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 4,700,229
2 Robert 4,455,696
3 John 4,453,807
4 Michael 4,335,919
5 William 3,564,276
6 David 3,564,053
7 Richard 2,454,407
8 Joseph 2,335,792
9 Thomas 2,151,864
10 Charles 2,084,043
11 Christopher 2,038,798
12 Daniel 1,895,292
13 Matthew 1,607,467
14 Anthony 1,406,030
15 Mark 1,347,519
16 Donald 1,336,753
17 Steven 1,282,598
18 Paul 1,275,700
19 Andrew 1,254,054
20 Joshua 1,220,730
21 Kenneth 1,220,221
22 Kevin 1,174,808
23 Brian 1,168,211
24 George 1,135,235
25 Edward 1,079,619
26 Ronald 1,072,746
27 Timothy 1,070,916
28 Jason 1,038,335
29 Jeffrey 976,280
30 Ryan 943,359
31 Jacob 933,692
32 Gary 900,088
33 Nicholas 894,521
34 Eric 879,257
35 Jonathan 848,774
36 Stephen 839,278
37 Larry 802,272
38 Justin 779,504
39 Scott 769,980
40 Brandon 761,868
41 Benjamin 740,347
42 Samuel 714,013
43 Gregory 707,501
44 Frank 691,530
45 Alexander 675,746
46 Raymond 668,793
47 Patrick 664,723
48 Jack 636,674
49 Dennis 611,128
50 Jerry 602,117

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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