Most Popular Baby Names in 1947

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1947. 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 1947, 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 94,764 Linda 99,693
2 Robert 91,647 Mary 71,687
3 John 88,319 Patricia 51,278
4 William 66,992 Barbara 48,794
5 Richard 58,523 Sandra 34,778
6 David 57,810 Carol 33,540
7 Michael 50,503 Nancy 32,445
8 Thomas 44,838 Susan 31,953
9 Charles 40,774 Sharon 28,534
10 Larry 34,940 Donna 23,519
11 Ronald 34,897 Kathleen 22,096
12 Gary 30,030 Judith 21,998
13 Donald 28,256 Karen 21,648
14 Joseph 27,514 Judy 21,037
15 Kenneth 24,582 Carolyn 20,741
16 George 23,918 Margaret 20,099
17 Dennis 23,686 Betty 18,964
18 Paul 22,793 Diane 17,776
19 Edward 20,543 Shirley 17,648
20 Jerry 18,789 Joyce 15,911
21 Stephen 15,326 Brenda 15,828
22 Daniel 15,189 Janice 15,409
23 Frank 13,999 Janet 15,234
24 Steven 13,531 Cheryl 13,891
25 Roger 12,759 Elizabeth 13,440
26 Terry 12,754 Dorothy 12,750
27 Raymond 12,354 Gloria 12,626
28 Gerald 10,747 Pamela 12,399
29 Bruce 10,524 Marilyn 11,880
30 Wayne 10,167 Joan 11,274
31 Douglas 9,897 Beverly 11,205
32 Lawrence 9,582 Martha 10,652
33 Gregory 9,328 Cynthia 10,530
34 Walter 9,213 Virginia 10,407
35 Harold 8,903 Bonnie 10,216
36 Peter 8,591 Jane 9,942
37 Jack 8,508 Phyllis 9,186
38 Arthur 8,252 Helen 8,979
39 Danny 8,070 Frances 8,941
40 Carl 8,048 Jean 8,940
41 Anthony 8,014 Ann 8,893
42 Willie 7,998 Peggy 8,877
43 Joe 7,904 Connie 8,644
44 Jimmy 7,878 Ruth 8,481
45 Alan 7,823 Christine 8,376
46 Henry 7,808 Catherine 7,889
47 Mark 7,771 Alice 7,848
48 Roy 7,563 Diana 7,621
49 Johnny 7,441 Gail 7,240
50 Ralph 7,387 Elaine 7,061
51 Billy 6,931 Jo 6,727
52 Timothy 6,748 Rebecca 6,332
53 Patrick 6,620 Suzanne 6,230
54 Harry 6,513 Paula 6,101
55 Albert 6,461 Kathryn 6,092
56 Fred 6,388 Joanne 6,063
57 Philip 6,236 Marie 6,058
58 Steve 6,231 Doris 6,028
59 Eugene 6,179 Jacqueline 6,010
60 Bobby 6,119 Rita 5,982
61 Ronnie 6,109 Ellen 5,856
62 Howard 6,061 Deborah 5,837
63 Dale 5,935 Lois 5,720
64 Louis 5,780 Kathy 5,697
65 Mike 5,749 Rose 5,657
66 Jeffrey 5,665 Wanda 5,649
67 Stanley 5,502 Sherry 5,578
68 Barry 5,472 Charlotte 5,386
69 Russell 5,268 Sue 5,306
70 Leonard 5,158 Sally 5,266
71 Glenn 5,154 Darlene 5,255
72 Samuel 5,108 Evelyn 5,244
73 Allen 5,075 Sheila 5,096
74 Ernest 4,788 Laura 5,051
75 Phillip 4,787 Lynn 4,994
76 Bill 4,683 Katherine 4,885
77 Jim 4,640 Lynda 4,840
78 Frederick 4,635 Geraldine 4,812
79 Tommy 4,593 Maria 4,709
80 Eddie 4,454 Rosemary 4,542
81 Norman 4,411 Marcia 4,472
82 Andrew 4,344 Norma 4,426
83 Earl 4,241 Dianne 4,414
84 Francis 4,211 Lorraine 4,411
85 Melvin 4,168 Theresa 4,390
86 Don 4,004 Jeanne 4,364
87 Tom 3,921 Patsy 4,344
88 Clarence 3,920 Marsha 4,339
89 Marvin 3,773 Joann 4,276
90 Martin 3,724 Roberta 4,260
91 Keith 3,682 Eileen 4,251
92 Lee 3,676 Anna 4,239
93 Craig 3,641 Sarah 4,223
94 Rodney 3,564 Anita 4,187
95 Brian 3,449 Anne 4,186
96 Alfred 3,414 Glenda 4,156
97 Ray 3,381 Sylvia 4,099
98 Leroy 3,348 Maureen 4,085
99 Curtis 3,037 Louise 4,051
100 Bernard 2,994 Constance 3,893
101 Clifford 2,989 Vicki 3,870
102 Theodore 2,928 Carole 3,826
103 Gene 2,896 Annie 3,758
104 Herbert 2,855 Kay 3,520
105 Vincent 2,804 Charlene 3,476
106 Randall 2,785 Marjorie 3,449
107 Jesse 2,752 Irene 3,292
108 Warren 2,727 Janis 3,205
109 Dan 2,703 Mildred 3,117
110 Jerome 2,689 Juanita 3,110
111 Gordon 2,670 Dolores 3,071
112 Lloyd 2,629 Ruby 3,070
113 Jimmie 2,601 Loretta 3,000
114 Edwin 2,589 Marlene 2,989
115 Bob 2,515 Delores 2,965
116 Randy 2,501 Julia 2,953
117 Leon 2,490 Yvonne 2,914
118 Lewis 2,439 Arlene 2,907
119 Jay 2,437 Cathy 2,859
120 Calvin 2,432 June 2,839
121 Victor 2,357 Teresa 2,810
122 Eric 2,344 Claudia 2,766
123 Jon 2,307 Victoria 2,739
124 Leslie 2,305 Julie 2,735
125 Darrell 2,285 Jeanette 2,601
126 Tony 2,276 Andrea 2,509
127 Christopher 2,273 Gayle 2,485
128 Clyde 2,263 Vivian 2,483
129 Alvin 2,214 Georgia 2,475
130 Floyd 2,212 Gwendolyn 2,450
131 Harvey 2,207 Edna 2,418
132 Allan 2,187 Leslie 2,358
133 Joel 2,144 Josephine 2,349
134 Vernon 2,114 Paulette 2,334
135 Duane 2,092 Terry 2,291
136 Jose 2,090 Edith 2,199
137 Lonnie 2,083 Pauline 2,178
138 Glen 2,069 Sara 2,173
139 Scott 2,029 Margie 2,169
140 Dean 2,001 Annette 2,144
141 Jackie 1,990 Emma 2,142
142 Lester 1,944 Penny 2,101
143 Nicholas 1,935 Lillian 2,089
144 Benjamin 1,932 Ethel 2,083
145 Charlie 1,913 Jennifer 2,010
146 Gilbert 1,875 Audrey 2,002
147 Leo 1,806 Lucille 1,998
148 Arnold 1,798 Michele 1,984
149 Johnnie 1,797 Lynne 1,971
150 Herman 1,795 Clara 1,934
151 Lynn 1,781 Priscilla 1,932
152 Franklin 1,771 Wilma 1,910
153 Freddie 1,723 Thelma 1,901
154 Chester 1,714 Grace 1,883
155 Dave 1,693 Toni 1,862
156 Manuel 1,678 Jill 1,859
157 Ted 1,646 Maryann 1,858
158 Milton 1,637 Eleanor 1,853
159 Micheal 1,629 Florence 1,850
160 Kevin 1,550 Marion 1,848
161 Dwight 1,542 Janie 1,844
162 Neil 1,460 Esther 1,841
163 Wesley 1,459 Sheryl 1,835
164 Garry 1,449 Pat 1,823
165 Cecil 1,442 Gladys 1,820
166 Roland 1,433 Joy 1,815
167 Claude 1,432 Rosa 1,800
168 Donnie 1,419 Eva 1,785
169 Sam 1,416 Vickie 1,706
170 Tim 1,330 Denise 1,699
171 Greg 1,317 Stephanie 1,693
172 Juan 1,313 Bernice 1,689
173 Ricky 1,300 Willie 1,684
174 Marshall 1,270 Jackie 1,660
175 Sammy 1,210 Billie 1,653
176 Hugh 1,200 Angela 1,648
177 Jonathan 1,196 Ella 1,636
178 Stuart 1,191 Bobbie 1,618
179 Wallace 1,189 Marian 1,606
180 Guy 1,183 Bertha 1,602
181 Maurice 1,141 Maxine 1,584
182 Rick 1,121 Carla 1,569
183 Kent 1,120 Hazel 1,559
184 Karl 1,119 Valerie 1,553
185 Chris 1,116 Dianna 1,540
186 Oscar 1,111 Regina 1,491
187 Nathaniel 1,100 Emily 1,470
188 Sidney 1,099 Beatrice 1,466
189 Terrence 1,099 Bonita 1,448
190 Alexander 1,081 Rachel 1,448
191 Benny 1,062 Lillie 1,440
192 Marc 1,061 Jacquelyn 1,390
193 Edgar 1,056 Faye 1,383
194 Perry 1,053 Yolanda 1,379
195 Jessie 1,051 Lana 1,364
196 Matthew 1,046 Jan 1,358
197 Carlos 1,032 Sandy 1,354
198 Willard 1,026 Veronica 1,353
199 Jeff 1,009 Ida 1,347
200 Morris 1,003 Stella 1,335
201 Elmer 997 Harriet 1,324
202 Gerard 983 Lucy 1,323
203 Earnest 981 Patty 1,319
204 Clifton 965 Candace 1,317
205 Randolph 963 Becky 1,298
206 Marion 961 Marianne 1,292
207 Clinton 945 Christina 1,285
208 Dana 945 Dawn 1,269
209 Bennie 923 Colleen 1,267
210 Ron 922 Deanna 1,263
211 Fredrick 917 Bernadette 1,253
212 Lyle 904 Carmen 1,237
213 Reginald 896 Vera 1,217
214 Everett 895 Rosie 1,208
215 Ben 886 Alma 1,186
216 Ira 884 Claire 1,180
217 Otis 870 Beth 1,179
218 Max 869 Carrie 1,170
219 Virgil 854 Jessie 1,157
220 Rex 846 Caroline 1,150
221 Bradley 830 Rosemarie 1,148
222 Luther 826 Myra 1,141
223 Darryl 825 Cindy 1,133
224 Nelson 813 Mattie 1,124
225 Clayton 812 Nora 1,096
226 Rickey 809 Rosalie 1,078
227 Byron 799 Susie 1,071
228 Alex 794 Dixie 1,063
229 Mitchell 791 Minnie 1,050
230 Terrance 791 Lydia 1,049
231 Ross 789 Dora 1,041
232 Laurence 778 Francine 1,040
233 Dick 755 Bessie 1,012
234 Rudy 754 Renee 1,001
235 Jesus 754 Nina 999
236 Jeffery 744 Johnnie 995
237 Horace 741 Jeannette 994
238 Pete 738 Antoinette 992
239 Ruben 737 Deloris 989
240 Daryl 735 Trudy 975
241 Hubert 732 Wendy 974
242 Antonio 730 Madeline 972
243 Neal 730 Cecilia 972
244 Delbert 723 Elsie 954
245 Pat 720 Robin 936
246 Wendell 716 Geneva 924
247 Ken 707 Sharyn 919
248 Kerry 704 Michelle 913
249 Rudolph 696 Cecelia 889
250 Loren 694 Nellie 876

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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