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 1,014,930
2 Matthew 811,802
3 Jacob 794,153
4 Christopher 789,150
5 Joshua 770,416
6 Daniel 706,976
7 Andrew 667,485
8 William 656,539
9 Joseph 653,990
10 James 649,316
11 David 644,311
12 Anthony 588,312
13 John 587,150
14 Nicholas 584,583
15 Ryan 575,809
16 Alexander 560,638
17 Tyler 523,478
18 Brandon 509,616
19 Jonathan 483,213
20 Benjamin 471,134
21 Justin 462,970
22 Zachary 452,532
23 Ethan 449,109
24 Robert 447,755
25 Noah 440,608
26 Samuel 416,968
27 Austin 385,428
28 Dylan 383,616
29 Kevin 375,387
30 Thomas 375,295
31 Christian 375,043
32 Nathan 367,661
33 Logan 355,724
34 Jordan 341,652
35 Aaron 329,726
36 Kyle 323,933
37 Elijah 321,322
38 Jose 320,938
39 Mason 310,179
40 Gabriel 307,581
41 Liam 291,328
42 Caleb 286,688
43 Eric 280,550
44 Charles 280,014
45 Adam 272,895
46 Cameron 268,737
47 Jason 267,786
48 Lucas 266,899
49 Jackson 261,328
50 Luke 256,127

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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