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

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Bailey -- a jaunty surname -- was first used for a female TV character in 1978 in the show WKRP in Cincinnaati, then caught on big time. Bailey's still an appealing choice, though, and a... Read More 

  • Braden

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    One of the trendiest of the new two-syllable boys' names that have swept the country in the past few years, including the rhyming Aidan, Caden, Kaden, and Jaden. Read More 

  • Brock

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Brock is a rock solid name, with a touch of preppy sophistication. It ranked solidly in the 200s-300s from 1975 until last year, when it slipped out of the Top 400.

    Among Brocks who... Read More 

  • Cade

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Strong, ultramasculine, and modern, Cade shot up the popularity lists—it's been as high as Number 201—along with cousins Caden and Cale. Like Scarlett, Rhett, Ashley, Melanie, and Beau, it was... Read More 

  • Carden

    Gender: M Love Dislike

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

  • Corbin

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    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 

  • Eamon

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    This Irish name pronounced ay-mon was popularized in the U.S. by early president of the independent republic Eamon de Valera (birth name George), who was born in the United States to an Irish... Read More 

  • Holden

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    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

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    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

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    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 

  • Landon

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Landon is a popular surname name, now ranking at Number 43, slightly down from last year but still surpassing its once more popular rhyming cousin Brandon. For some it may bring back nostalgic... Read More 

  • Mason

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    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 

  • Slater

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    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 

  • Trenton

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    There's only one Trenton, New Jersey, but more than one thousand babies are being given this name each year, more for its fashionable -on ending than the reference to the city. Since 2007,... Read More 

  • Wade

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    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

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    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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