Category: best boy names
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:
The big news in baby names this week has been the Most Popular Names 2012: Top 1, Top 10, Top 100, Top 1000.
But swimming just below the surface — not quite on the radar but not truly off, either — are dozens of more unusual baby names poised to find wider favor….or dropping from view.
Of course, that may bring relief rather than disappointment to many parents. If you want to name your baby Magnolia or Clementine, Bishop or Langston — or already have — you may tremble on surveying the new Top 1000, hoping your favorites stay off the list.
We looked below the Top 1000 for girls and boys and found those names within 50 points of the cutoff that we felt were heading back into style, along with those sailing off into the sunset.
In raw numbers, 251 girls received the Number 1000 name Katalina while 197 boys were named Number 1000 boys’ name Dangelo. The numbers after each name below represent the number of children given that name in 2012.
Here, the names just under the Top 1000 coming into style and heading out: