Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1885

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1885. 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 1885, 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 8,756
2 William 8,044
3 James 5,175
4 George 4,674
5 Charles 4,599
6 Frank 3,067
7 Joseph 2,540
8 Henry 2,406
9 Robert 2,322
10 Thomas 2,266
11 Edward 2,220
12 Harry 2,198
13 Walter 1,808
14 Fred 1,562
15 Arthur 1,516
16 Albert 1,429
17 Clarence 906
18 Samuel 888
19 Louis 809
20 Grover 768
21 Ernest 718
22 David 712
23 Charlie 705
24 Roy 691
25 Joe 681
26 Richard 672
27 Will 625
28 Oscar 623
29 Willie 614
30 Andrew 599
31 Jesse 556
32 Daniel 535
33 Peter 516
34 Carl 494
35 Sam 492
36 Earl 481
37 Frederick 466
38 Benjamin 464
39 Alfred 446
40 Elmer 443
41 Howard 438
42 Lewis 437
43 Paul 428
44 Ralph 422
45 Herbert 388
46 Jim 370
47 Michael 370
48 Tom 361
49 Martin 357
50 Lee 348
51 Eugene 345
52 Claude 343
53 Jacob 343
54 Ed 328
55 Herman 326
56 Francis 319
57 Clyde 318
58 Raymond 308
59 Harvey 304
60 Edgar 303
61 Jack 295
62 Ben 292
63 Edwin 289
64 Lawrence 288
65 Charley 285
66 Bert 276
67 Chester 273
68 Guy 266
69 Otto 263
70 Floyd 259
71 Luther 259
72 Oliver 258
73 Hugh 257
74 Ray 237
75 Ira 235
76 Homer 228
77 Patrick 217
78 Alexander 205
79 Isaac 204
80 Leonard 204
81 Jessie 202
82 Harold 201
83 Leo 199
84 Theodore 199
85 Archie 196
86 August 193
87 Allen 184
88 Sidney 170
89 Philip 163
90 Leroy 162
91 Bernard 160
92 Alex 159
93 Stephen 158
94 Horace 155
95 Anthony 153
96 Warren 151
97 Julius 150
98 Cleveland 147
99 Leon 146
100 Victor 143
101 Eddie 141
102 Lester 141
103 Marion 141
104 Clifford 139
105 Emil 138
106 Willis 133
107 Milton 130
108 Dan 129
109 Dave 128
110 Everett 128
111 Alvin 125
112 Leslie 122
113 Earnest 120
114 Calvin 119
115 Jess 119
116 Norman 118
117 Rufus 118
118 Franklin 117
119 Jerry 115
120 Perry 115
121 Amos 114
122 Dennis 112
123 Jose 111
124 Matthew 111
125 Melvin 110
126 Lloyd 109
127 Ross 109
128 Wesley 108
129 Wallace 107
130 Alonzo 104
131 Mack 104
132 Nathan 103
133 Adolph 102
134 Emmett 101
135 Jake 100
136 Morris 99
137 Percy 98
138 Roscoe 98
139 Stanley 97
140 Claud 97
141 Adam 96
142 Cornelius 96
143 Maurice 96
144 Willard 95
145 Russell 94
146 Elbert 92
147 Hiram 92
148 Wilbur 92
149 Irvin 91
150 Jay 91
151 Manuel 90
152 Otis 89
153 Aaron 88
154 Cecil 87
155 Gus 87
156 Jasper 87
157 Phillip 87
158 Abraham 86
159 Mike 84
160 Nelson 83
161 Simon 83
162 Clinton 82
163 Elijah 82
164 Sylvester 82
165 Virgil 82
166 Felix 80
167 Levi 79
168 Orville 79
169 Ellis 78
170 Irving 78
171 Marshall 78
172 Gilbert 77
173 Ollie 77
174 Noah 76
175 Wiley 76
176 Anton 74
177 Lonnie 74
178 Mark 74
179 Moses 74
180 Silas 73
181 Hubert 72
182 Reuben 72
183 Christopher 71
184 Johnnie 71
185 Max 71
186 Vernon 71
187 Curtis 70
188 Owen 70
189 Rudolph 70
190 Augustus 69
191 Cleve 69
192 Clayton 68
193 Edmund 68
194 Glenn 68
195 Bill 66
196 Nicholas 66
197 Marvin 65
198 Sherman 65
199 Timothy 64
200 Jeff 63
201 Millard 63
202 Fredrick 62
203 Newton 61
204 Elias 60
205 Steve 60
206 Dock 59
207 Grant 59
208 Wilson 59
209 Ora 58
210 Solomon 58
211 Riley 58
212 Pearl 57
213 Bruce 56
214 Eli 56
215 Joel 56
216 Pete 56
217 Andy 55
218 Christian 55
219 Gustave 55
220 Austin 54
221 Clifton 54
222 Juan 54
223 Monroe 54
224 Nathaniel 54
225 Wade 54
226 Jerome 53
227 Bob 52
228 Miles 52
229 Scott 52
230 Bennie 51
231 Edd 51
232 Harley 51
233 Chris 50
234 Luke 50
235 Mose 50
236 Julian 49
237 Gordon 48
238 Preston 48
239 Roland 48
240 Vincent 48
241 Abe 47
242 Donald 47
243 Alva 46
244 Byron 46
245 Clark 45
246 Harrison 45
247 Glen 45
248 Bud 44
249 Marcus 44
250 Karl 44

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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