Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1942

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1942. 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 1942, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1942.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 4,225,898
2 James 3,568,531
3 John 3,354,572
4 David 3,267,664
5 Robert 3,216,193
6 William 2,604,835
7 Christopher 2,038,187
8 Joseph 1,907,061
9 Richard 1,841,570
10 Daniel 1,803,562
11 Thomas 1,777,828
12 Matthew 1,599,639
13 Charles 1,452,641
14 Mark 1,332,773
15 Anthony 1,315,109
16 Steven 1,272,004
17 Joshua 1,224,050
18 Andrew 1,197,528
19 Kevin 1,173,984
20 Brian 1,163,550
21 Timothy 1,062,001
22 Jason 1,039,213
23 Paul 1,002,220
24 Kenneth 973,568
25 Jeffrey 973,558
26 Ryan 947,798
27 Jacob 927,847
28 Eric 875,212
29 Nicholas 874,061
30 Ronald 867,720
31 Jonathan 849,919
32 Gary 828,165
33 Donald 827,898
34 Stephen 797,941
35 Justin 779,471
36 Scott 765,998
37 Brandon 763,762
38 Edward 726,281
39 Benjamin 715,783
40 Gregory 700,740
41 Larry 693,185
42 George 673,092
43 Alexander 665,352
44 Samuel 644,771
45 Patrick 631,487
46 Tyler 595,037
47 Aaron 577,495
48 Dennis 560,215
49 Adam 551,451
50 Zachary 543,307

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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