Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1901

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1901. 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 1901, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1901.

Rank Name Count
1 James 5,102,532
2 John 4,977,859
3 Robert 4,784,042
4 Michael 4,393,379
5 William 4,001,552
6 David 3,638,675
7 Joseph 2,587,979
8 Richard 2,556,995
9 Charles 2,329,813
10 Thomas 2,290,756
11 Christopher 2,052,825
12 Daniel 1,945,719
13 Matthew 1,630,165
14 Anthony 1,464,533
15 Donald 1,410,870
16 George 1,382,316
17 Paul 1,380,532
18 Mark 1,355,895
19 Andrew 1,302,488
20 Steven 1,288,681
21 Kenneth 1,278,272
22 Edward 1,250,707
23 Joshua 1,232,604
24 Kevin 1,179,103
25 Brian 1,170,716
26 Ronald 1,080,484
27 Timothy 1,077,405
28 Jason 1,044,589
29 Jeffrey 977,849
30 Jacob 961,384
31 Ryan 952,511
32 Nicholas 914,795
33 Gary 901,345
34 Eric 884,321
35 Stephen 858,480
36 Jonathan 858,260
37 Frank 850,940
38 Larry 806,390
39 Benjamin 786,158
40 Justin 784,885
41 Samuel 776,949
42 Scott 772,704
43 Brandon 765,831
44 Raymond 765,257
45 Jack 722,362
46 Gregory 710,139
47 Alexander 708,559
48 Henry 685,527
49 Patrick 677,057
50 Dennis 617,571

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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