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In 1920 — the start of the roaring twenties — the population of the United States had rocketed to over 106 million people. The first commercial radio station in the US (WWJ AM in Detroit) went on the air, Babe Ruth was traded from the Red Sox to the Yankees, and the United States Post Office Department had to make a formal rule that children could not be sent via parcel post.
And who was born? Actors James Doohan, Walter Matthau, Mickey Rooney (who arrived with the name Joseph Yule, Jr.), Pope John Paul II, jazz great Charlie Parker, singer Peggy Lee and author Ray Bradbury.
Below are the top 50 for baby boys and girls in the year 1920. Click on any of the names to find out more — including its meaning, origin and similar names — and leave your own review!
Top baby names of 1920
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Source: US Social Security Administration
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