Popular Boys’ Names: Top 100 Makeover

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?

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oboeplayer1 Says:

August 19th, 2013 at 11:29 pm

I really love the Tristan & the Nicholas makeovers – I may have to use some of these names for myself. Oh, and ‘Nathan to ash’ is kind of interesting… Was that a typo?

valentine Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 12:01 am

Love Abel, Ephraim and Jonah! Which is interesting as I’m not religious at all.

kaddison2001 Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 12:12 am

Love the name Wallace for a boy. Doesn’t sound feminine enough for a girl. The name is strong, sophisticated, sexy (Wallace Braveheart), and Unique. I love the old names that are not overused. Goes great with siblings William, Allie, and many others! Don’t like the nicknames Willie or Wally. Stick to the whole name or Will and Ace! Ace fits the active ballplayer and Wallace the doctor lawyer! Love it!

MFBerry Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 12:23 am

I also like Wilson as an alternative to William.

stacielynne Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 12:35 am

I don’t think my husband would agree to one of these names. I think I personally like the before list better than the after, with the exception of Cole and Channing.

augusta_lee Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 12:55 am

Oh, I’m so happy to see my beloved Wallace on this list! I couldn’t resist doing my own makeover. 🙂

Jacob –> Jacoby
Mason –> Milo
Ethan –> Eamon
Noah –> Josiah
William –> Willem
Liam –> Elias
Jayden –> Jade (I would love to see this revived for boys)
Michael –> Micah
Alexander –> Skander
Aiden –> Adler
Daniel –> Damon
Matthew –> Matteo
Elijah –> Micaiah
James –> Amos
Anthony –> Barnaby
Benjamin –> Benedict
Joshua –> Sasha (leaving this because I love Sascha so much!)
Andrew –> Anders
David –> Dashiell
Joseph –> Jove
Logan –> Roman
Jackson –> Jagger
Christopher –> Croix
Gabriel –> Gavriel
Samuel –> Samir
Ryan –> Rainer
Lucas –> Luca
John –> Vaughn
Nathan –> Napoleon
Isaac –> Iver
Dylan –> Duncan
Caleb –> Callum
Christian –> Crispin
Landon –> Anton
Jonathan –> Jethro
Carter –> Currier
Luke –> Lucius
Owen –> Wynn
Brayden –> Bruno
Gavin –> Vincent
Wyatt –> Walter
Isaiah –> Ozias
Henry –> Huck
Eli –> Ellis
Hunter –> Archer
Jack –> Jules
Evan –> Eban
Jordan –> George
Nicholas –> Nicolai
Tyler –> Torsten
Aaron –> Ariel
Cameron –> Cabot
Levi –> Ziv
Jeremiah –> Gervaise
Julian –> Julius (leaving this one)
Brandon –> Brannon
Angel –> Angelo
Austin –> Auberon
Connor –> Connolly
Adrian –> Adriel
Robert –> Raymond
Charles –> Chaucer
Thomas –> Thor
Sebastian –> Balthazar
Colton –> Malcolm
Jaxon –> Jensen
Kevin –> Calvin
Zachary –> Zeke
Ayden –> Galen
Dominic –> Dorian
Blake –> Blair
Jose –> Hosea
Oliver–> Orion
Justin –> Jarvis
Bentley –> Ruben
Jason –> Perseus
Chase –> Chance
Ian –> Yves
Josiah –> Ozias
Parker –> Peregrine
Xavier –> Charles
Adam –> Eden
Cooper –> Booker
Nathaniel –> Neville
Grayson –> Indigo
Jace –> Sanjay
Carson –> Carlo
Nolan –> Talon
Tristan –> Tristram
Luis –> Louis
Brody –> Brogan
Juan –> Juno
Hudson –> Huck
Bryson –> Bruin
Carlos –> Carmine
Easton –> Westley
Damian –> Darwin
Alex –> Calix
Kayden –> Kai
Ryder –> Strider

Kateri Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 1:08 am

Being from the Milwaukee area, Miller seems really, really bad. Just as bad as Harley is for this locale. I really like many of these though, particularly Bennett, Carsten and Darius.

Giinkies Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 2:43 am

Love Seamus, Caspian, Leon, Tobias and Curran.

Haili73 Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 3:28 am

I forgot how much I love Jotham!

Erinm Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 6:23 am

My list. Some the same, some I’ve swapped for others in the list either further down or further up, and others I have no idea!

Jacob –> Jasper
Mason –> Miles
Ethan–>Eden
Noah–>Nolan
William –> Willo
Liam –> Leon
Jayden –> James
Michael –> Micah
Alexander –> Alessandro
Aiden –> Eamon
Daniel –> Nathan
Matthew –> Matteo
Elijah –> Evan
James –> Diego
Anthony –> Anton
Benjamin –> Ben
Joshua –> Joel
Andrew –> Drew
David –> Damon
Joseph –> Jonah
Logan –> Lachlan
Jackson –> Jacque
Christopher –> Caspian
Gabriel –> Gatlin
Samuel –> Simon
Ryan –> Riley
Lucas –> Luke
John –> Julian
Nathan –> Niall
Isaac –> Ivan
Dylan –> Delaney
Caleb –> Cillian
Christian –> Corin
Landon –> Brandon
Jonathan –> Ronan
Carter –> Archer
Luke –> Luca
Owen –> Orlando
Brayden –> Brayer
Gavin –> Alvin
Wyatt –> Hyatt
Isaiah –> Zachariah
Henry –> Harry
Eli –> Emmet
Hunter –> Gatherer (jokes )
Jack –> Jake
Evan –> Everton
Jordan –> George
Nicholas –> Nico
Tyler –> Tyson
Aaron –> Elron
Cameron –> Harrison
Levi –> Leo
Jeremiah –> Jeremy
Julian –> Jude
Brandon –> Brendan
Angel –> Angelo
Austin –> Boston (kind of joking )
Connor –> Cormac
Adrian –> Aden
Robert –> Robin
Charles –> Charlton
Thomas –> Tom
Sebastian –> Etienne
Colton –> Cole
Jaxon –> Max
Kevin –> Keelan
Zachary –> Malachy
Ayden –> I hate these spellings
Dominic –> Rickon
Blake –> Blaine
Jose –> Joe
Oliver–> Olivier
Justin –> Dustin
Bentley –> Benji
Jason –> Jay
Chase –> Dace
Ian –> Ewan
Josiah –> Brior
Parker –> Marcus
Xavier –> Xander (pronounced Zander)
Adam –> Asa
Cooper –> Harper
Grayson –> Mason
Jace –> Casey
Carson –> Art
Nolan –> Noel
Tristan –> Trinian
Luis –> Lucas
Brody –> Brian
Juan –> Julio
Hudson –> Rio
Bryson –> Byron
Carlos –> Carl
Easton –> Eaton
Damian –> Amian
Alex –> Alexis
Kayden –> Cato
Ryder –> Reilly

kyemsma Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 6:23 am

@oboeplayer1: I am willing to bet Nathan – ash was supposed to be Nathan – Nash, which would make more sense. 🙂
From the new list, I like Everett.

Aurra Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 6:42 am

Great list! Always fun, so here’s mine:

Jacob –> Jebediah
Mason –> Max
Ethan –> Etienne
Noah –> Ezra
William –> Waler
Liam –> Noam
Jayden –> Jael
Michael –> Mischa
Alexander –> Sasha
Aiden –> Aeson
Daniel –> Gabriel
Matthew –> Matthias
Elijah –> Elias
James –> Jamie
Anthony –> Antoine
Benjamin –> Benson
Joshua –> Josiah
Andrew –> Anders
David –> Day
Joseph –> Giuseppe
Logan –> Lachlan
Jackson –> Jonah
Christopher –> Crispin
Gabriel –> Gavriel
Samuel –> Samir
Ryan –> Cyan
Lucas –> Lucius
John –> Vaughn
Nathan –> Jonathan
Isaac –> Ike
Dylan –> Declan
Caleb –> Calvin
Christian –> Cross
Landon –> Lachlan
Jonathan –> Jethro
Carter –> Corin
Luke –> Lucario
Owen –> Odin
Brayden –> Bruno
Gavin –> Vincent
Wyatt –> West
Isaiah –> Yves
Henry –> Halloran
Eli –> Elden
Hunter –> Archer
Jack –> Jules
Evan –> Evander
Jordan –> Jordi
Nicholas –> Nicolai
Tyler –> Trevor
Aaron –> Argo
Cameron –> Cabot
Levi –> Lex
Jeremiah –> Zebediah
Julian –> Giulio
Brandon –> Brennan
Angel –> Angelo
Austin –> Auberon
Connor –> Cor
Adrian –> Adriel
Robert –> Raymond
Charles –> Chaucer
Thomas –> Thor
Sebastian –> Balthazar
Colton –> Malcolm
Jaxon –> JJameson
Kevin –> Devon
Zachary –> Zebulon
Ayden – Dennis
Dominic –> Dorian
Blake –> Jake
Jose –> -Josiah
Oliver–> Alcander
Justin –> Justice
Bentley –> Benno
Jason –> Perseus
Chase –> Case
Ian –> Eoin
Josiah –> Tobiah
Parker –> Parson
Xavier –> Zander
Adam –>Addison
Cooper –> Booker
Nathaniel –> Neville
Grayson –> Gray
Jace –> Jago
Carson –> Cordis
Nolan –> Alan
Tristan –> Tristram
Luis – Lenny
Brody –> Brogan
Juan –> Jonah
Hudson –> Hank
Bryson –> Bruno
Carlos –> Carmen
Easton –> Westley
Damian –> Darwin
Alex –> Sasha
Kayden –> Kai
Ryder –> Ryker

Brigid16 Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 11:05 am

Was #12 supposed to be Matthis or Matthias?

stephykneejo Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 11:15 am

Love the Ethan -> Ephraim, although I prefer the spelling Ephram. I like Ethan, and fell in love with Ephram, but hubby thinks it sounds too much like “Eff em!”

Pam Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 11:20 am

Actually, Brigid, what I really meant was Mathis!! I changed it.

liviajoan Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 11:54 am

Christopher to Crispin makes more sense to me.

shalexis Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 11:56 am

I love Jude, Malcolm, Everett, Nico, Abram, Otto, Bennett from your list, and Milo, Luca, Ellis, Eden (but I like this better for a girl), and Delaney (also for a girl) from the other lists. But I don’t want them to get more popular, so here’s hoping they DON’T get popular enough to replace anything on the list 🙂

spacecow1993 Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Oh goodness, Christian to Grey? Just because of Fifty Shades of Grey?

alphabetdem Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Ooh, I like Miller, Malcolm, Jude, Everett, Bennett, Booker (total guilty pleasure name!), Rafe, Tobias, Calvin, Robin, and Bridger from the newer list, but prefer the real names Wyatt, William, Alexander, Carter, Owen, Oliver, and Grayson.

From Augusta_lee: Matteo, Dashiell, Rainer, Callum, Darwin and Huck
From Erinm’s: Archer, Harrison, Orlando, and Reilly
From Aurra: Max, Zander, Westley

But, IMO, Lander just looks crazy!

GrecianErn Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Just wondering, but what is the criteria for these changes?

Larkspur Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I loved all of these! Super excited to see Rogan on the list. So much better than Logan and such a strong name!

skizzo Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

My version:

Jacob –> Jacoby
Mason –> Kason
Ethan –> Keegan
Noah –> Koa
William –> Wylie
Liam –> Lee
Jayden –> Jaylen
Michael –> Myles
Alexander –> Sasha
Aiden –> Hayden
Daniel –> Lionel
Matthew –> Malachi
Elijah –> Elisha
James –> Jamie
Anthony –> Arkady
Benjamin –> Bennett
Joshua –> Joss
Andrew –> Arlo
David –> Dashiell
Joseph –> Jethro
Logan –> Rowan
Jackson –> Jasper
Christopher –> Chester
Gabriel –> Ariel
Samuel –> Salem
Ryan –> Kyan
Lucas –> Luca
John –> Jax
Nathan –> Raven
Isaac –> Zeke
Dylan –> Killian
Caleb –> Casey
Christian –> Cree
Landon –> Landry
Jonathan –> Jericho
Carter –> Kaspar
Luke –> Lux
Owen –> Roman
Brayden –> Brady
Gavin –> Darren
Wyatt –> Wynn
Isaiah –> Zion
Henry –> Henley
Eli –> Ali
Hunter –> Harper
Jack –> Dax
Evan –> Ever
Jordan –> Jory
Nicholas –> Nikola
Tyler –> Lyle
Aaron –> Soren
Cameron –> Camden
Levi –> Nev
Jeremiah –> Jericho
Julian –> July
Brandon –> Brooks
Angel –> Gio
Austin –> Aubrey
Connor –> Rocco
Adrian –> Kieran
Robert –> Rodry
Charles –> Chatham
Thomas –> Tobin
Sebastian –> Shawn
Colton –> Colby
Jaxon –> Braxton
Kevin –> Kelby
Zachary –> Zander
Ayden –> Ayler
Dominic –> Dorian
Blake –> Blaise
Jose –> Zane
Oliver–> Omar
Justin –> Judah
Bentley –> Oakley
Jason –> Pacey
Chase –> Chance
Ian –> Yvo
Josiah –> Hezekiah
Parker –> Baker
Xavier –> Xano
Adam –> Addison
Cooper –> Tudor
Nathaniel –> Nazareth
Grayson –> Grady
Jace –> Rayce
Carson –> Callum
Nolan –> Niall
Tristan –> Trenton
Luis –> Lane
Brody –> Bodhi
Juan –> Juno
Hudson –> Huxley
Bryson –> Rylan
Carlos –> Kale
Easton –> Weston
Damian –> Destin
Alex –> Rex
Kayden –> Kai
Ryder –> Stryker

OhLuna Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Names I loved from this list:

Cameron
Liam
Elijah
Pierce
Lucian
Wyatt
Isaiah
Adrian
Alec
Darius
Bastian
Hadrian
Cole

tori101 Says:

August 21st, 2013 at 3:26 am

Great blog

When I saw #33 my first thought was fifty shades much ; )

Jacob –> Jasper
Mason –> Milo
Ethan –> Emmanuel
Noah –> Nolan
William –> Wilson
Liam –> Rafferty
Jayden –> Jai
Michael –> Micah
Alexander –> Alejandro
Aiden –> Bray
Daniel –> Dean
Matthew –> Matteo
Elijah –> Elias
James –> Hamish
Anthony –> Antonio
Benjamin –> Beckett
Joshua –> Yehoshua
Andrew –> Arden
David –> Darian
Joseph –> Jericho
Logan –> Ronan
Jackson –> Jameson
Christopher –> Coleman
Gabriel –> Aubrey
Samuel –> Solomon
Ryan –> Riley
Lucas –> Luca
John –> Johnson
Nathan –> Niall
Isaac –> Ephraim
Dylan –> Dashiell
Caleb –> Callum
Christian –> Casper
Landon –> Leland
Jonathan –> Jett
Carter –> Schuyler
Luke –> Lennox
Owen –> Rio
Brayden –> Brendan
Gavin –> Pablo
Wyatt –> West
Isaiah –> Istvan
Henry –> Harris
Eli –> Mikael
Hunter –> Holden
Jack –> Dante
Evan –> Ezra
Jordan –> Jarvis
Nicholas –> Nehemiah
Tyler –> Tate
Aaron –> Sawyer
Cameron –> Cairo
Levi –> Kalil
Jeremiah –> Jacques
Julian –> Julius
Brandon –> Bodhi
Angel –> Angelo
Austin –> Axel
Connor –> Cormac
Adrian –> Ajax
Robert –> Rudy
Charles –> Charleston
Thomas –>Tamir
Sebastian –> Samson
Colton –> Channing
Jaxon –> Jefferson
Kevin –> Keanu
Zachary –> Zachariah
Ayden –> Aadi
Dominic –> Damario
Blake –> Blaine
Jose –> Jagger
Oliver–> Olaf
Justin –> Jude
Bentley –> Benson
Jason –> Jairo
Chase –> Chance
Ian –> Ivo
Josiah –> Job
Parker –> Walker
Xavier –> Xanthus
Adam –> Acton
Cooper –> Calder
Nathaniel –> Thaniel
Grayson –> Grey
Jace –> Jem
Carson –> Caesar
Nolan –> Naylor
Tristan –> Thor
Luis –> Lake
Brody –> Baxter
Juan –> Jamal
Hudson –> Hadriel
Bryson –> Buster
Carlos –> Carlo
Easton –> North
Damian –> Darwin
Alex –> Rex
Kayden –> Kalani
Ryder –> Ray

maggiemary Says:

August 21st, 2013 at 4:32 am

I’d use Joah as the alternative for Noah, and Willoughby for William.

thesnowwhiterose Says:

August 21st, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Why Caspian for Christopher?

Poppy84 Says:

August 21st, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Ooh, what an interesting list. A lot of the names are NMS, but I can see how they would appeal, especially if staying out of the top 100 is a priority (I’m from Australia, so our top 100 are a little different).
I’m looking forward to a smiliar list for girls’ names. My husband and I could name a dozen sons, but struggle to agree on girls’ names – those we do agree on style-wise are far too popular for my liking.

Poppy84 Says:

August 22nd, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Lol, found the girls’ list – maybe I shouldn’t have jumped straight to the names!

thewritinggirl Says:

April 26th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Christian to Grey…..
I got the reference, and wow.

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