Most Popular Baby Names in 1946

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1946. 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 1946, 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 87,439 Mary 67,471
2 Robert 84,138 Linda 52,710
3 John 79,256 Patricia 46,298
4 William 60,038 Barbara 45,123
5 Richard 58,875 Carol 34,283
6 David 46,441 Sandra 31,693
7 Michael 41,185 Nancy 28,346
8 Thomas 38,871 Susan 28,268
9 Charles 38,205 Sharon 27,824
10 Ronald 31,853 Judith 22,309
11 Larry 28,449 Judy 20,477
12 Gary 26,926 Carolyn 19,901
13 Donald 26,266 Donna 19,768
14 Joseph 24,282 Betty 19,712
15 Kenneth 22,035 Karen 19,647
16 George 21,577 Kathleen 18,758
17 Dennis 21,443 Margaret 18,132
18 Paul 21,062 Shirley 17,867
19 Edward 18,579 Diane 15,833
20 Jerry 17,563 Joyce 15,210
21 Daniel 12,867 Janet 14,143
22 Frank 12,667 Janice 14,037
23 Roger 12,411 Dorothy 12,796
24 Stephen 11,836 Brenda 12,689
25 Raymond 11,283 Elizabeth 11,753
26 Terry 10,675 Gloria 11,687
27 Gerald 10,031 Cheryl 11,526
28 Steven 8,878 Joan 11,219
29 Wayne 8,808 Marilyn 10,710
30 Walter 8,669 Beverly 10,431
31 Lawrence 8,517 Virginia 10,016
32 Bruce 8,457 Martha 9,761
33 Harold 8,370 Bonnie 9,508
34 Douglas 8,334 Pamela 9,366
35 Jack 7,803 Jane 8,971
36 Arthur 7,537 Helen 8,851
37 Joe 7,535 Jean 8,557
38 Peter 7,483 Ruth 8,474
39 Carl 7,381 Frances 8,450
40 Willie 7,336 Ann 8,077
41 Henry 7,317 Phyllis 8,046
42 Jimmy 7,128 Diana 7,544
43 Roy 6,920 Peggy 7,398
44 Anthony 6,773 Alice 7,366
45 Billy 6,715 Connie 7,216
46 Danny 6,649 Cynthia 6,895
47 Johnny 6,606 Elaine 6,802
48 Ralph 6,586 Catherine 6,366
49 Alan 6,490 Gail 6,228
50 Harry 6,030 Christine 6,203
51 Fred 6,015 Doris 5,986
52 Albert 6,005 Suzanne 5,948
53 Bobby 5,765 Jo 5,829
54 Ronnie 5,725 Marie 5,759
55 Howard 5,694 Lois 5,699
56 Gregory 5,671 Rita 5,533
57 Eugene 5,670 Joanne 5,505
58 Mark 5,331 Ellen 5,236
59 Patrick 5,306 Wanda 5,236
60 Timothy 5,152 Rose 5,181
61 Philip 5,093 Sue 5,144
62 Dale 5,023 Jacqueline 5,084
63 Louis 4,916 Kathryn 4,998
64 Mike 4,854 Charlotte 4,969
65 Stanley 4,767 Evelyn 4,890
66 Russell 4,740 Geraldine 4,848
67 Leonard 4,700 Sally 4,843
68 Barry 4,625 Rebecca 4,840
69 Steve 4,568 Paula 4,726
70 Samuel 4,522 Sheila 4,706
71 Ernest 4,396 Darlene 4,662
72 Bill 4,355 Carole 4,621
73 Jim 4,337 Sherry 4,518
74 Allen 4,292 Rosemary 4,486
75 Frederick 4,232 Laura 4,478
76 Norman 4,161 Dianne 4,279
77 Tommy 4,144 Norma 4,266
78 Jeffrey 4,125 Katherine 4,197
79 Don 4,111 Kathy 4,179
80 Francis 4,005 Eileen 4,168
81 Glenn 3,894 Anne 4,115
82 Earl 3,831 Sylvia 4,092
83 Phillip 3,775 Jeanne 4,045
84 Andrew 3,758 Anita 4,027
85 Eddie 3,747 Patsy 4,016
86 Melvin 3,746 Roberta 4,016
87 Tom 3,624 Anna 3,999
88 Marvin 3,600 Maria 3,962
89 Clarence 3,567 Marcia 3,946
90 Leroy 3,467 Joann 3,945
91 Lee 3,345 Louise 3,925
92 Martin 3,333 Sarah 3,907
93 Rodney 3,304 Lorraine 3,887
94 Alfred 3,238 Lynn 3,884
95 Ray 3,167 Maureen 3,684
96 Keith 2,861 Theresa 3,684
97 Herbert 2,820 Annie 3,651
98 Gene 2,757 Marsha 3,611
99 Curtis 2,721 Glenda 3,568
100 Clifford 2,616 Constance 3,419
101 Theodore 2,611 Kay 3,358
102 Bernard 2,605 Irene 3,115
103 Brian 2,585 Mildred 3,066
104 Jimmie 2,564 Dolores 3,064
105 Warren 2,535 Ruby 3,048
106 Lloyd 2,496 Marjorie 3,041
107 Bob 2,492 Charlene 3,037
108 Craig 2,470 Vicki 3,012
109 Jesse 2,466 Lynda 3,000
110 Vincent 2,424 Juanita 2,985
111 Gordon 2,410 Loretta 2,892
112 Edwin 2,379 Marlene 2,818
113 Leon 2,339 Arlene 2,801
114 Jerome 2,286 Julia 2,797
115 Jay 2,199 Delores 2,780
116 Dan 2,194 June 2,563
117 Jon 2,168 Paulette 2,520
118 Lewis 2,154 Yvonne 2,477
119 Leslie 2,138 Deborah 2,471
120 Victor 2,130 Vivian 2,424
121 Floyd 2,125 Jeanette 2,411
122 Clyde 2,066 Victoria 2,388
123 Randall 2,064 Georgia 2,310
124 Allan 2,060 Claudia 2,307
125 Harvey 2,058 Andrea 2,301
126 Alvin 2,047 Edna 2,278
127 Joel 1,999 Josephine 2,230
128 Calvin 1,976 Julie 2,169
129 Tony 1,973 Lillian 2,159
130 Vernon 1,968 Leslie 2,139
131 Darrell 1,906 Emma 2,069
132 Dean 1,886 Gwendolyn 2,061
133 Jose 1,859 Janis 2,053
134 Eric 1,821 Pauline 2,053
135 Charlie 1,787 Sara 2,034
136 Lonnie 1,775 Edith 1,976
137 Dwight 1,754 Lucille 1,957
138 Gilbert 1,751 Margie 1,946
139 Jackie 1,729 Ethel 1,935
140 Johnnie 1,725 Eleanor 1,933
141 Franklin 1,721 Gayle 1,927
142 Duane 1,712 Annette 1,920
143 Glen 1,678 Terry 1,917
144 Nicholas 1,675 Clara 1,914
145 Lester 1,669 Wilma 1,914
146 Benjamin 1,655 Florence 1,908
147 Leo 1,647 Pat 1,872
148 Randy 1,637 Teresa 1,834
149 Chester 1,620 Audrey 1,833
150 Christopher 1,599 Thelma 1,794
151 Freddie 1,590 Esther 1,779
152 Herman 1,590 Maryann 1,765
153 Arnold 1,572 Grace 1,764
154 Lynn 1,530 Lynne 1,764
155 Scott 1,522 Marion 1,753
156 Milton 1,508 Jennifer 1,733
157 Manuel 1,492 Gladys 1,714
158 Ted 1,490 Janie 1,704
159 Cecil 1,404 Willie 1,687
160 Dave 1,398 Priscilla 1,660
161 Neil 1,343 Eva 1,652
162 Garry 1,313 Marian 1,649
163 Claude 1,306 Penny 1,645
164 Sam 1,302 Billie 1,635
165 Donnie 1,275 Sheryl 1,632
166 Roland 1,263 Jill 1,624
167 Wesley 1,248 Cathy 1,623
168 Micheal 1,238 Rosa 1,622
169 Wallace 1,209 Denise 1,585
170 Sammy 1,193 Joy 1,573
171 Tim 1,134 Bobbie 1,555
172 Juan 1,130 Maxine 1,544
173 Jonathan 1,102 Bertha 1,532
174 Hugh 1,088 Jackie 1,528
175 Marshall 1,076 Hazel 1,520
176 Maurice 1,058 Stephanie 1,508
177 Willard 1,058 Ella 1,499
178 Elmer 1,045 Lillie 1,486
179 Kevin 1,035 Bernice 1,469
180 Stuart 1,031 Beatrice 1,463
181 Jessie 1,019 Valerie 1,440
182 Oscar 1,017 Faye 1,422
183 Sidney 1,009 Dianna 1,404
184 Benny 1,002 Ida 1,389
185 Karl 998 Toni 1,386
186 Nathaniel 978 Emily 1,379
187 Guy 975 Michele 1,375
188 Alexander 965 Bernadette 1,321
189 Marion 945 Lana 1,300
190 Terrence 938 Harriet 1,299
191 Everett 936 Patty 1,289
192 Morris 915 Angela 1,280
193 Edgar 909 Deanna 1,276
194 Matthew 891 Lucy 1,236
195 Kent 888 Marianne 1,235
196 Bennie 884 Rachel 1,233
197 Gerard 883 Regina 1,233
198 Virgil 881 Bonita 1,213
199 Carlos 868 Jacquelyn 1,208
200 Lyle 859 Vera 1,206
201 Perry 856 Veronica 1,206
202 Earnest 850 Carla 1,201
203 Fredrick 844 Yolanda 1,201
204 Max 841 Vickie 1,195
205 Randolph 835 Rosie 1,182
206 Rick 829 Sandy 1,180
207 Ron 829 Jessie 1,173
208 Dick 828 Alma 1,171
209 Chris 827 Stella 1,161
210 Ben 820 Jan 1,149
211 Luther 809 Rosalie 1,128
212 Clinton 806 Claire 1,115
213 Greg 806 Colleen 1,093
214 Clifton 802 Caroline 1,090
215 Marc 790 Mattie 1,087
216 Byron 786 Francine 1,083
217 Otis 781 Susie 1,078
218 Ira 779 Minnie 1,072
219 Jeff 765 Carmen 1,071
220 Ricky 762 Carrie 1,071
221 Clayton 751 Rosemarie 1,067
222 Nelson 741 Elsie 1,041
223 Reginald 719 Dawn 1,040
224 Laurence 708 Becky 1,038
225 Alex 706 Bessie 1,022
226 Jesus 700 Nina 1,012
227 Ken 684 Candace 1,001
228 Carroll 683 Dixie 986
229 Pete 683 Nora 969
230 Hubert 682 Jeannette 965
231 Delbert 677 Christina 964
232 Neal 676 Beth 962
233 Antonio 669 Geneva 956
234 Horace 669 Dora 943
235 Mitchell 664 Madeline 926
236 Rex 662 Johnnie 924
237 Loren 652 Deloris 917
238 Darryl 650 Trudy 891
239 Lowell 650 Lydia 886
240 Ross 650 Nellie 885
241 Ruben 648 Renee 879
242 Rodger 645 Velma 874
243 Edmund 637 Agnes 869
244 Troy 635 Naomi 839
245 Terrance 630 Leona 819
246 Rudolph 628 Myra 818
247 Rudy 627 Alberta 811
248 Malcolm 626 Lee 807
249 Pat 623 Mae 805
250 Archie 622 Cecilia 801

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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