Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1938

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1938. 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 1938, 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 Robert 62,269
2 James 59,100
3 John 50,522
4 William 42,429
5 Richard 34,383
6 Charles 31,144
7 Donald 26,672
8 David 22,993
9 Thomas 21,380
10 Ronald 20,295
11 George 18,434
12 Joseph 17,738
13 Edward 14,549
14 Kenneth 14,399
15 Paul 13,358
16 Larry 12,391
17 Jerry 12,170
18 Frank 10,260
19 Gerald 9,972
20 Raymond 9,729
21 Michael 9,081
22 Gary 8,861
23 Harold 8,559
24 Billy 8,248
25 Jack 8,142
26 Walter 7,560
27 Bobby 7,498
28 Joe 7,438
29 Carl 6,847
30 Henry 6,559
31 Roger 6,554
32 Arthur 6,526
33 Eugene 6,113
34 Willie 6,082
35 Ralph 6,015
36 Lawrence 5,873
37 Albert 5,795
38 Fred 5,767
39 Daniel 5,584
40 Wayne 5,226
41 Roy 5,042
42 Howard 5,017
43 Norman 4,952
44 Harry 4,823
45 Jimmy 4,730
46 Anthony 4,689
47 Louis 4,389
48 Peter 4,293
49 Dennis 4,236
50 Earl 4,008
51 Francis 3,949
52 Don 3,901
53 Marvin 3,900
54 Melvin 3,818
55 Ernest 3,708
56 Dale 3,690
57 Leonard 3,668
58 Clarence 3,637
59 Stanley 3,543
60 Douglas 3,509
61 Leroy 3,490
62 Samuel 3,242
63 Johnny 3,197
64 Philip 3,172
65 Gene 3,147
66 Bruce 3,128
67 Bill 3,114
68 Herbert 3,015
69 Alfred 3,008
70 Russell 2,948
71 Frederick 2,936
72 Ray 2,882
73 Allen 2,833
74 Stephen 2,726
75 Bernard 2,714
76 Jimmie 2,693
77 Tommy 2,666
78 Gordon 2,657
79 Eddie 2,615
80 Lee 2,575
81 Jim 2,496
82 Andrew 2,410
83 Glenn 2,367
84 Theodore 2,361
85 Leon 2,354
86 Terry 2,336
87 Martin 2,312
88 Patrick 2,291
89 Clifford 2,275
90 Edwin 2,248
91 Alan 2,241
92 Lloyd 2,215
93 Jerome 2,209
94 Bob 2,204
95 Phillip 2,154
96 Floyd 2,147
97 Clyde 2,130
98 Alvin 2,062
99 Harvey 2,049
100 Franklin 2,020
101 Curtis 2,004
102 Warren 1,996
103 Vernon 1,958
104 Leo 1,952
105 Jackie 1,943
106 Tom 1,933
107 Jesse 1,911
108 Herman 1,898
109 Lewis 1,882
110 Vincent 1,834
111 Arnold 1,820
112 Charlie 1,800
113 Ronnie 1,642
114 Duane 1,615
115 Lester 1,604
116 Gilbert 1,596
117 Victor 1,561
118 Cecil 1,557
119 Allan 1,540
120 Keith 1,535
121 Glen 1,464
122 Calvin 1,455
123 Johnnie 1,453
124 Roland 1,429
125 Benjamin 1,416
126 Jon 1,408
127 Milton 1,400
128 Darrell 1,355
129 Dean 1,338
130 Elmer 1,330
131 Claude 1,311
132 Freddie 1,310
133 Rodney 1,301
134 Joel 1,260
135 Leslie 1,248
136 Chester 1,236
137 Danny 1,209
138 Jay 1,181
139 Wallace 1,176
140 Max 1,164
141 Sam 1,162
142 Jose 1,159
143 Maurice 1,152
144 Manuel 1,143
145 Marion 1,139
146 Hugh 1,121
147 Ted 1,111
148 Willard 1,094
149 Steve 1,077
150 Wesley 1,073
151 Virgil 1,068
152 Neil 1,067
153 Tony 1,058
154 Mike 1,054
155 Barry 1,041
156 Dan 1,040
157 Edgar 1,031
158 Oscar 1,023
159 Everett 1,000
160 Lonnie 997
161 Nicholas 989
162 Karl 985
163 Jessie 972
164 Lowell 966
165 Dick 936
166 Mark 903
167 Timothy 882
168 Sidney 875
169 Delbert 874
170 Bennie 872
171 Homer 855
172 Ben 846
173 Wilbur 842
174 Morris 839
175 Carroll 828
176 Earnest 828
177 Luther 828
178 Hubert 825
179 Benny 823
180 Marshall 819
181 Lynn 810
182 Nelson 795
183 Lyle 790
184 Steven 772
185 Alton 765
186 Nathaniel 749
187 Willis 732
188 Horace 723
189 Guy 719
190 Otis 718
191 Billie 688
192 Rudolph 683
193 Alexander 666
194 Fredrick 664
195 Roosevelt 663
196 Clinton 657
197 Clifton 649
198 Wilbert 647
199 Stuart 641
200 Clayton 640
201 Juan 639
202 Rex 628
203 Dave 626
204 Brian 609
205 Matthew 607
206 Alex 602
207 Donnie 595
208 Doyle 585
209 Leland 585
210 Carlos 584
211 Myron 580
212 Perry 580
213 Wendell 580
214 Archie 577
215 Loren 575
216 Oliver 568
217 Julius 555
218 Ira 554
219 Dallas 552
220 Troy 546
221 Bobbie 544
222 Malcolm 542
223 Carlton 538
224 Gerard 536
225 Gregory 536
226 Salvatore 530
227 Ivan 526
228 Merle 525
229 Buddy 521
230 Sherman 521
231 Junior 516
232 Nathan 516
233 Byron 515
234 Edmund 513
235 Pete 513
236 Tommie 509
237 Sylvester 503
238 Dewey 501
239 Sammy 497
240 Ervin 488
241 Jacob 488
242 Clark 487
243 Antonio 484
244 Rudy 480
245 Laurence 479
246 Ross 479
247 Aaron 477
248 Ellis 476
249 Elbert 473
250 Jesus 473

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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