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Most Common American Men's Names

Guess the most popular first names for all males born in the United States in the last 80 years.
Age = average age of people with that name
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Last updated: September 11, 2018
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Name
Age
M
Michael
43
J
James
50
J
John
50
R
Robert
52
D
David
47
W
William
48
R
Richard
32
C
Christopher
54
J
Joseph
41
T
Thomas
49
D
Daniel
36
C
Charles
28
M
Matthew
51
 
Name
Age
M
Mark
48
A
Anthony
34
S
Steven
45
J
Joshua
23
A
Andrew
29
K
Kevin
38
B
Brian
39
P
Paul
43
T
Timothy
51
K
Kenneth
52
J
Jason
33
R
Ronald
45
D
Donald
57
 
Name
Age
J
Jeffrey
24
R
Ryan
57
J
Jacob
18
G
Gary
58
E
Eric
35
N
Nicholas
25
J
Jonathan
27
S
Stephen
47
E
Edward
52
L
Larry
25
G
George
44
J
Justin
59
 
Name
Age
S
Scott
23
B
Brandon
54
G
Gregory
47
B
Benjamin
24
P
Patrick
40
S
Samuel
19
A
Alexander
28
D
Dennis
57
T
Tyler
19
A
Aaron
26
J
Jerry
27
A
Adam
20
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level ∞
Dec 12, 2013
Why are the average ages so old? It's not the baby boom. In fact, modern birth figures are just as high as the baby boom. It's the fact that modern children have more diverse names. This year's top name wouldn't even crack the top 20 in 1970.
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level 62
Dec 14, 2013
Interesting fact!
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level 74
Dec 14, 2013
Concluded as much. Though, parents aren't really any more creative these days with names- there are still trends that everyone jumps on and follows, but in the recent past the trends that everyone followed like sheep were to avoid "old fashioned" names and adopt something new-sounding like Aidan or Tristan or Madison and Hailey. Though, more recently than that, it has now become the fashion to adopt *very* old-fashioned sounding names... names like Jacob, Alexander, Patience and so on are making a comeback because parents imagine it makes them sound sophisticated and grounded. Just like naming their kid Aidan 15 years ago made them feel hip and creative, and naming them Jason or Michelle 30 years ago made them... I don't know...
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level 74
Jan 24, 2015
I'm confused, Kalbahamut. First you say we aren't creative in our names, then you complain that we jump on latest trends, then you complain that we go back to really old-fashioned names...if you had a son, what would you name him to 1. Be creative 2. Not be trendy 3. Not be old-fashioned 4. Not give him a "weird" name 5. Not conform by being different. Some of us have very common last names and we'd like to help our child not be one of three kids in his class with the same name. Still, looking through historical books of my area, I have to wonder about the parents of people named Belle Ringer, Green Fields, Madden Looney, Knighten Day, and Golden Brown.
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level 74
Sep 27, 2016
If naming your kid something very old fashioned is a trend it's still a trend. It's not a complaint it's just a fact.
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level 57
Oct 12, 2018
Maybe some people just like certain names. The name "Liam" has become very trendy, but I also know a ton of Irish families who have picked the name simply because they like traditional Irish names. Seems a bit crass to judge someone's choice of name for their child, unless it's one of those celebrity children's names that is obviously an expression an ego (and may border on cruelty toward the child).
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level 74
Dec 14, 2013
The fact that Jacob, Tyler, and Alexander make the list at all AND have such extremely low average ages is proof that contemporary names are not really more diverse. I mean they'd have to be even more conformist than usual to come up with a naming trend that appears on a list right alongside John, James and Michael, since few people born prior to 1990 have these names as the young average age confirms.
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level ∞
Dec 15, 2013
@Kalbahamut. When in doubt, look at the data:
http://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/popularnames.cgi

In 1970, the top 20 boy names constituted almost 40% of all the male births.
In 2013, the top 20 boy names were only 15% of all the male births.

Modern names are MUCH more diverse.

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level 74
Dec 15, 2013
I can't find the data you are referring to using this link, but I found other data. In 1900 the most common boys' name was John and there were about 50 Johns for every 1,000 births. Jacob has been the #1 most popular boys' name in the USA for something like 13 or 14 years running, and each year the number of Jacobs born per 1,000 births is somewhere in the high teens to low twenties.
Considering how overwhelmingly English the USA was 100 years ago, and how many different ethnic/linguistic traditions are now competing in the USA... I would not be impressed by modern parents' level of creative thinking. Also, it's part of the fashion now to name your kid something weird, whereas before it wasn't. By doing something "different" they are in a way conforming. And, I would like to have found better data to support this, but still it's pretty impressive that Jacob, which in 1970 was 253rd in popularity, and was often lower than 300th any year prior, is now in the top 50 of ALL living males
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level 74
Dec 15, 2013
top 33 even,

and, wait.. it's not even living males is it, it's all people born in the last 80 years alive or dead. So, that makes it even more noteworthy. and I'm speaking in relative terms, of course. I think you were taking my comment too literally.
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level 49
Jan 24, 2015
any name in teh bible is usually common enough. I am curious how Peter, and Paul didnt make the cut tho lol
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level 74
Dec 14, 2013
My own name, Ryan... was *extremely* common when I was growing up. Almost every class in primary school had at least 2 or 3 Ryans in them (plus one or two other Johns, which is my real first name, to make things even more confusing). Yet, I almost never meet anybody older than me with that name. So the average of 22 doesn't surprise me. It's remarkable that a name that wasn't even in use more than 35 years ago can appear on a most popular names of the last 80 years list, and shows a remarkable lack of creativity on the part of recent parents.
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level 74
Dec 14, 2013
sorry for rambling so much.
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level 44
Apr 10, 2014
My name - David - was everywhere in the early 70's. I had one class in high school with five of us. I know what you mean, Ryan.
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level 50
Aug 8, 2014
So THAT'S your name!
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level 59
Feb 1, 2016
^ Haha exactly what I thought. Makes me wonder what "kalbahamut" means/where it comes from. Sorry for any unwanted attention, @kalbahamut. But now you got me curious, and my google search results for a translation of the words/phrase has yielded very interesting results, to say the least!
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level 80
Jun 30, 2016
Well Bahamut is a great fish/Leviathan from Arabic mythology, I think he was supposed to support the world, similar to the Indochinese great turtle. The name has been reused in modern times, notably in Dungeons and Dragons and the Final Fantasy series, as a dragon deity, or sometimes a dragon paladin.

So that just leaves kal, which is a fairly common morpheme across many languages, so certainty is going to be hard. I'd lean towards assuming the meaning of 'strong' from the Finnish, or perhaps 'King and God' from the Belgariad series.

How's that for too much attention kal?
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level 80
Jun 30, 2016
Also, PLEASE tell me you go by Jack Ryan. At least occasionally. Like when going to see Shadow Recruit...
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level 74
Sep 27, 2016
hahaha.. top marks, plats.
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level 59
Sep 27, 2016
Oh man, I always imagined you were a woman! Sorry bout that.
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level 74
Sep 28, 2016
::shrug:: that's not a bad thing, is it?
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level 54
Oct 4, 2016
My 2 year old is Ryan. My wife and I liked it because everyone knows that name and will be able to pronounce it (unlike our last name), but, at the same time, it's not a name that's very common around here, so we didn't have to be afraid that he would be one of five in his class with the name.
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level 54
Oct 4, 2016
It's also trendy to use gender-neutral names, or even start naming your child a name that is traditionally the opposite gender. My son is Ryan, but we had people say, "Oh, you know that's a girl name, too! So be careful!" Actually, our research of the name showed its meaning (in Gaelic) as "little king." Kings are male, soo...just because someone gives their daughter a boy name doesn't make it a girl name. But we're also not allowed to make differentiation between boys and girls until they're old enough to decide, so what do I know?
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level 37
Aug 7, 2017
Proud to say my name has the lowest age average...I myself am only 14
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level 54
Oct 12, 2018
The average of all the ages here is 39.46. That isn't "so old" given that it is for people up to 80 - in fact it is almost exactly what you would expect. Maybe the average was higher in 2013, when this was posted. And the top few are all older than 40 - quite possibly for the reason @QM suggested. But they're not all very old.
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level 74
Dec 14, 2013
Surprised that Peter and Adam didn't make it.
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level 59
Apr 9, 2015
I don't know about Adam, but Peter was for years associated with being Roman Catholic. During times when either the Irish (predominantly Catholic, or were) or Catholics were not in high popularity with the majority of the population (early years of the U.S., when Catholics were confined to Rhode Island or Maryland, and through the decades of Irish immigration ending in the 1930s) I can't imagine many children were given the name.
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level ∞
Jun 6, 2016
Adam is now #50. Peter is #57.
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level 79
May 27, 2014
The popularity of names goes in cycles sort of. You don't want to name your baby with a name that you think belongs to "old people". However, after a while the names sound cool again and the young parents don't know anyone "old" with the name so it's okay to give it to a baby. Perhaps it's a name that's been in the family before. -- at least it goes a bit like that here.
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level 39
May 29, 2014
Why did I get "John" when I typed in "Jack"?
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level 71
Jun 12, 2014
'Jack' is a variant of 'John', like 'Peggy' is a variant of 'Margaret'.
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level 79
May 29, 2016
Lawrence does not elicit Larry? My guess is nearly no one is named Larry, rather he is legally named Lawrence and called Larry commonly.
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level ∞
Jun 6, 2016
Lawrence will work now. But you are wrong about nobody legally being named Larry. This quiz uses the legal names.
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level 80
Jun 30, 2016
Given the picture on the quiz, and that the first two answers started with M and J respectively, I was extremely disappointed that the second answer wasn't Jordan.
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level 27
Sep 10, 2016
I instinctively did the same.
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level 51
Aug 30, 2016
I thought for sure "Bort" would be on there...
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level 57
Oct 12, 2018
I think that's more of a regional name.
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level 66
Oct 12, 2018
Upstate New York?
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level 59
Sep 27, 2016
Pleased to see Donald is dying out - second highest average age at 59. Total elimination can't come soon enough!
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level 59
Sep 27, 2016
A boy at my school had the name Random. Random Villain.
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level 72
Sep 27, 2016
I did so well on this quiz that I forgot my own name. No, seriously... I forgot to type in my own name.
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level 61
Jul 11, 2018
Is it just me or are those first letters all mixed up? They start out okay, then start being flipped with the letter below it, then just end up completely random. What's going on?!?
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level ∞
Jul 11, 2018
Fixed now, thanks.
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level 65
Jul 14, 2018
i think the ages are still wrong. i don't know any 25-year-olds names Larry.
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level 57
Oct 12, 2018
You don't need to. It's the average age. If you know a 48-year-old named Larry and a two-year-old named Larry, you're all set.
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level 65
Oct 12, 2018
really? so the average age of guys named Jerry is 27?
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level 43
Oct 12, 2018
Surprised Jack didn't make it to the list
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level 76
Oct 12, 2018
It’s lumped in with both John and Jonathan.
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level 70
Oct 12, 2018
The average age for Brandon is 54? Seems like that would be closer to 35.
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level 65
Oct 12, 2018
According to "Baby Name Voyager", the average age for some of the names listed here is waaaay off.
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level 67
Oct 12, 2018
Why are Steven and Stephen (which is the same name but alternate spellings) listed separately, while John and Jonathan (which are different names) lumped together?
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level 32
Oct 14, 2018
How are Brandon and Justin names for people in their 50's? I think those are more like names of 20 or 30 year olds. Just wondering how the average age was arrived at? I love name quizzes! As a writer I always look for un names. Thanks for the quiz!
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level 37
Oct 17, 2018
garry should be accepted for gary