Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1987

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1987. 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 1987, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1987.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 1,078,584
2 Matthew 858,299
3 Christopher 843,644
4 Joshua 810,415
5 Jacob 808,473
6 Daniel 742,846
7 Andrew 703,692
8 Joseph 682,513
9 James 681,973
10 David 681,104
11 William 680,745
12 John 616,698
13 Anthony 611,440
14 Nicholas 607,836
15 Ryan 604,299
16 Alexander 572,477
17 Tyler 535,019
18 Brandon 534,438
19 Jonathan 506,321
20 Justin 494,464
21 Benjamin 486,023
22 Robert 477,987
23 Zachary 465,742
24 Ethan 449,765
25 Noah 441,603
26 Samuel 425,545
27 Kevin 395,807
28 Thomas 393,427
29 Austin 389,521
30 Dylan 385,614
31 Christian 378,367
32 Nathan 377,570
33 Logan 357,675
34 Jordan 350,058
35 Kyle 343,799
36 Aaron 342,409
37 Jose 329,676
38 Elijah 322,069
39 Mason 310,997
40 Gabriel 310,659
41 Eric 300,753
42 Charles 292,190
43 Liam 291,476
44 Adam 289,824
45 Caleb 289,191
46 Jason 287,129
47 Brian 274,687
48 Cameron 271,896
49 Lucas 269,225
50 Jackson 261,673

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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