Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1917

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1917. 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 1917, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1917.

Rank Name Count
1 James 4,882,352
2 John 4,680,788
3 Robert 4,625,642
4 Michael 4,361,458
5 William 3,758,194
6 David 3,598,785
7 Richard 2,506,862
8 Joseph 2,444,737
9 Thomas 2,213,399
10 Charles 2,194,560
11 Christopher 2,045,698
12 Daniel 1,918,868
13 Matthew 1,618,558
14 Anthony 1,432,647
15 Donald 1,377,766
16 Mark 1,351,248
17 Paul 1,323,857
18 Steven 1,285,660
19 Andrew 1,275,392
20 Kenneth 1,249,172
21 George 1,240,585
22 Joshua 1,226,704
23 Kevin 1,176,980
24 Brian 1,169,465
25 Edward 1,156,980
26 Ronald 1,076,378
27 Timothy 1,073,883
28 Jason 1,041,531
29 Jeffrey 977,081
30 Ryan 948,100
31 Jacob 946,541
32 Nicholas 903,921
33 Gary 900,642
34 Eric 881,798
35 Jonathan 853,553
36 Stephen 847,429
37 Larry 804,104
38 Justin 782,201
39 Scott 771,147
40 Brandon 764,029
41 Benjamin 761,543
42 Frank 757,137
43 Samuel 740,902
44 Raymond 714,918
45 Gregory 708,781
46 Alexander 691,241
47 Jack 679,256
48 Patrick 669,900
49 Dennis 613,977
50 Henry 608,136

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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