Popular Baby Names 2010: Top 100 Boys’ Names So Far

UPDATE!! Check out our final list of popular baby names 2010 for boys!

Our most popular baby names 2010 for boys are a mix of the traditional and trendy choices like Jacob and Aiden that dominate the official list of popular baby names 2010 plus a variety of more intriguing and unusual choices, from Finn to Roman to Wyatt.

You can also check out our popular baby names 2010 for girls.  Here are our boys’ Top 100 this year:

7. MAX
10. LIAM

14. OWEN
16. KAI
17. MILO
18. NOAH
20. JOHN
23. LEO
25. LEVI
26. RYAN
30. THEO
35. RHYS
38. ELI
40. KYLE
41. RORY
48. EVAN
55. GUS
59. LUKE
64. COLE
65. LUCA
67. EZRA
73. REMY
81. LIEV
82. ASH
83. HUGH
90. IAN
99. SAM

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lyndsayjenness Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 1:28 am

81. Live?

UrbanAngel Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 6:33 am

This in really interesting.About a 3rd of the rest I really like or love (e.g. Asher,Kai,Dylan,Callum,Finn), about a 3rd I don’t really care about (e.g. John,Evan)and about a 3rd I really don’t like (e.g. Henry,Sebastian,Charles,Tobias,Dashiell,Gus,Andrew). I don’t know whether it’s a good or bad thing. Overall, it’s an interesting list & I think it’s very much a name enthusiast’s list if you know what I mean. I mean that in a good way 🙂

Thanks for the great post!

Kiki Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 7:46 am

There are many more (including some definate favourites) that I like on this list than the girls list.

It makes me sort of sad that some of my favourite boys names are so high up on this list when my favourite girls were lower or didn’t appear at all.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 8:13 am

You’re right, Lyndsay, it’s Liev — changed now.

SarahinJune Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 8:23 am

What a lovely list of names. I love where the current trend is going but I have to confess, i’m bummed to find my 5 yr old son’s name on the list.

Heather Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 9:31 am

Uh oh, we just pretty much decided on Henry for our baby due in August, and there it is at #1. Does that mean it will be mega-popular or only among intelligent, sophisticated people? 🙂

Bella Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 9:55 am

This name list surprised me more than the girls list!

Both of my favourite names are on the list! 🙂

cristinag Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 9:57 am

Heather- Henry is an awesome name, even if it is popular amongst the elite :).

I like Henry, James, Jack, Jasper, Silas, Ian, Everett. I like but would not use Sawyer, Theo, Hudson, Callum.

I know a Remy, she is an adorable 3 year old! I thought it was an odd name at the time, but I like it now!

Sassafrass Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 10:06 am

First, these are names most searched, right? So it’s not necessarily names most used. And these names are most popular amongst a certain group of people, not the world at large. So if you love a name, I wouldn’t worry about it! I only hear Henry among intelligent, sophisticated people. 🙂
Interesting that all of the names we had on our list for our son is on here. We ended up picking Oliver, which I was worried would be too popular. Henry was a close choice. In real life, I know no other Olivers (yet!) but I do know a few Henrys. But the surprising thing to me is that I know at least FIVE Hudson’s born in the past year. I am fascinated by how this works. And you can’t worry too much about it, because a name that no one uses right now could be the next Aiden. So pick in love, not in fear! 🙂

Sassafrass Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 10:07 am

Sorry, don’t know why I made “Hudsons” possessive! Mommy brain.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 10:12 am

I don’t think Henry is going to be #1 on the SS list, ever, but I can easily imagine it in the Top 25. And it, along with Jack, are megapopular in my neighborhood, an upscale metropolitan suburb. There are four, ranging in age from 1 to 19, in the 15 houses on my block! I totally love the name but do think it’s pretty pandemic in some areas of the country.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 10:13 am

I mean IS megapopular. I’m going to blame nameberry brain.

Henry LXXXVIII Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 10:54 am

I seriously wonder if this list is self-reinforcing. Does clicking on the names above and on other “cool name” lists on this site count as a search?

Patricia Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

When I read Pam’s March 10 Daily Beast article “The Elite’s Top 50 Names” and saw Henry at #1, I was a bit concerned for my son and his wife who have chosen that name for their third son (due last Sat.; they’re still waiting). I decided not to reveal that to them since they’ve had a difficult time coming up with names they really like for their second and third sons, and I worried that this might send them back to the baby name books. But after re-reading the article a couple of times, I sensed that the list of 50 Top “Elite” Names were just the names that nameberry participants searched most during Jan. & Feb., not the actual names, in that order, that parents of any social group were actually naming their babies. (Thanks for clarifying that in the comments for your previous post, Pam.)

Same thing happened when I first looked at the girls’ top 25 names of “the elite”. There was Jane at #24, when she ranked 390 on the SSA list in 2008. Wow! What a jump — and how interesting that my granddaughter had chosen an elite name for her baby born in Feb. I love the name Jane and having it as a favorite “elite” name made it even better. 🙂 But then again, the second read of the article made me suspect that Jane was merely a name that nameberry participants searched a lot in Jan. and Feb. And I’m guessing I may have played a substantial role in elevating Jane to her #24 ranking, as I clicked on “Jane” numerous times (some days more than once) during Jan. and early Feb. to see if the name had come up on any of the name boards.

It seems that one could get a certain name into nameberry’s top 100 names for 2010 by just clicking on it several times a day for a full month. Pam, is there anyway nameberry could eliminate duplicate clicks on a name from the same searcher and just give each participant one ‘vote’ per name per month?

I’m wondering what effect there will be of having Jane and Henry listed on the Internet as being among the top elite names. Will more parents want to use the names of “the top people” (as Bridget Jones would say) or will they think the names are too popular and avoid them? Certainly Jane and Henry both sound like names the elite might favor. I’d like to see Jane make a comeback, but her mother hopes her Jane is the only one in her school.

olivegreen Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Almost every name that I love is on this list, including my son’s. Most of the kids from his playgroup are represented here as well. I’m wondering if there is still less variety in what we name boys? Because this list matches my own favorites much more closely than the girls’ list.

Patricia Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Henry LXXXVIII, my thoughts exactly. And I should have admitted that some days in Jan. I clicked on Jane many times throughout a day. I was “Jane obsessed”! 🙂 I knew my granddaughter loved this name above all others, but that she was concerned that combined with their surname, the name might be too bland (or truly classic in its simplicity — it depends on how you look at it).

I do find these top nameberry search lists interesting, no matter how they’re compiled (just as long as they’re labeled as what they are — not actual names of any particular group or names that are actually being used, in that order). As long as everyone understands how these lists were formed, I think they’re super! So many good ideas for naming a baby born in 2010.

MollyK Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

My son’s name is not on the list, but almost all the other names that we considered for him are! Henry, Orion, Alexander, Wyatt, Charles, Cole, and Orion. Funny, when I was pregnant with my son I had never heard of NB or read the books by Pam and Laura.

I agree with “Henry LXXVIII” that the list is somewhat self-reinforcing. And also, as name nerds we all search interesting names, Callum, Dexter, Felix, etc. Who needs to know about Jacob, Robert and Michael? Everyone knows those names, their meanings and how popular they are. A lot of people here aren’t actually naming babies, they are just interested in names, their meanings and naming trends. None the less, an interesting and great list of names!

Henry LXXXVIII Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I’ve been thinking about this more, and I’d like to expound:

There are many lists with judgmental titles published on this site, i.e. “Geezer Names”, “Good Girls”, “Bad Girls”, “Cool Names for Girls”. All these lists are full of links. People probably gravitate to the positive-named lists and click on some names. Then new lists are created, bases on the links people clicked (and these new lists are themselves click-able).

Do you see where I’m going? The ‘cool name’ lists may drive the “searches” which become the basis of more ‘cool lists’ that drive more searches… all of which self-reinforces, possibly leading to a mis-impression that all of the 150,000 unique monthly visitors to Nameberry are “more intelligent, sophisticated, and discerning than the population at large” when they may just be regular folks interacting with the site’s published content.

peach Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

What stands out for me about this list and yesterdays too is how few unisex names are included. Personally I am not a fan of this trend so I find it interesting that name enthusiasts and sophisticated name seekers are not focusing on these names.

Phil Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I considered Elliott recently, but I dismissed it as square…yet here it is.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

To answer the “self-reinforcing” comment — yes, there is a certain amount of that going on, but isn’t there always? If someone with a diabolical name plan wants to sit and click on Jane hundreds of times in a row, they can certainly skew results, but the most popular names get thousands of views and the site had more than 7 MILLION page views in that period, so we’re talking about a lot of traffic and visitors.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Plus, Henry, we now have over 200,000 unique monthly visitors, just FYI.

Lemon Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Hi, Berries!

I love Henry, and I don’t mind at all that it is #1 on this list. Berries like it! That makes me happy! I agree that Henry is popular, but he is popular in the classic, sophisticated, elegant way that embodies the feel of the name – thus, I don’t mind at all. Henry remains my top name, regardless of his position on the charts. Maybe I’m just not as worried about popularity, though…

No Nathaniel? Just Nathan? I was a bit surprised, as Nathaniel seems to “go” more with many of the other names on this list. I love Nathaniel, too!

This list has so many amazing names! I could name all of my male children off of it and never think twice about it – I’m totally sure…

Thanks, Pam and Linda!


ChristyHeather Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Henry will always be my choice for a boys name, if I ever have a boy, because its a family name – so even if it was McGurkin I would still use it!

Henry LXXXVIII Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Nameberry gets *200,000* individual visitors monthly. There is no age, income or education screening. The site is promoted on mainstream media like Oprah and the Today Show. Yet, we’re to accept that your search activity doesn’t match mainstream SSA lists because your visitors are elite and discerning.

I’m questioning that. I’m suggesting your visitors’ page views may be fundamentally driven by your name lists — which are grouped and titled according to your personal judgment and taste. Your page view data may be evidence that your visitors want to know more about names you call “Classic Girls’ Names That Aren’t Boring” and “Vintage Names for Boys” as compared to those labeled “Unisex Names” and “Old Lady Names”. Also, as Patricia pointed out, they are probably disinclined to seek information on familiar names.

Your visitors, like everyone, like to be flattered. But I think you may be flattering yourselves at least as much by lending such significance to page view data.

I enjoy your basic lists. I value your personal impressions of the various names. But I think these search-based lists may be highly misleading to your visitors — and you.

Heather Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

McGurkin sounds nice!

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

No one’s misleading anyone, Henry. The text says very clearly that these lists are calculated according to most-searched names. It also says search can be skewed by a number of factors. The stories also differentiate between names that are searched and those that are used. We are opening information to our readers that many sites keep private.

And on another note: Go, McGurkin!

Tara Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

So many of my favorites are on here! Although where I live, there’s a restaurant called Auden’s Kitchen so I wouldn’t personally use that one. Nor would I use Sawyer; it’s actually a pretty popular name for girls here. Also, I’m surprised to see Harper so high on the list for boys. I think part of the reason is that when you click on Harper, it automatically goes to the boy’s Harper first. That may be why it’s just as popular for boys as girls. As far as I know, I haven’t seen anyone on here consider Harper for a boy…but I may be wrong.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Yes! I think you’re right about that, Tara. Another factor that skews the list somewhat. And on Nathaniel, it’s on the next level down — somewhere in the next 20. Elias is down there too. And William!!

Lauren Says:

April 8th, 2010 at 1:06 am

Well there’s my son’s name at number 12 on the list! Felix is 2 months old. I considered a lot of these names while I was pregnant. However, I am still yet to meet another Felix. Our family kept going on about what a ‘weird’ name Felix is before he was born, but I knew it was gaining in popularity among the ‘elite’. I don’t care how popular or unpopular the name is, I love it, and it really suits him!

Macy Says:

April 8th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

So-so list. Some interesting choices, others are super lame, predictable boring old names.

Jill Says:

April 9th, 2010 at 12:35 am

Pam, great article! I don’t know if you’re still checking the comments, but out of curiosity, if Harper is taken off the list (due it it likely appearing because of the searches for Harper as a girls’ name), what would the new 100th name be? (The present 101…)

Take care! 🙂

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 9th, 2010 at 11:39 am

Hi Jill — There’s always another name! But in this case, it’s an interesting one: Xavier.

Jill Says:

April 9th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Hi Pam! Aha! It’s Xavier! Thanks! I really like Xavier.

I just saw your related article on The Daily Beast, and thought it was great how you compared the Nameberry names with the Social Security List’s names. That was really interesting! 🙂

Have a good weekend!

Patricia Says:

April 9th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Jill, did you notice, though, that the list of “top 50” names was not identified as “the Nameberry names” but instead presented as the top names of “the elite”? The article was interesting with all of its swanky associations, but the list of names that followed didn’t go with the article. Read the comments about the article on Urban Baby and you’ll see how many readers took this article at face value, believing those 50 names really are the top names of America’s elite families, when there is no proof that they are.

jmae Says:

April 11th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Why are people taking offense to the “elite” reference? It’s being taken completely out of context. By “elite” I am assuming Pamela means those in-the-know when it comes to up and coming baby names, not necessarily names only the coolest or richest people are allowed to use. I would consider most Nameberry-ites to be elite namers. If you look at any other baby names website the top picks are usually names like Emma, Isabella, Ava, Aiden, Cayden, and Ethan. Blah. Nameberry-ites have extremely particular taste and tend to be ahead of the curve.

Just my humble two cents. 🙂

Brandi-Lee Says:

April 16th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

So interesting how Finn is #2! We had our son in Sept 09 and named him Finn…we had not heard of many kids, if any, with that name and there it is at #2. Pretty much all of the names we considered are on that list too! Not that we were trying to be super original, but it’s funny – sometimes we are not as original as we sometimes think! At least we know he won’t be teased in school. 🙂

jmae Says:

April 17th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I wonder if Finn has risen to popularity partly due to the show Glee? I noticed Quinn is on both lists as well. Both Finn and Quin are Glee characters. I love both names!

anne Says:

April 19th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

argh! rufus is on here! i thought for sure I’d found a unique choice if our fall baby is a boy!

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 19th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Anne, so sorry about Rufus, which I love as well. But how could it go unnoticed given the cool appeal of Rufus Wainwright?

And yeah, I bet Finn and Quinn have been given a big boost by Glee — love it that they’re a couple. (or ex-couple)

Henry LXXXVIII Says:

April 19th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

My problem with the “elite” claim is that nothing about this site ensures that its users are elite in any particular sense of the word. Its proprietors have an interest in flattering their visitors and, perhaps, attracting elite advertisers seeking a wealthy audience. But the site is open to the world at large and promoted through mainstream channels as well. The fact that the search results don’t match the SSA lists may say less about the tastes of “elite namers” than any number of other possible factors. That’s kind-of acknowledged in that little disclaimer at the end — which is largely at odds with the list being described as ‘Top 100 in 2010 so far’ or ‘elite’ names.

melissaintlouis Says:

April 21st, 2010 at 10:38 am

Henry LXXXVIII — calm down. You’re taking this way too seriously.

I think the “elite namers” comment was more of an inside joke than anything — if you look through the message boards it is pretty obvious that the people who frequent this website have an offbeat, if not an ahead-of-the-curve naming style compared to some others.

You are getting all worked up over nothing.

LB Says:

April 21st, 2010 at 11:33 am

Rufus is my cat, so that’s out. Who knew how anticipatorily trendy I was in picking that name for him 6 years ago?

Erin Says:

April 27th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I don’t think anyone should worry about picking a name on the list. Emily was top 10 for how many years and I only knew one growing up. I love the name Oren (or Orrin) for a boy, it was my grandpa’s middle name. Most people thought it was Owen, which is also really cute, and I am suprised it hasn’t stayed more popular, I know a lot of them!

Dorabell Says:

May 13th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

To Anne, I would say, go with Rufus if you like it. There were all of 23 born in the entire USA in 2009. Everyone should bear in mind that the searches for names on this site, which were the basis of this list, likely include people like LB who are looking to name their pets.

By the way, there were 44 Auden’s and 13 Liev’s in ’09. Unless a celebrity comes along to provide a boost, its almost impossible for those names to jump enough to qualify as popular, even among the most narrow slice of ‘elite namers’.

agirlinred Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Another beautiful list! I wish this were the actual top 100.

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July 12th, 2010 at 8:45 am

I plan on naming my baby boy Finnian, of course his nickname is Finn or Finny. My husband is half irish so I fell upon that name and haven’t been able to look away since, but I was surprised to find that the variation was number 2 this year

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December 3rd, 2010 at 2:13 am

How about the boys name-Hans or Hansie

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December 3rd, 2010 at 2:16 am

ithink family names should be kept on going.the names most common 2010 are not much change.Tom DFick & Harry is all right, use and keep family on going.

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December 7th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

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December 20th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Hmm..my Oliver is at the top! We don’t know any others and at 5 he has escaped having any in his class. But our next baby (debating Henry, Felix, Dexter, Freddie) may be affected by growing popularity … oh we struggle with boys. (May need to keep working on Hayes 🙂

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