Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1931

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1931. 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 1931, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1931.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 4,298,482
2 James 4,178,880
3 John 3,894,218
4 Robert 3,865,849
5 David 3,470,477
6 William 3,054,751
7 Richard 2,214,631
8 Joseph 2,096,585
9 Christopher 2,035,961
10 Thomas 1,988,677
11 Daniel 1,851,303
12 Charles 1,782,445
13 Matthew 1,599,210
14 Anthony 1,356,241
15 Mark 1,341,020
16 Steven 1,279,063
17 Joshua 1,219,625
18 Andrew 1,219,068
19 Kevin 1,174,148
20 Brian 1,167,585
21 Paul 1,142,924
22 Donald 1,127,823
23 Kenneth 1,116,865
24 Timothy 1,067,917
25 Ronald 1,047,043
26 Jason 1,037,316
27 Jeffrey 976,005
28 Ryan 943,246
29 Jacob 925,074
30 Gary 897,930
31 Edward 885,012
32 Nicholas 881,135
33 George 877,392
34 Eric 877,210
35 Jonathan 847,702
36 Stephen 824,235
37 Larry 793,772
38 Justin 778,206
39 Scott 768,115
40 Brandon 761,739
41 Benjamin 720,033
42 Gregory 705,238
43 Samuel 671,770
44 Alexander 663,807
45 Patrick 652,606
46 Dennis 602,432
47 Tyler 592,893
48 Jerry 581,819
49 Aaron 577,981
50 Adam 550,409

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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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