Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1939

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1939. 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 1939, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1939.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 4,256,847
2 James 3,745,017
3 John 3,509,762
4 Robert 3,396,877
5 David 3,343,424
6 William 2,727,388
7 Christopher 2,033,855
8 Joseph 1,954,726
9 Richard 1,951,713
10 Thomas 1,843,947
11 Daniel 1,813,567
12 Matthew 1,594,234
13 Charles 1,541,900
14 Mark 1,335,031
15 Anthony 1,322,984
16 Steven 1,275,669
17 Joshua 1,218,867
18 Andrew 1,199,535
19 Kevin 1,172,880
20 Brian 1,165,307
21 Timothy 1,064,182
22 Paul 1,043,447
23 Jason 1,036,613
24 Kenneth 1,018,185
25 Jeffrey 975,512
26 Ryan 943,147
27 Ronald 932,189
28 Jacob 920,857
29 Donald 897,235
30 Eric 875,051
31 Nicholas 873,582
32 Gary 864,729
33 Jonathan 846,437
34 Stephen 810,396
35 Justin 777,591
36 Edward 768,950
37 Scott 766,560
38 Brandon 761,665
39 Larry 744,778
40 George 725,781
41 Benjamin 708,439
42 Gregory 702,312
43 Alexander 658,308
44 Samuel 646,422
45 Patrick 638,279
46 Tyler 592,726
47 Dennis 583,452
48 Aaron 574,224
49 Adam 548,490
50 Zachary 540,776

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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