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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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  • Robert

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    Robert was Number 1 in both 1925 and 1950, and in fact was in the Top 25 for an entire century, giving it true classic status. Though no longer stylish, Robert is still widely used as a family name... Read More 

  • Simon

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    Simon is pure and simple (not in the nursery rhyme sense), and an appealingly genuine Old and New Testament name that's not overused -- making Simon a stylish choice. In the Bible, Simon was the s... Read More 

  • Thomas

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    Thomas has been one of the most commonly used classic baby names in both England and the U.S., and is still given to almost seven thousand American boys each year. From the original apostle and sev... Read More 

  • Timothy

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    A second-tier classic, the New Testament Timothy moves in and out of fashion more than John and James, but, though it peaked in the 1960s, many modern parents still appreciate its familiarity and l... Read More 

  • William

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    William has been among the most enduring of classics, currently standing at a solid Number 5, exactly where it was last year, chosen by almost 17,000 American parents as being ideally conservative... Read More 

  • Wilson

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    Wilson is a substantive presidential choice far less prevalent than Taylor or Tyler, and with the advantage of being a new route to friendly nickname Will. We see Wilson growing in popularity as a... Read More 

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