Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1884

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1884. 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 1884, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1884.

Rank Name Count
1 James 5,167,678
2 John 5,105,368
3 Robert 4,820,242
4 Michael 4,382,208
5 William 4,108,145
6 David 3,635,686
7 Joseph 2,620,874
8 Richard 2,566,514
9 Charles 2,385,673
10 Thomas 2,315,329
11 Christopher 2,042,615
12 Daniel 1,936,689
13 Matthew 1,617,662
14 Anthony 1,455,168
15 George 1,453,615
16 Donald 1,412,491
17 Paul 1,390,155
18 Mark 1,354,735
19 Andrew 1,301,756
20 Steven 1,286,180
21 Edward 1,285,850
22 Kenneth 1,277,441
23 Joshua 1,222,577
24 Kevin 1,174,949
25 Brian 1,168,363
26 Ronald 1,079,763
27 Timothy 1,074,829
28 Jason 1,039,422
29 Jeffrey 976,454
30 Jacob 950,203
31 Ryan 943,436
32 Nicholas 908,764
33 Gary 901,002
34 Frank 900,472
35 Eric 881,303
36 Stephen 859,552
37 Jonathan 849,923
38 Larry 806,330
39 Justin 780,845
40 Raymond 774,341
41 Samuel 774,086
42 Scott 772,462
43 Benjamin 771,885
44 Brandon 761,951
45 Jack 711,428
46 Gregory 709,060
47 Henry 701,663
48 Alexander 694,005
49 Patrick 677,482
50 Dennis 618,458

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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