Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1951

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1951. 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 1951, 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 87,261
2 Robert 86,352
3 John 81,572
4 Michael 72,801
5 David 64,787
6 William 62,779
7 Richard 54,551
8 Thomas 48,282
9 Charles 39,403
10 Gary 38,163
11 Larry 30,558
12 Ronald 29,047
13 Steven 28,365
14 Joseph 28,155
15 Donald 27,919
16 Kenneth 25,845
17 Dennis 24,263
18 Paul 22,852
19 Stephen 22,476
20 Mark 21,206
21 Daniel 21,119
22 George 20,216
23 Edward 19,915
24 Jerry 15,163
25 Gregory 14,105
26 Bruce 14,087
27 Douglas 13,898
28 Timothy 12,705
29 Roger 12,423
30 Terry 12,218
31 Frank 11,473
32 Raymond 11,228
33 Lawrence 10,263
34 Anthony 9,843
35 Jeffrey 9,715
36 Gerald 9,541
37 Wayne 9,329
38 Peter 9,002
39 Patrick 8,752
40 Alan 8,410
41 Danny 8,178
42 Walter 8,039
43 Carl 7,640
44 Arthur 7,414
45 Willie 7,225
46 Harold 7,175
47 Henry 7,120
48 Jack 7,002
49 Dale 6,963
50 Johnny 6,697
51 Ralph 6,522
52 Roy 6,467
53 Kevin 6,353
54 Stanley 6,205
55 Philip 6,096
56 Randy 6,033
57 Joe 5,826
58 Glenn 5,800
59 Keith 5,768
60 Albert 5,760
61 Christopher 5,733
62 Jimmy 5,686
63 Craig 5,624
64 Billy 5,607
65 Eugene 5,578
66 Randall 5,533
67 Samuel 5,475
68 Scott 5,383
69 Andrew 5,373
70 Harry 5,304
71 Barry 5,285
72 Allen 5,181
73 Russell 5,177
74 Howard 5,105
75 Brian 5,102
76 Louis 5,088
77 Bobby 5,008
78 Frederick 4,984
79 Phillip 4,908
80 Leonard 4,737
81 Martin 4,598
82 Ronnie 4,533
83 Ernest 4,384
84 Rodney 4,297
85 Francis 4,201
86 Steve 4,051
87 Fred 3,995
88 Melvin 3,836
89 Eddie 3,747
90 Norman 3,731
91 Curtis 3,715
92 Lee 3,683
93 Eric 3,664
94 Tommy 3,581
95 Earl 3,568
96 Marvin 3,556
97 Micheal 3,277
98 Clarence 3,231
99 Theodore 3,216
100 Alfred 3,199
101 Clifford 3,160
102 Ricky 3,073
103 Jerome 2,989
104 Vincent 2,924
105 Dean 2,891
106 Calvin 2,844
107 Bernard 2,772
108 Gordon 2,759
109 Darrell 2,744
110 Victor 2,731
111 Leroy 2,714
112 Herbert 2,705
113 Jose 2,687
114 Ray 2,678
115 Jesse 2,670
116 Jay 2,637
117 Don 2,619
118 Warren 2,606
119 Edwin 2,570
120 Nicholas 2,389
121 Alvin 2,387
122 Leon 2,368
123 Benjamin 2,344
124 Lloyd 2,300
125 Leslie 2,298
126 Gene 2,230
127 Glen 2,221
128 Mike 2,199
129 Joel 2,161
130 Duane 2,146
131 Vernon 2,104
132 Jackie 2,053
133 Clyde 2,053
134 Dwight 2,049
135 Lewis 1,998
136 Dan 1,992
137 Allan 1,970
138 Jon 1,961
139 Lonnie 1,945
140 Floyd 1,934
141 Tony 1,929
142 Gilbert 1,917
143 Rick 1,896
144 Juan 1,837
145 Bradley 1,813
146 Jimmie 1,811
147 Jonathan 1,776
148 Marc 1,774
149 Neil 1,755
150 Donnie 1,733
151 Lester 1,723
152 Franklin 1,695
153 Charlie 1,685
154 Garry 1,669
155 Lynn 1,669
156 Leo 1,658
157 Bill 1,654
158 Manuel 1,644
159 Harvey 1,642
160 Randolph 1,636
161 Jeffery 1,631
162 Johnnie 1,625
163 Matthew 1,604
164 Jim 1,595
165 Freddie 1,560
166 Herman 1,542
167 Rickey 1,542
168 Tom 1,522
169 Milton 1,520
170 Rex 1,503
171 Wesley 1,502
172 Kim 1,475
173 Chris 1,474
174 Reginald 1,466
175 Karl 1,439
176 Mitchell 1,439
177 Arnold 1,428
178 Chester 1,402
179 Guy 1,400
180 Ted 1,389
181 Cecil 1,324
182 Kent 1,324
183 Gerard 1,303
184 Roland 1,296
185 Dana 1,285
186 Stuart 1,251
187 Nathaniel 1,246
188 Claude 1,239
189 Carlos 1,233
190 Alexander 1,212
191 Kerry 1,183
192 Perry 1,177
193 Terrence 1,170
194 Fredrick 1,166
195 Maurice 1,120
196 Daryl 1,118
197 Marshall 1,079
198 Darryl 1,073
199 Oscar 1,066
200 Ruben 1,039
201 Sam 1,034
202 Sidney 1,027
203 Hugh 1,022
204 Wallace 1,003
205 Kirk 1,000
206 Jessie 988
207 Robin 957
208 Neal 955
209 Clifton 954
210 Kurt 944
211 Brent 942
212 Edgar 938
213 Benny 927
214 Terrance 914
215 Antonio 913
216 Morris 903
217 Clinton 897
218 Tyrone 890
219 Sammy 884
220 Ross 883
221 Wendell 871
222 Nathan 870
223 Mario 864
224 Aaron 863
225 Marion 855
226 Elmer 842
227 Byron 836
228 Rudolph 831
229 Laurence 822
230 Otis 821
231 Jesus 817
232 Lyle 815
233 Clayton 814
234 Ira 812
235 Bryan 809
236 Bennie 808
237 Bob 806
238 Max 806
239 Earnest 803
240 Nelson 803
241 Todd 796
242 Virgil 789
243 Willard 779
244 Everett 769
245 Lance 751
246 Dave 743
247 Greg 739
248 Jan 732
249 Luis 730
250 Tim 715

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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