Most common male names in the United States (updated for 2023)

Whether you want to find common and popular names for a new baby boy, or just want to see what the popular male names are right now - we have you covered.

We track newly-born baby boy names from Social Security card applications all the way back to 1880 and make the full list easy to search and filter.

You can use the links below to view more common first names. This page is currently showing male names ranked from 1 to 1000.

Rank Name Count
1 James 4,625,363
2 Robert 4,357,620
3 John 4,354,502
4 Michael 4,345,849
5 David 3,564,272
6 William 3,484,904
7 Richard 2,423,956
8 Joseph 2,300,049
9 Thomas 2,134,536
10 Christopher 2,049,683
11 Charles 2,037,956
12 Daniel 1,905,388
13 Matthew 1,620,154
14 Anthony 1,409,172
15 Mark 1,349,030
16 Donald 1,308,961
17 Steven 1,284,623
18 Andrew 1,257,112
19 Paul 1,252,337
20 Joshua 1,231,302
21 Kenneth 1,204,693
22 Kevin 1,178,801
23 Brian 1,170,401
24 George 1,085,858
25 Timothy 1,074,172
26 Ronald 1,071,731
27 Jason 1,043,551
28 Edward 1,041,890
29 Jeffrey 977,623
30 Ryan 952,490
31 Jacob 947,952
32 Gary 900,434
33 Nicholas 899,086
34 Eric 882,217
35 Jonathan 857,270
36 Stephen 837,588
37 Larry 801,849
38 Justin 783,529
39 Scott 770,424
40 Brandon 765,789
41 Benjamin 758,472
42 Samuel 721,821
43 Gregory 708,305
44 Alexander 691,200
45 Patrick 666,181
46 Frank 660,209
47 Raymond 646,002
48 Jack 633,602
49 Dennis 610,563
50 Jerry 600,515
51 Tyler 597,858
52 Aaron 592,045
53 Jose 568,068
54 Adam 560,808
55 Nathan 558,970
56 Henry 552,968
57 Zachary 545,913
58 Douglas 545,422
59 Peter 535,380
60 Kyle 482,820
61 Noah 464,528
62 Ethan 462,968
63 Jeremy 442,542
64 Walter 441,463
65 Christian 438,912
66 Keith 430,292
67 Roger 425,514
68 Terry 422,428
69 Sean 421,575
70 Austin 421,556
71 Gerald 418,792
72 Carl 411,799
73 Harold 408,283
74 Dylan 397,782
75 Arthur 392,380
76 Lawrence 391,246
77 Jordan 390,269
78 Jesse 386,986
79 Bryan 385,005
80 Billy 375,358
81 Bruce 374,490
82 Gabriel 373,275
83 Joe 370,795
84 Logan 367,878
85 Alan 353,230
86 Juan 351,173
87 Albert 348,721
88 Willie 348,272
89 Elijah 341,144
90 Wayne 333,019
91 Randy 328,758
92 Vincent 323,905
93 Mason 320,453
94 Roy 320,261
95 Ralph 314,494
96 Bobby 313,196
97 Russell 312,092
98 Bradley 309,375
99 Philip 309,217
100 Eugene 308,677
101 Johnny 308,169
102 Caleb 306,799
103 Shawn 305,230
104 Travis 303,528
105 Louis 303,043
106 Phillip 299,456
107 Isaac 299,439
108 Craig 298,515
109 Lucas 298,482
110 Luke 298,423
111 Cameron 297,705
112 Victor 295,589
113 Carlos 295,030
114 Liam 294,218
115 Cody 288,367
116 Jimmy 285,032
117 Danny 284,506
118 Luis 282,612
119 Todd 281,814
120 Martin 278,652
121 Evan 277,872
122 Jackson 272,955
123 Joel 269,978
124 Nathaniel 269,818
125 Harry 266,907
126 Alex 265,445
127 Dale 262,759
128 Howard 258,616
129 Adrian 254,984
130 Hunter 252,403
131 Angel 250,403
132 Antonio 249,027
133 Allen 246,459
134 Ian 244,438
135 Rodney 243,205
136 Curtis 243,109
137 Stanley 241,608
138 Chad 240,372
139 Aiden 239,503
140 Theodore 238,879
141 Jayden 238,293
142 Tony 237,770
143 Fred 237,046
144 Isaiah 235,974
145 Derek 235,261
146 Leonard 234,311
147 Julian 234,085
148 Jesus 233,221
149 Marcus 233,136
150 Jeffery 229,920
151 Connor 226,752
152 Steve 224,779
153 Ernest 224,725
154 Glenn 222,349
155 Ricky 222,302
156 Marvin 220,666
157 Frederick 217,918
158 Wesley 216,658
159 Owen 214,633
160 Francis 213,802
161 Jeremiah 211,937
162 Troy 208,771
163 Norman 208,232
164 Dustin 207,132
165 Earl 206,576
166 Oliver 205,917
167 Melvin 205,692
168 Jared 203,601
169 Calvin 200,322
170 Edwin 199,561
171 Clarence 198,366
172 Lee 196,588
173 Randall 196,215
174 Mike 191,365
175 Shane 191,133
176 Sebastian 190,386
177 Eddie 188,249
178 Wyatt 187,989
179 Carter 187,128
180 Gavin 185,106
181 Leo 184,615
182 Corey 183,847
183 Miguel 183,444
184 Jay 183,434
185 Blake 182,219
186 Ronnie 182,123
187 Levi 181,243
188 Barry 180,426
189 Alfred 179,040
190 Dean 177,958
191 Dominic 177,696
192 Landon 176,207
193 Chase 174,526
194 Tommy 173,835
195 Manuel 172,381
196 Oscar 171,099
197 Jon 167,013
198 Ray 166,332
199 Seth 162,586
200 Herbert 161,841
201 Trevor 159,679
202 Leroy 159,470
203 Brett 158,595
204 Mitchell 158,312
205 Darrell 156,485
206 Don 156,401
207 Erik 155,479
208 Devin 154,401
209 Bernard 153,765
210 Micheal 152,083
211 Xavier 149,956
212 Clifford 148,933
213 Jerome 147,267
214 Cole 147,182
215 Bill 146,343
216 Warren 146,028
217 Leon 145,581
218 Mario 144,947
219 Derrick 144,385
220 Chris 143,456
221 Ricardo 143,241
222 Max 142,113
223 Colton 141,112
224 Alejandro 140,393
225 Marc 139,871
226 Brent 139,287
227 Eli 137,454
228 Jorge 135,804
229 Jim 135,592
230 Francisco 135,281
231 Ivan 134,107
232 Garrett 132,743
233 Alvin 131,705
234 Josiah 131,466
235 Brayden 130,686
236 Gordon 130,358
237 Colin 130,221
238 Charlie 127,460
239 Andre 127,315
240 Cory 126,653
241 Grant 126,239
242 Edgar 125,984
243 Clayton 125,042
244 Franklin 123,769
245 Carson 122,309
246 Lloyd 121,352
247 Jake 120,502
248 Tristan 120,377
249 Bryce 120,035
250 Gene 119,108
251 Parker 118,851
252 Nolan 118,733
253 Diego 118,331
254 Spencer 118,237
255 Tom 118,164
256 Jeff 116,081
257 Vernon 115,954
258 Lewis 115,797
259 Aidan 115,123
260 Maurice 114,831
261 Preston 113,337
262 Casey 112,728
263 Duane 111,911
264 Floyd 111,566
265 Ruben 110,447
266 Taylor 110,206
267 Grayson 110,062
268 Glen 109,933
269 Roberto 109,927
270 Gilbert 109,681
271 Micah 107,813
272 Reginald 107,480
273 Eduardo 107,022
274 Hayden 106,300
275 Hector 104,845
276 Cooper 104,722
277 Lance 104,605
278 Clyde 103,753
279 Javier 103,735
280 Darren 103,284
281 Elias 102,995
282 Jaxon 102,839
283 Omar 101,127
284 Jimmie 101,087
285 Maxwell 100,741
286 Damian 100,035
287 Miles 99,875
288 Everett 99,603
289 Fernando 99,315
290 Neil 99,173
291 Riley 97,182
292 Johnathan 96,297
293 Tanner 95,492
294 Dan 95,091
295 Harvey 95,010
296 Nicolas 94,912
297 Mateo 92,737
298 Brady 92,551
299 Karl 92,431
300 Darryl 91,971
301 Leslie 91,576
302 Lester 91,264
303 Brendan 91,002
304 Herman 90,868
305 Dakota 89,907
306 Andres 89,838
307 Allan 89,641
308 Hudson 89,013
309 Lincoln 88,990
310 Jessie 88,384
311 Pedro 88,233
312 Abraham 88,053
313 Andy 87,801
314 Asher 87,308
315 Jamie 86,798
316 Clinton 86,443
317 Milton 86,368
318 Bob 86,190
319 Raul 85,388
320 Kurt 85,280
321 Roman 85,039
322 Emmanuel 84,465
323 Sam 84,244
324 Ayden 84,142
325 Lonnie 83,868
326 Leonardo 83,782
327 Marshall 83,746
328 Harrison 83,683
329 Roland 83,423
330 Rafael 83,233
331 Kaleb 82,981
332 Brad 82,957
333 Arnold 82,334
334 Dalton 82,246
335 Tim 82,178
336 Jace 82,034
337 Johnnie 81,959
338 Ashton 81,729
339 Rick 81,703
340 Santiago 81,426
341 Kelly 80,372
342 Giovanni 80,201
343 Sergio 79,456
344 Collin 79,366
345 Tyrone 78,967
346 Jaden 78,894
347 Ezra 78,548
348 Jackie 78,418
349 Chester 77,778
350 Greg 77,641
351 Cecil 77,264
352 Brody 76,726
353 Drew 76,503
354 Erick 76,130
355 Cesar 76,098
356 Jonah 76,037
357 Dwayne 76,033
358 Bryson 75,743
359 Byron 74,542
360 Lorenzo 73,928
361 Guy 73,595
362 Marco 73,569
363 Ross 73,562
364 Dwight 73,473
365 Armando 73,413
366 Mathew 73,327
367 Angelo 72,922
368 Ramon 72,884
369 Elmer 71,959
370 Devon 71,788
371 Terrence 71,551
372 Shaun 70,162
373 Jaime 70,024
374 Terrance 69,541
375 Easton 69,108
376 Nelson 69,087
377 Wade 68,517
378 Ted 68,423
379 Kent 68,274
380 Freddie 68,257
381 Felix 67,621
382 Kirk 67,373
383 Perry 66,945
384 Cristian 66,889
385 Caden 66,735
386 Ezekiel 66,415
387 Kaden 66,200
388 Damon 66,133
389 Alexis 66,006
390 Israel 65,281
391 Stuart 65,219
392 Jonathon 65,198
393 Kayden 64,777
394 Dillon 64,144
395 Wallace 63,846
396 Dallas 62,825
397 Julius 62,721
398 Kristopher 62,675
399 Daryl 62,275
400 Claude 62,006
401 Ben 61,856
402 Damien 61,776
403 Rickey 61,572
404 Julio 61,345
405 Jaxson 61,314
406 Hugh 61,246
407 Avery 61,185
408 Sidney 61,052
409 Weston 60,727
410 Alberto 60,582
411 Tracy 60,384
412 Malcolm 60,336
413 Emmett 60,275
414 Donnie 60,087
415 Abel 59,989
416 Gage 59,831
417 Simon 59,637
418 Dominick 59,390
419 Donovan 59,196
420 Braxton 59,025
421 Axel 58,669
422 Clifton 58,666
423 Enrique 58,658
424 Silas 58,356
425 Ryder 58,288
426 Trenton 57,700
427 Malachi 57,661
428 Fredrick 57,353
429 Sawyer 57,219
430 Kai 57,087
431 Dave 56,699
432 Conner 55,349
433 Bennett 55,301
434 Arturo 54,920
435 Alfredo 54,553
436 Bentley 54,415
437 Josue 54,378
438 Geoffrey 54,063
439 Gerard 54,028
440 Camden 53,511
441 Alec 53,503
442 Gerardo 53,446
443 Rex 53,411
444 Elliott 53,252
445 Myles 53,088
446 Zane 52,977
447 Joey 52,901
448 Luca 52,830
449 Darius 52,744
450 Jameson 52,666
451 Colby 52,477
452 Chance 52,222
453 Marion 52,110
454 Willard 51,972
455 Shannon 51,934
456 Dana 51,880
457 Graham 51,808
458 Greyson 51,778
459 Beau 51,585
460 Kenny 51,345
461 Marcos 51,323
462 Virgil 51,142
463 Trent 51,114
464 Maverick 50,964
465 Kelvin 50,877
466 Elliot 50,868
467 Peyton 50,766
468 Neal 50,548
469 Declan 50,355
470 Bryant 49,967
471 Kerry 49,813
472 Tucker 49,426
473 Morris 49,137
474 Lyle 48,706
475 Rene 48,702
476 Rudy 47,964
477 Leland 47,928
478 Emanuel 47,802
479 Lynn 47,761
480 Wendell 47,727
481 Jasper 47,583
482 Dante 47,509
483 Noel 47,505
484 Garry 47,335
485 Malik 47,273
486 Kaiden 47,174
487 Salvatore 47,109
488 Jude 46,955
489 Salvador 46,835
490 Ty 46,637
491 Pablo 46,533
492 Orlando 46,497
493 Tyson 46,204
494 Emilio 45,899
495 Randolph 45,783
496 Braden 45,696
497 Roderick 45,683
498 Griffin 45,679
499 Otis 45,570
500 Robin 45,507
501 August 45,172
502 Amir 45,117
503 Dawson 44,837
504 Benny 44,775
505 Luther 44,401
506 Earnest 43,816
507 Clark 43,678
508 Carlton 43,645
509 Lane 43,109
510 Ernesto 43,070
511 Grady 42,849
512 Brooks 42,766
513 Brock 42,485
514 Sammy 42,153
515 Forrest 42,000
516 Maddox 41,855
517 Fabian 41,846
518 Nick 41,787
519 Jermaine 41,640
520 Bennie 41,587
521 Morgan 41,581
522 Skyler 40,791
523 Cedric 40,780
524 Frankie 40,771
525 Loren 40,705
526 Rudolph 40,573
527 Quentin 40,473
528 Lukas 40,086
529 Ira 39,982
530 Kingston 39,927
531 Hubert 39,832
532 Ismael 39,735
533 Waylon 39,732
534 Trey 39,492
535 Alton 39,037
536 Zion 39,021
537 Corbin 38,984
538 Saul 38,952
539 Gustavo 38,821
540 Jayce 38,793
541 Jalen 38,716
542 Myron 38,565
543 Cayden 38,434
544 Alonzo 38,268
545 Edmund 38,142
546 Alfonso 37,703
547 Gael 37,686
548 Nickolas 37,662
549 Jaylen 37,649
550 Ellis 37,395
551 Delbert 37,251
552 Junior 37,218
553 Archie 37,213
554 Desmond 37,197
555 Keegan 37,118
556 Willis 36,987
557 Wilson 36,967
558 Kameron 36,765
559 Reid 36,711
560 Homer 36,581
561 Rowan 36,443
562 Gregg 36,358
563 Clay 36,327
564 Ron 36,265
565 Horace 36,183
566 Kyler 36,159
567 Terrell 35,724
568 Drake 35,651
569 Xander 35,517
570 Demetrius 35,369
571 Moses 35,314
572 Wilbur 35,284
573 Ryker 35,135
574 Chandler 35,082
575 Quinn 34,910
576 Pete 34,884
577 Kim 34,882
578 Sheldon 34,590
579 Jayson 34,584
580 Lowell 34,536
581 Dexter 34,424
582 Kendall 34,297
583 Toby 33,965
584 Terence 33,794
585 Walker 33,603
586 Esteban 33,279
587 Harley 33,271
588 Emiliano 33,142
589 Conrad 32,944
590 King 32,847
591 Rodolfo 32,736
592 Ken 32,677
593 Jamal 32,670
594 Dane 32,606
595 Brennan 32,604
596 Darin 32,446
597 Laurence 32,421
598 Hugo 32,308
599 Reed 32,228
600 Sylvester 32,226
601 Milo 32,156
602 Joaquin 32,143
603 Sherman 32,024
604 Rylan 31,997
605 Roosevelt 31,877
606 Marty 31,840
607 Jaiden 31,681
608 Lamar 31,674
609 Sterling 31,674
610 Kendrick 31,533
611 Clint 31,441
612 Jakob 31,437
613 Jody 31,388
614 Mack 31,322
615 Maximus 31,289
616 Zackary 31,181
617 Ali 31,114
618 Bradford 31,044
619 Rory 31,016
620 Cade 30,886
621 Blaine 30,812
622 Teddy 30,736
623 Guillermo 30,727
624 Wilbert 30,677
625 Solomon 30,589
626 Rhett 30,375
627 Marlon 30,226
628 River 30,186
629 Quinton 29,986
630 Felipe 29,930
631 Bret 29,750
632 Zachery 29,684
633 Royce 29,660
634 Irvin 29,586
635 Zachariah 29,564
636 Moises 29,551
637 Darrin 29,519
638 Finn 29,487
639 Adan 29,398
640 Ervin 29,362
641 Brantley 29,344
642 Judah 29,214
643 Lionel 29,082
644 Cornelius 29,065
645 Davis 28,981
646 Randal 28,955
647 Holden 28,897
648 Deandre 28,869
649 Tommie 28,834
650 Heath 28,686
651 Darrel 28,600
652 Anderson 28,359
653 Carroll 28,321
654 Darnell 28,313
655 Tomas 28,111
656 Winston 27,849
657 Billie 27,819
658 Gilberto 27,705
659 Stewart 27,630
660 Branden 27,395
661 Rocky 27,373
662 Barrett 27,341
663 Cruz 27,074
664 Stephan 26,955
665 Zayden 26,864
666 Mickey 26,860
667 Amos 26,779
668 Doyle 26,702
669 Will 26,530
670 Antoine 26,458
671 Emerson 26,395
672 Conor 26,256
673 Rocco 26,239
674 Freddy 26,141
675 Zander 26,107
676 Dewayne 25,999
677 Irving 25,987
678 Landen 25,980
679 Dewey 25,967
680 Dick 25,892
681 Rodrigo 25,860
682 Quincy 25,812
683 Matteo 25,728
684 Timmy 25,690
685 Van 25,638
686 Brenden 25,548
687 Jerald 25,501
688 Johnathon 25,381
689 Jonas 25,367
690 Amari 25,356
691 Tobias 25,301
692 Jarrod 25,233
693 Rogelio 25,197
694 Ramiro 25,148
695 Karter 25,123
696 Aubrey 25,093
697 Rufus 24,775
698 Paxton 24,650
699 Reuben 24,267
700 Payton 24,187
701 Cash 24,143
702 Colt 24,127
703 Marquis 24,067
704 Vance 24,042
705 Louie 23,996
706 Rolando 23,945
707 Darwin 23,927
708 Pat 23,902
709 Leonel 23,734
710 Titus 23,733
711 Lamont 23,600
712 Cary 23,451
713 Guadalupe 23,355
714 Elbert 23,298
715 Adriel 23,253
716 Dominique 23,158
717 Kody 23,129
718 Cyrus 23,090
719 Nikolas 22,854
720 Mauricio 22,847
721 Issac 22,776
722 Jase 22,608
723 Jarrett 22,576
724 Dorian 22,556
725 Beckett 22,545
726 Doug 22,456
727 Noe 22,406
728 Khalil 22,361
729 Courtney 22,342
730 Monte 22,283
731 Merle 22,199
732 Thaddeus 22,189
733 Isiah 22,121
734 Theo 22,113
735 Boyd 22,094
736 Romeo 22,059
737 Jan 21,960
738 Enzo 21,959
739 Tate 21,898
740 Jax 21,829
741 Otto 21,808
742 Matt 21,756
743 Jean 21,708
744 Caiden 21,684
745 Messiah 21,683
746 Stacy 21,649
747 Bert 21,640
748 Gunner 21,553
749 Harlan 21,550
750 Percy 21,511
751 Archer 21,428
752 Buddy 21,347
753 Keaton 21,184
754 Jefferson 21,020
755 Phoenix 20,995
756 Nathanael 20,972
757 Tristen 20,962
758 Aden 20,922
759 Orville 20,908
760 Rodger 20,854
761 Robbie 20,854
762 Raphael 20,636
763 Eldon 20,602
764 Bailey 20,558
765 Wilfred 20,521
766 Remington 20,468
767 Maximiliano 20,465
768 Kade 20,405
769 Kobe 20,360
770 Stefan 20,355
771 Jett 20,234
772 Kristian 20,216
773 Ariel 20,184
774 Brendon 19,912
775 Vicente 19,899
776 Reynaldo 19,884
777 Denis 19,765
778 Orion 19,747
779 Jamison 19,704
780 Prince 19,639
781 Thiago 19,531
782 Duncan 19,429
783 Vaughn 19,400
784 Nehemiah 19,395
785 Derick 19,372
786 Reece 19,322
787 Edmond 19,297
788 Emil 19,221
789 Ace 19,151
790 Ahmad 19,125
791 Justice 19,100
792 Legend 19,080
793 Marlin 19,032
794 Aron 19,014
795 Uriel 19,013
796 Garland 18,992
797 Karson 18,861
798 Sonny 18,819
799 Gideon 18,724
800 Scotty 18,681
801 Matias 18,584
802 Knox 18,578
803 Anton 18,479
804 Cohen 18,467
805 Dion 18,363
806 Woodrow 18,312
807 Ignacio 18,164
808 Efrain 18,157
809 Sammie 18,150
810 Nash 18,130
811 Phil 18,086
812 Kurtis 18,015
813 Marcel 18,014
814 Jess 18,011
815 Ari 17,983
816 Abram 17,909
817 Skylar 17,881
818 Chuck 17,800
819 Muhammad 17,787
820 Pierre 17,765
821 Ezequiel 17,747
822 Luka 17,694
823 Mohamed 17,693
824 Braylon 17,692
825 Rusty 17,670
826 Keenan 17,661
827 Zackery 17,630
828 Pierce 17,561
829 Bobbie 17,472
830 Reese 17,420
831 Major 17,394
832 Maximilian 17,343
833 Kane 17,279
834 Burton 17,191
835 Porter 17,145
836 Javon 17,113
837 Elton 17,100
838 Asa 17,052
839 Santos 17,031
840 Jarvis 16,984
841 Kareem 16,924
842 Cleveland 16,870
843 Elvin 16,838
844 Ronan 16,734
845 Damion 16,651
846 Humberto 16,610
847 Elvis 16,520
848 Gunnar 16,518
849 Isaias 16,431
850 Kellen 16,371
851 Rickie 16,335
852 Iker 16,320
853 Curt 16,314
854 Darian 16,313
855 Augustus 16,272
856 Adonis 16,270
857 Arlo 16,238
858 Alvaro 16,184
859 Ahmed 16,079
860 Nico 16,049
861 Moshe 15,954
862 Rashad 15,947
863 Aldo 15,929
864 Josh 15,838
865 Nasir 15,834
866 Loyd 15,800
867 Tyrell 15,789
868 Bart 15,764
869 Deshawn 15,717
870 Murray 15,709
871 Jamar 15,676
872 Mohammad 15,654
873 Carey 15,645
874 Denver 15,618
875 Grover 15,606
876 Colten 15,598
877 Ulysses 15,551
878 Cullen 15,550
879 Brayan 15,545
880 Kolton 15,535
881 Galen 15,523
882 Ed 15,480
883 Ernie 15,478
884 Donte 15,462
885 Adolfo 15,440
886 Kieran 15,422
887 Finley 15,369
888 Norbert 15,352
889 Jeffry 15,338
890 Emery 15,274
891 Coleman 15,266
892 Ibrahim 15,260
893 Agustin 15,182
894 Brice 15,090
895 Erwin 15,040
896 Denny 15,029
897 Quintin 15,023
898 Royal 15,021
899 Ashley 14,993
900 Monty 14,937
901 Lawson 14,917
902 Deon 14,884
903 Brenton 14,782
904 Mohammed 14,780
905 Alden 14,735
906 Hank 14,681
907 Atticus 14,663
908 Houston 14,650
909 Shelby 14,648
910 Al 14,617
911 Atlas 14,615
912 Bryon 14,614
913 Camron 14,562
914 Markus 14,457
915 Hal 14,439
916 Ronny 14,421
917 Emory 14,376
918 Joesph 14,371
919 Tyree 14,342
920 Gerry 14,298
921 Kris 14,298
922 Coy 14,289
923 Dayton 14,266
924 Luciano 14,262
925 Kory 14,258
926 Bruno 14,233
927 Kyrie 14,158
928 Osvaldo 14,090
929 Beckham 14,077
930 Trevon 14,047
931 Donnell 14,046
932 Braydon 13,976
933 Hayes 13,956
934 Jensen 13,954
935 Blair 13,875
936 Stacey 13,867
937 Carmen 13,851
938 Carlo 13,830
939 Hans 13,775
940 Roscoe 13,765
941 Elwood 13,758
942 Scot 13,702
943 Alphonso 13,692
944 Norris 13,667
945 Kash 13,664
946 Jamari 13,660
947 Killian 13,652
948 Gus 13,623
949 Jordon 13,589
950 Kirby 13,576
951 Gianni 13,567
952 Ned 13,515
953 Sage 13,509
954 Braeden 13,497
955 Devan 13,477
956 Izaiah 13,474
957 Wiley 13,452
958 Benito 13,406
959 Eddy 13,403
960 Demarcus 13,395
961 Fletcher 13,355
962 Milan 13,315
963 Kason 13,309
964 Jarred 13,222
965 Armani 13,208
966 Harris 13,169
967 Elisha 13,144
968 Chadwick 13,121
969 Layne 13,111
970 Davon 13,094
971 Garret 13,076
972 Brycen 13,040
973 Malakai 13,023
974 Augustine 13,011
975 Johan 12,974
976 Domingo 12,938
977 Bo 12,907
978 Charley 12,853
979 Donny 12,801
980 Truman 12,695
981 Trace 12,632
982 Johnie 12,620
983 Russel 12,619
984 Davion 12,604
985 Mitchel 12,468
986 Forest 12,438
987 Julien 12,375
988 Kermit 12,361
989 Daxton 12,358
990 Antwan 12,355
991 Sullivan 12,338
992 Thurman 12,319
993 Stevie 12,285
994 Hollis 12,219
995 Gino 12,201
996 Merlin 12,172
997 Irwin 12,167
998 Jayceon 12,153
999 Alijah 12,125
1000 Vito 12,123

Why is the latest data for 2023?

You might be wondering why we're showing name data for 2023 when we're living in 2024.

This is because the Social Security Administration who collect the data have to first verify it and safeguard privacy. Data from the previous year is released around May each year.

It's not entirely accurate, but the data is usually published on the Friday before Mother's Day.

Based on that assumption, we can expect the data for 2024 to be released on or around May 9, 2025.

Baby name data vs census data

The Census Bureau hasn't released any first name data since 1990 (but they do still release last name data). And even if they did it would only be released every 10 years so it's not a very reliable source of name trends and popularity.

The Social Security Administration records the data from Social Security card applications as people register their babies for a social security card.

Yearly data is much better to spot trends and see what the common and popular names are right now. It's also a great way to see what names are falling out of favor.

It's still slightly delayed so that they can make sure the data is accurate and that they're not releasing any personal information - but it's much less than 10 years.

The most common male names in the United States

Did you find your name on the list? Or maybe you were surprised by where you found it on the list. This could be because you have a name that is very popular or has been around for many years.

But why do people have names to begin with? And where did people get the idea to name themselves and their children? Keep reading to learn more.

Why do people have names?

It's easy to see why people have names, just picture a world without them. It doesn't even have to be a world without names, just think of your family or your coworkers not having names. Rather than calling their name out to ask a question, you would have to physically gesture to them or just say 'hey you.'

Emailing and texting would be just as difficult as you would never know who anything was from or who it was referring to—you get the point; names are a necessary part of society.

Unfortunately, historians aren't sure when the practice of naming originated, as everything written in history talks about people using names. Therefore many speculate that names have been around since the time when humans first began using spoken language.

Where do male first names come from?

Even though the practice of naming has been around for thousands of years, the method of how parents come up with names for their children has remained relatively unchanged. Most names are derived from some basic aspects of life. These aspects will vary widely from culture to culture.

Names from nouns

The main place where people derived names to name themselves is from nouns. These noun names would be the equivalent of naming someone 'Tree,' 'Earl' or 'Hunter' today. But because English wasn't always the most prominent language on the planet, your name may be derived from a noun without you knowing.

Take the name 'Jason' for example, as it is the Greek word for 'healer.' If your name is Jason, it's unlikely your parents really wanted to name you 'healer' but rather they just liked the sound of the name without knowing it's origin.

Names from adjectives

Names are also frequently derived from adjectives. Think of the name 'Harry,' although someone with this name may not necessarily be any harrier than anyone else, it's likely that the name was once given to a child who was born very hairy, and the spelling changed over time.

It isn't always obvious that a name is from an adjective either. Look at the name 'Robert' which actually means 'bright' in old German. No one speaks old German anymore, so if your name is Robert, you likely had no idea it was an adjective name even though it is one of the most common names for males in the United States.

Names from compound phrases

Other names which are popular are made of compound phrases. This would be the equivalent of naming your child 'He who rides the wave' or 'The brave leader' today. (This is still done in some cultures, such as in Hawaii). Of course, while this is no longer common, there are many popular names that entered the world in this way.

For example, 'Benjamin' , a very popular boy's name, is actually Hebrew for 'Son of the Right Hand.' Most people who named their son Benjamin have no idea of the meaning behind the name.

Names from gods/religion

Does your name not seem to come from any of these categories? Well, then it is likely you are named after a religious figure or god. These names are especially common among males. Take 'Michael' which is the name of a famous archangel and is one of the most popular male names.

'Jesus,' 'John,' and 'Joseph' are all names of religious origin that still remain popular today.

Why are some male first names so common?

When looking at common first names for males, you will notice the top names are extremely common. Much more so than the top female names in the same places. Why is this?

Well, the practice of how people name their children is actually very difficult to track and even harder to explain. There are some naming phenomena that even scientists don't understand.

Think about it this way, when parents are naming a child they are much more likely to come up with a unique name for a daughter, rather than for a son. Parents are also more likely to tweak a girl's name with a spelling change than a boys. Why is this? No one is sure, but it could have something to do with the fact that parents fear a son will be judged much more harshly by his peers if he has a weird name than if their daughter does.

Therefore when faced with a choice between naming their son 'David' or coming up with something new like 'Daviloen,' many parents will take the easy way out and pick the simple name so their child doesn't have problems in the future.

But besides just sticking to boring names, you have to account for the fact that people like to show respect to family members by naming their children after their parents/grandparents. Although this does happen with daughters too, it is increasingly more common in boys. Boys are much more likely to be named the same name as their father.

This means that a name like Robert, which has been popular for years, isn't on the forefront of everyone's mind, but rather it's the parents passing on the family name as a sign of respect. Therefore the name remains popular as generation after generation continues the tradition.

Additionally, people often name their children after celebrities or famous people they admire. Thus as certain celebrities rise in fame, there tends to be a spike of children named after that celebrity. This is much more difficult to track in boys than girls (again, due to the lack of creativity) but you can see this in the name 'Elon' which has become more popular ever since Elon Musk became a household name.

Besides naming their children after the living, parents also like to name their children after characters in books. Recently, the popular book 'Twilight' has brought back many old names which were on their way to extinction such as 'Edward,' 'Emmett,' and 'Carlisle.' It will be interesting to see if this trend continues, or if it fades as the generation who enjoyed this book gets too old to have children.

Overall, it's difficult to say exactly why some names are popular and others are not. It's also hard to say for sure why so many male names have been popular for so long. It is likely a combination of all of the above aspects working together to keep names like 'James' and 'John' at the top of the list.

Why do some male names go out of style?

There are times when a name will sink down the list, or perhaps be eliminated from it completely. This occurs for several reasons.

As previously mentioned, many people name their children after figures and characters. As these celebrities or stories go out of style, so too does the practice of naming them this way. And sometimes, there is negative publicity surrounding a name, causing people to stop naming their children after the individual entirely. Just look at the popularity of the name 'Adolf' for example.

Over time, it is becoming less and less popular to name a son after the father and grandfather. While the US was once filled with 'Junior's' and 'the seconds' it is now becoming more popular to give your son a new name. Therefore it is possible names you see on this list today may not retain the same spot in the coming decades.

In conclusion, it's almost impossible to say why some names go out of style while others remain popular so you'll just have to keep wondering why there are still so many people naming their son 'John.'

Data source

It should be pretty obvious given how much we've mentioned them, but the data comes from the Social Security Administration (SSA). They've been collecting data on baby names since 1880.

Names with fewer than 5 occurrences in any geographic area are not included in the data to protect privacy.

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