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BOYS’ NAMES 2011: The Underground Popularity List

September 13, 2011 Pamela Redmond

Last week we brought you our underground list of most popular girls’ names 2011; now it’s the boys’ turn.

You may be familiar with Nameberry’s most popular boys’ names 2011, with Asher, Henry, and Finn at the top all the way down to Axel, Nathan, and Landon.

You may even know our hottest boys’ names 2011, with Asher (again), Archer, and Everett.

But we’ve got a quieter, less obvious, but potentially more interesting list for you: those boys’ names that don’t make the Top 100 but that are attracting a dramatic rise in interest in 2011 compared with 2010.

While not all of these names are destined for future popularity, the baby namer in search of a name that will feel as fresh in ten years as it does today should take heed. Unlikely as it may seem, the ultracool Booker may be tomorrow’s Cooper or Parker; Alden might be as hot as Aiden by 2015.

Our list of secretly popular boys’ names 2011:

Alden
Ambrose
Anderson
Balthazar
Basil
Bodhi
Booker

Brody
Cade
Calvin
Canaan
Cassius
Cato
Conrad
Cyrus
Damian
Danger
Dash
Eamon
Edmund
Gavin
Gunner
Josiah
Kiefer
Lazarus
Lennon
Linus
Lucien
Nolan
Quentin
Reuben
Rhett
Rylan
Simeon
Soren
Tate
Thaddeus
Thatcher
Traylor
Walter
Wesley
Zephyr
Zion

Photo thanks to Doctor Lizardo.

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. 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.

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