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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 our blog on perennially popular boy baby names.
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  • 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 

  • Clayton

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    Almost fits into the wildly popular Jaden-Caden-Braden family -- but not quite; a possibility for parents who want a similar but more traditional name.  Read More 

  • Curtis

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    An attractive if shopworn name that has been borne by several significant musicians and athletes.  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 

  • Donald

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    We're sorry, Mr. Trump, but this is not the greatest name in the world. It's been fired. The Irish Donal has a lot more appeal.  Read More 

  • Douglas

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    The surname of a powerful Scottish clan...and your mom's prom date.  Read More 

  • Edward

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    Unlike perennials William, John and James, Edward is a classic that moves in and out of fashion. This royal Anglo-Saxon standard is now benefiting from the popularity of the hot hero of the vampir... Read More 

  • Francis

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    Now that this is the name that has been chosen by the current Roman Catholic pope, Francis has come into the spotlight. In fact, this name, which was in the Top 10 at the turn of the last century,... Read More 

  • Frank

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    A Top 10 name from the 1880s until the 1920s, Frank has fallen from favor but still has a certain warm, friendly real-guy grandpa flavor that could come back into style, like other such choices as ... Read More 

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