Special Report

The Most Popular Names In America Since 1880

Most Popular Boy Names Since 1880

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20. Anthony
> Avg. share of babies named Anthony, 1880-2019 0.65%
> Total no. of babies named Anthony, 1880-2019: 1,448,654
> Most popular decade: 1980 when 211,847 babies were named Anthony, or 1.15% of all baby boys
> Pictured: Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain

This is the English version of the Roman last name Antonius, which is of Etruscan origin. The name gained popularity in the Christian world because of Saint Anthony the Great, who founded monasticism.

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19. Walter
> Avg. share of babies named Walter, 1880-2019 0.69%
> Total no. of babies named Walter, 1880-2019: 623,403
> Most popular decade: 1890 when 19,494 babies were named Walter, or 1.71% of all baby boys
> Pictured: Journalist Walter Cronkite

Walter comes from a Germanic name meaning “ruler of the army.” It is the combination of “wald” (rule) and “hari” (army). The Normans brought it to England, replacing the name Wealdhere.

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18. Henry
> Avg. share of babies named Henry, 1880-2019 0.76%
> Total no. of babies named Henry, 1880-2019: 700,635
> Most popular decade: 1880 when 24,139 babies were named Henry, or 2.20% of all baby boys
> Pictured: Business magnate Henry Ford

Henry is the English name for the French Henri, which comes from the German Heinrich. The name is ultimately derived from the Old High German “haganrih,” meaning ruler of an enclosure. The name was introduced by the Normans in England.

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17. Donald
> Avg. share of babies named Donald, 1880-2019 0.77%
> Total no. of babies named Donald, 1880-2019: 1,412,189
> Most popular decade: 1930 when 283,685 babies were named Donald, or 2.68% of all baby boys
> Pictured: Former U.S. President Donald Trump

Donald comes from the Gaelic name Domhnall, meaning “ruler of the world.” It is composed of the old Celtic elements “dumno” for world and “val” for rule. It was a very popular name in Scotland, before spreading to other nearby English-speaking countries.

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16. Christopher
> Avg. share of babies named Christopher, 1880-2019 0.80%
> Total no. of babies named Christopher, 1880-2019: 2,036,708
> Most popular decade: 1980 when 554,927 babies were named Christopher, or 3.01% of all baby boys
> Pictured: Film director Christopher Nolan

The name is derived from the Greek name Christophoros, which means “bearing Christ.” It is a combination of “Christos” and “phero,” meaning to bear or carry.