Most Popular Baby Boy Names Since 1996

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are since 1996. 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 1996, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1996.

Rank Name Count
1 Jacob 599,537
2 Michael 569,464
3 Matthew 494,051
4 William 472,046
5 Joshua 467,333
6 Daniel 459,895
7 Christopher 435,342
8 Joseph 429,155
9 Noah 426,850
10 Andrew 422,003
11 James 418,966
12 Alexander 418,808
13 Ethan 412,876
14 David 406,260
15 Anthony 403,697
16 John 372,331
17 Nicholas 362,998
18 Ryan 361,993
19 Benjamin 360,075
20 Tyler 330,459
21 Samuel 327,557
22 Logan 320,882
23 Dylan 312,064
24 Jonathan 309,639
25 Elijah 306,959
26 Christian 300,632
27 Brandon 299,645
28 Mason 293,442
29 Liam 287,808
30 Nathan 284,141
31 Zachary 278,171
32 Austin 277,860
33 Gabriel 273,360
34 Jackson 251,479
35 Justin 249,966
36 Caleb 247,440
37 Robert 245,980
38 Thomas 243,819
39 Lucas 239,604
40 Aiden 238,829
41 Jayden 237,394
42 Jordan 233,624
43 Jack 231,358
44 Jose 231,197
45 Luke 227,752
46 Isaac 227,726
47 Kevin 221,457
48 Hunter 220,618
49 Cameron 216,488
50 Aaron 215,199

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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