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 4,161,534
2 James 3,346,157
3 David 3,164,889
4 John 3,160,928
5 Robert 3,002,675
6 William 2,452,957
7 Christopher 2,041,019
8 Joseph 1,848,402
9 Daniel 1,785,622
10 Richard 1,707,682
11 Thomas 1,688,723
12 Matthew 1,604,237
13 Charles 1,351,397
14 Mark 1,326,894
15 Anthony 1,303,645
16 Steven 1,260,458
17 Joshua 1,228,885
18 Andrew 1,193,104
19 Kevin 1,174,281
20 Brian 1,159,293
21 Timothy 1,056,221
22 Jason 1,041,435
23 Jeffrey 967,683
24 Paul 953,149
25 Ryan 952,087
26 Jacob 934,012
27 Kenneth 919,449
28 Eric 873,530
29 Nicholas 873,387
30 Jonathan 852,327
31 Ronald 786,361
32 Justin 781,220
33 Stephen 775,626
34 Gary 773,403
35 Brandon 765,480
36 Scott 764,813
37 Donald 756,463
38 Benjamin 721,595
39 Gregory 697,881
40 Edward 676,359
41 Alexander 671,376
42 Samuel 640,833
43 Larry 626,349
44 Patrick 621,656
45 George 612,333
46 Tyler 597,173
47 Aaron 580,365
48 Adam 554,362
49 Nathan 547,133
50 Zachary 545,513

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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