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 5,073,402
2 John 4,954,899
3 Robert 4,773,046
4 Michael 4,375,125
5 William 3,972,192
6 David 3,622,419
7 Joseph 2,569,375
8 Richard 2,552,771
9 Charles 2,314,923
10 Thomas 2,275,829
11 Christopher 2,041,447
12 Daniel 1,927,190
13 Matthew 1,615,631
14 Anthony 1,450,915
15 Donald 1,409,752
16 Paul 1,376,912
17 George 1,373,313
18 Mark 1,352,985
19 Andrew 1,291,315
20 Steven 1,285,818
21 Kenneth 1,275,364
22 Edward 1,245,315
23 Joshua 1,221,969
24 Kevin 1,174,949
25 Brian 1,168,363
26 Ronald 1,079,414
27 Timothy 1,073,613
28 Jason 1,039,140
29 Jeffrey 976,449
30 Jacob 945,212
31 Ryan 943,436
32 Nicholas 907,260
33 Gary 900,849
34 Eric 880,970
35 Stephen 856,460
36 Jonathan 849,664
37 Frank 847,146
38 Larry 805,825
39 Justin 780,662
40 Scott 771,737
41 Benjamin 763,182
42 Raymond 762,419
43 Brandon 761,951
44 Samuel 759,478
45 Gregory 708,912
46 Jack 703,324
47 Alexander 690,380
48 Patrick 673,396
49 Henry 661,129
50 Dennis 616,695

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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