Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1944

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1944. 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 1944, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1944.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 4,188,256
2 James 3,423,111
3 John 3,227,547
4 David 3,202,271
5 Robert 3,073,525
6 William 2,505,326
7 Christopher 2,042,021
8 Joseph 1,869,576
9 Daniel 1,794,936
10 Richard 1,753,327
11 Thomas 1,720,324
12 Matthew 1,605,002
13 Charles 1,386,054
14 Mark 1,329,635
15 Anthony 1,309,249
16 Steven 1,265,569
17 Joshua 1,228,989
18 Andrew 1,196,159
19 Kevin 1,174,875
20 Brian 1,161,247
21 Timothy 1,058,975
22 Jason 1,041,551
23 Jeffrey 970,009
24 Paul 969,804
25 Ryan 952,110
26 Kenneth 937,545
27 Jacob 934,450
28 Nicholas 874,750
29 Eric 874,725
30 Jonathan 852,966
31 Ronald 811,875
32 Gary 793,461
33 Stephen 783,420
34 Justin 781,326
35 Donald 779,926
36 Brandon 765,498
37 Scott 765,423
38 Benjamin 723,216
39 Gregory 699,187
40 Edward 692,837
41 Alexander 672,241
42 Larry 648,373
43 Samuel 644,780
44 George 632,752
45 Patrick 625,537
46 Tyler 597,216
47 Aaron 580,871
48 Adam 554,583
49 Nathan 547,640
50 Zachary 545,523

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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