Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1988

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1988. 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 1988, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1988.

Rank Name Count
1 Michael 997,060
2 Matthew 797,357
3 Jacob 778,153
4 Christopher 777,806
5 Joshua 759,803
6 Daniel 688,863
7 Andrew 656,791
8 Joseph 638,152
9 William 633,169
10 David 628,727
11 James 624,921
12 Nicholas 577,136
13 Anthony 575,017
14 John 571,090
15 Ryan 566,734
16 Alexander 542,621
17 Tyler 518,800
18 Brandon 505,736
19 Jonathan 474,626
20 Justin 458,755
21 Benjamin 448,501
22 Zachary 447,712
23 Robert 439,302
24 Ethan 432,034
25 Noah 403,248
26 Samuel 400,125
27 Austin 378,325
28 Kevin 371,233
29 Dylan 370,200
30 Christian 366,012
31 Thomas 362,188
32 Nathan 356,740
33 Logan 339,363
34 Jordan 333,793
35 Kyle 322,243
36 Aaron 320,412
37 Jose 312,977
38 Elijah 296,635
39 Gabriel 293,179
40 Mason 293,151
41 Eric 277,224
42 Caleb 275,055
43 Charles 268,173
44 Adam 265,636
45 Jason 262,347
46 Cameron 258,697
47 Brian 251,978
48 Liam 250,600
49 Lucas 244,489
50 Jackson 244,061

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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