Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1948

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1948. 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 1948, 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 88,589
2 Robert 85,475
3 John 82,833
4 William 61,972
5 David 56,623
6 Michael 52,560
7 Richard 50,969
8 Thomas 43,777
9 Charles 38,681
10 Ronald 33,518
11 Larry 33,434
12 Gary 28,395
13 Joseph 26,807
14 Donald 26,442
15 Kenneth 23,551
16 George 21,924
17 Dennis 21,760
18 Paul 21,250
19 Edward 18,978
20 Stephen 17,060
21 Jerry 16,808
22 Daniel 16,507
23 Steven 15,981
24 Roger 12,817
25 Frank 12,695
26 Terry 12,135
27 Raymond 11,612
28 Bruce 11,065
29 Mark 10,267
30 Gerald 9,844
31 Lawrence 9,765
32 Gregory 9,723
33 Douglas 9,468
34 Wayne 8,680
35 Walter 8,626
36 Harold 8,146
37 Peter 8,050
38 Timothy 8,042
39 Danny 8,004
40 Willie 7,968
41 Anthony 7,880
42 Carl 7,829
43 Jack 7,613
44 Arthur 7,583
45 Henry 7,422
46 Alan 7,394
47 Joe 7,288
48 Patrick 7,189
49 Roy 7,065
50 Jimmy 6,923
51 Ralph 6,913
52 Johnny 6,862
53 Billy 6,221
54 Philip 6,161
55 Albert 6,156
56 Dale 6,089
57 Harry 5,946
58 Jeffrey 5,929
59 Ronnie 5,900
60 Steve 5,741
61 Eugene 5,607
62 Bobby 5,581
63 Howard 5,497
64 Louis 5,387
65 Stanley 5,383
66 Fred 5,378
67 Russell 5,111
68 Mike 5,045
69 Phillip 5,018
70 Samuel 5,002
71 Leonard 4,781
72 Allen 4,758
73 Glenn 4,741
74 Barry 4,668
75 Frederick 4,516
76 Ernest 4,510
77 Andrew 4,307
78 Eddie 4,236
79 Tommy 4,219
80 Francis 4,214
81 Melvin 4,055
82 Craig 3,986
83 Earl 3,977
84 Bill 3,926
85 Norman 3,894
86 Jim 3,808
87 Clarence 3,791
88 Martin 3,699
89 Keith 3,661
90 Marvin 3,625
91 Don 3,545
92 Rodney 3,465
93 Lee 3,444
94 Tom 3,431
95 Brian 3,358
96 Alfred 3,247
97 Leroy 3,232
98 Randall 3,179
99 Randy 3,142
100 Ray 3,132
101 Curtis 3,090
102 Christopher 3,038
103 Herbert 2,871
104 Theodore 2,827
105 Clifford 2,793
106 Vincent 2,790
107 Bernard 2,715
108 Jesse 2,704
109 Warren 2,656
110 Jerome 2,591
111 Gene 2,541
112 Gordon 2,510
113 Dan 2,494
114 Eric 2,490
115 Victor 2,478
116 Edwin 2,435
117 Calvin 2,398
118 Lloyd 2,389
119 Leon 2,382
120 Jimmie 2,362
121 Darrell 2,336
122 Scott 2,300
123 Jay 2,272
124 Alvin 2,270
125 Tony 2,269
126 Jose 2,261
127 Kevin 2,229
128 Jon 2,214
129 Leslie 2,214
130 Lewis 2,143
131 Clyde 2,073
132 Allan 2,061
133 Glen 2,046
134 Floyd 2,041
135 Lonnie 2,040
136 Vernon 2,032
137 Joel 2,025
138 Harvey 2,002
139 Duane 1,963
140 Benjamin 1,960
141 Bob 1,960
142 Nicholas 1,929
143 Dean 1,909
144 Charlie 1,902
145 Gilbert 1,868
146 Herman 1,838
147 Jackie 1,833
148 Micheal 1,802
149 Lester 1,782
150 Johnnie 1,779
151 Leo 1,717
152 Freddie 1,709
153 Dwight 1,650
154 Arnold 1,640
155 Ricky 1,600
156 Manuel 1,591
157 Lynn 1,572
158 Chester 1,556
159 Franklin 1,551
160 Milton 1,546
161 Dave 1,507
162 Donnie 1,482
163 Ted 1,477
164 Juan 1,476
165 Neil 1,406
166 Cecil 1,400
167 Garry 1,399
168 Claude 1,346
169 Wesley 1,335
170 Roland 1,332
171 Tim 1,296
172 Chris 1,286
173 Jonathan 1,283
174 Rick 1,280
175 Marc 1,255
176 Sam 1,239
177 Terrence 1,204
178 Greg 1,189
179 Karl 1,186
180 Nathaniel 1,159
181 Marshall 1,157
182 Randolph 1,143
183 Alexander 1,130
184 Oscar 1,098
185 Jessie 1,094
186 Wallace 1,079
187 Sammy 1,075
188 Stuart 1,073
189 Benny 1,065
190 Matthew 1,055
191 Hugh 1,039
192 Bradley 1,030
193 Carlos 1,027
194 Kent 1,027
195 Guy 1,023
196 Dana 1,021
197 Rickey 1,020
198 Maurice 1,004
199 Sidney 991
200 Perry 981
201 Edgar 976
202 Gerard 972
203 Elmer 970
204 Willard 950
205 Clifton 944
206 Reginald 942
207 Fredrick 939
208 Marion 934
209 Ruben 909
210 Rex 903
211 Earnest 900
212 Jeff 888
213 Everett 881
214 Ben 872
215 Terrance 866
216 Lyle 864
217 Mitchell 861
218 Clinton 856
219 Daryl 855
220 Jesus 845
221 Otis 845
222 Morris 842
223 Bennie 835
224 Darryl 834
225 Luther 832
226 Ira 823
227 Nelson 814
228 Byron 796
229 Virgil 794
230 Jeffery 794
231 Antonio 776
232 Ron 770
233 Laurence 768
234 Alex 765
235 Kerry 750
236 Max 743
237 Tyrone 724
238 Clayton 721
239 Ross 720
240 Horace 719
241 Rudolph 716
242 Neal 713
243 Rudy 706
244 Aaron 701
245 Alton 696
246 Delbert 694
247 Wendell 676
248 Leland 672
249 Loren 667
250 Rodger 662

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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