Baby Names 1920

Robert and Mary were the top two names given to boys in the U.S for 1920 individual years, followed by Dororthy and Joh

Top baby names of the 1920s – Social Security

Top baby names of the 1920s, as taken from the Social Security website. This data is generated from the ‘Pop Names’ list provided by the US government’s Social Security Administration. This name from that list was considered most popular for each of the given years.

These names were the most common baby names used in the USA in 1920. Robert was most commonly given to baby boys while Dorothy was given mostly to baby girls. These names are pretty common and familiar, yet they go well together so you could use them as first names if you want.

The 1920s were a decade that had great change with the rise of new technology and the end of WWI. The top names of the 1920s include Robert, John and Dorothy.

Popularity scores for the top ten names in each gender are based on use of Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States. The Popularity Score is a percentage. Popularity scores over 10% are in bold.

1920s Boy Names

While those are the most overall popular names for the decade, the individual years within the decades had some very interesting names that made the top ten list for the year but not the decade. Do you want to know what they are?

Top 100 Baby Names for the 1920s

Popular Boy Names From The 1920s

Several names during the decade were popular for a year but did not rank in the top 10 for 1920s decade popularity. Here is a list of those names and the year they were famous.https://07f3d662479fc841516311fb1ddb5caa.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

  • 1920: Daniel
  • 1921: Frank and Thomas
  • 1922: Jebediah
  • 1923: Frank
  • 1924: Tony
  • 1926: Michael

In the early part of the decade, there seems to be more variety of popular boy names. By the end of the decade, America had adopted some traditional names that are still chosen almost 100 years later. The name “William” is still listed in the top ten most popular boy names from 2010 to the present. That is Amazing!

The boy’s names are revealed. Now for more popular 1920s names let us take a look at the girl’s names. What name do you think will be at number one?https://07f3d662479fc841516311fb1ddb5caa.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

1920s men had a distinct style you could recognize from anywhere. The names from this era are also distinct.

1920s Girl Names

Some baby names from the 1920s given to the boys are still given to baby boys in our era. But as for the girls, that is not the case. Are you ready for the list?

Those are considered old names in our current generation. There is not one of the most popular girl names from the 20s listed in the top 50 popular names from 2010 to the present year. What are some girl names that hit the top ten for the year but missed the mark on the decade?

Popular Girl Names From The 1920s

  • 1920 Elizabeth and Anna
  • 1921 Anna
  • 1922 Gladis, Elizabeth, and Anna
  • 1923 Elizabeth
  • 1925 Elizabeth
  • 1926 Jean and Maria
  • 1927 Maria and Shirley
  • 1928 Maria and Patricia
  • 1929 Maria, Barbara, and Shirley

Interestingly, a few popular names chosen for the individual years are given to babies today. These are fun facts and trivia. At your next baby shower play a game of Popular Names From the 1920s. And then compare these results to the names from the 1930s and beyond!

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Popular Baby Names 1920

The “Roaring ’20s” was a defining decade in American history. New styles of dress and dance were embraced with open arms. Many of the traditional moral standards were abolished. Americans experienced unprecedented economic growth during this era, and that economic growth brought about childbirths in record numbers. The previous decade had 15,458,359 births recorded. In the roaring ’20s, there were an astounding 23,775,132 births recorded. The number of male births almost doubled from the 1910s. What are some of the 1920s baby names? Let’s find out.

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All names for 1920: Official U.S. list 

RANKGIRLSBOYS
1MaryJohn
2DorothyWilliam
3HelenRobert
4MargaretJames
5RuthCharles
6MildredGeorge
7VirginiaJoseph
8ElizabethEdward
9FrancesFrank
10AnnaRichard
11BettyThomas
12EvelynHarold
13MarieWalter
14DorisPaul
15AliceRaymond
16FlorenceDonald
17IreneHenry
18LillianArthur
19LouiseAlbert
20RoseJack
21CatherineHarry
22GladysRalph
23MarthaKenneth
24MarjorieHoward
25EleanorDavid

26RubyClarence
27EdnaCarl
28JosephineLouis
29LucilleWillie
30EthelEugene
31ThelmaEarl
32EdithRoy
33JeanFred
34HazelFrancis
35AnnieJoe
36PaulineLawrence
37GraceErnest
38LoisLeonard
39EstherWarren
40BerniceStanley
41BeatriceHerbert
42GertrudeAlfred
43MarionAnthony
44ClaraSamuel
45KatherineElmer
46EmmaBernard
47BarbaraNorman
48JaneLeo
49AnnAndrew
50SarahMichael
All names for 1920: Official U.S. list
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RANK

GIRLS

BOYS
1
Mary
John
2
Dorothy
William
3
Helen
Robert
4
Margaret
James
5
Ruth
Charles
6
Mildred
George
7
Virginia
Joseph
8
Elizabeth
Edward
9
Frances
Frank
10
Anna
Richard
11
Betty
Thomas
12
Evelyn
Harold
13
Marie
Walter
14
Doris
Paul
15
Alice
Raymond
16
Florence
Donald
17
Irene
Henry
18
Lillian
Arthur
19
Louise
Albert
20
Rose
Jack
21
Catherine
Harry
22
Gladys
Ralph
23
Martha
Kenneth
24
Marjorie
Howard
25
Eleanor
David

26
Ruby
Clarence
27
Edna
Carl
28
Josephine
Louis
29
Lucille
Willie
30
Ethel
Eugene
31
Thelma
Earl
32
Edith
Roy
33
Jean
Fred
34
Hazel
Francis
35
Annie
Joe
36
Pauline
Lawrence
37
Grace
Ernest
38
Lois
Leonard
39
Esther
Warren
40
Bernice
Stanley
41
Beatrice
Herbert
42
Gertrude
Alfred
43
Marion
Anthony
44
Clara
Samuel
45
Katherine
Elmer
46
Emma
Bernard
47
Barbara
Norman
48
Jane
Leo
49
Ann
Andrew
50
Sarah
Michael

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