Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1961

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1961. 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 1961, 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 86,917
2 David 84,758
3 John 79,938
4 James 75,935
5 Robert 72,917
6 Mark 57,767
7 William 48,000
8 Richard 41,120
9 Thomas 37,555
10 Steven 32,247
11 Jeffrey 32,010
12 Joseph 29,449
13 Charles 29,198
14 Kevin 28,902
15 Timothy 28,239
16 Kenneth 26,097
17 Daniel 25,882
18 Paul 25,621
19 Scott 23,926
20 Brian 22,552
21 Gary 22,154
22 Donald 21,402
23 Gregory 21,357
24 Ronald 20,818
25 Anthony 20,190
26 Christopher 17,225
27 Stephen 16,059
28 Douglas 15,964
29 Edward 15,876
30 Larry 14,578
31 George 13,641
32 Terry 13,188
33 Randy 12,592
34 Dennis 12,490
35 Keith 12,278
36 Mike 11,664
37 Jerry 11,370
38 Eric 11,111
39 Patrick 11,050
40 Bruce 10,715
41 Frank 10,430
42 Peter 10,340
43 Craig 10,230
44 Ricky 10,017
45 Steve 9,993
46 Todd 9,751
47 Roger 9,656
48 Raymond 9,603
49 Jeff 9,459
50 Jeffery 8,917
51 Alan 8,617
52 Andrew 8,477
53 Tony 8,300
54 Danny 8,197
55 Russell 7,333
56 Carl 7,248
57 Chris 7,208
58 Dale 7,188
59 Matthew 7,073
60 Joe 7,058
61 Wayne 6,754
62 Gerald 6,627
63 Randall 6,585
64 Glenn 6,268
65 Tim 6,246
66 Barry 6,216
67 Lawrence 6,085
68 Billy 6,024
69 Phillip 5,972
70 Johnny 5,903
71 Jimmy 5,745
72 Rodney 5,660
73 Martin 5,464
74 Walter 5,460
75 Curtis 5,442
76 Bobby 5,404
77 Greg 5,396
78 Jim 5,350
79 Philip 5,282
80 Darryl 5,127
81 Jay 5,119
82 Bryan 5,024
83 Roy 4,965
84 Dean 4,928
85 Arthur 4,814
86 Willie 4,783
87 Bradley 4,739
88 Tom 4,722
89 Samuel 4,673
90 Jack 4,636
91 Henry 4,618
92 Ronnie 4,615
93 Jon 4,607
94 Harold 4,438
95 Ralph 4,432
96 Allen 4,385
97 Albert 4,316
98 Vincent 4,313
99 Victor 4,298
100 Troy 4,259
101 Darrell 4,195
102 Eddie 4,079
103 Micheal 4,021
104 Bill 4,004
105 Louis 3,959
106 Stanley 3,922
107 Jose 3,759
108 Rick 3,734
109 Howard 3,565
110 Joel 3,513
111 Dwayne 3,480
112 Jonathan 3,478
113 Eugene 3,447
114 Leonard 3,426
115 Dan 3,414
116 Tommy 3,397
117 Frederick 3,313
118 Mitchell 3,196
119 Marvin 3,185
120 Tracy 3,183
121 Don 3,148
122 Lee 3,125
123 Ernest 3,093
124 Fred 3,084
125 Kelly 3,006
126 Ray 2,922
127 Calvin 2,866
128 Melvin 2,842
129 Kurt 2,823
130 Dave 2,800
131 Harry 2,741
132 Duane 2,733
133 Marc 2,706
134 Norman 2,688
135 Glen 2,686
136 Jerome 2,633
137 Brent 2,555
138 Karl 2,550
139 Earl 2,523
140 Kirk 2,514
141 Bob 2,502
142 Brad 2,501
143 Shawn 2,483
144 Reginald 2,464
145 Edwin 2,448
146 Benjamin 2,388
147 Kent 2,374
148 Francis 2,341
149 Clifford 2,339
150 Jesse 2,302
151 Theodore 2,301
152 Alfred 2,277
153 Rickey 2,256
154 Perry 2,226
155 Clarence 2,190
156 Bernard 2,147
157 Warren 2,086
158 Nicholas 2,075
159 Brett 2,066
160 Juan 2,053
161 Guy 2,026
162 Kerry 2,026
163 Wesley 2,003
164 Carlos 1,999
165 Gordon 1,990
166 Stuart 1,901
167 Aaron 1,884
168 Alvin 1,870
169 Robin 1,852
170 Ron 1,840
171 Leroy 1,827
172 Doug 1,809
173 Lance 1,807
174 Darren 1,780
175 Vernon 1,770
176 Gregg 1,752
177 Sean 1,719
178 Gilbert 1,708
179 Kenny 1,699
180 Dana 1,694
181 Herbert 1,688
182 Lloyd 1,687
183 Daryl 1,681
184 Ted 1,680
185 Gene 1,670
186 Dwight 1,666
187 Manuel 1,666
188 Ken 1,663
189 Tyrone 1,631
190 Leslie 1,620
191 Lonnie 1,593
192 Antonio 1,585
193 Adam 1,579
194 Leon 1,557
195 Neil 1,525
196 Franklin 1,524
197 Andre 1,500
198 Derrick 1,499
199 Nathan 1,490
200 Timmy 1,480
201 Marty 1,458
202 Maurice 1,439
203 Floyd 1,437
204 Luis 1,407
205 Derek 1,404
206 Ruben 1,383
207 Donnie 1,376
208 Andy 1,374
209 Kelvin 1,367
210 Clyde 1,350
211 Allan 1,345
212 Lewis 1,333
213 Jackie 1,316
214 Marcus 1,311
215 Gerard 1,309
216 Mario 1,296
217 Lester 1,288
218 Chuck 1,283
219 Rex 1,269
220 Joey 1,257
221 Wade 1,244
222 Ricardo 1,240
223 Alexander 1,229
224 Byron 1,225
225 Jimmie 1,223
226 Charlie 1,223
227 Wendell 1,222
228 Alex 1,216
229 Sam 1,193
230 Leo 1,177
231 Clayton 1,161
232 Kyle 1,156
233 Randal 1,154
234 Arnold 1,152
235 Freddie 1,146
236 Roland 1,132
237 Neal 1,120
238 Garry 1,116
239 Milton 1,105
240 Kim 1,102
241 Randolph 1,070
242 Jason 1,061
243 Johnnie 1,054
244 Nathaniel 1,050
245 Oscar 1,042
246 Ross 1,022
247 Herman 1,007
248 Terrence 997
249 Clinton 996
250 Jesus 971

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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