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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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  • Matthew

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    Matthew was the third most popular boys' name in America throughout the 1980s and 90s, and is still Number 12 (there were almost fourteen thousand baby Matts last year). The New Testament Matthew ... Read More 

  • Michael

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    Michael was the Number 1 American boys' name for almost half a century. Now, though, Michael has moved down to eighth place, still translating to about an annual 16,000 babies. How has Michael ra... 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 29. Strong, solid, and attractive, Nathan was chosen for his son by Jon Stewart. It's a name... Read More 

  • Nathaniel

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    Although Nathan is more popular, the more dignified Nathaniel is firmly in the Top 100 and has been since the 1980s. Despite the profusion of Nat names around, Nathaniel remains singularly appeali... Read More 

  • Nicholas

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    Nicholas, though it has lost some ground (it was in the Top 10 from 1993 to 2002), is still a popular classic that would make an attractive, solid choice. A Greek name stemming from Nike, the godde... Read More 

  • Patrick

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    Patrick, long tied to a hyper-Irish image, is enjoying something of a renaissance as a stylish classic, as it has long been considered in England. Along with such choices as Charles and George, Pat... Read More 

  • Paul

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    Paul is an ancient name -- popular in Roman and medieval times -- that's not very fashionable now, which can work in its favor, scarcity balancing simplicity. Paul also boasts a wide range of name-... Read More 

  • Peter

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    A classic New Testament name, Peter's popularity has been sliding since the 1950s, which makes it a good choice if you're seeking a less-used classic with many nice childhood associations, like Pet... Read More 

  • Philip

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    Philip, the name of one of the twelve apostles, is still favored by parents in search of a solid boys' classic that is less neutral than Robert or John and more distinctive than Daniel or Matthew a... Read More 

  • Raymond

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    Now that the show has gone into reruns, does anybody still love Raymond? Though it's been long dormant, some parents -- including Jack Nicholson -- are finding its cool component, largely through t... Read More 

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