Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1965

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1965. 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 1965, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1965.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 2,649,607
2 Christopher 1,851,276
3 David 1,716,390
4 James 1,676,320
5 John 1,553,742
6 Matthew 1,510,744
7 Robert 1,393,385
8 Daniel 1,324,778
9 William 1,306,809
10 Joseph 1,256,848
11 Joshua 1,213,620
12 Andrew 1,056,122
13 Jason 1,024,536
14 Anthony 1,016,747
15 Ryan 938,331
16 Brian 913,304
17 Jacob 907,690
18 Kevin 856,736
19 Thomas 833,449
20 Nicholas 823,706
21 Jonathan 791,848
22 Justin 771,639
23 Brandon 759,163
24 Eric 744,311
25 Steven 703,872
26 Richard 698,573
27 Timothy 680,250
28 Benjamin 654,004
29 Charles 649,137
30 Mark 636,312
31 Alexander 629,690
32 Jeffrey 599,368
33 Tyler 589,864
34 Aaron 546,543
35 Zachary 536,473
36 Adam 532,159
37 Samuel 523,374
38 Nathan 515,447
39 Scott 507,186
40 Jose 469,213
41 Kyle 465,443
42 Paul 465,005
43 Ethan 443,836
44 Jeremy 436,849
45 Patrick 431,622
46 Noah 419,863
47 Christian 419,581
48 Stephen 415,300
49 Kenneth 413,039
50 Sean 403,469

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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