Most Popular Baby Names in 1955

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1955. 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 1955, 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 Michael 88,372 Mary 63,173
2 David 86,323 Deborah 52,322
3 James 84,193 Linda 51,300
4 Robert 83,745 Debra 50,567
5 John 80,124 Susan 47,419
6 William 59,991 Patricia 46,222
7 Richard 53,576 Barbara 33,608
8 Thomas 45,865 Karen 33,225
9 Mark 42,246 Nancy 30,021
10 Steven 37,846 Donna 27,946
11 Charles 35,380 Cynthia 27,184
12 Gary 34,429 Pamela 26,688
13 Joseph 31,599 Sandra 25,118
14 Donald 27,736 Diane 23,297
15 Kenneth 26,748 Carol 22,044
16 Paul 26,709 Sharon 22,044
17 Daniel 26,463 Kathleen 22,010
18 Ronald 26,179 Brenda 19,115
19 Larry 22,825 Cheryl 19,110
20 Jeffrey 22,534 Janet 17,918
21 Stephen 22,146 Elizabeth 16,694
22 Timothy 20,737 Kathy 15,325
23 Dennis 20,429 Denise 14,559
24 Gregory 19,816 Margaret 14,442
25 Edward 19,283 Janice 13,179
26 George 18,169 Teresa 13,121
27 Kevin 17,168 Rebecca 12,396
28 Terry 15,580 Catherine 11,635
29 Douglas 15,314 Joyce 11,283
30 Randy 14,971 Carolyn 11,176
31 Anthony 14,177 Judith 10,434
32 Bruce 14,085 Judy 10,376
33 Jerry 12,976 Robin 10,219
34 Frank 11,106 Beverly 9,999
35 Peter 11,005 Connie 9,975
36 Raymond 10,994 Betty 9,926
37 Roger 10,973 Shirley 9,757
38 Scott 10,779 Theresa 9,619
39 Keith 10,415 Paula 9,586
40 Brian 10,112 Christine 9,042
41 Patrick 9,876 Laura 9,007
42 Lawrence 9,133 Gail 8,972
43 Alan 9,038 Ann 8,916
44 Wayne 8,724 Cathy 8,663
45 Danny 8,718 Bonnie 8,637
46 Ricky 8,329 Joan 8,555
47 Carl 8,292 Gloria 8,554
48 Gerald 8,073 Lisa 8,538
49 Christopher 7,917 Marilyn 8,407
50 Craig 7,446 Jane 8,344
51 Walter 7,304 Peggy 7,985
52 Dale 7,179 Vicki 7,975
53 Randall 6,686 Martha 7,930
54 Willie 6,628 Rose 7,849
55 Johnny 6,619 Diana 7,844
56 Arthur 6,577 Sherry 7,768
57 Russell 6,539 Sheila 7,661
58 Roy 6,332 Jo 7,659
59 Glenn 6,261 Kathryn 7,642
60 Jack 6,202 Jean 7,481
61 Henry 6,200 Wanda 7,415
62 Philip 6,163 Lynn 7,354
63 Harold 6,092 Debbie 7,250
64 Stanley 6,053 Dorothy 7,239
65 Rodney 6,049 Katherine 7,239
66 Andrew 6,014 Virginia 6,855
67 Ralph 5,966 Julie 6,789
68 Joe 5,857 Vickie 6,639
69 Billy 5,771 Maria 6,208
70 Barry 5,602 Ruth 6,185
71 Samuel 5,529 Rhonda 6,170
72 Steve 5,514 Rita 6,095
73 Jeffery 5,468 Jacqueline 6,040
74 Phillip 5,407 Phyllis 5,688
75 Bobby 5,226 Kim 5,687
76 Albert 5,185 Darlene 5,642
77 Martin 5,070 Elaine 5,634
78 Jimmy 5,036 Cindy 5,592
79 Curtis 4,979 Helen 5,592
80 Ronnie 4,969 Valerie 5,514
81 Eugene 4,796 Ellen 5,470
82 Louis 4,780 Victoria 5,359
83 Howard 4,751 Terry 5,353
84 Allen 4,744 Anne 5,219
85 Eric 4,657 Terri 5,153
86 Frederick 4,553 Suzanne 5,136
87 Micheal 4,535 Alice 5,076
88 Leonard 4,258 Joanne 4,988
89 Harry 4,144 Lori 4,978
90 Ernest 3,975 Laurie 4,955
91 Darrell 3,906 Wendy 4,955
92 Eddie 3,782 Marie 4,925
93 Tony 3,750 Michele 4,767
94 Marvin 3,663 Anita 4,719
95 Melvin 3,648 Sally 4,688
96 Lee 3,605 Frances 4,641
97 Fred 3,499 Michelle 4,528
98 Kim 3,491 Marcia 4,412
99 Vincent 3,483 Leslie 4,404
100 Victor 3,439 Maureen 4,341
101 Francis 3,438 Doris 4,242
102 Norman 3,411 Jill 4,222
103 Jay 3,399 Dawn 4,216
104 Jose 3,307 Jennifer 4,124
105 Matthew 3,282 Anna 4,091
106 Earl 3,250 Marsha 4,062
107 Bradley 3,182 Sylvia 4,003
108 Tommy 3,178 Sarah 3,981
109 Rick 3,155 Angela 3,896
110 Calvin 3,151 Colleen 3,870
111 Dean 3,085 Kimberly 3,862
112 Jerome 3,085 Evelyn 3,805
113 Ray 3,072 Roberta 3,781
114 Rickey 3,064 Stephanie 3,752
115 Jon 3,053 Jeanne 3,734
116 Jonathan 3,021 Sue 3,728
117 Clarence 3,016 Renee 3,692
118 Clifford 2,996 Constance 3,662
119 Alfred 2,978 Yvonne 3,546
120 Theodore 2,977 Eileen 3,503
121 Joel 2,809 Dianne 3,496
122 Jesse 2,785 Gwendolyn 3,459
123 Mike 2,729 Loretta 3,430
124 Edwin 2,665 Lois 3,421
125 Don 2,650 Sheryl 3,412
126 Marc 2,630 Lorraine 3,373
127 Bernard 2,564 Regina 3,372
128 Gordon 2,558 Glenda 3,346
129 Herbert 2,504 Charlotte 3,327
130 Glen 2,492 Charlene 3,301
131 Warren 2,490 Julia 3,285
132 Benjamin 2,450 Tina 3,275
133 Leroy 2,415 Beth 3,270
134 Alvin 2,361 Amy 3,193
135 Duane 2,346 Carla 3,067
136 Dan 2,304 Joann 2,936
137 Mitchell 2,276 Norma 2,933
138 Leslie 2,231 Jan 2,770
139 Garry 2,193 Andrea 2,763
140 Chris 2,191 Vanessa 2,697
141 Nicholas 2,188 Melanie 2,658
142 Dwight 2,159 Marlene 2,568
143 Leon 2,142 Audrey 2,554
144 Reginald 2,075 Holly 2,504
145 Guy 2,038 Juanita 2,498
146 Vernon 2,038 Gayle 2,483
147 Lloyd 2,031 Louise 2,431
148 Jackie 2,001 Irene 2,429
149 Karl 1,934 Melissa 2,415
150 Kurt 1,933 Melinda 2,413
151 Wesley 1,926 Claudia 2,410
152 Gene 1,892 Joy 2,389
153 Brad 1,878 Jeanette 2,379
154 Lonnie 1,860 Vivian 2,358
155 Gilbert 1,857 Lynne 2,347
156 Kent 1,855 Annette 2,343
157 Allan 1,843 Kay 2,327
158 Robin 1,841 Toni 2,327
159 Neil 1,784 Vicky 2,304
160 Lewis 1,779 Annie 2,220
161 Juan 1,777 Penny 2,213
162 Franklin 1,766 Geraldine 2,196
163 Randolph 1,765 Patti 2,174
164 Clyde 1,743 June 2,150
165 Floyd 1,716 Roxanne 2,091
166 Carlos 1,703 Debora 2,064
167 Jim 1,700 Yolanda 2,055
168 Lester 1,690 Carmen 2,047
169 Manuel 1,672 Rosa 2,047
170 Donnie 1,671 Belinda 2,036
171 Bill 1,658 Rosemary 2,015
172 Kirk 1,627 Patsy 2,011
173 Todd 1,615 Ruby 2,009
174 Kerry 1,603 Becky 2,003
175 Leo 1,574 Arlene 1,984
176 Bryan 1,569 Sara 1,973
177 Dana 1,568 Marjorie 1,972
178 Daryl 1,536 Lynda 1,884
179 Gerard 1,523 Gina 1,840
180 Tom 1,511 Janis 1,840
181 Terrence 1,498 Shelia 1,837
182 Jeff 1,482 Lee 1,817
183 Perry 1,451 Monica 1,813
184 Charlie 1,436 Christina 1,812
185 Milton 1,430 Melody 1,802
186 Darryl 1,428 Rachel 1,800
187 Freddie 1,426 Jackie 1,798
188 Ted 1,408 Delores 1,791
189 Stuart 1,407 Eva 1,781
190 Johnnie 1,404 Dolores 1,780
191 Rex 1,400 Marianne 1,747
192 Jimmie 1,385 Shelley 1,738
193 Brent 1,381 Marla 1,724
194 Herman 1,359 Veronica 1,715
195 Lynn 1,334 Lillian 1,660
196 Nathaniel 1,334 Ramona 1,646
197 Arnold 1,315 Mildred 1,640
198 Gregg 1,300 Sherri 1,597
199 Ruben 1,291 Josephine 1,594
200 Harvey 1,290 Lydia 1,584
201 Tyrone 1,278 Dana 1,568
202 Roland 1,269 Esther 1,568
203 Chester 1,255 Doreen 1,558
204 Kelly 1,249 Edna 1,524
205 Cecil 1,226 Edith 1,523
206 Maurice 1,220 Jody 1,509
207 Antonio 1,198 Jacquelyn 1,500
208 Alexander 1,172 Marian 1,499
209 Fredrick 1,169 Janie 1,482
210 Greg 1,167 Georgia 1,480
211 Oscar 1,153 Emma 1,461
212 Tim 1,144 Joni 1,449
213 Terrance 1,143 Carole 1,426
214 Randal 1,126 Candace 1,414
215 Marshall 1,106 Lucy 1,404
216 Ricardo 1,103 Grace 1,392
217 Aaron 1,098 Dianna 1,388
218 Claude 1,083 Teri 1,373
219 Mario 1,075 Luann 1,356
220 Neal 1,060 Nina 1,351
221 Lance 1,059 Pauline 1,350
222 Byron 1,056 Patty 1,330
223 Dave 1,053 Emily 1,304
224 Ross 1,028 Clara 1,300
225 Sidney 1,023 Paulette 1,298
226 Luis 1,005 Margie 1,280
227 Clifton 980 Priscilla 1,280
228 Marcus 974 Sheree 1,268
229 Wendell 965 April 1,251
230 Jessie 964 Bonita 1,237
231 Nathan 950 Gladys 1,228
232 Wallace 950 Lou 1,225
233 Edgar 930 Carrie 1,213
234 Clayton 924 Karla 1,206
235 Nelson 913 Jayne 1,179
236 Hugh 895 Vera 1,170
237 Sam 877 Bobbie 1,160
238 Rickie 875 Sherrie 1,155
239 Carlton 873 Bertha 1,153
240 Rocky 858 Marion 1,147
241 Jesus 843 Jamie 1,145
242 Wade 836 Sheri 1,144
243 Clinton 833 Lucille 1,140
244 Morris 830 Ella 1,125
245 Benny 822 Sabrina 1,120
246 Lyle 821 Thelma 1,107
247 Hector 798 Ethel 1,103
248 Bob 798 Wilma 1,103
249 Raul 797 Billie 1,092
250 Terence 766 Mona 1,092

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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