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 4,195,131
2 James 3,478,990
3 John 3,280,409
4 David 3,223,925
5 Robert 3,139,943
6 William 2,537,861
7 Christopher 2,031,566
8 Joseph 1,876,569
9 Richard 1,796,218
10 Daniel 1,785,990
11 Thomas 1,740,087
12 Matthew 1,591,378
13 Charles 1,410,845
14 Mark 1,329,336
15 Anthony 1,302,158
16 Steven 1,266,999
17 Joshua 1,218,471
18 Andrew 1,188,816
19 Kevin 1,171,360
20 Brian 1,160,844
21 Timothy 1,057,823
22 Jason 1,036,250
23 Paul 984,359
24 Jeffrey 970,780
25 Kenneth 953,996
26 Ryan 943,069
27 Jacob 918,926
28 Eric 872,569
29 Nicholas 868,736
30 Jonathan 844,954
31 Ronald 840,084
32 Gary 810,843
33 Donald 803,478
34 Stephen 789,489
35 Justin 777,216
36 Scott 765,024
37 Brandon 761,635
38 Edward 707,075
39 Benjamin 702,301
40 Gregory 699,109
41 Larry 670,819
42 Alexander 655,148
43 George 649,046
44 Samuel 632,076
45 Patrick 625,905
46 Tyler 592,577
47 Aaron 572,108
48 Adam 547,577
49 Dennis 546,555
50 Zachary 540,717

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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