Category: Boy Names
By Kara Blakley
At the end of 2015, Nameberry predicted that TH would be the digraph of 2016, and indeed the past year saw a lot more of names like Theo and Thea. Nameberry suggested that we would also hear more of Theodore, Thatcher, Thiago, Thaddeus, Thayer, Matthias, and Seth, which are all on the rise or poised to be. In this list, I’d like to expand the list of possibilities. One of my personal interests is finding unusual names that feel modern: identifying a trending sound and then finding uncommon names within that group is one way to do it. For that reason, I’m avoiding the most enduring names like Anthony, Matthew, and Nathaniel. First up are the boys.
Some boys’ names feel country because of their associations, like Wyatt Earp or Johnny and June Carter Cash singing “Jackson.” Others bring to mind rodeo (Ryder) and the great outdoors (Hunter). Others are harder to pin down, but seem every bit as at home on a tractor or holding a fishing rod.
Country boy names fall somewhere between classic and modern. They’re rustic, but they wear almost as well in the big city as at home on the range.
Our picks for the best country boy names are:
By Linda Rosenkrantz with Esmeralda Rocha
We recently posted a list of the names that you Berries showed the greatest interest in over the past year—topped by the not-too-surprising Olivia and Amelia, (both of which ranked in the top dozen nationally), and Ezra and Asher. But now we want to look at the names that were actually chosen when the moment of decision finally arrived, when the clicking and sharing stopped and all the tempting possibilities had to be narrowed down to that one ultimate, single, final choice.
Of course we know that, sadly, only a small percentage of berry births get recorded in our Birth Announcement Forum, our only available source (Memo to those expecting new arrivals in 2017: Resolve to share your choices with all of us!). But still, more than 300 new parents did enter their picks.
So which were the most popular among them?
If the 2017 parent were limited to only 100 possible baby names, what should they be? Which names strike that perfect balance of being supremely stylish but not trendy, distinctive yet not weird, creative yet down-to-earth?
We’ve whittled down the thousands of possibilities to find the elite 100 baby names that are most emblematic of our times while also being timeless and forward-facing. The names here are perfect for a 2017 baby yet will serve him or her well into the turn of the next century (now there’s an amazing thought).
Of course, there are hundreds of other baby names that potentially fit these criteria. But if we are limited to only 100, these are our picks for the very best of the best, and why.
They’ve named four boys together – and they love every choice so far! Now it’s time for boy number five, and they’re out of ideas.
My husband and I are expecting our fifth boy in a few months.
Theo – We have a nephew named Ted, but we never see him – so I think we could still use it.
Duke – I’m not sure I can picture this name for an adult.
Do you have any name suggestions for our fifth boy that go well with our other four boys’ names? I want to find a name I will love just as much as the previous four. His middle name will be Christopher.
The Name Sage replies: