The Top 5 Most Popular Baby Names in 1940 (US)

  Male Name Number of Babies Female Name Number of Babies
1 Name: James 62,441 Mary 56,220
2 Name: Robert 61,149 Barbara 36,739
3 Name: John 54,714 Patricia 32,675
4 Name: William 44,787 Judith 22,384
5 Name: Richard 37,401 Betty 22,072
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  1. James & Mary were the most popular baby names for all of the 1940s.
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Sources:  Social Security Online

List Notes: All names are from the top 1000 Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States (Please see limitations of such data at:
Most Popular Baby Names in 1940 (US)

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