Brilliant Boys: 27 Boy Names We Love
By Abby Sandel
Every month, millions of visitors view the names in our database. We love seeing the data on the most-viewed names. It’s the basis of the Nameberry Top 1000, a list that includes many a current favorite in the English-speaking world, but also some surprises that can only be found on the most popular lists at Nameberry – at least for now.
Let’s take a look at some of the brilliant names for boys that are far more popular on Nameberry than they are in the US. In some cases, Britberries might push a favorite from the UK farther up the charts – hello, Callum! But we think it demonstrates that Nameberry readers have a great ear for the up-and-coming baby names.
The names are ranked by the gap in popularity, biggest to slightly-less-big. Looking for the girls’ version of this list? Find it here.
Dashiell – Number 78 on Nameberry; not ranked in the US Top 1000
Lachlan – Number 56 on Nameberry; Number 904 in the US
Callum – Number 68 on Nameberry; Number 729 in the US
Another import, Callum’s high ranking on Nameberry could be the impact of Britberries. Or maybe this Scottish name with a peaceful meaning – dove – is finally starting to catch on in the US, too.
Soren – Number 63 on Nameberry; Number 640 in the US
Bodhi – Number 57 on Nameberry; Number 615 in the US
Friendly, upbeat Bodhi may owe its success to a deeply spiritual side. The founder of Buddhism first attained enlightenment while sitting under a Bodhi tree, making this name a mix of style and meaning.
Theo – Number 21 on Nameberry; Number 509 in the US
Typically short for Theodore, there’s no reason Theo couldn’t stand on its own in our age of Leo, Marco, and Milo. Theodore is also more popular on Nameberry than in the US, but there’s no doubt that both forms of the name are catching on.
Rhys – Number 89 on Nameberry; Number 483 in the US
Hugo – Number 87 on Nameberry; Number 438 in the US
Boys’ names ending in ‘o’ are a rich category of possibilities. Hugo is already big in the UK and much of Europe, so it seems like a natural import to the US.
Tobias – Number 93 on Nameberry; Number 419 in the US
We love our Biblical boy names – just look at Joshua, Jacob, and Noah. But Tobias picks up some luster thanks to pop culture, from television’s The West Wing to a handsome hero in the Divergent series to actor Tobey Maguire, born Tobias.
Milo – Number 8 on Nameberry; Number 311 in the US
Ronan – Number 65 on Nameberry; Number 366 in the US
Aidan’s day in the sun may be over, but this equally Irish ends in –an name is on the rise.
Gideon – Number 97 on Nameberry; Number 349 in the US
Archer – Number 61 on Nameberry; Number 303 in the US
Felix – Number 30 on Nameberry; Number 267 in the US
Arthur – Number 71 on Nameberry; Number 306 in the US
Finn – Number 25 on Nameberry; Number 234 in the US
How can it be that Finn isn’t in the US Top 100? Maybe it’s the rise of Finley and Finnegan that makes Finn feel so popular. But for parents worried that Finn is the new Jack, the good news is that it isn’t so – yet.
Jasper – Number 11 on Nameberry; Number 234 in the US
One of the few gemstone names typically reserved for boys, Jasper is a great nature name possibility. It’s also a name traditionally assigned to one of the Three Wise Men, making this a seasonal choice for a boy born over the winter holidays.
Beckett – Number 39 on Nameberry; Number 244 in the US
Playwright Samuel Beckett makes this surname name literary. Spelled Becket, it brings to mind Saint Thomas Becket, a twelfth century Archbishop of Canterbury. Along with Everett and Elliott, it’s one of the fast-rising t-ending boys’ names.
Beau – Number 52 on Nameberry; Number 228 in the US
Kai – Number 13 on Nameberry; Number 177 in the US
Griffin – Number 86 on Nameberry; Number 241 in the US
Jude – Number 10 on Nameberry; Number 162 in the US
Luca – Number 41 on Nameberry; Number 185 in the US
Not so long ago, names ending in ‘a’ were reserved for girls. Now Americans embrace vowel-ending names for boys, with Italian-inspired choices like Luca leading the way.
Rowan – Number 98 on Nameberry; Number 239 in the US
Simon – Number 99 on Nameberry; Number 231 in the US
Silas – Number 6 on Nameberry: Number 137 in the US
New Testament boy’s name Silas was already rising fast when Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel chose it for their son earlier in 2015. It could push Silas into the US Top 100, and it’s already one of the most popular names at Nameberry.
Ezra – Number 1 on Nameberry; Number 119 in the US
An Old Testament name with an edgy sound, Ezra brings to mind poet Ezra Pound and child’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats. With that modern ‘z’ and history galore, no wonder Ezra is tops at Nameberry.
What are your favorite names that are much more popular on Nameberry than elsewhere?