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 2,568,586
2 Christopher 1,826,637
3 David 1,648,548
4 James 1,608,625
5 Matthew 1,500,754
6 John 1,482,208
7 Robert 1,330,262
8 Daniel 1,299,933
9 William 1,266,685
10 Joseph 1,228,199
11 Joshua 1,213,158
12 Andrew 1,046,443
13 Jason 1,021,646
14 Anthony 996,409
15 Ryan 937,245
16 Jacob 907,202
17 Brian 888,754
18 Kevin 828,551
19 Nicholas 821,634
20 Thomas 801,824
21 Jonathan 787,119
22 Justin 771,179
23 Brandon 758,766
24 Eric 727,473
25 Steven 675,890
26 Richard 661,726
27 Timothy 651,904
28 Benjamin 651,666
29 Alexander 628,368
30 Charles 625,644
31 Mark 598,050
32 Tyler 589,567
33 Jeffrey 569,784
34 Aaron 544,130
35 Zachary 536,158
36 Adam 529,596
37 Samuel 518,978
38 Nathan 514,029
39 Scott 481,739
40 Jose 465,246
41 Kyle 464,272
42 Ethan 443,653
43 Paul 440,079
44 Jeremy 436,570
45 Noah 419,742
46 Christian 418,851
47 Patrick 418,680
48 Austin 402,776
49 Stephen 400,650
50 Sean 398,871

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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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