Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1947

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1947. 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 1947, 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 94,764
2 Robert 91,647
3 John 88,319
4 William 66,992
5 Richard 58,523
6 David 57,810
7 Michael 50,503
8 Thomas 44,838
9 Charles 40,774
10 Larry 34,940
11 Ronald 34,897
12 Gary 30,030
13 Donald 28,256
14 Joseph 27,514
15 Kenneth 24,582
16 George 23,918
17 Dennis 23,686
18 Paul 22,793
19 Edward 20,543
20 Jerry 18,789
21 Stephen 15,326
22 Daniel 15,189
23 Frank 13,999
24 Steven 13,531
25 Roger 12,759
26 Terry 12,754
27 Raymond 12,354
28 Gerald 10,747
29 Bruce 10,524
30 Wayne 10,167
31 Douglas 9,897
32 Lawrence 9,582
33 Gregory 9,328
34 Walter 9,213
35 Harold 8,903
36 Peter 8,591
37 Jack 8,508
38 Arthur 8,252
39 Danny 8,070
40 Carl 8,048
41 Anthony 8,014
42 Willie 7,998
43 Joe 7,904
44 Jimmy 7,878
45 Alan 7,823
46 Henry 7,808
47 Mark 7,771
48 Roy 7,563
49 Johnny 7,441
50 Ralph 7,387
51 Billy 6,931
52 Timothy 6,748
53 Patrick 6,620
54 Harry 6,513
55 Albert 6,461
56 Fred 6,388
57 Philip 6,236
58 Steve 6,231
59 Eugene 6,179
60 Bobby 6,119
61 Ronnie 6,109
62 Howard 6,061
63 Dale 5,935
64 Louis 5,780
65 Mike 5,749
66 Jeffrey 5,665
67 Stanley 5,502
68 Barry 5,472
69 Russell 5,268
70 Leonard 5,158
71 Glenn 5,154
72 Samuel 5,108
73 Allen 5,075
74 Ernest 4,788
75 Phillip 4,787
76 Bill 4,683
77 Jim 4,640
78 Frederick 4,635
79 Tommy 4,593
80 Eddie 4,454
81 Norman 4,411
82 Andrew 4,344
83 Earl 4,241
84 Francis 4,211
85 Melvin 4,168
86 Don 4,004
87 Tom 3,921
88 Clarence 3,920
89 Marvin 3,773
90 Martin 3,724
91 Keith 3,682
92 Lee 3,676
93 Craig 3,641
94 Rodney 3,564
95 Brian 3,449
96 Alfred 3,414
97 Ray 3,381
98 Leroy 3,348
99 Curtis 3,037
100 Bernard 2,994
101 Clifford 2,989
102 Theodore 2,928
103 Gene 2,896
104 Herbert 2,855
105 Vincent 2,804
106 Randall 2,785
107 Jesse 2,752
108 Warren 2,727
109 Dan 2,703
110 Jerome 2,689
111 Gordon 2,670
112 Lloyd 2,629
113 Jimmie 2,601
114 Edwin 2,589
115 Bob 2,515
116 Randy 2,501
117 Leon 2,490
118 Lewis 2,439
119 Jay 2,437
120 Calvin 2,432
121 Victor 2,357
122 Eric 2,344
123 Jon 2,307
124 Leslie 2,305
125 Darrell 2,285
126 Tony 2,276
127 Christopher 2,273
128 Clyde 2,263
129 Alvin 2,214
130 Floyd 2,212
131 Harvey 2,207
132 Allan 2,187
133 Joel 2,144
134 Vernon 2,114
135 Duane 2,092
136 Jose 2,090
137 Lonnie 2,083
138 Glen 2,069
139 Scott 2,029
140 Dean 2,001
141 Jackie 1,990
142 Lester 1,944
143 Nicholas 1,935
144 Benjamin 1,932
145 Charlie 1,913
146 Gilbert 1,875
147 Leo 1,806
148 Arnold 1,798
149 Johnnie 1,797
150 Herman 1,795
151 Lynn 1,781
152 Franklin 1,771
153 Freddie 1,723
154 Chester 1,714
155 Dave 1,693
156 Manuel 1,678
157 Ted 1,646
158 Milton 1,637
159 Micheal 1,629
160 Kevin 1,550
161 Dwight 1,542
162 Neil 1,460
163 Wesley 1,459
164 Garry 1,449
165 Cecil 1,442
166 Roland 1,433
167 Claude 1,432
168 Donnie 1,419
169 Sam 1,416
170 Tim 1,330
171 Greg 1,317
172 Juan 1,313
173 Ricky 1,300
174 Marshall 1,270
175 Sammy 1,210
176 Hugh 1,200
177 Jonathan 1,196
178 Stuart 1,191
179 Wallace 1,189
180 Guy 1,183
181 Maurice 1,141
182 Rick 1,121
183 Kent 1,120
184 Karl 1,119
185 Chris 1,116
186 Oscar 1,111
187 Nathaniel 1,100
188 Sidney 1,099
189 Terrence 1,099
190 Alexander 1,081
191 Benny 1,062
192 Marc 1,061
193 Edgar 1,056
194 Perry 1,053
195 Jessie 1,051
196 Matthew 1,046
197 Carlos 1,032
198 Willard 1,026
199 Jeff 1,009
200 Morris 1,003
201 Elmer 997
202 Gerard 983
203 Earnest 981
204 Clifton 965
205 Randolph 963
206 Marion 961
207 Clinton 945
208 Dana 945
209 Bennie 923
210 Ron 922
211 Fredrick 917
212 Lyle 904
213 Reginald 896
214 Everett 895
215 Ben 886
216 Ira 884
217 Otis 870
218 Max 869
219 Virgil 854
220 Rex 846
221 Bradley 830
222 Luther 826
223 Darryl 825
224 Nelson 813
225 Clayton 812
226 Rickey 809
227 Byron 799
228 Alex 794
229 Mitchell 791
230 Terrance 791
231 Ross 789
232 Laurence 778
233 Dick 755
234 Rudy 754
235 Jesus 754
236 Jeffery 744
237 Horace 741
238 Pete 738
239 Ruben 737
240 Daryl 735
241 Hubert 732
242 Antonio 730
243 Neal 730
244 Delbert 723
245 Pat 720
246 Wendell 716
247 Ken 707
248 Kerry 704
249 Rudolph 696
250 Loren 694

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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