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 2022, 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 2021.

You can use the links below to view more popular boy names. This page is currently showing names ranked from 501 to 750.

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

Rank Name 2022 2021 Change
501 Moshe 602 605 -0.50%
502 Johnathan 593 693 -15.55%
503 Lucca 593 632 -6.37%
504 Kenzo 592 551 7.17%
505 Porter 591 696 -16.32%
506 Mack 591 630 -6.39%
507 Kolton 584 570 2.43%
508 Kaison 583 638 -9.01%
509 Valentino 580 504 14.02%
510 Shane 579 593 -2.39%
511 Saul 579 510 12.67%
512 Rocco 577 580 -0.52%
513 Jamari 577 481 18.15%
514 Kylan 573 484 16.84%
515 Deacon 570 628 -9.68%
516 Dalton 569 563 1.06%
517 Moses 568 560 1.42%
518 Callahan 567 408 32.62%
519 Tadeo 567 463 20.19%
520 Makai 566 530 6.57%
521 Amiri 565 329 52.80%
522 Rowen 565 543 3.97%
523 Drew 564 574 -1.76%
524 Kylian 564 315 56.66%
525 Jalen 564 565 -0.18%
526 Sutton 564 541 4.16%
527 Dominick 561 611 -8.53%
528 Reece 560 480 15.38%
529 Soren 559 544 2.72%
530 Rodrigo 559 492 12.75%
531 Kasen 558 627 -11.65%
532 Zachariah 558 525 6.09%
533 Ridge 558 505 9.97%
534 Peyton 555 630 -12.66%
535 Jamir 555 481 14.29%
536 Omari 552 594 -7.33%
537 Trevor 551 651 -16.64%
538 Morgan 549 451 19.60%
539 Izaiah 548 508 7.58%
540 Kaysen 546 478 13.28%
541 Alessandro 546 453 18.62%
542 Enrique 545 564 -3.43%
543 Marcelo 545 475 13.73%
544 Sincere 542 460 16.37%
545 Lucian 541 465 15.11%
546 Leandro 539 455 16.90%
547 Braylen 538 638 -17.01%
548 Armando 538 513 4.76%
549 Jayson 538 501 7.12%
550 Lawrence 538 481 11.19%
551 Julio 538 450 17.81%
552 Cassius 537 604 -11.74%
553 Raul 537 455 16.53%
554 Jase 536 590 -9.59%
555 Mohammad 536 407 27.36%
556 Zain 535 472 12.51%
557 Jayceon 534 670 -22.59%
558 Jonas 533 555 -4.04%
559 Ronald 529 498 6.04%
560 Ayaan 526 568 -7.68%
561 Rio 526 396 28.20%
562 Allen 524 551 -5.02%
563 Mohamed 524 551 -5.02%
564 Bruce 524 546 -4.11%
565 Maximilian 521 527 -1.15%
566 Dorian 521 494 5.32%
567 Keegan 520 592 -12.95%
568 Shawn 518 575 -10.43%
569 Yusuf 518 505 2.54%
570 Pierce 517 584 -12.17%
571 Ariel 515 504 2.16%
572 Ander 513 425 18.76%
573 Conor 512 645 -22.99%
574 Conrad 511 547 -6.81%
575 Phillip 510 556 -8.63%
576 Roy 506 518 -2.34%
577 Arjun 506 475 6.32%
578 Moises 505 555 -9.43%
579 Arturo 503 426 16.58%
580 Johan 496 436 12.88%
581 Gerardo 490 496 -1.22%
582 Nikolai 487 617 -23.55%
583 Atreus 487 432 11.97%
584 Braylon 485 618 -24.12%
585 Samson 485 468 3.57%
586 Kayce 484 197 84.29%
587 Hezekiah 484 486 -0.41%
588 Scott 484 455 6.18%
589 Gunnar 483 541 -11.33%
590 Jamison 482 556 -14.26%
591 Samir 481 394 19.89%
592 Keanu 478 549 -13.83%
593 Ledger 478 482 -0.83%
594 Jaime 477 449 6.05%
595 Finnley 469 465 0.86%
596 Cannon 468 579 -21.20%
597 Nikolas 468 472 -0.85%
598 Colby 468 418 11.29%
599 Kamden 467 626 -29.09%
600 Emmitt 467 531 -12.83%
601 Miller 467 467 0.00%
602 Ocean 466 365 24.31%
603 Boone 466 483 -3.58%
604 Hamza 466 422 9.91%
605 Mac 464 395 16.07%
606 Brixton 460 526 -13.39%
607 Anakin 460 425 7.91%
608 Roland 458 401 13.27%
609 Huxley 457 473 -3.44%
610 Zeke 457 447 2.21%
611 Danny 454 507 -11.03%
612 Marvin 453 446 1.56%
613 Otis 452 422 6.86%
614 Albert 451 497 -9.70%
615 Clay 450 449 0.22%
616 Emir 449 382 16.13%
617 Boston 448 459 -2.43%
618 Ozzy 448 364 20.69%
619 Bruno 448 405 10.08%
620 Lionel 448 406 9.84%
621 Taylor 448 426 5.03%
622 Jamie 447 437 2.26%
623 Augustine 446 448 -0.45%
624 Chaim 445 369 18.67%
625 Krew 444 437 1.59%
626 Rayan 444 407 8.70%
627 Alden 443 387 13.49%
628 Bellamy 441 443 -0.45%
629 Amos 440 457 -3.79%
630 Drake 440 494 -11.56%
631 Davis 437 505 -14.44%
632 Dustin 436 439 -0.69%
633 Corey 435 512 -16.26%
634 Ahmad 434 383 12.48%
635 Conner 433 565 -26.45%
636 Layton 433 435 -0.46%
637 Gustavo 433 414 4.49%
638 Axton 429 458 -6.54%
639 Abram 429 474 -9.97%
640 Chandler 428 455 -6.12%
641 Azariah 427 419 1.89%
642 Reese 427 372 13.77%
643 Benson 426 473 -10.46%
644 Tru 426 389 9.08%
645 Case 425 434 -2.10%
646 Trey 425 418 1.66%
647 Westin 424 464 -9.01%
648 Mauricio 424 367 14.41%
649 Reign 422 454 -7.31%
650 Gage 422 493 -15.52%
651 Mylo 421 340 21.29%
652 Creed 421 388 8.16%
653 Quentin 417 538 -25.34%
654 Dennis 417 380 9.28%
655 Rome 416 312 28.57%
656 Madden 416 289 36.03%
657 Julien 415 447 -7.42%
658 Sam 414 411 0.73%
659 Zaid 413 405 1.96%
660 Maximo 412 349 16.56%
661 Marcel 412 385 6.78%
662 Layne 410 429 -4.53%
663 Quincy 409 435 -6.16%
664 Kannon 409 465 -12.81%
665 Ahmed 409 394 3.74%
666 Yosef 407 394 3.25%
667 Aarav 406 431 -5.97%
668 Lennon 406 399 1.74%
669 Ryland 406 496 -19.96%
670 Skyler 405 382 5.84%
671 Eliam 404 345 15.75%
672 Chris 404 407 -0.74%
673 Kareem 404 380 6.12%
674 Kyree 403 437 -8.10%
675 Fletcher 402 413 -2.70%
676 Donald 402 466 -14.75%
677 Dario 402 385 4.32%
678 Darius 400 431 -7.46%
679 Duke 399 418 -4.65%
680 Rayden 394 374 5.21%
681 Vicente 394 328 18.28%
682 Vincenzo 394 338 15.30%
683 Salem 394 359 9.30%
684 Cayson 393 432 -9.45%
685 Eliseo 392 284 31.95%
686 Issac 391 411 -4.99%
687 Lian 389 345 11.99%
688 Clyde 388 347 11.16%
689 Wilson 386 361 6.69%
690 Santana 385 482 -22.38%
691 Tomas 382 339 11.93%
692 Dexter 381 548 -35.95%
693 Keith 381 464 -19.64%
694 Houston 380 435 -13.50%
695 Uriah 379 376 0.79%
696 Harry 379 356 6.26%
697 Tony 377 388 -2.88%
698 Rex 377 376 0.27%
699 Lee 377 375 0.53%
700 Carmelo 375 385 -2.63%
701 Alberto 374 371 0.81%
702 Loyal 374 333 11.60%
703 Trace 373 345 7.80%
704 Riggs 372 311 17.86%
705 Alfredo 372 367 1.35%
706 Forest 371 359 3.29%
707 Salvador 371 352 5.26%
708 Raylan 371 427 -14.04%
709 Zakai 370 313 16.69%
710 Jakari 370 292 23.56%
711 Louie 369 375 -1.61%
712 Flynn 368 418 -12.72%
713 Leonard 368 419 -12.96%
714 Mohammed 367 381 -3.74%
715 Derrick 366 452 -21.03%
716 Musa 365 340 7.09%
717 Ty 364 384 -5.35%
718 Avi 364 310 16.02%
719 Westley 363 338 7.13%
720 Ambrose 361 397 -9.50%
721 Brycen 360 402 -11.02%
722 Caspian 359 366 -1.93%
723 Aron 359 346 3.69%
724 Gatlin 357 317 11.87%
725 Harlan 357 431 -18.78%
726 Dillon 356 400 -11.64%
727 Nixon 354 377 -6.29%
728 Watson 354 465 -27.11%
729 Emery 354 324 8.85%
730 Zayd 354 303 15.53%
731 Tommy 354 351 0.85%
732 Azrael 353 281 22.71%
733 Zyair 352 324 8.28%
734 Azriel 350 244 35.69%
735 Legacy 350 366 -4.47%
736 Cillian 349 340 2.61%
737 Alvin 347 322 7.47%
738 Bridger 347 356 -2.56%
739 Alec 346 385 -10.67%
740 Edison 346 449 -25.91%
741 Kingsley 346 370 -6.70%
742 Remi 346 358 -3.41%
743 Truett 345 249 32.32%
744 Jaxxon 345 405 -16.00%
745 Briar 345 361 -4.53%
746 Lachlan 343 355 -3.44%
747 Cal 342 262 26.49%
748 Landen 342 442 -25.51%
749 Roger 340 385 -12.41%
750 Alonso 339 316 7.02%

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 (SSA) 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

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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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