Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1883

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1883. 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 1883, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1883.

Rank Name Count
1 James 5,197,296
2 John 5,130,322
3 Robert 4,831,029
4 Michael 4,400,385
5 William 4,139,902
6 David 3,652,004
7 Joseph 2,639,227
8 Richard 2,570,603
9 Charles 2,402,340
10 Thomas 2,330,752
11 Christopher 2,054,048
12 Daniel 1,955,417
13 Matthew 1,632,193
14 Anthony 1,468,606
15 George 1,463,745
16 Donald 1,413,411
17 Paul 1,393,209
18 Mark 1,357,644
19 Andrew 1,313,073
20 Edward 1,291,575
21 Steven 1,289,032
22 Kenneth 1,280,129
23 Joshua 1,233,245
24 Kevin 1,179,103
25 Brian 1,170,716
26 Ronald 1,080,796
27 Timothy 1,078,621
28 Jason 1,044,874
29 Jeffrey 977,854
30 Jacob 966,559
31 Ryan 952,511
32 Nicholas 916,282
33 Frank 904,850
34 Gary 901,488
35 Eric 884,640
36 Stephen 861,554
37 Jonathan 858,527
38 Larry 806,872
39 Benjamin 795,026
40 Samuel 791,866
41 Justin 785,060
42 Raymond 776,524
43 Scott 773,448
44 Brandon 765,831
45 Jack 730,063
46 Henry 726,574
47 Alexander 712,209
48 Gregory 710,271
49 Patrick 681,175
50 Walter 621,957

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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