Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1912

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1912. 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 1912, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1912.

Rank Name Count
1 James 5,028,462
2 John 4,878,201
3 Robert 4,739,879
4 Michael 4,386,651
5 William 3,921,375
6 David 3,628,124
7 Joseph 2,544,804
8 Richard 2,543,776
9 Charles 2,287,218
10 Thomas 2,265,385
11 Christopher 2,052,243
12 Daniel 1,939,793
13 Matthew 1,628,690
14 Anthony 1,457,628
15 Donald 1,404,430
16 Paul 1,364,785
17 Mark 1,354,787
18 George 1,332,103
19 Andrew 1,294,945
20 Steven 1,288,245
21 Kenneth 1,271,943
22 Joshua 1,232,310
23 Edward 1,221,339
24 Kevin 1,179,103
25 Brian 1,170,704
26 Ronald 1,079,653
27 Timothy 1,076,671
28 Jason 1,044,431
29 Jeffrey 977,836
30 Jacob 958,830
31 Ryan 952,495
32 Nicholas 913,013
33 Gary 901,170
34 Eric 884,004
35 Jonathan 858,089
36 Stephen 855,578
37 Frank 817,289
38 Larry 805,612
39 Justin 784,721
40 Benjamin 781,373
41 Scott 772,285
42 Samuel 767,150
43 Brandon 765,831
44 Raymond 750,932
45 Jack 710,949
46 Gregory 709,924
47 Alexander 705,839
48 Patrick 674,675
49 Henry 660,295
50 Dennis 616,414

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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