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 5,062,214
2 John 4,922,030
3 Robert 4,760,796
4 Michael 4,389,977
5 William 3,956,254
6 David 3,633,048
7 Joseph 2,565,030
8 Richard 2,550,131
9 Charles 2,305,685
10 Thomas 2,276,297
11 Christopher 2,052,500
12 Daniel 1,942,380
13 Matthew 1,629,406
14 Anthony 1,461,344
15 Donald 1,407,954
16 Paul 1,372,337
17 Mark 1,355,228
18 George 1,353,402
19 Andrew 1,298,415
20 Steven 1,288,480
21 Kenneth 1,275,410
22 Edward 1,234,553
23 Joshua 1,232,454
24 Kevin 1,179,103
25 Brian 1,170,716
26 Ronald 1,080,075
27 Timothy 1,076,968
28 Jason 1,044,505
29 Jeffrey 977,849
30 Jacob 959,923
31 Ryan 952,501
32 Nicholas 913,986
33 Gary 901,250
34 Eric 884,143
35 Jonathan 858,159
36 Stephen 857,008
37 Frank 831,761
38 Larry 805,975
39 Justin 784,796
40 Benjamin 783,568
41 Scott 772,475
42 Samuel 771,620
43 Brandon 765,831
44 Raymond 757,579
45 Jack 716,429
46 Gregory 710,037
47 Alexander 707,090
48 Patrick 675,616
49 Henry 671,055
50 Dennis 616,936

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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