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Most Popular Baby Names of 1940

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Rank Name Meaning
1 Mary
Hebrew: Bitter; English: Bitter. Variant of Miriam. …
2 Barbara
English: Traveler from a foreign land. In Catholic c…
3 Patricia
Spanish: Noble
4 Judith
Hebrew: Praised
5 Betty
English: Variation of Elizabeth. My God is bountiful…
6 Carol
English: Joy, manly; French: Song of happiness
7 Nancy
French: Variant of Anne. Favor, grace.; English: Var…
8 Linda
Spanish: Pretty; English: Lime tree, linden tree.; G…
9 Shirley
English: From the white meadow
10 Sandra
English: Defender of mankind. Feminine of Alexander.
11 Margaret
Irish: Name of a saint; Arabic: Child of light, pear…
12 Dorothy
Greek: Gift of God
13 Joyce
Celtic: Feminine of Jodoc; English: Cheerful, merry
14 Joan
Hebrew: Gift from God; English: Feminine of John
15 Carolyn
English: Joy Also feminine variant of Charles meaning manly
16 Judy
Hebrew: Praised or from Judea
17 Sharon
Hebrew: From the land of Sharon
18 Helen
19 Janet
Scottish: Variant of Jane from the French Jeanette; …
20 Elizabeth
English: Bountiful, God of plenty; Hebrew: Bountiful…
21 Virginia
English: Chaste, virginal; Spanish: Virgin
22 Janice
Hebrew: Gift from God
23 Donna
Italian: Lady
24 Ruth
Hebrew: Friend
25 Marilyn
English: Blend of Marie or Mary and Lyn.

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