Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1888

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1888. 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 1888, 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 9,247
2 William 8,705
3 James 5,562
4 George 4,912
5 Charles 4,591
6 Frank 3,459
7 Joseph 2,993
8 Robert 2,814
9 Harry 2,759
10 Henry 2,596
11 Edward 2,470
12 Thomas 2,449
13 Walter 2,040
14 Arthur 1,710
15 Fred 1,665
16 Albert 1,569
17 Clarence 1,022
18 Samuel 931
19 Louis 884
20 Roy 856
21 David 801
22 Charlie 796
23 Joe 789
24 Willie 786
25 Benjamin 781
26 Richard 772
27 Ernest 766
28 Will 707
29 Carl 675
30 Earl 675
31 Oscar 647
32 Jesse 637
33 Andrew 615
34 Sam 607
35 Daniel 566
36 Ralph 547
37 Alfred 536
38 Paul 529
39 Elmer 527
40 Howard 513
41 Peter 498
42 Frederick 496
43 Herbert 485
44 Grover 474
45 Raymond 469
46 Michael 466
47 Ben 463
48 Lee 430
49 Tom 416
50 Lewis 412
51 Herman 403
52 Harrison 400
53 Eugene 398
54 Martin 378
55 Claude 374
56 Jim 362
57 Francis 353
58 Jacob 353
59 Leo 353
60 Clyde 344
61 Lawrence 343
62 Harvey 334
63 Ray 331
64 Jack 329
65 Edgar 321
66 Otto 312
67 Floyd 302
68 Ed 301
69 Edwin 298
70 Harold 298
71 Guy 297
72 Chester 288
73 Bert 282
74 Luther 275
75 Allen 260
76 Homer 256
77 Charley 254
78 Jessie 254
79 Hugh 253
80 Theodore 249
81 Patrick 245
82 Alexander 237
83 Leonard 225
84 Ira 222
85 Isaac 221
86 August 213
87 Bernard 207
88 Oliver 206
89 Julius 197
90 Leon 196
91 Philip 196
92 Clifford 194
93 Anthony 193
94 Eddie 193
95 Leroy 192
96 Archie 191
97 Lester 189
98 Stephen 187
99 Leslie 175
100 Lloyd 175
101 Sidney 168
102 Alex 167
103 Horace 165
104 Milton 165
105 Marion 162
106 Alvin 157
107 Everett 156
108 Norman 156
109 Dan 154
110 Stanley 154
111 Percy 151
112 Warren 148
113 Wesley 147
114 Dave 146
115 Russell 146
116 Emil 142
117 Roscoe 141
118 Earnest 138
119 Willis 135
120 Victor 134
121 Gus 133
122 Jess 132
123 Franklin 129
124 Nathan 129
125 Rufus 126
126 Perry 124
127 Calvin 123
128 Willard 123
129 Jay 122
130 Adam 120
131 Melvin 119
132 Max 118
133 Otis 116
134 Phillip 116
135 Mark 115
136 Matthew 114
137 Virgil 112
138 Wallace 111
139 Alonzo 110
140 Glenn 110
141 Gilbert 109
142 Simon 109
143 Adolph 107
144 Jake 107
145 Dennis 106
146 Cornelius 105
147 Wilbur 103
148 Lonnie 101
149 Manuel 101
150 Felix 101
151 Clinton 101
152 Emmett 100
153 Maurice 100
154 Jose 99
155 Elbert 98
156 Owen 98
157 Nicholas 97
158 Cecil 96
159 Mack 96
160 Morris 95
161 Amos 94
162 Jeff 93
163 Jerry 92
164 Levi 91
165 Marshall 91
166 Aaron 90
167 Marvin 90
168 Ross 90
169 Curtis 89
170 Irving 89
171 Elijah 88
172 Claud 87
173 Cleveland 87
174 Orville 87
175 Nelson 85
176 Reuben 84
177 Gordon 83
178 Noah 83
179 Steve 83
180 Sylvester 83
181 Fredrick 82
182 Harley 82
183 Johnnie 82
184 Pete 82
185 Mike 81
186 Moses 80
187 Austin 79
188 Christopher 79
189 Sherman 79
190 Abraham 78
191 Irvin 78
192 Jasper 78
193 Vernon 78
194 Bennie 77
195 Donald 77
196 Glen 77
197 Edmund 76
198 Ollie 76
199 Timothy 76
200 Eli 75
201 Hubert 75
202 Alva 74
203 Monroe 74
204 Anton 72
205 Thurman 72
206 Ellis 71
207 Karl 71
208 Silas 71
209 Hiram 70
210 Millard 70
211 Ora 70
212 Barney 69
213 Pearl 69
214 Dock 68
215 Edd 68
216 Mathew 67
217 Vincent 67
218 Augustus 66
219 Clifton 64
220 Wiley 64
221 Clayton 63
222 Nathaniel 63
223 Wilson 62
224 Mose 62
225 Forrest 62
226 Columbus 60
227 Andy 60
228 Bob 59
229 Chris 59
230 Asa 58
231 Bill 58
232 Preston 58
233 Tony 57
234 Benjiman 56
235 Juan 56
236 Lon 55
237 Ervin 54
238 Rudolph 54
239 Ike 53
240 Morton 53
241 Byron 52
242 Gustave 52
243 Arnold 51
244 Christian 51
245 Douglas 50
246 Wade 50
247 Newton 50
248 Joshua 50
249 Mary 50
250 Don 50

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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