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 3,175,255
2 David 2,221,435
3 James 2,148,986
4 John 2,041,808
5 Christopher 1,963,606
6 Robert 1,831,823
7 William 1,612,458
8 Matthew 1,570,050
9 Daniel 1,494,576
10 Joseph 1,452,141
11 Joshua 1,226,326
12 Anthony 1,148,171
13 Andrew 1,119,308
14 Thomas 1,070,131
15 Brian 1,052,479
16 Jason 1,037,606
17 Kevin 1,033,266
18 Mark 960,661
19 Richard 954,135
20 Ryan 950,137
21 Jacob 926,732
22 Steven 896,142
23 Timothy 855,829
24 Nicholas 844,076
25 Charles 830,878
26 Jonathan 823,712
27 Eric 819,188
28 Jeffrey 783,844
29 Justin 778,548
30 Brandon 764,364
31 Benjamin 690,967
32 Scott 663,028
33 Alexander 655,113
34 Paul 622,016
35 Tyler 595,886
36 Kenneth 571,447
37 Samuel 568,090
38 Aaron 567,530
39 Adam 549,947
40 Zachary 543,269
41 Nathan 535,437
42 Stephen 511,548
43 Patrick 504,322
44 Gregory 501,168
45 Jose 500,236
46 Kyle 475,519
47 Ethan 461,672
48 Noah 458,044
49 Jeremy 440,799
50 Christian 432,494

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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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