Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1976

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1976. 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 1976, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1976.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 1,818,666
2 Christopher 1,427,811
3 Matthew 1,311,487
4 Joshua 1,175,578
5 David 1,120,155
6 James 1,098,280
7 Daniel 1,088,593
8 Joseph 1,000,493
9 John 986,783
10 William 954,160
11 Andrew 946,767
12 Jacob 908,722
13 Ryan 881,983
14 Robert 844,529
15 Anthony 819,871
16 Nicholas 801,653
17 Jason 741,767
18 Justin 738,671
19 Brandon 731,443
20 Jonathan 715,741
21 Benjamin 628,359
22 Alexander 625,759
23 Kevin 602,530
24 Tyler 587,525
25 Thomas 581,566
26 Brian 571,900
27 Zachary 533,158
28 Eric 527,843
29 Samuel 492,133
30 Nathan 491,752
31 Aaron 486,755
32 Adam 486,581
33 Ethan 457,240
34 Noah 453,508
35 Steven 449,656
36 Charles 445,933
37 Kyle 441,907
38 Timothy 440,199
39 Jose 417,199
40 Austin 407,334
41 Christian 405,812
42 Richard 397,810
43 Dylan 394,826
44 Jordan 383,012
45 Jeremy 378,976
46 Logan 364,775
47 Gabriel 346,780
48 Elijah 329,058
49 Mark 328,145
50 Jeffrey 320,995

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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