Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1943

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1943. 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 1943, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1943.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 4,213,001
2 James 3,503,385
3 John 3,296,469
4 David 3,239,509
5 Robert 3,148,396
6 William 2,561,231
7 Christopher 2,042,910
8 Joseph 1,892,407
9 Daniel 1,804,103
10 Richard 1,799,658
11 Thomas 1,753,194
12 Matthew 1,605,823
13 Charles 1,422,686
14 Mark 1,332,154
15 Anthony 1,315,453
16 Steven 1,269,838
17 Joshua 1,229,084
18 Andrew 1,199,510
19 Kevin 1,175,514
20 Brian 1,163,197
21 Timothy 1,061,553
22 Jason 1,041,689
23 Paul 987,055
24 Jeffrey 972,180
25 Kenneth 956,658
26 Ryan 952,144
27 Jacob 934,926
28 Nicholas 876,183
29 Eric 875,895
30 Jonathan 853,541
31 Ronald 841,111
32 Gary 811,329
33 Donald 804,346
34 Stephen 791,351
35 Justin 781,431
36 Scott 765,963
37 Brandon 765,515
38 Benjamin 724,934
39 Edward 710,550
40 Gregory 700,320
41 Alexander 673,165
42 Larry 671,349
43 George 654,440
44 Samuel 648,919
45 Patrick 629,385
46 Tyler 597,255
47 Aaron 581,422
48 Adam 554,836
49 Nathan 548,221
50 Dennis 547,352

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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