Most Popular Baby Names in 1951

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1951. 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 1951, 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 87,261 Linda 73,979
2 Robert 86,352 Mary 65,724
3 John 81,572 Patricia 56,444
4 Michael 72,801 Deborah 42,054
5 David 64,787 Barbara 40,619
6 William 62,779 Susan 40,229
7 Richard 54,551 Nancy 30,348
8 Thomas 48,282 Karen 27,999
9 Charles 39,403 Sandra 27,664
10 Gary 38,163 Kathleen 26,716
11 Larry 30,558 Carol 24,781
12 Ronald 29,047 Donna 24,076
13 Steven 28,365 Sharon 23,923
14 Joseph 28,155 Brenda 21,718
15 Donald 27,919 Diane 19,840
16 Kenneth 25,845 Pamela 18,571
17 Dennis 24,263 Margaret 17,693
18 Paul 22,852 Debra 17,066
19 Stephen 22,476 Janet 16,948
20 Mark 21,206 Cynthia 16,294
21 Daniel 21,119 Janice 15,956
22 George 20,216 Carolyn 15,209
23 Edward 19,915 Elizabeth 15,119
24 Jerry 15,163 Christine 15,019
25 Gregory 14,105 Judith 14,935
26 Bruce 14,087 Judy 14,017
27 Douglas 13,898 Shirley 13,920
28 Timothy 12,705 Joyce 13,470
29 Roger 12,423 Betty 12,823
30 Terry 12,218 Cheryl 11,987
31 Frank 11,473 Gloria 10,954
32 Raymond 11,228 Rebecca 10,931
33 Lawrence 10,263 Beverly 10,858
34 Anthony 9,843 Catherine 10,566
35 Jeffrey 9,715 Kathy 10,408
36 Gerald 9,541 Gail 9,885
37 Wayne 9,329 Bonnie 9,707
38 Peter 9,002 Martha 9,604
39 Patrick 8,752 Joan 9,403
40 Alan 8,410 Peggy 9,210
41 Danny 8,178 Marilyn 9,148
42 Walter 8,039 Dorothy 9,090
43 Carl 7,640 Jane 8,943
44 Arthur 7,414 Connie 8,723
45 Willie 7,225 Kathryn 8,461
46 Harold 7,175 Ann 8,421
47 Henry 7,120 Virginia 8,180
48 Jack 7,002 Denise 8,117
49 Dale 6,963 Jean 7,626
50 Johnny 6,697 Diana 7,397
51 Ralph 6,522 Paula 7,292
52 Roy 6,467 Wanda 7,235
53 Kevin 6,353 Ruth 7,076
54 Stanley 6,205 Helen 6,950
55 Philip 6,096 Katherine 6,930
56 Randy 6,033 Jacqueline 6,917
57 Joe 5,826 Phyllis 6,789
58 Glenn 5,800 Vicki 6,630
59 Keith 5,768 Frances 6,583
60 Albert 5,760 Laura 6,467
61 Christopher 5,733 Rita 6,415
62 Jimmy 5,686 Alice 6,311
63 Craig 5,624 Teresa 6,213
64 Billy 5,607 Theresa 6,193
65 Eugene 5,578 Rose 6,185
66 Randall 5,533 Elaine 6,069
67 Samuel 5,475 Jo 6,001
68 Scott 5,383 Ellen 5,945
69 Andrew 5,373 Sheila 5,896
70 Harry 5,304 Sherry 5,890
71 Barry 5,285 Cathy 5,698
72 Allen 5,181 Lynn 5,628
73 Russell 5,177 Joanne 5,359
74 Howard 5,105 Marcia 5,299
75 Brian 5,102 Maria 5,235
76 Louis 5,088 Marsha 5,187
77 Bobby 5,008 Sally 5,139
78 Frederick 4,984 Marie 5,046
79 Phillip 4,908 Darlene 5,029
80 Leonard 4,737 Doris 5,025
81 Martin 4,598 Victoria 4,906
82 Ronnie 4,533 Anne 4,872
83 Ernest 4,384 Suzanne 4,828
84 Rodney 4,297 Charlotte 4,649
85 Francis 4,201 Lois 4,534
86 Steve 4,051 Constance 4,367
87 Fred 3,995 Vickie 4,320
88 Melvin 3,836 Evelyn 4,232
89 Eddie 3,747 Glenda 4,135
90 Norman 3,731 Dianne 4,033
91 Curtis 3,715 Sarah 4,029
92 Lee 3,683 Roberta 3,979
93 Eric 3,664 Maureen 3,878
94 Tommy 3,581 Anna 3,869
95 Earl 3,568 Eileen 3,816
96 Marvin 3,556 Anita 3,786
97 Micheal 3,277 Sylvia 3,776
98 Clarence 3,231 Jeanne 3,769
99 Theodore 3,216 Julie 3,688
100 Alfred 3,199 Valerie 3,558
101 Clifford 3,160 Yvonne 3,536
102 Ricky 3,073 Lorraine 3,483
103 Jerome 2,989 Charlene 3,441
104 Vincent 2,924 Joann 3,422
105 Dean 2,891 Irene 3,394
106 Calvin 2,844 Sue 3,357
107 Bernard 2,772 Norma 3,355
108 Gordon 2,759 Geraldine 3,350
109 Darrell 2,744 Wendy 3,345
110 Victor 2,731 Rosemary 3,344
111 Leroy 2,714 Rhonda 3,212
112 Herbert 2,705 Gwendolyn 3,193
113 Jose 2,687 Annie 3,061
114 Ray 2,678 Colleen 3,049
115 Jesse 2,670 Terry 3,042
116 Jay 2,637 Lynda 3,026
117 Don 2,619 Louise 3,012
118 Warren 2,606 Marlene 3,007
119 Edwin 2,570 Jennifer 2,974
120 Nicholas 2,389 Kay 2,963
121 Alvin 2,387 Patsy 2,904
122 Leon 2,368 Robin 2,890
123 Benjamin 2,344 Claudia 2,864
124 Lloyd 2,300 Gayle 2,826
125 Leslie 2,298 Michele 2,793
126 Gene 2,230 Juanita 2,789
127 Glen 2,221 Julia 2,747
128 Mike 2,199 Marjorie 2,586
129 Joel 2,161 Stephanie 2,574
130 Duane 2,146 Jill 2,567
131 Vernon 2,104 Janis 2,550
132 Jackie 2,053 Jeanette 2,543
133 Clyde 2,053 Leslie 2,541
134 Dwight 2,049 Arlene 2,502
135 Lewis 1,998 Loretta 2,489
136 Dan 1,992 Andrea 2,444
137 Allan 1,970 Regina 2,421
138 Jon 1,961 Vivian 2,405
139 Lonnie 1,945 Laurie 2,353
140 Floyd 1,934 Ruby 2,352
141 Tony 1,929 Delores 2,331
142 Gilbert 1,917 June 2,279
143 Rick 1,896 Annette 2,253
144 Juan 1,837 Lynne 2,221
145 Bradley 1,813 Jan 2,185
146 Jimmie 1,811 Mildred 2,184
147 Jonathan 1,776 Carla 2,172
148 Marc 1,774 Paulette 2,148
149 Neil 1,755 Dolores 2,141
150 Donnie 1,733 Angela 2,138
151 Lester 1,723 Michelle 2,133
152 Franklin 1,695 Sara 2,079
153 Charlie 1,685 Penny 2,077
154 Garry 1,669 Cindy 2,032
155 Lynn 1,669 Joy 2,012
156 Leo 1,658 Beth 1,980
157 Bill 1,654 Josephine 1,965
158 Manuel 1,644 Christina 1,960
159 Harvey 1,642 Carole 1,958
160 Randolph 1,636 Rosa 1,955
161 Jeffery 1,631 Sheryl 1,935
162 Johnnie 1,625 Georgia 1,931
163 Matthew 1,604 Jacquelyn 1,905
164 Jim 1,595 Renee 1,868
165 Freddie 1,560 Edith 1,852
166 Herman 1,542 Shelley 1,845
167 Rickey 1,542 Lillian 1,826
168 Tom 1,522 Audrey 1,825
169 Milton 1,520 Esther 1,808
170 Rex 1,503 Edna 1,802
171 Wesley 1,502 Belinda 1,789
172 Kim 1,475 Kristine 1,755
173 Chris 1,474 Candace 1,734
174 Reginald 1,466 Emma 1,730
175 Karl 1,439 Debbie 1,710
176 Mitchell 1,439 Janie 1,707
177 Arnold 1,428 Lisa 1,698
178 Chester 1,402 Wilma 1,644
179 Guy 1,400 Yolanda 1,638
180 Ted 1,389 Pauline 1,620
181 Cecil 1,324 Priscilla 1,590
182 Kent 1,324 Grace 1,579
183 Gerard 1,303 Eva 1,574
184 Roland 1,296 Carmen 1,567
185 Dana 1,285 Terri 1,563
186 Stuart 1,251 Clara 1,549
187 Nathaniel 1,246 Dianna 1,536
188 Claude 1,239 Dawn 1,533
189 Carlos 1,233 Thelma 1,529
190 Alexander 1,212 Bonita 1,522
191 Kerry 1,183 Ethel 1,492
192 Perry 1,177 Bobbie 1,489
193 Terrence 1,170 Toni 1,484
194 Fredrick 1,166 Lucille 1,479
195 Maurice 1,120 Veronica 1,473
196 Daryl 1,118 Marianne 1,468
197 Marshall 1,079 Jackie 1,467
198 Darryl 1,073 Margie 1,461
199 Oscar 1,066 Gladys 1,450
200 Ruben 1,039 Amy 1,445
201 Sam 1,034 Vicky 1,441
202 Sidney 1,027 Rachel 1,435
203 Hugh 1,022 Maryann 1,430
204 Wallace 1,003 Billie 1,420
205 Kirk 1,000 Melinda 1,410
206 Jessie 988 Ella 1,363
207 Robin 957 Marion 1,339
208 Neal 955 Bertha 1,332
209 Clifton 954 Monica 1,298
210 Kurt 944 Eleanor 1,296
211 Brent 942 Florence 1,290
212 Edgar 938 Emily 1,287
213 Benny 927 Bernice 1,286
214 Terrance 914 Beatrice 1,283
215 Antonio 913 Willie 1,273
216 Morris 903 Lucy 1,269
217 Clinton 897 Becky 1,258
218 Tyrone 890 Maxine 1,247
219 Sammy 884 Faye 1,237
220 Ross 883 Marian 1,236
221 Wendell 871 Lana 1,198
222 Nathan 870 Lillie 1,174
223 Mario 864 Shelia 1,161
224 Aaron 863 Nora 1,159
225 Marion 855 Lydia 1,150
226 Elmer 842 Hazel 1,149
227 Byron 836 Francine 1,143
228 Rudolph 831 Patti 1,143
229 Laurence 822 Melissa 1,129
230 Otis 821 Ramona 1,115
231 Jesus 817 Vera 1,111
232 Lyle 815 Mona 1,106
233 Clayton 814 Rosie 1,088
234 Ira 812 Roxanne 1,080
235 Bryan 809 Dana 1,076
236 Bennie 808 Ida 1,076
237 Bob 806 Holly 1,069
238 Max 806 Carrie 1,065
239 Earnest 803 Claire 1,061
240 Nelson 803 Stella 1,061
241 Todd 796 Nina 1,036
242 Virgil 789 Dora 1,029
243 Willard 779 Myra 1,028
244 Everett 769 Melanie 1,006
245 Lance 751 Bernadette 990
246 Dave 743 Alma 981
247 Greg 739 Cecilia 954
248 Jan 732 Patrice 953
249 Luis 730 Jessie 940
250 Tim 715 Dale 927

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.

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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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