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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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  • Harrison

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    Harrison, a name made viable by Harrison Ford, is increasingly popular with parents who want an H name that's more formal than Harry or Hank but doesn't veer into the stiff Huntington-Harrington te... Read More 

  • Jasper

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    Jasper has a lot going for it -- in the past years it shot up 112 places and is still rising, after long being considered a hip and charming name in England. Distinctly masculine, Jasper represents... Read More 

  • Jeremiah

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    Jeremiah, which is now just outside the Top 50 --is a solid Old Testament prophet name that has gradually taken the place of the now dated Jeremy, Gerard and Gerald, joining other currently popular... Read More 

  • Joel

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    Parents a half-century ago tried to jazz up and formalize old standby Joe by reviving this Old Testament prophet name, but at this point we're back to basics and Joe sounds much more honest and str... Read More 

  • John

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    John reigned as the most popular of all boys' Christian names for four hundred years, from the time the first Crusaders carried it back to Britain until the 1950s, at which point American baby name... 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 

  • Lee

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    A name with a feeble shouldn't-I-be-a-middle-name sound.  Read More 

  • Levi

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    Levi, lighter and more energetic than most biblical names, with its up vowel ending, combines Old Testament gravitas with the casual flair associated with Levi Strauss jeans. Now being rediscover... Read More 

  • Louis

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    While this classic royal name has yet to catch on, we sense a comeback. Both Louis and Lewis are in Britain's Top 100, and if they don't revive here, all the better for those -- like actors Sandra ... Read More 

  • Mark

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    After centuries of lagging behind other apostle names Peter and Paul, Mark suddenly caught on in the early 1950s, reaching Number 6 by 1960. But though it was a big baby-boomer name, their offsprin... Read More 

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