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:

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

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

Names making the biggest leaps upward are:

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:

Those falling the furthest are:

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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17 Responses to “Boys’ Names 2010: Most Popular So Far”

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BasicSand Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 3:42 am

Nameberry’s been trying to make Dashiell happen for awhile. Give it 5 years and it’ll be on the Social Security’s top 1000 if not top 100.

Finn’s ok. I’ve always preferred Finnian since it seems to have more gravitas.

While Sawyer’s becoming popular, for me it sounds better as a girl’s name. I feel it will eventually become more feminine as time passes.

I’ve noticed a lot of the listed hipster and yupster names are quiet popular. My preference has been more toward unusual (not in the top 1000) and stylish names.

lo Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 7:43 am

Wow, Elias and Elijah new to the top 100 joining Elliot and Eli already there! Elias is a family name on my dad side going back at least to 1840 which either makes now a great time or a terrible time to use it.

pam Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 8:37 am

I want to note that the names on this list are not names we’re trying to make happen — they’re names our visitors are searching for most often. And while many people feel that Finn is somehow less complete a name than Finnian or Finnegan, that’s kind of like saying John is less of a real name than Jonathan.

And on Elias….agreed. It’s a wonderful name and I’d definitely use it (or seriously consider doing so) if it were a family name, but that El thing is happening in a big way for boys, and girls’ too, if you consider Eliza, Ella, Ellie, Eleanor. So while each individual name may not be all that popular, as a group you’re going to hear them a lot.

jackiet Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 8:39 am

Oh no Atticus, don’t climb the charts! I’ve been saving this one for quite some time!

Alyssa Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 10:37 am

Wow. I definitely see my taste reflected more in this list than the girl’s list. Apparently I’m right in line with the rest of nameberry when it comes to boy names!

Bella Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 11:14 am

I agree with Alyssa!

I want Gideon, Benjamin and Jasper to go down! Down I say! It is nice to see your taste appreciated by elitists!


Bella <3

Wildsyringa Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Every time I search a name that has a description for both boys and girls (i.e. Rowan, Nico, Evan), it always defaults to the boys’ description. Do you have a way of identifying whether these searches are for boys or for girls? People searching for Rowan as a girls name could really skew the results for the boys list.

Lyndsay Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I don’t know if you’ve already addressed this, but what about if we just click on a name? For instance one on this list, or in the boards? Does that count as a search?

Macy Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I agree with Wildsyringa, I’ve searched Rory for a boy name, which it is, yet it comes up as a girl trend.

Anyway, dont really care about Finn. Prefer Finley, Flynn or Quinn

Kathleen Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

no surprise to see two of my former faves in the top 10, since I’ve heard them “everywhere”! (Finn and Milo) 🙂

and my new fave Cormac just makes the list!! I’m trying convince myself it works with our last name.

Nyx Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

“Satchel – we were gamed on that one”
What does that mean?

stacy Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Evidently I definitely have similar taste to everyone else, because every one of our top boy names is on that list! If we’d been having a boy, our top choices were Nathaniel, Benjamin, Elias and Coleman (nn Cole). Sebastian was also our #1 for years until a friend used it, and I’d lobbied for Edward as well.

Em Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Berries have great taste in boys names as well!

CassieCake Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 10:49 pm


I know a baby boy being born right now that will be Named Elijah. Mom has been in labor for a while, so any time now (or not, he seems stubborn).

Elle Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I’m so happy that my son’s name is nowhere to be found on this list!

But a lot of other names that I love are of course on here…Sullivan, Magnus, Cormac, Dashiell, Theo, Declan and Callum.

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