Today's Popular Boy Baby Names

Top Boy Names

The 5 top boy names on Nameberry this month

  1. 1 Ezra
  2. 2 Asher
  3. 3 Declan
  4. 4 Atticus
  5. 5 Oliver

Shining a spotlight on names in the news


Many a popular baby name was inspired by a fictional character. Think of Jane Austen‘s heroine Emma, at least part of the reason the classic girl’s name remains in the top spot in the US.

But lately surname names with literary ties are gaining traction. Think of Harper and Hadley.

Now Code Black star Benjamin Hollingsworth has picked a similar name for his new son, born in July: Hemingway.

Hemingway is a surname name, of course, but it instantly brings to mind legendary writer Ernest Hemingway. The Nobel Prize-winning writer penned some of the most enduring classics of 20th century American literature.

Not only do we remember his works, but we also remember his image. He’s a man of action, capable and rugged. Hemingway was also known as a world traveler, living in Europe and Cuba, and traveling extensively.

No surprise that the name appeals to modern parents. And yet, Hemingway is a big sound, and it doesn’t easily shorten to an obvious nickname. That hasn’t held back favorites like Sebastian, though, so perhaps Hemingway is more wearable today than it might have been in the past.

The numbers suggest that might be the case. 2015 was the first year Hemingway appeared in the US T0p 1000 date, with five newborn boys given the name.

While (Thornton) Wilder and (Nathaniel) Hawthorne remain more popular, we might hear  more of Hemingway, too.