Most Popular Baby Girl Names in 1938

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names were for the year 1938. 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 girl names in 1938, 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 Mary 56,214
2 Barbara 39,276
3 Patricia 27,556
4 Betty 25,506
5 Shirley 23,767
6 Carol 19,425
7 Nancy 18,950
8 Dorothy 16,352
9 Margaret 15,331
10 Joan 14,305
11 Joyce 12,694
12 Judith 10,877
13 Helen 10,836
14 Sandra 10,806
15 Carolyn 10,587
16 Janet 9,868
17 Elizabeth 9,802
18 Beverly 9,770
19 Marilyn 9,745
20 Donna 9,694
21 Ruth 9,302
22 Virginia 9,270
23 Frances 8,923
24 Janice 8,712
25 Doris 8,602
26 Martha 8,579
27 Jean 7,761
28 Phyllis 7,646
29 Alice 7,490
30 Sharon 7,244
31 Linda 7,047
32 Ann 6,990
33 Lois 6,504
34 Norma 6,367
35 Peggy 6,341
36 Gloria 6,299
37 Marie 5,959
38 Evelyn 5,690
39 Rose 5,291
40 Anna 5,142
41 Judy 4,994
42 Elaine 4,835
43 Dolores 4,807
44 Jane 4,787
45 Geraldine 4,652
46 Carole 4,616
47 Annie 4,564
48 Catherine 4,524
49 Wanda 4,514
50 Karen 4,507
51 Marlene 4,473
52 Mildred 4,441
53 Marjorie 4,318
54 Sally 4,277
55 Patsy 4,258
56 Sylvia 4,257
57 Joanne 4,250
58 Kathleen 4,229
59 Louise 4,068
60 Eleanor 4,048
61 Ruby 3,942
62 Loretta 3,912
63 Arlene 3,893
64 Diane 3,826
65 Bonnie 3,773
66 Rosalie 3,759
67 Sarah 3,749
68 Joann 3,710
69 Jacqueline 3,633
70 Charlotte 3,625
71 Irene 3,555
72 Susan 3,555
73 Roberta 3,547
74 Rita 3,357
75 Darlene 3,321
76 Delores 3,321
77 Gail 3,216
78 Jo 3,172
79 June 3,142
80 Juanita 3,130
81 Kay 3,114
82 Edna 3,081
83 Josephine 2,978
84 Anne 2,887
85 Wilma 2,871
86 Thelma 2,865
87 Audrey 2,845
88 Lillian 2,824
89 Ellen 2,805
90 Florence 2,805
91 Jeanette 2,803
92 Theresa 2,763
93 Lorraine 2,741
94 Ethel 2,726
95 Rosemary 2,681
96 Emma 2,668
97 Pauline 2,665
98 Clara 2,663
99 Anita 2,636
100 Grace 2,609
101 Yvonne 2,607
102 Edith 2,599
103 Sue 2,590
104 Gladys 2,588
105 Katherine 2,575
106 Lucille 2,479
107 Julia 2,477
108 Laura 2,443
109 Margie 2,426
110 Connie 2,407
111 Hazel 2,338
112 Bernice 2,289
113 Eileen 2,283
114 Kathryn 2,282
115 Deanna 2,254
116 Marcia 2,169
117 Constance 2,161
118 Marion 2,150
119 Annette 2,149
120 Esther 2,132
121 Willie 2,019
122 Maria 2,011
123 Glenda 1,958
124 Sara 1,949
125 Beatrice 1,910
126 Eva 1,906
127 Bobbie 1,868
128 Marian 1,865
129 Christine 1,842
130 Maxine 1,824
131 Bertha 1,817
132 Lillie 1,816
133 Suzanne 1,807
134 Myrna 1,801
135 Vivian 1,797
136 Sheila 1,784
137 Elsie 1,775
138 Georgia 1,762
139 Billie 1,746
140 Ella 1,728
141 Ida 1,724
142 Shelby 1,713
143 Charlene 1,673
144 Maureen 1,611
145 Rebecca 1,575
146 Rosa 1,568
147 Alma 1,557
148 Jeanne 1,552
149 Pat 1,533
150 Jessie 1,476
151 Diana 1,466
152 Nellie 1,454
153 Mattie 1,443
154 Lucy 1,428
155 Bessie 1,419
156 Vera 1,412
157 Agnes 1,393
158 Harriet 1,373
159 Joy 1,373
160 Cynthia 1,365
161 Minnie 1,361
162 Faye 1,322
163 Paula 1,318
164 Emily 1,308
165 Rachel 1,279
166 Naomi 1,240
167 Dixie 1,229
168 Maryann 1,212
169 Gwendolyn 1,205
170 Rosie 1,193
171 Geneva 1,179
172 Gertrude 1,167
173 Leona 1,164
174 Velma 1,160
175 Patty 1,157
176 Rosemarie 1,150
177 Dora 1,134
178 Cora 1,132
179 Carrie 1,121
180 Sonja 1,117
181 Caroline 1,116
182 Myrtle 1,116
183 Mae 1,083
184 Claire 1,074
185 Jackie 1,062
186 Jeannette 1,044
187 Viola 1,040
188 Priscilla 1,026
189 Pearl 1,006
190 Ramona 1,000
191 Lula 972
192 Nina 972
193 Alberta 959
194 Violet 959
195 Eunice 942
196 Deloris 935
197 Verna 927
198 Hattie 919
199 Lola 895
200 Stella 877
201 Bettie 869
202 Lena 859
203 Nora 857
204 Johnnie 851
205 Hilda 850
206 Melba 850
207 Madeline 847
208 Claudia 837
209 Marguerite 826
210 Dianne 817
211 Fannie 804
212 Gayle 803
213 Carmen 794
214 Susie 792
215 Ernestine 790
216 Erma 787
217 Daisy 786
218 Janie 777
219 Flora 774
220 Miriam 768
221 Irma 766
222 Sondra 758
223 Della 748
224 Ada 745
225 Bette 741
226 Jacquelyn 741
227 Antoinette 739
228 Iris 730
229 Marianne 730
230 Bettye 728
231 Myra 724
232 Lynn 722
233 Angela 717
234 Muriel 706
235 Colleen 697
236 Teresa 695
237 Beulah 689
238 Claudette 688
239 Genevieve 686
240 Regina 686
241 Jennie 680
242 Mamie 677
243 Lydia 677
244 Brenda 676
245 Sherry 674
246 Mabel 673
247 Marcella 653
248 Katie 642
249 Mable 641
250 Mona 640

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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