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Top American girls' names of the 1930s

The '30s weren't dirty, they were golden! Check out these popular girls' names -- Peggy, Doris, Joyce, Shirley, Beverly, Irene, Wanda and more

Mary

Bitter

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Barbara

Foreigner

Gender: Girl | Origin: English, Greek, Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Patricia

Noblewoman

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Dorothy

God's gift

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Margaret

Pearl

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Helen

Light

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Carol

Song

Gender: Girl | Origin: Teutonic, Old German, French
Popularity: Familiar

Doris

Sea

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Virginia

Pure, virginal; U.S. state

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Marilyn

Of Mary's line

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Jean

God is gracious

Gender: Either | Origin: Celtic, Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Beverly

Beaver field

Gender: Either | Origin: English
Popularity: Familiar

Lois

Warrior

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew, Greek, German
Popularity: Familiar

Donna

Lady

Gender: Girl | Origin: Italian, Gaelic, Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Dolores

Sorrowful

Gender: Girl | Origin: Spanish
Popularity: Unusual

Janet

Form of Jane

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew, English
Popularity: Familiar

Norma

From the north

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin, German
Popularity: Familiar

Evelyn

Hazelnut

Gender: Girl | Origin: English, Celtic, Norman
Popularity: Popular

Gloria

Glory

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Marie

Bitter

Gender: Girl | Origin: French, Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Mildred

Gentle counselor

Gender: Girl | Origin: English
Popularity: Familiar

Rose

Rose

Gender: Either | Origin: Greek, Latin
Popularity: Popular

Geraldine

Mighty warrior

Gender: Girl | Origin: Teutonic, German
Popularity: Familiar

Judith

Praised

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Louise

Warrior

Gender: Girl | Origin: French, Teutonic, German
Popularity: Familiar

Marjorie

Pearl

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek, English
Popularity: Familiar

Ruby

Precious red stone

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

Eleanor

Shining light

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Sandra

Defender of mankind

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Wanda

Wanderer

Gender: Girl | Origin: Australian, German
Popularity: Unusual

Betty

Short for Elizabeth

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew, English
Popularity: Familiar

Shirley

Bright meadow

Gender: Girl | Origin: English
Popularity: Familiar

Joan

God is gracious

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Nancy

Gracious

Gender: Girl | Origin: English, Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Joyce

Joyful

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

Ruth

Friend

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Elizabeth

God's oath

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Frances

From France; free

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Alice

Noble

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek, Teutonic, German
Popularity: Popular

Martha

Lady

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew, Aramaic
Popularity: Familiar

Phyllis

Greenery

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Unusual

Carolyn

Form of Caroline

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

Anna

Form of Anne

Gender: Girl | Origin: English, Hebrew, German, Italian, Swedish, Czech
Popularity: Popular

Ann

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Peggy

Short for Margaret

Gender: Girl | Origin: Celtic, English
Popularity: Unusual

Catherine

Pure

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Janice

God is gracious

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Annie

Form of Anne

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

Jane

God is gracious

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Irene

Peaceful

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Familiar