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 3,909,467
2 David 2,891,718
3 James 2,889,645
4 John 2,747,173
5 Robert 2,579,147
6 William 2,128,870
7 Christopher 2,017,626
8 Joseph 1,706,738
9 Daniel 1,695,002
10 Matthew 1,584,851
11 Thomas 1,471,059
12 Richard 1,438,886
13 Mark 1,283,436
14 Anthony 1,253,546
15 Joshua 1,217,608
16 Steven 1,193,333
17 Andrew 1,162,480
18 Kevin 1,161,332
19 Charles 1,149,387
20 Brian 1,141,708
21 Jason 1,035,232
22 Timothy 1,019,613
23 Ryan 942,626
24 Jeffrey 940,796
25 Jacob 915,577
26 Eric 859,430
27 Nicholas 857,045
28 Paul 846,772
29 Jonathan 837,846
30 Kenneth 804,937
31 Justin 776,283
32 Brandon 761,473
33 Scott 754,123
34 Stephen 700,418
35 Benjamin 689,835
36 Gregory 658,496
37 Alexander 648,108
38 Gary 637,291
39 Ronald 629,905
40 Donald 625,376
41 Samuel 600,045
42 Tyler 592,195
43 Patrick 587,132
44 Edward 579,744
45 Aaron 567,813
46 Adam 545,836
47 Zachary 540,357
48 Nathan 533,270
49 Jose 520,127
50 George 498,890

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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