Menu

Classic Boys’ Names: How To Choose One That’s Truly Timeless

November 19, 2010 Pamela Redmond

The group of classic boys’ names — names that have always been in the Too 1000 — is twice as large as the girls’ list, encompassing 208 names to the girls’ 114. As with the girls’ names, we broke the classic boys’ names down into categories.

There are the Core Classics, about 20 percent of the group, which include those names everyone commonly thinks of as classics:  John, Henry, William.  Then there are the Biblical names that have endured in modern usage, from Moses to Matthew. Variations and short forms such as Anton and Andy make two more groups of names that have consistently been in the Top 1000.

And then there are those names that are quantitatively more enduring that you might guess: Harley? Riley?  Hard to believe, yet the numbers bear it out. And then there are the Outliers, names whose continued use defies explanation and in some cases, sanity.

All of this gives you a wider range of options in classic boys’ names than you might initially think.  Any of the following qualify.

Core Classics

  1. Albert
  2. Alexander
  3. Alfred
  4. Allan and Allen
  5. Andrew
  6. Anthony
  7. Arthur
  8. Charles
  9. Christopher
  10. Daniel
  11. David
  12. Donald
  13. Douglas
  14. Edward
  15. Francis
  16. Frederick
  17. George
  18. Henry
  19. James
  20. John
  21. Joseph
  22. Lawrence
  23. Lewis and Louis
  24. Martin
  25. Michael
  26. Nicholas
  27. Patrick
  28. Paul
  29. Peter
  30. Philip and Phillip
  31. Raymond
  32. Richard
  33. Robert
  34. Stephen
  35. Steven
  36. Theodore
  37. Thomas
  38. Timothy
  39. Victor
  40. Vincent
  41. Walter
  42. William

Biblical

  1. Aaron
  2. Abraham
  3. Adam
  4. Benjamin
  5. Eli
  6. Elias
  7. Elijah
  8. Emanuel
  9. Gabriel
  10. Isaac
  11. Israel
  12. Jacob
  13. Jeremiah
  14. Jesse
  15. Joel
  16. Jonathan
  17. Joshua
  18. Levi
  19. Luke
  20. Mark
  21. Matthew
  22. Moses
  23. Nathan
  24. Nathaniel
  25. Noah
  26. Reuben and Ruben
  27. Samuel
  28. Seth
  29. Simon
  30. Solomon

Variations

  1. Anton
  2. Antonio
  3. Carlos
  4. Francisco
  5. Franklin
  6. Harrison
  7. Jackson
  8. Jean
  9. Jose
  10. Juan
  11. Lorenzo
  12. Luis
  13. Mathew
  14. Micheal
  15. Pedro
  16. Ramon
  17. Wilson

Short Forms

  1. Alex
  2. Andy
  3. Ben
  4. Charlie
  5. Chris
  6. Eddie
  7. Frank
  8. Harry
  9. Jack
  10. Jake
  11. Jerry
  12. Jessie
  13. Joe
  14. Johnny
  15. Larry
  16. Mike
  17. Nick
  18. Ray
  19. Sam
  20. Steve
  21. Tony
  22. Will
  23. Willie

More Classic Than We Gave Them Credit For

  1. August
  2. Austin
  3. Avery
  4. Bruce
  5. Bryant
  6. Christian
  7. Clark
  8. Clay
  9. Clayton
  10. Clinton
  11. Curtis
  12. Dallas
  13. Dean
  14. Dennis
  15. Elliott
  16. Emmett
  17. Eric
  18. Evan
  19. Harley (amazing)
  20. Jasper
  21. Julian
  22. Lee
  23. Max
  24. Mason
  25. Miles
  26. Morgan
  27. Oliver
  28. Oscar
  29. Owen
  30. Preston
  31. Riley
  32. Ross
  33. Scott
  34. Sterling
  35. Taylor
  36. Troy
  37. Wade
  38. Wayne
  39. Wesley

Outliers

  1. Adrian
  2. Alonzo
  3. Alvin
  4. Byron
  5. Calvin
  6. Carl
  7. Conrad
  8. Cyrus
  9. Davis
  10. Edgar
  11. Edwin
  12. Ellis
  13. Ernest
  14. Eugene
  15. Everett
  16. Felix
  17. Garrett
  18. Gerald
  19. Gilbert
  20. Grant
  21. Harold
  22. Howard
  23. Hugh
  24. Ivan
  25. Jay
  26. Jefferson
  27. Jerome
  28. Julius
  29. Kenneth
  30. Leo
  31. Leon
  32. Leonard
  33. Malcolm
  34. Manuel
  35. Marcus
  36. Marshall
  37. Marvin
  38. Maurice
  39. Melvin
  40. Mitchell
  41. Neil
  42. Nelson
  43. Ralph
  44. Reginald
  45. Rodney
  46. Roger
  47. Roland
  48. Roy
  49. Russell
  50. Sidney
  51. Spencer
  52. Stanley
  53. Warren

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.

View all of Pamela Redmond's articles

Comments

29 Responses to “Classic Boys’ Names: How To Choose One That’s Truly Timeless”

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

leave a reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.