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Popular USA Baby Names in 1930sEdit

The following charts are based on names from social security card applications. Please bear in mind, many people in the 1930's USA did not apply for social security cards, or did not include sufficient information, and so their names are not taken into account. [1]

Top Baby Names of DecadeEdit

Data based on 10,843,504 males born and 11,042,433 females born. [2]

Complete List


Male Female
Rank Name Number Percent of males Rank Name Number Percent of females
1 Robert 590,298 5.4438 1 Mary 572,725 5.1866
2 James 546,987 5.0444 2 Betty 300,267 2.7192
3 John 487,514 4.4959 3 Barbara 296,327 2.6835
4 William 416,347 3.8396 4 Shirley 229,290 2.0764
5 Richard 330,238 3.0455 5 Patricia 220,514 1.9970
6 Charles 302,916 2.7935 6 Dorothy 210,310 1.9046
7 Donald 283,429 2.6138 7 Joan 173,377 1.5701
8 George 192,089 1.7715 8 Margaret 157,321 1.4247
9 Thomas 183,719 1.6943 9 Nancy 142,442 1.2900
10 Joseph 180,396 1.6636 10 Helen 140,357 1.2711
11 David 164,590 1.5179 11 Carol 117,707 1.0660
12 Edward 147,696 1.3621 12 Joyce 115,469 1.0457
13 Ronald 140,225 1.2932 13 Doris 110,588 1.0015
14 Paul 125,650 1.1588 14 Ruth 109,157 0.9885
15 Kenneth 125,016 1.1529 15 Virginia 103,048 0.9332
16 Frank 107,992 0.9959 16 Marilyn 98,505 0.8921
17 Raymond 99,491 0.9175 17 Elizabeth 96,437 0.8733
18 Jack 96,300 0.8881 18 Jean 94,148 0.8526
19 Harold 95,369 0.8795 19 Frances 92,076 0.8338
20 Billy 88,246 0.8138 20 Beverly 80,831 0.7320
21 Gerald 82,751 0.7631 21 Lois 80,697 0.7308
22 Walter 80,818 0.7453 22 Alice 78,947 0.7149
23 Jerry 80,649 0.7438 23 Donna 78,823 0.7138
24 Joe 71,411 0.6586 24 Martha 77,663 0.7033
25 Eugene 70,852 0.6534 25 Dolores 77,093 0.6982
26 Henry 70,354 0.6488 26 Janet 76,008 0.6883
27 Bobby 69,343 0.6395 27 Phyllis 73,773 0.6681
28 Arthur 67,665 0.6240 28 Norma 72,847 0.6597
29 Carl 66,700 0.6151 29 Carolyn 69,509 0.6295
30 Larry 65,224 0.6015 30 Evelyn 69,328 0.6278
31 Ralph 63,731 0.5877 31 Gloria 68,547 0.6208
32 Albert 62,753 0.5787 32 Anna 66,568 0.6028
33 Willie 62,410 0.5756 33 Marie 65,778 0.5957
34 Fred 56,115 0.5175 34 Ann 64,041 0.5800
35 Michael 55,984 0.5163 35 Mildred 61,709 0.5588
36 Lawrence 54,440 0.5021 36 Rose 59,075 0.5350
37 Harry 53,077 0.4895 37 Peggy 56,247 0.5094
38 Howard 51,439 0.4744 38 Geraldine 50,020 0.4530
39 Roy 51,433 0.4743 39 Catherine 50,012 0.4529
40 Norman 49,935 0.4605 40 Judith 49,897 0.4519
41 Roger 49,600 0.4574 41 Louise 49,840 0.4513
42 Daniel 47,964 0.4423 42 Janice 49,334 0.4468
43 Louis 47,712 0.4400 43 Marjorie 49,201 0.4456
44 Earl 44,568 0.4110 44 Annie 48,938 0.4432
45 Gary 43,590 0.4020 45 Ruby 47,621 0.4313
46 Clarence 42,611 0.3930 46 Eleanor 46,358 0.4198
47 Anthony 42,500 0.3919 47 Jane 45,808 0.4148
48 Francis 41,348 0.3813 48 Sandra 45,388 0.4110
49 Wayne 41,109 0.3791 49 Irene 44,436 0.4024
50 Marvin 41,034 0.3784 50 Wanda 43,053 0.3899

Top Baby Names of Year 1930Edit

Rank Male name Female name
1 Robert Mary
2 James Betty
3 John Dorothy
4 William Helen
5 Richard Margaret
6 Charles Barbara
7 Donald Patricia
8 George Joan
9 Joseph Doris
10 Edward Ruth
11 Thomas Shirley
12 Paul Virginia
13 Frank Dolores
14 Jack Jean
15 David Elizabeth
16 Kenneth Frances
17 Raymond Lois
18 Harold Joyce
19 Walter Evelyn
20 Billy Alice



Top Baby Names of Year 1931Edit

Rank Male name Female name
1 Robert Mary
2 James Betty
3 John Dorothy
4 William Barbara
5 Richard Joan
6 Charles Helen
7 Donald Margaret
8 George Patricia
9 Joseph Shirley
10 Thomas Doris
11 Edward Ruth
12 Paul Virginia
13 David Jean
14 Kenneth Dolores
15 Jack Joyce
16 Frank Elizabeth
17 Raymond Nancy
18 Harold Frances
19 Billy Marilyn
20 Walter Lois


Top Baby Names of Year 1932Edit

Rank Male name Female name
1 Robert Mary
2 James Betty
3 John Barbara
4 William Dorothy
5 Richard Joan
6 Charles Patricia
7 Donald Margaret
8 George Helen
9 Joseph Shirley
10 Thomas Doris
11 Edward Ruth
12 David Joyce
13 Paul Nancy
14 Kenneth Virginia
15 Frank Jean
16 Ronald Marilyn
17 Jack Elizabeth
18 Harold Dolores
19 Raymond Frances
20 Billy Lois


Top Baby Names of Year 1933Edit

Rank Male name Female name
1 Robert Mary
2 James Betty
3 John Barbara
4 William Dorothy
5 Richard Joan
6 Charles Patricia
7 Donald Margaret
8 George Helen
9 Joseph Shirley
10 Thomas Doris
11 Edward Nancy
12 Ronald Joyce
13 David Ruth
14 Paul Jean
15 Kenneth Virginia
16 Frank Marilyn
17 Jack Elizabeth
18 Harold Frances
19 Raymond Lois
20 Billy Carol


Top Baby Names of Year 1934Edit

Rank Male name Female name
1 Robert Mary
2 James Betty
3 John Barbara
4 William Shirley
5 Richard Dorothy
6 Donald Patricia
7 Charles Joan
8 George Margaret
9 Thomas Helen
10 Joseph Nancy
11 Ronald Doris
12 David Joyce
13 Edward Ruth
14 Paul Carol
15 Kenneth Virginia
16 Frank Jean
17 Jack Marilyn
18 Harold Elizabeth
19 Raymond Frances
20 Billy Lois


Top Baby Names of Year 1935Edit

Rank Male name Female name
1 Robert Mary
2 James Shirley
3 John Barbara
4 William Betty
5 Richard Patricia
6 Charles Dorothy
7 Donald Joan
8 George Margaret
9 Thomas Nancy
10 Joseph Helen
11 David Carol
12 Ronald Joyce
13 Edward Doris
14 Paul Marilyn
15 Kenneth Ruth
16 Frank Virginia
17 Raymond Elizabeth
18 Jack Jean
19 Billy Frances
20 Harold Beverly


Top Baby Names of Year 1936Edit

Rank Male name Female name
1 Robert Mary
2 James Shirley
3 John Barbara
4 William Betty
5 Richard Patricia
6 Charles Dorothy
7 Donald Joan
8 Thomas Nancy
9 George Margaret
10 David Carol
11 Joseph Helen
12 Ronald Joyce
13 Edward Marilyn
14 Kenneth Virginia
15 Paul Doris
16 Frank Ruth
17 Raymond Beverly
18 Jerry Elizabeth
19 Gerald Frances
20 Jack Jean


Top Baby Names of Year 1937Edit

Rank Male name Female name
1 Robert Mary
2 James Barbara
3 John Patricia
4 William Shirley
5 Richard Betty
6 Charles Carol
7 Donald Nancy
8 David Dorothy
9 Thomas Joan
10 George Margaret
11 Ronald Joyce
12 Joseph Helen
13 Edward Marilyn
14 Kenneth Beverly
15 Paul Ruth
16 Larry Virginia
17 Jerry Elizabeth
18 Frank Janet
19 Raymond Frances
20 Gerald Carolyn


Top Baby Names of Year 1938Edit

Rank Male name Female name
1 Robert Mary
2 James Barbara
3 John Patricia
4 William Betty
5 Richard Shirley
6 Charles Carol
7 Donald Nancy
8 David Dorothy
9 Thomas Margaret
10 Ronald Joan
11 George Joyce
12 Joseph Judith
13 Edward Helen
14 Kenneth Sandra
15 Paul Carolyn
16 Larry Janet
17 Jerry Elizabeth
18 Frank Beverly
19 Gerald Marilyn
20 Raymond Donna


Top Baby Names of Year 1939Edit

Rank Male name Female name
1 Robert Mary
2 James Barbara
3 John Patricia
4 William Betty
5 Richard Shirley
6 Charles Carol
7 David Nancy
8 Donald Judith
9 Thomas Dorothy
10 Ronald Margaret
11 George Joan
12 Joseph Joyce
13 Kenneth Sandra
14 Larry Carolyn
15 Edward Linda
16 Jerry Helen
17 Paul Janet
18 Michael Elizabeth
19 Gerald Marilyn
20 Frank Donna

Web LinksEdit

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/index.html - Official Social Security website indexing babynames

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