Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1961

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1961. 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 1961, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1961.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 2,987,985
2 David 2,035,999
3 James 1,969,162
4 Christopher 1,924,012
5 John 1,873,274
6 Robert 1,676,517
7 Matthew 1,542,126
8 William 1,488,377
9 Daniel 1,425,378
10 Joseph 1,377,037
11 Joshua 1,215,072
12 Anthony 1,097,418
13 Andrew 1,093,320
14 Jason 1,030,506
15 Brian 1,007,402
16 Thomas 977,478
17 Kevin 973,967
18 Ryan 940,281
19 Jacob 909,684
20 Richard 859,986
21 Mark 842,202
22 Nicholas 832,134
23 Steven 825,850
24 Jonathan 808,697
25 Eric 795,604
26 Timothy 790,873
27 Justin 773,627
28 Brandon 760,113
29 Charles 758,604
30 Jeffrey 727,351
31 Benjamin 663,756
32 Alexander 634,736
33 Scott 620,740
34 Tyler 590,884
35 Paul 567,993
36 Aaron 554,902
37 Samuel 541,581
38 Adam 541,085
39 Zachary 537,843
40 Nathan 521,512
41 Kenneth 514,469
42 Jose 484,791
43 Patrick 479,932
44 Stephen 476,936
45 Kyle 471,419
46 Gregory 459,778
47 Ethan 444,419
48 Jeremy 437,622
49 Christian 422,221
50 Noah 420,392

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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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