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What were popular baby names in the 1940s?

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Updated February 16, 2011

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Question: What were popular baby names in the 1940s?
Answer: The 1940s saw the beginning of the baby boom and the end of World War II. What were the popular baby names in the 1940s? Here are the top twenty names for the girls and boys born in the 1940s:

Boy Baby Names

  1. James
  2. Robert
  3. John
  4. William
  5. Richard
  6. David
  7. Charles
  8. Thomas
  9. Michael
  10. Ronald
  11. Larry
  12. Donald
  13. Joseph
  14. Gary
  15. George
  16. Kenneth
  17. Paul
  18. Edward
  19. Jerry
  20. Dennis

Girl Baby Names

  1. Mary
  2. Linda
  3. Barbara
  4. Patricia
  5. Carol
  6. Sandra
  7. Nancy
  8. Sharon
  9. Judith
  10. Susan
  11. Betty
  12. Carolyn
  13. Margaret
  14. Shirley
  15. Judy
  16. Karen
  17. Donna
  18. Kathleen
  19. Joyce
  20. Dorothy

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