Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1981

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1981. 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 1981, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1981.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 1,471,678
2 Christopher 1,183,280
3 Matthew 1,134,697
4 Joshua 1,039,074
5 Daniel 943,876
6 David 907,888
7 James 889,275
8 Jacob 868,577
9 Andrew 857,183
10 Joseph 856,611
11 William 819,121
12 John 805,874
13 Ryan 769,481
14 Nicholas 729,753
15 Anthony 727,953
16 Brandon 678,879
17 Robert 670,751
18 Justin 656,075
19 Jonathan 642,072
20 Alexander 602,844
21 Tyler 576,133
22 Benjamin 557,154
23 Zachary 513,948
24 Kevin 502,678
25 Thomas 491,850
26 Jason 480,635
27 Samuel 456,406
28 Ethan 445,679
29 Nathan 435,950
30 Noah 431,126
31 Eric 421,495
32 Brian 420,845
33 Aaron 420,716
34 Kyle 418,532
35 Adam 412,116
36 Austin 399,742
37 Christian 390,007
38 Dylan 385,255
39 Jose 375,925
40 Jordan 373,959
41 Charles 366,729
42 Steven 366,513
43 Logan 355,586
44 Timothy 345,928
45 Gabriel 323,078
46 Elijah 314,277
47 Richard 311,814
48 Mason 305,270
49 Caleb 294,012
50 Cameron 276,682

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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