Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1952

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1952. 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 1952, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1952.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 3,789,394
2 David 2,781,784
3 James 2,740,550
4 John 2,602,233
5 Robert 2,417,693
6 William 2,028,771
7 Christopher 2,018,403
8 Daniel 1,672,805
9 Joseph 1,667,397
10 Matthew 1,596,392
11 Thomas 1,390,287
12 Richard 1,336,772
13 Mark 1,248,441
14 Anthony 1,248,385
15 Joshua 1,227,894
16 Andrew 1,162,869
17 Kevin 1,154,380
18 Steven 1,144,555
19 Brian 1,134,514
20 Charles 1,082,726
21 Jason 1,040,277
22 Timothy 1,000,135
23 Ryan 951,497
24 Jacob 930,610
25 Jeffrey 924,838
26 Nicholas 859,925
27 Eric 855,996
28 Jonathan 843,119
29 Paul 804,870
30 Justin 780,235
31 Brandon 765,249
32 Kenneth 757,934
33 Scott 745,409
34 Benjamin 707,938
35 Alexander 663,748
36 Stephen 659,290
37 Gregory 632,291
38 Samuel 606,187
39 Tyler 596,723
40 Aaron 575,466
41 Patrick 573,677
42 Ronald 571,973
43 Donald 571,324
44 Gary 565,867
45 Adam 552,488
46 Zachary 544,877
47 Edward 544,591
48 Nathan 542,568
49 Jose 522,763
50 Kyle 479,581

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

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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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