Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1900

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1900. 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 1900, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1900.

Rank Name Count
1 James 5,097,749
2 John 4,979,758
3 Robert 4,783,812
4 Michael 4,385,045
5 William 3,998,849
6 David 3,631,818
7 Joseph 2,583,922
8 Richard 2,556,463
9 Charles 2,328,022
10 Thomas 2,286,848
11 Christopher 2,047,345
12 Daniel 1,937,270
13 Matthew 1,623,270
14 Anthony 1,458,385
15 Donald 1,410,796
16 George 1,385,099
17 Paul 1,380,494
18 Mark 1,354,612
19 Andrew 1,298,082
20 Steven 1,287,384
21 Kenneth 1,277,254
22 Edward 1,251,691
23 Joshua 1,227,494
24 Kevin 1,177,043
25 Brian 1,169,546
26 Ronald 1,079,995
27 Timothy 1,075,654
28 Jason 1,042,010
29 Jeffrey 977,172
30 Jacob 954,014
31 Ryan 948,139
32 Nicholas 911,267
33 Gary 901,120
34 Eric 882,793
35 Stephen 857,750
36 Jonathan 854,096
37 Frank 853,713
38 Larry 806,189
39 Justin 782,836
40 Benjamin 775,766
41 Scott 772,259
42 Samuel 769,484
43 Raymond 765,445
44 Brandon 764,068
45 Jack 714,526
46 Gregory 709,544
47 Alexander 700,146
48 Henry 676,912
49 Patrick 675,639
50 Dennis 617,286

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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