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 5,078,137
2 John 4,961,799
3 Robert 4,775,589
4 Michael 4,375,509
5 William 3,978,182
6 David 3,623,091
7 Joseph 2,572,141
8 Richard 2,553,555
9 Charles 2,317,972
10 Thomas 2,277,649
11 Christopher 2,041,481
12 Daniel 1,927,606
13 Matthew 1,615,720
14 Anthony 1,451,238
15 Donald 1,410,002
16 Paul 1,377,836
17 George 1,376,922
18 Mark 1,353,077
19 Andrew 1,291,794
20 Steven 1,285,842
21 Kenneth 1,275,610
22 Edward 1,247,232
23 Joshua 1,221,991
24 Kevin 1,174,949
25 Brian 1,168,363
26 Ronald 1,079,457
27 Timothy 1,073,675
28 Jason 1,039,150
29 Jeffrey 976,449
30 Jacob 945,384
31 Ryan 943,436
32 Nicholas 907,348
33 Gary 900,859
34 Eric 880,995
35 Stephen 856,618
36 Jonathan 849,673
37 Frank 849,548
38 Larry 805,860
39 Justin 780,670
40 Scott 771,765
41 Benjamin 763,525
42 Raymond 763,307
43 Brandon 761,951
44 Samuel 760,106
45 Gregory 708,928
46 Jack 703,969
47 Alexander 690,542
48 Patrick 673,577
49 Henry 662,999
50 Dennis 616,774

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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