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 5,136,105
2 John 5,052,293
3 Robert 4,805,557
4 Michael 4,379,930
5 William 4,059,005
6 David 3,631,308
7 Joseph 2,604,855
8 Richard 2,562,268
9 Charles 2,358,918
10 Thomas 2,301,321
11 Christopher 2,042,204
12 Daniel 1,933,389
13 Matthew 1,616,982
14 Anthony 1,454,097
15 George 1,425,683
16 Donald 1,412,116
17 Paul 1,387,305
18 Mark 1,354,167
19 Andrew 1,298,231
20 Steven 1,286,070
21 Kenneth 1,277,187
22 Edward 1,271,985
23 Joshua 1,222,314
24 Kevin 1,174,949
25 Brian 1,168,363
26 Ronald 1,079,706
27 Timothy 1,074,402
28 Jason 1,039,307
29 Jeffrey 976,449
30 Jacob 948,168
31 Ryan 943,436
32 Nicholas 908,300
33 Gary 900,970
34 Frank 881,743
35 Eric 881,220
36 Stephen 858,532
37 Jonathan 849,814
38 Larry 806,221
39 Justin 780,805
40 Scott 772,184
41 Raymond 772,029
42 Samuel 768,840
43 Benjamin 768,435
44 Brandon 761,951
45 Jack 709,658
46 Gregory 709,032
47 Alexander 692,756
48 Henry 687,269
49 Patrick 676,095
50 Dennis 617,825

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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