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 1,540,382
2 Christopher 1,232,376
3 Matthew 1,172,552
4 Joshua 1,075,136
5 Daniel 973,771
6 David 949,808
7 James 928,604
8 Joseph 886,813
9 Jacob 877,100
10 Andrew 876,918
11 William 844,773
12 John 841,160
13 Ryan 794,292
14 Nicholas 750,779
15 Anthony 745,568
16 Robert 705,031
17 Brandon 693,052
18 Justin 682,838
19 Jonathan 661,069
20 Alexander 606,128
21 Tyler 578,754
22 Benjamin 570,791
23 Jason 528,805
24 Kevin 520,662
25 Zachary 518,196
26 Thomas 509,418
27 Samuel 462,419
28 Brian 449,571
29 Nathan 447,095
30 Ethan 446,384
31 Eric 444,126
32 Aaron 433,889
33 Noah 432,055
34 Adam 430,990
35 Kyle 424,316
36 Austin 400,905
37 Christian 392,324
38 Dylan 386,079
39 Jose 384,245
40 Steven 382,432
41 Charles 381,692
42 Jordan 375,580
43 Timothy 365,082
44 Logan 356,106
45 Richard 328,474
46 Gabriel 326,575
47 Elijah 315,031
48 Mason 305,608
49 Jeremy 295,271
50 Caleb 294,994

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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