Top 50 baby names of 1920

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

Top girl names: 1920 Top boy names: 1920
  1. Mary
  2. Dorothy
  3. Helen
  4. Margaret
  5. Ruth
  6. Mildred
  7. Virginia
  8. Elizabeth
  9. Frances
  10. Anna
  11. Betty
  12. Evelyn
  13. Marie
  14. Doris
  15. Alice
  16. Florence
  17. Irene
  18. Lillian
  19. Louise
  20. Rose
  21. Catherine
  22. Gladys
  23. Martha
  24. Marjorie
  25. Eleanor
  26. Edna
  27. Ruby
  28. Josephine
  29. Lucille
  30. Ethel
  31. Thelma
  32. Edith
  33. Jean
  34. Hazel
  35. Annie
  36. Pauline
  37. Grace
  38. Lois
  39. Esther
  40. Bernice
  41. Beatrice
  42. Gertrude
  43. Marion
  44. Clara
  45. Katherine
  46. Emma
  47. Barbara
  48. Jane
  49. Ann
  50. Sarah
  1. John
  2. William
  3. Robert
  4. James
  5. Charles
  6. George
  7. Joseph
  8. Edward
  9. Frank
  10. Richard
  11. Thomas
  12. Harold
  13. Walter
  14. Paul
  15. Raymond
  16. Donald
  17. Henry
  18. Arthur
  19. Albert
  20. Jack
  21. Harry
  22. Ralph
  23. Kenneth
  24. Howard
  25. David
  26. Clarence
  27. Carl
  28. Louis
  29. Willie
  30. Eugene
  31. Earl
  32. Roy
  33. Fred
  34. Francis
  35. Joe
  36. Lawrence
  37. Ernest
  38. Leonard
  39. Warren
  40. Stanley
  41. Herbert
  42. Alfred
  43. Anthony
  44. Samuel
  45. Elmer
  46. Bernard
  47. Norman
  48. Leo
  49. Andrew
  50. Michael

Source: US Social Security Administration

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