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Top Boys Name For Each Letter: a 130-year survey

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Yesterday, we looked at the girls’ names, and today, as promised, it’s the boys’ turn.  Again, we present the Top 10 baby names for every letter of the alphabet—from Anthony to Zecheriah—compiled by nameberry’s own Nephele.  (The U.S. Social Security Administration’s complete names lists spanning a 130-year period were used in the tabulation of these special statistics.)

And again, there are some listings you might find surprising: even more nickname names, with Billy and Bobby both among the ten most popular ‘B’ names, Willie  the Number 3 ‘W’ name, and twice as many Larrys as Lawrences.  Almost a dozen Latino names appear, but no José (blame the profusion of other popular J-boys for crowding it out); and four different spellings of Zachary make the list.  As compared with the girls’ statistics, there are more top names racking up much greater numbers, with several of the male classics being given to two, three, four and even five million boys over time.

Here, the full roster of  Top 10 names for each starting initial:

A

1. Anthony 1,335,664

2. Andrew 1,192,233

3. Alexander 542,038

4. Arthur 518,307

5. Aaron 515,997

6. Adam 507,633

7. Albert 481,705

8. Austin 357,449

9. Alan 326,687

10. Allen 259,359

B

1. Brian 1,142,501

2. Brandon 705,063

3. Benjamin 626,514

4. Billy 379,598

5. Bruce 376,645

6. Bryan 356,776

7. Bobby 310,269

8. Bradley 286,800

9. Bernard 197,528

10. Barry 179,089

C

1. Charles 2,328,053

2. Christopher 1,933,416

3. Carl 498,906

4. Christian 342,738

5. Clarence 300,847

6. Craig 296,345

7. Cody 268,196

8. Carlos 256,115

9. Curtis 253,327

10. Chad 236,666

D

1. David 3,511,227

2. Daniel 1,793,991

3. Donald 1,404,652

4. Dennis 612,014

5. Douglas 553,349

6. Dylan 280,799

7. Danny 276,431

8. Dale 275,554

9. Derek 213,847

10. Dustin 199,245

E

1. Edward 1,267,267

2. Eric 847,385

3. Eugene 376,042

4. Ernest 298,854

5. Earl 287,443

6. Ethan 287,149

7. Edwin 229,872

8. Eddie 205,683

9. Evan 205,669

10. Elijah 170,792

F

1. Frank 901,908

2. Fred 341,881

3. Francis 280,856

4. Frederick 256,432

5. Floyd 152,941

6. Franklin 130,475

7. Francisco 119,967

8. Fernando 83,579

9. Freddie 71,792

10. Fredrick 62,404

G

. George 1,441357

2. Gary 895,566

3. Gregory 697,591

4. Gerald 444,415

5. Gabriel 248,068

6. Glenn 246,121

7. Gordon 151,149

8. Gilbert 126,962

9. Gene 125,637

10. Glen 124,268

H

1. Henry 607,592

2. Harold 547,116

3. Harry 417,970

4. Howard 343,052

5. Herbert 227,022

6. Hunter 165,722

7. Herman 134,783

8. Harvey 116,108

9. Hector 91,294

10. Hugh 79,300

I

1. Isaac 196,421

2. Ian 178,890

3. Isaiah 144,155

4. Ivan 105,894

5. Ira 51,877

6. Israel 46,938

7. Irving 42,523

8. Irvin 37,877

9. Ismael 28,888

10. Isiah 21,463

J

1. James 5,035,271

2. John 5,028,213

3. Joseph 2,505,113

4. Joshua 1,109,624

5. Jason 985,116

6. Jeffrey 962,581

7. Jacob 778,140

8. Jonathan 764,646

9. Justin 732,486

10. Jack 617,395

K

1. Kenneth 1,255,192

2. Kevin 1,120,766

3. Kyle 456,504

4. Keith 428,351

5. Karl 98,512

6. Kurt 84,291

7. Kelly 80,670

8. Kent 67,187

9. Kirk 66,782

10. Kristopher 57,526

L

1. Larry 800,113

2. Lawrence 451,797

3. Louis 385,811

4. Leonard 287,762

5. Luis 237,026

6. Lee 227,800

7. Logan 216,572

8. Leroy 197,009

9. Luke 185,257

10. Leo 167,651

M

1. Michael 4,226,006

2. Matthew 1,483,868

3. Mark 1,331,796

4. Martin 295,296

5. Marvin 245,860

6. Melvin 239,112

7. Marcus 208,315

8. Mike 202,470

9. Manuel 171,562

10. Mitchell 156,964

N

1. Nicholas 837,599

2. Nathan 467,113

3. Norman 250,383

4. Noah 229,461

5. Nathaniel 228,797

6. Neil 98,912

7. Nelson 73,328

8. Nicolas 68,380

9. Nolan 55,031

10. Neal 53,231

O

1. Oscar 180,315

2. Owen 105,497

3. Oliver 82,265

4. Omar 80,226

5. Otis 56,121

6. Orlando 42,847

7. Orville 34,846

8. Otto 28,795

9. Ollie 15,471

10. Odell 14,480

P

1. Paul 1,370,225

2. Patrick 650,692

3. Peter 559,504

4. Philip 332,899

5. Phillip 300,753

6. Preston 89,903

7. Pedro 80,278

8. Perry 73,667

9. Parker 59,183

10. Pete 42,582

Q

1. Quentin 34,894

2. Quinton 24,913

3. Quinn 23,197

4. Quincy 20,828

5. Quintin 12,577

6. Quinten 5,879

7. Quenton 2,824

8. Quinlan 1,749

9. Quincey 1,467

10. Quran 1,404

R

1. Robert 4,759,913

2. Richard 2,539,254

3. Ronald 1,071,156

4. Ryan 846,500

5. Raymond 760,077

6. Roger 435,238

7. Ralph 410,661

8. Roy 400,083

9. Russell 346,895

10. Randy 322,227

S

1. Steven 1,257,066

2. Stephen 844,170

3. Scott 764,992

4. Samuel 660,433

5. Sean 397,133

6. Stanley 295,843

7. Shawn 292,627

8. Steve 238,021

9. Shane 176,764

10. Seth 147,382

T

1. Thomas 2,247,306

2. Timothy 1,044,310

3. Tyler 530,871

4. Terry 418,848

5. Travis 288,370

6. Todd 279,619

7. Tony 243,284

8. Theodore 210,924

9. Troy 200,474

10. Tommy 172,786

U

1. Ulysses 15,868

2. Uriel 11,479

3. Ulises 7,616

4. Uriah 4,786

5. Urban 2,826

6. Ubaldo 1,899

7. Ulyses 1,278

8. Umar 1,264

9. Uziel 1,091

10. Ulisses 978

V

1. Vincent 307,569

2. Victor 293,402

3. Vernon 144,403

4. Virgil 70,558

5. Van 25,244

6. Vance 23,000

7. Vaughn 18,022

8. Vicente 16,212

9. Vito 13,569

10. Vern 11,446

W

1. William 3,969,127

2. Walter 612,488

3. Willie 445,749

4. Wayne 349,359

5. Wesley 188,524

6. Warren 170,245

7. Wallace 80,198

8. Wyatt 77,730

9. Willard 76,908

10. Wade 64,115

X

1. Xavier 90,055

2. Xander 10,236

3. Xzavier 3,983

4. Xavion 1,231

5. Xaiver 822

6. Xavian 775

7. Xavior 729

8. Xzavion 648

9. Xavien 448

10. Xaviar 410

Y

1. Yahir 6,329

2. Yosef 4,523

3. Yusuf 3,620

4. Yehuda 3,607

5. Yisroel 3,258

6. Yaakov 2,941

7. Yitzchok 2,576

8. Yousef 2,516

9. Yair 2,496

10. Yancy 2,348

Z

1. Zachary 486,948

2. Zane 31,757

3. Zachery 28,040

4. Zackary 26,625

5. Zachariah 21,331

6. Zackery 16,039

7. Zion 13,335

8. Zander 8,530

9. Zack 6,486

10. Zechariah 6,368

What did you find most interesting/surprising in these listings, especially as compared with the girls’?

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