Boy Names Dads Like More Than Moms

Even though things are changing somewhat, men have historically wanted strong classic or he-man names for their sons. Sometimes, as in a few of the boy names below, they cross the macho line.
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  • Gunner

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    The kind of nouveau macho name favored by NRA-leaning parents. Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers gave it to his son in 2009. It is now ranked at number 235. Gunnar is another spelling that makes... Read More 

  • Harry

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    We're just wild about Harry!

    Harry was everyone's elderly uncle until Princess Diana, following British royal tradition, named her son Henry but called him Harry. Then Harry... Read More 

  • Jack

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    Jack was, until 2011 when he was unseated by Oliver, for years the Number 1 name in England and is firmly in the Top 45 here, having returned to the Top 100 in 1996. Jack is a durable, cheery... Read More 

  • Jagger

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    Jagger is a swaggering Rolling Stone of a name that's been picked up by a number of fellow celebs, including Lindsay Davenport and Brett Scallions--while Soleil Moon Frye pulled a gender switch... Read More 

  • Jake

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    This unpretentious, accessible, and optimistic ("everything's jake" -- meaning OK) short form of the top name Jacob is itself just outside the Top 200, though more parents these days are opting... Read More 

  • Jesse

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    King David's father turned 1980s cowboy, Jesse is now down in popularity, due to the long run of similar female names. The name is associated with a wide variety of bearers, from outlaw Jesse... Read More 

  • Jeter

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    Jeter, which of course is used as a first name only because of Yankee star Derek, rhymes with Peter and may be derived from the French surname Jette, which was often bestowed on foundlings because... Read More 

  • Jett

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    Aviation enthusiast John Travolta put this fast-paced name in the lexicon when he used it for his late son, and George Lucas followed suit. Read More 

  • Junior

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    The line should end with Junior Soprano. Read More 

  • King

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    King is a name that sends a mixed message. While some might think of it as more fitting for a canine, others see it as a strong name with offbeat style and a full court of rich associations, from... Read More 

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