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 1,954,697
2 Christopher 1,523,003
3 Matthew 1,367,270
4 Joshua 1,201,746
5 David 1,201,143
6 James 1,179,220
7 Daniel 1,136,256
8 John 1,059,511
9 Joseph 1,044,465
10 William 1,006,722
11 Andrew 971,316
12 Robert 916,890
13 Jacob 915,307
14 Ryan 910,477
15 Anthony 852,759
16 Jason 848,729
17 Nicholas 808,190
18 Justin 754,995
19 Brandon 744,390
20 Jonathan 736,887
21 Benjamin 645,095
22 Kevin 640,081
23 Brian 636,966
24 Alexander 630,558
25 Thomas 615,391
26 Tyler 589,511
27 Eric 567,848
28 Zachary 536,122
29 Aaron 507,816
30 Nathan 504,667
31 Adam 503,659
32 Samuel 501,427
33 Steven 484,397
34 Charles 475,663
35 Timothy 472,054
36 Ethan 458,307
37 Noah 454,636
38 Kyle 447,340
39 Richard 434,144
40 Jose 430,892
41 Christian 410,765
42 Austin 408,066
43 Jeremy 407,476
44 Dylan 395,664
45 Jordan 383,778
46 Logan 364,933
47 Mark 363,807
48 Jeffrey 358,644
49 Gabriel 351,446
50 Patrick 330,711

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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