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See Baby Name Trends of the 1930's for more info.
 

Girl Names

Boy Names

    Mary 1   Robert 1
    Barbara 2   James 2
    Patricia 3   John 3
    Betty 4   William 4
    Shirley 5   Richard 5
    Carol 6   Charles 6
    Nancy 7   Donald 7
    Dorothy 8   David 8
    Margaret 9   Thomas 9
    Joan 10   Ronald 10
    Joyce 11   George 11
    Judith 12   Joseph 12
    Helen 13   Edward 13
    Sandra 14   Kenneth 14
    Carolyn 15   Paul 15
    Janet 16   Larry 16
    Elizabeth 17   Jerry 17
    Beverly 18   Frank 18
    Marilyn 19   Gerald 19
    Donna 20   Raymond 20
    Ruth 21   Michael 21
    Virginia 22   Gary 22
    Frances 23   Harold 23
    Janice 24   Billy 24
    Doris 25   Jack 25
    Martha 26   Walter 26
    Jean 27   Bobby 27
    Phyllis 28   Joe 28
    Alice 29   Carl 29
    Sharon 30   Henry 30
 
The Baby Name Trends of 1938

Baby Names in 1938

The year 1938 saw the rise of names like Judith, Sharon, and Linda for girls and names like Douglas, Terry, and Jon for boys. The top overall girl name was Mary for the 49th year in a row. The most popular boy name was Robert for the 15th year in a row. The fastest rising names were Rosalie, Arleen, and Brenda for girls and Lance, Tyrone, and Jeffrey for boys. 1938 also saw the decline of previously popular girl names like Yvonne, Arline, and Effie and the decline of boy names like Franklin, Shirley, and Irwin.
Girl Name % Change Boy Name % Change
  Rosalie +237%   Lance +281%
  Arleen +217%   Tyrone +194%
  Brenda +192%   Jeffrey +80%
  Cheryl +174%   Tim +65%
  Vicki +148%   Jennings +64%
  Andrea +136%   Douglass +63%
  Laurel +121%   Ferdinand +61%
  Karen +102%   Darryl +54%
  Sheryl +100%   Arlin +48%
  Sonja +99%   Blair +47%
  Margo +98%   Reed +46%
  Dian +95%   Meredith +45%
  Julianne +85%   Giles +45%
  Judy +82%   Steven +45%
  Lynda +81%   Sherwood +45%
  Rosalee +79%   Barry +44%
  Judie +77%   Donovan +42%
  Judith +77%   Mel +42%
  Sandy +68%   Maxwell +42%
  Celestine +67%   Santo +40%
  Saundra +66%   Marc +39%
  Wendy +63%   Rudy +39%
  Linda +61%   Adolphus +39%
  Justine +58%   Terry +39%
  Kathy +57%   Kevin +38%
Girl Name % Change Boy Name % Change
  Arline -38%   Delano -46%
  Cordelia -37%   Buster -35%
  Erna -33%   Lacy -34%
  Rhea -29%   Arvin -31%
  Marylyn -28%   Buck -30%
  Ava -26%   Ramiro -28%
  Jacklyn -26%   Arvid -28%
  Shelba -26%   Ezra -28%
  Velva -26%   Walker -28%
  Georgene -26%   Hardy -27%
  Simone -25%   Ora -27%
  Georgie -25%   Kyle -26%
  Leonora -25%   Kirby -26%
  Clementine -25%   Artis -25%
  Dessie -24%   Hugo -25%
Girl Names Rank Boy Names Rank
  Karen 50   Terry 86
  Rosalie 66   Alan 91
  Ellen 89
  Rosemary 95
Girl Names Rank Boy Names Rank
  Cheryl 312   Lance 339
  Vicki 332   Tyrone 393
  Margo 366   Jeffrey 463
  Arleen 374   Herschel 465
  Laurel 398   Tomas 467
  Rosalee 405   Ulysses 469
  Kathy 426   Connie 477
  Penny 439   Normand 479
  Meredith 477   Silas 480
  Roseann 485   Rocco 483
  Penelope 487   Arden 486
  Madelyn 488   Carmine 495
  Jayne 492   Elmo 496
  Callie 493   Kelly 497
  Dianna 494   Alphonso 499
  Sandy 497
  Claudine 498
  Becky 499

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Note: these are estimates based on incomplete data. The numbers are likely to be a bit off, especially for earlier years (i.e. years prior to World War 2).