Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1899

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1899. 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 1899, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1899.

Rank Name Count
1 James 5,089,979
2 John 4,978,618
3 Robert 4,782,019
4 Michael 4,376,379
5 William 3,992,847
6 David 3,624,621
7 Joseph 2,578,534
8 Richard 2,555,440
9 Charles 2,325,217
10 Thomas 2,282,017
11 Christopher 2,041,578
12 Daniel 1,928,689
13 Matthew 1,615,951
14 Anthony 1,451,935
15 Donald 1,410,588
16 George 1,386,343
17 Paul 1,380,009
18 Mark 1,353,303
19 Andrew 1,293,090
20 Steven 1,285,902
21 Kenneth 1,276,103
22 Edward 1,251,853
23 Joshua 1,222,051
24 Kevin 1,174,949
25 Brian 1,168,363
26 Ronald 1,079,524
27 Timothy 1,073,811
28 Jason 1,039,170
29 Jeffrey 976,449
30 Jacob 945,806
31 Ryan 943,436
32 Nicholas 907,512
33 Gary 900,876
34 Eric 881,033
35 Stephen 856,977
36 Frank 855,575
37 Jonathan 849,692
38 Larry 805,956
39 Justin 780,697
40 Scott 771,829
41 Raymond 765,326
42 Benjamin 764,310
43 Brandon 761,951
44 Samuel 761,687
45 Gregory 708,951
46 Jack 705,604
47 Alexander 690,980
48 Patrick 674,083
49 Henry 667,436
50 Dennis 616,992

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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