Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1921

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1921. 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 1921, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1921.

Rank Name Count
1 James 4,724,624
2 John 4,469,867
3 Robert 4,464,149
4 Michael 4,353,789
5 William 3,587,646
6 David 3,579,637
7 Richard 2,457,847
8 Joseph 2,351,630
9 Thomas 2,164,971
10 Charles 2,095,884
11 Christopher 2,050,142
12 Daniel 1,913,405
13 Matthew 1,621,912
14 Anthony 1,419,325
15 Mark 1,350,337
16 Donald 1,337,621
17 Steven 1,285,437
18 Paul 1,278,396
19 Andrew 1,264,748
20 Joshua 1,231,343
21 Kenneth 1,222,883
22 Kevin 1,178,962
23 Brian 1,170,564
24 George 1,140,629
25 Edward 1,083,094
26 Timothy 1,074,646
27 Ronald 1,073,773
28 Jason 1,043,774
29 Jeffrey 977,680
30 Ryan 952,434
31 Jacob 949,692
32 Nicholas 901,968
33 Gary 900,574
34 Eric 882,583
35 Jonathan 857,361
36 Stephen 841,140
37 Larry 802,802
38 Justin 783,719
39 Scott 770,919
40 Brandon 765,748
41 Benjamin 762,980
42 Samuel 730,856
43 Gregory 708,712
44 Alexander 693,763
45 Frank 692,922
46 Raymond 670,743
47 Patrick 668,203
48 Jack 655,067
49 Dennis 611,925
50 Jerry 602,801

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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