Category: best boy names
Recently we brought you our Top 100 picks for the best cool unusual girls’ names; today it’s the boys’ turn.
Our criteria: The boy names here had to be given to ten or fewer boys in the U.S. in the most recent year counted, 2012. Beyond that, we were open to names both classic and new-fangled, plain and fancy — as long as they were cool.
It’s amazing how many great names there are that are truly unusual. Among the 100 best are several names that are among our all-time favorites: Barnaby and Birch, Jupiter and Rafferty, Osias and Witt.
And there are many more great choices on the bottom rungs of the extended popularity list. You can download the complete list here.
Our picks for the Top 100 Cool Unusual Boys’ Names are:
For our new book, we winnowed the 20,000 boys’ names on Nameberry down to our picks for the very best: the most stylish classic names, the fashionable choices that transcend trends, the most usable unusual names.
It was a difficult task, but now we’re asking you to choose the best of the best.
What’s your nomination for the very best boys’ name of them all?
The name that’s got everything good going for it — all advantages, no downside.
If there even is such a beast.
Let’s collect the best of the best boys’ names.
Stylish might mean popular…but not necessarily. More precisely, it means names that strike the right fashion note for the times, that are in today, and may be even more in tomorrow.
Like Pottery Barn furniture or J. Crew clothes, stylish baby names often combine freshness, quality, and broad appeal. It’s a difficult balance to strike, and no wonder that some of the names that achieve this magic mix go on to be adopted by many — some might say too many — parents.
The stylish boys’ names here are among the best in their class. Any would make a handsome choice for a contemporary baby boy.
One of our most-read blogs of all time, a makeover of the top 100 most popular boys’ names, disappeared from our archive. We didn’t even notice it was gone until a Berry wrote wondering where it was. The girls’ makeover, also written by Elisabeth Wilborn of You Can’t Call It It, is still there. But the boys’: stolen, zapped, vanished into thin air.
So we set out to fashion a new version, using the current popular boys’ names list of 2012.
These are our suggestions of similar-but-different names you might substitute if you like the original boys’ name, but it’s just too popular.
Which boy names have been most popular on Nameberry so far this year?
The big news in baby boy names: Asher is back on top, a spot he held in our 2011 popularity list but lost to Finn in 2012. Finn is still enormously popular with Nameberry’s parents, holding onto the Number 2 spot, though longtime favorite Henry is slipping in our rankings for 2013.
Django holds the Number 4 spot thanks the hit movie; it’s a cool name, but we don’t expect to see many baby Djangos.
Our boy names popularity rankings are based on more than 8 million views of our names pages in the first half of 2013. The Top 100 boy names on Nameberry so far this year are: