Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1889

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1889. 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 1889, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1889.

Rank Name Count
1 James 5,165,520
2 John 5,076,901
3 Robert 4,816,523
4 Michael 4,398,177
5 William 4,090,147
6 David 3,647,649
7 Joseph 2,623,422
8 Richard 2,566,419
9 Charles 2,374,958
10 Thomas 2,316,661
11 Christopher 2,053,619
12 Daniel 1,952,017
13 Matthew 1,631,545
14 Anthony 1,467,611
15 George 1,435,507
16 Donald 1,413,059
17 Paul 1,390,557
18 Mark 1,357,086
19 Andrew 1,309,486
20 Steven 1,288,923
21 Kenneth 1,279,915
22 Edward 1,277,759
23 Joshua 1,232,960
24 Kevin 1,179,103
25 Brian 1,170,716
26 Ronald 1,080,743
27 Timothy 1,078,214
28 Jason 1,044,764
29 Jeffrey 977,849
30 Jacob 964,463
31 Ryan 952,511
32 Nicholas 915,815
33 Gary 901,456
34 Frank 886,110
35 Eric 884,567
36 Stephen 860,558
37 Jonathan 858,413
38 Larry 806,764
39 Benjamin 791,828
40 Samuel 786,493
41 Justin 785,028
42 Raymond 774,490
43 Scott 773,169
44 Brandon 765,831
45 Jack 728,373
46 Henry 712,083
47 Alexander 710,958
48 Gregory 710,249
49 Patrick 679,811
50 Dennis 618,733

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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