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 1,060,714
2 Matthew 843,854
3 Christopher 832,300
4 Joshua 799,802
5 Jacob 792,473
6 Daniel 724,733
7 Andrew 692,998
8 Joseph 666,675
9 David 665,520
10 James 657,578
11 William 657,375
12 John 600,638
13 Nicholas 600,389
14 Anthony 598,145
15 Ryan 595,224
16 Alexander 554,460
17 Brandon 530,558
18 Tyler 530,341
19 Jonathan 497,734
20 Justin 490,249
21 Robert 469,534
22 Benjamin 463,390
23 Zachary 460,922
24 Ethan 432,690
25 Samuel 408,702
26 Noah 404,243
27 Kevin 391,653
28 Austin 382,418
29 Thomas 380,320
30 Dylan 372,198
31 Christian 369,336
32 Nathan 366,649
33 Jordan 342,199
34 Kyle 342,109
35 Logan 341,314
36 Aaron 333,095
37 Jose 321,715
38 Eric 297,427
39 Elijah 297,382
40 Gabriel 296,257
41 Mason 293,969
42 Adam 282,565
43 Jason 281,690
44 Charles 280,349
45 Caleb 277,558
46 Brian 272,334
47 Cameron 261,856
48 Steven 258,020
49 Liam 250,748
50 Lucas 246,815

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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