Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1955

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1955. 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 1955, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1955.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 3,519,704
2 David 2,538,754
3 James 2,456,693
4 John 2,341,672
5 Robert 2,150,055
6 Christopher 1,988,600
7 William 1,819,089
8 Daniel 1,582,494
9 Matthew 1,574,850
10 Joseph 1,562,550
11 Thomas 1,234,363
12 Joshua 1,216,746
13 Anthony 1,199,084
14 Richard 1,159,546
15 Mark 1,154,396
16 Andrew 1,135,325
17 Kevin 1,116,972
18 Brian 1,111,675
19 Steven 1,039,322
20 Jason 1,034,038
21 Charles 956,130
22 Timothy 949,614
23 Ryan 942,018
24 Jacob 912,893
25 Jeffrey 876,432
26 Nicholas 845,407
27 Eric 840,577
28 Jonathan 827,391
29 Justin 775,461
30 Brandon 761,018
31 Paul 726,151
32 Scott 720,983
33 Benjamin 678,000
34 Kenneth 677,668
35 Alexander 641,953
36 Tyler 591,744
37 Stephen 590,689
38 Gregory 582,107
39 Samuel 572,629
40 Aaron 563,340
41 Adam 544,330
42 Patrick 541,623
43 Zachary 539,524
44 Nathan 529,029
45 Jose 505,867
46 Ronald 487,807
47 Donald 484,541
48 Edward 483,120
49 Kyle 476,748
50 Gary 451,737

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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