Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1951

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1951. 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 1951, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1951.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 3,862,195
2 David 2,846,571
3 James 2,827,811
4 John 2,683,805
5 Robert 2,504,045
6 William 2,091,550
7 Christopher 2,024,136
8 Joseph 1,695,552
9 Daniel 1,693,924
10 Matthew 1,597,996
11 Thomas 1,438,569
12 Richard 1,391,323
13 Mark 1,269,647
14 Anthony 1,258,228
15 Joshua 1,228,060
16 Steven 1,172,920
17 Andrew 1,168,242
18 Kevin 1,160,733
19 Brian 1,139,616
20 Charles 1,122,129
21 Jason 1,040,466
22 Timothy 1,012,840
23 Ryan 951,602
24 Jeffrey 934,553
25 Jacob 931,112
26 Nicholas 862,314
27 Eric 859,660
28 Jonathan 844,895
29 Paul 827,722
30 Kenneth 783,779
31 Justin 780,370
32 Brandon 765,299
33 Scott 750,792
34 Benjamin 710,282
35 Stephen 681,766
36 Alexander 664,960
37 Gregory 646,396
38 Samuel 611,662
39 Gary 604,030
40 Ronald 601,020
41 Donald 599,243
42 Tyler 596,794
43 Patrick 582,429
44 Aaron 576,329
45 Edward 564,506
46 Adam 552,788
47 Zachary 545,028
48 Nathan 543,438
49 Jose 525,450
50 George 484,105

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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