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 501 to 750.

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

Rank Name 2021 2020 Change
501 Eden 580 592 -2.05%
502 Rocco 580 592 -2.05%
503 Cannon 579 516 11.51%
504 Banks 579 320 57.62%
505 Zaiden 577 553 4.25%
506 Denver 577 536 7.37%
507 Roberto 576 670 -15.09%
508 Shawn 575 648 -11.94%
509 Emanuel 574 719 -22.43%
510 Drew 574 533 7.41%
511 Kolton 570 666 -15.53%
512 Ayaan 568 643 -12.39%
513 Conner 565 669 -16.86%
514 Jalen 565 512 9.84%
515 Ares 565 457 21.14%
516 Alonzo 564 625 -10.26%
517 Enrique 564 574 -1.76%
518 Dalton 563 629 -11.07%
519 Moses 560 580 -3.51%
520 Koda 559 464 18.57%
521 Bodie 557 443 22.80%
522 Jamison 556 615 -10.08%
523 Phillip 556 546 1.81%
524 Zaire 556 541 2.73%
525 Kylo 555 657 -16.83%
526 Jonas 555 601 -7.96%
527 Moises 555 562 -1.25%
528 Shepherd 555 449 21.12%
529 Allen 551 633 -13.85%
530 Kenzo 551 516 6.56%
531 Mohamed 551 504 8.91%
532 Keanu 549 554 -0.91%
533 Dexter 548 496 9.96%
534 Conrad 547 512 6.61%
535 Bruce 546 579 -5.87%
536 Sylas 546 462 16.67%
537 Soren 544 555 -2.00%
538 Raphael 543 552 -1.64%
539 Rowen 543 517 4.91%
540 Gunnar 541 536 0.93%
541 Sutton 541 478 12.37%
542 Quentin 538 517 3.98%
543 Jaziel 537 474 12.46%
544 Emmitt 531 556 -4.60%
545 Makai 530 512 3.45%
546 Maximilian 527 592 -11.62%
547 Koa 527 469 11.65%
548 Dariel 526 445 16.68%
549 Brixton 526 439 18.03%
550 Zachariah 525 544 -3.55%
551 Roy 518 480 7.62%
552 Armando 513 573 -11.05%
553 Corey 512 537 -4.77%
554 Saul 510 476 6.90%
555 Izaiah 508 595 -15.78%
556 Danny 507 487 4.02%
557 Davis 505 507 -0.40%
558 Yusuf 505 486 3.83%
559 Ridge 505 425 17.20%
560 Ariel 504 490 2.82%
561 Valentino 504 436 14.47%
562 Jayson 501 535 -6.56%
563 Ronald 498 501 -0.60%
564 Albert 497 539 -8.11%
565 Ryland 496 546 -9.60%
566 Gerardo 496 508 -2.39%
567 Dorian 494 554 -11.45%
568 Drake 494 523 -5.70%
569 Gage 493 619 -22.66%
570 Rodrigo 492 478 2.89%
571 Hezekiah 486 472 2.92%
572 Kylan 484 537 -10.38%
573 Boone 483 476 1.46%
574 Santana 482 517 -7.01%
575 Ledger 482 425 12.57%
576 Lawrence 481 492 -2.26%
577 Jamari 481 469 2.53%
578 Jamir 481 393 20.14%
579 Reece 480 469 2.32%
580 Kaysen 478 496 -3.70%
581 Shiloh 477 436 8.98%
582 Arjun 475 498 -4.73%
583 Marcelo 475 416 13.24%
584 Abram 474 504 -6.13%
585 Huxley 473 518 -9.08%
586 Benson 473 511 -7.72%
587 Zain 472 482 -2.10%
588 Nikolas 472 449 4.99%
589 Kohen 470 414 12.67%
590 Samson 468 485 -3.57%
591 Miller 467 361 25.60%
592 Donald 466 444 4.84%
593 Kannon 465 523 -11.74%
594 Watson 465 450 3.28%
595 Finnley 465 443 4.85%
596 Lucian 465 416 11.12%
597 Westin 464 304 41.67%
598 Keith 464 456 1.74%
599 Tadeo 463 358 25.58%
600 Sincere 460 452 1.75%
601 Boston 459 456 0.66%
602 Axton 458 444 3.10%
603 Amos 457 356 24.85%
604 Raul 455 500 -9.42%
605 Scott 455 494 -8.22%
606 Chandler 455 486 -6.59%
607 Leandro 455 415 9.20%
608 Reign 454 415 8.98%
609 Camilo 453 255 55.93%
610 Alessandro 453 427 5.91%
611 Derrick 452 508 -11.67%
612 Morgan 451 363 21.62%
613 Julio 450 515 -13.47%
614 Jaime 449 494 -9.54%
615 Edison 449 452 -0.67%
616 Clay 449 414 8.11%
617 Augustine 448 349 24.84%
618 Julien 447 469 -4.80%
619 Zeke 447 377 16.99%
620 Marvin 446 448 -0.45%
621 Bellamy 443 335 27.76%
622 Landen 442 465 -5.07%
623 Dustin 439 397 10.05%
624 Kyree 437 457 -4.47%
625 Jamie 437 346 23.24%
626 Krew 437 353 21.27%
627 Colter 436 219 66.26%
628 Johan 436 455 -4.26%
629 Quincy 435 449 -3.17%
630 Houston 435 332 26.86%
631 Layton 435 435 0.00%
632 Case 434 482 -10.48%
633 Atreus 432 325 28.27%
634 Cayson 432 349 21.25%
635 Darius 431 462 -6.94%
636 Harlan 431 366 16.31%
637 Aarav 431 415 3.78%
638 Justice 431 389 10.24%
639 Abdiel 430 549 -24.31%
640 Layne 429 388 10.04%
641 Raylan 427 440 -3.00%
642 Arturo 426 469 -9.61%
643 Taylor 426 456 -6.80%
644 Anakin 425 354 18.23%
645 Ander 425 424 0.24%
646 Otis 422 409 3.13%
647 Hamza 422 396 6.36%
648 Leonard 419 417 0.48%
649 Azariah 419 367 13.23%
650 Duke 418 416 0.48%
651 Trey 418 362 14.36%
652 Flynn 418 394 5.91%
653 Colby 418 436 -4.22%
654 Gustavo 414 425 -2.62%
655 Fletcher 413 400 3.20%
656 Sam 411 401 2.46%
657 Issac 411 422 -2.64%
658 Trenton 411 433 -5.21%
659 Callahan 408 287 34.82%
660 Mohammad 407 394 3.25%
661 Chris 407 378 7.39%
662 Rayan 407 440 -7.79%
663 Lionel 406 394 3.00%
664 Zaid 405 386 4.80%
665 Jaxxon 405 287 34.10%
666 Bruno 405 350 14.57%
667 Brycen 402 448 -10.82%
668 Roland 401 487 -19.37%
669 Dillon 400 388 3.05%
670 Lennon 399 366 8.63%
671 Ambrose 397 278 35.26%
672 Rio 396 294 29.57%
673 Mac 395 235 50.79%
674 Samir 394 411 -4.22%
675 Ahmed 394 423 -7.10%
676 Yosef 394 351 11.54%
677 Tru 389 284 31.20%
678 Creed 388 288 29.59%
679 Tony 388 420 -7.92%
680 Alden 387 383 1.04%
681 Aden 386 391 -1.29%
682 Roger 385 372 3.43%
683 Marcel 385 366 5.06%
684 Alec 385 469 -19.67%
685 Dario 385 278 32.28%
686 Carmelo 385 340 12.41%
687 Ty 384 407 -5.82%
688 Ahmad 383 425 -10.40%
689 Emir 382 408 -6.58%
690 Skyler 382 489 -24.57%
691 Landyn 382 431 -12.05%
692 Mohammed 381 417 -9.02%
693 Dennis 380 411 -7.84%
694 Kareem 380 416 -9.05%
695 Nixon 377 407 -7.65%
696 Rex 376 371 1.34%
697 Uriah 376 417 -10.34%
698 Louie 375 307 19.94%
699 Lee 375 308 19.62%
700 Rayden 374 334 11.30%
701 Reese 372 334 10.76%
702 Cason 371 393 -5.76%
703 Alberto 371 374 -0.81%
704 Quinton 371 370 0.27%
705 Kingsley 370 423 -13.37%
706 Chaim 369 360 2.47%
707 Mauricio 367 421 -13.71%
708 Alfredo 367 322 13.06%
709 Legacy 366 309 16.89%
710 Caspian 366 312 15.93%
711 Ocean 365 287 23.93%
712 Ozzy 364 189 63.29%
713 Wilson 361 398 -9.75%
714 Briar 361 317 12.98%
715 Grey 359 302 17.25%
716 Joziah 359 327 9.33%
717 Salem 359 285 22.98%
718 Forest 359 283 23.68%
719 Remi 358 312 13.73%
720 Neil 358 321 10.90%
721 Harry 356 340 4.60%
722 Bridger 356 238 39.73%
723 Jefferson 355 352 0.85%
724 Lachlan 355 357 -0.56%
725 Nelson 353 382 -7.89%
726 Salvador 352 359 -1.97%
727 Casen 352 329 6.75%
728 Tommy 351 323 8.31%
729 Magnus 351 285 20.75%
730 Maximo 349 318 9.30%
731 Marcellus 349 326 6.81%
732 Jerry 348 449 -25.35%
733 Clyde 347 345 0.58%
734 Keaton 346 364 -5.07%
735 Aron 346 324 6.57%
736 Trace 345 314 9.41%
737 Eliam 345 162 72.19%
738 Lian 345 289 17.67%
739 Douglas 344 331 3.85%
740 Junior 342 321 6.33%
741 Titan 342 379 -10.26%
742 Cullen 341 368 -7.62%
743 Cillian 340 223 41.56%
744 Mylo 340 286 17.25%
745 Musa 340 323 5.13%
746 Tomas 339 353 -4.05%
747 Hugh 339 323 4.83%
748 Westley 338 321 5.16%
749 Vincenzo 338 330 2.40%
750 Langston 337 361 -6.88%

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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