Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1928

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1928. 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 1928, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1928.

Rank Name Count
1 James 4,362,107
2 Michael 4,326,958
3 John 4,068,589
4 Robert 4,056,958
5 David 3,519,634
6 William 3,222,320
7 Richard 2,308,622
8 Joseph 2,176,887
9 Thomas 2,051,650
10 Christopher 2,048,112
11 Charles 1,887,333
12 Daniel 1,882,683
13 Matthew 1,615,823
14 Anthony 1,383,663
15 Mark 1,345,657
16 Steven 1,282,862
17 Andrew 1,239,040
18 Joshua 1,230,520
19 Donald 1,210,628
20 Paul 1,184,169
21 Kevin 1,178,530
22 Brian 1,170,245
23 Kenneth 1,153,240
24 Timothy 1,072,543
25 Ronald 1,062,157
26 Jason 1,043,067
27 Jeffrey 977,494
28 George 952,985
29 Ryan 952,355
30 Jacob 943,060
31 Edward 941,554
32 Gary 899,896
33 Nicholas 892,121
34 Eric 881,166
35 Jonathan 856,599
36 Stephen 830,046
37 Larry 798,359
38 Justin 782,763
39 Scott 769,552
40 Brandon 765,653
41 Benjamin 747,759
42 Gregory 707,194
43 Samuel 699,557
44 Alexander 684,729
45 Patrick 660,380
46 Dennis 606,356
47 Tyler 597,647
48 Jerry 591,973
49 Aaron 588,823
50 Frank 584,055

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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