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Classic Baby Names for Boys

Classic baby names for boys, those that have been well used in the English-speaking world over time, are an elite group. While many Biblical baby names certainly qualify, we've grouped most of those on their own list. Here are the classic boy baby names that remain.
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  • Adam

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    Adam--a primal Old Testament name-- was revived as a 1960s cowboy name. Adam is now well out of the Top 50 and feels ready for a respite, replaced by newer A names like Aidan/Aiden, Avery and Axel.  Read More 

  • Alexander

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    Alexander has been in the Top 25 since 1991, and is still at a high Number 9. The noble Alexander has led to the popularity of so many spin-offs, such as Alex, Zander, Xan and Zan--not to mention ... Read More 

  • Andrew

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    Andrew is among the most appealing classic boys' names, with more character and charm than James or John, and a host of Andrew-inspired nicknames: Andy makes it friendlier, Drew adds to its sophist... Read More 

  • Anthony

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    Anthony, versatile and perennially popular, is comfortable anywhere, from the streets of Little Italy to mainline Philadelphia, and is still one of the Top 15 names in the country, given to more th... Read More 

  • Arthur

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    Arthur, once the shining head of the Knights of the Round Table, is, after decades of neglect, now being polished up and restored by some stylish parents. In addition to its leading role in the A... Read More 

  • Benjamin

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    Benjamin is a biblical name that has enjoyed widespread favor for decades -- and is attractive and strong enough to have entered the Top 20. One of those golden boys' names that feels traditional a... Read More 

  • Charles

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    Charles is a longtime traditional favorite that was in the Top 10 until the 1960s. Lately Charles has been resuscitated by many celeb parents, from Jodie Foster to Russell Crowe, honoring a distin... Read More 

  • Christopher

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    Christopher is an evergreen classic which continued its drop from Top 10 status this year, in spite of its appealingly strong, sincere, straightforward image, combined with a softer, more modern so... Read More 

  • Daniel

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    Daniel is a perennial favorite. Though down from Number 10 to Number 11 this year, Daniel is one of only a handful of male names that sounds both classic and modern, strong yet approachable, and p... Read More 

  • David

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    David is a classic with a lot going for it. Serious yet simpatico, it has deep biblical roots as the Hebrew name of the Old Testament second king of Israel who, as a boy, slew the giant Philistine ... Read More 

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