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 5,131,008
2 John 5,043,791
3 Robert 4,803,016
4 Michael 4,379,536
5 William 4,051,511
6 David 3,630,577
7 Joseph 2,602,185
8 Richard 2,561,525
9 Charles 2,354,857
10 Thomas 2,299,121
11 Christopher 2,042,138
12 Daniel 1,932,884
13 Matthew 1,616,896
14 Anthony 1,453,908
15 George 1,421,225
16 Donald 1,412,007
17 Paul 1,386,698
18 Mark 1,354,084
19 Andrew 1,297,656
20 Steven 1,286,050
21 Kenneth 1,277,115
22 Edward 1,269,703
23 Joshua 1,222,290
24 Kevin 1,174,949
25 Brian 1,168,363
26 Ronald 1,079,686
27 Timothy 1,074,346
28 Jason 1,039,295
29 Jeffrey 976,449
30 Jacob 947,878
31 Ryan 943,436
32 Nicholas 908,222
33 Gary 900,959
34 Eric 881,207
35 Frank 878,665
36 Stephen 858,376
37 Jonathan 849,798
38 Larry 806,197
39 Justin 780,792
40 Scott 772,144
41 Raymond 771,483
42 Samuel 768,025
43 Benjamin 767,898
44 Brandon 761,951
45 Jack 709,290
46 Gregory 709,020
47 Alexander 692,554
48 Henry 684,920
49 Patrick 675,868
50 Dennis 617,723

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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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