Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1946

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1946. 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 1946, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1946.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 4,122,804
2 James 3,259,669
3 David 3,120,041
4 John 3,086,881
5 Robert 2,928,684
6 William 2,391,458
7 Christopher 2,034,346
8 Joseph 1,819,812
9 Daniel 1,766,868
10 Richard 1,659,967
11 Thomas 1,650,388
12 Matthew 1,596,482
13 Mark 1,321,929
14 Charles 1,313,042
15 Anthony 1,291,406
16 Steven 1,253,145
17 Joshua 1,223,642
18 Andrew 1,184,973
19 Kevin 1,171,532
20 Brian 1,156,134
21 Timothy 1,050,803
22 Jason 1,038,725
23 Jeffrey 964,224
24 Ryan 947,680
25 Paul 934,831
26 Jacob 925,992
27 Kenneth 900,059
28 Eric 870,630
29 Nicholas 868,406
30 Jonathan 847,271
31 Justin 779,031
32 Stephen 766,077
33 Brandon 763,707
34 Scott 763,481
35 Ronald 762,167
36 Gary 751,822
37 Donald 733,926
38 Benjamin 709,191
39 Gregory 694,800
40 Alexander 661,812
41 Edward 658,753
42 Samuel 628,536
43 Patrick 616,098
44 Larry 603,261
45 Tyler 594,879
46 George 590,395
47 Aaron 575,385
48 Adam 550,528
49 Zachary 543,249
50 Nathan 541,125

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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