Most Popular Baby Names for Boys the Year You Were Born

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Male monikers are commonly inspired by political, cultural, and personal influences that suggest good, masculine, and well-rounded people.

Stacker rounded up the most popular baby boy names from 1915 to 2021, using data from the Social Security Administration.

– #1 boys’ name: John – #2 boys’ name: William – #3 boys’ name: James John topped the list of most popular baby boy names from 1915 to 1919. Hebrew in origin, the name means “God is gracious.”


– #1 boys’ name: Michael – #2 boys’ name: James – #3 boys’ name: David 1970 and 1971 mark the last years of David topping the Social Security Administration’s list of popular baby boy names.



– #1 boys’ name: Michael – #2 boys’ name: Christopher – #3 boys’ name: Matthew The early 1980s brought a new name into fashion. Matthew, an English moniker meaning “gift of God,” crept up into the third spot in 1981.

– #1 boys’ name: Jacob – #2 boys’ name: Michael – #3 boys’ name: Matthew The turn of the century brought a minor panic—remember Y2K? But while many things did change, the most popular names for newborn boys remained the same.


– #1 boys’ name: Noah – #2 boys’ name: Liam – #3 boys’ name: Mason Noah remained the most popular name for boys throughout 2014 and 2015. Liam became the second most-used name. Stemming from Ireland, Liam means “strong-willed warrior.”