Most Common Male First Names in the United States

In this section of the site we have data on the most common male first names in the United States.

Note: the data source for these names is the 1990 Decennial Census, and is very outdated. If you want to view more accurate data on the popularity of first names, please check the baby names section of the site, which has much more recent data of names registered on Social Security card applications.

The table below shows the most popular first names for the U.S. population for the 1990 Census.

You can use the links below to view more common first names. This page is currently showing male names ranked from 901 to 1200.

Most common first names: 1-1000 | 1001+

Most common male names: 1-300 | 301-600 | 601-900 | 900+

Most common female names: 1-1000 | 1001-2000 | 2001-3000 | 3001+

Rank Name Frequency (%) Count
901 TREY 0.01% 19,594
902 NORBERTO 0.01% 19,594
903 NAPOLEON 0.01% 19,594
904 JEROLD 0.01% 19,594
905 FRITZ 0.01% 19,594
906 ROSENDO 0.01% 19,594
907 MILFORD 0.01% 19,594
908 SANG 0.01% 19,594
909 DEON 0.01% 19,594
910 CHRISTOPER 0.01% 19,594
911 ALFONZO 0.01% 19,594
912 LYMAN 0.01% 19,594
913 JOSIAH 0.01% 19,594
914 BRANT 0.01% 19,594
915 WILTON 0.01% 19,594
916 RICO 0.01% 19,594
917 JAMAAL 0.01% 19,594
918 DEWITT 0.01% 19,594
919 CAROL 0.01% 19,594
920 BRENTON 0.01% 19,594
921 YONG 0.01% 19,594
922 OLIN 0.01% 19,594
923 FOSTER 0.01% 19,594
924 FAUSTINO 0.01% 19,594
925 CLAUDIO 0.01% 19,594
926 JUDSON 0.01% 19,594
927 GINO 0.01% 19,594
928 EDGARDO 0.01% 19,594
929 BERRY 0.01% 19,594
930 ALEC 0.01% 19,594
931 TANNER 0.01% 19,594
932 JARRED 0.01% 19,594
933 DONN 0.01% 19,594
934 TRINIDAD 0.01% 16,328
935 TAD 0.01% 16,328
936 SHIRLEY 0.01% 16,328
937 PRINCE 0.01% 16,328
938 PORFIRIO 0.01% 16,328
939 ODIS 0.01% 16,328
940 MARIA 0.01% 16,328
941 LENARD 0.01% 16,328
942 CHAUNCEY 0.01% 16,328
943 CHANG 0.01% 16,328
944 TOD 0.01% 16,328
945 MEL 0.01% 16,328
946 MARCELO 0.01% 16,328
947 KORY 0.01% 16,328
948 AUGUSTUS 0.01% 16,328
949 KEVEN 0.01% 16,328
950 HILARIO 0.01% 16,328
951 BUD 0.01% 16,328
952 SAL 0.01% 16,328
953 ROSARIO 0.01% 16,328
954 ORVAL 0.01% 16,328
955 MAURO 0.01% 16,328
956 DANNIE 0.01% 16,328
957 ZACHARIAH 0.01% 16,328
958 OLEN 0.01% 16,328
959 ANIBAL 0.01% 16,328
960 MILO 0.01% 16,328
961 JED 0.01% 16,328
962 FRANCES 0.01% 16,328
963 THANH 0.01% 16,328
964 DILLON 0.01% 16,328
965 AMADO 0.01% 16,328
966 NEWTON 0.01% 16,328
967 CONNIE 0.01% 16,328
968 LENNY 0.01% 16,328
969 TORY 0.01% 16,328
970 RICHIE 0.01% 16,328
971 LUPE 0.01% 16,328
972 HORACIO 0.01% 16,328
973 BRICE 0.01% 16,328
974 MOHAMED 0.01% 16,328
975 DELMER 0.01% 16,328
976 DARIO 0.01% 16,328
977 REYES 0.01% 16,328
978 DEE 0.01% 16,328
979 MAC 0.01% 16,328
980 JONAH 0.01% 16,328
981 JERROLD 0.01% 16,328
982 ROBT 0.01% 16,328
983 HANK 0.01% 16,328
984 SUNG 0.01% 16,328
985 RUPERT 0.01% 16,328
986 ROLLAND 0.01% 16,328
987 KENTON 0.01% 16,328
988 DAMION 0.01% 16,328
989 CHI 0.01% 16,328
990 ANTONE 0.01% 16,328
991 WALDO 0.01% 16,328
992 FREDRIC 0.01% 16,328
993 BRADLY 0.01% 16,328
994 QUINN 0.01% 16,328
995 KIP 0.01% 16,328
996 BURL 0.01% 16,328
997 WALKER 0.01% 16,328
998 TYREE 0.01% 16,328
999 JEFFEREY 0.01% 16,328
1000 AHMED 0.01% 16,328
1001 WILLY 0.01% 16,328
1002 STANFORD 0.01% 16,328
1003 OREN 0.01% 16,328
1004 NOBLE 0.01% 16,328
1005 MOSHE 0.01% 16,328
1006 MIKEL 0.01% 16,328
1007 ENOCH 0.01% 16,328
1008 BRENDON 0.01% 16,328
1009 QUINTIN 0.01% 16,328
1010 JAMISON 0.01% 16,328
1011 FLORENCIO 0.01% 16,328
1012 DARRICK 0.01% 16,328
1013 TOBIAS 0.01% 16,328
1014 MINH 0.01% 16,328
1015 HASSAN 0.01% 16,328
1016 GIUSEPPE 0.01% 16,328
1017 DEMARCUS 0.01% 16,328
1018 CLETUS 0.01% 16,328
1019 TYRELL 0.01% 16,328
1020 LYNDON 0.01% 16,328
1021 KEENAN 0.01% 16,328
1022 WERNER 0.01% 16,328
1023 THEO 0.01% 16,328
1024 GERALDO 0.01% 16,328
1025 LOU 0.01% 16,328
1026 COLUMBUS 0.01% 16,328
1027 CHET 0.01% 16,328
1028 BERTRAM 0.01% 16,328
1029 MARKUS 0.01% 16,328
1030 HUEY 0.01% 16,328
1031 HILTON 0.01% 16,328
1032 DWAIN 0.01% 16,328
1033 DONTE 0.01% 16,328
1034 TYRON 0.01% 16,328
1035 OMER 0.01% 16,328
1036 ISAIAS 0.01% 16,328
1037 HIPOLITO 0.01% 16,328
1038 FERMIN 0.01% 16,328
1039 CHUNG 0.01% 16,328
1040 ADALBERTO 0.01% 16,328
1041 VALENTINE 0.01% 16,328
1042 JAMEY 0.01% 16,328
1043 BO 0.01% 16,328
1044 BARRETT 0.01% 16,328
1045 WHITNEY 0.01% 16,328
1046 TEODORO 0.01% 16,328
1047 MCKINLEY 0.01% 16,328
1048 MAXIMO 0.01% 16,328
1049 GARFIELD 0.01% 16,328
1050 SOL 0.01% 16,328
1051 RALEIGH 0.01% 16,328
1052 LAWERENCE 0.01% 16,328
1053 ABRAM 0.01% 16,328
1054 RASHAD 0.00% 13,063
1055 KING 0.00% 13,063
1056 EMMITT 0.00% 13,063
1057 DARON 0.00% 13,063
1058 CHONG 0.00% 13,063
1059 SAMUAL 0.00% 13,063
1060 PARIS 0.00% 13,063
1061 OTHA 0.00% 13,063
1062 MIQUEL 0.00% 13,063
1063 LACY 0.00% 13,063
1064 EUSEBIO 0.00% 13,063
1065 DONG 0.00% 13,063
1066 DOMENIC 0.00% 13,063
1067 DARRON 0.00% 13,063
1068 BUSTER 0.00% 13,063
1069 ANTONIA 0.00% 13,063
1070 WILBER 0.00% 13,063
1071 RENATO 0.00% 13,063
1072 JC 0.00% 13,063
1073 HOYT 0.00% 13,063
1074 HAYWOOD 0.00% 13,063
1075 EZEKIEL 0.00% 13,063
1076 CHAS 0.00% 13,063
1077 FLORENTINO 0.00% 13,063
1078 ELROY 0.00% 13,063
1079 CLEMENTE 0.00% 13,063
1080 ARDEN 0.00% 13,063
1081 NEVILLE 0.00% 13,063
1082 KELLEY 0.00% 13,063
1083 EDISON 0.00% 13,063
1084 DESHAWN 0.00% 13,063
1085 CARROL 0.00% 13,063
1086 SHAYNE 0.00% 13,063
1087 NATHANIAL 0.00% 13,063
1088 JORDON 0.00% 13,063
1089 DANILO 0.00% 13,063
1090 CLAUD 0.00% 13,063
1091 VAL 0.00% 13,063
1092 SHERWOOD 0.00% 13,063
1093 RAYMON 0.00% 13,063
1094 RAYFORD 0.00% 13,063
1095 CRISTOBAL 0.00% 13,063
1096 AMBROSE 0.00% 13,063
1097 TITUS 0.00% 13,063
1098 HYMAN 0.00% 13,063
1099 FELTON 0.00% 13,063
1100 EZEQUIEL 0.00% 13,063
1101 ERASMO 0.00% 13,063
1102 STANTON 0.00% 13,063
1103 LONNY 0.00% 13,063
1104 LEN 0.00% 13,063
1105 IKE 0.00% 13,063
1106 MILAN 0.00% 13,063
1107 LINO 0.00% 13,063
1108 JAROD 0.00% 13,063
1109 HERB 0.00% 13,063
1110 ANDREAS 0.00% 13,063
1111 WALTON 0.00% 13,063
1112 RHETT 0.00% 13,063
1113 PALMER 0.00% 13,063
1114 JUDE 0.00% 13,063
1115 DOUGLASS 0.00% 13,063
1116 CORDELL 0.00% 13,063
1117 OSWALDO 0.00% 13,063
1118 ELLSWORTH 0.00% 13,063
1119 VIRGILIO 0.00% 13,063
1120 TONEY 0.00% 13,063
1121 NATHANAEL 0.00% 13,063
1122 DEL 0.00% 13,063
1123 BRITT 0.00% 13,063
1124 BENEDICT 0.00% 13,063
1125 MOSE 0.00% 13,063
1126 HONG 0.00% 13,063
1127 LEIGH 0.00% 13,063
1128 JOHNSON 0.00% 13,063
1129 ISREAL 0.00% 13,063
1130 GAYLE 0.00% 13,063
1131 GARRET 0.00% 13,063
1132 FAUSTO 0.00% 13,063
1133 ASA 0.00% 13,063
1134 ARLEN 0.00% 13,063
1135 ZACK 0.00% 13,063
1136 WARNER 0.00% 13,063
1137 MODESTO 0.00% 13,063
1138 FRANCESCO 0.00% 13,063
1139 MANUAL 0.00% 13,063
1140 JAE 0.00% 13,063
1141 GAYLORD 0.00% 13,063
1142 GASTON 0.00% 13,063
1143 FILIBERTO 0.00% 13,063
1144 DEANGELO 0.00% 13,063
1145 MICHALE 0.00% 13,063
1146 GRANVILLE 0.00% 13,063
1147 WES 0.00% 13,063
1148 MALIK 0.00% 13,063
1149 ZACKARY 0.00% 13,063
1150 TUAN 0.00% 13,063
1151 NICKY 0.00% 13,063
1152 ELDRIDGE 0.00% 13,063
1153 CRISTOPHER 0.00% 13,063
1154 CORTEZ 0.00% 13,063
1155 ANTIONE 0.00% 13,063
1156 MALCOM 0.00% 13,063
1157 LONG 0.00% 13,063
1158 KOREY 0.00% 13,063
1159 JOSPEH 0.00% 13,063
1160 COLTON 0.00% 13,063
1161 WAYLON 0.00% 13,063
1162 VON 0.00% 13,063
1163 HOSEA 0.00% 13,063
1164 SHAD 0.00% 13,063
1165 SANTO 0.00% 13,063
1166 RUDOLF 0.00% 13,063
1167 ROLF 0.00% 13,063
1168 REY 0.00% 13,063
1169 RENALDO 0.00% 13,063
1170 MARCELLUS 0.00% 13,063
1171 LUCIUS 0.00% 13,063
1172 LESLEY 0.00% 13,063
1173 KRISTOFER 0.00% 13,063
1174 BOYCE 0.00% 13,063
1175 BENTON 0.00% 13,063
1176 MAN 0.00% 13,063
1177 KASEY 0.00% 13,063
1178 JEWELL 0.00% 13,063
1179 HAYDEN 0.00% 13,063
1180 HARLAND 0.00% 13,063
1181 ARNOLDO 0.00% 13,063
1182 RUEBEN 0.00% 13,063
1183 LEANDRO 0.00% 13,063
1184 KRAIG 0.00% 13,063
1185 JERRELL 0.00% 13,063
1186 JEROMY 0.00% 13,063
1187 HOBERT 0.00% 13,063
1188 CEDRICK 0.00% 13,063
1189 ARLIE 0.00% 13,063
1190 WINFORD 0.00% 13,063
1191 WALLY 0.00% 13,063
1192 PATRICIA 0.00% 13,063
1193 LUIGI 0.00% 13,063
1194 KENETH 0.00% 13,063
1195 JACINTO 0.00% 13,063
1196 GRAIG 0.00% 13,063
1197 FRANKLYN 0.00% 13,063
1198 EDMUNDO 0.00% 13,063
1199 SID 0.00% 13,063
1200 PORTER 0.00% 13,063

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(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the 1990 Decennial Census survey, from the United States Census Bureau.

If you know of a more up-to-date source for first name data, please let us know. You can also use the baby name section for further research of common and popular first names in the United States.

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