna 4,487
60 Melvin 4,186 Gail 4,444
61 Ernest 4,078 Louise 4,343
62 Earl 4,048 Annie 4,294
63 Dale 3,863 Dolores 4,267
64 Patrick 3,805 Ellen 4,196
65 Bill 3,795 Jo 4,174
66 Marvin 3,792 Roberta 4,105
67 Clarence 3,740 Sarah 4,101
68 Frederick 3,737 Diana 3,857
69 Leroy 3,719 Jacqueline 3,831
70 Russell 3,673 Connie 3,823
71 Allen 3,572 Mildred 3,807
72 Don 3,564 Sylvia 3,729
73 Tommy 3,528 Sue 3,630
74 Jim 3,515 Marjorie 3,625
75 Steven 3,505 Kay 3,624
76 Alfred 3,406 Anne 3,525
77 Phillip 3,375 Ruby 3,520
78 Ronnie 3,362 Darlene 3,515
79 Barry 3,207 Loretta 3,407
80 Andrew 3,142 Irene 3,381
81 Alan 3,135 Katherine 3,377
82 Gene 3,127 Kathryn 3,351
83 Herbert 3,110 Arlene 3,332
84 Ray 3,065 Marlene 3,253
85 Martin 3,046 Rebecca 3,241
86 Eddie 3,020 Delores 3,171
87 Lee 2,922 Eleanor 3,165
88 Glenn 2,889 Eileen 3,106
89 Tom 2,876 Glenda 3,089
90 Bernard 2,724 Juanita 3,076
91 Theodore 2,664 Lorraine 3,010
92 Gordon 2,606 Rosemary 3,004
93 Leon 2,548 Anita 2,998
94 Jimmie 2,541 Sheila 2,973
95 Clifford 2,533 Julia 2,905
96 Lloyd 2,462 Christine 2,902
97 Warren 2,424 Maria 2,816
98 Curtis 2,418 Theresa 2,799
99 Victor 2,395 Edna 2,762
100 Jesse 2,394 Josephine 2,747
101 Vincent 2,379 Cynthia 2,726
102 Steve 2,376 Maureen 2,722
103 Franklin 2,365 Suzanne 2,708
104 Jerome 2,340 Jeanette 2,688
105 Edwin 2,295 Marcia 2,669
106 Mike 2,293 Pamela 2,632
107 Harvey 2,284 June 2,608
108 Timothy 2,275 Emma 2,605
109 Clyde 2,204 Dianne 2,547
110 Bob 2,203 Florence 2,534
111 Danny 2,203 Lillian 2,489
112 Lewis 2,180 Pauline 2,474
113 Floyd 2,171 Edith 2,458
114 Vernon 2,102 Wilma 2,456
115 Alvin 2,071 Laura 2,409
116 Jeffrey 2,055 Constance 2,357
117 Mark 2,039 Charlene 2,319
118 Charlie 1,869 Lucille 2,299
119 Jackie 1,847 Jeanne 2,287
120 Leo 1,799 Audrey 2,285
121 Herman 1,788 Thelma 2,257
122 Rodney 1,787 Clara 2,247
123 Keith 1,785 Georgia 2,214
124 Allan 1,764 Vivian 2,205
125 Jon 1,763 Ethel 2,203
126 Lester 1,751 Margie 2,196
127 Leslie 1,734 Gladys 2,192
128 Gilbert 1,724 Sara 2,190
129 Benjamin 1,691 Grace 2,157
130 Arnold 1,685 Marion 2,153
131 Duane 1,620 Yvonne 2,112
132 Cecil 1,619 Lynda 2,107
133 Jay 1,599 Willie 2,068
134 Joel 1,595 Annette 2,042
135 Darrell 1,591 Priscilla 1,989
136 Calvin 1,578 Paula 1,974
137 Chester 1,559 Bernice 1,962
138 Johnnie 1,558 Maryann 1,925
139 Brian 1,523 Hazel 1,911
140 Freddie 1,512 Eva 1,876
141 Milton 1,505 Marian 1,838
142 Nicholas 1,501 Esther 1,832
143 Roland 1,451 Billie 1,829
144 Glen 1,421 Pat 1,824
145 Tony 1,408 Sherry 1,818
146 Lynn 1,394 Beatrice 1,771
147 Dan 1,344 Bertha 1,757
148 Lonnie 1,318 Maxine 1,751
149 Claude 1,316 Lynn 1,749
150 Jose 1,310 Lillie 1,718
151 Dean 1,285 Bobbie 1,669
152 Sam 1,280 Ella 1,659
153 Manuel 1,274 Ida 1,620
154 Hugh 1,254 Joy 1,592
155 Wesley 1,254 Rosa 1,572
156 Ted 1,252 Marsha 1,570
157 Wallace 1,231 Julie 1,566
158 Elmer 1,228 Rosalie 1,544
159 Willard 1,191 Kathy 1,537
160 Neil 1,101 Deanna 1,447
161 Everett 1,057 Minnie 1,446
162 Dave 1,054 Harriet 1,442
163 Marion 1,052 Rachel 1,425
164 Edgar 1,050 Emily 1,419
165 Gregory 1,027 Alma 1,405
166 Maurice 1,027 Elsie 1,399
167 Jessie 1,003 Jessie 1,391
168 Virgil 1,003 Caroline 1,390
169 Sidney 1,000 Gwendolyn 1,380
170 Max 971 Victoria 1,372
171 Stuart 964 Mattie 1,361
172 Oscar 957 Claudia 1,360
173 Marshall 952 Lucy 1,336
174 Morris 909 Vera 1,317
175 Craig 892 Faye 1,305
176 Lyle 890 Bessie 1,266
177 Lowell 884 Madeline 1,253
178 Bennie 883 Veronica 1,253
179 Karl 878 Rosemarie 1,240
180 Benny 877 Lynne 1,235
181 Nelson 870 Jackie 1,223
182 Eric 866 Marianne 1,219
183 Dick 862 Nellie 1,206
184 Alexander 860 Gayle 1,188
185 Luther 858 Carrie 1,187
186 Ben 851 Patty 1,164
187 Wendell 845 Agnes 1,132
188 Nathaniel 842 Stella 1,126
189 Matthew 841 Rosie 1,111
190 Mack 840 Myrna 1,104
191 Donnie 837 Pearl 1,092
192 Earnest 835 Johnnie 1,069
193 Gerard 832 Dixie 1,060
194 Sammy 832 Jeannette 1,055
195 Christopher 812 Leona 1,055
196 Guy 799 Velma 1,052
197 Delbert 797 Vicki 1,051
198 Clifton 793 Geneva 1,046
199 Fredrick 789 Claire 1,027
200 Carroll 788 Valerie 1,017
201 Hubert 787 Angela 1,016
202 Homer 781 Cora 1,002
203 Ira 761 Teresa 1,002
204 Garry 760 Mae 997
205 Randall 760 Penny 992
206 Clinton 738 Carmen 990
207 Otis 737 Alberta 987
208 Horace 729 Naomi 986
209 Juan 717 Regina 973
210 Kent 717 Dora 969
211 Dwight 716 Paulette 963
212 Perry 706 Janie 950
213 Clayton 701 Viola 941
214 Wilbur 687 Andrea 934
215 Alex 681 Gertrude 931
216 Archie 679 Myra 929
217 Leland 675 Nina 915
218 Loren 673 Myrtle 911
219 Laurence 666 Sondra 897
220 Willis 666 Lola 889
221 Carlos 660 Jacquelyn 884
222 Rudolph 657 Verna 871
223 Jerald 647 Antoinette 867
224 Byron 643 Lana 857
225 Wilbert 639 Lydia 854
226 Reginald 633 Lula 851
227 Alton 625 Deloris 849
228 Oliver 613 Nora 837
229 Roosevelt 609 Bette 836
230 Edmund 602 Cecelia 836
231 Tommie 602 Susie 835
232 Myron 600 Leslie 834
233 Salvatore 597 Cecilia 830
234 Malcolm 577 Bonita 826
235 Troy 573 Terry 818
236 Aaron 569 Marguerite 813
237 Neal 569 Ernestine 808
238 Doyle 567 Saundra 805
239 Pete 561 Violet 803
240 Julius 558 Daisy 802
241 Ross 556 Eunice 799
242 Terrence 555 Hattie 786
243 Jonathan 553 Lena 785
244 Sherman 552 Hilda 784
245 Clark 538 Iris 774
246 Randolph 535 Irma 770
247 Pat 534 Fannie 766
248 Jesus 534 Ramona 756
249 Kevin 530 Erma 755
250 Julian 530 Eloise 746

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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