Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1905

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1905. 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 1905, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1905.

Rank Name Count
1 James 5,068,843
2 John 4,939,406
3 Robert 4,767,810
4 Michael 4,382,778
5 William 3,964,937
6 David 3,627,968
7 Joseph 2,567,932
8 Richard 2,551,810
9 Charles 2,310,895
10 Thomas 2,276,318
11 Christopher 2,047,116
12 Daniel 1,934,851
13 Matthew 1,622,748
14 Anthony 1,456,415
15 Donald 1,409,080
16 Paul 1,374,940
17 George 1,363,684
18 Mark 1,354,084
19 Andrew 1,295,230
20 Steven 1,287,236
21 Kenneth 1,275,710
22 Edward 1,240,157
23 Joshua 1,227,379
24 Kevin 1,177,043
25 Brian 1,169,546
26 Ronald 1,079,761
27 Timothy 1,075,347
28 Jason 1,041,947
29 Jeffrey 977,172
30 Jacob 952,970
31 Ryan 948,139
32 Nicholas 910,780
33 Gary 901,064
34 Eric 882,672
35 Stephen 856,823
36 Jonathan 854,021
37 Frank 839,635
38 Larry 805,919
39 Justin 782,773
40 Benjamin 773,917
41 Scott 772,097
42 Samuel 765,809
43 Brandon 764,068
44 Raymond 760,199
45 Jack 710,346
46 Gregory 709,480
47 Alexander 699,110
48 Patrick 674,534
49 Henry 666,275
50 Dennis 616,825

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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