Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1947

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1947. 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 1947, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1947.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 4,090,448
2 James 3,184,258
3 David 3,081,341
4 John 3,015,555
5 Robert 2,848,597
6 William 2,342,702
7 Christopher 2,038,282
8 Joseph 1,803,301
9 Daniel 1,763,048
10 Thomas 1,617,982
11 Richard 1,602,765
12 Matthew 1,602,616
13 Mark 1,318,018
14 Anthony 1,291,187
15 Charles 1,280,726
16 Steven 1,245,606
17 Joshua 1,228,675
18 Andrew 1,186,339
19 Kevin 1,172,557
20 Brian 1,154,719
21 Timothy 1,047,478
22 Jason 1,041,202
23 Jeffrey 960,776
24 Ryan 951,987
25 Jacob 933,139
26 Paul 915,095
27 Kenneth 879,321
28 Eric 870,358
29 Nicholas 870,354
30 Jonathan 850,344
31 Justin 780,957
32 Brandon 765,461
33 Scott 762,443
34 Stephen 755,152
35 Ronald 730,843
36 Gary 725,130
37 Benjamin 718,378
38 Donald 708,062
39 Gregory 689,736
40 Alexander 669,520
41 Edward 641,910
42 Samuel 632,356
43 Patrick 612,495
44 Tyler 597,079
45 Aaron 579,303
46 Larry 575,075
47 George 571,438
48 Adam 553,906
49 Nathan 546,088
50 Zachary 545,445

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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