Boy Names ALWAYS in the Top 1000

There are just over 200 baby boy names that have been on the Top 1000 since 1880, when the U.S. Social Security office began tracking baby names. The classic boy names here are included among that elite that has been perennially popular. For the full group plus analysis, see <a href="">our blog on perennially popular boy baby names</a>.
  • 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... Read More 

  • Alex

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    The independent Alex has become a classic in its own right. One of the truest unisex names, Alex is used almost equally for both sexes without sacrificing any of its masculinity. Read More 

  • Alfred

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    Alfred is up off his recliner! If you're looking for a path to Fred, you can go directly to Frederick or take the long way around with the so-out-it's-in-again Alfred.

    Alfred the... 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 there's a host of Andrew-inspired nicknames: Andy makes it friendlier, while Drew adds... Read More 

  • Antonio

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    Antonio is a Shakespearean favorite--the Bard used it in no less than five of his plays, and has long been a ubiquitous classic in Spanish-speaking countries, where the nickname Tonio is also... 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... Read More 

  • Ben

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    Ben, the diminutive of Benjamin or Benedict, can easily stand on its own as a simple, strong, nice-guy choice, though it's somewhat attenuated. Ben is this generation's Bob or Bill. Read More 

  • Carlos

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    Carlos' popularity in the Hispanic community puts it just outside the U.S. Top 100 -- though Carlos could work equally well with an Anglo surname. Notable namesakes include musician Santana,... Read More 

  • Charles

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    Charles is a longtime traditional favorite that was in the Top 10 until the 1960s, and is now back at just outside the Top 50. Lately, Charles has been resuscitated by many celeb parents, from... Read More 

  • Christian

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    Christian had been firmly planted in the Top 25 since 1996, not far below the stalwart Christopher, and is still, at Number 42, quite popular. Once considered overly pious, Christian is now seen... Read More 

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