Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1959

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1959. 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 1959, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1959.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 3,157,385
2 David 2,205,851
3 James 2,124,591
4 John 2,025,748
5 Christopher 1,952,262
6 Robert 1,823,370
7 William 1,589,088
8 Matthew 1,555,605
9 Daniel 1,476,463
10 Joseph 1,436,303
11 Joshua 1,215,713
12 Anthony 1,134,876
13 Andrew 1,108,614
14 Thomas 1,057,024
15 Brian 1,050,126
16 Jason 1,032,167
17 Kevin 1,029,112
18 Mark 957,843
19 Richard 950,695
20 Ryan 941,062
21 Jacob 910,732
22 Steven 893,303
23 Timothy 852,099
24 Nicholas 836,629
25 Charles 819,037
26 Eric 815,862
27 Jonathan 815,125
28 Jeffrey 782,444
29 Justin 774,333
30 Brandon 760,484
31 Benjamin 668,334
32 Scott 662,089
33 Alexander 637,096
34 Paul 619,320
35 Tyler 591,208
36 Kenneth 568,785
37 Aaron 558,216
38 Samuel 551,247
39 Adam 542,688
40 Zachary 538,449
41 Nathan 524,516
42 Stephen 509,686
43 Patrick 500,842
44 Gregory 499,957
45 Jose 492,275
46 Kyle 473,829
47 Ethan 444,597
48 Jeremy 437,899
49 Christian 423,463
50 Noah 420,684

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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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