Most Popular Baby Girl Names in 1940

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl 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 girl 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 Mary 56,208
2 Barbara 36,735
3 Patricia 32,665
4 Judith 22,383
5 Betty 22,075
6 Carol 21,761
7 Nancy 19,735
8 Linda 18,368
9 Shirley 17,879
10 Sandra 16,150
11 Margaret 15,059
12 Dorothy 14,874
13 Joyce 14,800
14 Joan 13,288
15 Carolyn 12,655
16 Judy 11,383
17 Sharon 11,118
18 Helen 10,202
19 Janet 10,105
20 Elizabeth 9,953
21 Virginia 9,554
22 Janice 9,316
23 Donna 9,232
24 Ruth 8,885
25 Marilyn 8,701
26 Martha 8,694
27 Beverly 8,657
28 Frances 8,621
29 Jean 8,066
30 Gloria 8,025
31 Doris 7,767
32 Alice 7,601
33 Phyllis 7,415
34 Karen 7,283
35 Ann 7,196
36 Susan 6,755
37 Peggy 6,127
38 Lois 6,125
39 Bonnie 5,958
40 Kathleen 5,697
41 Marie 5,541
42 Brenda 5,442
43 Norma 5,334
44 Rose 5,198
45 Diane 5,173
46 Geraldine 5,152
47 Jane 5,091
48 Evelyn 4,984
49 Carole 4,790
50 Elaine 4,782
51 Anna 4,718
52 Wanda 4,708
53 Catherine 4,583
54 Joanne 4,419
55 Charlotte 4,290
56 Annie 4,217
57 Patsy 4,078
58 Mildred 3,936
59 Louise 3,925
60 Sarah 3,870
61 Sally 3,803
62 Sylvia 3,801
63 Joann 3,790
64 Marjorie 3,682
65 Gail 3,621
66 Ruby 3,618
67 Dolores 3,604
68 Eleanor 3,584
69 Loretta 3,502
70 Rita 3,442
71 Roberta 3,432
72 Jo 3,427
73 Irene 3,395
74 Ellen 3,318
75 Arlene 3,257
76 Jacqueline 3,216
77 Kay 3,200
78 Juanita 3,175
79 Darlene 3,120
80 Marlene 3,118
81 Sue 3,105
82 June 2,949
83 Delores 2,928
84 Anne 2,897
85 Rosemary 2,875
86 Edna 2,835
87 Anita 2,827
88 Connie 2,796
89 Josephine 2,742
90 Jeanette 2,726
91 Katherine 2,709
92 Julia 2,706
93 Wilma 2,621
94 Emma 2,607
95 Lorraine 2,579
96 Rebecca 2,555
97 Lillian 2,524
98 Edith 2,510
99 Audrey 2,501
100 Florence 2,465
101 Thelma 2,461
102 Theresa 2,441
103 Kathryn 2,439
104 Pauline 2,409
105 Grace 2,386
106 Ethel 2,374
107 Glenda 2,354
108 Laura 2,351
109 Suzanne 2,337
110 Yvonne 2,322
111 Clara 2,316
112 Marcia 2,273
113 Lucille 2,270
114 Margie 2,266
115 Vivian 2,261
116 Gladys 2,245
117 Diana 2,194
118 Christine 2,162
119 Maria 2,134
120 Marion 2,111
121 Bernice 2,089
122 Sara 2,087
123 Hazel 2,069
124 Constance 2,039
125 Eileen 2,034
126 Annette 2,004
127 Priscilla 1,970
128 Willie 1,937
129 Jeanne 1,927
130 Sheila 1,923
131 Esther 1,900
132 Eva 1,889
133 Cynthia 1,882
134 Pat 1,863
135 Maureen 1,810
136 Deanna 1,802
137 Maxine 1,785
138 Georgia 1,774
139 Rosalie 1,735
140 Bertha 1,730
141 Beatrice 1,729
142 Marian 1,693
143 Lillie 1,691
144 Ida 1,689
145 Charlene 1,686
146 Ella 1,670
147 Bobbie 1,632
148 Rosa 1,551
149 Billie 1,484
150 Myrna 1,471
151 Elsie 1,466
152 Alma 1,429
153 Faye 1,390
154 Lucy 1,382
155 Paula 1,372
156 Maryann 1,365
157 Harriet 1,362
158 Jessie 1,336
159 Vera 1,322
160 Joy 1,310
161 Nellie 1,300
162 Bessie 1,296
163 Mattie 1,292
164 Emily 1,269
165 Lynda 1,266
166 Rachel 1,264
167 Dianne 1,235
168 Minnie 1,228
169 Gwendolyn 1,222
170 Agnes 1,190
171 Dixie 1,169
172 Caroline 1,161
173 Rosemarie 1,129
174 Rosie 1,120
175 Patty 1,100
176 Carrie 1,093
177 Gayle 1,085
178 Geneva 1,070
179 Naomi 1,053
180 Julie 1,040
181 Dora 1,039
182 Jeannette 1,039
183 Leona 1,027
184 Myrtle 1,019
185 Mae 1,018
186 Gertrude 1,013
187 Shelby 1,006
188 Velma 986
189 Jackie 982
190 Viola 966
191 Cora 965
192 Stella 962
193 Lynn 957
194 Claire 950
195 Alberta 926
196 Nina 911
197 Pearl 907
198 Hattie 893
199 Sondra 879
200 Madeline 874
201 Deloris 869
202 Eunice 869
203 Lola 866
204 Verna 865
205 Claudia 863
206 Johnnie 860
207 Sherry 857
208 Marianne 846
209 Nora 843
210 Ramona 840
211 Carmen 823
212 Lula 820
213 Janie 811
214 Valerie 799
215 Hilda 797
216 Lena 796
217 Violet 783
218 Daisy 773
219 Ernestine 768
220 Marguerite 757
221 Fannie 751
222 Iris 750
223 Bettie 749
224 Irma 749
225 Myra 749
226 Lynne 742
227 Antoinette 741
228 Erma 740
229 Marsha 740
230 Susie 737
231 Miriam 735
232 Melba 731
233 Bette 729
234 Angela 726
235 Lydia 725
236 Regina 720
237 Marcella 714
238 Sonja 713
239 Andrea 708
240 Bettye 704
241 Jacquelyn 693
242 Flora 688
243 Victoria 687
244 Teresa 686
245 Mamie 675
246 Ada 665
247 Jennie 661
248 Della 650
249 Colleen 648
250 Katie 636

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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