Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1956

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1956. 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 1956, 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 Michael 90,665
2 James 84,861
3 Robert 83,906
4 David 81,603
5 John 80,787
6 William 58,962
7 Richard 52,892
8 Mark 48,827
9 Thomas 44,815
10 Steven 38,391
11 Charles 35,212
12 Joseph 32,730
13 Gary 31,816
14 Donald 28,209
15 Ronald 27,720
16 Kenneth 27,428
17 Paul 26,879
18 Daniel 26,639
19 Timothy 23,279
20 Jeffrey 23,276
21 Larry 22,309
22 Kevin 21,757
23 Stephen 21,192
24 Gregory 21,088
25 Edward 19,427
26 Dennis 18,357
27 George 17,231
28 Randy 16,540
29 Douglas 16,371
30 Anthony 15,558
31 Terry 15,056
32 Bruce 14,666
33 Brian 14,662
34 Scott 13,215
35 Jerry 12,631
36 Keith 11,486
37 Peter 11,328
38 Frank 11,147
39 Raymond 11,103
40 Patrick 10,320
41 Roger 10,146
42 Lawrence 8,885
43 Ricky 8,772
44 Alan 8,719
45 Wayne 8,719
46 Danny 8,559
47 Christopher 8,373
48 Carl 8,311
49 Gerald 7,986
50 Dale 7,713
51 Craig 7,424
52 Russell 7,402
53 Walter 7,006
54 Randall 6,906
55 Johnny 6,640
56 Andrew 6,598
57 Jeffery 6,561
58 Willie 6,509
59 Steve 6,468
60 Arthur 6,278
61 Glenn 6,193
62 Joe 6,131
63 Roy 6,128
64 Philip 6,104
65 Rodney 6,071
66 Jack 6,053
67 Ralph 6,036
68 Billy 6,013
69 Barry 5,982
70 Stanley 5,977
71 Harold 5,957
72 Henry 5,956
73 Martin 5,678
74 Samuel 5,582
75 Ronnie 5,498
76 Phillip 5,419
77 Bobby 5,354
78 Jimmy 5,342
79 Eric 5,249
80 Curtis 5,158
81 Albert 5,148
82 Louis 4,905
83 Micheal 4,730
84 Howard 4,697
85 Tony 4,673
86 Eugene 4,614
87 Allen 4,605
88 Darrell 4,465
89 Leonard 4,373
90 Matthew 4,364
91 Frederick 4,302
92 Jay 4,119
93 Eddie 3,995
94 Ernest 3,950
95 Harry 3,926
96 Mike 3,904
97 Victor 3,902
98 Vincent 3,758
99 Dean 3,710
100 Rick 3,654
101 Melvin 3,637
102 Fred 3,581
103 Bradley 3,511
104 Lee 3,506
105 Marvin 3,481
106 Joel 3,434
107 Norman 3,422
108 Jose 3,400
109 Calvin 3,345
110 Earl 3,302
111 Francis 3,300
112 Rickey 3,264
113 Ray 3,231
114 Jonathan 3,119
115 Tommy 3,108
116 Jon 3,076
117 Jerome 3,061
118 Kim 2,956
119 Theodore 2,955
120 Clarence 2,951
121 Alfred 2,945
122 Clifford 2,908
123 Don 2,899
124 Edwin 2,771
125 Glen 2,718
126 Jesse 2,623
127 Duane 2,594
128 Chris 2,530
129 Bernard 2,480
130 Gordon 2,480
131 Benjamin 2,468
132 Dan 2,439
133 Bryan 2,437
134 Alvin 2,430
135 Marc 2,427
136 Mitchell 2,401
137 Herbert 2,393
138 Kurt 2,384
139 Dwight 2,367
140 Leroy 2,353
141 Warren 2,332
142 Brad 2,263
143 Robin 2,245
144 Reginald 2,227
145 Jeff 2,220
146 Guy 2,214
147 Nicholas 2,210
148 Jim 2,189
149 Kent 2,136
150 Karl 2,056
151 Vernon 2,053
152 Leslie 2,048
153 Garry 2,041
154 Leon 2,039
155 Todd 2,012
156 Lonnie 2,011
157 Wesley 2,004
158 Lloyd 1,980
159 Gilbert 1,963
160 Bill 1,956
161 Tom 1,916
162 Kirk 1,905
163 Perry 1,869
164 Jackie 1,857
165 Daryl 1,830
166 Carlos 1,795
167 Franklin 1,788
168 Lewis 1,763
169 Gene 1,753
170 Juan 1,752
171 Neil 1,748
172 Floyd 1,725
173 Donnie 1,723
174 Clyde 1,718
175 Tim 1,717
176 Lester 1,700
177 Allan 1,635
178 Dana 1,633
179 Randolph 1,633
180 Gerard 1,619
181 Manuel 1,618
182 Greg 1,603
183 Kerry 1,582
184 Leo 1,551
185 Charlie 1,529
186 Stuart 1,487
187 Darryl 1,479
188 Milton 1,479
189 Jimmie 1,474
190 Kelly 1,470
191 Ted 1,457
192 Brent 1,456
193 Rex 1,451
194 Terrence 1,448
195 Gregg 1,434
196 Freddie 1,422
197 Tyrone 1,407
198 Harvey 1,380
199 Ruben 1,370
200 Dave 1,354
201 Herman 1,325
202 Maurice 1,322
203 Randal 1,321
204 Johnnie 1,318
205 Nathaniel 1,306
206 Aaron 1,278
207 Chester 1,256
208 Lynn 1,253
209 Byron 1,249
210 Antonio 1,243
211 Alexander 1,237
212 Roland 1,220
213 Arnold 1,216
214 Mario 1,210
215 Cecil 1,143
216 Fredrick 1,138
217 Oscar 1,135
218 Lance 1,115
219 Marshall 1,113
220 Neal 1,102
221 Ricardo 1,102
222 Nathan 1,099
223 Luis 1,095
224 Wade 1,079
225 Marcus 1,062
226 Terrance 1,057
227 Jessie 1,050
228 Bob 1,020
229 Marty 1,011
230 Wendell 1,010
231 Claude 1,007
232 Clifton 1,000
233 Ross 991
234 Clayton 961
235 Hugh 961
236 Clinton 959
237 Sidney 956
238 Sam 949
239 Joey 947
240 Wallace 935
241 Nelson 916
242 Carlton 907
243 Rocky 891
244 Terence 888
245 Benny 886
246 Rickie 869
247 Edgar 855
248 Andre 842
249 Jesus 822
250 Mickey 820

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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