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 5,202,528
2 John 5,150,373
3 Robert 4,834,033
4 Michael 4,392,529
5 William 4,155,974
6 David 3,646,720
7 Joseph 2,639,214
8 Richard 2,571,045
9 Charles 2,411,526
10 Thomas 2,331,713
11 Christopher 2,048,765
12 Daniel 1,948,134
13 Matthew 1,625,470
14 George 1,476,108
15 Anthony 1,462,449
16 Donald 1,413,130
17 Paul 1,392,872
18 Mark 1,356,493
19 Andrew 1,309,854
20 Edward 1,296,857
21 Steven 1,287,747
22 Kenneth 1,278,915
23 Joshua 1,228,246
24 Kevin 1,177,043
25 Brian 1,169,546
26 Ronald 1,080,267
27 Timothy 1,076,998
28 Jason 1,042,342
29 Jeffrey 977,177
30 Jacob 960,131
31 Ryan 948,139
32 Frank 913,398
33 Nicholas 912,854
34 Gary 901,276
35 Eric 883,119
36 Stephen 861,167
37 Jonathan 854,418
38 Larry 806,638
39 Samuel 786,470
40 Benjamin 785,633
41 Justin 783,008
42 Raymond 776,152
43 Scott 773,123
44 Brandon 764,068
45 Henry 722,715
46 Jack 721,846
47 Gregory 709,675
48 Alexander 704,181
49 Patrick 680,157
50 Walter 625,914

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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