Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1982

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1982. 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 1982, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1982.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 1,411,731
2 Christopher 1,138,576
3 Matthew 1,098,386
4 Joshua 1,005,168
5 Daniel 921,927
6 David 874,958
7 Jacob 866,829
8 James 862,988
9 Andrew 842,070
10 Joseph 833,606
11 William 805,597
12 John 778,918
13 Ryan 747,029
14 Anthony 715,924
15 Nicholas 713,596
16 Brandon 660,424
17 Robert 640,391
18 Justin 630,830
19 Jonathan 623,644
20 Alexander 607,276
21 Tyler 575,264
22 Benjamin 553,635
23 Zachary 511,341
24 Kevin 487,276
25 Thomas 481,145
26 Samuel 458,709
27 Ethan 453,215
28 Noah 448,347
29 Jason 441,297
30 Nathan 430,206
31 Kyle 412,762
32 Aaron 410,515
33 Eric 402,318
34 Austin 401,639
35 Adam 395,701
36 Brian 395,416
37 Christian 392,214
38 Dylan 391,224
39 Jordan 374,914
40 Jose 371,145
41 Logan 362,468
42 Charles 358,182
43 Steven 351,363
44 Timothy 329,525
45 Gabriel 326,888
46 Elijah 325,506
47 Mason 312,948
48 Caleb 298,321
49 Richard 296,629
50 Liam 292,224

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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