Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1973

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1973. 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 1973, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1973.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 2,013,710
2 Christopher 1,565,792
3 Matthew 1,384,790
4 David 1,234,502
5 James 1,210,066
6 Joshua 1,204,665
7 Daniel 1,150,903
8 John 1,090,761
9 Joseph 1,058,026
10 William 1,023,462
11 Andrew 976,923
12 Robert 951,539
13 Ryan 916,617
14 Jacob 909,832
15 Jason 892,820
16 Anthony 862,625
17 Nicholas 807,718
18 Justin 759,005
19 Brandon 747,697
20 Jonathan 742,986
21 Brian 671,506
22 Kevin 658,799
23 Benjamin 639,487
24 Thomas 626,859
25 Alexander 624,145
26 Tyler 588,008
27 Eric 587,107
28 Zachary 535,013
29 Aaron 512,557
30 Adam 506,876
31 Nathan 503,891
32 Steven 500,248
33 Samuel 497,353
34 Timothy 486,271
35 Charles 485,534
36 Richard 452,421
37 Ethan 450,555
38 Kyle 448,912
39 Noah 436,508
40 Jose 432,997
41 Jeremy 415,411
42 Christian 409,023
43 Austin 404,991
44 Dylan 389,244
45 Mark 382,769
46 Jordan 380,204
47 Jeffrey 377,190
48 Logan 357,427
49 Gabriel 346,241
50 Patrick 337,494

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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