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 751 to 1000.

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

Rank Name 2021 2020 Change
751 Byron 336 292 14.01%
752 Kiaan 335 289 14.74%
753 Loyal 333 190 54.68%
754 Orlando 333 298 11.09%
755 Kyro 332 266 22.07%
756 Amiri 329 140 80.60%
757 Amias 329 358 -8.44%
758 Jimmy 329 336 -2.11%
759 Vicente 328 313 4.68%
760 Khari 326 377 -14.51%
761 Brendan 325 342 -5.10%
762 Rey 325 252 25.30%
763 Emery 324 327 -0.92%
764 Zyair 324 222 37.36%
765 Ben 324 307 5.39%
766 Evander 323 193 50.39%
767 Ramon 323 313 3.14%
768 Bjorn 323 296 8.72%
769 Alvin 322 369 -13.60%
770 Ricky 322 363 -11.97%
771 Jagger 321 342 -6.33%
772 Dakari 320 390 -19.72%
773 Brock 320 371 -14.76%
774 Eddie 320 334 -4.28%
775 Blaze 319 264 18.87%
776 Gatlin 317 298 6.18%
777 Alonso 316 294 7.21%
778 Curtis 315 357 -12.50%
779 Nathanael 315 340 -7.63%
780 Kylian 315 211 39.54%
781 Devon 314 381 -19.28%
782 Wayne 313 303 3.25%
783 Zakai 313 245 24.37%
784 Mathew 312 347 -10.62%
785 Rome 312 221 34.15%
786 Riggs 311 231 29.52%
787 Avi 310 243 24.23%
788 Aryan 310 270 13.79%
789 Hassan 310 281 9.81%
790 Lochlan 309 336 -8.37%
791 Stanley 309 334 -7.78%
792 Kaiser 307 258 17.35%
793 Dash 307 286 7.08%
794 Bryant 306 395 -25.39%
795 Benicio 306 302 1.32%
796 Talon 306 292 4.68%
797 Rohan 305 288 5.73%
798 Wesson 305 267 13.29%
799 Noe 304 375 -20.91%
800 Joe 304 333 -9.11%
801 Vihaan 303 347 -13.54%
802 Melvin 303 319 -5.14%
803 Zayd 303 300 1.00%
804 Mitchell 302 339 -11.54%
805 Darren 302 338 -11.25%
806 Enoch 302 290 4.05%
807 Jedidiah 300 337 -11.62%
808 Castiel 298 250 17.52%
809 Brodie 298 257 14.77%
810 Ira 298 285 4.46%
811 Lance 297 315 -5.88%
812 Guillermo 296 270 9.19%
813 Thatcher 296 268 9.93%
814 Ermias 295 409 -32.39%
815 Misael 293 283 3.47%
816 Jakari 292 254 13.92%
817 Emory 291 280 3.85%
818 Yehuda 290 267 8.26%
819 Mccoy 290 238 19.70%
820 Valentin 290 308 -6.02%
821 Rudy 290 261 10.53%
822 Thaddeus 290 292 -0.69%
823 Bode 289 276 4.60%
824 Madden 289 282 2.45%
825 Kase 288 272 5.71%
826 Boden 286 276 3.56%
827 Jiraiya 286 182 44.44%
828 Maurice 286 263 8.38%
829 Bear 286 248 14.23%
830 Ameer 285 273 4.30%
831 Alvaro 285 266 6.90%
832 Demetrius 285 263 8.03%
833 Eliseo 284 292 -2.78%
834 Kabir 283 262 7.71%
835 Kellan 282 366 -25.93%
836 Allan 281 277 1.43%
837 Azrael 281 237 16.99%
838 Calum 281 239 16.15%
839 Ray 280 338 -18.77%
840 Niklaus 280 252 10.53%
841 Leighton 279 326 -15.54%
842 Jon 279 283 -1.42%
843 Elio 279 180 43.14%
844 Damari 279 253 9.77%
845 Axl 278 313 -11.84%
846 Dane 278 270 2.92%
847 Eugene 278 267 4.04%
848 Kenji 278 245 12.62%
849 Eithan 278 256 8.24%
850 Jakob 276 253 8.70%
851 Eliel 275 320 -15.13%
852 Colten 275 316 -13.87%
853 Nova 274 315 -13.92%
854 Santos 273 242 12.04%
855 Zahir 272 252 7.63%
856 Korbin 271 350 -25.44%
857 Idris 271 275 -1.47%
858 Ishaan 271 267 1.49%
859 Kole 271 266 1.86%
860 Seven 270 238 12.60%
861 Alaric 269 278 -3.29%
862 Kellen 269 291 -7.86%
863 Wes 268 213 22.87%
864 Franco 268 233 13.97%
865 Bronson 268 266 0.75%
866 Larry 267 267 0.00%
867 Mekhi 267 298 -10.97%
868 Jamal 266 242 9.45%
869 Elisha 265 269 -1.50%
870 Dilan 265 266 -0.38%
871 Brennan 264 312 -16.67%
872 Kace 264 291 -9.73%
873 Van 264 258 2.30%
874 Fisher 263 243 7.91%
875 Felipe 263 259 1.53%
876 Cal 262 234 11.29%
877 Dior 262 258 1.54%
878 Judson 262 254 3.10%
879 Alfonso 261 207 23.08%
880 Deandre 261 311 -17.48%
881 Rocky 261 261 0.00%
882 Henrik 260 250 3.92%
883 Reuben 260 241 7.58%
884 Mustafa 259 194 28.70%
885 Khalid 259 249 3.94%
886 Kye 259 284 -9.21%
887 Jacoby 259 243 6.37%
888 Anders 259 273 -5.26%
889 Arian 259 262 -1.15%
890 Damir 259 229 12.30%
891 Stefan 257 256 0.39%
892 Yousef 257 260 -1.16%
893 Jadiel 257 264 -2.69%
894 Jericho 256 213 18.34%
895 Aydin 256 258 -0.78%
896 Robin 256 259 -1.17%
897 Wallace 256 242 5.62%
898 Alistair 255 223 13.39%
899 Davion 255 231 9.88%
900 Ernesto 253 292 -14.31%
901 Kyng 253 251 0.79%
902 Alfred 253 246 2.81%
903 Yahir 252 254 -0.79%
904 Everest 252 214 16.31%
905 Leroy 252 237 6.13%
906 Gary 252 286 -12.64%
907 Braden 251 281 -11.28%
908 Kristian 251 279 -10.57%
909 Kelvin 251 239 4.90%
910 Adler 250 240 4.08%
911 Avyaan 249 182 31.09%
912 Truett 249 226 9.68%
913 Brayan 249 264 -5.85%
914 Jones 249 230 7.93%
915 Aries 247 251 -1.61%
916 Joey 247 250 -1.21%
917 Randy 247 260 -5.13%
918 Jaxx 246 253 -2.81%
919 Jesiah 246 189 26.21%
920 Jovanni 245 224 8.96%
921 Brecken 244 291 -17.57%
922 Harley 244 295 -18.92%
923 Zechariah 244 239 2.07%
924 Azriel 244 174 33.49%
925 Gordon 243 224 8.14%
926 Jakai 242 179 29.93%
927 Carl 241 281 -15.33%
928 Graysen 241 248 -2.86%
929 Kylen 241 248 -2.86%
930 Dominik 240 232 3.39%
931 Kristopher 240 276 -13.95%
932 Jabari 240 228 5.13%
933 Zyon 240 173 32.45%
934 Jaxtyn 240 469 -64.60%
935 Crosby 240 286 -17.49%
936 Ayan 240 245 -2.06%
937 Branson 240 254 -5.67%
938 Ulises 240 256 -6.45%
939 Turner 239 211 12.44%
940 Salvatore 239 228 4.71%
941 Fox 239 241 -0.83%
942 Vance 239 217 9.65%
943 Howard 239 194 20.79%
944 Harlem 238 242 -1.67%
945 Jair 238 248 -4.12%
946 Jakobe 237 269 -12.65%
947 Jeremias 236 231 2.14%
948 Osiris 236 243 -2.92%
949 Azael 235 173 30.39%
950 Zavier 234 254 -8.20%
951 Bowie 234 174 29.41%
952 Canaan 234 228 2.60%
953 Granger 234 185 23.39%
954 Elon 234 188 21.80%
955 Karsyn 234 361 -42.69%
956 Dangelo 233 229 1.73%
957 Yisroel 233 183 24.04%
958 Heath 233 214 8.50%
959 Cain 233 252 -7.84%
960 Gian 232 156 39.18%
961 Shepard 232 238 -2.55%
962 Harold 230 236 -2.58%
963 Yaakov 230 163 34.10%
964 Rodney 230 260 -12.24%
965 Kamdyn 230 224 2.64%
966 Rene 230 217 5.82%
967 Kartier 229 173 27.86%
968 Adrien 229 199 14.02%
969 Coleson 228 185 20.82%
970 Cassian 228 195 15.60%
971 Ahmir 227 234 -3.04%
972 Darian 227 272 -18.04%
973 Genesis 226 275 -19.56%
974 Kalel 226 212 6.39%
975 Yadiel 225 177 23.88%
976 Wylder 225 154 37.47%
977 Agustin 225 201 11.27%
978 Ephraim 224 209 6.93%
979 Kody 224 227 -1.33%
980 Neo 224 177 23.44%
981 Osman 223 165 29.90%
982 Ignacio 223 203 9.39%
983 Aldo 222 293 -27.57%
984 Abdullah 221 284 -24.95%
985 Cory 221 243 -9.48%
986 Khai 220 143 42.42%
987 Landry 220 228 -3.57%
988 Palmer 220 161 30.97%
989 Blaine 220 251 -13.16%
990 Dimitri 220 203 8.04%
991 Leif 219 241 -9.57%
992 Benedict 219 186 16.30%
993 Mordechai 218 235 -7.51%
994 Maxton 218 214 1.85%
995 Zev 218 240 -9.61%
996 Koen 218 158 31.91%
997 Merrick 217 202 7.16%
998 Kacey 217 161 29.63%
999 Mayson 217 207 4.72%
1000 Atharv 217 204 6.18%

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.