Category: top boys’ names
Biblical Simon is the name thatâ€™s risen furthest on the Nameberry list, up 43 places.Â The boysâ€™ names moving the most places up the ladder are:
Jacob remains the most popular name for boys for the 13th year in a row.Â An Old Testament name that means â€śsupplanterâ€ť and a cousin of James, Jacob has been in the Top Ten for nearly two decades.
The Social Security Administration announced the 2011 Most Popular Baby Names on The Today Show this morning.
The complete Top Ten are:
I have a friend, a pretty quirky guy, who has one of those generic boys’ names: Bill.Â I was thinking recently what an advantage it is for Bill to be named Bill rather than something like Jasper or Jarvis, one of those boys’ names that’s his equal in quirkiness.Â Bill takes the edge off his eccentric attitudes and offbeat style.Â It’s almost like the name Bill runs interference for my friend, telling the world: Don‘t worry, he may seem odd, but at heart he’s just a regular guy.
Of course, today naming your child Bill wouldn’t have the same effect.Â Bill is too mid-century a name and so seems old-fashioned or stodgy, not a regular guy of 2018 or 2025 at all.Â It’s one of those names that count as Regular Guy Names for dads or grandpas, but not for babies.Â These include:
Popular baby names go through cycles: They rise to the top, but then in a year or a decade, most fall away to be replaced by….
Well, by new names that are often pretty darn similar to the old ones.Â In the 80s, Jennifer was number one, until it was replaced by Jessica.Â Emily held the top spot for several years, and then was supplanted by Emma.
The reason for this same-but-different pattern is so simple and logical it hardly bears stating — but we’ll do so anyway.Â Popular baby names, by definition, are those that are favored by a wide range of people.Â Except once they become too popular for too long, parents donâ€™t want to choose them, no matter how much they may still like them.
So they look for names that are the same, but different.Â That have some twist that makes them new, while retaining the appeal of the originals.
Many of the most popular baby names today have close cousins waiting in the wings, ready to move up and replace the well-liked but overused favorites of today.
On the boysâ€™ side of nameberryâ€™s Most Popular Names 2010, Henry edged out Finn to hang onto the Number 1 place that itâ€™s held for most of the year. If you count related names such as Finnian and Finnegan, however, the Finn family would be Number 1.
Nameberryâ€™s Most Popular Names 2010 list counts the number of times visitors to our site searched each name throughout the year, which we like to think gives the discerning baby namer an excellent insight into which names are attracting the most buzz. Our individual name pages received 4.5 million views in 2010, with top name Henry garnering nearly 10,000 searches.Â About two-thirds of our visitors are from the U.S., with another 20 percent from Canada, Australia, and the U.K.
None of our boysâ€™ Top 10 are on the national Top 10. The fashionable classic James is Number 11 on our list but only 18 on the U.S. popularity list.
Look here for our 2010 most popular names for girls.
Here are the Top 100 nameberry most popular names 2010 for boys: