Category: cool names for boys
Nameberry has visitors from all over the world, which goes some way toward accounting for the fact that many of the names on our popularity list are more common in other countries than they are in the US. Of course, some American parents also search for international names to reflect their own ethnic heritage or to celebrate a culture or country they love or to find a more dashing way to honor Grandpa Frank.
Most of the names here, drawn from the names right below the most popular Top 1000, are European in origin and so evidence that sophisticated French or Italian or Scandinavian style. Or at least they do to the American ear, which relishes an accent.
There are also European-inflected names for boys higher up in the Nameberry popularity list: Callum and Enzo and Stellan, for instance. And in Europe itself, baby names originating in one country may be stylish in another, so that the Dutch like Italian names, the Italians favor Russian names, the Russians prefer French names, and the French are in love with British names. The boys’ names here are more distinctive than their popular brothers, but just as nimble at crossing international borders.
If you’re looking for an international name for your baby boy, these are the perfect blend of familiar yet exotic.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Parents have been plucking more and more baby name ideas from the worlds of pop and rock music—from Jagger to Lennon to Hendrix to Bowie—but there’s a whole universe of classic and modern jazz names that’s also rich with possibility. These include first names, surnames, and even a few totally cool nickname names.
Vintage baby names have been so widely used for so long that the parent in search of a boys’ name that’s both old-fashioned and fresh-feeling may have to search long and hard.
Given all this popularity, if you’ve been looking for a vintage boys’ name that feels fresh and new, you may feel frustrated. So we’ve done the searching for you. These 15 boys’ names are all well below the Top 1000 yet can work in the modern world. They’re distinctly vintage — some Biblical, some from ancient cultures, some international — yet feel surprising cool.
Our picks for old-school boys’ names that feel new again are:
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Can a boys’ name be popular, given to hundreds or even thousands of babies, and still maintain its edge? After looking at the top half of the Social Security list, we say the answer is a definite yes. Of course terms like cool and classic are difficult to define—they’re really in the eye of the beholder. But just as everyone would agree that James and Mary are classics, I think most of us would also see names like Ace and Cruz as having a cool image.
Here are my nominations for names that fit into that pop-yet-groovy space, with their popularity rankings and number of bearers last year.
The Biblical Ezra has zoomed to the top of the list to become Nameberry’s new Number 1 boys’ name of 2015.
Last year Ezra made it onto Nameberry’s Top 10 for the first time. On the US list, Ezra is nearing the Top 100 and we expect it to be among the new generation of Biblical names – which includes Asher, Silas, Jude, and Levi – destined to take over from current favorites such as Noah, Jacob, and Ethan.
Asher, Number 1 for the past two years, slipped to second place. The only new name in our boys’ Top 10 is Jude, which replaces Finn, a name that had been Number 1 for boys on Nameberry for several years but has slid to Number 22.
Kai, which stands just outside the Top 10, is our furthest rising boys’ name, up 55 places. The hottest names for boys, with the number of places they’ve risen, are:
The Nameberry popularity list gauges interest levels of visitors in names, measuring which of our name pages received the most views of the total 300 million to the site this year.. The majority of people searching Nameberry are looking for names for their babies, so our popularity list predicts which names parents are likely to be naming their children in 2015 and 2016, versus the official US popularity list, which looks at which names parents chose in 2014. Nameberry’s searches also register ups and downs in interest due to news or pop culture events, such as the fall from grace of fictional lawyer Atticus Finch.
In 2015, two royal names, George and Charles, fell off the boys’ Top 100. And eight of the 13 boys’ names that have vanished either start or end – or both – with the trendy n sound: Nathan, Nolan, Nicholas, Nash, Holden, Simon, Tristan….and Knox.
Here’s the full Nameberry Top 100 for boys: