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Boys’ Names 2010: Most Popular So Far

Boys’ Names 2010: Most Popular So Far

There’s a new Number One boys’ name three-quarters of the way through the year.  Finn beat out Henry to become the most popular of the boys’ names 2010, as the most-searched male name on nameberry for the nine months that just ended.

This is big news, not least because well-liked classic Henry got trumped by a quirky ethnic upstart.  Of course, we’re talking most searched name here, not most used, and this is nameberry, where the patrons’ taste in names tends to be more sophisticated and distinctive than at your average baby-naming site.

Still, reaching Number One – not just for the third quarter, mind you, but for all of 2010 so far – is quite a distinction.  So congratulations, Finn, and we’re sure we’ll be seeing you near the top of the official popularity lists one year soon.

The other major boy name trend evidenced here is the predominance of two-syllable names, with a full two-thirds of nameberry’s most popular boys’ names 2010 having two syllables and 17 more having (like Finn) just one.

In other news, these names are newcomers to nameberry’s Top 100 (boys' names 2010):

  • Tristan

  • Elijah

  • Sullivan

  • Gideon

  • Elias

  • Magnus

  • Cormac

  • Nathaniel

  • Liev

  • They replace these, which have fallen off the Top 100:

  • Satchel – we were gamed on that one

  • Nicholas

  • Xavier – which has been hovering around #100

  • Hugh

  • Ian

  • Carter

  • Holden

  • Gavin

  • Graham

  • Names moving up the ladder for the second time in a row include the following, which we now have officially on trend watch:

  • Jasper

  • Asher

  • Atticus

  • Milo

  • Kai

  • Sebastian

  • Sawyer

  • Joseph

  • Theo

  • Dashiell

  • Hudson

  • Rowan

  • Beckett

  • Declan

  • Oscar

  • Julian

  • Aidan

  • Tobias

  • Emmett

  • Sam

  • Jonah

  • Micah

  • Nico

  • Names making the biggest leaps upward are:

  • Joseph

  • Declan

  • Dexter

  • Ezra

  • Gus

  • Luca

  • Julian

  • Aidan

  • Emmett

  • Micah

  • Sam

  • And boys’ names making their second slide down the popularity list include the following, not surprising, for the most part, as they’re mostly classics or stylish names that may have passed their sell-by date:

  • Phineas

  • Michael

  • Riley

  • Alexander

  • Ryan

  • Mason

  • Jackson

  • Charles

  • Thomas

  • Evan

  • George

  • Kyle

  • Wyatt

  • Cole

  • Peter

  • Nathan

  • Matthew

  • Those falling the furthest are:

  • Benjamin

  • Daniel

  • Ryan

  • Evan

  • Kyle

  • Cole

  • Nathan

  • Nameberry’s full Top 100 Boys’ Names 2010 so far, with their status change for this count compared with their standing at the half year mark, are:

    1. Finn up

    2. Henry down

    3. Jasper up

    4. Asher up

    5. Atticus up

    6. Oliver down

    7. Milo up

    8. Jude up

    9. James down

    10. Kai up

    11. Felix up

    12. Jack down

    13. Sebastian up

    14. Sawyer up

    15. Joseph up

    16. Max down

    17. Theo up

    18. Dashiell up

    19. Hudson up

    20. Owen down

    21. August up

    22. Liam down

    23. Rowan up

    24. Levi up

    25. Leo down

    26. Miles up

    27. Auden up

    28. William down

    29. Beckett up

    30. Eli up

    31. Silas up

    32. Declan up

    33. Oscar up

    34. Noah down

    35. Rhys =

    36. John down

    37. Phineas down

    38. Michael down

    39. Elliot =

    40. Dexter up

    41. Roman up

    42. Riley down

    43. Charlie up

    44. Ezra up

    45. Alexander down

    46. Gus up

    47. Luca up

    48. Benjamin down

    49. Luke up

    50. Julian up

    51. Ryan down

    52. Edward up

    53. Aidan up

    54. Dylan up

    55. Tobias up

    56. Lucas down

    57. Emmett up

    58. Andrew down

    59. Caleb up

    60. Jacob down

    61. Mason down

    62. Isaac down

    63. Ethan down

    64. Logan down

    65. David down

    66. Jackson down

    67. Tristan new

    68. Elijah new

    69. Sam up

    70. Jonah up

    71. Charles down

    72. Thomas down

    73. Micah up

    74. Sullivan new

    75. Ash up

    76. Daniel down

    77. Evan down

    78. Nico up

    79. Theodore down

    80. George down

    81. Kyle down

    82. Samuel down

    83. Wyatt down

    84. Callum up

    85. Simon down

    86. Gabriel down

    87. Cole down

    88. Rufus up

    89. Peter down

    90. Everett down

    91. Gideon new

    92. Robert down

    93. Elias new

    94. Nathan down

    95. Magnus new

    96. Matthew down

    97. Cormac  new

    98. Orion down

    99. Nathaniel new

    100. Liev back after an absence

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    About the Author

    Pamela Redmond

    Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.