Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1940

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1940. 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 1940, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1940.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 4,246,020
2 James 3,685,383
3 John 3,458,743
4 Robert 3,337,224
5 David 3,318,062
6 William 2,685,311
7 Christopher 2,033,496
8 Joseph 1,937,006
9 Richard 1,916,335
10 Thomas 1,821,817
11 Daniel 1,807,770
12 Matthew 1,593,612
13 Charles 1,511,115
14 Mark 1,334,164
15 Anthony 1,318,375
16 Steven 1,274,539
17 Joshua 1,218,766
18 Andrew 1,197,096
19 Kevin 1,172,607
20 Brian 1,164,499
21 Timothy 1,063,115
22 Jason 1,036,542
23 Paul 1,030,112
24 Kenneth 1,003,474
25 Jeffrey 975,134
26 Ryan 943,126
27 Jacob 920,430
28 Ronald 912,353
29 Eric 874,619
30 Donald 873,178
31 Nicholas 872,550
32 Gary 855,048
33 Jonathan 846,142
34 Stephen 807,220
35 Justin 777,500
36 Scott 766,284
37 Brandon 761,665
38 Edward 754,523
39 Larry 730,248
40 George 707,895
41 Benjamin 707,016
42 Gregory 701,716
43 Alexander 657,586
44 Samuel 643,168
45 Patrick 635,748
46 Tyler 592,687
47 Dennis 577,239
48 Aaron 573,753
49 Adam 548,274
50 Zachary 540,761

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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