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?
Both the Irish moniker and the actor Liam Neeson seem to have
both made a major comeback at the same time. While one has firmly established
himself as the go-to guy for older-man-seeking-revenge-and-kicking-butt
films, the other has jumped on the Irish name bandwagon that parents are just
going gaga over right now. As a short form of William, Liam has just the
right amount of charm and strength to make it all the way to the #1 spot.
Famous namesakes: Actor Liam Neeson, Actor Liam Hemsworth, Singer Liam Payne
After 13 long years, classic Jacob has finally given up his #1
spot and slipped a few notches. While Jacob's 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 spawned the 12 tribes of Israel.
Athlete Jacob Bell, Actor Jacob Vargas, Actor Jacob Young
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 #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.
NBA player Mason Plumlee
From a real-life Prince to the Fresh Prince to a Bard to an
Oscar-winning actor, this classic name has quite the long and storied
pedigree. Literary geniuses William Blake and William Faulkner and William
the Conqueror and several American presidents all share the timeless moniker, making sure this is one name that will never get old.
William, Actor Will Smith, Actor William Hurt, Actor William H. Macy,
Playwright William Shakespeare
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, Revolutionary Ethan Allen (not the chain of furniture stores.)
Ethan Hawke, Director and screenwriter Ethan Coen, Actor Ethan Embry,
American revolutionary Ethan Allen
Meaning: Who is like God
The oh-so-ubiquitous Michael is a tried and true classic. A
biblical name referencing the leader of the angels who led and won a war against the Devil (pretty bad ass, right?) Michael was the #1 name in America for almost half a century. While its slipped a few notches to make room for
some trendier monikers, this is a name that's not leaving the top anytime
Michael Jackson, Actor Michael Douglas, Basketball player Michael Jordan,
Actor Michael Caine, Actor Michael J. Fox, Russian President Mikhail
Defender of the people
From world conqueror Alexander the Great to the inventor of the
telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, not to mention a handful of kings and seven
- yes, seven - popes, the history of Alexander is quite storied, indeed.
Alexander Graham Bell, Alexander the Great, Athlete Alex Rodriguez,
Screenwriter Alexander Payne
Certainly more trendy than classic, Jayden is a combination of
also trendy Aiden and Jason or Jay. This particular spelling variation was
used by pop star Britney Spears for her youngest son, however that tidbit may
Actor and rapper Jaden Smith
God is my judge
In the Bible, the prophet Daniel gets tossed into a den with
lions and miraculously survives. As if that wasn't enough to cement his
special status in history, he was next tossed into a fiery furnace and lived through that as well. So if heroic fearlessness and miracles are your thing,
Daniel's your man.
Daniel Day-Lewis, Actor Daniel Radcliffe, Actor Danny DeVito, Actor Danny
Aiello, Frontiersman Daniel Boone
Meaning: The Lord is my God
No ordinary old man death for the prophet Elijah. In the Bible,
he was swept up to Heaven by a chariot of fire. Now a popular name choice for
boys, Elijah has a certain vintage country charm that's proving irresistible
to scores of parents nationwide.
Famous namesakes: Actor Elijah Wood
Meaning: Little, Fiery
Between all of the spelling variations out there, Aiden shoots
right to the top of this list. It was originally a pet form of the name Aodh,
the old 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 -
Aiden's have been known throughout history for their gentle kindness.
Aiden Quinn, Irish St. Aidan
One of the most popular names in the world, James has been the
namesake of influential people for centuries. The name is biblical, royal,
presidential, and shared by countless others that have left their mark in
history. Not to mention, there's some great opportunity for nicknames -
Jimmy, Jamie, Jimbo - and the list goes on.
James Buchanan, Musician James "Jimi" Hendrix, Actor James
"Jim" Parsons, Author James Patterson, Actor James Franco
Meaning: Son of the Right Hand
It's all about the Benjamin's, baby. The name Benjamin has been around since biblical times, particularly the youngest son of Jacob and one
of the founders of the 12 tribes of Israel. It's warm and elegant, yet also
has the advantage of the friendly nickname, Ben.
Father Benjamin Franklin, Actor Ben Affleck, Actor Ben Stiller
Meaning: Gift of God
Matthew is another biblical name that has received a surge of
popularity in the U.S. It's the perfect balance between safe and confident,
yet far more interesting than James or John. With the option of the classic
nickname, Matt, some parents have turned to more exotic alternatives like
Matteo and Matthias.
the Apostle, Actor Matt Damon, Actor Matthew Broderick, Poet Matthew Arnold
Meaning: Son of Jack
Jackson means exactly what it sounds like, "Jack's
son." This hip-sounding boy name is a huge hit among celebrity parents
as evidenced by Charlize Theron, Spike Lee, Carson Daly, Maya Rudolph, Scott
Wolf and Katey Segal all naming their boys Jackson.
Jackson Pollack, Actor Jackson Rathbone
Meaning: Little hollow
Logan is part bad-boy, part charmer and 100% popular. While it's
mega-popular in its originating country of Scotland, ranking at #6, 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.
Logan Marshall-Green, Athlete Logan Mankins
Meaning: Dearly loved
This timeless name harkens back to David and the Goliath days
and has remained relevant with celebrity namesakes ranging from the original
bad-ass, Davy Crocket to super hot soccer star David Beckham and a million
actors in between. And what child wouldn't love a name that means
David Beckham, Rock star David Bowie, Show host David Letterman, Actor David
Arquette, Actor David Hasselhoff, Actor David Schwimmer, Actor David Allen
Greer, Musician David Lee Roth, Frontiersman Davy Crockett
Meaning: Priceless one
Lucky Anthony is one of those names that doesn't ever know what
it's like to be unpopular. A Roman name that harkens way back to the days of
Antony and Cleopatra, it also comes preloaded with the Italian mobster-ready
Anthony Hopkins, Actor Anthony Perkins, Actor Anthony Quinn, Actor Antonio
Banderas, Composer Antonin Dvorak, Musician Anthony Kiedis, Actor Anthony
Meaning: Jehovah increases
Joseph's been in the Top 15 almost every year since 1980. Not
only was he the son of Jacob who ended up ruling Egypt, but Joseph was the
husband of the Virgin Mary as well. This dual-religion significance makes a
name like Joseph friendly and trustworthy.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Vice President Joseph Biden, Musician Joseph
Meaning: The Lord is my salvation
A Top 10 name from 1983 to 2010, Joshua has biblical roots that
lend a relaxed, respectable feel. But because of the name's popularity, your
Joseph might not be the only one in class.
Actor Josh Brolin, Singer Josh Groban, Actor Josh Hutcherson
Meaning: Manly, Brave
There isn't a name more timeless than good ol' Andrew. With
cultural ties all over the world, there's certainly no shortage of nicknames,
either. Andy and Drew are popular in the U.S., while manifestations like
Andreas and Anders are admired overseas.
Andy Warhol, President Andrew Jackson, Actor Andy Griffith
Lucas is a name that transcends cultures worldwide. With meaning
so friendly and welcoming, he's sure to light up any room he walks into.
Actor Lucas Till, Actor Lucas Grabeel, Historia Lucas Bolsius
Meaning: God is my strength
What's not to love about Gabriel? Originating from the archangel
who delivered the news of Jesus' birth, there's hardly a name so angelic.
With Spanish roots as well, Gabriel has seen a boost in popularity over the last few years - particularly with the U.S. nickname of Gabe.
Gabriel of Belgium, Comedian Gabriel Iglesias, Actor Gabriel Byrne
Meaning: Told by God
Samuel has long been a popular name since biblical times. He was
the one of the great judges and prophets of the Israelites, and was set for a
holy life from birth. The friendly nickname Sam has brought it to the top of
the list for several years.
Samuel L. Jackson, Writer Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Baseball Player Sammy
Meaning: Bearer of Christ
Christopher offers and strong and confident image, while lending
itself to a soft, welcoming side. Many American parents have adopted this
name along with the omnipresent nickname Chris. Though in recent years,
Topher has made a run as a popular alternative.
Director Christopher Nolan, Actor Christopher Walken
Meaning: God is gracious
Kind-hearted and trustworthy, John is a straight arrow. For
almost four centuries, John has reigned as one of the most popular boy names
around the world. But in recent years, it's fallen from the Top 25 as the
name has been adopted for familial over stylistic reasons.
John, Author John Updike, Actor Johnny Depp, Musician John Lennon
Meaning: Son of the sea
A name brought forth from the sea, Dylan was a Welsh sea god who
commanded European waters to weep when he died. The name has since come to
popularity in the U.S., accompanied by the alternative spelling Dillon. But
because of this, your Dylan might not be the only one on the block.
Dylan Sprouse, Actor Dylan Walsh, Musician Bob Dylan
A popular name in both Hebrew and Puritan cultures, many Isaac's
have found their homes with American families. In the Old Testament, Isaac
was the son of Sarah and Abraham, a couple so old that the news of the child
provoked laughter from the town, giving the name its meaning.
Author Isaac Asimov, Physicist Isaac Newton, Musician Isaac Hayes
Meaning: Little king
Ryan is a name that sailed over from Europe, and has been in the Top 30 for over 40 years. If your child might one day rule over his land of stuffed animals, this may be a good fit. Though in recent years Ryan has been
adopted as a girl's name as well, it is primarily used as a name for a boy.
Personality Ryan Seacrest, Actor Ryan Gosling, Actor Ryan Reynolds
As he goes through school, your Nathan might be surprised to
learn the history of namesakes that have come before him. Prophets, princes,
patriots and spies top the list of Nathan's he might find in his textbooks.
The name also allows for a more formal Nathaniel, or the ever-popular Nate.
Nathan Hale, Actor Nathan Kress, Athlete Nathan Adrian
Meaning: Drives a cart
Though the meaning might not be glamorous, Carter's have been
popping up all over the American Midwest. The entertainment industry also
seems to be quite a fan, with hot characters by the name in both "Gossip
Girl" and "The OC".
U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Actor Carter Jenkins, Model Carter Oosterhouse
Meaning: Devotion to God
Caleb is a name of biblical proportions, following just behind
Jacob and Noah. While the literal meaning translates to "dog", it
comes from the words "loyal" and "faithful", both of
which are used to describe our furry friends.
Like it's older brother, Lucas, Luke is a name that shines as
bright as a star. Movie star, that is. Luke Skywalker, Cool Hand Luke, Luke
Duke, and the list goes on.
Luke, Actor Luke Wilson, Actor Luke Hemsworth
Meaning: Follower of Christ
Cool and friendly, there's a reason why Christian is the name
chosen for the entertainment industry's smoothest leads. Christian Grey,
Christian Shepherd, and Christian Troy are just a few that round out the list. It originally came to popularity in the Middle Ages as a name for a
girl, but has been embraced by the U.S. as a popular boy's name.
Christian Bale, Designer Christian Dior, Designer Christian Louboutin
One who hunts
Hunter has the advantage of both the macho man image and
underlying gentler vibes. This combo has allowed it to steadily grow in
popularity over the last decade.
Actor Hunter Foster, Musician Hunter Thomsen, Journalist Hunter S. Thompson
Meaning: Estate ruler
Henry has a long history of influential namesakes. All of the
British kings named Henry right down to the current Prince Henry, not to
mention the great minds of Henry David Thoreau and Henry Ford.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Prince Henry of Wales, Actor Henry Winkler
Meaning: Young warrior
Owen's one of those names that's been loved by parents for centuries. Once largely popular just among Celtic families, the name has seen
a resurgence in country's all over the world.
Owen Wilson, Writer Owen Wister, Hockey Player Owen Nolan
Meaning: Long hill
A popular surname for years in Europe, Landon has made it's way
to America with warm reception. The name is a unique approach to similar
one's like Brandon and Ethan, and still carries a trustworthy image.
Player Landon Cohen, Baseball Player Landon Powell, Hockey Player Landon
Meaning: God is gracious
Once a popular nickname for John, Jack has climbed the beanstalk
to stand on its own for the last several years. How did the name come about?
It went from John to Johnkin to Jankin to Jackin to Jack. That's how.
Jack Nicholson, Author Jack Kerouac, Author Jack London
Meaning: Brave in war
Wyatt is one of those names that's grown up through the Wild
West. The rugged cowboy appeal with respectable character is why Wyatt is
loved by so many American parents.
Wyatt Emory Cooper, Actor Wyatt Hawn Russell, Frontiersman Wyatt Earp
Meaning: Gift of Jehovah
While Jonathan is thought to have originally been a more formal
version of John, it's actually formal for the Hebrew name Nathan. Either way you spin it, the name has been slowly losing popularity since it came to fame
in the 50's.
Jonathan "Jon" Stewart, Actor Jon Hamm, Author Jonathan Swift
Meaning: Ascended, Uplifted
Once just a nickname for the ever-popular Elijah, Eli has become
a widely embraced name in its own right. In the Old Testament, Eli was the
High Priest of Israel who instructed the young Samuel. Now many people
associate the name with professional football player Eli Manning.
player Elisha "Eli" Manning, Director Eli Roth, Inventor Eli
Meaning: Salvation of the Lord
Quite possibly the most important prophet in the Bible, Isaiah
has seen steady popularity in Europe. The name has only started to gain
traction in the U.S. in recent years, but is steadily making its way to the
front of the pack.
Actor Isaiah Washington, Musician Isaiah Owens, Athlete Isaiah Thomas
You don't have to go looking under the sea to find a significant
Sebastian. In fact, Shakespeare liked the name so much that he named
characters in two of his plays Sebastian ("Twelfth Night" and
"The Tempest"). It's high on the list in many European countries,
and has recently been making a comeback in the U.S.
Sebastian Telfair, Model Sebastian Suave, Musician Sebastian Bach
Meaning: Son of Jack
Reminiscent of presidential glory days, Jaxon gives an edge to a
classic and whole-hearted name. This spelling certainly adds a unique twist,
so you can rest assured that there won't be too many other Jaxon's in his
of Anarchy" Character Jax Teller
Hailing back to Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, the name Julian
commands a great sense of respect and masculinity. The added exoticness that
comes along with it has allowed the name to peak all over the world in recent
Julian Lennon, Actor Julian Adams, Musician Julian Mandrake
Brayden is one of the most popular alternative spellings to the timeless Aiden, so much so that the name has had several spinoffs of its own:
Braden, Braydon, Braedon and Bradyn round out the list of favorites.
player Brayden "Brady" Quinn, Hockey player Brayden Schenn
Meaning: White hawk
Superstars Gavin DeGraw and Gavin Rossdale have catapulted this
name into the limelight. A favorite alternative to Kevin, Gavin has seen a
huge spike in popularity recently.
We're not talking just a pair of jeans, here. Levi has been
making his way up the charts with new families—particularly receiving a lot
of attention as the chosen name for the sons of Matthew McConaughey and
Levi Asher, Activist Levi Coffin, American Inventor Levi Strauss
Meaning: High mountain, Enlightened
Aaron has been bouncing in and out of the Top 50 for a couple
decades now. In the Bible, Aaron is Moses' older brother who became Israel's
first High Priest. The strong masculinity of the name couples with gentle
double vowels to give it a dynamic appeal.
Aaron Copland, Musician Aaron Lewis, Football player Aaron Hernandez
Meaning: Olive tree, Peaceful
One of the most popular names in England at the moment, Oliver
has been making his way over to the U.S. lately. With a classy and stylish image, there's no wonder the name has caught on for future gentlemen.
Oliver Stone, Physician Oliver Wendell Holmes, Actor Oliver Reed
Meaning: Flowing down
Jordan is one of those names that has been widely adopted by
both boys and girls since its conception. There's no doubt that some of the
U.S. acclaim has come from NBA superstar Michael Jordan.
Jordan Knight, Stock brokerJordan Belfort
Meaning: People of victory
The history of Nicholas goes all the way back to the patron saint of schoolchildren, who would later go on to be good ol' Saint Nick. The
name also has Greek ties, stemming from the goddess of victory, Nike. Many
new parents choose Nicholas for the endless possibilities of nicknames: Nick,
Nicky, Nico, Klaus, and Cole are a few favorites.
Nick Jonas, Actor Nicolas Cage, Novelist Nicholas Sparks
Meaning: The Lord is gracious
Evan has been a popular name in Wales since the 19th century, as
it's the Welsh version of the always classic John. The name has a relaxed
feel, which explains its recent boom in the U.S. with parents across the
Actor Evan Peters, Baseball player Evan Longoria, Actor Evan Handler
Meaning: Lover of hounds
Connor is the perfect fit for any dog-loving family. With Irish
roots that translate to "lover of hounds," Connor is the fifth most popular name in Ireland. The name has steadily been growing in popularity in
the U.S. over the last few years, hanging out around the Top 60.
Actor Connor Paolo, Musician Connor Ball, Actor Connor Cruise
Meaning: Free man
The history of Charles is rich with royal blood. Dating all the
way back to emperor Charlemagne, the original Charles the Great,
distinguished families around the world have passed the name down through
their lineage. While the nickname Charlie is wildly popular in the U.S.,
international versions include Carlos, Xarles, Chariot and Chaz.
Charles Dickens, Animator Charles "Chuck" Jones, Naturalist Charles
Darwin, Actor Charlie Sheen
Meaning: Appointed by God
Far surpassing close relatives Jeremy, Gerard, and Jerome,
Jeremiah has been steadily climbing the charts in several countries. In the Bible, he is a prophet who recorded his life's story in the book named after
player Jeremiah Trotter, Politician Jeremiah Morrow, Baseball player Jeremiah
Meaning: Crooked nose
Despite its unfortunate meaning, Cameron has been an incredibly
popular name in the U.S. and Europe for both boys and girls. Several
Hollywood characters have been toting the name, including characters in
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Modern Family."
Cameron Crowe, Football player Cameron Wake, Rapper Cameron Thomaz (Wiz
Meaning: Man of Adria
Adrian is a name with smooth and strong undertones, which make
it exceptionally personable. The name tops the charts in Spain, Puerto Rico,
and the Philippines, while still steadily climbing in the U.S.
player Adrian Gonzalez, Football player Adrian Clayborn, Actor Adrian Grenier
Another one of those classic boy names, there will be no
shortage of inspirational Thomases for your little guy to look up to one day.
From inventor Thomas Edison to President Thomas Jefferson to the original
little rascal Tom Sawyer, the list goes on and on. And we can't forget
childhood favorite Thomas the Tank Engine, either.
Tom Hanks, Actor Tom Cruise, Inventor Thomas Edison, President Thomas
Jefferson, Athlete Tom Brady, Anchorman Tom Brokaw, Actor Tom Hiddleston,
Actor Thomas Gibson, Actor Tom Felton, Singer Tom Petty
Meaning: Bright fame
Robert is one of those classic names that's been in the Top 25
for an entire century, and reached No. 1 status in both 1925 and 1950. Now
the moniker is considered more on the bland side of baby name choices, but
that there will always be parents that gravitate towards timeless names that
will never sound too trendy or overused.
Robert DeNiro, Actor Robert Downey Jr., Actor Robert Duvall, Actor Robert
Redford, Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, Confederate General Robert
E. Lee, Poet Robert Frost, Senator Robert Kennedy
Meaning: Tile maker
There was a period of time (namely the 80s and 90s) when this
English occupational name was the boy name du jour. While it's no longer a
Top 10 choice like it once was, Tyler is still a name that parents keep
selecting over and over again.
Actor/Director Tyler Perry, Athlete Tyler Hughes, Chef Tyler Florence
Meaning: From the coal town
If a name could have swagger, Colton would definitely have it in
spades. Part rough and tumble cowboy and part 80s soap opera character, this
two-syllable name has just enough star-factor to keep it steady in the Top
100 for years to come.
Meaning: Great, Magnificent
Austin joins Brooklyn, London and Sydney as another one of those
city names that's becoming oh-so-trendy amongst parents in the know. But did
you know it's also a short version of the much more serious Augustine? And
while the name slipped in popularity during the heyday of the ridiculous
"Austin Powers" films, its slowly climbed its way back into parents' good graces once more.
Austin Butler, Actor Austin Nichols, Athlete Austin Collie
Meaning: The Lord is Salvation
While Jace sounds more like a nickname than a full name, enough
parents obviously disagree since it's not firmly ensconced in the Top 100.
It's also the name that "Teen Mom 2" star Janelle Evans selected
for her son.
Actor Jace Norman
Meaning: Celestial being
A very popular name in the Spanish-speaking community, Angel can
either be pronounced "AHN-Hel," or the more traditional celestial
being way, "AIN-Jell"… as in Angel the hunky vampire from
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
Soccer player Angel Di Maria
Meaning: Belonging to God
Back in the olden days, Dominic used to be a name given to boys
who were born on a Sunday—hence the meaning "belonging to the
Lord." Nowadays, it either conjures up a refined British gentleman or a
juiced-up beefcake from New Jersey, so take your pick.
Dominic Monaghan, Actor Dominic Cooper, Actor Dominic West, Basketball player
Meaning: God Supports
Sometimes it truly is he who waits the longest who gets the
biggest reward. Josiah is one of the many long-forgotten Bible names that's
coming into vogue in recent years. In the Bible, Josiah became the king of
Judah at the ripe old age of eight. Yup, eight. And in more relatively
contemporary history, Josiah is also the first name of one of the signers of
the Declaration of Independence. Not too shabby.
Famous namesakes: American musician Josiah Hawley
Meaning: From the beacon hill
If you grew up in the 90s, this name totally brings to mind Brandon Walsh, the boy next door who everyone wanted to marry on the original
"Beverly Hills, 90210" (yes, there was an original.) Since its peak in popularity back then, the name has slowly but surely been slipping in rank
making it feel like a slightly outdated choice.
Brandon Flowers, Actor Brandon Routh, Athlete Brandon Jackson
Meaning: Fiery one
A spelling variation of the ever-popular Aiden, Ayden is totally
jumping on the "y" bandwagon along with similar names Cayden,
Brayden and Jayden.
Famous namesakes: Actor Ayden Callaghan
Kevin was one of those Hollywood heartthrob names back in the
80s (think Costner, Bacon and Kline here) but now it seems more suited for a
middle-aged man than a bouncing baby boy.
Actor Kevin Costner, Actor Kevin Bacon, Actor Kevin Spacey, Actor Kevin Kline,
Musician Kevin Jonas, Director Kevin Smith, Athlete Kevin Love
Meaning: The Lord remembered
Zachary is a prolific boys name with a lot of serious history
behind it. In the Bible, there are eight guys named Zacchaeus, the most
well-known one being the father of John the Baptist. And for political cred,
there's former U.S. President Zachary Taylor. While this name was super
popular in the 80s and 90s, it's been waning over the years, which may
actually lend to its appeal for some parents.
Zachary Scott, Actor Zachary Quinto, President Zachary
Taylor, Actor Zachery Ty Bryan
Another one of those oh-so-popular unisex names, Parker has a
slight Fifth Avenue ring to it that may or may not appeal to you. One of
those English occupational names, the name means exactly like it sounds: a
park keeper. While not the most notable of meanings, it hasn't taken a toll
on Parker's popularity over the years.
Actor Parker Stevenson
Meaning: Dark or fair
A once cool boys-only name is creeping its way into unisex
territory thanks to "Gossip Girl" actress Blake Lively. But don't
worry, there are still plenty of famous Blakes out there from a country
singer to a basketball player, so it'll remain a boy's name for many years to
come. And, no, you didn't read that wrong, Blake can actually mean both being
"dark" and "fair"—perfect for the indecisive
Country singer Blake Shelton, Basketball player Blake Griffin,
Singer Blake Lewis, Reality TV star Blake Jenner, Director Blake Edwards
Meaning: May God increase
The Joe of the Spanish-speaking community, José has yet to
really catch on outside of Hispanic families.
player José Conseco, Actor José Ferrer, Spanish opera singer José Carreras
Let's call a spade a spade - Chase has one of those uppity Wall
Street vibes going for it that parents either love to hate or hate to love.
There are also, fittingly, many professional athletes named Chase.
player Chase Blackford, Football player Chase Coffman, Football player Chase
Son of the judge; son of the gray-haired man
We're calling it: This is one name that's just warming up and is
going to be blazing hot soon. It's hip yet strong and just unique enough to
make you think your son will be the only Grayson around. If you watch the
nighttime soap drama "Revenge," Grayson is also the last name of
the prominent family that's the target of all of the mind-boggling vengeance.
Social media personality Grayson Dolan
While there may be a ton of middle-aged men named Jason (thanks
to its über-popular status in the 70s,) there won't be quite as many boys on
the playground sharing this moniker as you may think. In Greek mythology, Jason is the leader of the Argonauts who venture on a quest to find the
Golden Fleece. (Spoiler alert: he finds it, but then dies a pathetically
tragic death in the end)
Singer Jason Derulo, Actor Jason Segel
God is gracious
Did you know Ian is the Scottish version of the tried-and-true
John? Well, now you do. As a boy's name, it's short and sweet and a safe
choice (i.e. no obvious playground taunts here.)
Actor Ian McKellen, Actor Ian Ziering, James Bond writer Ian Fleming
Meaning: Meadow with coarse grass
A luxury car brand and the name of your future son? This
previously off-the-radar name has experienced an enormous surge in popularity
in recent years thanks to Maci Bookman of reality TV show "Teen
Mom" fame who named her son this. Seriously.
Meaning: Son of the red earth
The first man—nay, person—EVER to walk the earth, Adam is
supposedly from where we're all spawned. It's also a boy's name that's had a
swift fall from the top as parents gravitate for trendier, but similar
sounding names like Aiden.
Adam Sandler, Singer Adam Lambert, Singer Adam Levine, Actor Adam Driver,
British pop singer Adam Ant, Scottish philosopher Adam Smith
Meaning: New house, bright
This X name has major comic book cred thanks to Professor X who
led and founded the X-Men. And while its been on a popularity rollercoaster
ride, it's currently on an upward swing, making this one boy name to watch.
Famous namesakes: PoliticianXavier Becerra
Meaning: Barrel maker
Friendly yet upscale, Cooper is one of the first occupational
last names to really take off in the U.S. and Australia. Popular namesakes
like journalist Anderson Cooper and actor Bradley Cooper put this name right
in the spotlight.
Anderson Cooper, Actor Bradley Cooper, Musician Alice Cooper
Meaning: Fair, Righteous
Once overly popular in the 1980s, Justin is a fresh take on
other J names like Jason and Jeremy. The rise of pop culture heartthrobs
Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber have certainly made this name one to
Justin Timberlake, Singer Justin Bieber, Actor Justin Long
Meaning: Famous and noble
Warm and friendly and on the rise in the U.S., Canada, Belgium
and France, Nolan is truly a champion. Nolan is more popular than its traditional Irish counterparts Conan and Ronan and has gained a circle of
noteworthy namesakes, including a famed fashion designer, a genius child
actor and several athletes.
player Nolan Ryan, Actor Nolan Gould, Founder of Chuck E. Cheese Nolan
Bushnell, Fashion designer Nolan MIller, Director Christopher Nolan
Meaning: Hudd's son
Hudson has been on a steady rise since the ’90s. The popular Old
English surname might have something to do with these noteworthy boosters:
explorer Henry Hudson (the Hudson River is named after him), swoon-worthy
romantic comedian Rock Hudson and actress Kate Hudson. If you’re looking for
a stylish, notable New York place name, you can’t go wrong with Hudson.
Meaning: From the eastern town
From Easton to Weston, direction names are on the rise … like
the sun (see what we did there?). The classy, unisex name broke the top 100
boys names just in 2012 and currently hits the 88th spot.
Singer Easton Corbin
One of fastest-rising names of the year, Jase jumped from No.
304 in 2012 to No. 89 in 2013. Maybe it’s because it’s a cool alternate
spelling to Jace, or maybe it’s because of Jase Robertson in “Duck Dynasty” –
whatever the reasoning, we don’t think Jase is going anywhere for some time.
personality Jase Robertson
Meaning: Son of the marsh dwellers
While more popular as a surname, Carson has been a rising first
name, reaching its peak in 2010. The trendy name has an adventurous, Wild
West vibe, thanks to legendary frontiersman Kit Carson, the namesake of
Nevada’s capital, Carson City.
personality Carson Daly. Legendary frontiersman Kit Carson, Football player
Meaning: Gift of God
Nathaniels: They’re everywhere. You can find the name in
literary characters (from Shakespeare’s comic village preacher in “Love's
Labour Lost” to Ayn Rand’s guiding presence in “Atlas Shrugged”), historical
namesakes (Nathanael Greene, Nat Turner, Nathaniel Hawthorne) and even
modern-day pop culture references (“Six Feet Under” and “Pirates of the
Caribbean”). With colorful personalities and limitless nicknames, these
inspirations show that Nathaniel can be pretty hard to pass up.
Novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, Singer Nathaniel Ruess, Jazz
Musician Nat King Cole
Meaning: Son of Jack
Jaxson is perfect for contemporary parents who love traditional
names with a twist. While not as popular as its more classic counterpart
Jackson, Jaxson has been moving up the charts these last few years, hitting
the No. 92 spot in 2013. Its historical namesakes (well, the traditional
spelling anyway) include Jacksons Andrew and Stonewall as well as abstract
painter Jackson Pollock.
Nothing’s cooler and more unique than a “y” thrown into baby’s
name (well, maybe except an “x” or “q”). Kayden, one of the more popular
spelling variants of Caden (or Cade in Old English and French) has such a
cadence to it, if you will.
While its meaning isn’t the prettiest, Brody is strong, rugged
and handsome. Replacing the once-more-common Brady, this Irish favorite has
been in the top 100 for the past six years, peaking in 2008.
TV personality Brody Jenner, Football player Brody Eldridge
Meaning: Town by the pool
Lately, heroic names from history have been a trending hit among
parents. And Lincoln is one of the most prominent. Honest Abe jumped into the
Top 100 this year, bringing to mind the unforgettable, fearless 16th
president. Both Bill Murray and Kristen Bell named their kids Lincoln,
proving that the name is becoming an influential and unisex choice as well.
Lincoln, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, Actor Lincoln Lewis
Meaning: Famed Warrior
If you're looking for a name with a bit of Spanish flair,
consider Luis, the Spanish version of Louis (which was of French and German
royal descent). But most people might know the name for Luis, the friendly
Fix-it Shop owner on Sesame Street. The rising first name is also a very
popular surname in the U.S.
Luis Bunuel. Baseball Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio
Meaning: Tumult, Outcry
Tristan has a pensive and edgy attractiveness to it. The name is
known for its tough medieval roots as one of King Arthur’s knights and as
Isolde's tragic lover in Wagner’s famed opera. With this tie to strength and
to romantic beauty, we can see why Tristan has been on the rise. While
originally a male name, the name has also recently crossed over to the female
player Tristan Davis, Artist Tristan Tzara
Once known for its horror movie ties (think Damien, the
Antichrist character, in “The Omen”), the popular upper-class name has been
climbing the ranks in the U.S. since the 1950s. Now when people think of
Damien (French spelling of Damian), they picture a friendly boy’s name.
Damien also seems to be a popular celebrity pick—including Bob Marley’s son,
Elizabeth Hurley’s son and Bruce Wayne’s son (yes, that Bruce Wayne).
Actor Damian Lewis, Artist Damien Hirst, Singer Damian McGinty,
Former Major League Baseball catcher Damian Miller, Football player Damian
Williams, Reggae artist Damian Marley
Meaning: Winding valley
This is Camden’s first year in the top 100, and we think it has
a lot of potential. The name has been a hit with the celebrities since 2012
(Nick Lachey’s son and Kristin Cavallari’s son are both named Camden). The
nature of Camden’s use has also shifted; traditionally a surname and place
name (a section of London), the baby boy name is quickly becoming a very
popular first name as well.
Meaning: God is gracious
Rounding off the boy’s Top 100 list is Juan, a Spanish version
of John, and a very common name in the Spanish-speaking world. Many famous
namesakes are in the sports realm, and references can vary from the fictional
libertine character of Don Juan to the capital city San Juan.
Juan Gabriel Pareja, Soccer player Juan Manuel Mata Garcia, Baseball player