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 5,172,901
2 John 5,114,262
3 Robert 4,822,576
4 Michael 4,382,515
5 William 4,116,532
6 David 3,636,420
7 Joseph 2,623,389
8 Richard 2,567,163
9 Charles 2,390,499
10 Thomas 2,317,645
11 Christopher 2,042,704
12 Daniel 1,937,304
13 Matthew 1,617,748
14 George 1,458,351
15 Anthony 1,455,311
16 Donald 1,412,543
17 Paul 1,390,513
18 Mark 1,354,826
19 Andrew 1,302,379
20 Edward 1,288,100
21 Steven 1,286,193
22 Kenneth 1,277,467
23 Joshua 1,222,632
24 Kevin 1,174,949
25 Brian 1,168,363
26 Ronald 1,079,769
27 Timothy 1,074,891
28 Jason 1,039,435
29 Jeffrey 976,454
30 Jacob 950,559
31 Ryan 943,436
32 Nicholas 908,835
33 Frank 903,458
34 Gary 901,002
35 Eric 881,314
36 Stephen 859,692
37 Jonathan 849,940
38 Larry 806,342
39 Justin 780,845
40 Samuel 775,023
41 Raymond 774,574
42 Scott 772,509
43 Benjamin 772,393
44 Brandon 761,951
45 Jack 711,670
46 Gregory 709,060
47 Henry 704,046
48 Alexander 694,192
49 Patrick 677,695
50 Walter 619,410

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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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