Most Popular Baby Boy Names in 1988

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names were for the year 1988. 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 1988, 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 64,150
2 Christopher 53,010
3 Matthew 45,876
4 Joshua 42,656
5 Andrew 35,745
6 David 35,319
7 Justin 35,048
8 Daniel 34,710
9 James 32,517
10 Robert 30,320
11 John 29,416
12 Joseph 29,010
13 Ryan 27,741
14 Nicholas 25,296
15 Jonathan 24,349
16 William 24,128
17 Brandon 23,732
18 Anthony 23,637
19 Kevin 20,168
20 Eric 20,166
21 Kyle 19,894
22 Brian 19,534
23 Thomas 18,809
24 Steven 17,864
25 Timothy 16,806
26 Adam 16,465
27 Jason 15,910
28 Jacob 15,879
29 Zachary 15,871
30 Benjamin 15,189
31 Aaron 14,408
32 Richard 14,144
33 Tyler 13,344
34 Alexander 13,339
35 Jeremy 13,168
36 Jeffrey 12,401
37 Charles 12,107
38 Sean 11,788
39 Mark 11,706
40 Stephen 11,606
41 Travis 11,419
42 Patrick 11,394
43 Cody 10,582
44 Nathan 10,150
45 Samuel 9,559
46 Paul 9,434
47 Scott 9,351
48 Dustin 9,337
49 Jose 9,002
50 Gregory 8,631
51 Kenneth 8,567
52 Jordan 8,489
53 Derek 8,072
54 Bryan 8,037
55 Jesse 7,911
56 Corey 7,330
57 Bradley 7,019
58 Alex 6,406
59 Cory 6,264
60 Jared 6,208
61 Shawn 5,893
62 Edward 5,800
63 Austin 5,587
64 Peter 5,427
65 Chad 5,299
66 Marcus 5,212
67 Shane 5,172
68 Juan 5,166
69 Cameron 4,986
70 Keith 4,948
71 Phillip 4,577
72 Antonio 4,463
73 Brett 4,375
74 Evan 4,335
75 Luis 4,328
76 Donald 4,327
77 Ian 4,316
78 George 4,294
79 Ronald 4,175
80 Carlos 4,124
81 Nathaniel 4,055
82 Vincent 4,055
83 Casey 4,038
84 Raymond 4,034
85 Joel 3,936
86 Christian 3,933
87 Trevor 3,695
88 Douglas 3,655
89 Victor 3,624
90 Seth 3,491
91 Taylor 3,490
92 Wesley 3,477
93 Erik 3,476
94 Philip 3,373
95 Mitchell 3,322
96 Derrick 3,310
97 Craig 3,306
98 Devin 3,301
99 Frank 3,271
100 Gary 3,245
101 Adrian 3,220
102 Gabriel 3,118
103 Blake 3,100
104 Jesus 2,923
105 Curtis 2,907
106 Mario 2,893
107 Brent 2,868
108 Caleb 2,816
109 Logan 2,758
110 Alan 2,754
111 Miguel 2,730
112 Randy 2,716
113 Lucas 2,715
114 Spencer 2,694
115 Johnathan 2,675
116 Martin 2,651
117 Dennis 2,650
118 Garrett 2,645
119 Luke 2,624
120 Jeffery 2,584
121 Ricardo 2,505
122 Jorge 2,471
123 Larry 2,447
124 Troy 2,344
125 Jonathon 2,330
126 Carl 2,317
127 Chase 2,308
128 Russell 2,298
129 Jerry 2,266
130 Johnny 2,266
131 Colin 2,259
132 Francisco 2,256
133 Tony 2,244
134 Allen 2,211
135 Todd 2,202
136 Jeremiah 2,191
137 Dylan 2,158
138 Andre 2,152
139 Manuel 2,118
140 Henry 2,082
141 Terry 2,065
142 Mathew 2,061
143 Isaac 1,963
144 Kristopher 1,956
145 Danny 1,899
146 Lance 1,892
147 Clayton 1,887
148 Ricky 1,884
149 Marc 1,873
150 Lawrence 1,862
151 Angel 1,829
152 Calvin 1,811
153 Albert 1,795
154 Randall 1,794
155 Brendan 1,793
156 Micheal 1,785
157 Lee 1,782
158 Ross 1,770
159 Drew 1,753
160 Jimmy 1,732
161 Oscar 1,732
162 Rodney 1,730
163 Bobby 1,716
164 Bryant 1,714
165 Jake 1,707
166 Louis 1,704
167 Julian 1,673
168 Roberto 1,661
169 Shaun 1,656
170 Hector 1,655
171 Jack 1,650
172 Grant 1,624
173 Edgar 1,617
174 Levi 1,611
175 Walter 1,610
176 Alejandro 1,606
177 Darren 1,597
178 Ruben 1,593
179 Bryce 1,587
180 Roger 1,578
181 Javier 1,569
182 Arthur 1,553
183 Edwin 1,552
184 Sergio 1,546
185 Billy 1,510
186 Maurice 1,493
187 Joe 1,472
188 Jamie 1,470
189 Jon 1,447
190 Devon 1,440
191 Willie 1,427
192 Omar 1,426
193 Terrance 1,424
194 Gerald 1,405
195 Clinton 1,398
196 Dominic 1,398
197 Max 1,386
198 Eduardo 1,385
199 Jay 1,362
200 Fernando 1,360
201 Preston 1,353
202 Reginald 1,333
203 Ivan 1,329
204 Pedro 1,305
205 Bruce 1,283
206 Rafael 1,282
207 Emmanuel 1,277
208 Jaime 1,256
209 Wayne 1,243
210 Terrence 1,241
211 Theodore 1,239
212 Raul 1,234
213 Geoffrey 1,232
214 Xavier 1,230
215 Andres 1,222
216 Darrell 1,213
217 Maxwell 1,207
218 Nicolas 1,204
219 Frederick 1,178
220 Roy 1,163
221 Marvin 1,153
222 Eddie 1,128
223 Jerome 1,127
224 Micah 1,113
225 Tyrone 1,112
226 Alberto 1,096
227 Jessie 1,082
228 Marco 1,081
229 Darryl 1,079
230 Noah 1,063
231 Byron 1,056
232 Cesar 1,051
233 Kurt 1,042
234 Dominique 1,029
235 Mason 1,026
236 Julio 1,023
237 Jamal 1,018
238 Ronnie 1,013
239 Ernest 1,002
240 Neil 1,000
241 Ramon 994
242 Armando 994
243 Hunter 979
244 Isaiah 978
245 Abraham 974
246 Brady 954
247 Francis 952
248 Steve 949
249 Darius 948
250 Tommy 945

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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