These are the 50 most favored names for boys

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The Social Security Administration updates every year its list of most popular baby names in America. 

Names like Christopher and Jaxon are no longer in the top 50. There are some newcomers to this list.

Here’s the complete list with the 50 most popular baby boy names in 2021.

50. Charles

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Charles, a top 50 baby boy name in the 20th century, returns to the top tier of baby names after falling to 64th in 2009. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, NBA star, is seen with his son Liam Charles Antetokounmpo at the 2021 NBA Finals. 


49. Josiah

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In 2020Josiah was relegated to No. 50, down 45th in 2019. The name moved up one place in 2021. 

After steadily rising in popularity since the late 1970s when baby boys were first named, the name is now cooling. 

Josiah Deguara, an NFL tight end, is pictured. Deguara was conceived in 1997, when the name was ranked 223rd according to the Social Security Administration’s data. 

48. Elias

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Elias is new to the Top 50 List. 

Actor Elias Harger arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of “Felix And The Hidden Treasure” at The Entertainer – Hornblower Cruises on July 1, 2021 in Marina del Rey, California. 

47. Maverick

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Tom Cruise’s high flying character from “Top Gun,” pictured. This trend is presumably supported by Tom Cruise: Maverick has been named the top 50 baby boy names in the U.S.A for the second time.  The first time was back in 2020

It was ranked 58th in 2019 on the list. It wasn’t even in top 500 until 2010. 

46. Thomas

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Thomas Magnum has returned to pop-culture’s forefront with the 2018 reboot of “Magnum P.I.” Jay Hernandez is the Ferrari-driving private eye in the film, which stars Thomas Magnum.

Thomas moved up from 49th place in 2017 and to 45th in 2020, and 46th in 2021. 

From 1931 to 1966, the name was a top ten favorite.

45. Lincoln

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In 2020Lincoln moved up one spot after a three year run in 41st. 

It was the highest ranking name in the Social Security Administration rankings at the time. It fell a few places in 2021. 

Pictured are TV icon Alfonso Ribeiro (with his family, which includes his son Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro Jr. 

44. Dylan

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Over the years, Dylan’s last name has been dropped. In 2020Name dropped four spots from 39th place in 2019 to be at the bottom of the list.  

After Luke Perry brought Dylan McKay, the character of Dylan McKay, to the small screen via “Beverly Hills,” 90210 in 1990, the name became a huge hit.

Perry is seen here in an “90210” publicity photograph. 

43. Anthony

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The popular name Anthony has been reintroduced to the top 50. (The name didn’t make it to the top 50 in 2020. 

Anthony Anderson, comedian and actor, arrives at the Emmy Awards on Monday September 12, 2022. 

42. Luca

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Anthony was a Top 10 Name from 2005 to 2008 but has fallen in the rankings. 

Anthony Davis, NBA superstar, is pictured here. Anthony Davis was 19th most popular name for a baby boy when Anthony was born in 1993.  

41. Jayden

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Jayden is now the fourth most popular boy’s name in 2010 and 2011. 

Jayden Daniels, a former Arizona State quarterback. 

40. Isaac

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Isaac drops from 34th place in 2019 to 39th in 2020. Since 2001, the name has been a top-50 perennial. 

Pictured is Isaac Rochell, a defensive end for NFL teams like the Cleveland Browns. 

39. Carter

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Carter continues to cool following reaching an all time high as the 24th most-popular baby boy name. This was a position it held between 2017 and 2018. Carter is much more popular in 21st century America than it was 20 years ago. 

Pictured is TV host Carter Oosterhouse. Oosterhouse was born 1976, while Jimmy Carter was on the way to defeating President Gerald Ford. 

38. Gabriel

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The Gabriel name saw its lowest ranking in 2020 since 2001. It is still No. 38 in 2021. 

Overall, the name is more well-known this century than it was in previous centuries. 

Richard Speight Jr. is pictured here as the archangel Gabriel in the TV series “Supernatural.” 

37. Ezra

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Ezra, the name of the animated series Star Wars Rebels, has seen a huge rise in popularity since its debut. 

Ezra was ranked No. 1 in 2014, the first year for “Star Wars Rebels.” 119. The latest Social Security Administration rankings show it has moved five places up from 49th place in 2019. This is its best performance to date. 

36. Matthew

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Matthew was a Top 10 Name from 1974 to 2007. He has been declining in popularity since then. 

Pictured is Oscar-winner Matt Damon. Damon was born just before Matthew became a super-popular surname.   

35. Grayson

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The name rose to 32nd position in 2018, after reaching the top 1,000 in 1984. It is ranked No. 35 for the year 2021. 

Grayson Allen, a NBA guard, is shown in the picture. Grayson Allen, Allen’s name, was first entered into the Top 500 in 1995.  

34. Hudson

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This name is in high demand. Hudson was the 588th most-favorite baby boy name in 2000. It ranked in the top 100 for 2012. 

Timmy Hill, a stock-car racer, is pictured with his son Hudson in 2021.

33. Julian

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Since its 2019 all-time high of 31st in 2019, Julian’s name has fallen.

Pictured is Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman. Edelman was born in 1987, when Julian was ranked 172nd among baby boys.

32. Luke

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Although “Star Wars” wasn’t necessarily a top choice for a baby boy name, it certainly didn’t make Luke less popular. 

Luke was the 190th-most popular baby boy’s name in 1977 when Mark Hamill created the hero Luke Skywalker. Over the next 25 year, the name slowly but surely rose up the ranks to the top 50.

Hamill is seen here as Luke, a lightsaber-wielding Luke from “Star Wars.”  

31. Leo

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Leo continues to be popular. 

Leo was ranked in the top 50 names of the early 1900s. He ranked in 482nd position in 1996. Then came “Titanic”, and the rise of Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2000, Leo was ranked 389th. It continued to climb. 

30. David

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David was a top five name between 1950 and 1984. He has fallen in popularity over time. 

Pictured is comedian Dave Chappelle. David’s dominance of the baby-name world was the reason Chappelle was born in 1973. 

29. Wyatt

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After falling from an all-time high of 25th in 2017, Wyatt is now steady. It was also ranked No. 29 2020

Wyatt Oleff is seen in the picture, playing Stanley Uris in The It Horror Movie Franchise.

28. Joseph

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Joseph has a new all-time lowest ranking, down two spots from 2020.

From 1900 to 1933, the name was a top-10 fixture. It was again in the top 10 from 1999 to 2005. 

The Jonas Brothers’ resident Joseph — Joe Jonas — is seen in 2022.

27. John

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John, the most popular boy name in the 20th century between 1900 and 1923, ranks No. 27 in 2021.

Pictured is EGOT winner John Legend, one the most prominent judges on “The Voice”. 

26. Aiden

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Since 2010, when it was in ninth place, Aiden has been declining in popularity. It dropped four spots to No. 24. This is a drop from 20th place in 2019. It now ranks below No. 25 in 2019. 26 in 2021 

This is Stand-up comedian Aidan Park. The variant Aidan was 261st in popularity among baby boys in 2020.  

25. Asher

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Asher’s name has risen in popularity since 2014 when it broke into the top 100. 

Pictured is Asher Angel, the actor who portrayed Billy Batson’s character in “Shazam!”

24. Jacob

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From 1999 to 2012, Jacob was the most-loved baby boy name. 

It was not in the top 10 for 2018. Its ranking in the 2020 Social Security Administration rankings was the worst since 1992. It fell to No. 24 in 2021 

Jacob deGrom is pictured, a star pitcher for Major League Baseball’s New York Mets. 

23. Samuel

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Samuel is currently ranked near the top 25 most popular baby names for boys so far in this century. It is No. 23. 

This is Samuel L. Jackson as an actor.  

22. Owen

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Owen is a much more popular boy name in 21st century than in 20th century. 

Since 2008, Owen has jumped from the number 58 most popular boy’s name to Dr. Owen Hunt (as portrayed by Kevin McKidd).


21. Logan

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Popularity of baby boy names can fluctuate. 

In 2017, Logan moved from 18th to 5th place. Then, it dropped to 10th in 2018. 

Logan Lerman, actor for Percy Jackson is pictured here.  

20. Ethan

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Ethan was America’s second most-loved baby boy name from 2009 to 2010. 

Ethan was dropped from the top 10 in 2017 and returned in 2019, before falling back to 13 in 2020, and then further to No. 20. 

Here is Ethan Hawke, Oscar-nominated actor. 

19. Sebastian

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Sebastian, the 152nd most popular boy’s name in 1999, broke into the top 20, for the first-time in 2018. It has maintained the same position in the most recent rankings as it did in 2018. 2020

Sebastian Stan, an actor best known for his role in Bucky Barnes (aka Winter Soldier), is pictured.  

18. Mason

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Kim Kardashian West and Mason Disick are seen together in 2019. 

The popularity of the name Mason has skyrocketed since Scott Disick and Kourtney Kim Kardashian welcomed Mason in 2009.

17. Michael

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Michael was never lower than third from 1953 to 2010. It fell to sixth in 2011 and to 14th in 2018. 

Michael dropped to No. 17.  

Pictured is Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther) co-star.

16. Daniel

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Daniel rises one spot in the latest rankings after a three year stint in 15th. 

Since 1952, the name has been a mainstay in America’s top 20. Famous American Daniels include Danny Amendola (2-time Super Bowl champ), pictured.  

15. Mateo

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Mateo rose in popularity during the 2010s, moving from 222nd position in 2010 to 26th place in 2019. Mateo’s highest ranking in the Social Security Administration rankings was in 2020. It remained at the same place in 2021. 

Elias Janssen, the TV star who played Mateo in the TV series Jane the Virgin, is pictured.  

14. Jackson

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Jackson, a popular name, has moved up a few positions on the list. 

Spike Lee, Oscar-winning filmmaker, is pictured with his son Jackson at 2020 NBA All-Star Game. 

13. Alexander

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Alexander’s popularity does not seem to be related to the hit musical Hamilton (pictured), which originally starred Lin Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, the founder of the United States. 

Alexander was the most popular baby name for boys in 2016 after the Broadway hit.

12. Levi

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This is the highest Levi’s name has ever been ranked in recorded history. The name has moved up from No. 18 to No. 12 since 2020. 12 since 2020. 

It was the 116th-most popular boy’s name in the country in 2008 

Matthew McConaughey, actor, is pictured with his son Levi in 2009. 

11. Jack

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Name Jack climbed 10 spots to No. 21 in 2020, to No. 11 in 2021

Pictured in 2018 is actor Chris Pratt with his son Jack.  

10. Theodore

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Theodore was ranked No. 10 from No. 23 in 2020. 

President Donald Trump and his grandson Theodore Kushner are pictured in 2020. 

9. Henry

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Henry has not been as popular since the early 20th centuries. 

The name saw its best performance since 1910, when Henry was a top ten name. 2020 was the best year for the name.  It remained at No. It was ranked 9 in 2021. 

Here is actor Matt Bomer with his son Henry, at the 2019 Tony Awards. 

8. Lucas

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Lucas is in the same position it was in 2019, and it continues to be so. 2020.

This is Chad Michael Murray as an actor. He played Lucas Scott in “One Tree Hill.” 

During Murray’s 2003-2012 run, Lucas’s name steadily gained popularity.

7. Benjamin


This is Benjamin’s third consecutive year of seventh place. 

Since 2015, Benjamin has been ranked in the top 10 most popular names. 

Here is Bravo host Andy Cohen and his son Benjamin. 

6. William

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William was a top ten name for a long time, from 1900 to 1973. 

Name returned to the top 10 in 2004 after being dropped for a few years. It returned to the top in 2007 and has remained there ever since. This photo shows Will Smith, actor.  

5. James

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James, a 20th century staple of the top 10, from 1900 to 1993 was relegated to the bottom in the aughts. It was back in the top 10, in 2014. 

James dropped one place in 2019, to sixth. It remained there until 2020 when it moved up to No. 5 on the 2021 list. Here’s James Harden, NBA star. 

4. Elijah

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Here is Elijah Riley, a NFL defensive back. The name Elijah was born in 1998, when it was hot. The name reached the top 10 for first time in 2016. 

Elijah was the best-performing Social Security Administration ranking since at least 1900, with 2020 and 2021. 

3. Oliver

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Oliver is currently in third place for the third consecutive year. 

Oliver has moved up from 73rd to its current place since the TV show Arrow, featuring Oliver Queen, portrayed by actor Stephen Amell. 

2. Noah

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After a four year run in first place between 2013 and 2016, Noah is now in second place for five years.

Pictured is Noah Beck, social media superstar. Beck was born in 2001, when Noah was ranked number 30.  

1. Liam

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When Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher released their first studio album in 1994, the name Liam, a long-standing British favourite, was the 360th most loved baby boy name in the country. 

A few years later, the name reached the top 200 and continued climbing. 

This is the sixth consecutive year that Liam has been the most popular baby boy name in America. 

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