Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1978

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1978. 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 1978, 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 67,157
2 Jason 51,627
3 Christopher 47,254
4 David 40,705
5 James 39,917
6 Matthew 34,311
7 John 34,035
8 Robert 33,389
9 Brian 29,451
10 Joseph 26,672
11 Daniel 26,449
12 Joshua 25,215
13 William 24,190
14 Ryan 21,338
15 Kevin 20,110
16 Eric 19,779
17 Timothy 19,599
18 Jeremy 19,512
19 Jeffrey 17,001
20 Anthony 16,813
21 Andrew 16,739
22 Richard 16,733
23 Thomas 16,492
24 Steven 16,403
25 Nicholas 16,352
26 Mark 14,870
27 Charles 14,853
28 Justin 14,193
29 Adam 13,921
30 Scott 13,549
31 Jonathan 12,522
32 Aaron 12,307
33 Paul 11,737
34 Benjamin 11,417
35 Chad 10,114
36 Nathan 9,893
37 Stephen 9,860
38 Gregory 9,351
39 Shawn 9,292
40 Brandon 9,245
41 Kenneth 9,024
42 Patrick 8,844
43 Bryan 7,295
44 Jose 7,146
45 Sean 7,072
46 Travis 6,956
47 Edward 6,484
48 Donald 6,426
49 Keith 6,173
50 Jacob 6,166
51 Jesse 6,109
52 Shaun 6,107
53 Bradley 6,100
54 Peter 5,882
55 Ronald 5,759
56 Todd 5,502
57 Samuel 5,394
58 George 5,304
59 Douglas 5,151
60 Gary 5,113
61 Corey 4,942
62 Juan 4,834
63 Kyle 4,518
64 Larry 4,516
65 Shane 4,481
66 Craig 4,476
67 Phillip 4,363
68 Dustin 4,178
69 Raymond 4,135
70 Marcus 3,999
71 Dennis 3,863
72 Jared 3,847
73 Cory 3,846
74 Joel 3,811
75 Derek 3,803
76 Derrick 3,786
77 Frank 3,773
78 Carlos 3,730
79 Antonio 3,679
80 Jeffery 3,543
81 Jeremiah 3,445
82 Jerry 3,433
83 Wesley 3,309
84 Philip 3,300
85 Erik 3,265
86 Randy 3,217
87 Brent 3,181
88 Troy 3,155
89 Zachary 3,133
90 Gabriel 3,131
91 Terry 3,089
92 Casey 3,002
93 Russell 2,985
94 Nathaniel 2,926
95 Jamie 2,865
96 Curtis 2,826
97 Tony 2,775
98 Alexander 2,745
99 Billy 2,696
100 Carl 2,605
101 Johnny 2,562
102 Rodney 2,556
103 Victor 2,549
104 Kristopher 2,525
105 Vincent 2,509
106 Seth 2,505
107 Marc 2,481
108 Jon 2,411
109 Bobby 2,399
110 Luis 2,399
111 Adrian 2,308
112 Brett 2,305
113 Lawrence 2,247
114 Mario 2,229
115 Christian 2,215
116 Danny 2,208
117 Ian 2,175
118 Jimmy 2,170
119 Jay 2,151
120 Roger 2,142
121 Willie 2,134
122 Alan 2,122
123 Brad 2,107
124 Jesus 2,074
125 Micheal 2,059
126 Martin 2,051
127 Henry 2,045
128 Joe 2,038
129 Andre 2,034
130 Ricky 2,018
131 Walter 1,990
132 Damon 1,982
133 Lee 1,980
134 Lance 1,973
135 Randall 1,973
136 Lucas 1,953
137 Gerald 1,890
138 Wayne 1,888
139 Luke 1,884
140 Ricardo 1,883
141 Arthur 1,875
142 Manuel 1,851
143 Shannon 1,848
144 Allen 1,828
145 Miguel 1,825
146 Albert 1,805
147 Roy 1,798
148 Clinton 1,764
149 Tyler 1,757
150 Louis 1,754
151 Bruce 1,701
152 Cody 1,683
153 Jorge 1,634
154 Roberto 1,612
155 Francisco 1,608
156 Jack 1,579
157 Maurice 1,575
158 Frederick 1,534
159 Neil 1,528
160 Reginald 1,515
161 Damien 1,508
162 Barry 1,501
163 Ronnie 1,476
164 Alex 1,472
165 Darrell 1,465
166 Darren 1,454
167 Isaac 1,450
168 Tyrone 1,434
169 Trevor 1,406
170 Eddie 1,382
171 Ernest 1,380
172 Ruben 1,380
173 Jerome 1,371
174 Chris 1,338
175 Eugene 1,329
176 Dale 1,324
177 Tommy 1,321
178 Oscar 1,315
179 Leonard 1,314
180 Kelly 1,308
181 Omar 1,294
182 Mathew 1,285
183 Terrance 1,283
184 Jaime 1,278
185 Geoffrey 1,272
186 Mitchell 1,272
187 Calvin 1,262
188 Jermaine 1,254
189 Angel 1,249
190 Harold 1,242
191 Hector 1,242
192 Dwayne 1,238
193 Steve 1,236
194 Edwin 1,231
195 Theodore 1,214
196 Marvin 1,200
197 Melvin 1,161
198 Evan 1,158
199 Javier 1,157
200 Glenn 1,121
201 Terrence 1,115
202 Alejandro 1,107
203 Clayton 1,083
204 Fernando 1,081
205 Ralph 1,079
206 Cameron 1,075
207 Joey 1,072
208 Kurt 1,065
209 Raul 1,037
210 Clint 1,029
211 Stanley 1,026
212 Heath 1,023
213 Pedro 1,017
214 Ramon 1,010
215 Micah 1,007
216 Clifford 1,002
217 Eduardo 1,001
218 Rafael 997
219 Jordan 981
220 Andy 970
221 Dominic 964
222 Howard 958
223 Colin 950
224 Johnathan 944
225 Francis 940
226 Clarence 935
227 Earl 927
228 Leon 924
229 Ross 919
230 Harry 913
231 Jarrod 913
232 Karl 901
233 Brendan 897
234 Alfred 895
235 Jessie 895
236 Armando 894
237 Sergio 892
238 Toby 886
239 Austin 885
240 Jonathon 876
241 Clifton 869
242 Devin 868
243 Marco 852
244 Damian 849
245 Jody 843
246 Daryl 838
247 Duane 837
248 Franklin 836
249 Grant 819
250 Tyson 817

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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