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The Most Popular Boy Name From Each Decade Since The Turn Of The 20th Century

Updated 13 Jul 2020 1.7k views12 items

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? 

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