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Vintage baby names that rocked the 1920s

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    Vintage baby names that rocked the 1920s

    Though many refer to it as the Roaring Twenties, growing up in this decade wasn’t totally glamorous. Often called the Greatest Generation, babies born in the early 20s were born after World War I and grew up during the Great Depression. But, they weren't old enough to fight during World War II. Then followed the Silent Generation, a more cautious group born at the end of the 20s. Men born around this time would be young adults when it came time for the Korean and Vietnam War. While their parents enjoyed the height of American consumerism, the children of this time faced unique hardships.

    Mothers of 20s babies were able to vote in national elections for the first time, and their kids grew up alongside future presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush. George and James are pretty high on this list, and more of these popular baby names are still common today.

    Using data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker has organized the 50 most popular male and female names of these 20s babies, plus how each of those names ranks in the year 2016. Many of these names have remained popular for over 90 years.

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    #50 Girl: Dolores

    Rank in the 1920s: #50
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,198.6
    Rank in 2016: #3,226
    Births in 2016: 50


     

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    #50 Boy: Marvin

    Rank in the 1920s: #50
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 3,958.9
    Rank in 2016: #544
    Births in 2016: 529


     

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    #49 Girl: Gloria

    Rank in the 1920s: #49
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,285.4
    Rank in 2016: #550
    Births in 2016: 563


     

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    #49 Boy: Melvin

    Rank in the 1920s: #49
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 4,057.6
    Rank in 2016: #738
    Births in 2016: 328


     

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    #48 Girl: Lorraine

    Rank in the 1920s: #48
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 4,993.8
    Rank in 2016: #1,557
    Births in 2016: 143


     

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    #48 Boy: Billy

    Rank in the 1920s: #48
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 4,209.9
    Rank in 2016: #865
    Births in 2016: 258


     

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    #47 Girl: Rita

    Rank in the 1920s: #47
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,058.6
    Rank in 2016: #1,185
    Births in 2016: 209


     

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    #47 Boy: Bernard

    Rank in the 1920s: #47
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 4,240.8
    Rank in 2016: #1,163
    Births in 2016: 163


     

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    #46 Girl: Marion

    Rank in the 1920s: #46
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,517.7
    Rank in 2016: #1,449
    Births in 2016: 158


     

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    #46 Boy: Samuel

    Rank in the 1920s: #46
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 4,336.7
    Rank in 2016: #21
    Births in 2016: 10,492


     

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    #45 Girl: Bernice

    Rank in the 1920s: #45
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,583.8
    Rank in 2016: #3,089
    Births in 2016: 53


     

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    #45 Boy: Daniel

    Rank in the 1920s: #45
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 4,342.
    Rank in 2016: #13
    Births in 2016: 12,839


     

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    #44 Girl: Hazel

    Rank in the 1920s: #44
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,898.4
    Rank in 2016: #52
    Births in 2016: 4,634


     

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    #44 Boy: Gerald

    Rank in the 1920s: #44
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 4,452.5
    Rank in 2016: #812
    Births in 2016: 283


     

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    #43 Girl: June

    Rank in the 1920s: #43
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,648.1
    Rank in 2016: #268
    Births in 2016: 1,180


     

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    #43 Boy: Norman

    Rank in the 1920s: #43
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 4,935.7
    Rank in 2016: #1,085
    Births in 2016: 180


     

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    #42 Girl: Grace

    Rank in the 1920s: #42
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,006.1
    Rank in 2016: #19
    Births in 2016: 7,531


     

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    #42 Boy: Stanley

    Rank in the 1920s: #42
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 4,945.5
    Rank in 2016: #682
    Births in 2016: 364


     

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    #41 Girl: Patricia

    Rank in the 1920s: #41
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 7,473.7
    Rank in 2016: #745
    Births in 2016: 380


     

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    #41 Boy: Anthony

    Rank in the 1920s: #41
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,005.5
    Rank in 2016: #30
    Births in 2016: 9,815


     

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    #40 Girl: Phyllis

    Rank in the 1920s: #40
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,186.7
    Rank in 2016: #6,104
    Births in 2016: 21


     

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    #40 Boy: Alfred

    Rank in the 1920s: #40
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,015.8
    Rank in 2016: #844
    Births in 2016: 263


     

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    #39 Girl: Edith

    Rank in the 1920s: #39
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,298.8
    Rank in 2016: #488
    Births in 2016: 631


     

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    #39 Boy: Ernest

    Rank in the 1920s: #39
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,365.2
    Rank in 2016: #976
    Births in 2016: 208


     

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    #38 Girl: Ethel

    Rank in the 1920s: #38
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,280.
    Rank in 2016: #5,300
    Births in 2016: 25


     

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    #38 Boy: Leonard

    Rank in the 1920s: #38
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,379.8
    Rank in 2016: #600
    Births in 2016: 446


     

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    #37 Girl: Lucille

    Rank in the 1920s: #37
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,387.9
    Rank in 2016: #284
    Births in 2016: 1,122


     

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    #37 Boy: Herbert

    Rank in the 1920s: #37
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,652.6
    Rank in 2016: #1,853
    Births in 2016: 80


     

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    #36 Girl: Pauline

    Rank in the 1920s: #36
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,407.1
    Rank in 2016: #2,801
    Births in 2016: 61


     

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    #36 Boy: Lawrence

    Rank in the 1920s: #36
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,686.2
    Rank in 2016: #493
    Births in 2016: 612


     

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    #35 Girl: Norma

    Rank in the 1920s: #35
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,523.8
    Rank in 2016: #2,223
    Births in 2016: 86


     

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    #35 Boy: Francis

    Rank in the 1920s: #35
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,909.2
    Rank in 2016: #480
    Births in 2016: 636


     

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    #34 Girl: Edna

    Rank in the 1920s: #34
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,862.7
    Rank in 2016: #2,334
    Births in 2016: 80


     

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    #34 Boy: Joe

    Rank in the 1920s: #34
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,267.1
    Rank in 2016: #618
    Births in 2016: 431


     

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    #33 Girl: Thelma

    Rank in the 1920s: #33
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,876.9
    Rank in 2016: #4,496
    Births in 2016: 32


     

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    #33 Boy: Fred

    Rank in the 1920s: #33
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,274.
    Rank in 2016: #1,539
    Births in 2016: 107


     

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    #32 Girl: Josephine

    Rank in the 1920s: #32
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,921.7
    Rank in 2016: #114
    Births in 2016: 2,766


     

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    #32 Boy: Roy

    Rank in the 1920s: #32
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,325.8
    Rank in 2016: #539
    Births in 2016: 536


     

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    #31 Girl: Annie

    Rank in the 1920s: #31
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,946.3
    Rank in 2016: #287
    Births in 2016: 1,113


     

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    #31 Boy: Earl

    Rank in the 1920s: #31
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,360.2
    Rank in 2016: #1,527
    Births in 2016: 109


     

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    #30 Girl: Gladys

    Rank in the 1920s: #30
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 7,256.1
    Rank in 2016: #2,514
    Births in 2016: 71


     

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    #30 Boy: Clarence

    Rank in the 1920s: #30
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,657.7
    Rank in 2016: #1,207
    Births in 2016: 155


     

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    #29 Girl: Eleanor

    Rank in the 1920s: #29
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 7,475.7
    Rank in 2016: #41
    Births in 2016: 5,100


     

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    #29 Boy: Louis

    Rank in the 1920s: #29
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,768.9
    Rank in 2016: #289
    Births in 2016: 1,239


     

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    #28 Girl: Ruby

    Rank in the 1920s: #28
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 7,673.4
    Rank in 2016: #71
    Births in 2016: 3,796


     

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    #28 Boy: Willie

    Rank in the 1920s: #28
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,798.9
    Rank in 2016: #799
    Births in 2016: 290


     

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    #27 Girl: Catherine

    Rank in the 1920s: #27
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 7,888.1
    Rank in 2016: #195
    Births in 2016: 1,660


     

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    #27 Boy: Carl

    Rank in the 1920s: #27
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,985.
    Rank in 2016: #604
    Births in 2016: 442


     

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    #26 Girl: Lillian

    Rank in the 1920s: #26
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 8,315.2
    Rank in 2016: #28
    Births in 2016: 6,333


     

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    #26 Boy: Howard

    Rank in the 1920s: #26
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 7,034.7
    Rank in 2016: #900
    Births in 2016: 239


     

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    #25 Girl: Louise

    Rank in the 1920s: #25
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 8,289.5
    Rank in 2016: #897
    Births in 2016: 309


     

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    #25 Boy: Ralph

    Rank in the 1920s: #25
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 8,446.4
    Rank in 2016: #992
    Births in 2016: 204


     

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    #24 Girl: Lois

    Rank in the 1920s: #24
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 8,813.
    Rank in 2016: #1,753
    Births in 2016: 118


     

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    #24 Boy: Eugene

    Rank in the 1920s: #24
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 8,475.2
    Rank in 2016: #788
    Births in 2016: 298


     

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    #23 Girl: Barbara

    Rank in the 1920s: #23
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 9,721.2
    Rank in 2016: #856
    Births in 2016: 326


     

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    #23 Boy: Harry

    Rank in the 1920s: #23
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 8,618.
    Rank in 2016: #679
    Births in 2016: 372


     

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    #22 Girl: Shirley

    Rank in the 1920s: #22
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 9,859.9
    Rank in 2016: #1,388
    Births in 2016: 168


     

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    #22 Boy: David

    Rank in the 1920s: #22
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 8,875.1
    Rank in 2016: #19
    Births in 2016: 11,028


     

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    #21 Girl: Rose

    Rank in the 1920s: #21
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 8,530.7
    Rank in 2016: #154
    Births in 2016: 2,016


     

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    #21 Boy: Albert

    Rank in the 1920s: #21
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 9,442.6
    Rank in 2016: #474
    Births in 2016: 642


     

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    #20 Girl: Florence

    Rank in the 1920s: #20
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 8,829.5
    Rank in 2016: #1,053
    Births in 2016: 246


     

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    #20 Boy: Arthur

    Rank in the 1920s: #20
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 9,711.5
    Rank in 2016: #273
    Births in 2016: 1,333


     

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    #19 Girl: Martha

    Rank in the 1920s: #19
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 8,678.4
    Rank in 2016: #727
    Births in 2016: 389


     

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    #19 Boy: Kenneth

    Rank in the 1920s: #19
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 9,949.1
    Rank in 2016: #208
    Births in 2016: 1,901


     

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    #18 Girl: Marjorie

    Rank in the 1920s: #18
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 9,122.1
    Rank in 2016: #925
    Births in 2016: 295


     

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    #18 Boy: Henry

    Rank in the 1920s: #18
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 10,455.3
    Rank in 2016: #22
    Births in 2016: 10,323


     

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    #17 Girl: Irene

    Rank in the 1920s: #17
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 9,283.3
    Rank in 2016: #656
    Births in 2016: 444


     

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    #17 Boy: Jack

    Rank in the 1920s: #17
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 11,598.6
    Rank in 2016: #38
    Births in 2016: 8,367


     

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    #16 Girl: Jean

    Rank in the 1920s: #16
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 10,599.6
    Rank in 2016: #2,444
    Births in 2016: 75


     

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    #16 Boy: Walter

    Rank in the 1920s: #16
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 11,981.2
    Rank in 2016: #302
    Births in 2016: 1,163


     

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    #15 Girl: Marie

    Rank in the 1920s: #15
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 11,056.5
    Rank in 2016: #583
    Births in 2016: 526


     

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    #15 Boy: Raymond

    Rank in the 1920s: #15
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 12,421.2
    Rank in 2016: #284
    Births in 2016: 1,264


     

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    #14 Girl: Alice

    Rank in the 1920s: #14
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 11,052.2
    Rank in 2016: #76
    Births in 2016: 3,669


     

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    #14 Boy: Paul

    Rank in the 1920s: #14
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 13,238.5
    Rank in 2016: #206
    Births in 2016: 1,921


     

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    #13 Girl: Anna

    Rank in the 1920s: #13
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 12,389.1
    Rank in 2016: #51
    Births in 2016: 4,749


     

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    #13 Boy: Harold

    Rank in the 1920s: #13
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 13,359.5
    Rank in 2016: #803
    Births in 2016: 285


     

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    #12 Girl: Evelyn

    Rank in the 1920s: #12
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 12,416.2
    Rank in 2016: #12
    Births in 2016: 10,060


     

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    #12 Boy: Frank

    Rank in the 1920s: #12
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 15,182.7
    Rank in 2016: #353
    Births in 2016: 951


     

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    #11 Girl: Elizabeth

    Rank in the 1920s: #11
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 13,967.3
    Rank in 2016: #13
    Births in 2016: 9,493


     

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    #11 Boy: Thomas

    Rank in the 1920s: #11
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 16,110.9
    Rank in 2016: #48
    Births in 2016: 7,309


     

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    #10 Girl: Frances

    Rank in the 1920s: #10
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 14,038.7
    Rank in 2016: #446
    Births in 2016: 716


     

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    #10 Boy: Donald

    Rank in the 1920s: #10
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 19,182.
    Rank in 2016: #488
    Births in 2016: 621


     

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    #9 Girl: Mildred

    Rank in the 1920s: #9
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 14,715.2
    Rank in 2016: #2,388
    Births in 2016: 78


     

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    #9 Boy: Edward

    Rank in the 1920s: #9
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 19,735.5
    Rank in 2016: #163
    Births in 2016: 2,491


     

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    #8 Girl: Doris

    Rank in the 1920s: #8
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 15,118.7
    Rank in 2016: #1,759
    Births in 2016: 117


     

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    #8 Boy: Richard

    Rank in the 1920s: #8
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 22,260.4
    Rank in 2016: #160
    Births in 2016: 2,499


     

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    #7 Girl: Virginia

    Rank in the 1920s: #7
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 16,955.1
    Rank in 2016: #517
    Births in 2016: 599


     

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    #7 Boy: Joseph

    Rank in the 1920s: #7
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 24,380.9
    Rank in 2016: #20
    Births in 2016: 10,823


     

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    #6 Girl: Ruth

    Rank in the 1920s: #6
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 21,850.8
    Rank in 2016: #299
    Births in 2016: 1,081


     

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    #6 Boy: George

    Rank in the 1920s: #6
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 26,195.2
    Rank in 2016: #125
    Births in 2016: 3,288


     

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    #5 Girl: Betty

    Rank in the 1920s: #5
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 28,308.7
    Rank in 2016: #1,337
    Births in 2016: 176


     

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    #5 Boy: Charles

    Rank in the 1920s: #5
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 29,803.
    Rank in 2016: #51
    Births in 2016: 7,050


     

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    #4 Girl: Margaret

    Rank in the 1920s: #4
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 24,500.6
    Rank in 2016: #139
    Births in 2016: 2,202


     

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    #4 Boy: William

    Rank in the 1920s: #4
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 51,239.4
    Rank in 2016: #3
    Births in 2016: 15,668


     

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    #3 Girl: Helen

    Rank in the 1920s: #3
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 29,039.7
    Rank in 2016: #408
    Births in 2016: 813


     

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    #3 Boy: James

    Rank in the 1920s: #3
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 51,530.4
    Rank in 2016: #5
    Births in 2016: 14,776


     

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    #2 Girl: Dorothy

    Rank in the 1920s: #2
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 36,886.5
    Rank in 2016: #652
    Births in 2016: 448


     

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    #2 Boy: John

    Rank in the 1920s: #2
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 56,406.6
    Rank in 2016: #28
    Births in 2016: 9,952


     

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    #1 Girl: Mary

    Rank in the 1920s: #1
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 70,173.9
    Rank in 2016: #127
    Births in 2016: 2,487


     

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    #1 Boy: Robert

    Rank in the 1920s: #1
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 57,635.5
    Rank in 2016: #62
    Births in 2016: 5,953


     

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