Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1948

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1948. 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 1948, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1948.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 4,039,945
2 James 3,089,494
3 David 3,023,531
4 John 2,927,236
5 Robert 2,756,950
6 William 2,275,710
7 Christopher 2,036,009
8 Joseph 1,775,787
9 Daniel 1,747,859
10 Matthew 1,601,570
11 Thomas 1,573,144
12 Richard 1,544,242
13 Mark 1,310,247
14 Anthony 1,283,173
15 Charles 1,239,952
16 Steven 1,232,075
17 Joshua 1,228,534
18 Andrew 1,181,995
19 Kevin 1,171,007
20 Brian 1,151,270
21 Jason 1,041,068
22 Timothy 1,040,730
23 Jeffrey 955,111
24 Ryan 951,885
25 Jacob 932,617
26 Paul 892,302
27 Nicholas 868,419
28 Eric 868,014
29 Kenneth 854,739
30 Jonathan 849,148
31 Justin 780,809
32 Brandon 765,430
33 Scott 760,414
34 Stephen 739,826
35 Benjamin 716,446
36 Ronald 695,946
37 Gary 695,100
38 Gregory 680,408
39 Donald 679,806
40 Alexander 668,439
41 Samuel 627,248
42 Edward 621,367
43 Patrick 605,875
44 Tyler 597,012
45 Aaron 578,622
46 Adam 553,637
47 George 547,520
48 Nathan 545,471
49 Zachary 545,375
50 Larry 540,135

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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