Nameberry Picks: 12 neglected boys’ classics

There are the eternal boys’ classics that never leave the higher echelons of popularity—names like John, James, William and Daniel.

But then there are those boys’ names that move in and out of style, names that can appear timeless in one period and then seem tired and fusty in another. These names, once at the top of their class, are now nearer the bottom—in one case having slipped away completely.

Yesterday we looked at forgotten girls’ classics. Today we bring you a dozen classic boys’ names that have fallen off the radar but deserve a fresh look.


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Memories of old-time country and cowboy singers like Roy Rogers, Roy Acuff and Roy Clark have lent this name an easygoing western twang. And hey—if Joy is returning as a middle name for a girl, how’s about Roy for a boy? (ill: Roy Rogers)

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