Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1916

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1916. 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 1916, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1916.

Rank Name Count
1 James 4,929,949
2 John 4,738,761
3 Robert 4,661,434
4 Michael 4,374,497
5 William 3,809,894
6 David 3,612,339
7 Richard 2,518,669
8 Joseph 2,476,391
9 Thomas 2,231,862
10 Charles 2,224,061
11 Christopher 2,051,493
12 Daniel 1,931,064
13 Matthew 1,626,408
14 Anthony 1,443,950
15 Donald 1,385,905
16 Mark 1,353,239
17 Paul 1,335,973
18 Steven 1,287,366
19 Andrew 1,284,239
20 George 1,266,586
21 Kenneth 1,256,481
22 Joshua 1,231,949
23 Kevin 1,179,058
24 Edward 1,175,721
25 Brian 1,170,652
26 Ronald 1,077,630
27 Timothy 1,075,956
28 Jason 1,044,208
29 Jeffrey 977,779
30 Jacob 955,276
31 Ryan 952,479
32 Nicholas 908,963
33 Gary 900,948
34 Eric 883,502
35 Jonathan 857,828
36 Stephen 850,217
37 Larry 804,668
38 Justin 784,391
39 Benjamin 774,571
40 Frank 773,132
41 Scott 771,778
42 Brandon 765,808
43 Samuel 753,643
44 Raymond 725,446
45 Gregory 709,532
46 Alexander 701,498
47 Jack 694,307
48 Patrick 672,405
49 Henry 630,013
50 Dennis 614,926

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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