Most Popular Baby Names in 1953

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1953. 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 1953, 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 Robert 86,247 Mary 64,389
2 James 86,080 Linda 61,282
3 Michael 84,201 Deborah 52,199
4 John 80,170 Patricia 51,021
5 David 76,120 Susan 44,296
6 William 61,840 Barbara 38,474
7 Richard 58,393 Debra 36,857
8 Thomas 47,004 Nancy 30,617
9 Charles 38,422 Karen 29,858
10 Gary 36,968 Pamela 25,759
11 Steven 33,722 Sandra 25,501
12 Mark 29,339 Cynthia 25,134
13 Joseph 29,270 Donna 24,226
14 Donald 28,364 Kathleen 23,729
15 Ronald 27,711 Sharon 23,042
16 Kenneth 25,508 Carol 22,294
17 Paul 25,508 Diane 21,345
18 Larry 25,211 Brenda 20,126
19 Dennis 23,658 Janet 17,772
20 Daniel 23,489 Margaret 16,198
21 Stephen 21,809 Elizabeth 16,100
22 George 19,181 Janice 14,627
23 Edward 18,980 Kathy 13,399
24 Gregory 16,159 Rebecca 12,962
25 Jeffrey 15,946 Carolyn 12,916
26 Timothy 15,185 Joyce 12,796
27 Douglas 14,141 Judy 12,733
28 Bruce 14,043 Cheryl 12,265
29 Jerry 13,906 Shirley 12,148
30 Terry 13,257 Judith 11,967
31 Roger 13,171 Denise 11,949
32 Anthony 11,695 Christine 11,793
33 Frank 11,183 Betty 11,371
34 Raymond 11,113 Beverly 11,240
35 Randy 10,667 Catherine 10,847
36 Kevin 10,011 Marilyn 10,741
37 Lawrence 9,852 Joan 9,774
38 Peter 9,733 Gloria 9,678
39 Patrick 9,468 Gail 9,585
40 Wayne 8,904 Paula 9,559
41 Danny 8,625 Martha 9,263
42 Gerald 8,618 Teresa 8,934
43 Alan 8,452 Jane 8,910
44 Carl 7,827 Peggy 8,761
45 Walter 7,509 Bonnie 8,615
46 Scott 7,488 Ann 8,577
47 Keith 7,378 Connie 8,577
48 Dale 7,346 Kathryn 8,324
49 Willie 7,056 Dorothy 8,160
50 Arthur 6,996 Theresa 7,716
51 Ricky 6,890 Laura 7,630
52 Johnny 6,717 Jean 7,571
53 Brian 6,665 Virginia 7,545
54 Henry 6,659 Jo 7,513
55 Roy 6,655 Diana 7,440
56 Harold 6,580 Cathy 7,299
57 Jack 6,537 Wanda 7,204
58 Rodney 6,536 Jacqueline 7,133
59 Ralph 6,516 Rose 7,005
60 Craig 6,460 Sheila 6,963
61 Philip 6,280 Vicki 6,821
62 Stanley 6,275 Ruth 6,581
63 Christopher 6,076 Katherine 6,558
64 Randall 5,973 Rita 6,284
65 Billy 5,858 Helen 6,122
66 Joe 5,800 Robin 6,038
67 Glenn 5,729 Lynn 5,998
68 Andrew 5,626 Maria 5,988
69 Albert 5,438 Phyllis 5,962
70 Samuel 5,426 Sherry 5,935
71 Russell 5,370 Joanne 5,887
72 Jimmy 5,310 Frances 5,787
73 Barry 5,181 Alice 5,744
74 Bobby 5,181 Julie 5,668
75 Eugene 5,148 Darlene 5,589
76 Phillip 5,101 Ellen 5,538
77 Howard 4,987 Elaine 5,495
78 Louis 4,985 Suzanne 5,472
79 Ronnie 4,971 Vickie 5,295
80 Frederick 4,864 Anne 5,256
81 Allen 4,853 Sally 5,182
82 Martin 4,781 Victoria 5,164
83 Harry 4,579 Marsha 5,132
84 Steve 4,538 Marcia 5,063
85 Leonard 4,422 Rhonda 5,030
86 Curtis 4,352 Marie 4,956
87 Ernest 4,097 Doris 4,899
88 Micheal 3,987 Valerie 4,590
89 Eric 3,930 Anita 4,408
90 Francis 3,874 Roberta 4,299
91 Melvin 3,811 Lois 4,221
92 Fred 3,789 Maureen 4,112
93 Lee 3,584 Sarah 4,083
94 Marvin 3,565 Evelyn 4,065
95 Tommy 3,470 Constance 4,029
96 Earl 3,436 Leslie 3,904
97 Eddie 3,413 Jeanne 3,854
98 Norman 3,371 Anna 3,836
99 Jay 3,236 Cindy 3,825
100 Vincent 3,175 Charlotte 3,814
101 Rick 3,172 Sylvia 3,812
102 Clifford 3,157 Michele 3,723
103 Darrell 3,151 Laurie 3,686
104 Alfred 3,132 Yvonne 3,685
105 Dean 3,125 Glenda 3,655
106 Victor 3,100 Sue 3,650
107 Jerome 3,082 Michelle 3,631
108 Clarence 3,077 Eileen 3,628
109 Jeffery 3,040 Dianne 3,616
110 Jose 3,013 Wendy 3,616
111 Calvin 2,947 Lisa 3,603
112 Theodore 2,936 Gwendolyn 3,519
113 Rickey 2,842 Charlene 3,504
114 Jesse 2,817 Jill 3,389
115 Ray 2,816 Colleen 3,377
116 Gordon 2,782 Terry 3,374
117 Tony 2,771 Jennifer 3,373
118 Bradley 2,764 Lorraine 3,310
119 Bernard 2,746 Debbie 3,208
120 Jon 2,713 Angela 3,185
121 Don 2,712 Joann 3,170
122 Dwight 2,697 Norma 3,168
123 Edwin 2,643 Stephanie 3,083
124 Warren 2,636 Julia 2,973
125 Herbert 2,614 Louise 2,964
126 Leroy 2,579 Claudia 2,858
127 Kim 2,565 Irene 2,800
128 Benjamin 2,414 Marlene 2,766
129 Glen 2,389 Carla 2,760
130 Matthew 2,375 Terri 2,726
131 Nicholas 2,358 Andrea 2,721
132 Duane 2,339 Regina 2,711
133 Jonathan 2,336 Juanita 2,709
134 Joel 2,303 Renee 2,694
135 Leslie 2,284 Geraldine 2,673
136 Mike 2,277 Gayle 2,666
137 Leon 2,274 Loretta 2,666
138 Lloyd 2,168 Dawn 2,640
139 Dan 2,167 Jeanette 2,609
140 Alvin 2,110 Jan 2,607
141 Vernon 2,061 Patsy 2,591
142 Garry 2,046 Annie 2,564
143 Gene 2,004 Beth 2,564
144 Marc 1,979 Marjorie 2,545
145 Jackie 1,968 Annette 2,485
146 Neil 1,937 Kay 2,463
147 Lonnie 1,922 Rosemary 2,433
148 Gilbert 1,912 Sheryl 2,399
149 Juan 1,893 Vivian 2,358
150 Guy 1,884 Ruby 2,342
151 Mitchell 1,884 Joy 2,307
152 Floyd 1,875 Amy 2,306
153 Allan 1,856 Arlene 2,306
154 Clyde 1,855 Lynda 2,304
155 Lewis 1,852 June 2,264
156 Donnie 1,789 Delores 2,171
157 Lester 1,777 Penny 2,154
158 Franklin 1,761 Sara 2,078
159 Wesley 1,733 Lynne 2,040
160 Robin 1,726 Patti 2,033
161 Randolph 1,714 Rosa 2,023
162 Leo 1,655 Toni 2,020
163 Karl 1,653 Vanessa 2,007
164 Brad 1,650 Melissa 2,006
165 Reginald 1,639 Dolores 1,980
166 Kent 1,636 Mildred 1,942
167 Jimmie 1,628 Audrey 1,941
168 Chris 1,580 Shelley 1,937
169 Manuel 1,576 Janis 1,864
170 Lynn 1,555 Vicky 1,861
171 Freddie 1,548 Yolanda 1,808
172 Harvey 1,536 Josephine 1,799
173 Charlie 1,535 Lori 1,792
174 Jim 1,533 Belinda 1,789
175 Milton 1,531 Rachel 1,780
176 Bill 1,521 Melinda 1,774
177 Kurt 1,515 Christina 1,772
178 Dana 1,504 Roxanne 1,764
179 Herman 1,410 Paulette 1,763
180 Johnnie 1,405 Candace 1,753
181 Carlos 1,393 Georgia 1,743
182 Arnold 1,390 Kim 1,739
183 Chester 1,381 Jacquelyn 1,737
184 Tom 1,376 Jackie 1,728
185 Stuart 1,368 Carmen 1,725
186 Gerard 1,366 Lillian 1,658
187 Daryl 1,354 Marianne 1,650
188 Rex 1,346 Carole 1,635
189 Fredrick 1,341 Becky 1,627
190 Ted 1,303 Edna 1,615
191 Roland 1,280 Veronica 1,615
192 Nathaniel 1,270 Esther 1,613
193 Darryl 1,268 Monica 1,600
194 Kerry 1,264 Eva 1,592
195 Alexander 1,261 Emma 1,589
196 Cecil 1,252 Sherri 1,583
197 Kirk 1,231 Janie 1,580
198 Maurice 1,227 Pauline 1,571
199 Perry 1,226 Lucy 1,566
200 Terrence 1,217 Holly 1,565
201 Ruben 1,203 Lydia 1,561
202 Brent 1,201 Edith 1,527
203 Oscar 1,196 Lucille 1,495
204 Tyrone 1,140 Shelia 1,485
205 Claude 1,138 Ramona 1,455
206 Antonio 1,110 Margie 1,451
207 Todd 1,102 Lou 1,436
208 Jessie 1,068 Wilma 1,435
209 Ricardo 1,051 Kimberly 1,428
210 Bryan 1,049 Melanie 1,423
211 Marshall 1,037 Dianna 1,399
212 Wallace 1,017 Clara 1,383
213 Sidney 1,013 Grace 1,382
214 Nelson 1,012 Priscilla 1,380
215 Mario 996 Nina 1,375
216 Neal 966 Gladys 1,368
217 Terrance 964 Marian 1,366
218 Clifton 960 Bonita 1,354
219 Hugh 960 Billie 1,333
220 Byron 926 Emily 1,325
221 Ross 921 Bobbie 1,316
222 Rickie 905 Melody 1,297
223 Aaron 899 Thelma 1,294
224 Edgar 897 Ethel 1,282
225 Benny 896 Carrie 1,281
226 Lyle 892 Marion 1,276
227 Wendell 887 Eleanor 1,253
228 Luis 884 Kristine 1,247
229 Sam 880 Dana 1,197
230 Clayton 871 Luann 1,197
231 Jeff 848 Vera 1,192
232 Kelly 846 Doreen 1,180
233 Clinton 845 Bertha 1,172
234 Jesus 842 Maxine 1,172
235 Morris 834 Ella 1,162
236 Gregg 816 Bernice 1,156
237 Nathan 806 Willie 1,156
238 Greg 796 Nora 1,148
239 Earnest 788 Patty 1,139
240 Bradford 780 Florence 1,124
241 Marion 776 Patrice 1,119
242 Bennie 773 Tina 1,096
243 Randal 770 Beatrice 1,092
244 Sammy 770 Claire 1,090
245 Dave 768 Alma 1,089
246 Willard 767 Francine 1,088
247 Otis 767 Maryann 1,079
248 Francisco 765 Lillie 1,070
249 Virgil 758 Mona 1,061
250 Laurence 750 Dale 1,053

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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