Top 50 baby names of 1940

Top 50 baby names of 1950

Although we were nearing the dawn of America’s entry into World War II, the year 1940 also had a lot of child-friendly lightness. For example, the start of the forties brought us the release of Disney’s Pinocchio, the debuts of Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny — plus, the very first McDonald’s opened in San Bernadino, California.

Golfer Jack Nicklaus, racer Mario Andretti, game show host Alex Trebek and actor Al Pacino are born, — as were actresses Valerie Harper and Donna Mills — and the US population climbed over 132 million people.

And, without further ado, here are the top 50 for baby boys and girls in the year 1940. Click on any of the names below to find out more about it — including its meaning, origin and similar names, plus leave your own reviews.

Top baby names of 1940

Top girl names: 1940 Top boy names: 1940
  1. Linda
  2. Mary
  3. Patricia
  4. Barbara
  5. Susan
  6. Nancy
  7. Deborah
  8. Sandra
  9. Carol
  10. Kathleen
  11. Sharon
  12. Karen
  13. Donna
  14. Brenda
  15. Margaret
  16. Diane
  17. Pamela
  18. Janet
  19. Shirley
  20. Carolyn
  21. Judith
  22. Janice
  23. Cynthia
  24. Elizabeth
  25. Judy
  26. Betty
  27. Joyce
  28. Christine
  29. Cheryl
  30. Gloria
  31. Beverly
  32. Martha
  33. Bonnie
  34. Catherine
  35. Dorothy
  36. Rebecca
  37. Marilyn
  38. Kathy
  39. Jane
  40. Joan
  41. Peggy
  42. Gail
  43. Virginia
  44. Connie
  45. Ann
  46. Kathryn
  47. Diana
  48. Jean
  49. Ruth
  50. Helen
  1. James
  2. Robert
  3. John
  4. Michael
  5. David
  6. William
  7. Richard
  8. Thomas
  9. Charles
  10. Gary
  11. Larry
  12. Ronald
  13. Joseph
  14. Donald
  15. Kenneth
  16. Steven
  17. Dennis
  18. Paul
  19. Stephen
  20. George
  21. Daniel
  22. Edward
  23. Mark
  24. Jerry
  25. Gregory
  26. Bruce
  27. Roger
  28. Douglas
  29. Frank
  30. Terry
  31. Raymond
  32. Timothy
  33. Lawrence
  34. Gerald
  35. Wayne
  36. Anthony
  37. Peter
  38. Patrick
  39. Danny
  40. Walter
  41. Alan
  42. Willie
  43. Jeffrey
  44. Carl
  45. Harold
  46. Arthur
  47. Henry
  48. Jack
  49. Dale
  50. Johnny

Source: US Social Security Administration




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