Most Popular Baby Boy Names in the United States

On this page we'll look at what the most popular baby boy names are in the United States. These names are taken directly from the Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.

The table below shows the most popular names for boys born in 2021, with a rank, total count for the number of births registered with that given name, and a comparison for the count for that name in 2020.

You can use the links below to view more popular boy names. This page is currently showing names ranked from 251 to 500.

Top 1000 most popular boy names: 1-250 | 251-500 | 501-750 | 751-1000

Rank Name 2021 2020 Change
251 Louis 1,404 1,323 5.94%
252 Mark 1,398 1,540 -9.67%
253 Cash 1,395 1,274 9.07%
254 Lennox 1,393 1,159 18.34%
255 Paxton 1,382 1,286 7.20%
256 Malakai 1,375 1,165 16.54%
257 Paul 1,370 1,385 -1.09%
258 Kenneth 1,365 1,466 -7.14%
259 Nico 1,351 1,029 27.06%
260 Kaden 1,321 1,374 -3.93%
261 Lane 1,312 1,360 -3.59%
262 Maximus 1,307 1,394 -6.44%
263 Kairo 1,307 1,185 9.79%
264 Omar 1,299 1,378 -5.90%
265 Finley 1,298 1,080 18.33%
266 Crew 1,295 1,178 9.46%
267 Atticus 1,295 1,104 15.92%
268 Brantley 1,292 1,566 -19.17%
269 Colin 1,282 1,173 8.88%
270 Dallas 1,280 1,249 2.45%
271 Walter 1,274 1,221 4.25%
272 Brady 1,271 1,078 16.43%
273 Callum 1,257 957 27.10%
274 Ronan 1,250 1,255 -0.40%
275 Hendrix 1,243 1,177 5.45%
276 Jorge 1,232 1,224 0.65%
277 Tobias 1,231 1,268 -2.96%
278 Clayton 1,227 1,163 5.36%
279 Emerson 1,223 1,268 -3.61%
280 Damien 1,221 1,201 1.65%
281 Zayn 1,220 1,054 14.60%
282 Malcolm 1,218 1,160 4.88%
283 Kayson 1,212 1,151 5.16%
284 Bryan 1,206 1,352 -11.42%
285 Bodhi 1,206 1,139 5.71%
286 Aidan 1,195 1,313 -9.41%
287 Cohen 1,186 1,178 0.68%
288 Brian 1,183 1,249 -5.43%
289 Cayden 1,168 1,272 -8.52%
290 Andre 1,159 1,178 -1.63%
291 Niko 1,158 863 29.19%
292 Maximiliano 1,157 1,281 -10.17%
293 Zander 1,137 1,180 -3.71%
294 Khalil 1,133 1,217 -7.15%
295 Rory 1,130 989 13.31%
296 Francisco 1,112 1,137 -2.22%
297 Cruz 1,110 1,090 1.82%
298 Kobe 1,106 1,500 -30.24%
299 Reid 1,104 1,042 5.78%
300 Daxton 1,093 1,161 -6.03%
301 Martin 1,089 1,158 -6.14%
302 Derek 1,089 1,051 3.55%
303 Jensen 1,087 1,092 -0.46%
304 Karson 1,086 1,276 -16.09%
305 Tate 1,086 893 19.50%
306 Muhammad 1,081 1,056 2.34%
307 Jaden 1,076 1,152 -6.82%
308 Joaquin 1,073 1,072 0.09%
309 Josue 1,072 1,219 -12.83%
310 Gideon 1,071 1,009 5.96%
311 Dante 1,067 1,098 -2.86%
312 Cody 1,066 1,122 -5.12%
313 Bradley 1,062 1,225 -14.25%
314 Orion 1,042 1,001 4.01%
315 Spencer 1,038 1,037 0.10%
316 Angelo 1,037 1,044 -0.67%
317 Erick 1,035 1,113 -7.26%
318 Jaylen 1,034 1,028 0.58%
319 Julius 1,034 960 7.42%
320 Manuel 1,031 1,013 1.76%
321 Ellis 1,027 1,004 2.26%
322 Colson 1,021 896 13.04%
323 Cairo 1,015 912 10.69%
324 Gunner 1,014 1,058 -4.25%
325 Wade 1,012 936 7.80%
326 Chance 1,010 1,166 -14.34%
327 Odin 999 981 1.82%
328 Anderson 996 1,070 -7.16%
329 Kane 993 954 4.01%
330 Raymond 988 1,048 -5.89%
331 Cristian 986 984 0.20%
332 Aziel 971 585 49.61%
333 Prince 969 1,020 -5.13%
334 Ezequiel 967 851 12.76%
335 Jake 965 1,027 -6.22%
336 Otto 965 787 20.32%
337 Eduardo 964 991 -2.76%
338 Rylan 956 993 -3.80%
339 Ali 955 1,009 -5.50%
340 Cade 954 816 15.59%
341 Stephen 951 1,008 -5.82%
342 Ari 949 782 19.30%
343 Kameron 946 1,106 -15.59%
344 Dakota 943 905 4.11%
345 Warren 939 933 0.64%
346 Ricardo 935 953 -1.91%
347 Killian 931 896 3.83%
348 Mario 929 990 -6.36%
349 Romeo 925 810 13.26%
350 Cyrus 924 838 9.76%
351 Ismael 919 903 1.76%
352 Russell 918 837 9.23%
353 Tyson 918 823 10.91%
354 Edwin 913 918 -0.55%
355 Desmond 912 847 7.39%
356 Remy 901 865 4.08%
357 Nasir 901 857 5.01%
358 Tanner 899 969 -7.49%
359 Fernando 897 931 -3.72%
360 Hector 896 848 5.50%
361 Titus 895 927 -3.51%
362 Lawson 893 863 3.42%
363 Sean 888 956 -7.38%
364 Kyle 886 1,045 -16.47%
365 Elian 885 865 2.29%
366 Corbin 882 912 -3.34%
367 Bowen 881 772 13.19%
368 Wilder 881 681 25.61%
369 Armani 879 853 3.00%
370 Royal 876 734 17.64%
371 Stetson 874 601 37.02%
372 Sullivan 865 763 12.53%
373 Briggs 865 674 24.82%
374 Leonel 862 922 -6.73%
375 Callan 859 678 23.55%
376 Finnegan 857 716 17.93%
377 Jay 855 792 7.65%
378 Zayne 849 767 10.15%
379 Marshall 847 849 -0.24%
380 Kade 846 855 -1.06%
381 Travis 842 951 -12.16%
382 Sterling 836 754 10.31%
383 Sergio 835 801 4.16%
384 Raiden 835 739 12.20%
385 Tatum 834 592 33.94%
386 Cesar 830 830 0.00%
387 Zyaire 828 661 22.43%
388 Milan 826 683 18.95%
389 Devin 825 789 4.46%
390 Gianni 814 889 -8.81%
391 Kamari 806 786 2.51%
392 Royce 805 727 10.18%
393 Malik 804 821 -2.09%
394 Jared 800 839 -4.76%
395 Franklin 795 709 11.44%
396 Clark 788 783 0.64%
397 Noel 782 709 9.79%
398 Marco 781 782 -0.13%
399 Archie 779 630 21.15%
400 Apollo 778 659 16.56%
401 Pablo 771 790 -2.43%
402 Garrett 770 842 -8.93%
403 Oakley 768 703 8.84%
404 Quinn 761 669 12.87%
405 Memphis 761 643 16.81%
406 Onyx 759 442 52.79%
407 Alijah 758 663 13.37%
408 Baylor 757 639 16.91%
409 Edgar 755 776 -2.74%
410 Nehemiah 753 806 -6.80%
411 Winston 752 720 4.35%
412 Major 749 894 -17.65%
413 Rhys 748 702 6.34%
414 Forrest 736 627 15.99%
415 Jaiden 735 768 -4.39%
416 Santino 735 667 9.70%
417 Reed 735 656 11.36%
418 Troy 733 709 3.33%
419 Caiden 729 797 -8.91%
420 Harvey 728 710 2.50%
421 Solomon 726 726 0.00%
422 Collin 726 633 13.69%
423 Donovan 724 820 -12.44%
424 Jeffrey 723 788 -8.60%
425 Damon 723 686 5.25%
426 Kason 722 844 -15.58%
427 Sage 722 667 7.92%
428 Grady 720 767 -6.32%
429 Kendrick 718 686 4.56%
430 Leland 717 625 13.71%
431 Luciano 716 712 0.56%
432 Pedro 715 714 0.14%
433 Hank 713 612 15.25%
434 Hugo 711 699 1.70%
435 Esteban 710 629 12.10%
436 Johnny 708 784 -10.19%
437 Kashton 708 668 5.81%
438 Ronin 707 786 -10.58%
439 Ford 703 642 9.07%
440 Mathias 699 685 2.02%
441 Porter 696 701 -0.72%
442 Erik 694 703 -1.29%
443 Johnathan 693 705 -1.72%
444 Frank 688 692 -0.58%
445 Tripp 688 607 12.51%
446 Casey 682 541 23.06%
447 Fabian 681 703 -3.18%
448 Leonidas 680 644 5.44%
449 Baker 678 539 22.84%
450 Matthias 677 676 0.15%
451 Philip 673 655 2.71%
452 Jayceon 670 761 -12.72%
453 Kian 666 653 1.97%
454 Saint 664 476 32.98%
455 Ibrahim 663 672 -1.35%
456 Jaxton 661 818 -21.23%
457 Augustus 656 574 13.33%
458 Callen 652 524 21.77%
459 Trevor 651 723 -10.48%
460 Ruben 650 632 2.81%
461 Adan 646 628 2.83%
462 Conor 645 741 -13.85%
463 Dax 640 623 2.69%
464 Kaison 638 645 -1.09%
465 Braylen 638 578 9.87%
466 Kyson 633 636 -0.47%
467 Francis 633 612 3.37%
468 Lucca 632 643 -1.73%
469 Andy 632 748 -16.81%
470 Peyton 630 681 -7.78%
471 Mack 630 576 8.96%
472 Alexis 629 610 3.07%
473 Deacon 628 550 13.24%
474 Kasen 627 622 0.80%
475 Kamden 626 619 1.12%
476 Frederick 623 603 3.26%
477 Princeton 619 708 -13.41%
478 Braylon 618 521 17.03%
479 Wells 618 516 17.99%
480 Nikolai 617 515 18.02%
481 Iker 613 798 -26.22%
482 Bo 612 519 16.45%
483 Dominick 611 663 -8.16%
484 Moshe 605 519 15.30%
485 Gregory 604 678 -11.54%
486 Lewis 604 579 4.23%
487 Cassius 604 596 1.33%
488 Kieran 598 549 8.54%
489 Isaias 597 625 -4.58%
490 Seth 597 678 -12.71%
491 Marcos 595 616 -3.47%
492 Omari 594 578 2.73%
493 Shane 593 559 5.90%
494 Keegan 592 589 0.51%
495 Jase 590 624 -5.60%
496 Asa 586 559 4.72%
497 Sonny 585 520 11.76%
498 Uriel 585 635 -8.20%
499 Pierce 584 569 2.60%
500 Jasiah 582 524 10.49%

How Are the Most Popular Baby Boy Names Determined?

Curious about how the list of the most popular baby boy names is compiled? Unlike the most common male first names list, or the most common surnames list, baby name lists are more current and up to date.

This is due to the fact that baby name lists are compiled using information from the United States social security administration and it is collected on a regular basis, rather than relying on census data which is only collected every 10 years.

The social security administration collects information on how people are naming their babies when the parent files with them for a social security card for their child in the same year they are born. Therefore the most popular baby boys name list is updated with a decent amount of frequency.

Where Do the Most Popular Baby Boy Names Come From?

Certain names on the list may throw you for a loop, especially if you see a name that is popular but also that you’ve never heard of before. Scientists and historians alike have spent years trying to narrow down why people name their children the way they do and have come to find there is no exact answer.

The way people name their children varies widely from culture to culture and decade to decade. Below are some possible places where it is hypothesized that people find the names they give their children.

Based on Celebrities and Pop Culture

Although there may be some deep story behind your name, the reality is, most people don’t have a story behind their name. Rather, humans tend to name their children certain names they hear at one point in their life and think of as “cool.”

And when talking about ‘hearing’ a name, how do most people hear things on a daily basis? Well, from the media, social media, and pop culture of course. Therefore many names of famous celebrities frequently make the top lists for baby names.

For example, ‘Liam’ which is at the top of the list likely came from the prominence of the actor Liam Neeson. But people don’t just take names directly from celebrities, as they also take them from the names of celebrities' children. This can be seen in the name ‘Miles’ which only began to climb up the list after famous model Chrissy Teagen named her son Miles.

People don’t just watch TV, however, and names can also come from books or other stories. This phenomenon is a bit easier to track, as it can bring back weird names to popularity, which is what happened in 2005, when older names like ‘Carlisle,’ ‘Emmett,’ and ‘Edward,’ came back to the top list after they appeared in the popular novel ‘Twilight.’

Baby Names Can be Family Names

It is very common in America for people to name their sons after the child’s father. This practice leads to many names which have been around for a long time staying on the top charts for decades.

These are names like ‘William,’ ‘Robert,’ and ‘John,’ and sometimes the parent will add the suffix ‘Jr.’ to the name, or ‘II’ to indicate the child is the second or third member of the family with that name. Although this practice is becoming less common as the years go by, anytime a little boy is named ‘William Jr.’ it helps keep the name William trending as a baby boy's name.

Parents Think of the Implication of Names

There are some names that have been on the list for decades, and continue to start there just because of the process parents go through when naming their children. Besides picking a name that both parents like, they often have to think if the name will have implications for the child.

Take the name ‘Adolf’ for example. It is an old German name that means ‘noble.’ Although you may like the name, you also know that naming your children the name Adolf would possibly lead to them getting harassed in school, and may cause people to have an opinion about your child before they even met him.

Because of a fear of giving a child a name that will cause them to be bullied or teased, some parents try to keep it simple by picking a common name. A practice that keeps names like ‘Lucas’ and ‘Alexander’ at the top of the charts.

Political and Religious Names

Although many couples have started to get more creative with baby girls' names, many baby boy names still have religious origins. ‘Noah,’ ‘Elijah,’ and ‘Daniel’ are all names that appear in the Bible and have been given to baby boys for centuries.

While some parents continue to name their children these names because they are religious, it’s also important to note that this naming tactic often overlaps with parents thinking of the implications of their child’s name. For example, a non-religious couple may name their son Daniel just because they hear the name and know there are many Daniels in the world so their son won’t be teased for his name.

Political names are often common as well among men. Parents may name their children after a famous politician, or they may take the last name of a politician and make it a first name. An example of this is ‘Obama’ which, while not popular, is a first name that came about when Barack Obama was elected. Even though his first name is Barack, people became much more attached to his last name, leading some people to name their sons ‘Obama.’

How Have Baby Boys Names Changed Over the Years?

If you had looked at this list a few decades ago, it would have looked much different than it does now. One of the main reasons why is because people have generally become more creative with naming practices over the years when it comes to baby boys.

Throughout the history of the United States, baby boy names were always quite simple. They were typically short and came from the Bible. Well, as the number of religious people has declined in the United States, many people have tired of naming their sons ‘Jacob,’ ‘John,’ and ‘Matthew.’

Of course, these names are still on the list, but they are no longer the top three. Instead, names like ‘Liam,’ ‘Oliver,’ and ‘Henry’ have taken their spots. While it has always been easy to come up with unique girls' names, it has been harder to say the same for boys' names. This hasn’t stopped people, however, as names like ‘Axel,’ ‘Maverick,’ and ‘Roman’ have all made the list in the past few years.

Part of the reason unique names are on the rise for baby boys is thanks to pop culture. Where once people only had their neighbors to look to for unique names, people now carry the internet in the palms of their hands. This makes it easier to look up unique boys' names or to find out more information about how their favorite celebrity is naming their son or daughter.

Overall, society is seeking to become more individualistic than ever before. Therefore while it was once okay for all the boys on the block to be named ‘John’ this isn’t going to fly anymore as parents look for their son to have a more unique name like ‘Thiago.’

Historical Data for Baby Boy Names

If you're interested to see how the trends and popularity of baby names for boys 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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