Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1897

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1897. 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 1897, 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 7,550
2 William 7,198
3 James 5,113
4 George 4,078
5 Charles 3,341
6 Joseph 2,827
7 Frank 2,726
8 Robert 2,701
9 Edward 2,121
10 Henry 1,994
11 Thomas 1,980
12 Walter 1,895
13 Harry 1,879
14 Arthur 1,647
15 Albert 1,377
16 Fred 1,301
17 Clarence 1,201
18 Willie 1,151
19 Roy 999
20 Paul 923
21 Harold 860
22 Raymond 837
23 Louis 831
24 Earl 829
25 Carl 828
26 Joe 798
27 Ernest 785
28 Samuel 759
29 David 730
30 Charlie 714
31 Richard 702
32 Ralph 697
33 Howard 634
34 Elmer 587
35 Herbert 565
36 Andrew 555
37 Oscar 543
38 Jesse 529
39 Daniel 520
40 Alfred 513
41 Lawrence 505
42 Jack 497
43 Francis 496
44 Will 491
45 Sam 478
46 Leo 462
47 Lee 453
48 Floyd 451
49 Eugene 447
50 Herman 412
51 Peter 397
52 Ray 397
53 Edwin 380
54 Benjamin 378
55 Lewis 378
56 Frederick 369
57 Michael 368
58 Clyde 359
59 Claude 345
60 Martin 312
61 Leonard 310
62 Lester 310
63 Tom 298
64 Russell 295
65 Ben 291
66 Leroy 291
67 Chester 290
68 Clifford 285
69 Edgar 278
70 Homer 278
71 Luther 271
72 Harvey 268
73 Eddie 263
74 Lloyd 258
75 Jim 252
76 Anthony 249
77 Stanley 240
78 Bernard 234
79 Jessie 234
80 Otto 234
81 Leon 229
82 Allen 226
83 Leslie 222
84 Cecil 216
85 Theodore 215
86 Hugh 213
87 Patrick 210
88 Jacob 204
89 Philip 200
90 Ed 198
91 Norman 197
92 Donald 195
93 Guy 195
94 Stephen 194
95 Archie 190
96 Victor 190
97 Alvin 186
98 Percy 183
99 Ira 180
100 Everett 179
101 Isaac 175
102 Oliver 174
103 Alexander 172
104 Glenn 171
105 Kenneth 164
106 Milton 161
107 Horace 160
108 Julius 159
109 Mack 159
110 Virgil 159
111 Dewey 158
112 Charley 156
113 Marion 153
114 Vernon 152
115 Sidney 149
116 Earnest 148
117 Bert 143
118 Willard 143
119 Nathan 139
120 August 137
121 Warren 137
122 Marvin 134
123 Otis 133
124 Morris 132
125 Willis 132
126 Emil 131
127 Wallace 131
128 Alex 130
129 Melvin 128
130 Johnnie 125
131 Rufus 124
132 Hubert 123
133 Max 122
134 Dave 121
135 Gilbert 121
136 Wesley 121
137 Emmett 118
138 Jerry 118
139 Maurice 117
140 Dan 115
141 Mckinley 115
142 Lonnie 114
143 Vincent 112
144 Sylvester 111
145 Wilbur 111
146 Jess 110
147 Rudolph 109
148 Hobart 105
149 Mark 104
150 Nelson 104
151 Arnold 103
152 Calvin 103
153 Perry 103
154 Curtis 102
155 Jake 102
156 Matthew 100
157 Ellis 98
158 Irving 98
159 Felix 97
160 Bryan 97
161 Bennie 96
162 Dennis 96
163 Edmund 96
164 Elbert 95
165 Amos 94
166 Gerald 93
167 Adolph 92
168 Mike 92
169 Ollie 92
170 Roland 92
171 Cornelius 91
172 Clinton 90
173 Gordon 89
174 Gus 89
175 Adam 88
176 Glen 88
177 Aaron 87
178 Nicholas 87
179 Manuel 86
180 Jose 85
181 Alonzo 84
182 Bill 84
183 Claud 84
184 Jasper 83
185 Orville 83
186 Harley 82
187 Jay 82
188 Marshall 82
189 Phillip 82
190 Reuben 82
191 Forrest 81
192 Simon 79
193 Steve 79
194 Clifton 78
195 Pete 76
196 Clayton 75
197 Irvin 75
198 Roscoe 74
199 Grant 72
200 Johnie 71
201 Ivan 70
202 Moses 70
203 Owen 70
204 Alva 69
205 Harrison 69
206 Laurence 69
207 Dock 68
208 Franklin 68
209 Elijah 65
210 Fredrick 65
211 Mary 63
212 Abraham 62
213 Ross 62
214 Loyd 61
215 Sherman 61
216 Hobert 60
217 Jerome 60
218 Jeff 59
219 Leland 59
220 Levi 59
221 Wiley 59
222 Abe 58
223 Barney 58
224 Bruce 58
225 Carroll 58
226 Clark 58
227 Douglas 58
228 Monroe 58
229 Noah 58
230 Roger 58
231 Timothy 58
232 Christopher 57
233 Karl 57
234 Grover 56
235 Ervin 55
236 Austin 54
237 Tony 54
238 Juan 53
239 Wade 53
240 Silas 53
241 Julian 53
242 Bob 53
243 Wayne 51
244 Andy 50
245 Mathew 50
246 Jennings 50
247 Byron 50
248 Forest 50
249 Jimmie 49
250 Louie 49

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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