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 4,905,554
2 John 4,722,701
3 Robert 4,652,981
4 Michael 4,356,627
5 William 3,786,524
6 David 3,596,755
7 Richard 2,515,229
8 Joseph 2,460,553
9 Thomas 2,218,755
10 Charles 2,212,220
11 Christopher 2,040,149
12 Daniel 1,912,951
13 Matthew 1,611,963
14 Anthony 1,430,655
15 Donald 1,385,037
16 Mark 1,350,421
17 Paul 1,333,277
18 Steven 1,284,527
19 Andrew 1,273,545
20 George 1,261,192
21 Kenneth 1,253,819
22 Joshua 1,221,336
23 Kevin 1,174,904
24 Edward 1,172,246
25 Brian 1,168,299
26 Ronald 1,076,603
27 Timothy 1,072,226
28 Jason 1,038,769
29 Jeffrey 976,379
30 Ryan 943,404
31 Jacob 939,276
32 Nicholas 901,516
33 Gary 900,462
34 Eric 880,176
35 Jonathan 849,241
36 Stephen 848,355
37 Larry 804,138
38 Justin 780,176
39 Frank 771,740
40 Scott 770,839
41 Brandon 761,928
42 Benjamin 751,938
43 Samuel 736,800
44 Raymond 723,496
45 Gregory 708,321
46 Alexander 683,481
47 Jack 675,914
48 Patrick 668,925
49 Dennis 614,129
50 Henry 607,485

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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