Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1890

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1890. 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 1890, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1890.

Rank Name Count
1 James 5,160,500
2 John 5,068,353
3 Robert 4,814,010
4 Michael 4,397,800
5 William 4,082,375
6 David 3,646,892
7 Joseph 2,620,693
8 Richard 2,565,708
9 Charles 2,370,759
10 Thomas 2,314,428
11 Christopher 2,053,548
12 Daniel 1,951,502
13 Matthew 1,631,427
14 Anthony 1,467,392
15 George 1,431,077
16 Donald 1,412,984
17 Paul 1,390,001
18 Mark 1,356,985
19 Andrew 1,308,925
20 Steven 1,288,909
21 Kenneth 1,279,849
22 Edward 1,275,460
23 Joshua 1,232,927
24 Kevin 1,179,103
25 Brian 1,170,716
26 Ronald 1,080,733
27 Timothy 1,078,132
28 Jason 1,044,746
29 Jeffrey 977,849
30 Jacob 964,168
31 Ryan 952,511
32 Nicholas 915,747
33 Gary 901,456
34 Eric 884,546
35 Frank 883,135
36 Stephen 860,394
37 Jonathan 858,401
38 Larry 806,751
39 Benjamin 791,068
40 Samuel 785,683
41 Justin 785,020
42 Raymond 773,979
43 Scott 773,123
44 Brandon 765,831
45 Jack 728,051
46 Alexander 710,773
47 Gregory 710,243
48 Henry 709,797
49 Patrick 679,575
50 Dennis 618,622

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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