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 3,969,515
2 James 2,976,510
3 David 2,951,324
4 John 2,828,343
5 Robert 2,663,022
6 William 2,190,368
7 Christopher 2,021,627
8 Joseph 1,733,142
9 Daniel 1,713,239
10 Matthew 1,586,070
11 Thomas 1,516,260
12 Richard 1,489,833
13 Mark 1,297,162
14 Anthony 1,261,998
15 Joshua 1,217,791
16 Steven 1,213,255
17 Charles 1,189,430
18 Andrew 1,166,994
19 Kevin 1,164,624
20 Brian 1,145,559
21 Jason 1,035,449
22 Timothy 1,028,958
23 Jeffrey 947,782
24 Ryan 942,728
25 Jacob 916,067
26 Paul 868,356
27 Eric 862,198
28 Nicholas 859,043
29 Jonathan 839,278
30 Kenneth 828,526
31 Justin 776,456
32 Brandon 761,515
33 Scott 757,175
34 Stephen 720,904
35 Benjamin 691,853
36 Gregory 669,474
37 Gary 666,219
38 Ronald 661,401
39 Donald 652,496
40 Alexander 649,292
41 Samuel 605,403
42 Edward 598,914
43 Patrick 595,206
44 Tyler 592,266
45 Aaron 568,607
46 Adam 546,136
47 Zachary 540,464
48 Nathan 533,930
49 Jose 522,567
50 George 520,202

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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