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Top American girls' names of the 1940s

Names popular in the 1940s for your darling Clementine (or Sandra, Judith, Margaret, Shirley, Donna or Virginia)

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

Sandra

Defender of mankind

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Sharon

Desert plain

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Judith

Praised

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Betty

Short for Elizabeth

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

Margaret

Pearl

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Shirley

Bright meadow

Gender: Girl | Origin: English
Popularity: Familiar

Karen

Pure

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

Donna

Lady

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

Kathleen

Pure

Gender: Girl | Origin: Celtic, Greek, Irish
Popularity: Familiar

Joyce

Joyful

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

Dorothy

God's gift

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Janet

Form of Jane

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

Diane

Divine

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

Janice

God is gracious

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Joan

God is gracious

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Elizabeth

God's oath

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Brenda

Sword

Gender: Girl | Origin: Norse, Celtic, Old English, Irish
Popularity: Familiar

Gloria

Glory

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin
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

Martha

Lady

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

Beverly

Beaver field

Gender: Either | Origin: English
Popularity: Familiar

Helen

Light

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Bonnie

Pretty

Gender: Either | Origin: English
Popularity: Familiar

Ruth

Friend

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Frances

From France; free

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Jean

God is gracious

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

Ann

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Phyllis

Greenery

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Unusual

Pamela

Honey

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

Jane

God is gracious

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Alice

Noble

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

Peggy

Short for Margaret

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

Cheryl

Gender: Girl | Origin: French
Popularity: Familiar

Doris

Sea

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Catherine

Pure

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Elaine

Form of Helen

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

Cynthia

From Mount Kynthos, moon

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Marie

Bitter

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

Lois

Warrior

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

Connie

Steadfast

Gender: Either | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Linda

Pretty

Gender: Either | Origin: Spanish
Popularity: Familiar

Carol

Song

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

Nancy

Gracious

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

Susan

Lily

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Carolyn

Form of Caroline

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

Judy

Short for Judith (praised)

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar