What was the most popular boy name in the United States for every decade from 1900 to 2018? You may be surprised to find out how little male names have changed from decade to decade. In fact, one name topped the list for 38 straight years. It was replaced in 1999 by a name that literally means "to supplant."
Data from the Social Security Administration shows parents were much more likely to get creative with names for their little girls. The top five boy names from every decade were almost always biblical or traditional names like John, James, and Robert.
See how the names changed from decade to decade. Was there a reason for the naming trend? What was the most popular boy name over the past 100 years?
The 1900s: John, William, James, George, And Charles
The top five boy names of the 1900s were also the top five names in the 1880s and 1890s. All five names are traditional, while the name John is also a biblical name that's been frequently used since the 13th century.
There are several popular Johns in the Bible: John the Baptist, John the Apostle, and John the Evangelist. A total of 23 popes have taken the name John.
Pictured: Antipope John XXIII - served as the pope from 1410-1415
1910s: John, William, James, Robert, And Joseph
The names John, William, and James were the top three names, respectively, for four consecutive decades. Once again, the most popular names in the decade were all traditional or biblical.
From 1880 through the 2010s, James never dropped out of the top 20 in any decade.
Pictured: John D. Rockefeller - American businessman and philanthropist
The Roaring '20s brought a new name to the top of the list. After several decades, John was finally superseded by Robert, which was the most popular name given to boys for 15 years from 1924-1939.
Poet Robert Frost was especially prolific in this decade. In 1924, he won his first Pulitzer for his book, New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes. The acclaimed poet added three additional Pulitzers over the next 20 years.
Pictured: Robert Frost - American poet
1930s: Robert, James, John, William, And Richard