Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1938

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1938. 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 1938, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1938.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 4,274,969
2 James 3,816,484
3 John 3,568,414
4 Robert 3,463,548
5 David 3,374,260
6 William 2,781,905
7 Christopher 2,039,972
8 Richard 1,987,863
9 Joseph 1,980,531
10 Thomas 1,871,969
11 Daniel 1,828,217
12 Matthew 1,602,261
13 Charles 1,578,996
14 Mark 1,337,332
15 Anthony 1,334,414
16 Steven 1,277,941
17 Joshua 1,224,406
18 Andrew 1,207,515
19 Kevin 1,175,220
20 Brian 1,167,099
21 Timothy 1,066,967
22 Paul 1,058,175
23 Jason 1,039,550
24 Kenneth 1,033,949
25 Jeffrey 976,392
26 Ronald 952,982
27 Ryan 947,858
28 Jacob 929,742
29 Donald 924,373
30 Nicholas 878,395
31 Eric 877,198
32 Gary 873,842
33 Jonathan 851,084
34 Stephen 814,073
35 Edward 785,238
36 Justin 779,823
37 Scott 767,274
38 Brandon 763,789
39 Larry 757,436
40 George 746,989
41 Benjamin 721,646
42 Gregory 703,452
43 Alexander 668,318
44 Samuel 658,165
45 Patrick 642,347
46 Tyler 595,185
47 Dennis 588,068
48 Aaron 579,519
49 Adam 552,338
50 Nathan 545,230

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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