Most Popular Baby Girl Names in 1942

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl 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 girl 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 Mary 63,256
2 Barbara 44,735
3 Patricia 39,458
4 Linda 31,612
5 Carol 30,272
6 Sandra 24,994
7 Judith 24,792
8 Nancy 23,326
9 Betty 21,659
10 Carolyn 19,977
11 Sharon 19,647
12 Shirley 17,750
13 Joyce 16,728
14 Margaret 16,549
15 Judy 15,668
16 Karen 15,385
17 Dorothy 15,029
18 Joan 14,514
19 Janet 13,062
20 Donna 12,985
21 Susan 12,014
22 Elizabeth 11,185
23 Virginia 10,805
24 Kathleen 10,696
25 Janice 10,285
26 Helen 10,015
27 Marilyn 9,907
28 Diane 9,552
29 Martha 9,511
30 Frances 9,472
31 Gloria 9,448
32 Beverly 9,409
33 Ruth 9,317
34 Bonnie 8,824
35 Carole 8,410
36 Jean 8,255
37 Phyllis 7,791
38 Ann 7,665
39 Alice 7,381
40 Brenda 7,238
41 Doris 7,178
42 Peggy 6,578
43 Marie 6,556
44 Lois 6,405
45 Elaine 5,984
46 Jane 5,708
47 Geraldine 5,438
48 Joanne 5,342
49 Catherine 5,267
50 Rose 5,253
51 Charlotte 5,022
52 Norma 4,971
53 Evelyn 4,938
54 Wanda 4,792
55 Rita 4,706
56 Sally 4,656
57 Patsy 4,559
58 Joann 4,506
59 Anna 4,487
60 Gail 4,444
61 Louise 4,343
62 Annie 4,294
63 Dolores 4,267
64 Ellen 4,196
65 Jo 4,174
66 Roberta 4,105
67 Sarah 4,101
68 Diana 3,857
69 Jacqueline 3,831
70 Connie 3,823
71 Mildred 3,807
72 Sylvia 3,729
73 Sue 3,630
74 Marjorie 3,625
75 Kay 3,624
76 Anne 3,525
77 Ruby 3,520
78 Darlene 3,515
79 Loretta 3,407
80 Irene 3,381
81 Katherine 3,377
82 Kathryn 3,351
83 Arlene 3,332
84 Marlene 3,253
85 Rebecca 3,241
86 Delores 3,171
87 Eleanor 3,165
88 Eileen 3,106
89 Glenda 3,089
90 Juanita 3,076
91 Lorraine 3,010
92 Rosemary 3,004
93 Anita 2,998
94 Sheila 2,973
95 Julia 2,905
96 Christine 2,902
97 Maria 2,816
98 Theresa 2,799
99 Edna 2,762
100 Josephine 2,747
101 Cynthia 2,726
102 Maureen 2,722
103 Suzanne 2,708
104 Jeanette 2,688
105 Marcia 2,669
106 Pamela 2,632
107 June 2,608
108 Emma 2,605
109 Dianne 2,547
110 Florence 2,534
111 Lillian 2,489
112 Pauline 2,474
113 Edith 2,458
114 Wilma 2,456
115 Laura 2,409
116 Constance 2,357
117 Charlene 2,319
118 Lucille 2,299
119 Jeanne 2,287
120 Audrey 2,285
121 Thelma 2,257
122 Clara 2,247
123 Georgia 2,214
124 Vivian 2,205
125 Ethel 2,203
126 Margie 2,196
127 Gladys 2,192
128 Sara 2,190
129 Grace 2,157
130 Marion 2,153
131 Yvonne 2,112
132 Lynda 2,107
133 Willie 2,068
134 Annette 2,042
135 Priscilla 1,989
136 Paula 1,974
137 Bernice 1,962
138 Maryann 1,925
139 Hazel 1,911
140 Eva 1,876
141 Marian 1,838
142 Esther 1,832
143 Billie 1,829
144 Pat 1,824
145 Sherry 1,818
146 Beatrice 1,771
147 Bertha 1,757
148 Maxine 1,751
149 Lynn 1,749
150 Lillie 1,718
151 Bobbie 1,669
152 Ella 1,659
153 Ida 1,620
154 Joy 1,592
155 Rosa 1,572
156 Marsha 1,570
157 Julie 1,566
158 Rosalie 1,544
159 Kathy 1,537
160 Deanna 1,447
161 Minnie 1,446
162 Harriet 1,442
163 Rachel 1,425
164 Emily 1,419
165 Alma 1,405
166 Elsie 1,399
167 Jessie 1,391
168 Caroline 1,390
169 Gwendolyn 1,380
170 Victoria 1,372
171 Mattie 1,361
172 Claudia 1,360
173 Lucy 1,336
174 Vera 1,317
175 Faye 1,305
176 Bessie 1,266
177 Madeline 1,253
178 Veronica 1,253
179 Rosemarie 1,240
180 Lynne 1,235
181 Jackie 1,223
182 Marianne 1,219
183 Nellie 1,206
184 Gayle 1,188
185 Carrie 1,187
186 Patty 1,164
187 Agnes 1,132
188 Stella 1,126
189 Rosie 1,111
190 Myrna 1,104
191 Pearl 1,092
192 Johnnie 1,069
193 Dixie 1,060
194 Jeannette 1,055
195 Leona 1,055
196 Velma 1,052
197 Vicki 1,051
198 Geneva 1,046
199 Claire 1,027
200 Valerie 1,017
201 Angela 1,016
202 Cora 1,002
203 Teresa 1,002
204 Mae 997
205 Penny 992
206 Carmen 990
207 Alberta 987
208 Naomi 986
209 Regina 973
210 Dora 969
211 Paulette 963
212 Janie 950
213 Viola 941
214 Andrea 934
215 Gertrude 931
216 Myra 929
217 Nina 915
218 Myrtle 911
219 Sondra 897
220 Lola 889
221 Jacquelyn 884
222 Verna 871
223 Antoinette 867
224 Lana 857
225 Lydia 854
226 Lula 851
227 Deloris 849
228 Nora 837
229 Bette 836
230 Cecelia 836
231 Susie 835
232 Leslie 834
233 Cecilia 830
234 Bonita 826
235 Terry 818
236 Marguerite 813
237 Ernestine 808
238 Saundra 805
239 Violet 803
240 Daisy 802
241 Eunice 799
242 Hattie 786
243 Lena 785
244 Hilda 784
245 Iris 774
246 Irma 770
247 Fannie 766
248 Ramona 756
249 Erma 755
250 Eloise 746

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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