Meaning: Jack's son
This hip-sounding boy name is a huge hit among celebrity parents as evidened by Charlize Theron, Spike Lee, Carson Daly, Maya Rudolph, Scott Wolf and Katey Segal all naming their boys Jackson. If you want to be part of the cool crowd, yet still different, check out alternate spellings Jaxon and Jaxson instead.
Meaning: Little, fiery
Between all of the spelling variations out there, Aiden shoots right to the top of the list this year. It was originally a pet form of the name Aodh, the Celtic god of sun and fire. With a name like that, you best be prepared for quite the little ball of energy. But don't let that fool you—Aidens have been known throughout history for their gentle kindness.
Meaning: Resolute protector
Thanks to hunky "Hunger Games" star Liam Hemsworth and go-to revenge action star Liam Neeson, this is a boy's name that's hot, hot, hot. As a short form of William, Liam has just the right amount of charm and strength to make it all the way to the No. 1 spot given enough time.
Meaning: To comfort
Noah has successfully emerged from its old-fashioned biblical name shadow to become the new "it" boy name du jour. In case you live under a rock, the Noah of the Old Testament was told by God to build an ark and load it up with his family and animals two-by-two to save themselves during the Great Flood—after which they repopulated the entire planet. Pretty impressive, no?
Meaning: Stone worker
As the name of Kourtney Kardashian's firstborn, Mason is now a part of pop culture history. At its peak popularity in 2011, it was No. 2 and has managed to stay in theTop 5 years later. Kardashian isn't the only celeb to select this name for their son, other parents of Masons include Melissa Joan Hart and Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Meaning: Strong, firm
There's something about Ethan that just screams sweet but hip, as evidenced by all the cool boys that bear the name—from '90s heartthrob Ethan Hawke to irreverent director Ethan Coen and the original good-bad boy himself, American revolutionary Ethan Allen (not the chain of furniture stores).
There's no official meaning to Caden because it's pretty much a recently invented name. Perhaps created in a way to differentiate parents' sons from all the Aidens of the world, it totally fits the modern-day trend of names ending in the "aiden" sound like Braedon and Jaedon.
Meaning: Little hollow
Logan is part bad-boy, part charmer and 100 percent popular. While it's mega-popular in its originating country of Scotland, it's quickly risen to the top of the name ranks in the U.S. as well. And the name is still considered unisex, although there are considerably more male Logans than females. A small tidbit dads will love: Logan is also the real first name of the X-Men's Wolverine.
While Jacob has always been a go-to boy's name, it definitely experienced a major boost in popularity after a certain very buff werewolf made his appearance in the "Twilight" novels and subsequent films. It's also a biblical name referencing one of the most important figures in the Old Testament whose 12 sons are the patriarchs of the 12 tribes of Israel.
Aug 07, 2018