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Top American boys' names of the 1940s

These dapper boys' names were tops in the 1940s and we think they're still stand-outs -- Thomas, Kenneth, Donald, Edward, Walter, Peter, Bobby and more

James

Derived from Jacob, supplanter

Gender: Either | Origin: Hebrew, English
Popularity: Popular

John

God is gracious

Gender: Boy | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Richard

German for rich and powerful ruler

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old German
Popularity: Popular

David

Beloved

Gender: Boy | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Thomas

Twin

Gender: Boy | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Ronald

Powerful, mighty

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old English, Scottish
Popularity: Familiar

Larry

Lawrence (crowned with laurel)

Gender: Either | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Joseph

God will increase

Gender: Boy | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

George

Farmer

Gender: Either | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Kenneth

Irish(handsome);English(royal oath)

Gender: Boy | Origin: Celtic, Scottish, Irish
Popularity: Popular

Edward

Prosperous guardian

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old English
Popularity: Popular

Dennis

Follower of Dionysus, god of wine

Gender: Boy | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Frank

Short for Francis

Gender: Boy | Origin: Teutonic, German, English
Popularity: Popular

Raymond

Mighty, wise protector

Gender: Boy | Origin: Teutonic, Old German, English
Popularity: Popular

Stephen

Crowned

Gender: Boy | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Gerald

Mighty warrior

Gender: Boy | Origin: Teutonic, Old German, German
Popularity: Familiar

Harold

Army leader

Gender: Boy | Origin: Norse, Scandinavian
Popularity: Familiar

Douglas

Dark river

Gender: Boy | Origin: Celtic, Scottish
Popularity: Familiar

Lawrence

Crowned with laurel

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Wayne

Wagon maker

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old English
Popularity: Familiar

Jack

Nickname for John or Jacob

Gender: Either | Origin: Hebrew, English, American
Popularity: Popular

Carl

Man, variation of Charles

Gender: Either | Origin: English, Teutonic, Old German, German
Popularity: Familiar

Willie

Short for William, Wilhelmina

Gender: Either | Origin: Teutonic, English
Popularity: Familiar

Joe

Gender: Either | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Peter

Small rock

Gender: Boy | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Roy

King

Gender: Either | Origin: Celtic, Irish, French
Popularity: Familiar

Anthony

Praiseworthy, flourishing

Gender: Boy | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Popular

Jimmy

Short for James

Gender: Either | Origin: American, Hebrew, English
Popularity: Familiar

Bobby

Nickname for Robert

Gender: Either | Origin: English, Teutonic
Popularity: Familiar

Eugene

Nobleman

Gender: Boy | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Robert

Famous brilliance

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old German
Popularity: Popular

William

Protector

Gender: Boy | Origin: Teutonic, Old German, English
Popularity: Popular

Charles

Farmer (German), strong and manly (

Gender: Boy | Origin: Teutonic, Old German, German
Popularity: Popular

Michael

Who is like God?

Gender: Either | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Donald

Proud ruler

Gender: Boy | Origin: Celtic, Gaelic, Scottish
Popularity: Familiar

Gary

Spear carrier

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old English
Popularity: Familiar

Paul

Small

Gender: Either | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Popular

Jerry

Mighty spearman

Gender: Either | Origin: Greek, English, German
Popularity: Familiar

Daniel

God is my judge

Gender: Boy | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Roger

Famous spearman

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old German, German
Popularity: Familiar

Walter

Ruler

Gender: Boy | Origin: Teutonic, Old German, German
Popularity: Popular

Steven

Crowned

Gender: Boy | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Terry

Short for Terrence, Teresa

Gender: Either | Origin: English, Greek, Old German
Popularity: Familiar

Arthur

Noble one

Gender: Boy | Origin: Celtic
Popularity: Popular

Henry

Ruler of the household

Gender: Boy | Origin: Teutonic, Old German, German
Popularity: Popular

Bruce

Place name; woods

Gender: Boy | Origin: French, Norman
Popularity: Popular

Billy

Short for William

Gender: Either | Origin: English, Teutonic, Old German
Popularity: Familiar

Ralph

Wolf counsel

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old German
Popularity: Familiar

Albert

Noble, bright

Gender: Boy | Origin: Teutonic, Old German, English
Popularity: Familiar

Johnny

Gender: Boy | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular