Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1949

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1949. 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 1949, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1949.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 3,987,385
2 James 3,000,905
3 David 2,966,908
4 John 2,844,403
5 Robert 2,671,475
6 William 2,213,738
7 Christopher 2,032,971
8 Joseph 1,748,980
9 Daniel 1,731,352
10 Matthew 1,600,515
11 Thomas 1,529,367
12 Richard 1,493,273
13 Mark 1,299,980
14 Anthony 1,275,293
15 Joshua 1,228,404
16 Steven 1,216,094
17 Charles 1,201,271
18 Andrew 1,177,688
19 Kevin 1,168,778
20 Brian 1,147,912
21 Jason 1,040,888
22 Timothy 1,032,688
23 Ryan 951,803
24 Jeffrey 949,182
25 Jacob 932,067
26 Paul 871,052
27 Nicholas 866,490
28 Eric 865,524
29 Jonathan 847,865
30 Kenneth 831,188
31 Justin 780,671
32 Brandon 765,395
33 Scott 758,114
34 Stephen 722,766
35 Benjamin 714,486
36 Gregory 670,685
37 Alexander 667,309
38 Gary 666,705
39 Ronald 662,428
40 Donald 653,364
41 Samuel 622,246
42 Edward 602,389
43 Patrick 598,686
44 Tyler 596,944
45 Aaron 577,921
46 Adam 553,395
47 Zachary 545,284
48 Nathan 544,851
49 Jose 530,528
50 George 525,596

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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