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 4,316,352
2 James 4,203,275
3 John 3,910,278
4 Robert 3,874,302
5 David 3,486,061
6 William 3,078,121
7 Richard 2,218,071
8 Joseph 2,112,423
9 Christopher 2,047,305
10 Thomas 2,001,784
11 Daniel 1,869,416
12 Charles 1,794,286
13 Matthew 1,613,655
14 Anthony 1,369,536
15 Mark 1,343,838
16 Steven 1,281,902
17 Joshua 1,230,238
18 Andrew 1,229,762
19 Kevin 1,178,302
20 Brian 1,169,938
21 Paul 1,145,620
22 Donald 1,128,691
23 Kenneth 1,119,527
24 Timothy 1,071,647
25 Ronald 1,048,070
26 Jason 1,042,755
27 Jeffrey 977,405
28 Ryan 952,321
29 Jacob 941,074
30 Gary 898,416
31 Nicholas 888,582
32 Edward 888,487
33 George 882,786
34 Eric 880,536
35 Jonathan 856,289
36 Stephen 826,097
37 Larry 794,302
38 Justin 782,421
39 Scott 769,054
40 Brandon 765,619
41 Benjamin 742,666
42 Gregory 706,449
43 Samuel 688,613
44 Alexander 681,824
45 Patrick 656,086
46 Dennis 603,229
47 Tyler 597,571
48 Aaron 587,295
49 Jerry 582,503
50 Adam 557,668

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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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