Today we present a list of the top baby boy names in New Jersey.  These numbers represent babies that were born in 2021, the most current data available from the Social Security Administration.

However, as with any countdown, we need to take a look back.  First, the top 10 baby boy names 25 years ago (1996) according to the Social Security Administration.


The number to the right of the name, represents the number of babies that were given that name.

  1. Michael   1,738                         6. Daniel   989
  2. Mathew   1,448                         7. Ryan     945
  3. Christopher   1,221                   8. John      912
  4. Nicholas   1,168                        9. Anthony 902
  5. Joseph   1,066                         10. Andrew 803

The current top 10 baby boy names in New Jersey according to the Social Security Administration:

  1. Liam    730                                6. Benjamin  372
  2. Noah   634                                 7. James   371
  3. Lucas  466                                 8. Jacob  363
  4. Joseph   409                              9. Anthony 340
  5. Michael   379                            10. Ethan   325

It's interesting how many names on both lists are religious based.  I expected to see more exotic names, or names that were more contemporary.

What's in a name?

Joseph appears on both lists and is derived from the Hebrew name, Yoseph.  The name is mentioned in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Michael is another name that appears on both lists.  Like Joseph, it's another name based in the Hebrew culture and is derived from the name, Mikha'el, or "who is like God?"

Liam, the most popular name for a baby boy in New Jersey is an Irish name.  The name Liam means, "strong-willed warrior."

I did some research to see how many Stevens were born in 2021, and to my dismay, the name didn't crack the top 100.  Steven was beaten out by names like Thiago, Declan, and gasp, Stephen.

The 50 most popular baby names for boys in New Jersey right now (

The Meaning and History of First Names - Behind the Name

15 of South Jersey's Most Beautiful Churches

50 Amazing New Jersey Kids Who Are Absolutely Adoptable

Here are 50 awesome New Jersey kids who are absolutely adaptable!










More From 94.5 PST