Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1918

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1918. 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 1918, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1918.

Rank Name Count
1 James 4,832,646
2 John 4,620,806
3 Robert 4,586,020
4 Michael 4,348,128
5 William 3,703,684
6 David 3,584,842
7 Richard 2,494,181
8 Joseph 2,411,908
9 Thomas 2,194,146
10 Charles 2,164,465
11 Christopher 2,039,626
12 Daniel 1,906,442
13 Matthew 1,610,276
14 Anthony 1,420,879
15 Donald 1,368,571
16 Mark 1,349,322
17 Paul 1,311,331
18 Steven 1,283,775
19 Andrew 1,266,070
20 Kenneth 1,241,666
21 Joshua 1,221,115
22 George 1,213,615
23 Kevin 1,174,867
24 Brian 1,168,268
25 Edward 1,137,740
26 Ronald 1,075,113
27 Timothy 1,071,719
28 Jason 1,038,594
29 Jeffrey 976,340
30 Ryan 943,389
31 Jacob 937,022
32 Gary 900,318
33 Nicholas 898,685
34 Eric 879,835
35 Jonathan 849,045
36 Stephen 844,586
37 Larry 803,515
38 Justin 779,911
39 Scott 770,522
40 Brandon 761,903
41 Benjamin 747,366
42 Frank 740,680
43 Samuel 727,911
44 Gregory 708,019
45 Raymond 703,974
46 Alexander 680,233
47 Patrick 667,287
48 Jack 662,878
49 Dennis 613,015
50 Jerry 605,063

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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