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Popular Boys’ Names: Top 100 Makeover

August 19, 2013 Pamela Redmond
boys' names

by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz

 It was the Case of the Great Missing Baby Names Blog.

One of our most-read blogs of all time, a makeover of the top 100 most popular boys’ names, disappeared from our archive.  We didn’t even notice it was gone until a Berry wrote wondering where it was.  The girls’ makeover, also written by Elisabeth Wilborn of You Can’t Call It It, is still there.  But the boys’: stolen, zapped, vanished into thin air.

So we set out to fashion a new version, using the current popular boys’ names list of 2012.

These are our suggestions of similar-but-different names you might substitute if you like the original boys’ name, but it’s just too popular.

  1. Jacob –> Abel
  2. Mason –> Miller
  3. Ethan–>Ephraim
  4. Noah–>Jonah
  5. William  –> Wallace
  6. Liam –> Leon
  7. Jayden  –> Jude
  8. Michael-> Malcolm
  9. Alexander –> Augustine
  10. Aiden –> Amias
  11. Daniel –> Nathaniel
  12. Matthew –> Mathis
  13. Elijah –> Eleazar
  14. James –> Seamus
  15. Anthony –> Vincent
  16. Benjamin –> Benno
  17. Joshua –> Sasha
  18. Andrew  –> Anderson
  19. David –>  Davis
  20. Joseph –> Josiah
  21. Logan –> Rogan
  22. Jackson –> Pierce
  23. Christopher –> Caspian
  24. Gabriel –> Raphael
  25. Samuel –> Samson
  26. Ryan –> O’Brien
  27. Lucas –> Lucian
  28. John –> Junot
  29. Nathan –> North
  30. Isaac –> Izar
  31. Dylan –> Thomas
  32. Caleb –> Calvin
  33. Christian –> Grey
  34. Landon –> Lander
  35. Jonathan –> Jotham
  36. Carter –> Booker
  37. Luke –> Luther
  38. Owen –> Otis
  39. Brayden –> Brady
  40. Gavin –> Garrett
  41. Wyatt –> Wylie
  42. Isaiah –> Sayer
  43. Henry –> Harry
  44. Eli –> Ezra
  45. Hunter –> Bridger
  46. Jack –> Mack
  47. Evan –> Everett
  48. Jordan –> George
  49. Nicholas –> Nico
  50. Tyler –> Tai
  51. Aaron –> Abram 
  52. Cameron –> Camden
  53. Levi –> Adlai
  54. Jeremiah –> Jedediah
  55. Julian –> Julius
  56. Brandon –> Brennan
  57. Angel –> Anselmo
  58. Austin –> Auden
  59. Connor –> Connery
  60. Adrian –> Hadrian
  61. Robert –> Robin
  62. Charles –> Channing
  63. Thomas –> Tobias
  64. Sebastian –> Bastian
  65. Colton –> Cole
  66. Jaxon –> Maxon
  67. Kevin –> Keegan
  68. Zachary –> Zebedee
  69. Ayden –> Axton
  70. Dominic –> Donovan
  71. Blake –> Blaise
  72. Jose –> Joaquin
  73. Oliver–> Otto
  74. Justin –> Justus
  75. Bentley –> Bennett
  76. Jason –> Jay
  77. Chase –> Case
  78. Ian –> Ewan
  79. Josiah –> Ozias
  80. Parker –> Palmer
  81. Xavier –> Javier
  82. Adam –> Asa
  83. Cooper –> Clooney
  84. Nathaniel –> Bartholomew
  85. Grayson –> Gray
  86. Jace –> Rafe
  87. Carson –> Carsten
  88. Nolan –> Noble
  89. Tristan –> Torin
  90. Luis –> Lucio
  91. Brody –> Barnaby
  92. Juan –> Julio
  93. Hudson –> River
  94. Bryson –> Byron
  95. Carlos –> Claudio
  96. Easton –> West
  97. Damian –> Darius
  98. Alex –> Alec
  99. Kayden –> Curran
  100. Ryder –> Walker
Any makeover ideas for these popular baby names for boys that you’d like to add or change?

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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