Boy Baby Names: The truly timeless ones
Have you ever wondered which boys’ names might have been among the Top 1000 for all of the 130+ years the U.S. government has been tracking baby names? We’ve put together a list for you and divided it into relevant categories, from classics to outliers.
There are the Core Classics, about 20 percent of the group, which include those names everyone commonly thinks of as classics: John, Henry, William. Then there are the Biblical names that have endured in modern usage, from Moses to Matthew. Variations and short forms such as Anton and Andy comprise two more groups of names that have consistently been in the Top 1000.
And then there are those names that are quantitatively more enduring than you might guess: Harley? Riley? Hard to believe, yet the numbers bear it out. And then there are the Outliers, names whose continued use defies explanation and even in some cases, belief.
All of this gives you a wider range of options in classic boys’ names than you might initially think. Any of the following qualify.
- Allan and Allen
- Lewis and Louis
- Philip and Phillip
- Reuben and Ruben
More Classic Than We Gave Them Credit For
- Harley (amazing)
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on February 16th, 2016 at 7:56 am
I feel like this isn’t that shocking since people seem to be more conservative with boy names than they are with girls. So maybe Alvin, Harley, and Ramon show up every year in the top 1000 but I don’t think that makes it a “classic.” The number of babies given those names are probably very, very low although I’m sure it ebbs and flows a bit over the years. I think top 1000 is much too broad to be given any merit in determining which names should be considered classic. Just my two cents!
on February 16th, 2016 at 8:17 am
Hoping to find some forgotten classics in this list. No such luck. i just don’t like a lot of boys names, lol.
Still a few I like: Felix, Sterling, Miles, Theodore, Louis.
on February 16th, 2016 at 11:04 pm
Aw, now I’m regretting not letting my husband make a unilateral decision on #4, who would have been an Allan rather than a Zachary. There’s definitely no turning back now, but it bugs me a little that we have three core classic boys and one that’s not even on the biblical classic list.
on February 17th, 2016 at 7:18 pm
I notice some of these names, like Hugo, have dropped out the top 1000 a few times over the years. How often were they allowed to drop out before they no longer counted as classics?
on February 21st, 2016 at 1:48 pm
John is also a Biblical name, from St. John the Baptist. You kinda forgot to mention it under Biblical names. Also, Jasper was a character in the Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer.
on March 5th, 2016 at 5:19 pm
And? Jasper has been common way before that crappy saga.
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