Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1950

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1950. 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 1950, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1950.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 3,918,508
2 James 2,902,012
3 David 2,899,561
4 John 2,755,303
5 Robert 2,583,549
6 William 2,140,958
7 Christopher 2,023,435
8 Joseph 1,714,805
9 Daniel 1,704,068
10 Matthew 1,592,271
11 Thomas 1,477,701
12 Richard 1,440,653
13 Mark 1,284,834
14 Anthony 1,260,287
15 Joshua 1,223,075
16 Steven 1,194,833
17 Andrew 1,168,050
18 Kevin 1,163,426
19 Charles 1,155,339
20 Brian 1,142,891
21 Jason 1,038,077
22 Timothy 1,021,516
23 Ryan 947,329
24 Jeffrey 941,519
25 Jacob 923,974
26 Eric 861,207
27 Nicholas 860,869
28 Paul 848,142
29 Jonathan 842,258
30 Kenneth 806,302
31 Justin 778,431
32 Brandon 763,590
33 Scott 754,578
34 Benjamin 701,626
35 Stephen 701,369
36 Gregory 659,100
37 Alexander 657,452
38 Gary 637,543
39 Ronald 630,403
40 Donald 625,842
41 Samuel 608,546
42 Tyler 594,621
43 Patrick 588,909
44 Edward 581,483
45 Aaron 572,631
46 Adam 549,470
47 Zachary 542,932
48 Nathan 538,671
49 Jose 524,098
50 George 501,664

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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