Most Popular Baby Names in 1944

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1944. 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 1944, 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 76,954 Mary 62,469
2 Robert 70,850 Barbara 39,196
3 John 66,619 Linda 38,413
4 William 52,369 Patricia 36,878
5 Richard 45,645 Carol 30,457
6 David 37,382 Sandra 26,024
7 Charles 34,657 Nancy 23,214
8 Thomas 31,601 Sharon 22,431
9 Michael 26,722 Judith 22,430
10 Ronald 25,514 Betty 19,755
11 Donald 23,463 Carolyn 18,668
12 Larry 22,024 Judy 17,120
13 Joseph 21,174 Susan 16,330
14 George 20,419 Margaret 16,321
15 Gary 20,058 Shirley 16,311
16 Kenneth 18,096 Karen 15,945
17 Paul 16,655 Donna 15,172
18 Edward 16,478 Joyce 14,769
19 Jerry 16,280 Dorothy 13,381
20 Dennis 13,678 Kathleen 13,004
21 Frank 11,343 Janet 12,592
22 Raymond 10,633 Joan 11,922
23 Roger 10,581 Elizabeth 11,032
24 Gerald 10,024 Diane 10,710
25 Daniel 9,314 Gloria 9,968
26 Walter 8,160 Virginia 9,895
27 Harold 7,978 Marilyn 9,738
28 Stephen 7,794 Janice 9,732
29 Arthur 7,256 Martha 9,333
30 Jack 7,255 Brenda 8,998
31 Willie 7,195 Helen 8,696
32 Lawrence 7,126 Ruth 8,674
33 Joe 7,059 Frances 8,485
34 Douglas 6,997 Bonnie 8,456
35 Henry 6,973 Beverly 8,291
36 Carl 6,823 Cheryl 7,971
37 Wayne 6,723 Jean 7,649
38 Billy 6,544 Alice 7,103
39 Roy 6,532 Ann 7,080
40 Peter 6,340 Phyllis 7,024
41 Jimmy 6,325 Jane 6,565
42 Ralph 6,272 Doris 6,324
43 Terry 5,975 Carole 6,270
44 Albert 5,854 Pamela 6,203
45 Johnny 5,661 Peggy 6,020
46 Anthony 5,604 Elaine 5,628
47 Fred 5,579 Lois 5,529
48 Eugene 5,505 Marie 5,297
49 Harry 5,478 Catherine 5,257
50 Bobby 5,408 Charlotte 4,928
51 Bruce 5,261 Connie 4,795
52 Steven 5,111 Rose 4,709
53 Howard 5,026 Geraldine 4,665
54 Louis 4,677 Joanne 4,530
55 Alan 4,277 Rita 4,529
56 Leonard 4,183 Gail 4,526
57 Stanley 4,122 Evelyn 4,516
58 Norman 4,067 Wanda 4,429
59 Ernest 4,042 Sally 4,388
60 Philip 3,994 Diana 4,311
61 Dale 3,989 Jo 4,226
62 Samuel 3,947 Sue 4,034
63 Russell 3,932 Ellen 3,999
64 Patrick 3,881 Jacqueline 3,974
65 Earl 3,875 Joann 3,974
66 Bill 3,815 Norma 3,863
67 Melvin 3,744 Sarah 3,858
68 Jim 3,743 Kathryn 3,855
69 Ronnie 3,739 Louise 3,840
70 Tommy 3,694 Roberta 3,744
71 Francis 3,649 Annie 3,740
72 Don 3,588 Patsy 3,728
73 Frederick 3,583 Eileen 3,649
74 Clarence 3,578 Anna 3,634
75 Marvin 3,568 Christine 3,584
76 Danny 3,512 Darlene 3,532
77 Allen 3,420 Katherine 3,524
78 Leroy 3,408 Suzanne 3,462
79 Eddie 3,314 Glenda 3,367
80 Mike 3,084 Maria 3,361
81 Andrew 3,055 Mildred 3,318
82 Alfred 3,048 Paula 3,315
83 Phillip 3,002 Sylvia 3,290
84 Barry 2,979 Rebecca 3,247
85 Lee 2,932 Marjorie 3,218
86 Ray 2,904 Anne 3,210
87 Tom 2,901 Ruby 3,190
88 Glenn 2,850 Kay 3,170
89 Steve 2,836 Marcia 3,140
90 Herbert 2,775 Dianne 3,107
91 Martin 2,768 Irene 3,087
92 Timothy 2,754 Dolores 3,080
93 Mark 2,741 Lorraine 3,044
94 Bernard 2,619 Juanita 2,959
95 Gene 2,602 Anita 2,826
96 Theodore 2,574 Theresa 2,817
97 Curtis 2,464 Delores 2,756
98 Jimmie 2,398 Loretta 2,747
99 Clifford 2,394 Rosemary 2,744
100 Warren 2,348 Sherry 2,734
101 Jeffrey 2,326 Arlene 2,714
102 Jesse 2,311 Julia 2,686
103 Lloyd 2,308 Sheila 2,664
104 Keith 2,293 Constance 2,634
105 Gordon 2,270 Cynthia 2,570
106 Edwin 2,237 Marlene 2,566
107 Victor 2,161 Maureen 2,536
108 Leon 2,152 Jeanne 2,495
109 Bob 2,133 Charlene 2,434
110 Floyd 2,094 Kathy 2,417
111 Clyde 2,079 Marsha 2,399
112 Lewis 2,044 Edna 2,396
113 Vincent 2,029 Lynda 2,369
114 Leslie 1,971 Georgia 2,359
115 Alvin 1,964 Josephine 2,325
116 Brian 1,954 Lynn 2,260
117 Jerome 1,953 Jeanette 2,256
118 Harvey 1,950 Emma 2,248
119 Vernon 1,925 Laura 2,242
120 Charlie 1,881 Claudia 2,220
121 Franklin 1,817 June 2,203
122 Jon 1,812 Eleanor 2,190
123 Rodney 1,781 Edith 2,175
124 Calvin 1,751 Wilma 2,128
125 Joel 1,714 Pauline 2,127
126 Gilbert 1,649 Lillian 2,117
127 Lester 1,649 Ethel 2,055
128 Jackie 1,641 Andrea 2,026
129 Herman 1,640 Vivian 2,022
130 Benjamin 1,621 Margie 2,005
131 Johnnie 1,619 Thelma 1,996
132 Leo 1,592 Lucille 1,986
133 Darrell 1,580 Florence 1,977
134 Dean 1,574 Clara 1,932
135 Duane 1,561 Grace 1,925
136 Jay 1,554 Sara 1,903
137 Chester 1,522 Gladys 1,901
138 Freddie 1,516 Willie 1,894
139 Jose 1,513 Victoria 1,814
140 Dwight 1,502 Marion 1,802
141 Allan 1,501 Yvonne 1,791
142 Cecil 1,499 Billie 1,763
143 Tony 1,493 Maryann 1,721
144 Dan 1,488 Bobbie 1,711
145 Arnold 1,462 Rosa 1,671
146 Milton 1,457 Annette 1,666
147 Glen 1,451 Hazel 1,660
148 Lonnie 1,434 Bernice 1,659
149 Manuel 1,399 Eva 1,659
150 Nicholas 1,363 Audrey 1,645
151 Craig 1,321 Bertha 1,628
152 Gregory 1,306 Esther 1,612
153 Lynn 1,290 Maxine 1,602
154 Claude 1,289 Pat 1,592
155 Roland 1,268 Marian 1,587
156 Randall 1,242 Beatrice 1,579
157 Sam 1,212 Priscilla 1,575
158 Eric 1,195 Ella 1,573
159 Wesley 1,169 Gwendolyn 1,525
160 Ted 1,166 Lillie 1,525
161 Neil 1,140 Vicki 1,508
162 Wallace 1,132 Julie 1,480
163 Dave 1,125 Joy 1,456
164 Elmer 1,069 Paulette 1,437
165 Hugh 1,062 Faye 1,353
166 Willard 1,038 Ida 1,335
167 Jessie 1,032 Deanna 1,304
168 Maurice 1,024 Deborah 1,293
169 Marshall 1,007 Harriet 1,262
170 Christopher 1,002 Emily 1,251
171 Donnie 983 Jackie 1,250
172 Edgar 976 Rachel 1,249
173 Sammy 973 Gayle 1,233
174 Everett 964 Lynne 1,227
175 Marion 955 Minnie 1,220
176 Garry 929 Alma 1,216
177 Virgil 928 Jessie 1,216
178 Oscar 911 Caroline 1,212
179 Juan 902 Lucy 1,207
180 Sidney 901 Penny 1,204
181 Benny 897 Teresa 1,204
182 Earnest 896 Leslie 1,201
183 Alexander 865 Marianne 1,196
184 Nathaniel 865 Vera 1,188
185 Luther 853 Mattie 1,186
186 Karl 837 Janie 1,163
187 Morris 829 Michele 1,158
188 Bennie 820 Veronica 1,137
189 Lyle 813 Bessie 1,122
190 Dick 807 Rosalie 1,098
191 Randy 804 Elsie 1,095
192 Stuart 794 Johnnie 1,093
193 Guy 782 Rosie 1,089
194 Max 779 Jill 1,037
195 Clifton 765 Bernadette 1,035
196 Matthew 765 Rosemarie 1,025
197 Otis 759 Carrie 1,021
198 Hubert 758 Stella 1,017
199 Ben 752 Nellie 1,011
200 Delbert 745 Angela 1,008
201 Homer 741 Nina 1,007
202 Kent 741 Claire 1,006
203 Fredrick 736 Patty 981
204 Micheal 732 Bonita 979
205 Gerard 720 Jacquelyn 972
206 Lowell 720 Agnes 961
207 Nelson 715 Sheryl 950
208 Carroll 706 Dixie 944
209 Wendell 697 Regina 944
210 Clinton 690 Carmen 942
211 Carlos 689 Velma 935
212 Clayton 658 Jeannette 931
213 Dewey 653 Susie 930
214 Pete 649 Dora 923
215 Horace 648 Geneva 916
216 Alton 641 Terry 914
217 Jonathan 639 Valerie 914
218 Troy 631 Madeline 907
219 Willis 623 Lana 901
220 Archie 621 Stephanie 898
221 Alex 620 Leona 895
222 Mack 614 Deloris 888
223 Terrence 614 Naomi 875
224 Loren 613 Mae 868
225 Ira 612 Nora 842
226 Scott 610 Ernestine 834
227 Randolph 607 Alberta 827
228 Perry 605 Lola 825
229 Tim 605 Sandy 820
230 Leland 596 Dianna 819
231 Kevin 594 Cora 818
232 Wilbur 586 Gertrude 813
233 Laurence 581 Lydia 807
234 Rex 573 Viola 800
235 Rudolph 573 Toni 763
236 Neal 568 Marguerite 762
237 Reginald 567 Christina 759
238 Roosevelt 567 Pearl 757
239 Oliver 565 Hattie 752
240 Ross 564 Beth 750
241 Tommie 561 Hilda 744
242 Jesus 559 Daisy 741
243 Edmund 554 Verna 734
244 Rudy 552 Antoinette 733
245 Malcolm 549 Olivia 730
246 Jerald 547 Janis 729
247 Jan 544 Lena 725
248 Myron 542 Colleen 724
249 Julius 541 Sharron 722
250 Sylvester 534 Carla 722

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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