Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1930

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1930. 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 1930, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1930.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 4,319,895
2 James 4,257,225
3 John 3,962,719
4 Robert 3,936,451
5 David 3,498,338
6 William 3,125,391
7 Richard 2,250,252
8 Joseph 2,133,405
9 Christopher 2,047,572
10 Thomas 2,018,795
11 Daniel 1,873,880
12 Charles 1,826,158
13 Matthew 1,614,312
14 Anthony 1,374,212
15 Mark 1,344,429
16 Steven 1,282,214
17 Andrew 1,232,819
18 Joshua 1,230,328
19 Kevin 1,178,386
20 Brian 1,170,029
21 Paul 1,158,576
22 Donald 1,157,740
23 Kenneth 1,131,231
24 Timothy 1,071,954
25 Ronald 1,053,707
26 Jason 1,042,861
27 Jeffrey 977,439
28 Ryan 952,335
29 Jacob 941,696
30 Edward 905,839
31 George 905,569
32 Gary 899,131
33 Nicholas 889,713
34 Eric 880,742
35 Jonathan 856,392
36 Stephen 827,353
37 Larry 796,023
38 Justin 782,534
39 Scott 769,199
40 Brandon 765,631
41 Benjamin 744,260
42 Gregory 706,697
43 Samuel 692,145
44 Alexander 682,697
45 Patrick 657,618
46 Dennis 604,403
47 Tyler 597,599
48 Aaron 587,795
49 Jerry 586,394
50 Raymond 558,723

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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