Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1920

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1920. 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 1920, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1920.

Rank Name Count
1 James 4,772,533
2 John 4,526,781
3 Robert 4,512,827
4 Michael 4,357,792
5 William 3,637,794
6 David 3,587,082
7 Richard 2,472,857
8 Joseph 2,377,220
9 Thomas 2,179,909
10 Charles 2,124,193
11 Christopher 2,050,435
12 Daniel 1,917,301
13 Matthew 1,622,879
14 Anthony 1,424,269
15 Mark 1,350,926
16 Donald 1,349,563
17 Paul 1,290,967
18 Steven 1,285,855
19 Andrew 1,268,774
20 Joshua 1,231,471
21 Kenneth 1,230,723
22 Kevin 1,178,986
23 Brian 1,170,595
24 George 1,167,520
25 Edward 1,103,190
26 Timothy 1,074,915
27 Ronald 1,074,605
28 Jason 1,043,850
29 Jeffrey 977,702
30 Ryan 952,446
31 Jacob 950,742
32 Nicholas 903,323
33 Gary 900,648
34 Eric 882,769
35 Jonathan 857,472
36 Stephen 842,912
37 Larry 803,242
38 Justin 783,826
39 Scott 771,111
40 Brandon 765,757
41 Benjamin 765,289
42 Samuel 735,510
43 Frank 709,352
44 Gregory 708,892
45 Alexander 695,237
46 Raymond 682,937
47 Patrick 669,080
48 Jack 664,666
49 Dennis 612,549
50 Jerry 603,844

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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