Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1979

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1979. 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 1979, 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 67,742
2 Christopher 50,689
3 Jason 50,409
4 David 42,074
5 James 39,372
6 Matthew 35,655
7 John 35,431
8 Robert 34,030
9 Joshua 31,134
10 Brian 28,673
11 Joseph 28,669
12 Daniel 28,528
13 William 24,702
14 Ryan 23,222
15 Nicholas 21,347
16 Jeremy 21,011
17 Eric 20,273
18 Timothy 19,081
19 Kevin 18,742
20 Andrew 18,635
21 Anthony 17,524
22 Justin 17,400
23 Adam 17,061
24 Jeffrey 16,873
25 Richard 16,720
26 Thomas 16,474
27 Steven 16,333
28 Charles 14,825
29 Scott 14,454
30 Mark 14,395
31 Jonathan 14,331
32 Aaron 13,080
33 Benjamin 12,520
34 Paul 11,643
35 Brandon 11,310
36 Travis 11,053
37 Nathan 10,737
38 Chad 10,162
39 Patrick 9,985
40 Stephen 9,904
41 Kenneth 9,244
42 Gregory 9,115
43 Shawn 7,910
44 Jose 7,843
45 Jacob 7,548
46 Bryan 7,448
47 Bradley 6,932
48 Edward 6,879
49 Sean 6,862
50 Jesse 6,685
51 Donald 6,514
52 Keith 6,192
53 Peter 6,080
54 Ronald 5,699
55 Samuel 5,686
56 Kyle 5,451
57 George 5,261
58 Douglas 5,171
59 Gary 5,038
60 Todd 4,985
61 Juan 4,943
62 Dustin 4,898
63 Corey 4,738
64 Shaun 4,738
65 Jared 4,674
66 Erik 4,639
67 Shane 4,484
68 Phillip 4,422
69 Larry 4,392
70 Raymond 4,342
71 Joel 4,214
72 Derek 4,206
73 Carlos 4,165
74 Zachary 4,157
75 Dennis 4,082
76 Marcus 4,048
77 Craig 4,028
78 Frank 3,932
79 Antonio 3,800
80 Derrick 3,728
81 Jeremiah 3,719
82 Cory 3,588
83 Philip 3,463
84 Brent 3,462
85 Jerry 3,444
86 Randy 3,417
87 Jeffery 3,358
88 Jamie 3,239
89 Gabriel 3,235
90 Wesley 3,235
91 Curtis 3,202
92 Russell 3,133
93 Casey 3,083
94 Alexander 3,061
95 Nathaniel 3,041
96 Terry 3,040
97 Billy 2,999
98 Brett 2,997
99 Troy 2,963
100 Carl 2,900
101 Seth 2,839
102 Luis 2,754
103 Mario 2,703
104 Tony 2,647
105 Victor 2,635
106 Bobby 2,587
107 Ian 2,554
108 Lucas 2,542
109 Vincent 2,521
110 Luke 2,473
111 Johnny 2,449
112 Adrian 2,365
113 Jesus 2,365
114 Kristopher 2,349
115 Brad 2,336
116 Alan 2,323
117 Jon 2,300
118 Rodney 2,299
119 Marc 2,268
120 Christian 2,266
121 Danny 2,261
122 Lawrence 2,255
123 Jimmy 2,233
124 Ricky 2,225
125 Willie 2,154
126 Jay 2,151
127 Micheal 2,136
128 Walter 2,122
129 Lee 2,081
130 Ricardo 2,075
131 Tyler 2,044
132 Roger 2,027
133 Martin 2,019
134 Jorge 2,017
135 Randall 2,015
136 Joe 1,966
137 Miguel 1,962
138 Henry 1,949
139 Allen 1,942
140 Manuel 1,910
141 Andre 1,882
142 Lance 1,871
143 Arthur 1,864
144 Gerald 1,863
145 Albert 1,860
146 Clinton 1,855
147 Cody 1,853
148 Louis 1,838
149 Wayne 1,832
150 Roy 1,752
151 Isaac 1,735
152 Bruce 1,714
153 Trevor 1,701
154 Francisco 1,688
155 Roberto 1,661
156 Alex 1,656
157 Reginald 1,655
158 Shannon 1,640
159 Frederick 1,636
160 Maurice 1,593
161 Jack 1,586
162 Darrell 1,527
163 Ronnie 1,520
164 Darren 1,504
165 Neil 1,485
166 Damon 1,446
167 Hector 1,420
168 Jordan 1,408
169 Evan 1,404
170 Barry 1,401
171 Ernest 1,400
172 Ruben 1,396
173 Omar 1,380
174 Mitchell 1,368
175 Eddie 1,364
176 Tyrone 1,364
177 Jerome 1,360
178 Jaime 1,358
179 Terrance 1,346
180 Jermaine 1,339
181 Calvin 1,337
182 Eugene 1,332
183 Damien 1,323
184 Oscar 1,311
185 Angel 1,305
186 Edwin 1,285
187 Tommy 1,278
188 Dale 1,278
189 Chris 1,266
190 Geoffrey 1,263
191 Leonard 1,263
192 Mathew 1,257
193 Steve 1,257
194 Kurt 1,251
195 Harold 1,247
196 Marvin 1,245
197 Alejandro 1,240
198 Theodore 1,239
199 Clayton 1,212
200 Kelly 1,207
201 Garrett 1,205
202 Terrence 1,192
203 Dwayne 1,167
204 Melvin 1,158
205 Micah 1,145
206 Ramon 1,142
207 Javier 1,141
208 Johnathan 1,141
209 Colin 1,140
210 Cameron 1,130
211 Fernando 1,130
212 Glenn 1,117
213 Raul 1,117
214 Pedro 1,098
215 Joey 1,095
216 Ralph 1,081
217 Clint 1,076
218 Stanley 1,066
219 Clifford 1,046
220 Jarrod 1,046
221 Dominic 1,031
222 Rafael 1,025
223 Jessie 1,023
224 Jonathon 1,019
225 Andy 1,012
226 Grant 1,010
227 Ross 1,002
228 Heath 998
229 Austin 994
230 Brendan 991
231 Armando 976
232 Eduardo 967
233 Levi 962
234 Karl 960
235 Marco 957
236 Devin 939
237 Francis 929
238 Howard 928
239 Harry 914
240 Noah 914
241 Clarence 911
242 Leon 907
243 Nicolas 907
244 Erick 902
245 Earl 893
246 Daryl 871
247 Caleb 859
248 Franklin 858
249 Byron 854
250 Spencer 851

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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