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Popular Baby Names for Boys

The list of popular baby names for boys in the U.S. is more straightforward than the girls' list, which is skewed by spelling variations. Except for the Aiden/Caden/Jaden names, which are more popular than they look on the national list because of their many variations, most of the popular baby names for boys exist in one form only. Here, the current 25 most popular baby names for boys.
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  • Aiden

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    Aiden is a spectacular name success story--in fact, if all its various spellings were added together, it would now be the top boys' name in the country. Aiden cracked the Top 10 in 2010 and has rem... 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 

  • 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 

  • 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 

  • Elijah

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    Elijah -- the name of the Old Testament prophet who went to heaven in a chariot of fire -- has become a fashionable biblical choice. More than 13,000 parents chose Elijah last year, bringing it ins... Read More 

  • Ethan

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    Ethan, which was given a big boost via the name of the Tom Cruise character in the Mission Impossible film series, is now the third most popular boys' name in the country. Ethan is a name that su... Read More 

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