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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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  • Gabriel

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    Gabriel -- the name of the archangel who heralded the news of Jesus' birth, appearing in Christian, Jewish and Muslim texts, the angel of mercy, life, joy, judgment, truth, and dreams, who presides... Read More 

  • Jackson

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    Cool name Jackson is one of the celebrisphere's top favorites, having been chosen by, among others, Spike Lee, Poppy Montgomery, Carson Daly, Maria Bello, Natalie Maines, Scott Wolf, Maya Rudolph, ... Read More 

  • Jacob

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    Biblical Jacob has finally ceded his Number 1 spot to biblical Noah, after holding first place from 1999 to 2012, having been given a huge boost by the Twilight phenomenon. Jacob has widespread ap... Read More 

  • James

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    James is one of the classic Anglo-Saxon names, a stalwart through the ages, which is more popular and --yes--stylish than ever today. It recently came out Number 1 in a poll of America's favorite b... Read More 

  • Jayden

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    Jayden is the only non-traditional name to have broken into the boys' Top 5, though now it stands slightly lower at Number 9. Jayden is a popular spelling of a very popular name that was given a bi... Read More 

  • Joseph

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    Joseph is one of the most classic names in American nomenclature, popular with parents from many ethnic backgrounds and having dual-religious appeal. In the Old Testament, Joseph is the twelfth an... Read More 

  • Joshua

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    Joshua was a Top 10 name from 1983 until 2010, now ranking at Number 21, but still with more than 11,000 little Joshuas entering the already crowded Josh World in 2013, which would make it tough fo... Read More 

  • Logan

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    Logan is a a bright and cheerful Scottish surname that originated from a place of that name in Ayrshire. Logan has been climbing steadily since the mid-70s; it was in the Top 20 from 2006 to 2011,... Read More 

  • Mason

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    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 4. Mason is an occupational surname... Read More 

  • Matthew

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    Matthew was the third most popular boys' name in America throughout the 1980s and 90s, and is still Number 15 (there were more than thirteen thousand baby Matts last year). The New Testament Matth... Read More 

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