Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1970

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1970. 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 1970, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1970.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 2,238,960
2 Christopher 1,702,180
3 Matthew 1,443,065
4 David 1,387,904
5 James 1,361,157
6 John 1,235,867
7 Joshua 1,210,058
8 Daniel 1,209,265
9 Joseph 1,123,683
10 William 1,116,239
11 Robert 1,098,031
12 Andrew 1,004,383
13 Jason 988,894
14 Ryan 929,324
15 Anthony 913,756
16 Jacob 905,090
17 Nicholas 812,054
18 Brian 771,213
19 Justin 767,274
20 Jonathan 764,634
21 Brandon 756,019
22 Kevin 730,914
23 Thomas 689,639
24 Eric 653,906
25 Benjamin 640,379
26 Alexander 621,749
27 Tyler 587,890
28 Steven 569,101
29 Timothy 544,509
30 Charles 538,845
31 Zachary 534,702
32 Aaron 530,592
33 Richard 529,585
34 Adam 519,162
35 Nathan 507,606
36 Samuel 502,031
37 Mark 459,499
38 Kyle 456,096
39 Jeffrey 454,151
40 Jose 446,659
41 Ethan 442,903
42 Jeremy 433,161
43 Noah 419,009
44 Christian 412,665
45 Austin 401,992
46 Dylan 383,402
47 Jordan 377,050
48 Scott 375,459
49 Patrick 367,551
50 Sean 366,355

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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