How popular is the baby name Mcarthur in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Mcarthur and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Mcarthur.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Mcarthur

Number of Babies Named Mcarthur

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Mcarthur

The Trendiest Baby Names of All Time?

I’m no stats whiz, but Nathan Yau of FlowingData and David Taylor of Prooffreader are, and each has taken a stab at determining/ranking the trendiest baby names of all time in the U.S.

The FlowingData list of trendiest baby names was published last year. Nathan analyzed girl names and boy names separately. Here are his top 5 for each gender:

Trendiest Girl Names Trendiest Boy Names
1. Catina
2. Deneen
3. Aaliyah
4. Allisson
5. Katina
1. Jalen
2. Tevin
3. Elian
4. Demond
5. Mcarthur

The Prooffreader list of trendiest baby names was published earlier this month. David analyzed all the names together (his overall top 100 was 80% girl names, 20% boy names). Here are his top 5 for each gender (with placement on the original list in parentheses):

Trendiest Girl Names Trendiest Boy Names
1. Linda (#1)
2. Brittany (#3)
3. Debra (#4)
4. Shirley (#5)
5. Ashley (#6)
1. Dewey (#2)
2. Jason (#11)
3. Grover (#15)
4. Mark (#20)
5. Woodrow (#30)

Click through and check out their full lists. Then come back and tell me which list/methodology you prefer, and why.


The Baby Names Douglas, MacArthur & McArthur

Douglas MacArthurDouglas MacArthur was the popular U.S. Army General who received the Medal of Honor in 1942 for his service in the Philippines Campaign.

How many babies were named in honor of Douglas MacArthur in 1942?

Quite a few.

The number of babies named Douglas nearly tripled that year:

  • 1944: 6,996 baby boys named Douglas [34th]
  • 1943: 8,231 [28th]
  • 1942: 11,234 [23rd]
  • 1941: 4,149 [53rd]
  • 1940: 3,729 [rank: 56th]

And the number of babies named MacArthur (or some variant thereof) also swelled:

Name 1940 1941 1942 [rank] 1943 [rank] 1944 [rank]
Mcarthur 9 14 289 [357th] 173 [471st] 134 [528th]
Macarthur 5 141 [518th] 60 [864th] 38
Mcarther 23 13
Macarther 10

Variant “McArther” was the top debut name for baby boys in 1942.

And isn’t it strange how “McArthur” became more popular than “MacArthur”? Perhaps newspapers of the day had trouble spelling the surname correctly.

Speaking of newspapers, several of them made note of the sudden trendiness of “Douglas MacArthur” as a baby name. A Boston Globe headline from March 25, 1942, said: “Douglas MacArthur Wong Among 15 Babies Named for Hero Here.” A similar New York Times headline from April 9 stated: “MacArthur Wins Another Reward of Fame: 7, Maybe 13, Babies Here Are Named for Him.”

Finally, a few MacArthur-related asides:

  • Did you know that a string of men in Douglas MacArthur’s family had the double name Arthur MacArthur?
  • MacArthur was the one in charge of clearing the Bonus Expeditionary Force out of Washington, DC, back in 1932.
  • Another U.S. military man whose name became a trendy after a battle in the Philippines was George Dewey.