Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1972

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1972. 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 1972, 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 71,401
2 Christopher 52,188
3 James 47,077
4 David 46,358
5 John 43,184
6 Robert 43,039
7 Jason 37,441
8 Brian 36,324
9 William 30,529
10 Matthew 22,944
11 Scott 22,860
12 Joseph 22,468
13 Kevin 22,363
14 Richard 22,317
15 Daniel 22,110
16 Eric 22,034
17 Jeffrey 21,682
18 Mark 21,498
19 Steven 19,859
20 Thomas 19,572
21 Timothy 17,608
22 Anthony 17,458
23 Charles 16,980
24 Paul 14,564
25 Chad 13,399
26 Gregory 13,060
27 Kenneth 12,333
28 Shawn 11,283
29 Stephen 11,044
30 Andrew 10,118
31 Todd 9,983
32 Ronald 9,512
33 Sean 9,456
34 Edward 9,298
35 Patrick 9,284
36 Donald 9,264
37 Jonathan 9,227
38 Keith 9,152
39 Ryan 8,893
40 Aaron 7,863
41 Gary 7,766
42 Jeremy 7,402
43 Douglas 7,393
44 George 7,167
45 Bryan 7,039
46 Craig 6,739
47 Larry 6,603
48 Peter 6,478
49 Troy 6,351
50 Jose 5,931
51 Adam 5,746
52 Dennis 5,609
53 Jerry 5,598
54 Raymond 5,449
55 Shane 5,239
56 Frank 5,173
57 Travis 5,140
58 Jeffery 5,066
59 Joshua 5,038
60 Justin 4,974
61 Bradley 4,837
62 Terry 4,771
63 Brandon 4,631
64 Benjamin 4,503
65 Rodney 4,367
66 Samuel 4,214
67 Derek 4,144
68 Tony 4,005
69 Russell 3,782
70 Randy 3,739
71 Marcus 3,686
72 Jamie 3,679
73 Juan 3,675
74 Johnny 3,566
75 Roger 3,535
76 Phillip 3,534
77 Joel 3,533
78 Brent 3,530
79 Nathan 3,519
80 Brett 3,507
81 Chris 3,481
82 Billy 3,471
83 Marc 3,466
84 Carlos 3,438
85 Carl 3,407
86 Erik 3,397
87 Danny 3,307
88 Jesse 3,229
89 Jon 3,221
90 Bobby 3,174
91 Derrick 3,087
92 Curtis 3,080
93 Antonio 3,030
94 Shannon 3,014
95 Corey 2,992
96 Christian 2,963
97 Jimmy 2,932
98 Walter 2,915
99 Nicholas 2,846
100 Joe 2,824
101 Lawrence 2,821
102 Gerald 2,817
103 Wayne 2,793
104 Philip 2,778
105 Vincent 2,745
106 Darren 2,675
107 Victor 2,621
108 Micheal 2,608
109 Willie 2,593
110 Alan 2,577
111 Tracy 2,538
112 Albert 2,512
113 Kyle 2,478
114 Roy 2,477
115 Jay 2,446
116 Frederick 2,442
117 Martin 2,425
118 Henry 2,420
119 Arthur 2,397
120 Randall 2,353
121 Bruce 2,314
122 Darrell 2,310
123 Allen 2,304
124 Luis 2,277
125 Lee 2,261
126 Lance 2,253
127 Ricky 2,236
128 Andre 2,155
129 Alexander 2,115
130 Louis 2,103
131 Dale 2,064
132 Harold 2,036
133 Ronnie 2,003
134 Glenn 1,980
135 Jermaine 1,965
136 Cory 1,957
137 Mario 1,930
138 Damon 1,927
139 Gabriel 1,919
140 Kelly 1,917
141 Reginald 1,914
142 Jack 1,905
143 Steve 1,849
144 Tyrone 1,839
145 Eugene 1,807
146 Tommy 1,775
147 Ernest 1,768
148 Barry 1,753
149 Brad 1,749
150 Eddie 1,741
151 Leonard 1,717
152 Manuel 1,704
153 Ricardo 1,700
154 Wesley 1,691
155 Jacob 1,685
156 Dean 1,684
157 Adrian 1,680
158 Duane 1,677
159 Ralph 1,673
160 Maurice 1,640
161 Jesus 1,612
162 Marvin 1,593
163 Dwayne 1,591
164 Kurt 1,585
165 Dustin 1,563
166 Jerome 1,549
167 Jeff 1,540
168 Howard 1,492
169 Clinton 1,487
170 Stanley 1,475
171 Melvin 1,456
172 Calvin 1,450
173 Greg 1,438
174 Theodore 1,422
175 Miguel 1,421
176 Roberto 1,402
177 Edwin 1,397
178 Mike 1,392
179 Mitchell 1,370
180 Kirk 1,350
181 Jody 1,339
182 Francisco 1,334
183 Harry 1,332
184 Ruben 1,323
185 Neil 1,305
186 Clifford 1,268
187 Jared 1,261
188 Earl 1,251
189 Ian 1,249
190 Heath 1,233
191 Clarence 1,214
192 Nathaniel 1,208
193 Daryl 1,200
194 Jorge 1,197
195 Casey 1,190
196 Alex 1,183
197 Ray 1,178
198 Norman 1,174
199 Karl 1,167
200 Alfred 1,164
201 Terrence 1,161
202 Glen 1,155
203 Darin 1,130
204 Hector 1,114
205 Oscar 1,112
206 Terrance 1,110
207 Lonnie 1,098
208 Warren 1,095
209 Trevor 1,092
210 Geoffrey 1,055
211 Wade 1,054
212 Raul 1,053
213 Bernard 1,047
214 Lamont 1,041
215 Fred 1,040
216 Dana 1,031
217 Marlon 1,029
218 Leon 1,025
219 Jaime 1,009
220 Zachary 1,004
221 Ramon 1,003
222 Francis 989
223 Don 977
224 Gilbert 963
225 Angel 957
226 Shaun 949
227 Byron 945
228 Fredrick 944
229 Roderick 939
230 Clayton 932
231 Franklin 929
232 Rafael 928
233 Leroy 917
234 Stacy 914
235 Joey 911
236 Clint 910
237 Mathew 906
238 Darryl 905
239 Javier 899
240 Cedric 896
241 Toby 890
242 Kelvin 884
243 Alvin 883
244 Seth 869
245 Vernon 865
246 Donnie 861
247 Darrin 860
248 Pedro 843
249 Leslie 839
250 Tyler 834

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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