Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1902

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1902. 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 1902, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1902.

Rank Name Count
1 James 5,097,797
2 John 4,970,959
3 Robert 4,781,499
4 Michael 4,392,995
5 William 3,995,562
6 David 3,638,003
7 Joseph 2,585,213
8 Richard 2,556,211
9 Charles 2,326,764
10 Thomas 2,288,936
11 Christopher 2,052,791
12 Daniel 1,945,303
13 Matthew 1,630,076
14 Anthony 1,464,210
15 Donald 1,410,620
16 Paul 1,379,608
17 George 1,378,707
18 Mark 1,355,803
19 Andrew 1,302,009
20 Steven 1,288,657
21 Kenneth 1,278,026
22 Edward 1,248,790
23 Joshua 1,232,582
24 Kevin 1,179,103
25 Brian 1,170,716
26 Ronald 1,080,441
27 Timothy 1,077,343
28 Jason 1,044,579
29 Jeffrey 977,849
30 Jacob 961,212
31 Ryan 952,511
32 Nicholas 914,707
33 Gary 901,335
34 Eric 884,296
35 Stephen 858,322
36 Jonathan 858,251
37 Frank 848,538
38 Larry 806,355
39 Benjamin 785,815
40 Justin 784,877
41 Samuel 776,321
42 Scott 772,676
43 Brandon 765,831
44 Raymond 764,369
45 Jack 721,717
46 Gregory 710,123
47 Alexander 708,397
48 Henry 683,657
49 Patrick 676,876
50 Dennis 617,492

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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