Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1881

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1881. 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 1881, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1881.

Rank Name Count
1 James 5,208,629
2 John 5,148,648
3 Robert 4,835,669
4 Michael 4,401,004
5 William 4,157,724
6 David 3,653,592
7 Joseph 2,644,353
8 Richard 2,571,990
9 Charles 2,412,067
10 Thomas 2,335,644
11 Christopher 2,054,205
12 Daniel 1,956,538
13 Matthew 1,632,382
14 George 1,473,602
15 Anthony 1,468,873
16 Donald 1,413,486
17 Paul 1,393,897
18 Mark 1,357,828
19 Andrew 1,314,334
20 Edward 1,296,229
21 Steven 1,289,069
22 Kenneth 1,280,180
23 Joshua 1,233,335
24 Kevin 1,179,103
25 Brian 1,170,716
26 Ronald 1,080,796
27 Timothy 1,078,755
28 Jason 1,044,916
29 Jeffrey 977,854
30 Jacob 967,330
31 Ryan 952,511
32 Nicholas 916,404
33 Frank 910,860
34 Gary 901,504
35 Eric 884,658
36 Stephen 861,902
37 Jonathan 858,575
38 Larry 806,888
39 Benjamin 795,985
40 Samuel 793,788
41 Justin 785,067
42 Raymond 776,949
43 Scott 773,547
44 Brandon 765,831
45 Henry 731,492
46 Jack 730,531
47 Alexander 712,643
48 Gregory 710,277
49 Patrick 681,612
50 Walter 625,432

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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