Most Popular Baby Names in 1949

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1949. 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 1949, 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 86,865 Linda 91,019
2 Robert 83,875 Mary 66,865
3 John 81,170 Patricia 46,330
4 William 61,498 Barbara 42,601
5 Michael 60,048 Susan 37,708
6 David 59,606 Sandra 30,644
7 Richard 50,947 Nancy 29,249
8 Thomas 45,201 Carol 26,781
9 Charles 40,043 Kathleen 26,357
10 Larry 31,813 Sharon 25,714
11 Ronald 31,496 Karen 22,468
12 Gary 28,928 Donna 22,058
13 Donald 27,120 Brenda 20,543
14 Joseph 26,404 Margaret 19,452
15 Kenneth 23,589 Deborah 19,209
16 Dennis 21,745 Judith 17,610
17 Paul 21,584 Carolyn 17,405
18 George 21,312 Shirley 17,280
19 Stephen 20,486 Diane 17,250
20 Steven 19,922 Judy 15,981
21 Edward 19,170 Pamela 15,132
22 Daniel 18,237 Betty 14,939
23 Jerry 15,870 Janet 14,858
24 Mark 13,726 Janice 14,452
25 Roger 12,823 Elizabeth 13,713
26 Bruce 12,265 Joyce 13,572
27 Frank 11,958 Cynthia 12,897
28 Terry 11,460 Cheryl 12,006
29 Douglas 11,323 Gloria 11,876
30 Raymond 11,305 Christine 11,797
31 Gregory 10,978 Beverly 10,552
32 Lawrence 10,252 Dorothy 10,409
33 Gerald 9,808 Marilyn 9,865
34 Timothy 9,345 Martha 9,811
35 Wayne 8,928 Bonnie 9,731
36 Anthony 8,452 Joan 9,206
37 Walter 8,298 Catherine 9,136
38 Peter 8,264 Peggy 9,118
39 Patrick 8,074 Virginia 8,895
40 Danny 8,024 Rebecca 8,776
41 Willie 7,917 Jane 8,719
42 Harold 7,815 Kathy 8,451
43 Carl 7,690 Connie 8,219
44 Arthur 7,477 Ann 7,870
45 Alan 7,255 Jean 7,760
46 Henry 7,180 Helen 7,706
47 Jack 7,129 Ruth 7,650
48 Jeffrey 6,986 Diana 7,536
49 Johnny 6,970 Frances 7,440
50 Ralph 6,746 Phyllis 7,314
51 Roy 6,620 Gail 7,225
52 Joe 6,531 Kathryn 7,184
53 Jimmy 6,418 Alice 6,658
54 Dale 6,228 Rita 6,652
55 Philip 6,225 Paula 6,577
56 Albert 6,063 Wanda 6,307
57 Billy 5,820 Elaine 6,216
58 Eugene 5,597 Jacqueline 6,039
59 Harry 5,542 Katherine 6,039
60 Stanley 5,527 Jo 5,803
61 Glenn 5,414 Joanne 5,746
62 Samuel 5,358 Suzanne 5,609
63 Howard 5,285 Theresa 5,603
64 Ronnie 5,238 Ellen 5,506
65 Louis 5,232 Laura 5,385
66 Phillip 5,202 Rose 5,371
67 Bobby 5,118 Marie 5,306
68 Steve 5,028 Sherry 5,293
69 Russell 5,006 Doris 5,284
70 Frederick 4,748 Vicki 5,193
71 Allen 4,733 Charlotte 5,143
72 Fred 4,730 Maria 5,121
73 Barry 4,607 Lois 4,915
74 Leonard 4,550 Lynn 4,880
75 Andrew 4,514 Darlene 4,797
76 Ernest 4,346 Sheila 4,774
77 Craig 4,327 Sally 4,772
78 Francis 4,282 Marcia 4,651
79 Randall 4,161 Marsha 4,611
80 Eddie 4,104 Evelyn 4,529
81 Christopher 4,001 Cathy 4,407
82 Melvin 3,972 Teresa 4,328
83 Martin 3,903 Constance 4,327
84 Tommy 3,888 Sarah 4,295
85 Keith 3,879 Dianne 4,141
86 Brian 3,851 Anne 4,052
87 Rodney 3,827 Glenda 3,976
88 Mike 3,741 Sue 3,925
89 Marvin 3,724 Maureen 3,923
90 Norman 3,668 Geraldine 3,919
91 Earl 3,653 Anna 3,897
92 Randy 3,623 Jeanne 3,865
93 Lee 3,563 Lynda 3,830
94 Clarence 3,395 Sylvia 3,815
95 Kevin 3,292 Eileen 3,723
96 Alfred 3,188 Victoria 3,669
97 Curtis 3,088 Roberta 3,660
98 Don 3,060 Rosemary 3,633
99 Scott 3,052 Anita 3,589
100 Theodore 3,042 Charlene 3,541
101 Leroy 2,939 Joann 3,523
102 Vincent 2,910 Lorraine 3,457
103 Clifford 2,901 Annie 3,454
104 Jerome 2,769 Louise 3,425
105 Eric 2,768 Norma 3,413
106 Bill 2,765 Patsy 3,347
107 Herbert 2,731 Juanita 3,150
108 Jim 2,725 Valerie 3,052
109 Ray 2,710 Yvonne 3,052
110 Jesse 2,704 Marlene 3,045
111 Bernard 2,680 Irene 2,955
112 Calvin 2,567 Julia 2,923
113 Gordon 2,546 Julie 2,849
114 Tom 2,542 Gwendolyn 2,835
115 Warren 2,528 Terry 2,791
116 Victor 2,519 Marjorie 2,785
117 Darrell 2,518 Loretta 2,776
118 Jay 2,457 Carole 2,763
119 Gene 2,443 Kay 2,751
120 Jose 2,440 Mildred 2,634
121 Leon 2,424 Jennifer 2,618
122 Micheal 2,380 Wendy 2,613
123 Edwin 2,373 Ruby 2,576
124 Lloyd 2,331 Vickie 2,562
125 Dan 2,281 Paulette 2,552
126 Leslie 2,207 Delores 2,529
127 Glen 2,202 Claudia 2,519
128 Alvin 2,157 Stephanie 2,515
129 Dean 2,101 Jeanette 2,511
130 Jimmie 2,091 Dolores 2,464
131 Clyde 2,083 Janis 2,458
132 Lewis 2,081 Leslie 2,417
133 Floyd 2,022 Arlene 2,395
134 Benjamin 2,018 Debra 2,392
135 Lonnie 2,016 Michele 2,381
136 Nicholas 1,998 Vivian 2,327
137 Duane 1,996 Gayle 2,293
138 Joel 1,987 June 2,287
139 Tony 1,986 Regina 2,266
140 Jackie 1,957 Denise 2,236
141 Vernon 1,951 Georgia 2,204
142 Harvey 1,936 Edna 2,173
143 Allan 1,934 Josephine 2,165
144 Jon 1,884 Andrea 2,143
145 Charlie 1,833 Edith 2,064
146 Juan 1,833 Colleen 2,031
147 Gilbert 1,811 Emma 1,999
148 Ricky 1,791 Sara 1,971
149 Lester 1,751 Sheryl 1,971
150 Johnnie 1,729 Angela 1,968
151 Dwight 1,719 Annette 1,958
152 Freddie 1,672 Jill 1,947
153 Leo 1,646 Lillian 1,943
154 Manuel 1,643 Priscilla 1,936
155 Franklin 1,621 Rosa 1,924
156 Donnie 1,619 Pauline 1,917
157 Herman 1,611 Rhonda 1,867
158 Arnold 1,590 Penny 1,846
159 Lynn 1,579 Lynne 1,836
160 Milton 1,559 Christina 1,831
161 Neil 1,471 Audrey 1,793
162 Bob 1,466 Esther 1,793
163 Chester 1,439 Ethel 1,753
164 Jonathan 1,432 Lucille 1,753
165 Garry 1,419 Janie 1,737
166 Wesley 1,405 Renee 1,733
167 Marc 1,396 Wilma 1,726
168 Chris 1,389 Clara 1,711
169 Ted 1,378 Margie 1,690
170 Randolph 1,361 Eva 1,668
171 Rick 1,361 Joy 1,642
172 Karl 1,321 Thelma 1,627
173 Cecil 1,318 Grace 1,608
174 Bradley 1,312 Candace 1,589
175 Roland 1,221 Florence 1,566
176 Claude 1,219 Dianna 1,554
177 Matthew 1,219 Ella 1,552
178 Stuart 1,194 Gladys 1,546
179 Nathaniel 1,193 Willie 1,531
180 Alexander 1,184 Jan 1,524
181 Terrence 1,177 Bertha 1,520
182 Dave 1,164 Marion 1,520
183 Maurice 1,152 Eleanor 1,517
184 Carlos 1,134 Maryann 1,516
185 Guy 1,130 Belinda 1,510
186 Oscar 1,124 Bonita 1,508
187 Marshall 1,111 Carla 1,498
188 Sam 1,104 Bobbie 1,470
189 Mitchell 1,091 Carmen 1,455
190 Reginald 1,091 Jacquelyn 1,440
191 Rickey 1,086 Rachel 1,437
192 Dana 1,079 Veronica 1,424
193 Wallace 1,075 Yolanda 1,408
194 Kent 1,071 Toni 1,404
195 Perry 1,058 Lucy 1,397
196 Jeffery 1,049 Emily 1,392
197 Gerard 1,044 Lillie 1,388
198 Hugh 1,042 Bernice 1,378
199 Fredrick 1,032 Marian 1,363
200 Jessie 1,023 Marianne 1,361
201 Tim 1,007 Beth 1,357
202 Sammy 1,000 Billie 1,356
203 Ruben 997 Beatrice 1,340
204 Clifton 982 Maxine 1,330
205 Daryl 977 Hazel 1,321
206 Benny 969 Lana 1,317
207 Rex 959 Faye 1,291
208 Sidney 946 Ida 1,290
209 Willard 926 Dawn 1,285
210 Kerry 924 Robin 1,281
211 Edgar 913 Jackie 1,274
212 Clinton 911 Cindy 1,261
213 Earnest 887 Michelle 1,248
214 Greg 868 Lydia 1,241
215 Elmer 867 Stella 1,220
216 Darryl 858 Rosie 1,213
217 Antonio 850 Melanie 1,199
218 Marion 840 Nora 1,198
219 Everett 835 Kristine 1,174
220 Lyle 835 Bernadette 1,142
221 Morris 830 Vera 1,114
222 Terrance 829 Carrie 1,107
223 Rudolph 822 Becky 1,105
224 Otis 816 Laurie 1,103
225 Bennie 808 Harriet 1,102
226 Laurence 802 Claire 1,090
227 Aaron 794 Melinda 1,074
228 Virgil 791 Francine 1,058
229 Ira 790 Alma 1,053
230 Tyrone 789 Patty 1,044
231 Jesus 784 Jessie 1,031
232 Nelson 782 Vicky 1,024
233 Ross 763 Shelley 1,017
234 Ben 762 Myra 1,013
235 Max 761 Caroline 1,001
236 Clayton 749 Susie 998
237 Byron 744 Amy 984
238 Luther 744 Mattie 984
239 Neal 740 Rosalie 976
240 Brent 738 Deanna 968
241 Kirk 731 Bessie 946
242 Alex 729 Cecilia 944
243 Rudy 719 Nina 943
244 Wendell 713 Debbie 941
245 Jeff 696 Rosemarie 939
246 Horace 685 Terri 938
247 Rodger 678 Minnie 934
248 Luis 673 Dora 924
249 Kurt 671 Johnnie 920
250 Bryan 670 Iris 920

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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