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Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1941

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1941. 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 1941, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1941.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 4,241,832
2 James 3,635,274
3 John 3,412,093
4 David 3,298,216
5 Robert 3,280,433
6 William 2,652,627
7 Christopher 2,038,806
8 Joseph 1,926,864
9 Richard 1,880,678
10 Daniel 1,810,612
11 Thomas 1,804,470
12 Matthew 1,600,368
13 Charles 1,485,381
14 Mark 1,334,397
15 Anthony 1,320,350
16 Steven 1,274,470
17 Joshua 1,224,143
18 Andrew 1,200,236
19 Kevin 1,174,403
20 Brian 1,164,673
21 Timothy 1,063,633
22 Jason 1,039,294
23 Paul 1,017,385
24 Kenneth 989,706
25 Jeffrey 975,058
26 Ryan 947,811
27 Jacob 928,313
28 Ronald 892,121
29 Eric 875,914
30 Nicholas 875,273
31 Donald 850,535
32 Jonathan 850,278
33 Gary 842,730
34 Stephen 803,749
35 Justin 779,564
36 Scott 766,400
37 Brandon 763,772
38 Edward 741,861
39 Benjamin 717,362
40 Larry 713,317
41 Gregory 701,564
42 George 692,353
43 Alexander 666,170
44 Samuel 648,307
45 Patrick 634,642
46 Tyler 595,078
47 Aaron 578,057
48 Dennis 569,774
49 Adam 551,681
50 Nathan 543,750

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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