Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1897

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1897. 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 1897, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1897.

Rank Name Count
1 James 5,112,780
2 John 5,002,457
3 Robert 4,792,054
4 Michael 4,386,222
5 William 4,019,533
6 David 3,634,009
7 Joseph 2,592,599
8 Richard 2,558,780
9 Charles 2,338,067
10 Thomas 2,292,800
11 Christopher 2,047,487
12 Daniel 1,938,798
13 Matthew 1,623,604
14 Anthony 1,459,250
15 Donald 1,411,487
16 George 1,398,048
17 Paul 1,383,293
18 Mark 1,354,913
19 Andrew 1,299,826
20 Steven 1,287,445
21 Kenneth 1,277,823
22 Edward 1,258,050
23 Joshua 1,227,586
24 Kevin 1,177,043
25 Brian 1,169,546
26 Ronald 1,080,082
27 Timothy 1,075,847
28 Jason 1,042,045
29 Jeffrey 977,172
30 Jacob 954,663
31 Ryan 948,139
32 Nicholas 911,517
33 Gary 901,148
34 Eric 882,870
35 Frank 861,914
36 Stephen 858,317
37 Jonathan 854,132
38 Larry 806,295
39 Justin 782,873
40 Benjamin 776,884
41 Scott 772,358
42 Samuel 771,696
43 Raymond 768,080
44 Brandon 764,068
45 Jack 716,238
46 Gregory 709,577
47 Alexander 700,676
48 Henry 682,882
49 Patrick 676,289
50 Dennis 617,567

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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