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Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.
  • Aiden

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    Aiden has been a spectacular name success story--especially if all its various spellings were to be added together. Aiden cracked the Top 10 in 2010 and remained there until 2013, when it dropped... Read More 

  • Caden

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    Caden is a key member of the rhyming contingent that dates all the similar sounding Cadens, Jadens, Braedons, and Aidans as part of a millennial megatrend. Read More 

  • Carden

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    Highly unusual but stylish-sounding occupational name, with a pleasant association with gardens. Read More 

  • Corbin

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    Corbin, the name of the castle where the Holy Grail was said to be hidden, came to the fore in the 1980s via actor Corbin Bernsen when he was the high profile star of LA Law, but its use... Read More 

  • Egan

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    Egan's likeness to the word eager gives this Irish surname a ready-to-please, effervescent energy, and it would make an appropriate substitute for the overused Aidan.

    This popular Irish... Read More 

  • Emmett

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    Emmett, honest and sincere, laid-back and creative, is on the rise as a male cognate of the megapopular Emma and Emily, not to mention being a character in the popular Twilight series... Read More 

  • Hadden

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    Rarely heard Hayden alternative -- though, mark our words, you'll spend your life correcting everyone's pronunciation and spelling. Read More 

  • Hayden

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    Hayden -- a formerly obscure name that's risen to huge popularity -- has dipped in this year's ratings. Though Hayden is among the most distinctive of the bunch, it gets lost in the crowd of... Read More 

  • Hayward

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    Possible Hayden alternative. Read More 

  • Holden

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    Holden is a classic case of a name that jumped out of a book and onto birth certificates--though it took quite a while. Parents who loved J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye are... Read More 

  • Hudson

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    Hudson has risen quickly up the charts after emerging at the bottom of the list in 1995, now at Number 80 and climbing.

    , Hudson has gotten a boost as a prominent surname over the... Read More 

  • Kiefer

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    Kiefer is a strong occupational surname associated with "24" star Kiefer Sutherland, but one that could well join the other 'er' surnames currently in favor.

    Kiefer Sutherland, the son... Read More 

  • Lander

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    Possibility in the Landon vein. Read More 

  • Mason

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    Mason has become mega-popular, hitting the Number 2 spot in 2011, by far the highest its ever been on the Social Security list, and still in the Top 5 at Number 3.

    Mason is an... Read More 

  • Nathan

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    Nathan is an Old Testament name that's been steadily on the upswing for forty years and is now at Number 38. Strong, solid, and attractive, Nathan was chosen for his son by Jon Stewart. It's a... Read More 

  • Preston

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    Britney Spears put this old-fashioned surname name back on the map when she chose it as her son Sean's middle name, which the family uses as his first.

    One of the most popular names of... Read More 

  • Slade

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    Evoking the image of a shady glen, Slade could make a distinctive middle name. It entered the Top 1000 in 2007, and has been seen as a character name on the TV show "Smallville." It's also a name... Read More 

  • Slater

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    Slater has a more genial, friendly feel than most trade names. Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance used it for one of their twins.

    On the nineties TV show Saved by the Bell,... Read More 

  • Wade

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    Wade has never been outside the US Top 1000 for boys - there's a reason for that. It has a clean spelling, fresh sound and is neither too trendy (unlike Kade or Cade) or too old-school (like... Read More 

  • Walker

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    Walker is both a Waspy surname name—as in the W in George W. Bush—but it also has a gentle ambling quality and a creative connection to such greats as writer Walker Percy and photographer Walker... Read More 

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