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 5,004,067
2 John 4,862,141
3 Robert 4,731,426
4 Michael 4,368,781
5 William 3,898,005
6 David 3,612,540
7 Richard 2,540,336
8 Joseph 2,528,966
9 Charles 2,275,377
10 Thomas 2,252,278
11 Christopher 2,040,899
12 Daniel 1,921,680
13 Matthew 1,614,245
14 Anthony 1,444,333
15 Donald 1,403,562
16 Paul 1,362,089
17 Mark 1,351,969
18 George 1,326,709
19 Steven 1,285,406
20 Andrew 1,284,251
21 Kenneth 1,269,281
22 Joshua 1,221,697
23 Edward 1,217,864
24 Kevin 1,174,949
25 Brian 1,168,351
26 Ronald 1,078,626
27 Timothy 1,072,941
28 Jason 1,038,992
29 Jeffrey 976,436
30 Ryan 943,420
31 Jacob 942,830
32 Nicholas 905,566
33 Gary 900,684
34 Eric 880,678
35 Stephen 853,716
36 Jonathan 849,502
37 Frank 815,897
38 Larry 805,082
39 Justin 780,506
40 Scott 771,346
41 Brandon 761,951
42 Benjamin 758,740
43 Samuel 750,307
44 Raymond 748,982
45 Gregory 708,713
46 Jack 692,556
47 Alexander 687,822
48 Patrick 671,195
49 Henry 637,767
50 Dennis 615,617

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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