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 4,170,386
2 James 3,398,716
3 John 3,211,487
4 David 3,186,687
5 Robert 3,065,072
6 William 2,481,956
7 Christopher 2,030,677
8 Joseph 1,853,738
9 Daniel 1,776,823
10 Richard 1,749,887
11 Thomas 1,707,217
12 Matthew 1,590,557
13 Charles 1,374,213
14 Mark 1,326,817
15 Anthony 1,295,954
16 Steven 1,262,730
17 Joshua 1,218,376
18 Andrew 1,185,465
19 Kevin 1,170,721
20 Brian 1,158,894
21 Timothy 1,055,245
22 Jason 1,036,112
23 Jeffrey 968,609
24 Paul 967,108
25 Ryan 943,035
26 Kenneth 934,883
27 Jacob 918,450
28 Eric 871,399
29 Nicholas 867,303
30 Jonathan 844,379
31 Ronald 810,848
32 Gary 792,975
33 Stephen 781,558
34 Donald 779,058
35 Justin 777,111
36 Scott 764,484
37 Brandon 761,618
38 Benjamin 700,583
39 Gregory 697,976
40 Edward 689,362
41 Alexander 654,224
42 Larry 647,843
43 Samuel 627,937
44 George 627,358
45 Patrick 622,057
46 Tyler 592,538
47 Aaron 571,557
48 Adam 547,324
49 Zachary 540,703
50 Nathan 536,719

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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