Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1966

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1966. 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 1966, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1966.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 2,586,456
2 Christopher 1,837,981
3 David 1,664,132
4 James 1,633,020
5 Matthew 1,515,199
6 John 1,498,268
7 Robert 1,338,715
8 Daniel 1,318,046
9 William 1,290,055
10 Joseph 1,244,037
11 Joshua 1,223,771
12 Andrew 1,057,137
13 Jason 1,027,085
14 Anthony 1,009,704
15 Ryan 946,320
16 Jacob 923,202
17 Brian 891,107
18 Kevin 832,705
19 Nicholas 829,081
20 Thomas 814,931
21 Jonathan 795,706
22 Justin 775,394
23 Brandon 762,646
24 Eric 730,799
25 Steven 678,729
26 Benjamin 674,299
27 Richard 665,166
28 Timothy 655,634
29 Alexander 646,385
30 Charles 637,485
31 Mark 600,868
32 Tyler 594,245
33 Jeffrey 571,184
34 Aaron 553,444
35 Zachary 540,978
36 Adam 536,855
37 Samuel 535,821
38 Nathan 524,950
39 Scott 482,678
40 Jose 473,207
41 Kyle 465,962
42 Ethan 460,728
43 Noah 457,102
44 Paul 442,775
45 Jeremy 439,470
46 Christian 427,882
47 Patrick 422,160
48 Austin 409,879
49 Stephen 402,512
50 Sean 400,556

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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