Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1886

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1886. These names are taken directly from the Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.

The table below shows the top 250 most popular baby boy names in 1886, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name.

You can also use the links below to research more about the most popular baby names.

Top 1000 most popular boy names: 1-250 | 251-500 | 501-750 | 751-1000

Top 1000 most popular girl names: 1-250 | 251-500 | 501-750 | 751-1000

Rank Name Count
1 John 9,026
2 William 8,252
3 James 5,355
4 George 4,671
5 Charles 4,533
6 Frank 3,127
7 Joseph 2,594
8 Robert 2,443
9 Henry 2,404
10 Thomas 2,337
11 Edward 2,312
12 Harry 2,257
13 Walter 1,880
14 Arthur 1,656
15 Fred 1,599
16 Albert 1,488
17 Clarence 995
18 Samuel 870
19 Louis 846
20 Roy 767
21 Joe 759
22 Charlie 723
23 Richard 720
24 David 674
25 Ernest 668
26 Oscar 645
27 Will 642
28 Willie 641
29 Andrew 614
30 Jesse 614
31 Earl 570
32 Carl 556
33 Daniel 555
34 Sam 519
35 Elmer 485
36 Alfred 480
37 Howard 467
38 Paul 466
39 Benjamin 463
40 Frederick 461
41 Ralph 440
42 Peter 437
43 Lewis 431
44 Herman 418
45 Grover 407
46 Herbert 400
47 Lee 399
48 Claude 391
49 Jim 389
50 Tom 383
51 Eugene 362
52 Raymond 353
53 Michael 348
54 Jacob 346
55 Francis 344
56 Ben 335
57 Lawrence 331
58 Martin 329
59 Edwin 313
60 Harvey 310
61 Edgar 309
62 Clyde 307
63 Ed 303
64 Jack 299
65 Chester 287
66 Floyd 275
67 Ray 271
68 Otto 270
69 Theodore 258
70 Guy 255
71 Luther 253
72 Patrick 249
73 Leo 240
74 Leonard 236
75 Oliver 230
76 Bert 228
77 Hugh 227
78 Harold 224
79 Homer 224
80 Isaac 224
81 Charley 214
82 Allen 211
83 Alexander 206
84 August 203
85 Ira 198
86 Eddie 197
87 Philip 187
88 Marion 182
89 Jessie 181
90 Stephen 181
91 Bernard 180
92 Archie 175
93 Anthony 174
94 Julius 173
95 Clifford 172
96 Alex 161
97 Norman 161
98 Lester 160
99 Horace 156
100 Leroy 155
101 Sidney 155
102 Dan 154
103 Everett 150
104 Willis 150
105 Victor 146
106 Milton 145
107 Lloyd 144
108 Warren 144
109 Leon 142
110 Perry 141
111 Jess 140
112 Dave 139
113 Rufus 139
114 Leslie 136
115 Nathan 136
116 Emil 127
117 Franklin 127
118 Jerry 125
119 Percy 122
120 Amos 121
121 Wesley 121
122 Russell 115
123 Alvin 112
124 Matthew 112
125 Calvin 109
126 Jay 107
127 Ross 107
128 Alonzo 106
129 Mark 106
130 Wilbur 106
131 Earnest 105
132 Marshall 105
133 Wallace 104
134 Adam 103
135 Gus 102
136 Glenn 99
137 Otis 99
138 Dennis 98
139 Maurice 97
140 Simon 97
141 Mack 97
142 Levi 97
143 Claud 96
144 Morris 96
145 Adolph 95
146 Cornelius 95
147 Jake 95
148 Stanley 95
149 Elbert 94
150 Emmett 94
151 Phillip 94
152 Elijah 93
153 Felix 92
154 Gilbert 91
155 Marvin 90
156 Noah 90
157 Jasper 88
158 Lonnie 88
159 Roscoe 88
160 Cleveland 87
161 Aaron 86
162 Clinton 85
163 Ellis 85
164 Jose 85
165 Nicholas 85
166 Mike 84
167 Moses 84
168 Cecil 83
169 Melvin 83
170 Owen 83
171 Reuben 82
172 Ollie 81
173 Edmund 80
174 Willard 80
175 Virgil 79
176 Nelson 78
177 Abraham 77
178 Harrison 77
179 Silas 77
180 Fredrick 75
181 Timothy 74
182 Clayton 73
183 Harley 73
184 Max 73
185 Monroe 73
186 Pearl 73
187 Sylvester 73
188 Vernon 73
189 Curtis 72
190 Irvin 71
191 Wilson 71
192 Manuel 70
193 Steve 70
194 Dock 69
195 Grant 69
196 Juan 69
197 Mose 69
198 Rudolph 68
199 Johnnie 67
200 Bob 66
201 Christopher 66
202 Eli 66
203 Newton 66
204 Sherman 66
205 Barney 65
206 Alva 64
207 Austin 64
208 Bill 64
209 Gordon 64
210 Ora 63
211 Orville 63
212 Jeff 63
213 Anton 62
214 Chris 62
215 Edd 62
216 Don 61
217 Hubert 61
218 Wade 61
219 Irving 60
220 Cyrus 59
221 Nathaniel 59
222 Augustus 58
223 Lon 58
224 Donald 57
225 Millard 57
226 Columbus 56
227 Forrest 56
228 Bruce 55
229 Joshua 55
230 Roland 55
231 Pete 54
232 Hiram 53
233 Asa 52
234 Byron 51
235 Abe 50
236 Conrad 50
237 Edmond 50
238 Enoch 50
239 Jerome 50
240 Julian 50
241 Luke 50
242 Vincent 50
243 Wiley 49
244 Joel 49
245 Clark 49
246 Glen 49
247 Andy 49
248 Ike 48
249 Mathew 48
250 Karl 48

Historical Data for Baby Names

If you're interested to see how the trends and popularity of baby names have changed, you can use the links below to view the historical data by decade.

Most popular first names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Most popular boy names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Most popular girl names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and excludes any names with fewer than 5 occurrences in any geographic area.

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