When the Social Security Administration Ranked the Top Baby Boy Names, These Made the List

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When it comes to parenting, choosing a baby name is one of the first decisions you have to make — the first of many. You have decide, without meeting the baby first, if you want something trendy or traditional, unique or timeless. Then you have to start narrowing down your options.

One of the factors that may influence your decision is the popularity of a baby name. The Social Security Administration (SSA) keeps track of names used in the country, and releases a list of the most popular baby names every year.

Not only that, the SSA also tracks which names have risen in popularity, and which names have decreased. And they've been doing it since 1879, so they can tell you the popularity of a name over time.

The SSA only does this for the top 1,000 names each year, though. If you've managed to find a name that didn't make the list, it's a good bet that name won't be plastered on every cubby in kindergarten.

But what about now? Here's the SSA's list of the most popular baby boy names at the moment. These are for babies born in the year 2020, the most recent data that's available. Scrolling through, you can see that the top names — Liam, Noah and Oliver — have been steady at the top of the list for a while. You can also find a lot of gender-neutral names (Jordan, Ryan); nicknames used as first names (like Ace); celebrity names (Kobe, RIP); and names of cities (like Cairo).

However you feel about those trends, if you're looking for baby boy name inspiration, something might jump out at you from scanning the SSA's list — for good or for bad.

Photo credit: Phatranist Kerddaeng - Getty Images
Photo credit: Phatranist Kerddaeng - Getty Images

The Current Top 1,000 Baby Boy Names

According to the Social Security Administration, these are the most popular names for baby boys in the United States.

  1. Liam

  2. Noah

  3. Oliver

  4. Elijah

  5. William

  6. James

  7. Benjamin

  8. Lucas

  9. Henry

  10. Alexander

  11. Mason

  12. Michael

  13. Ethan

  14. Daniel

  15. Jacob

  16. Logan

  17. Jackson

  18. Levi

  19. Sebastian

  20. Mateo

  21. Jack

  22. Owen

  23. Theodore

  24. Aiden

  25. Samuel

  26. Joseph

  27. John

  28. David

  29. Wyatt

  30. Matthew

  31. Luke

  32. Asher

  33. Carter

  34. Julian

  35. Grayson

  36. Leo

  37. Jayden

  38. Gabriel

  39. Isaac

  40. Lincoln

  41. Anthony

  42. Hudson

  43. Dylan

  44. Ezra

  45. Thomas

  46. Charles

  47. Christopher

  48. Jaxon

  49. Maverick

  50. Josiah

  51. Isaiah

  52. Andrew

  53. Elias

  54. Joshua

  55. Nathan

  56. Caleb

  57. Ryan

  58. Adrian

  59. Miles

  60. Eli

  61. Nolan

  62. Christian

  63. Aaron

  64. Cameron

  65. Ezekiel

  66. Colton

  67. Luca

  68. Landon

  69. Hunter

  70. Jonathan

  71. Santiago

  72. Axel

  73. Easton

  74. Cooper

  75. Jeremiah

  76. Angel

  77. Roman

  78. Connor

  79. Jameson

  80. Robert

  81. Greyson

  82. Jordan

  83. Ian

  84. Carson

  85. Jaxson

  86. Leonardo

  87. Nicholas

  88. Dominic

  89. Austin

  90. Everett

  91. Brooks

  92. Xavier

  93. Kai

  94. Jose

  95. Parker

  96. Adam

  97. Jace

  98. Wesley

  99. Kayden

  100. Silas

  101. Bennett

  102. Declan

  103. Waylon

  104. Weston

  105. Evan

  106. Emmett

  107. Micah

  108. Ryder

  109. Beau

  110. Damian

  111. Brayden

  112. Gael

  113. Rowan

  114. Harrison

  115. Bryson

  116. Sawyer

  117. Amir

  118. Kingston

  119. Jason

  120. Giovanni

  121. Vincent

  122. Ayden

  123. Chase

  124. Myles

  125. Diego

  126. Nathaniel

  127. Legend

  128. Jonah

  129. River

  130. Tyler

  131. Cole

  132. Braxton

  133. George

  134. Milo

  135. Zachary

  136. Ashton

  137. Luis

  138. Jasper

  139. Kaiden

  140. Adriel

  141. Gavin

  142. Bentley

  143. Calvin

  144. Zion

  145. Juan

  146. Maxwell

  147. Max

  148. Ryker

  149. Carlos

  150. Emmanuel

  151. Jayce

  152. Lorenzo

  153. Ivan

  154. Jude

  155. August

  156. Kevin

  157. Malachi

  158. Elliott

  159. Rhett

  160. Archer

  161. Karter

  162. Arthur

  163. Luka

  164. Elliot

  165. Thiago

  166. Brandon

  167. Camden

  168. Justin

  169. Jesus

  170. Maddox

  171. King

  172. Theo

  173. Enzo

  174. Matteo

  175. Emiliano

  176. Dean

  177. Hayden

  178. Finn

  179. Brody

  180. Antonio

  181. Abel

  182. Alex

  183. Tristan

  184. Graham

  185. Zayden

  186. Judah

  187. Xander

  188. Miguel

  189. Atlas

  190. Messiah

  191. Barrett

  192. Tucker

  193. Timothy

  194. Alan

  195. Edward

  196. Leon

  197. Dawson

  198. Eric

  199. Ace

  200. Victor

  201. Abraham

  202. Nicolas

  203. Jesse

  204. Charlie

  205. Patrick

  206. Walker

  207. Joel

  208. Richard

  209. Beckett

  210. Blake

  211. Alejandro

  212. Avery

  213. Grant

  214. Peter

  215. Oscar

  216. Matias

  217. Amari

  218. Lukas

  219. Andres

  220. Arlo

  221. Colt

  222. Adonis

  223. Kyrie

  224. Steven

  225. Felix

  226. Preston

  227. Marcus

  228. Holden

  229. Emilio

  230. Remington

  231. Jeremy

  232. Kaleb

  233. Brantley

  234. Bryce

  235. Mark

  236. Knox

  237. Israel

  238. Phoenix

  239. Kobe

  240. Nash

  241. Griffin

  242. Caden

  243. Kenneth

  244. Kyler

  245. Hayes

  246. Jax

  247. Rafael

  248. Beckham

  249. Javier

  250. Maximus

  251. Simon

  252. Paul

  253. Omar

  254. Kaden

  255. Kash

  256. Lane

  257. Bryan

  258. Riley

  259. Zane

  260. Louis

  261. Aidan

  262. Paxton

  263. Maximiliano

  264. Karson

  265. Cash

  266. Cayden

  267. Emerson

  268. Tobias

  269. Ronan

  270. Brian

  271. Dallas

  272. Bradley

  273. Jorge

  274. Walter

  275. Josue

  276. Khalil

  277. Damien

  278. Jett

  279. Kairo

  280. Zander

  281. Andre

  282. Cohen

  283. Crew

  284. Hendrix

  285. Colin

  286. Chance

  287. Malakai

  288. Clayton

  289. Daxton

  290. Malcolm

  291. Lennox

  292. Martin

  293. Jaden

  294. Kayson

  295. Bodhi

  296. Francisco

  297. Cody

  298. Erick

  299. Kameron

  300. Atticus

  301. Dante

  302. Jensen

  303. Cruz

  304. Finley

  305. Brady

  306. Joaquin

  307. Anderson

  308. Gunner

  309. Muhammad

  310. Zayn

  311. Derek

  312. Raymond

  313. Kyle

  314. Angelo

  315. Reid

  316. Spencer

  317. Nico

  318. Jaylen

  319. Jake

  320. Prince

  321. Manuel

  322. Ali

  323. Gideon

  324. Stephen

  325. Ellis

  326. Orion

  327. Rylan

  328. Eduardo

  329. Mario

  330. Rory

  331. Cristian

  332. Odin

  333. Tanner

  334. Julius

  335. Callum

  336. Sean

  337. Kane

  338. Ricardo

  339. Travis

  340. Wade

  341. Warren

  342. Fernando

  343. Titus

  344. Leonel

  345. Edwin

  346. Cairo

  347. Corbin

  348. Dakota

  349. Ismael

  350. Colson

  351. Killian

  352. Major

  353. Tate

  354. Gianni

  355. Elian

  356. Remy

  357. Lawson

  358. Niko

  359. Nasir

  360. Kade

  361. Armani

  362. Ezequiel

  363. Marshall

  364. Hector

  365. Desmond

  366. Kason

  367. Garrett

  368. Jared

  369. Cyrus

  370. Russell

  371. Cesar

  372. Tyson

  373. Malik

  374. Donovan

  375. Jaxton

  376. Cade

  377. Romeo

  378. Nehemiah

  379. Sergio

  380. Iker

  381. Caiden

  382. Jay

  383. Pablo

  384. Devin

  385. Jeffrey

  386. Otto

  387. Kamari

  388. Ronin

  389. Johnny

  390. Clark

  391. Ari

  392. Marco

  393. Edgar

  394. Bowen

  395. Jaiden

  396. Grady

  397. Zayne

  398. Sullivan

  399. Jayceon

  400. Sterling

  401. Andy

  402. Conor

  403. Raiden

  404. Royal

  405. Royce

  406. Solomon

  407. Trevor

  408. Winston

  409. Emanuel

  410. Finnegan

  411. Pedro

  412. Luciano

  413. Harvey

  414. Franklin

  415. Noel

  416. Troy

  417. Princeton

  418. Johnathan

  419. Erik

  420. Fabian

  421. Oakley

  422. Rhys

  423. Porter

  424. Hugo

  425. Frank

  426. Damon

  427. Kendrick

  428. Mathias

  429. Milan

  430. Peyton

  431. Wilder

  432. Callan

  433. Gregory

  434. Seth

  435. Matthias

  436. Briggs

  437. Ibrahim

  438. Roberto

  439. Conner

  440. Quinn

  441. Kashton

  442. Sage

  443. Santino

  444. Kolton

  445. Alijah

  446. Dominick

  447. Zyaire

  448. Apollo

  449. Kylo

  450. Reed

  451. Philip

  452. Kian

  453. Shawn

  454. Kaison

  455. Leonidas

  456. Ayaan

  457. Lucca

  458. Memphis

  459. Ford

  460. Baylor

  461. Kyson

  462. Uriel

  463. Allen

  464. Collin

  465. Ruben

  466. Archie

  467. Dalton

  468. Esteban

  469. Adan

  470. Forrest

  471. Alonzo

  472. Isaias

  473. Leland

  474. Jase

  475. Dax

  476. Kasen

  477. Gage

  478. Kamden

  479. Marcos

  480. Jamison

  481. Francis

  482. Hank

  483. Alexis

  484. Tripp

  485. Frederick

  486. Jonas

  487. Stetson

  488. Cassius

  489. Izaiah

  490. Eden

  491. Maximilian

  492. Rocco

  493. Tatum

  494. Keegan

  495. Aziel

  496. Moses

  497. Bruce

  498. Lewis

  499. Braylen

  500. Omari

  501. Mack

  502. Augustus

  503. Enrique

  504. Armando

  505. Pierce

  506. Moises

  507. Asa

  508. Shane

  509. Emmitt

  510. Soren

  511. Dorian

  512. Keanu

  513. Zaiden

  514. Raphael

  515. Deacon

  516. Abdiel

  517. Kieran

  518. Phillip

  519. Ryland

  520. Zachariah

  521. Casey

  522. Zaire

  523. Albert

  524. Baker

  525. Corey

  526. Kylan

  527. Denver

  528. Gunnar

  529. Jayson

  530. Drew

  531. Callen

  532. Jasiah

  533. Drake

  534. Kannon

  535. Braylon

  536. Sonny

  537. Bo

  538. Moshe

  539. Huxley

  540. Quentin

  541. Rowen

  542. Santana

  543. Cannon

  544. Kenzo

  545. Wells

  546. Julio

  547. Nikolai

  548. Conrad

  549. Jalen

  550. Makai

  551. Benson

  552. Derrick

  553. Gerardo

  554. Davis

  555. Abram

  556. Mohamed

  557. Ronald

  558. Raul

  559. Arjun

  560. Dexter

  561. Kaysen

  562. Jaime

  563. Scott

  564. Lawrence

  565. Ariel

  566. Skyler

  567. Danny

  568. Roland

  569. Chandler

  570. Yusuf

  571. Samson

  572. Case

  573. Zain

  574. Roy

  575. Rodrigo

  576. Sutton

  577. Boone

  578. Saint

  579. Saul

  580. Jaziel

  581. Hezekiah

  582. Alec

  583. Arturo

  584. Jamari

  585. Jaxtyn

  586. Julien

  587. Koa

  588. Reece

  589. Landen

  590. Koda

  591. Darius

  592. Sylas

  593. Ares

  594. Kyree

  595. Boston

  596. Keith

  597. Taylor

  598. Johan

  599. Edison

  600. Sincere

  601. Watson

  602. Jerry

  603. Nikolas

  604. Quincy

  605. Shepherd

  606. Brycen

  607. Marvin

  608. Dariel

  609. Axton

  610. Donald

  611. Bodie

  612. Finnley

  613. Onyx

  614. Rayan

  615. Raylan

  616. Brixton

  617. Colby

  618. Shiloh

  619. Valentino

  620. Layton

  621. Trenton

  622. Landyn

  623. Alessandro

  624. Ahmad

  625. Gustavo

  626. Ledger

  627. Ridge

  628. Ander

  629. Ahmed

  630. Kingsley

  631. Issac

  632. Mauricio

  633. Tony

  634. Leonard

  635. Mohammed

  636. Uriah

  637. Duke

  638. Kareem

  639. Lucian

  640. Marcelo

  641. Aarav

  642. Leandro

  643. Reign

  644. Clay

  645. Kohen

  646. Dennis

  647. Samir

  648. Ermias

  649. Otis

  650. Emir

  651. Nixon

  652. Ty

  653. Sam

  654. Fletcher

  655. Wilson

  656. Dustin

  657. Hamza

  658. Bryant

  659. Flynn

  660. Lionel

  661. Mohammad

  662. Cason

  663. Jamir

  664. Aden

  665. Dakari

  666. Justice

  667. Dillon

  668. Layne

  669. Zaid

  670. Alden

  671. Nelson

  672. Devon

  673. Titan

  674. Chris

  675. Khari

  676. Zeke

  677. Noe

  678. Alberto

  679. Roger

  680. Brock

  681. Rex

  682. Quinton

  683. Alvin

  684. Cullen

  685. Azariah

  686. Harlan

  687. Kellan

  688. Lennon

  689. Marcel

  690. Keaton

  691. Morgan

  692. Ricky

  693. Trey

  694. Karsyn

  695. Langston

  696. Miller

  697. Chaim

  698. Salvador

  699. Amias

  700. Tadeo

  701. Curtis

  702. Lachlan

  703. Amos

  704. Anakin

  705. Krew

  706. Tomas

  707. Jefferson

  708. Yosef

  709. Bruno

  710. Korbin

  711. Augustine

  712. Cayson

  713. Mathew

  714. Vihaan

  715. Jamie

  716. Clyde

  717. Brendan

  718. Jagger

  719. Carmelo

  720. Harry

  721. Nathanael

  722. Mitchell

  723. Darren

  724. Ray

  725. Jedidiah

  726. Jimmy

  727. Lochlan

  728. Bellamy

  729. Eddie

  730. Rayden

  731. Reese

  732. Stanley

  733. Joe

  734. Houston

  735. Douglas

  736. Vincenzo

  737. Casen

  738. Emery

  739. Joziah

  740. Leighton

  741. Marcellus

  742. Atreus

  743. Aron

  744. Hugh

  745. Musa

  746. Tommy

  747. Alfredo

  748. Junior

  749. Neil

  750. Westley

  751. Banks

  752. Eliel

  753. Melvin

  754. Maximo

  755. Briar

  756. Colten

  757. Lance

  758. Nova

  759. Trace

  760. Axl

  761. Ramon

  762. Vicente

  763. Brennan

  764. Caspian

  765. Remi

  766. Deandre

  767. Legacy

  768. Lee

  769. Valentin

  770. Ben

  771. Louie

  772. Westin

  773. Wayne

  774. Benicio

  775. Grey

  776. Zayd

  777. Gatlin

  778. Mekhi

  779. Orlando

  780. Bjorn

  781. Harley

  782. Alonso

  783. Rio

  784. Aldo

  785. Byron

  786. Eliseo

  787. Ernesto

  788. Talon

  789. Thaddeus

  790. Brecken

  791. Kace

  792. Kellen

  793. Enoch

  794. Kiaan

  795. Lian

  796. Creed

  797. Rohan

  798. Callahan

  799. Jaxxon

  800. Ocean

  801. Crosby

  802. Dash

  803. Gary

  804. Mylo

  805. Ira

  806. Magnus

  807. Salem

  808. Abdullah

  809. Kye

  810. Tru

  811. Forest

  812. Jon

  813. Misael

  814. Madden

  815. Braden

  816. Carl

  817. Hassan

  818. Emory

  819. Kristian

  820. Alaric

  821. Ambrose

  822. Dario

  823. Allan

  824. Bode

  825. Boden

  826. Juelz

  827. Kristopher

  828. Genesis

  829. Idris

  830. Ameer

  831. Anders

  832. Darian

  833. Kase

  834. Aryan

  835. Dane

  836. Guillermo

  837. Elisha

  838. Jakobe

  839. Thatcher

  840. Eugene

  841. Ishaan

  842. Larry

  843. Wesson

  844. Yehuda

  845. Alvaro

  846. Bobby

  847. Bronson

  848. Dilan

  849. Kole

  850. Kyro

  851. Tristen

  852. Blaze

  853. Brayan

  854. Jadiel

  855. Kamryn

  856. Demetrius

  857. Maurice

  858. Arian

  859. Kabir

  860. Rocky

  861. Rudy

  862. Randy

  863. Rodney

  864. Yousef

  865. Felipe

  866. Robin

  867. Aydin

  868. Dior

  869. Kaiser

  870. Van

  871. Brodie

  872. London

  873. Eithan

  874. Stefan

  875. Ulises

  876. Camilo

  877. Branson

  878. Jakari

  879. Judson

  880. Yahir

  881. Zavier

  882. Damari

  883. Jakob

  884. Jaxx

  885. Bentlee

  886. Cain

  887. Niklaus

  888. Rey

  889. Zahir

  890. Aries

  891. Blaine

  892. Kyng

  893. Castiel

  894. Henrik

  895. Joey

  896. Khalid

  897. Bear

  898. Graysen

  899. Jair

  900. Kylen

  901. Darwin

  902. Alfred

  903. Ayan

  904. Kenji

  905. Zakai

  906. Avi

  907. Cory

  908. Fisher

  909. Jacoby

  910. Osiris

  911. Harlem

  912. Jamal

  913. Santos

  914. Wallace

  915. Brett

  916. Fox

  917. Leif

  918. Maison

  919. Reuben

  920. Adler

  921. Zev

  922. Calum

  923. Kelvin

  924. Zechariah

  925. Bridger

  926. Mccoy

  927. Seven

  928. Shepard

  929. Azrael

  930. Leroy

  931. Terry

  932. Harold

  933. Mac

  934. Mordechai

  935. Ahmir

  936. Cal

  937. Franco

  938. Trent

  939. Blaise

  940. Coen

  941. Dominik

  942. Marley

  943. Davion

  944. Jeremias

  945. Riggs

  946. Jones

  947. Will

  948. Damir

  949. Dangelo

  950. Canaan

  951. Dion

  952. Jabari

  953. Landry

  954. Salvatore

  955. Kody

  956. Hakeem

  957. Truett

  958. Gerald

  959. Lyric

  960. Gordon

  961. Jovanni

  962. Kamdyn

  963. Alistair

  964. Cillian

  965. Foster

  966. Terrance

  967. Murphy

  968. Zyair

  969. Cedric

  970. Rome

  971. Abner

  972. Colter

  973. Dayton

  974. Jad

  975. Xzavier

  976. Rene

  977. Vance

  978. Duncan

  979. Frankie

  980. Bishop

  981. Davian

  982. Everest

  983. Heath

  984. Jaxen

  985. Marlon

  986. Maxton

  987. Reginald

  988. Harris

  989. Jericho

  990. Keenan

  991. Korbyn

  992. Wes

  993. Eliezer

  994. Jeffery

  995. Kalel

  996. Kylian

  997. Turner

  998. Willie

  999. Rogelio

  1000. Ephraim

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