Category: neglected boys’ names

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K names for boys

By Kara Blakley

I recently wrote about the letter K, and how and why it might not get the love it deserves. K names, Berries often protest, are often trendy or “kree8tiv” respellings of mainstays. But K also has a lot of untapped potential since it’s easily a language-crossing letter. K is also more popular on the US charts than on Nameberry, so choosing a K name might be a way to find the perfect fit-in stand-out name. We’ve looked at the girls, now here are my nominations for K names for boys that deserve a second look:

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There are the eternal boys’ classics that never leave the higher echelons of popularity—names like John, James, William and Daniel.

But then there are those boys’ names that move in and out of style, names that can appear timeless in one period and then seem tired and fusty in another. These names, once at the top of their class, are now nearer the bottom—in one case having slipped away completely.

Yesterday we looked at forgotten girls’ classics. Today we bring you a dozen classic boys’ names that have fallen off the radar but deserve a fresh look.

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Classic baby names: Peter, Paul or Mary?


Of course they’re still around, with a few like William and Daniel still in the Top Ten, but most of the standard classics are far from being the power names they once were–Peter, Paul and George, for example, have hit all-time lows.

And yes, Edward has that Twilight touch, and Jack is back with a vengeance, and we are suddenly hearing people say they think Mary is due for a comeback.  But will Robert or Richard ever be cool again?

Thus and therefore, the question of the week:

Which classic name do you think is most due for a comeback?  Would you use it for your child?  And if so, is it because it has ties to your family history?

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