Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1939

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1939. 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 1939, 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 59,653
2 James 59,634
3 John 51,019
4 William 42,077
5 Richard 35,378
6 Charles 30,785
7 David 25,362
8 Donald 24,057
9 Thomas 22,130
10 Ronald 19,836
11 George 17,886
12 Joseph 17,720
13 Kenneth 14,711
14 Larry 14,530
15 Edward 14,427
16 Jerry 13,730
17 Paul 13,335
18 Michael 10,827
19 Gerald 10,054
20 Frank 9,988
21 Gary 9,681
22 Raymond 9,247
23 Harold 8,302
24 Billy 7,473
25 Walter 7,320
26 Jack 7,305
27 Joe 7,188
28 Roger 7,153
29 Bobby 7,058
30 Carl 6,593
31 Henry 6,559
32 Arthur 6,380
33 Willie 6,306
34 Dennis 6,213
35 Ralph 5,959
36 Lawrence 5,883
37 Eugene 5,874
38 Daniel 5,797
39 Wayne 5,652
40 Fred 5,537
41 Albert 5,477
42 Roy 5,154
43 Jimmy 4,753
44 Norman 4,742
45 Harry 4,663
46 Peter 4,641
47 Howard 4,610
48 Anthony 4,609
49 Louis 4,225
50 Earl 3,896
51 Melvin 3,853
52 Marvin 3,759
53 Francis 3,721
54 Leonard 3,713
55 Ernest 3,686
56 Don 3,585
57 Stanley 3,571
58 Douglas 3,564
59 Dale 3,531
60 Clarence 3,483
61 Leroy 3,389
62 Johnny 3,371
63 Samuel 3,254
64 Bruce 3,233
65 Stephen 3,176
66 Philip 3,174
67 Bill 3,161
68 Herbert 3,098
69 Gene 3,013
70 Alfred 2,988
71 Frederick 2,973
72 Allen 2,928
73 Russell 2,832
74 Ray 2,709
75 Jim 2,637
76 Bernard 2,626
77 Tommy 2,622
78 Lee 2,587
79 Patrick 2,531
80 Jimmie 2,524
81 Eddie 2,509
82 Gordon 2,508
83 Terry 2,444
84 Andrew 2,439
85 Alan 2,330
86 Leon 2,329
87 Glenn 2,302
88 Clifford 2,292
89 Bob 2,244
90 Theodore 2,196
91 Martin 2,192
92 Phillip 2,176
93 Jerome 2,152
94 Floyd 2,094
95 Lloyd 2,087
96 Edwin 2,063
97 Tom 2,026
98 Curtis 2,011
99 Jesse 2,009
100 Vernon 1,994
101 Clyde 1,959
102 Harvey 1,947
103 Alvin 1,941
104 Warren 1,891
105 Jackie 1,889
106 Lewis 1,856
107 Franklin 1,855
108 Leo 1,842
109 Ronnie 1,825
110 Vincent 1,810
111 Herman 1,801
112 Charlie 1,749
113 Arnold 1,618
114 Cecil 1,579
115 Gilbert 1,553
116 Lester 1,549
117 Keith 1,506
118 Duane 1,495
119 Victor 1,475
120 Johnnie 1,458
121 Jon 1,450
122 Rodney 1,446
123 Glen 1,427
124 Benjamin 1,423
125 Allan 1,412
126 Calvin 1,394
127 Barry 1,376
128 Milton 1,372
129 Mike 1,349
130 Darrell 1,340
131 Elmer 1,329
132 Roland 1,329
133 Chester 1,296
134 Dean 1,296
135 Joel 1,296
136 Leslie 1,294
137 Danny 1,271
138 Freddie 1,237
139 Steve 1,208
140 Tony 1,175
141 Claude 1,155
142 Jay 1,146
143 Manuel 1,142
144 Steven 1,130
145 Sam 1,121
146 Wesley 1,114
147 Willard 1,104
148 Jose 1,096
149 Ted 1,079
150 Lonnie 1,070
151 Wallace 1,070
152 Neil 1,067
153 Timothy 1,067
154 Jessie 1,058
155 Marion 1,033
156 Nicholas 1,032
157 Maurice 1,017
158 Edgar 1,008
159 Oscar 1,002
160 Hugh 999
161 Dan 995
162 Max 979
163 Everett 977
164 Virgil 937
165 Morris 927
166 Lowell 924
167 Lynn 885
168 Dick 877
169 Bennie 876
170 Mark 867
171 Karl 866
172 Benny 864
173 Sidney 861
174 Delbert 843
175 Lyle 833
176 Brian 808
177 Earnest 808
178 Nelson 803
179 Carroll 788
180 Homer 785
181 Hubert 783
182 Marshall 782
183 Nathaniel 770
184 Luther 764
185 Otis 730
186 Alexander 722
187 Guy 711
188 Horace 711
189 Ben 709
190 Wilbur 702
191 Willis 693
192 Alton 680
193 Dave 663
194 Clifton 662
195 Clinton 657
196 Donnie 640
197 Clayton 632
198 Fredrick 629
199 Juan 625
200 Loren 625
201 Archie 622
202 Matthew 622
203 Oliver 598
204 Alex 597
205 Gregory 596
206 Wendell 596
207 Stuart 590
208 Rudolph 588
209 Roosevelt 587
210 Troy 586
211 Perry 584
212 Carlos 579
213 Leland 570
214 Doyle 569
215 Wilbert 565
216 Rex 564
217 Myron 560
218 Byron 555
219 Billie 551
220 Laurence 549
221 Sherman 546
222 Pete 544
223 Salvatore 534
224 Julius 531
225 Merle 529
226 Ira 525
227 Malcolm 523
228 Gerard 521
229 Ivan 518
230 Dallas 509
231 Randall 506
232 Sammy 503
233 Buddy 500
234 Kent 495
235 Tommie 495
236 Orville 494
237 Carlton 494
238 Eldon 494
239 Grady 486
240 Ross 480
241 Dewey 478
242 Darrel 475
243 Bobbie 474
244 Sylvester 472
245 Aaron 471
246 Nathan 468
247 Edmund 467
248 Junior 465
249 Isaac 462
250 Elbert 459

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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