Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1950

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1950. 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 1950, 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 James 86,229
2 Robert 83,555
3 John 79,428
4 Michael 65,142
5 David 60,731
6 William 60,690
7 Richard 51,003
8 Thomas 45,597
9 Charles 39,099
10 Gary 33,747
11 Larry 31,485
12 Ronald 29,912
13 Joseph 27,024
14 Donald 27,001
15 Kenneth 23,820
16 Steven 23,252
17 Dennis 22,862
18 Paul 21,746
19 Stephen 20,514
20 George 20,179
21 Daniel 19,191
22 Edward 18,713
23 Mark 16,607
24 Jerry 15,265
25 Gregory 13,311
26 Bruce 12,675
27 Roger 12,551
28 Douglas 12,266
29 Frank 11,609
30 Terry 11,431
31 Raymond 11,180
32 Timothy 10,503
33 Lawrence 10,174
34 Gerald 9,722
35 Wayne 9,263
36 Anthony 8,613
37 Peter 8,365
38 Patrick 8,183
39 Danny 8,145
40 Walter 7,794
41 Alan 7,739
42 Willie 7,723
43 Jeffrey 7,643
44 Carl 7,288
45 Harold 7,218
46 Arthur 7,161
47 Henry 6,963
48 Jack 6,839
49 Dale 6,787
50 Johnny 6,580
51 Roy 6,455
52 Ralph 6,405
53 Philip 6,071
54 Joe 6,034
55 Jimmy 5,762
56 Albert 5,754
57 Billy 5,676
58 Eugene 5,484
59 Glenn 5,467
60 Stanley 5,451
61 Harry 5,376
62 Samuel 5,226
63 Howard 5,167
64 Phillip 5,054
65 Bobby 5,016
66 Louis 4,948
67 Russell 4,942
68 Andrew 4,932
69 Craig 4,888
70 Randall 4,842
71 Allen 4,840
72 Christopher 4,834
73 Kevin 4,753
74 Barry 4,692
75 Frederick 4,659
76 Ronnie 4,617
77 Leonard 4,581
78 Keith 4,568
79 Brian 4,445
80 Randy 4,356
81 Ernest 4,308
82 Scott 4,270
83 Steve 4,206
84 Fred 4,196
85 Martin 4,181
86 Francis 4,082
87 Melvin 3,889
88 Rodney 3,856
89 Eddie 3,759
90 Norman 3,640
91 Lee 3,610
92 Earl 3,589
93 Marvin 3,494
94 Tommy 3,433
95 Clarence 3,342
96 Alfred 3,234
97 Curtis 3,209
98 Eric 3,096
99 Theodore 2,960
100 Clifford 2,940
101 Vincent 2,921
102 Leroy 2,834
103 Jerome 2,829
104 Micheal 2,823
105 Calvin 2,742
106 Victor 2,714
107 Don 2,711
108 Gordon 2,690
109 Bernard 2,638
110 Jose 2,638
111 Ray 2,635
112 Herbert 2,622
113 Mike 2,615
114 Jesse 2,607
115 Jay 2,584
116 Darrell 2,496
117 Edwin 2,487
118 Warren 2,467
119 Leon 2,430
120 Dean 2,338
121 Alvin 2,269
122 Gene 2,251
123 Benjamin 2,186
124 Nicholas 2,178
125 Glen 2,173
126 Leslie 2,133
127 Lloyd 2,120
128 Ricky 2,108
129 Dan 2,085
130 Joel 2,045
131 Bill 2,041
132 Lewis 2,028
133 Juan 2,027
134 Vernon 2,005
135 Lonnie 2,001
136 Clyde 1,985
137 Duane 1,963
138 Jon 1,945
139 Jim 1,930
140 Jackie 1,926
141 Jimmie 1,902
142 Allan 1,891
143 Floyd 1,889
144 Gilbert 1,882
145 Tom 1,825
146 Dwight 1,814
147 Harvey 1,812
148 Lester 1,760
149 Tony 1,759
150 Donnie 1,722
151 Charlie 1,677
152 Bradley 1,631
153 Franklin 1,625
154 Lynn 1,624
155 Freddie 1,616
156 Neil 1,609
157 Johnnie 1,588
158 Manuel 1,580
159 Herman 1,565
160 Leo 1,554
161 Milton 1,554
162 Randolph 1,551
163 Jonathan 1,538
164 Garry 1,534
165 Wesley 1,527
166 Arnold 1,508
167 Marc 1,503
168 Rick 1,485
169 Chester 1,378
170 Ted 1,355
171 Cecil 1,341
172 Karl 1,304
173 Rickey 1,301
174 Matthew 1,300
175 Reginald 1,297
176 Terrence 1,268
177 Claude 1,253
178 Chris 1,249
179 Guy 1,237
180 Kent 1,233
181 Mitchell 1,224
182 Nathaniel 1,223
183 Jeffery 1,217
184 Dana 1,199
185 Maurice 1,197
186 Stuart 1,197
187 Roland 1,193
188 Carlos 1,190
189 Alexander 1,165
190 Fredrick 1,162
191 Gerard 1,161
192 Oscar 1,102
193 Perry 1,096
194 Marshall 1,082
195 Sidney 1,077
196 Rex 1,069
197 Kerry 1,063
198 Wallace 1,061
199 Kirk 1,030
200 Ruben 1,026
201 Clifton 1,024
202 Jessie 1,020
203 Darryl 1,011
204 Bob 977
205 Daryl 976
206 Hugh 960
207 Sam 955
208 Terrance 953
209 Edgar 937
210 Antonio 924
211 Morris 918
212 Brent 908
213 Earnest 888
214 Sammy 886
215 Benny 875
216 Dave 874
217 Neal 848
218 Willard 842
219 Wendell 841
220 Clinton 832
221 Otis 831
222 Byron 830
223 Lyle 828
224 Marion 820
225 Tyrone 815
226 Elmer 809
227 Laurence 807
228 Greg 804
229 Nelson 804
230 Aaron 798
231 Ira 796
232 Kim 795
233 Kurt 789
234 Virgil 786
235 Jesus 783
236 Ross 769
237 Luther 762
238 Bennie 758
239 Rudolph 756
240 Max 755
241 Clayton 754
242 Tim 754
243 Nathan 753
244 Alex 752
245 Everett 750
246 Mario 743
247 Robin 737
248 Bryan 737
249 Lance 735
250 Ben 721

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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