Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1926

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1926. 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 1926, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1926.

Rank Name Count
1 James 4,456,958
2 Michael 4,325,222
3 Robert 4,175,708
4 John 4,172,719
5 David 3,530,358
6 William 3,314,437
7 Richard 2,358,861
8 Joseph 2,216,379
9 Thomas 2,078,808
10 Christopher 2,043,132
11 Charles 1,942,906
12 Daniel 1,882,768
13 Matthew 1,610,364
14 Anthony 1,387,088
15 Mark 1,345,641
16 Steven 1,282,207
17 Donald 1,254,975
18 Andrew 1,240,697
19 Joshua 1,225,596
20 Paul 1,210,102
21 Kevin 1,176,583
22 Kenneth 1,173,134
23 Brian 1,169,197
24 Timothy 1,071,315
25 Ronald 1,067,027
26 Jason 1,040,671
27 George 1,002,223
28 Edward 978,308
29 Jeffrey 976,870
30 Ryan 948,006
31 Jacob 937,122
32 Gary 899,897
33 Nicholas 891,089
34 Eric 880,040
35 Jonathan 852,638
36 Stephen 831,916
37 Larry 799,739
38 Justin 780,960
39 Scott 769,430
40 Brandon 763,924
41 Benjamin 740,742
42 Gregory 707,072
43 Samuel 699,581
44 Alexander 678,300
45 Patrick 661,150
46 Frank 612,224
47 Dennis 607,697
48 Raymond 607,230
49 Jerry 595,786
50 Tyler 595,443

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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