Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1953

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1953. 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 1953, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1953.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 3,701,522
2 David 2,702,289
3 James 2,641,459
4 John 2,511,167
5 Robert 2,327,045
6 Christopher 2,006,568
7 William 1,954,449
8 Daniel 1,640,331
9 Joseph 1,631,115
10 Matthew 1,587,333
11 Thomas 1,335,174
12 Richard 1,276,749
13 Anthony 1,230,645
14 Joshua 1,222,571
15 Mark 1,221,337
16 Andrew 1,152,171
17 Kevin 1,144,404
18 Brian 1,127,602
19 Steven 1,111,181
20 Charles 1,037,969
21 Jason 1,037,465
22 Timothy 984,138
23 Ryan 946,999
24 Jacob 922,444
25 Jeffrey 912,153
26 Nicholas 853,958
27 Eric 850,458
28 Jonathan 836,880
29 Paul 779,251
30 Justin 777,993
31 Brandon 763,410
32 Scott 738,384
33 Kenneth 730,729
34 Benjamin 694,657
35 Alexander 653,792
36 Stephen 635,329
37 Gregory 616,492
38 Tyler 594,388
39 Samuel 592,196
40 Aaron 570,031
41 Patrick 562,797
42 Adam 548,569
43 Ronald 543,643
44 Donald 542,649
45 Zachary 542,461
46 Nathan 536,196
47 Gary 526,880
48 Edward 523,349
49 Jose 516,086
50 Kyle 478,396

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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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