Boys’ Names 2012: Nameberry’s Top 100

Now it’s the boys’ turn at the Top 100 list.  These are the most popular names gauged by visitors to their pages so far in 2012.

As with the national list, the boys’ top names are more stable than the girls’ — though the Nameberry list is very different from the U.S. list.  Our Top 5 names are the same as in 2010, with the exception of new entrant Milo.

Trends on our boys’ Top 100:

The Nameberry list is geared to non-traditional but deeply-rooted boys’ names.  We see this trend on the U.S. list as well, but it’s even more pronounced in our statistics — which indicates that overall trend will continue to move toward unconventional boys’ names and away from standards such as Robert and John.  The exceptions: Henry, James, and William.  But however unconventional, the Nameberry favorites, from mythological Irish Finn to Biblical Asher, have deep roots.

— Celebrities and pop culture are important, but not as important as for girls.  We see Finn, partially inspired by Glee, at Number 1 and Atticus in the Top 10 thanks to To Kill A Mockingbird.  While other names — Jude, Liam, Emmett, Hudson, Arlo — have risen on the heels of popular stars, celebrity babies, and movie and TV characters — we see this influence on boys’ names less pronounced than on girls’.

Boys’ names are getting softer.  The whole badass boys’ name — Stryker, Wilder, Maverick — thing aside, we see a softening of boys’ names, with vowel endings (Milo, Levi, Ezra), sibilant sounds (Asher, Dashiell, Sebastian), and choices that are derived from girls’ names or can also be used for girls (Rowan, Emerson, Elliot).

Here, the Nameberry Top 100 for boys so far in 2012.

  1. Finn
  2. Asher
  3. Henry
  4. Milo
  5. Jasper
  6. James
  7. Jude
  8. Atticus
  9. Rowan
  10. Owen
  11. Liam
  12. Felix
  13. Levi
  14. Emmett
  15. Kai
  16. Sawyer
  17. Leo
  18. Silas
  19. Miles
  20. Sebastian
  21. Ezra
  22. Noah
  23. Declan
  24. Jack
  25. Hudson
  26. Luca
  27. Max
  28. Everett
  29. Ethan
  30. Emerson
  31. Caleb
  32. Elliot
  33. August
  34. Eli
  35. William
  36. Rory
  37. Oscar
  38. Riley
  39. Micah
  40. Rhys
  41. Beckett
  42. Flynn
  43. Theodore
  44. Luke
  45. Charlie
  46. Dylan
  47. Benjamin
  48. Isaac
  49. Julian
  50. Finley
  51. Elijah
  52. Wyatt
  53. Gabriel
  54. Simon
  55. Nathaniel
  56. Theo
  57. Alexander
  58. Mason
  59. Dashiell
  60. Callum
  61. Hugo
  62. Samuel
  63. Logan
  64. Jacob
  65. Archer
  66. Nico
  67. Lucas
  68. Ryan
  69. Xavier
  70. Elias
  71. Arthur
  72. Arlo
  73. Thomas
  74. Tristan
  75. Jonah
  76. Roman
  77. Phineas
  78. Grayson
  79. Zachary
  80. Jackson
  81. Zane
  82. John
  83. Cole
  84. Cato
  85. Dexter
  86. Kieran
  87. Gray
  88. Andrew
  89. Evan
  90. Orion
  91. Rufus
  92. Soren
  93. Charles
  94. Nicholas
  95. Ryder
  96. Gideon
  97. Holden
  98. Nathan
  99. Peyton
  100. Edward

In case you missed it, check out the Girls’ Top 100.

Guess Number 101 on the boys’ list and win a free signed copy of our book Beyond Ava & Aiden!


One guess per person and first guess wins the prize….so don’t pick a name that someone else has already guessed!

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anna.bliss Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 2:09 am

Fun list! My guess for 101 is Oliver

evergreen Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 2:22 am

So many wonderful names! My guess for #101 is Jordan

shanbrownie Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 2:43 am

I am shocked Oliver is not on this list?! My guess for #101 is Graham

grackym Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 3:14 am

My guess is Archer, I love reading these!
I’m glad my favourite name isn’t on the list though 🙂

meggielk Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 3:18 am

101 is Bennett?

oldsienna Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 3:28 am

My guess for #101 is Lysander.

Brynie Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 4:17 am

I guess Wren

avesnames Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 5:04 am

# 101 guess is Reid

nat108 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 5:18 am

So happy to see that none of my top favorites made this nor the girls’ list!

Jess0044 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 6:20 am

Lachlan?

nay_han Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 6:29 am

Beau for #101

Starcatcher668 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 6:42 am

Matthias for #101!

vitamom3 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 6:47 am

Caspian for 101

miss.kmg Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 6:47 am

101 Beck?

BritishAmerican Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 6:56 am

101: Frederick

JEMama Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 7:15 am

101: Oliver

sophiekihm Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 7:20 am

101 Charlie

pam Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 7:22 am

News flash: NOBODY has guessed the girls’ #101 yet, so go on over there and make a guess. We’re giving everyone one more free guess today, so even if you guessed yesterday, guess again! http://nameberry.com/blog/girls-names-2012-nameberrys-top-100

JessicaT11 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 7:36 am

101-Avery

Mischa Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 7:45 am

No# 101 Duncan

pam Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 7:57 am

That was fast! We finally have a Girls’ #101 winner: vanessaaball guessed Vivienne, close enough to the real #101 Vivian. Congratulations!

ashlee357 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 7:57 am

My guess is Nolan

Spunkiedoodle Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 8:06 am

101- Aiden

jwalling Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 8:07 am

My guess for #101 is Maxwell

zoesmom Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 8:14 am

#101 Huck

Harbs Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 8:25 am

101 = Sasha

brynnash Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 8:28 am

I’m going to go with Desmond.

BrittanyM Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 8:43 am

Christopher?

mama2flowers Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 8:49 am

Brody/ Broderick

brittella Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 9:03 am

My guess is Julian

vanessaaball Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 9:04 am

My son’s name is #101 on the SSA list. Wouldn’t it be funny if it’s in the same position on nameberry

I’ll say #101 is Vincent

skizzo Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 9:07 am

Nice to see people haven’t given up on Riley, Peyton, Finley, Rory or Emerson for their boys.

brittella Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 9:11 am

oops I skipped over it in the list! I guess Otis if I get another chance. But I know I might not.

MrsTaylor Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 9:26 am

So many of these are on my list..My favs include Eli, Silas, Max etc etc.. I would have to guess that 101 is Malachi

Saracita00 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 9:38 am

Edmond/Edmund for 101?

EssJay Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 9:42 am

Matthew for 101?

AriellaDreams Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 10:27 am

Thaddeus for #101?

meg12 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 10:38 am

101: Mason

maisie29 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 10:44 am

Cyrus – 101

helloheidi Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 10:47 am

I guess Grant for #101.

lovejoywisdom Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 11:02 am

101 – Caden

mrsmur725 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 11:16 am

#101 Luka (Luca is on the list… Im hoping Luka is 101 🙂 lol)

MorganaLeFaye Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 11:20 am

#101 Harry?

niteowl13 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 11:21 am

Is 101 Stellan?

ejs82 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 11:37 am

101- Giovanni?

Darci Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Samson?

tavn Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

101: Maddox?

tavn Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

101: Josiah?

tavn Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. I stopped the first one from posting. Lame. I didn’t mean to double post. I was gonna say Maddox, but as soon as I hit the “post reply” button, I stopped it and changed it to Josiah ’cause that popped in my head. I want Josiah to be my official guess…if possible.

rkchance Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

George for #101

ayc1983 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I’m going to say good old fashioned Michael as #101

mill1020 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Is #101 Otto?

pam Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

We have a winner! Maisie29, c’mon down. Cyrus is our #101 name. Please email me at pam@nameberry.com to claim your book.

For the rest of you, I was just about to ask what your top three favorites on this list are? No prize, but I”d love to know!

spotlightstarlit Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Pam, my top three favorites are Gideon, Jonah & Leo in that order.

My other favorites:

Milo, Asher, Jude, Eli, Dexter, Henry, Emmett, Silas, Ezra, Elliot, Callum, Arthur, Roman, Dexter & Soren.

Now I’m off to leave a comment about my top three girls.

ty13 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

August, Theodore, Hugo

mayday_fridaybabe Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Sebastian, Luke and Eli are my top three favorites.

I also like: Benjamin, Hugo, elijah, samuel, August, roman, dexter, gideon, mason, nico, atticus, Malcolm, rhys, Ezra, henry, Hudson, ethan, Charles, jasper, Alexander, milo, ryder, felix, owen and Theodore. 😀

Flick Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Miles (Milo) and Felix are my top two boys names.

I am so glad berry tastes does not dictate whats actually popular, because I adore this list!

AmandaChristine Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Top three favs are: Theodore, Theo, and Emmett BUT if I don’t include my son’s name and nickname (son is Theodore Adler Emmett) my favs are Dashiell, Oscar, and Felix

Mimi_Plum Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Jasper
Kieran
Jonah 🙂

maple_blythe Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

James, Rory, and Arthur 🙂

Do you guys track where in the world the hits are coming from?

vane225 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Top 3 are

Ezra
Beckett
Gideon

pam Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I do like a lot of these and have trouble picking just three, but I’ll go with Rufus, Felix, and Nathaniel.

niteowl13 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Top 3 are definitely August, Callum and Dexter!

Jess0044 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Top three would be Alexander, Jack, and Owen

pam Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

maple_blythe, there is definitely a way to track geographic sources for each name as well as overall (Nameberry is about two-thirds US, 10 percent each British and Canadian, and 5 percent Australian, with the rest divided up around the world). But getting the breakdown for every name on this list would be a tremendous amount of work — though interesting!

Mischa Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Three faves on the list: Hugo, Sebastian and Theodore.

UniqueNameLover Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Sad to see Oscar so high up there!

mrsmur725 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Alexander, Luka, and Matthew (classics)

1234plus1 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Atticus, Beckett & Mathias are my top three at the moment followed closely by Leopold and Everett

AmeliaMae Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Finn. My son’s middle name.

mam2321 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

My guess for #101 is Bruno

awesomemommyof3 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

My guess for 101 is Camden

alexandrasumk1 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

My favorites are Jonah, Levi, and Roman 🙂

vitamom3 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Top 3 are Jasper, Jude and Grey.

titch Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 12:11 am

What a fantastic list! My top three are Henry, Theodore and Gabriel.

ruolan Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 4:23 am

My top choices from this list are Phineas and Soren. I’m sure I contributed to putting them up there.

pam Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 6:39 am

Ruolan, you may have contributed, but the names on this list each had thousands of views, so no individual can skew the results!

maple_blythe Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Thanks for the breakdown on the numbers! The boys’ list seems a lot more American (and sort of pan-European), the girls’ list more British. It made me wonder.

…although, how much work would it take to put a widget on each name page, showing where the traffic is coming from? I’m imagining something like the old-school google trends barchart (though their new map is really cool…too much?!).

skizzo Says:

October 13th, 2012 at 11:26 am

Top 5:

1 – Finley
2 – Riley
3 – Kai
4 – Peyton
5 – Rory

zoesmom Says:

October 13th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Finn, Huck & Sawyer

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