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 3,537,574
2 David 2,554,338
3 James 2,481,088
4 John 2,357,732
5 Robert 2,158,508
6 Christopher 1,999,944
7 William 1,842,459
8 Daniel 1,600,607
9 Matthew 1,589,295
10 Joseph 1,578,388
11 Thomas 1,247,470
12 Joshua 1,227,359
13 Anthony 1,212,379
14 Richard 1,162,986
15 Mark 1,157,214
16 Andrew 1,146,019
17 Kevin 1,121,126
18 Brian 1,114,028
19 Steven 1,042,161
20 Jason 1,039,477
21 Charles 967,971
22 Timothy 953,344
23 Ryan 951,093
24 Jacob 928,893
25 Jeffrey 877,832
26 Nicholas 852,854
27 Eric 843,903
28 Jonathan 835,978
29 Justin 779,676
30 Brandon 764,898
31 Paul 728,847
32 Scott 721,922
33 Benjamin 700,633
34 Kenneth 680,330
35 Alexander 659,970
36 Tyler 596,422
37 Stephen 592,551
38 Samuel 589,472
39 Gregory 583,318
40 Aaron 572,654
41 Adam 551,589
42 Patrick 545,103
43 Zachary 544,344
44 Nathan 539,950
45 Jose 513,828
46 Ronald 488,834
47 Edward 486,595
48 Donald 485,409
49 Kyle 478,438
50 Ethan 461,925

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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