Menu

American Names

Are there any truly American baby names? Sure, if you count word names such as True and Justice and place names like Savannah and Sierra and invented names such as Brailyn and Zayden.

If you want an all-American name for your baby girl or boy, search here. You can also consult our lists of American Names for Girls and American Names for Boys.

The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

MaverickHeart

  • Origin:

    American
  • Meaning:

    "independent, nonconformist"
  • Description:

    At the rate it's growing, Maverick soon won't seem like such a maverick anymore. Heard first in a 1950s James Garner western TV series, and then as the Tom Cruise character in Top Gun, Maverick symbolizes an unfettered, free spirit.

KayleeHeart

  • Origin:

    American variation of Kayla
  • Meaning:

    "laurel, crown"
  • Description:

    A widely used name, Kaylee pulls together something from Kayla and something from Hailey, yet somehow loses something in the process. It has surpassed cousin Kayla on the charts and is one of three girls' names starting with Kthat ranks in the US Top 100.

KaidenHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Kaden, modern invented name
  • Description:

    This version of Kaden is also a popular choice and one of the many boys' names starting with k that can also start with a C, as in Caiden, Cayden et al.. Kaiden Alenko is a character in the video game Mass Effect.

BrooklynnHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Brooklyn, place name
  • Description:

    This extra-N variation is hot on the tails of mega popular Brooklyn and takes it a bit further from the New York borough.

DaxtonHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    More and more parents are turning to this name as a route to the cool nickname Dax.

JaxtonHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    We've had Jackson, Jaxcon and Jaxon, and now we have Jaxton.

EmoryHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Emery
  • Description:

    She might get nail jokes her whole life (think Emery board), but a child will find this name is neat, easy to pronounce, and able to fit in with the crowd.

StetsonHeart

  • Origin:

    American surname
  • Description:

    Most known as a popular brand of Western hats, this surname has a brief history as a given name. It charted in the US Top 1000 in 1989 and 1991-95. It has been experiencing renewed interest in the last few years, having reentered the popularity charts in 2013 and now ranking its highest ever at Number 709.

BraylenHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Brayden meets Jalen.

BraylonHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Enough parents have appreciated this combinations of the sounds from Brayden and Jaylen to make it a widely used name. Its most noted bearer is former football player Braylon Edwards.

SaigeHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Sage
  • Description:

    What works for Paige just doesn’t work for Sage. The added i will likely create a lifetime of spelling mistakes.

AshlynHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Aislinn, Irish
  • Meaning:

    "dream"
  • Description:

    Though it relates to the Irish original, Ashlyn and its next most popular form, Ashlynn, owe more of their popularity as baby names in the US to the megastar Ashley, though all three have been dropping on the charts lately.

BrycenHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Bryson
  • Description:

    This name may be a variation of the more-popular Bryson, but it has appealed to enough parents to make it a widely used name in its own right.

RaylanHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Raylan, one of an uncountable number of two syllable, surname-like boys’ names end in n that are in style these days, is inspired by Raylan Givens, the cowboy hat-wearing U.S. Marshall created by writer Elmore Leonard and starring in the television series Justified. The Ray part of the name is of course a traditional choice -- it's usually said to mean "wise" -- but the lan takes it out of Old School Raymond territory. Other variations include Raylen, Raylon, Rayden and so on. The name is also sometimes given to girls, but not nearly as often as it is for boys.

JanelleHeart

  • Origin:

    American, modern elaboration of Jane
  • Description:

    It's far cooler to drop the first syllable and go for Elle.

KimberHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Kimberley
  • Description:

    This diminutive of Kimberley is gaining momentum as a standalone name. For our part, we're stumped by its rise.

MileyHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    One-time overnight success name, thanks to Hannah Montana actress and singer Miley Cyrus, Miley has fallen quickly from her peak of Number 127 in 2008. For Miley Cyrus, Miley was a childhood nickname (because she was so smiley); Destiny is her real name. Miley is a good lesson in avoiding trendy names. Popular opinion of the source can sour leaving a fresh name looking dated.

AveriHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Avery
  • Description:

    That i adds some extra spunk to mega popular Avery. It also adds some pronunciation confusion (as it could be pronounced AV-er-ee or AV-er-eye). We suggest sticking with the original Avery.

WestinHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Weston
  • Description:

    A spelling variation of Weston most associated with the Westin hotel chain. To avoid looking like an advertisement, we think it’s best to stick with the more traditional spelling.

LaylahHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Leila
  • Description:

    This spelling variation of the name only recently entered the Top 1000 in 2008. The popular Layla is currently very popular in the United States, while the more traditional Leila is also widely used. The added h at the end of this version could be considered superfluous, possibly leading to confusion down the road.