Baby Names 2010: Top 100 For Boys

2010 Top Names

Our focus on baby names 2010 continues today with the top 100 boys’ names.

The top seven names remain the same from the first quarter count, with Henry, Finn, and Oliver weighing in at numbers 1, 2, and 3.  This greater stability on the boys’ side echoes the pattern in the overall U.S. popularity list, where boys’ names tend to maintain their places longer than girls’ names.

The fastest riser is Sawyer, with Declan, Simon, Micah, Graham, and Landon also making big leaps.  William also landed much higher on the list — but we suspect that’s our mistake and we missed it last time.  Names that slid the furthest are Kyle, and Caleb.

New to the Top 100 from the first quarter (and marked with an asterisk*) are Satchel, Nico, Nicholas, Xavier (number 101 in the last count), Micah, Graham, and Landon.  No-shows: Hugh, Griffin, and Liev. Also no longer among the top boys’ names are three that may have landed on the list last time around because we mistakenly included searches for the girls’ versions: Harper, Remy, and Rory.

But don’t read too much into which names are moving up and down the list compared with the first quarter. Most shifts are slight and temporary, and it’s hard to find any pattern behind them.  Some classic boys’ names like Michael and Alexander are heading down, for instance, but others such as John, Joseph, and Robert are trending up.  Luke and Luca are slipping down, but Lucas is up. These won’t necessarily translate into long term trends.

­­As we said with the girls’ list, this roster is vastly different than the official list of Most Popular Names in the U.S. The Social Security list is based on all actual births and name choices in the country, while the nameberry list measures which names our relatively style-conscious visitors are most curious about. Plus the nameberry list is up-to-the-minute, while the most recent Social Security list is for 2009.

Consider this, then, a look at which names may be more popular in the months and years ahead. We got some flack when we issued the quarterly list for calling these “elite” names, but we stand by that characterization. On the premise that nameberry’s visitors are better informed about names and have more discerning name taste than the general population (you do, don’t you?), we see these as names favored by parents who are looking for names with style, class, and staying power.

The boys’ Top 100 baby names 2010 are:

1.  HENRY =

2.  FINN =


4. JAMES =

5. ASHER =

6. JACK =

7. MAX =

8. JASPER up

9. LIAM up

10. ATTICUS up

11. JUDE down

12. OWEN up

13. FELIX down

14. WILLIAM up!

15. KAI up

16. MILO up

17. NOAH up

18. JOHN up

19. LEO up

20. SAWYER up


22. MICHAEL down

23. HUDSON up

24. SATCHEL up*

25. LEVI =

26. THEO up

27. ALEXANDER down

28. AUDEN up


30. ROWAN up

31. AUGUST down


33. PHINEAS down

34. RYAN down

35. RHYS down

36. BECKETT up

37. MILES down

38. ELI down

39. ELLIOT down

40. RILEY down

41. LUCAS up

42. ETHAN up

43. SILAS down

44. ANDREW up

45. OSCAR up

46. JACOB up

47. LOGAN up

48. DAVID up

49. ISAAC up

50. MASON down

51. EVAN down

52. JACKSON down

53. DECLAN up

54. THOMAS down

55. DANIEL =

56. ROMAN down

57. KYLE down

58. EDWARD down

59. EZRA up

60. CHARLIE down

61. CHARLES down

62. GEORGE down

63. GUS down

64. GABRIEL up

65. LUKE down

66. TOBIAS up

67. COLE down

68. SIMON up

69. SAMUEL up

70. LUCA down

71. DYLAN down

72. WYATT down

73. NATHAN down

74. PETER down


76. AIDAN up

77. DEXTER =

78. JOSEPH up

79. EVERETT up

80. JULIAN up

81. MATTHEW down

82. ROBERT up

83. IAN up

84. JONAH up

85. NICO up*

86. CALEB down

87. SAM up

88. CARTER up

89. ASH down

90. EMMETT up

91. CALLUM down

92. NICHOLAS up*

93. XAVIER up*

94. HOLDEN down

95. GAVIN up

96. ORION up

97. MICAH up*

98. GRAHAM up*

99. LANDON up*

100. RUFUS =

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30 Responses to “Baby Names 2010: Top 100 For Boys”

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Kiki Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 5:51 am

Max is in there twice

momto2 Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 8:09 am

sad to see beckett is up! 🙁

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 8:37 am

Dang on Max! OK, fixed. Welcome back, Rufus.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 8:38 am

And momto2, as I say in the text, don’t take Beckett being up too much to heart. Could very well be down next month and I don’t see it zooming up to the Top 10.

namefan Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 8:53 am

Do you have a way now to distinguish boy vs. girl searches for a name?

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 9:02 am

If you just search for Jordan, say, in the search box, you get both the boy and girl results. But if you go into our search function, you can gender your search.

Shan Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 9:10 am

Pamela, how big of a riser is Declan? We are just about to name our son (9 days without a name) Declan. Our 2 year old daughter is Isla and we thought that was unusual at the time. Now, it seems quite popular! Henry is the other contender and obviously, that is quite popular too.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 9:16 am

Declan was #74 on our tally three months ago — — and is #53 now. Overall in the US, it’s #308 — — but that’s more dramatic when you realize it entered the US Top 1000 in 1998; it was virtually unknown before that. Much like Isla, it’s an exotic, Celtic name that came to attention because of a celebrity. They make a great pair but it is a choice you will hear more of…..though not as much as Henry!!

olivegreen Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I’m surprised to see Satchel so high! I’m also surprised that Aidan is still on the list (and moving up).

Shan, for what it’s worth, I think Declan and Isla make a great sibset 🙂

Bella Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I wish Benjamin and Jasper would loose appeal before they become the next ‘over-used- names.

Pam, do you think Benjamin, in particular, will get to a place where no one wants to hear it “One more time!”?


Bella <3

Rachel Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

how is Max one of the names that “slid the farthest” if it stayed in the same spot?

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Sorry, mistake. Fixed now.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Hi Bella — I think Benjamin has already been pretty widely used for quite a long time; it’s not nearly the up-and-comer that Jasper is. I think of it like Matthew/Matt — a solid, trustworthy, attractive, but not overly exciting name.

namefan Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Pam – since it looks like you’re “active” in this discussion I want to see if you ever got my blog draft I sent a little over a month ago (you had asked me to re-send it in Word format and I did)? I brought this up because at another blog today I referred to it and those that replied are saying they’re excited about seeing it.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

No! Sorry I didn’t see it. Casualty of the way gmail “groups” conversations so all followups get connected to a conversation that may have fallen off the screen. I’ll look at it quickly but will send to Linda, who’s editing all the guest blogs these days as I’m mostly working on a different project. Contact her at if you don’t hear anything in a few weeks, okay? And thanks!

Dotsmom Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Pam, I knew that Everett was going to be on there, since it seems to me getting a lot of buzz lately on the boards. What do you see in his future?

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I just commented on your announcement that you’re having a boy — congratulations! Everett is a great name and I think it’s getting more attention as a kind of masculization of popular Eva, Evelyn etc. Take a look at the popularity graph: it’s headed straight up though I don’t see it anywhere near the Top 10

Dotsmom Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Thanks Pam! I went ahead and gave his full name on the announcement. I knew how cruel it would be for fellow name nerds like myself not to. I never really thought of it as a reaction to Eva and Evelyn. As long as it can stay out of the top 40 or so, I think we would be plenty happy. I am actually more concerned that it might start going over the the girls side… However, since we are giving him a double middle name and the built in nn of Rhett, he will have some options. I really hope it doesn’t get too girly!!

Macy Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Who cares if it gets girly? I know boys named Courtney, Kelly, Ashley, Kim and Sasha and they do just fine. It’s all in the attittude and personality. I know a few John’s, Robert’s and Michael’s who get teased endlessly.

Jaclyn Says:

July 11th, 2010 at 12:26 am

isn’t that picture M.I.A’s baby?

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 11th, 2010 at 8:40 am

Yes, I think it is M.I.A.’s baby

Mariah Says:

July 12th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Hmm, Quinn isn’t on the boy list any more… but it is on the girl list. Man, I’m hoping it doesn’t go the way of Morgan!

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 12th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Hmmmm, I think we screwed this one up. Or, I shouldn’t implicate Linda: I did. Quinn was always most-searched for girls but I mistakenly put it on the boys’ list last time. I do think it’s going girlward and Glee is definitely nudging it along….

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Stephanie Says:

July 14th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Sorry, all I can ever think of when I hear “Tobias” is Tobias Funke from Arrested Development. Anyone wanting to use the name should definitely catch a few episodes of the show before finalizing that decision.

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Mariah Says:

July 18th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I hope Quinn keeps the same unisex vibe as names like “Lee” and not names like “Leslie.”

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Matthew Smith Says:

November 9th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Im glad Matthew is going down.
My parents gave me this classical name but id prefer to have a much more original one like Atticus or Beckett!!!
I mean come on: Be unique people.

Cathy Says:

February 24th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Awesome names but i thought jacob would be a shoe in sice everyone is a Twilight fan

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