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 5,114,374
2 John 4,994,678
3 Robert 4,790,472
4 Michael 4,394,249
5 William 4,016,217
6 David 3,640,205
7 Joseph 2,594,372
8 Richard 2,558,880
9 Charles 2,337,058
10 Thomas 2,295,124
11 Christopher 2,052,922
12 Daniel 1,946,802
13 Matthew 1,630,396
14 Anthony 1,465,230
15 Donald 1,411,456
16 George 1,391,737
17 Paul 1,382,705
18 Mark 1,356,121
19 Andrew 1,303,784
20 Steven 1,288,741
21 Kenneth 1,278,765
22 Edward 1,255,328
23 Joshua 1,232,664
24 Kevin 1,179,103
25 Brian 1,170,716
26 Ronald 1,080,551
27 Timothy 1,077,541
28 Jason 1,044,609
29 Jeffrey 977,849
30 Jacob 961,806
31 Ryan 952,511
32 Nicholas 914,959
33 Gary 901,362
34 Eric 884,359
35 Stephen 858,839
36 Jonathan 858,279
37 Frank 856,967
38 Larry 806,486
39 Benjamin 786,943
40 Justin 784,912
41 Samuel 778,530
42 Scott 772,768
43 Raymond 767,276
44 Brandon 765,831
45 Jack 723,997
46 Gregory 710,162
47 Alexander 708,997
48 Henry 689,964
49 Patrick 677,563
50 Dennis 617,789

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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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