Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1945

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1945. 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 1945, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1945.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 4,143,664
2 James 3,321,762
3 David 3,149,305
4 John 3,144,868
5 Robert 2,994,222
6 William 2,429,587
7 Christopher 2,029,675
8 Joseph 1,832,564
9 Daniel 1,767,509
10 Richard 1,704,242
11 Thomas 1,675,616
12 Matthew 1,589,792
13 Charles 1,339,556
14 Mark 1,324,076
15 Anthony 1,290,350
16 Steven 1,257,619
17 Joshua 1,218,272
18 Andrew 1,182,410
19 Kevin 1,170,127
20 Brian 1,156,940
21 Timothy 1,052,491
22 Jason 1,035,996
23 Jeffrey 966,283
24 Paul 950,453
25 Ryan 943,012
26 Jacob 918,012
27 Kenneth 916,787
28 Eric 870,204
29 Nicholas 865,940
30 Jonathan 843,740
31 Ronald 785,334
32 Justin 777,005
33 Stephen 773,764
34 Gary 772,917
35 Scott 763,874
36 Brandon 761,600
37 Donald 755,595
38 Benjamin 698,962
39 Gregory 696,670
40 Edward 672,884
41 Alexander 653,359
42 Larry 625,819
43 Samuel 623,990
44 Patrick 618,176
45 George 606,939
46 Tyler 592,495
47 Aaron 571,051
48 Adam 547,103
49 Zachary 540,693
50 Nathan 536,212

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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