Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1974

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1974. 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 1974, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1974.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 1,936,827
2 Christopher 1,511,659
3 Matthew 1,352,825
4 Joshua 1,191,133
5 David 1,185,559
6 James 1,154,825
7 Daniel 1,118,143
8 John 1,043,451
9 Joseph 1,028,627
10 William 983,352
11 Andrew 960,622
12 Robert 908,437
13 Ryan 901,402
14 Jacob 899,307
15 Jason 843,290
16 Anthony 839,464
17 Nicholas 800,743
18 Justin 750,780
19 Brandon 740,510
20 Jonathan 728,300
21 Kevin 635,927
22 Brian 634,613
23 Benjamin 622,462
24 Alexander 612,541
25 Thomas 602,284
26 Tyler 584,833
27 Eric 564,522
28 Zachary 531,302
29 Aaron 498,502
30 Adam 496,400
31 Nathan 493,746
32 Samuel 484,584
33 Steven 481,558
34 Timothy 468,324
35 Charles 463,822
36 Kyle 445,650
37 Ethan 441,232
38 Richard 430,704
39 Jose 422,931
40 Noah 417,276
41 Jeremy 404,576
42 Christian 401,734
43 Austin 400,963
44 Dylan 382,248
45 Jordan 375,919
46 Mark 360,989
47 Jeffrey 357,244
48 Logan 348,572
49 Gabriel 337,044
50 Sean 327,475

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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