Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1915

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1915. 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 1915, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1915.

Rank Name Count
1 James 4,951,695
2 John 4,778,407
3 Robert 4,686,120
4 Michael 4,369,749
5 William 3,837,176
6 David 3,609,992
7 Richard 2,526,139
8 Joseph 2,491,671
9 Charles 2,240,132
10 Thomas 2,236,887
11 Christopher 2,046,200
12 Daniel 1,925,019
13 Matthew 1,620,181
14 Anthony 1,442,118
15 Donald 1,392,618
16 Mark 1,352,348
17 Paul 1,344,975
18 Steven 1,286,325
19 George 1,286,273
20 Andrew 1,282,688
21 Kenneth 1,260,865
22 Joshua 1,226,939
23 Edward 1,189,874
24 Kevin 1,177,013
25 Brian 1,169,503
26 Ronald 1,077,864
27 Timothy 1,074,382
28 Jason 1,041,692
29 Jeffrey 977,123
30 Jacob 948,795
31 Ryan 948,107
32 Nicholas 906,767
33 Gary 900,793
34 Eric 882,108
35 Jonathan 853,736
36 Stephen 851,156
37 Larry 804,706
38 Frank 787,434
39 Justin 782,446
40 Scott 771,451
41 Benjamin 765,970
42 Brandon 764,057
43 Samuel 749,652
44 Raymond 733,465
45 Gregory 709,060
46 Alexander 694,257
47 Jack 691,166
48 Patrick 671,407
49 Henry 628,930
50 Dennis 615,023

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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