Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1891

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1891. 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 1891, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1891.

Rank Name Count
1 James 5,155,403
2 John 5,059,851
3 Robert 4,811,469
4 Michael 4,397,406
5 William 4,074,881
6 David 3,646,161
7 Joseph 2,618,023
8 Richard 2,564,965
9 Charles 2,366,698
10 Thomas 2,312,228
11 Christopher 2,053,482
12 Daniel 1,950,997
13 Matthew 1,631,341
14 Anthony 1,467,203
15 George 1,426,619
16 Donald 1,412,875
17 Paul 1,389,394
18 Mark 1,356,902
19 Andrew 1,308,350
20 Steven 1,288,889
21 Kenneth 1,279,777
22 Edward 1,273,178
23 Joshua 1,232,903
24 Kevin 1,179,103
25 Brian 1,170,716
26 Ronald 1,080,713
27 Timothy 1,078,076
28 Jason 1,044,734
29 Jeffrey 977,849
30 Jacob 963,878
31 Ryan 952,511
32 Nicholas 915,669
33 Gary 901,445
34 Eric 884,533
35 Frank 880,057
36 Stephen 860,238
37 Jonathan 858,385
38 Larry 806,727
39 Benjamin 790,531
40 Justin 785,007
41 Samuel 784,868
42 Raymond 773,433
43 Scott 773,083
44 Brandon 765,831
45 Jack 727,683
46 Alexander 710,571
47 Gregory 710,231
48 Henry 707,448
49 Patrick 679,348
50 Dennis 618,520

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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