Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1972

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1972. 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 1972, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1972.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 2,076,070
2 Christopher 1,612,171
3 Matthew 1,400,314
4 David 1,273,017
5 James 1,244,776
6 Joshua 1,204,236
7 Daniel 1,163,947
8 John 1,125,815
9 Joseph 1,072,427
10 William 1,041,903
11 Robert 990,176
12 Andrew 981,471
13 Jason 927,416
14 Ryan 920,807
15 Jacob 903,120
16 Anthony 873,342
17 Nicholas 806,740
18 Justin 761,831
19 Brandon 750,211
20 Jonathan 747,801
21 Brian 706,647
22 Kevin 679,068
23 Thomas 639,789
24 Benjamin 632,199
25 Alexander 616,916
26 Eric 607,364
27 Tyler 586,416
28 Zachary 533,442
29 Steven 518,607
30 Aaron 515,602
31 Adam 508,988
32 Nathan 502,009
33 Timothy 501,976
34 Charles 496,562
35 Samuel 493,066
36 Richard 472,971
37 Kyle 450,504
38 Ethan 442,266
39 Jose 434,957
40 Jeremy 421,342
41 Noah 418,191
42 Christian 407,397
43 Mark 402,869
44 Austin 401,476
45 Jeffrey 398,149
46 Dylan 382,829
47 Jordan 376,480
48 Logan 348,702
49 Sean 345,487
50 Patrick 345,001

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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