Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1880

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1880. 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 50 most popular baby boy names since 1880, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1880.

Rank Name Count
1 James 5,190,161
2 John 5,142,243
3 Robert 4,829,631
4 Michael 4,383,488
5 William 4,143,886
6 David 3,638,877
7 Joseph 2,631,147
8 Richard 2,569,278
9 Charles 2,405,574
10 Thomas 2,325,071
11 Christopher 2,042,956
12 Daniel 1,939,068
13 Matthew 1,618,050
14 George 1,473,334
15 Anthony 1,455,708
16 Donald 1,412,664
17 Paul 1,391,502
18 Mark 1,355,095
19 Andrew 1,304,284
20 Edward 1,295,118
21 Steven 1,286,247
22 Kenneth 1,277,550
23 Joshua 1,222,779
24 Kevin 1,174,949
25 Brian 1,168,363
26 Ronald 1,079,769
27 Timothy 1,075,095
28 Jason 1,039,497
29 Jeffrey 976,454
30 Jacob 951,734
31 Ryan 943,436
32 Frank 912,710
33 Nicholas 909,030
34 Gary 901,024
35 Eric 881,342
36 Stephen 860,216
37 Jonathan 850,006
38 Larry 806,371
39 Justin 780,860
40 Samuel 777,969
41 Raymond 775,164
42 Benjamin 773,842
43 Scott 772,668
44 Brandon 761,951
45 Jack 712,342
46 Henry 711,408
47 Gregory 709,071
48 Alexander 694,837
49 Patrick 678,380
50 Walter 624,640

More Popular Baby Names

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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

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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