Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1979

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1979. 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 1979, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1979.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 1,608,124
2 Christopher 1,283,065
3 Matthew 1,208,207
4 Joshua 1,106,270
5 Daniel 1,002,299
6 David 991,882
7 James 967,976
8 Joseph 915,482
9 Andrew 895,553
10 Jacob 884,648
11 John 876,591
12 William 869,475
13 Ryan 817,514
14 Nicholas 772,126
15 Anthony 763,092
16 Robert 739,061
17 Brandon 704,362
18 Justin 700,238
19 Jonathan 675,400
20 Alexander 609,189
21 Benjamin 583,311
22 Tyler 580,798
23 Jason 579,214
24 Kevin 539,404
25 Thomas 525,892
26 Zachary 522,353
27 Brian 478,244
28 Samuel 468,105
29 Eric 464,399
30 Nathan 457,832
31 Adam 448,051
32 Ethan 447,093
33 Aaron 446,969
34 Noah 432,969
35 Kyle 429,767
36 Austin 401,899
37 Steven 398,765
38 Charles 396,517
39 Christian 394,590
40 Jose 392,088
41 Dylan 386,719
42 Timothy 384,163
43 Jordan 376,988
44 Logan 356,574
45 Richard 345,194
46 Gabriel 329,810
47 Jeremy 316,282
48 Elijah 315,728
49 Mason 305,928
50 Caleb 295,853

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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