Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1971

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1971. 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 1971, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1971.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 2,162,710
2 Christopher 1,666,214
3 Matthew 1,430,288
4 David 1,333,987
5 James 1,311,765
6 Joshua 1,213,352
7 Daniel 1,194,800
8 John 1,185,467
9 Joseph 1,105,018
10 William 1,089,420
11 Robert 1,045,233
12 Andrew 997,957
13 Jason 964,454
14 Ryan 931,698
15 Jacob 912,573
16 Anthony 899,312
17 Nicholas 813,178
18 Justin 767,036
19 Jonathan 760,843
20 Brandon 755,591
21 Brian 740,466
22 Kevin 706,027
23 Thomas 669,592
24 Benjamin 648,241
25 Eric 632,114
26 Alexander 628,625
27 Tyler 589,564
28 Steven 543,786
29 Zachary 536,718
30 Aaron 528,826
31 Timothy 523,975
32 Charles 522,372
33 Adam 518,478
34 Nathan 510,459
35 Samuel 505,974
36 Richard 500,900
37 Kyle 454,218
38 Ethan 451,436
39 Jose 444,935
40 Noah 437,408
41 Jeremy 430,311
42 Mark 429,409
43 Jeffrey 424,721
44 Christian 414,632
45 Austin 405,494
46 Dylan 389,805
47 Jordan 380,751
48 Patrick 357,586
49 Logan 357,545
50 Sean 356,891

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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