Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1986

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1986. 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 1986, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1986.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 1,124,938
2 Matthew 890,783
3 Christopher 889,001
4 Joshua 837,349
5 Jacob 806,126
6 Daniel 761,311
7 Andrew 726,858
8 David 702,680
9 Joseph 695,512
10 James 691,626
11 William 681,706
12 John 630,849
13 Ryan 624,747
14 Nicholas 623,188
15 Anthony 620,100
16 Alexander 565,068
17 Brandon 557,816
18 Tyler 541,254
19 Jonathan 521,708
20 Justin 516,883
21 Robert 500,893
22 Benjamin 477,192
23 Zachary 472,647
24 Ethan 433,289
25 Samuel 416,279
26 Kevin 411,590
27 Noah 405,280
28 Thomas 397,676
29 Austin 385,622
30 Nathan 376,647
31 Dylan 374,031
32 Christian 372,547
33 Kyle 361,421
34 Jordan 349,502
35 Aaron 345,784
36 Logan 342,642
37 Jose 330,081
38 Eric 316,953
39 Jason 304,096
40 Adam 300,731
41 Gabriel 299,306
42 Elijah 298,100
43 Mason 294,619
44 Brian 293,367
45 Charles 292,975
46 Caleb 279,656
47 Steven 276,119
48 Cameron 263,905
49 Timothy 257,825
50 Liam 250,899

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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