Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1940

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1940. 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 1940, 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 James 62,476
2 Robert 61,193
3 John 54,780
4 William 44,772
5 Richard 37,424
6 Charles 31,686
7 David 27,689
8 Thomas 23,989
9 Donald 23,109
10 Ronald 20,730
11 George 18,316
12 Joseph 18,209
13 Larry 17,198
14 Jerry 15,210
15 Kenneth 15,133
16 Edward 14,401
17 Paul 14,097
18 Michael 13,229
19 Gary 12,570
20 Frank 10,596
21 Gerald 10,239
22 Raymond 9,569
23 Harold 8,079
24 Dennis 7,845
25 Walter 7,723
26 Roger 7,599
27 Billy 7,596
28 Joe 7,221
29 Jack 7,048
30 Bobby 6,882
31 Henry 6,819
32 Carl 6,754
33 Arthur 6,508
34 Daniel 6,224
35 Willie 6,175
36 Lawrence 6,171
37 Ralph 5,835
38 Eugene 5,798
39 Wayne 5,726
40 Fred 5,584
41 Albert 5,571
42 Roy 5,565
43 Peter 5,047
44 Jimmy 4,963
45 Howard 4,825
46 Anthony 4,766
47 Harry 4,680
48 Norman 4,575
49 Stephen 4,422
50 Louis 4,324
51 Johnny 4,000
52 Earl 3,944
53 Melvin 3,935
54 Leonard 3,816
55 Bruce 3,790
56 Douglas 3,732
57 Dale 3,699
58 Ernest 3,697
59 Stanley 3,693
60 Philip 3,674
61 Francis 3,607
62 Don 3,546
63 Marvin 3,501
64 Clarence 3,486
65 Samuel 3,362
66 Leroy 3,310
67 Bill 3,268
68 Frederick 3,095
69 Alfred 3,063
70 Gene 3,060
71 Allen 3,029
72 Russell 3,012
73 Terry 2,982
74 Patrick 2,883
75 Herbert 2,874
76 Tommy 2,826
77 Ray 2,795
78 Jim 2,714
79 Phillip 2,628
80 Lee 2,624
81 Eddie 2,579
82 Bernard 2,468
83 Glenn 2,465
84 Andrew 2,430
85 Martin 2,423
86 Jimmie 2,407
87 Franklin 2,392
88 Alan 2,377
89 Leon 2,317
90 Theodore 2,306
91 Gordon 2,295
92 Tom 2,287
93 Jesse 2,206
94 Clifford 2,184
95 Jerome 2,178
96 Edwin 2,115
97 Curtis 2,103
98 Harvey 2,087
99 Bob 2,082
100 Lloyd 2,067
101 Ronnie 2,054
102 Clyde 2,014
103 Floyd 2,011
104 Vincent 1,975
105 Vernon 1,941
106 Alvin 1,910
107 Lewis 1,900
108 Jackie 1,889
109 Barry 1,836
110 Warren 1,813
111 Charlie 1,762
112 Leo 1,752
113 Herman 1,670
114 Wendell 1,625
115 Allan 1,608
116 Cecil 1,590
117 Lester 1,590
118 Arnold 1,579
119 Steven 1,569
120 Victor 1,567
121 Steve 1,554
122 Mike 1,549
123 Jon 1,546
124 Gilbert 1,531
125 Keith 1,513
126 Danny 1,478
127 Calvin 1,472
128 Benjamin 1,445
129 Johnnie 1,445
130 Glen 1,434
131 Darrell 1,431
132 Milton 1,425
133 Rodney 1,397
134 Duane 1,387
135 Timothy 1,385
136 Leslie 1,370
137 Chester 1,353
138 Freddie 1,318
139 Jay 1,293
140 Joel 1,278
141 Roland 1,267
142 Tony 1,232
143 Dean 1,223
144 Elmer 1,218
145 Claude 1,196
146 Wallace 1,172
147 Manuel 1,171
148 Jose 1,169
149 Mark 1,165
150 Sam 1,148
151 Willard 1,139
152 Wesley 1,128
153 Lonnie 1,102
154 Nicholas 1,101
155 Dan 1,097
156 Neil 1,067
157 Hugh 1,060
158 Marion 1,049
159 Ted 1,047
160 Lynn 1,045
161 Maurice 1,031
162 Jessie 1,019
163 Brian 1,009
164 Edgar 984
165 Max 951
166 Virgil 938
167 Oscar 936
168 Sidney 928
169 Everett 926
170 Morris 912
171 Dick 911
172 Lowell 870
173 Lyle 865
174 Karl 855
175 Bennie 845
176 Nathaniel 832
177 Luther 825
178 Ben 814
179 Benny 814
180 Delbert 813
181 Marshall 809
182 Nelson 806
183 Jeffrey 799
184 Earnest 796
185 Homer 773
186 Dave 769
187 Hubert 761
188 Alexander 760
189 Gregory 756
190 Carroll 755
191 Fredrick 742
192 Guy 716
193 Wilbur 705
194 Alton 692
195 Stuart 680
196 Juan 677
197 Donnie 675
198 Matthew 664
199 Otis 662
200 Horace 661
201 Carlos 657
202 Clifton 641
203 Roosevelt 635
204 Clinton 632
205 Ira 625
206 Rudolph 623
207 Doyle 621
208 Alex 619
209 Leland 608
210 Willis 608
211 Laurence 604
212 Clayton 603
213 Archie 601
214 Loren 586
215 Oliver 582
216 Kent 578
217 Sammy 577
218 Troy 577
219 Julius 566
220 Myron 566
221 Wilbert 566
222 Garry 557
223 Tommie 557
224 Gerard 553
225 Perry 553
226 Byron 548
227 Malcolm 548
228 Rex 547
229 Dewey 542
230 Ivan 541
231 Salvatore 533
232 Sherman 532
233 Randall 531
234 Aaron 514
235 Jacob 514
236 Reginald 514
237 Pete 513
238 Julian 511
239 Neal 506
240 Jerald 502
241 Christopher 499
242 Edmund 498
243 Nathan 496
244 Carlton 492
245 Grady 489
246 Isaac 487
247 Dallas 485
248 Eldon 485
249 Eric 482
250 Pat 482

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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