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 4,072,578
2 James 3,159,863
3 David 3,065,757
4 John 2,999,495
5 Robert 2,840,144
6 William 2,319,332
7 Christopher 2,026,938
8 Joseph 1,787,463
9 Daniel 1,744,935
10 Thomas 1,604,875
11 Richard 1,599,325
12 Matthew 1,588,171
13 Mark 1,315,200
14 Anthony 1,277,892
15 Charles 1,268,885
16 Steven 1,242,767
17 Joshua 1,218,062
18 Andrew 1,175,645
19 Kevin 1,168,403
20 Brian 1,152,366
21 Timothy 1,043,748
22 Jason 1,035,763
23 Jeffrey 959,376
24 Ryan 942,912
25 Jacob 917,139
26 Paul 912,399
27 Kenneth 876,659
28 Eric 867,032
29 Nicholas 862,907
30 Jonathan 841,757
31 Justin 776,742
32 Brandon 761,581
33 Scott 761,504
34 Stephen 753,290
35 Ronald 729,816
36 Gary 724,644
37 Donald 707,194
38 Benjamin 695,745
39 Gregory 688,525
40 Alexander 651,503
41 Edward 638,435
42 Samuel 615,513
43 Patrick 609,015
44 Tyler 592,401
45 Larry 574,545
46 Aaron 569,989
47 George 566,044
48 Adam 546,647
49 Zachary 540,625
50 Nathan 535,167

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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