Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1908

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1908. 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 1908, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1908.

Rank Name Count
1 James 5,050,186
2 John 4,914,100
3 Robert 4,756,745
4 Michael 4,381,148
5 William 3,944,972
6 David 3,625,307
7 Joseph 2,557,259
8 Richard 2,548,458
9 Charles 2,299,796
10 Thomas 2,269,832
11 Christopher 2,046,965
12 Daniel 1,933,333
13 Matthew 1,622,381
14 Anthony 1,454,790
15 Donald 1,407,552
16 Paul 1,371,011
17 Mark 1,353,808
18 George 1,350,782
19 Andrew 1,293,291
20 Steven 1,287,141
21 Kenneth 1,274,113
22 Edward 1,232,817
23 Joshua 1,227,308
24 Kevin 1,177,043
25 Brian 1,169,546
26 Ronald 1,079,546
27 Timothy 1,075,141
28 Jason 1,041,911
29 Jeffrey 977,172
30 Jacob 952,320
31 Ryan 948,129
32 Nicholas 910,363
33 Gary 901,016
34 Eric 882,594
35 Stephen 856,097
36 Jonathan 853,984
37 Frank 831,057
38 Larry 805,712
39 Justin 782,729
40 Benjamin 772,726
41 Scott 771,991
42 Brandon 764,068
43 Samuel 763,278
44 Raymond 756,617
45 Gregory 709,430
46 Jack 707,540
47 Alexander 698,417
48 Patrick 673,913
49 Henry 659,834
50 Dennis 616,519

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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