Most Popular Baby Names in 1952

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1952. 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 1952, 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 87,063 Linda 67,079
2 Robert 86,597 Mary 65,625
3 John 83,136 Patricia 53,098
4 Michael 79,043 Deborah 49,809
5 David 71,754 Susan 41,346
6 William 63,040 Barbara 39,865
7 Richard 58,350 Nancy 31,738
8 Thomas 48,648 Karen 28,955
9 Charles 38,868 Debra 26,831
10 Gary 38,753 Sandra 26,100
11 Steven 32,035 Kathleen 25,767
12 Joseph 28,511 Carol 23,994
13 Donald 28,273 Donna 23,716
14 Larry 28,235 Sharon 23,386
15 Ronald 27,801 Brenda 21,442
16 Kenneth 25,908 Diane 21,063
17 Mark 25,684 Pamela 20,880
18 Dennis 24,555 Cynthia 19,884
19 Paul 24,293 Janet 17,921
20 Daniel 23,427 Christine 17,547
21 Stephen 23,050 Margaret 17,100
22 George 19,817 Elizabeth 16,020
23 Edward 19,506 Janice 14,977
24 Gregory 15,192 Carolyn 14,273
25 Bruce 14,482 Judith 14,062
26 Jerry 14,440 Judy 13,634
27 Timothy 14,170 Joyce 13,127
28 Douglas 13,682 Shirley 12,530
29 Terry 12,442 Kathy 12,368
30 Roger 12,130 Rebecca 12,225
31 Jeffrey 12,008 Cheryl 12,198
32 Frank 11,272 Betty 12,129
33 Raymond 11,234 Denise 11,652
34 Anthony 11,186 Catherine 11,052
35 Lawrence 10,304 Beverly 10,547
36 Peter 9,583 Gloria 10,461
37 Patrick 9,177 Joan 10,276
38 Wayne 9,092 Marilyn 9,801
39 Gerald 9,031 Gail 9,762
40 Danny 8,824 Martha 9,694
41 Randy 8,650 Bonnie 9,384
42 Alan 8,309 Jane 9,323
43 Kevin 7,916 Peggy 8,989
44 Walter 7,900 Connie 8,756
45 Carl 7,823 Ann 8,653
46 Dale 7,416 Dorothy 8,610
47 Arthur 7,232 Paula 8,566
48 Willie 7,197 Kathryn 8,504
49 Keith 7,173 Virginia 8,162
50 Henry 6,977 Jean 7,510
51 Harold 6,957 Diana 7,392
52 Jack 6,939 Teresa 7,293
53 Johnny 6,774 Laura 7,186
54 Scott 6,541 Wanda 7,163
55 Roy 6,521 Jo 7,092
56 Ralph 6,471 Cathy 7,010
57 Christopher 6,300 Ruth 6,952
58 Stanley 6,226 Jacqueline 6,937
59 Craig 6,185 Katherine 6,890
60 Philip 6,152 Theresa 6,810
61 Glenn 5,946 Vicki 6,773
62 Joe 5,892 Rose 6,553
63 Randall 5,892 Helen 6,465
64 Brian 5,742 Sheila 6,218
65 Billy 5,707 Phyllis 6,153
66 Albert 5,660 Rita 6,149
67 Samuel 5,649 Frances 6,080
68 Andrew 5,574 Sherry 5,956
69 Barry 5,506 Alice 5,911
70 Russell 5,348 Ellen 5,842
71 Eugene 5,313 Lynn 5,817
72 Jimmy 5,311 Maria 5,696
73 Howard 5,244 Elaine 5,651
74 Phillip 5,002 Victoria 5,604
75 Harry 4,992 Marsha 5,584
76 Frederick 4,979 Vickie 5,482
77 Bobby 4,959 Darlene 5,429
78 Allen 4,958 Joanne 5,352
79 Louis 4,921 Anne 5,257
80 Martin 4,736 Marcia 5,209
81 Ricky 4,655 Sally 5,037
82 Ronnie 4,634 Marie 4,977
83 Leonard 4,617 Doris 4,950
84 Rodney 4,403 Suzanne 4,909
85 Steve 4,316 Julie 4,497
86 Curtis 4,177 Lois 4,362
87 Ernest 4,119 Valerie 4,263
88 Eric 3,989 Roberta 4,228
89 Francis 3,979 Charlotte 4,204
90 Fred 3,962 Evelyn 4,154
91 Melvin 3,922 Anita 4,134
92 Lee 3,654 Constance 4,117
93 Eddie 3,647 Sarah 4,048
94 Micheal 3,614 Maureen 4,039
95 Marvin 3,576 Rhonda 3,960
96 Norman 3,571 Dianne 3,895
97 Tommy 3,514 Glenda 3,880
98 Earl 3,457 Jeanne 3,827
99 Clifford 3,317 Sylvia 3,790
100 Theodore 3,270 Eileen 3,741
101 Vincent 3,170 Anna 3,713
102 Clarence 3,156 Robin 3,641
103 Dean 3,156 Yvonne 3,624
104 Alfred 3,136 Leslie 3,574
105 Jerome 3,046 Wendy 3,556
106 Jay 3,027 Charlene 3,546
107 Victor 2,994 Jennifer 3,526
108 Calvin 2,972 Colleen 3,471
109 Darrell 2,867 Lorraine 3,465
110 Gordon 2,829 Michele 3,406
111 Bernard 2,749 Claudia 3,382
112 Jesse 2,725 Norma 3,341
113 Ray 2,690 Sue 3,336
114 Jose 2,687 Gwendolyn 3,329
115 Herbert 2,655 Laurie 3,271
116 Leroy 2,646 Joann 3,267
117 Warren 2,638 Marlene 3,131
118 Edwin 2,632 Jill 3,052
119 Rick 2,584 Geraldine 3,046
120 Don 2,570 Terry 3,033
121 Glen 2,492 Irene 3,016
122 Benjamin 2,439 Louise 2,978
123 Dwight 2,408 Stephanie 2,930
124 Leon 2,377 Michelle 2,880
125 Leslie 2,359 Juanita 2,847
126 Kim 2,355 Lisa 2,845
127 Nicholas 2,344 Annie 2,837
128 Alvin 2,335 Patsy 2,826
129 Dan 2,311 Lynda 2,813
130 Lloyd 2,277 Rosemary 2,786
131 Duane 2,231 Julia 2,782
132 Joel 2,229 Andrea 2,770
133 Jeffery 2,187 Kay 2,769
134 Tony 2,187 Angela 2,642
135 Jon 2,150 Gayle 2,635
136 Mike 2,104 Loretta 2,616
137 Vernon 2,085 Jeanette 2,580
138 Gene 2,073 Carla 2,565
139 Jonathan 2,064 Regina 2,558
140 Rickey 2,052 Cindy 2,546
141 Bradley 2,045 Marjorie 2,521
142 Matthew 2,034 Vivian 2,508
143 Clyde 2,014 Jan 2,482
144 Jackie 2,009 Debbie 2,453
145 Lewis 1,995 Ruby 2,374
146 Allan 1,932 Beth 2,360
147 Neil 1,905 Arlene 2,329
148 Lonnie 1,888 June 2,318
149 Floyd 1,861 Joy 2,276
150 Juan 1,857 Lynne 2,265
151 Gilbert 1,848 Sheryl 2,241
152 Guy 1,844 Delores 2,192
153 Marc 1,837 Janis 2,181
154 Randolph 1,817 Renee 2,179
155 Garry 1,808 Christina 2,169
156 Donnie 1,806 Annette 2,160
157 Mitchell 1,758 Penny 2,091
158 Lester 1,724 Terri 2,073
159 Franklin 1,722 Mildred 2,050
160 Chris 1,687 Sara 2,044
161 Charlie 1,665 Dolores 2,043
162 Manuel 1,661 Rosa 1,942
163 Jimmie 1,641 Paulette 1,886
164 Kent 1,619 Shelley 1,886
165 Harvey 1,594 Kristine 1,885
166 Wesley 1,594 Dawn 1,884
167 Lynn 1,591 Toni 1,882
168 Bill 1,587 Audrey 1,868
169 Milton 1,576 Josephine 1,862
170 Karl 1,564 Carole 1,837
171 Leo 1,557 Candace 1,835
172 Jim 1,522 Belinda 1,831
173 Johnnie 1,520 Yolanda 1,775
174 Rex 1,497 Vicky 1,760
175 Herman 1,496 Amy 1,750
176 Reginald 1,495 Georgia 1,749
177 Freddie 1,490 Edna 1,745
178 Kurt 1,466 Lillian 1,732
179 Arnold 1,463 Emma 1,711
180 Chester 1,455 Esther 1,711
181 Tom 1,439 Eva 1,704
182 Ted 1,413 Jacquelyn 1,674
183 Dana 1,379 Edith 1,639
184 Gerard 1,338 Carmen 1,607
185 Cecil 1,326 Rachel 1,599
186 Alexander 1,283 Pauline 1,596
187 Roland 1,275 Roxanne 1,578
188 Carlos 1,258 Veronica 1,572
189 Nathaniel 1,257 Janie 1,569
190 Stuart 1,257 Jackie 1,560
191 Maurice 1,219 Marianne 1,551
192 Fredrick 1,211 Priscilla 1,547
193 Daryl 1,183 Becky 1,537
194 Kerry 1,167 Grace 1,525
195 Terrence 1,165 Melinda 1,513
196 Perry 1,152 Clara 1,512
197 Claude 1,145 Monica 1,464
198 Neal 1,143 Patti 1,457
199 Kirk 1,122 Bonita 1,456
200 Darryl 1,101 Lucille 1,452
201 Ruben 1,095 Melissa 1,442
202 Marshall 1,088 Wilma 1,422
203 Oscar 1,087 Lucy 1,415
204 Robin 1,085 Margie 1,410
205 Brent 1,082 Ethel 1,398
206 Antonio 1,076 Dianna 1,394
207 Jessie 1,035 Emily 1,392
208 Sidney 1,019 Billie 1,389
209 Wallace 979 Thelma 1,358
210 Hugh 978 Nina 1,357
211 Mario 972 Melanie 1,351
212 Brad 966 Bobbie 1,333
213 Todd 961 Lydia 1,327
214 Clifton 943 Holly 1,318
215 Sam 941 Gladys 1,305
216 Aaron 939 Kim 1,292
217 Tyrone 930 Marion 1,264
218 Ross 908 Eleanor 1,250
219 Morris 904 Bertha 1,249
220 Terrance 903 Ella 1,245
221 Byron 902 Marian 1,245
222 Lyle 897 Florence 1,242
223 Benny 896 Shelia 1,235
224 Edgar 889 Ramona 1,228
225 Clinton 879 Beatrice 1,223
226 Wendell 879 Faye 1,221
227 Ricardo 863 Bernice 1,212
228 Clayton 860 Willie 1,201
229 Nathan 852 Maryann 1,189
230 Bryan 849 Maxine 1,160
231 Laurence 844 Dana 1,144
232 Nelson 829 Melody 1,131
233 Earnest 815 Lillie 1,125
234 Jesus 810 Nora 1,122
235 Kelly 805 Carrie 1,109
236 Willard 798 Dale 1,108
237 Virgil 786 Lana 1,104
238 Marion 783 Tina 1,100
239 Sammy 782 Vera 1,090
240 Rudolph 777 Patrice 1,085
241 Luis 775 Claire 1,077
242 Greg 770 Ida 1,062
243 Dave 768 Hazel 1,058
244 Max 762 Francine 1,051
245 Elmer 761 Patty 1,045
246 Ira 760 Alma 1,029
247 Bob 756 Rosie 1,004
248 Everett 750 Stella 996
249 Bennie 748 Bernadette 995
250 Otis 748 Cecilia 984

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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