Boys’ Names 2012: Nameberry’s Top 100

October 11, 2012 Pamela Redmond

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!

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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