Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1985

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1985. 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 1985, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1985.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 1,189,862
2 Christopher 948,614
3 Matthew 937,868
4 Joshua 879,553
5 Jacob 818,409
6 Daniel 799,863
7 Andrew 757,029
8 David 741,208
9 James 727,492
10 Joseph 725,730
11 William 706,316
12 John 662,352
13 Ryan 654,658
14 Nicholas 645,591
15 Anthony 642,188
16 Brandon 587,123
17 Alexander 573,359
18 Tyler 551,468
19 Jonathan 545,830
20 Justin 542,427
21 Robert 532,985
22 Benjamin 490,622
23 Zachary 483,993
24 Ethan 433,960
25 Kevin 430,404
26 Samuel 423,287
27 Thomas 415,281
28 Noah 406,387
29 Austin 388,347
30 Nathan 387,299
31 Kyle 377,938
32 Christian 375,461
33 Dylan 375,361
34 Aaron 358,921
35 Jordan 354,965
36 Logan 343,640
37 Jose 338,482
38 Eric 337,794
39 Jason 330,135
40 Adam 320,903
41 Brian 316,439
42 Charles 305,872
43 Gabriel 302,519
44 Elijah 298,781
45 Mason 295,072
46 Steven 294,848
47 Caleb 281,739
48 Timothy 274,967
49 Cameron 265,697
50 Cody 257,442

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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