Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1881

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1881. 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 boy names in 1881, 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

Rank Name Count
1 John 8,769
2 William 8,524
3 James 5,441
4 George 4,664
5 Charles 4,636
6 Frank 2,834
7 Joseph 2,456
8 Henry 2,339
9 Thomas 2,282
10 Edward 2,177
11 Robert 2,140
12 Harry 2,002
13 Walter 1,670
14 Arthur 1,575
15 Fred 1,418
16 Albert 1,319
17 Samuel 919
18 David 750
19 Louis 746
20 Charlie 668
21 Clarence 668
22 Richard 641
23 Joe 639
24 Andrew 588
25 Ernest 571
26 Will 550
27 Jesse 536
28 Oscar 530
29 Daniel 527
30 Willie 498
31 Benjamin 481
32 Sam 481
33 Alfred 466
34 Roy 440
35 Lewis 439
36 Frederick 433
37 Peter 428
38 Elmer 388
39 Jacob 381
40 Herbert 369
41 Carl 359
42 Howard 359
43 Tom 349
44 Lee 342
45 Ralph 329
46 Martin 327
47 Jim 323
48 Earl 314
49 Eugene 314
50 Bert 312
51 Edgar 312
52 Herman 304
53 Claude 302
54 Michael 298
55 Paul 291
56 Ben 289
57 Ira 286
58 Harvey 282
59 Chester 274
60 Edwin 274
61 Ed 272
62 Charley 266
63 Francis 259
64 Isaac 258
65 Luther 249
66 Lawrence 244
67 Oliver 238
68 Clyde 232
69 Otto 221
70 Hugh 219
71 Alexander 209
72 Leonard 206
73 Jack 197
74 Raymond 195
75 Patrick 188
76 Guy 186
77 Homer 181
78 Floyd 178
79 Theodore 178
80 Allen 172
81 August 172
82 Marion 162
83 Philip 156
84 Warren 156
85 Horace 152
86 Dan 148
87 Ray 148
88 Garfield 147
89 Stephen 147
90 Emil 145
91 Jessie 143
92 Milton 143
93 Willis 142
94 Calvin 138
95 Dave 135
96 Bernard 130
97 Julius 129
98 Leroy 129
99 Sidney 129
100 Anthony 128
101 Archie 125
102 Perry 123
103 Leo 122
104 Leon 121
105 Rufus 121
106 Harold 120
107 Franklin 117
108 Adam 116
109 Alex 114
110 Alonzo 111
111 Everett 111
112 Clifford 110
113 Victor 110
114 Eddie 109
115 Alvin 105
116 Levi 104
117 Amos 102
118 Roscoe 102
119 Wesley 102
120 Dennis 99
121 Eli 97
122 Jerry 97
123 Jay 96
124 Hiram 95
125 Norman 95
126 Percy 95
127 Aaron 94
128 Gus 94
129 Mark 94
130 Willard 94
131 Moses 93
132 Earnest 92
133 Gilbert 92
134 Jake 92
135 Leslie 92
136 Nathan 91
137 Adolph 90
138 Nelson 90
139 Otis 89
140 Irvin 88
141 Wallace 88
142 Clinton 87
143 Lester 87
144 Lloyd 87
145 Morris 87
146 Abraham 86
147 Jess 85
148 Elbert 84
149 Phillip 84
150 Jasper 83
151 Ross 82
152 Noah 81
153 Wilbur 81
154 Claud 80
155 Cornelius 80
156 Mack 80
157 Matthew 80
158 Lonnie 77
159 Jose 76
160 Melvin 76
161 Stanley 76
162 Sylvester 76
163 Wiley 76
164 Simon 75
165 Reuben 73
166 Silas 73
167 Wilson 73
168 Curtis 72
169 Felix 72
170 Maurice 72
171 Alva 70
172 Elijah 69
173 Christopher 68
174 Owen 67
175 Austin 66
176 Clark 66
177 Max 66
178 Asa 65
179 Emmett 65
180 Fredrick 65
181 Russell 65
182 Virgil 65
183 Winfield 65
184 Mose 63
185 Timothy 63
186 Rudolph 62
187 Edmund 61
188 Harley 61
189 Harrison 61
190 Jeff 61
191 Orville 61
192 Irving 60
193 Andy 58
194 Ellis 58
195 Lemuel 58
196 Monroe 58
197 Anton 57
198 Joel 57
199 Manuel 57
200 Marvin 57
201 Pete 57
202 Vernon 57
203 Marshall 56
204 Nicholas 56
205 Ike 55
206 Mathew 55
207 Ora 55
208 Christian 53
209 Emery 53
210 Newton 53
211 Chris 52
212 Clayton 52
213 Pearl 52
214 Wade 52
215 Augustus 51
216 Columbus 51
217 Scott 51
218 Bob 50
219 Solomon 49
220 Emanuel 48
221 Nathaniel 48
222 Riley 47
223 Sherman 47
224 Glenn 45
225 Johnnie 45
226 Juan 45
227 Marcus 45
228 Ollie 45
229 Enoch 44
230 Ezra 44
231 Mike 44
232 Steve 44
233 Ambrose 43
234 Arch 43
235 Dock 43
236 Hubert 43
237 Bill 42
238 Burton 42
239 Edmond 42
240 Emory 42
241 Luke 42
242 Ole 42
243 Elias 41
244 Edd 40
245 Miles 40
246 Major 40
247 Joshua 40
248 Cyrus 40
249 Anderson 40
250 Barney 40

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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