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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  • Landry

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    St. Landry was a seventh century bishop of Paris, founder of the city's first hospital. The name is more familiar in recent years thanks to legendary Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry, an... Read More 

  • Luke

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    Luke is a cool-yet-strong New Testament name, with a relaxed cowboy feel, which has been on the rise since the advent of Luke Skywalker.

    The most famous bearer of the name is the... Read More 

  • Madden

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    Madden is an Irish surname relative of Madigan rising through the charts thanks to its trendy two-syllable, -en ending sound along with its appeal to Madden Football video game-playing dads. John... Read More 

  • Maxwell

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    A happy medium between the weighty Maximilian and the laid-back Max. Lance Armstrong chose it for his son. Early influences on the name's revival include Maxwell Smart of the television show, and... Read More 

  • Nick

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    The classic strong-yet-sexy nickname name, much used for charming movie characters. Read More 

  • Rex

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    Now that many dogs are named Max, it's safe to use this sleek, sexy, regal name again for your child. And with the charm of its final x, its regal meaning, and its offbeat simplicity, Rex... Read More 

  • Rocco

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    Madonna did much to polish up the image of this old-neighborhood Italian choice when she picked it for her son with British director Guy Ritchie. It now feels much more mainstream, sharing the... Read More 

  • Roman

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    Roman -- a surprise hit name of recent years -- owes much of its popularity to Cate Blanchett and Debra Messing, who almost simultaneously chose Roman for their sons, as Molly Ringwald did... Read More 

  • Romeo

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    It wasn't so long ago that Romeo was considered as outre for an American baby as Casanova or Cupid. But that really changed when David and Victoria Beckham chose it for their second son in 2002, a... 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 

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