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See Baby Name Trends of the 1940's for more info.
 

Girl Names

Boy Names

    Mary 1   James 1
    Barbara 2   Robert 2
    Patricia 3   John 3
    Judith 4   William 4
    Betty 5   Richard 5
    Carol 6   Charles 6
    Nancy 7   David 7
    Linda 8   Thomas 8
    Shirley 9   Donald 9
    Sandra 10   Ronald 10
    Margaret 11   George 11
    Dorothy 12   Joseph 12
    Joyce 13   Larry 13
    Joan 14   Jerry 14
    Carolyn 15   Kenneth 15
    Judy 16   Edward 16
    Sharon 17   Paul 17
    Helen 18   Michael 18
    Janet 19   Gary 19
    Elizabeth 20   Frank 20
    Virginia 21   Gerald 21
    Janice 22   Raymond 22
    Donna 23   Harold 23
    Ruth 24   Dennis 24
    Marilyn 25   Walter 25
    Martha 26   Roger 26
    Beverly 27   Billy 27
    Frances 28   Joe 28
    Jean 29   Jack 29
    Gloria 30   Bobby 30
 
The Baby Name Trends of 1940

Baby Names in 1940

The year 1940 saw the rise of names like Linda, Bonnie, and Brenda for girls and names like Stephen, Wendell, and Steven for boys. The top overall girl name was Mary for the 51st year in a row. The most popular boy name was James, which replaced the previous #1, Robert. The fastest rising names were Lana, Melanie, and Vivien for girls and Wendell, Jeffery, and Windell for boys. 1940 also saw the decline of previously popular girl names like Rosalie, Laurel, and Arleen and the decline of boy names like Delmar, Rene, and Al.
Girl Name % Change Boy Name % Change
  Lana +387%   Wendell +173%
  Melanie +251%   Jeffery +146%
  Vivien +185%   Windell +119%
  Tamara +175%   Jeffrey +112%
  Judi +142%   Winston +90%
  Paulette +124%   Reggie +79%
  Brenda +97%   Jeff +68%
  Pamela +87%   Geoffrey +68%
  April +81%   Gaylon +59%
  Michele +79%   Marc +58%
  Daphne +75%   Brent +57%
  Linda +71%   Tex +56%
  Lynda +66%   Leigh +55%
  Kathy +65%   Meredith +55%
  Jennifer +65%   Avery +54%
  Melinda +58%   Mickey +49%
  Robin +57%   Williams +46%
  Jeanie +57%   Houston +45%
  Michelle +56%   Orrin +44%
  Dottie +55%   Garth +43%
  Bonnie +53%   Lanny +42%
  Carolynn +53%   Harmon +42%
  Karon +52%   Fay +40%
  Georgette +49%   Chuck +40%
  Lolita +48%   Stephen +39%
Girl Name % Change Boy Name % Change
  Bobbye -37%   Gerold -43%
  Arleen -35%   Dayton -38%
  Iona -34%   Dell -31%
  Ouida -33%   Marcel -30%
  Dominga -31%   Arlyn -29%
  Shelva -30%   Arvin -27%
  Lorelei -29%   Normand -27%
  Rubye -29%   Newton -27%
  Coleen -29%   Lawerence -26%
  Olive -28%   Jennings -25%
  Germaine -28%   Elias -25%
  Artie -27%   Seymour -25%
  Shirlee -27%   Ferdinand -24%
  Angelina -26%   Quentin -23%
  Romona -26%   Verne -23%
Girl Names Rank Boy Names Rank
  Connie 88   Franklin 87
  Katherine 91   Harvey 98
  Rebecca 96
  Edith 98
Girl Names Rank Boy Names Rank
  Lana 306   Connie 459
  Dana 434   Winfred 469
  Jeanie 435   Noah 473
  Jenny 441   Solomon 475
  Paulette 452   Geoffrey 476
  Jayne 464   Alphonso 485
  Maryanne 465   Dickie 491
  Robin 468   Eli 492
  Lucinda 471   Patricia 493
  Ginger 475   Alberto 494
  Judi 476   Vaughn 495
  Melanie 481   Gayle 496
  Dottie 485   Milford 498
  Retha 489   Terence 499
  Sherrill 490
  Cathy 496
  Carmella 500

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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).