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Popular Boys’ Names: Top 100 Makeover

Popular Boys’ Names: Top 100 Makeover

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. and Baby Name DNA. 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.