Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1978

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1978. 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 1978, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1978.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 1,675,281
2 Christopher 1,330,319
3 Matthew 1,242,518
4 Joshua 1,131,485
5 David 1,032,587
6 Daniel 1,028,748
7 James 1,007,893
8 Joseph 942,154
9 Andrew 912,292
10 John 910,626
11 William 893,665
12 Jacob 890,814
13 Ryan 838,852
14 Nicholas 788,478
15 Anthony 779,905
16 Robert 772,450
17 Justin 714,431
18 Brandon 713,607
19 Jonathan 687,922
20 Jason 630,841
21 Alexander 611,934
22 Benjamin 594,728
23 Tyler 582,555
24 Kevin 559,514
25 Thomas 542,384
26 Zachary 525,486
27 Brian 507,695
28 Eric 484,178
29 Samuel 473,499
30 Nathan 467,725
31 Adam 461,972
32 Aaron 459,276
33 Ethan 447,726
34 Kyle 434,285
35 Noah 433,657
36 Steven 415,168
37 Charles 411,370
38 Timothy 403,762
39 Austin 402,784
40 Jose 399,234
41 Christian 396,805
42 Dylan 387,199
43 Jordan 377,969
44 Richard 361,927
45 Logan 356,882
46 Jeremy 335,794
47 Gabriel 332,941
48 Elijah 316,275
49 Mason 306,196
50 Sean 297,265

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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