Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1942

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1942. 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 1942, 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 77,174
2 Robert 71,848
3 John 66,033
4 William 54,886
5 Richard 43,585
6 David 35,896
7 Charles 35,844
8 Thomas 31,099
9 Ronald 27,138
10 Donald 23,954
11 Joseph 22,425
12 Larry 22,099
13 Michael 21,726
14 George 21,272
15 Kenneth 18,207
16 Jerry 17,482
17 Edward 17,467
18 Gary 17,070
19 Paul 16,491
20 Dennis 13,280
21 Frank 12,245
22 Gerald 11,477
23 Douglas 11,231
24 Raymond 11,109
25 Roger 9,174
26 Walter 8,679
27 Harold 8,583
28 Daniel 8,506
29 Arthur 8,027
30 Lawrence 7,640
31 Henry 7,565
32 Stephen 7,501
33 Joe 7,381
34 Jack 7,361
35 Billy 7,311
36 Carl 7,265
37 Willie 7,089
38 Ralph 6,634
39 Peter 6,587
40 Albert 6,496
41 Wayne 6,483
42 Roy 6,309
43 Bobby 6,250
44 Anthony 6,210
45 Eugene 6,090
46 Fred 6,087
47 Jimmy 5,949
48 Harry 5,628
49 Howard 5,569
50 Bruce 5,385
51 Louis 5,151
52 Terry 4,810
53 Norman 4,681
54 Philip 4,601
55 Johnny 4,587
56 Stanley 4,587
57 Leonard 4,371
58 Francis 4,296
59 Samuel 4,194
60 Melvin 4,186
61 Ernest 4,078
62 Earl 4,048
63 Dale 3,863
64 Patrick 3,805
65 Bill 3,795
66 Marvin 3,792
67 Clarence 3,740
68 Frederick 3,737
69 Leroy 3,719
70 Russell 3,673
71 Allen 3,572
72 Don 3,564
73 Tommy 3,528
74 Jim 3,515
75 Steven 3,505
76 Alfred 3,406
77 Phillip 3,375
78 Ronnie 3,362
79 Barry 3,207
80 Andrew 3,142
81 Alan 3,135
82 Gene 3,127
83 Herbert 3,110
84 Ray 3,065
85 Martin 3,046
86 Eddie 3,020
87 Lee 2,922
88 Glenn 2,889
89 Tom 2,876
90 Bernard 2,724
91 Theodore 2,664
92 Gordon 2,606
93 Leon 2,548
94 Jimmie 2,541
95 Clifford 2,533
96 Lloyd 2,462
97 Warren 2,424
98 Curtis 2,418
99 Victor 2,395
100 Jesse 2,394
101 Vincent 2,379
102 Steve 2,376
103 Franklin 2,365
104 Jerome 2,340
105 Edwin 2,295
106 Mike 2,293
107 Harvey 2,284
108 Timothy 2,275
109 Clyde 2,204
110 Bob 2,203
111 Danny 2,203
112 Lewis 2,180
113 Floyd 2,171
114 Vernon 2,102
115 Alvin 2,071
116 Jeffrey 2,055
117 Mark 2,039
118 Charlie 1,869
119 Jackie 1,847
120 Leo 1,799
121 Herman 1,788
122 Rodney 1,787
123 Keith 1,785
124 Allan 1,764
125 Jon 1,763
126 Lester 1,751
127 Leslie 1,734
128 Gilbert 1,724
129 Benjamin 1,691
130 Arnold 1,685
131 Duane 1,620
132 Cecil 1,619
133 Jay 1,599
134 Joel 1,595
135 Darrell 1,591
136 Calvin 1,578
137 Chester 1,559
138 Johnnie 1,558
139 Brian 1,523
140 Freddie 1,512
141 Milton 1,505
142 Nicholas 1,501
143 Roland 1,451
144 Glen 1,421
145 Tony 1,408
146 Lynn 1,394
147 Dan 1,344
148 Lonnie 1,318
149 Claude 1,316
150 Jose 1,310
151 Dean 1,285
152 Sam 1,280
153 Manuel 1,274
154 Hugh 1,254
155 Wesley 1,254
156 Ted 1,252
157 Wallace 1,231
158 Elmer 1,228
159 Willard 1,191
160 Neil 1,101
161 Everett 1,057
162 Dave 1,054
163 Marion 1,052
164 Edgar 1,050
165 Gregory 1,027
166 Maurice 1,027
167 Jessie 1,003
168 Virgil 1,003
169 Sidney 1,000
170 Max 971
171 Stuart 964
172 Oscar 957
173 Marshall 952
174 Morris 909
175 Craig 892
176 Lyle 890
177 Lowell 884
178 Bennie 883
179 Karl 878
180 Benny 877
181 Nelson 870
182 Eric 866
183 Dick 862
184 Alexander 860
185 Luther 858
186 Ben 851
187 Wendell 845
188 Nathaniel 842
189 Matthew 841
190 Mack 840
191 Donnie 837
192 Earnest 835
193 Gerard 832
194 Sammy 832
195 Christopher 812
196 Guy 799
197 Delbert 797
198 Clifton 793
199 Fredrick 789
200 Carroll 788
201 Hubert 787
202 Homer 781
203 Ira 761
204 Garry 760
205 Randall 760
206 Clinton 738
207 Otis 737
208 Horace 729
209 Juan 717
210 Kent 717
211 Dwight 716
212 Perry 706
213 Clayton 701
214 Wilbur 687
215 Alex 681
216 Archie 679
217 Leland 675
218 Loren 673
219 Laurence 666
220 Willis 666
221 Carlos 660
222 Rudolph 657
223 Jerald 647
224 Byron 643
225 Wilbert 639
226 Reginald 633
227 Alton 625
228 Oliver 613
229 Roosevelt 609
230 Edmund 602
231 Tommie 602
232 Myron 600
233 Salvatore 597
234 Malcolm 577
235 Troy 573
236 Aaron 569
237 Neal 569
238 Doyle 567
239 Pete 561
240 Julius 558
241 Ross 556
242 Terrence 555
243 Jonathan 553
244 Sherman 552
245 Clark 538
246 Randolph 535
247 Pat 534
248 Jesus 534
249 Kevin 530
250 Julian 530

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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