Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1981

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1981. 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 1981, 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 68,776
2 Christopher 50,239
3 Matthew 43,336
4 Jason 41,932
5 David 40,671
6 Joshua 39,052
7 James 38,315
8 John 34,886
9 Robert 34,411
10 Daniel 30,996
11 Joseph 30,776
12 Justin 27,312
13 Ryan 26,824
14 Brian 26,599
15 William 24,806
16 Jonathan 22,603
17 Eric 20,726
18 Andrew 20,237
19 Brandon 20,218
20 Adam 20,040
21 Nicholas 19,780
22 Jeremy 19,118
23 Anthony 18,583
24 Timothy 18,230
25 Kevin 17,462
26 Thomas 17,170
27 Richard 16,858
28 Steven 16,489
29 Jeffrey 15,930
30 Aaron 14,697
31 Charles 14,436
32 Benjamin 14,361
33 Mark 13,544
34 Scott 12,727
35 Paul 11,778
36 Nathan 11,264
37 Jesse 10,451
38 Patrick 10,389
39 Stephen 10,300
40 Travis 10,108
41 Kenneth 9,476
42 Dustin 9,355
43 Jacob 9,351
44 Sean 8,894
45 Jose 8,770
46 Gregory 8,757
47 Chad 8,414
48 Bryan 7,219
49 Shawn 7,077
50 Bradley 6,897
51 Edward 6,660
52 Kyle 6,574
53 Derek 6,481
54 Samuel 6,039
55 Peter 6,003
56 Donald 5,911
57 Jared 5,866
58 Keith 5,619
59 Ronald 5,537
60 Juan 5,498
61 George 5,159
62 Gary 4,947
63 Zachary 4,852
64 Douglas 4,791
65 Joel 4,541
66 Phillip 4,541
67 Marcus 4,510
68 Raymond 4,366
69 Corey 4,249
70 Alexander 4,241
71 Carlos 4,185
72 Craig 4,095
73 Todd 3,957
74 Larry 3,954
75 Antonio 3,924
76 Erik 3,923
77 Jeremiah 3,895
78 Derrick 3,850
79 Brett 3,774
80 Nathaniel 3,721
81 Shane 3,713
82 Frank 3,639
83 Dennis 3,633
84 Philip 3,579
85 Casey 3,519
86 Shaun 3,383
87 Gabriel 3,376
88 Lucas 3,375
89 Brent 3,374
90 Cory 3,359
91 Luis 3,345
92 Randy 3,340
93 Jeffery 3,335
94 Curtis 3,196
95 Seth 3,139
96 Tyler 3,121
97 Jerry 3,056
98 Russell 3,048
99 Wesley 3,043
100 Luke 3,019
101 Ian 2,932
102 Jordan 2,923
103 Billy 2,883
104 Victor 2,843
105 Terry 2,815
106 Carl 2,791
107 Vincent 2,768
108 Jesus 2,759
109 Mario 2,716
110 Bobby 2,659
111 Tony 2,649
112 Alan 2,593
113 Johnny 2,555
114 Troy 2,516
115 Adrian 2,470
116 Miguel 2,399
117 Ricardo 2,362
118 Jamie 2,356
119 Cody 2,327
120 Roger 2,244
121 Christian 2,235
122 Ricky 2,220
123 Lee 2,212
124 Clinton 2,207
125 Lawrence 2,194
126 Henry 2,186
127 Martin 2,154
128 Jorge 2,109
129 Jimmy 2,097
130 Danny 2,094
131 Allen 2,062
132 Jon 2,057
133 Andre 2,055
134 Marc 2,050
135 Rodney 2,029
136 Micheal 2,021
137 Randall 2,011
138 Walter 1,990
139 Evan 1,972
140 Mitchell 1,966
141 Willie 1,966
142 Manuel 1,961
143 Brad 1,958
144 Francisco 1,956
145 Albert 1,942
146 Kristopher 1,934
147 Roberto 1,928
148 Alex 1,873
149 Joe 1,860
150 Isaac 1,837
151 Louis 1,807
152 Arthur 1,803
153 Jay 1,784
154 Gerald 1,764
155 Trevor 1,758
156 Wayne 1,751
157 Roy 1,725
158 Johnathan 1,711
159 Blake 1,704
160 Lance 1,685
161 Jermaine 1,681
162 Maurice 1,645
163 Jonathon 1,643
164 Bruce 1,635
165 Mathew 1,626
166 Jack 1,613
167 Garrett 1,498
168 Alejandro 1,490
169 Ruben 1,473
170 Frederick 1,470
171 Oscar 1,465
172 Calvin 1,457
173 Austin 1,454
174 Omar 1,436
175 Caleb 1,430
176 Darren 1,426
177 Hector 1,410
178 Jaime 1,410
179 Reginald 1,409
180 Noah 1,400
181 Ronnie 1,370
182 Levi 1,365
183 Jerome 1,364
184 Darrell 1,361
185 Barry 1,350
186 Clayton 1,349
187 Edwin 1,333
188 Neil 1,332
189 Cameron 1,325
190 Raul 1,318
191 Eddie 1,316
192 Javier 1,307
193 Ernest 1,305
194 Angel 1,300
195 Terrance 1,276
196 Jessie 1,252
197 Dale 1,250
198 Geoffrey 1,245
199 Fernando 1,243
200 Ross 1,241
201 Colin 1,227
202 Pedro 1,227
203 Sergio 1,223
204 Rafael 1,213
205 Tommy 1,213
206 Tyrone 1,211
207 Shannon 1,204
208 Leonard 1,192
209 Kelly 1,182
210 Clifford 1,178
211 Eugene 1,173
212 Marvin 1,170
213 Micah 1,169
214 Kurt 1,161
215 Brendan 1,158
216 Clint 1,145
217 Ramon 1,137
218 Theodore 1,134
219 Armando 1,125
220 Steve 1,115
221 Glenn 1,107
222 Grant 1,100
223 Harold 1,099
224 Terrence 1,077
225 Joey 1,072
226 Karl 1,063
227 Melvin 1,051
228 Damien 1,037
229 Beau 1,027
230 Stanley 1,016
231 Dominic 1,013
232 Dwayne 1,010
233 Jarrod 1,006
234 Ivan 1,002
235 Byron 996
236 Francis 973
237 Andy 969
238 Eduardo 944
239 Darryl 937
240 Edgar 934
241 Alberto 932
242 Drew 917
243 Cesar 915
244 Cedric 910
245 Tyson 908
246 Marco 904
247 Ralph 897
248 Nicolas 895
249 Julio 888
250 Erick 874

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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