Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1956

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1956. 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 1956, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1956.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 3,431,332
2 David 2,452,431
3 James 2,372,500
4 John 2,261,548
5 Robert 2,066,310
6 Christopher 1,980,683
7 William 1,759,098
8 Matthew 1,571,568
9 Daniel 1,556,031
10 Joseph 1,530,951
11 Joshua 1,216,501
12 Thomas 1,188,498
13 Anthony 1,184,907
14 Andrew 1,129,311
15 Mark 1,112,150
16 Richard 1,105,970
17 Brian 1,101,563
18 Kevin 1,099,804
19 Jason 1,033,639
20 Steven 1,001,476
21 Ryan 941,841
22 Timothy 928,877
23 Charles 920,750
24 Jacob 912,316
25 Jeffrey 853,898
26 Nicholas 843,219
27 Eric 835,920
28 Jonathan 824,370
29 Justin 775,214
30 Brandon 760,914
31 Scott 710,204
32 Paul 699,442
33 Benjamin 675,550
34 Kenneth 650,920
35 Alexander 640,781
36 Tyler 591,627
37 Stephen 568,543
38 Samuel 567,100
39 Gregory 562,291
40 Aaron 562,242
41 Adam 543,976
42 Zachary 539,245
43 Patrick 531,747
44 Nathan 528,079
45 Jose 502,560
46 Kyle 476,343
47 Edward 463,837
48 Ronald 461,628
49 Donald 456,805
50 Ethan 444,797

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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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