Most Popular Baby Girl Names in 1946

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names were for the year 1946. 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 1946, 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 67,471
2 Linda 52,710
3 Patricia 46,298
4 Barbara 45,123
5 Carol 34,283
6 Sandra 31,693
7 Nancy 28,346
8 Susan 28,268
9 Sharon 27,824
10 Judith 22,309
11 Judy 20,477
12 Carolyn 19,901
13 Donna 19,768
14 Betty 19,712
15 Karen 19,647
16 Kathleen 18,758
17 Margaret 18,132
18 Shirley 17,867
19 Diane 15,833
20 Joyce 15,210
21 Janet 14,143
22 Janice 14,037
23 Dorothy 12,796
24 Brenda 12,689
25 Elizabeth 11,753
26 Gloria 11,687
27 Cheryl 11,526
28 Joan 11,219
29 Marilyn 10,710
30 Beverly 10,431
31 Virginia 10,016
32 Martha 9,761
33 Bonnie 9,508
34 Pamela 9,366
35 Jane 8,971
36 Helen 8,851
37 Jean 8,557
38 Ruth 8,474
39 Frances 8,450
40 Ann 8,077
41 Phyllis 8,046
42 Diana 7,544
43 Peggy 7,398
44 Alice 7,366
45 Connie 7,216
46 Cynthia 6,895
47 Elaine 6,802
48 Catherine 6,366
49 Gail 6,228
50 Christine 6,203
51 Doris 5,986
52 Suzanne 5,948
53 Jo 5,829
54 Marie 5,759
55 Lois 5,699
56 Rita 5,533
57 Joanne 5,505
58 Ellen 5,236
59 Wanda 5,236
60 Rose 5,181
61 Sue 5,144
62 Jacqueline 5,084
63 Kathryn 4,998
64 Charlotte 4,969
65 Evelyn 4,890
66 Geraldine 4,848
67 Sally 4,843
68 Rebecca 4,840
69 Paula 4,726
70 Sheila 4,706
71 Darlene 4,662
72 Carole 4,621
73 Sherry 4,518
74 Rosemary 4,486
75 Laura 4,478
76 Dianne 4,279
77 Norma 4,266
78 Katherine 4,197
79 Kathy 4,179
80 Eileen 4,168
81 Anne 4,115
82 Sylvia 4,092
83 Jeanne 4,045
84 Anita 4,027
85 Patsy 4,016
86 Roberta 4,016
87 Anna 3,999
88 Maria 3,962
89 Marcia 3,946
90 Joann 3,945
91 Louise 3,925
92 Sarah 3,907
93 Lorraine 3,887
94 Lynn 3,884
95 Maureen 3,684
96 Theresa 3,684
97 Annie 3,651
98 Marsha 3,611
99 Glenda 3,568
100 Constance 3,419
101 Kay 3,358
102 Irene 3,115
103 Mildred 3,066
104 Dolores 3,064
105 Ruby 3,048
106 Marjorie 3,041
107 Charlene 3,037
108 Vicki 3,012
109 Lynda 3,000
110 Juanita 2,985
111 Loretta 2,892
112 Marlene 2,818
113 Arlene 2,801
114 Julia 2,797
115 Delores 2,780
116 June 2,563
117 Paulette 2,520
118 Yvonne 2,477
119 Deborah 2,471
120 Vivian 2,424
121 Jeanette 2,411
122 Victoria 2,388
123 Georgia 2,310
124 Claudia 2,307
125 Andrea 2,301
126 Edna 2,278
127 Josephine 2,230
128 Julie 2,169
129 Lillian 2,159
130 Leslie 2,139
131 Emma 2,069
132 Gwendolyn 2,061
133 Janis 2,053
134 Pauline 2,053
135 Sara 2,034
136 Edith 1,976
137 Lucille 1,957
138 Margie 1,946
139 Ethel 1,935
140 Eleanor 1,933
141 Gayle 1,927
142 Annette 1,920
143 Terry 1,917
144 Clara 1,914
145 Wilma 1,914
146 Florence 1,908
147 Pat 1,872
148 Teresa 1,834
149 Audrey 1,833
150 Thelma 1,794
151 Esther 1,779
152 Maryann 1,765
153 Grace 1,764
154 Lynne 1,764
155 Marion 1,753
156 Jennifer 1,733
157 Gladys 1,714
158 Janie 1,704
159 Willie 1,687
160 Priscilla 1,660
161 Eva 1,652
162 Marian 1,649
163 Penny 1,645
164 Billie 1,635
165 Sheryl 1,632
166 Jill 1,624
167 Cathy 1,623
168 Rosa 1,622
169 Denise 1,585
170 Joy 1,573
171 Bobbie 1,555
172 Maxine 1,544
173 Bertha 1,532
174 Jackie 1,528
175 Hazel 1,520
176 Stephanie 1,508
177 Ella 1,499
178 Lillie 1,486
179 Bernice 1,469
180 Beatrice 1,463
181 Valerie 1,440
182 Faye 1,422
183 Dianna 1,404
184 Ida 1,389
185 Toni 1,386
186 Emily 1,379
187 Michele 1,375
188 Bernadette 1,321
189 Lana 1,300
190 Harriet 1,299
191 Patty 1,289
192 Angela 1,280
193 Deanna 1,276
194 Lucy 1,236
195 Marianne 1,235
196 Rachel 1,233
197 Regina 1,233
198 Bonita 1,213
199 Jacquelyn 1,208
200 Vera 1,206
201 Veronica 1,206
202 Carla 1,201
203 Yolanda 1,201
204 Vickie 1,195
205 Rosie 1,182
206 Sandy 1,180
207 Jessie 1,173
208 Alma 1,171
209 Stella 1,161
210 Jan 1,149
211 Rosalie 1,128
212 Claire 1,115
213 Colleen 1,093
214 Caroline 1,090
215 Mattie 1,087
216 Francine 1,083
217 Susie 1,078
218 Minnie 1,072
219 Carmen 1,071
220 Carrie 1,071
221 Rosemarie 1,067
222 Elsie 1,041
223 Dawn 1,040
224 Becky 1,038
225 Bessie 1,022
226 Nina 1,012
227 Candace 1,001
228 Dixie 986
229 Nora 969
230 Jeannette 965
231 Christina 964
232 Beth 962
233 Geneva 956
234 Dora 943
235 Madeline 926
236 Johnnie 924
237 Deloris 917
238 Trudy 891
239 Lydia 886
240 Nellie 885
241 Renee 879
242 Velma 874
243 Agnes 869
244 Naomi 839
245 Leona 819
246 Myra 818
247 Alberta 811
248 Lee 807
249 Mae 805
250 Cecilia 801

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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