Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1980

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1980. 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 1980, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1980.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 1,531,341
2 Christopher 1,226,567
3 Matthew 1,165,132
4 Joshua 1,069,669
5 Daniel 964,705
6 David 941,965
7 James 916,237
8 Joseph 878,746
9 Andrew 871,348
10 Jacob 868,703
11 John 833,030
12 William 832,685
13 Ryan 789,589
14 Nicholas 746,955
15 Anthony 738,827
16 Robert 700,629
17 Brandon 690,935
18 Justin 680,690
19 Jonathan 656,657
20 Alexander 596,784
21 Tyler 576,328
22 Benjamin 559,000
23 Jason 525,960
24 Kevin 518,568
25 Zachary 515,621
26 Thomas 502,776
27 Samuel 453,918
28 Brian 448,388
29 Eric 442,349
30 Nathan 441,694
31 Ethan 437,580
32 Aaron 429,071
33 Adam 427,356
34 Kyle 423,430
35 Noah 413,316
36 Austin 397,153
37 Christian 387,735
38 Steven 380,932
39 Jose 380,274
40 Dylan 379,361
41 Charles 375,740
42 Jordan 371,599
43 Timothy 363,179
44 Logan 347,320
45 Richard 326,707
46 Gabriel 319,359
47 Elijah 302,323
48 Mason 296,568
49 Jeremy 293,800
50 Caleb 289,100

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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