Category: most popular boy names
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:
George vaulted halfway up our boys’ popularity list for 2013, thanks to the naming of the little British Prince George Alexander Louis. George went from Number 92 for the first half of the year all the way up to Number 56 at the year’s three-quarter mark.
At the same point last year, George did not even rank in the Top 100.
The other boys’ name in the news making a strong showing on our list is Kieran, which attracted some controversy after it was chosen for the newly-adopted African-American grandson of Mitt Romney. The Irish Kieran means “little dark one.”
But most names make our popularity list thanks to the interest of parents considering them for their babies. The list tallies which boys’ names attracted the most views among the 14 million visits to our name pages for the first nine months of 2013.
Biblical Simon is the name that’s risen furthest on the Nameberry list, up 43 places. The boys’ names moving the most places up the ladder are:
Linda and I have spent a lot of time over the years tracking the ups and downs of baby names and making sense of the movements. Often, it’s possible to divine trends in the popularity lists: Girls’ names that end in a are marching up the ladder in seeming unison, for instance, while New Testament names for boys are moving down.
But sometimes, the patterns are not so easy to discern. Sometimes, in fact, the shifts seem downright contradictory, undercutting any attempt to identify a trend.
Sure, sometimes you can credit a celebrity for a name’s rise or blame a slide on the fact that a name has been around so long that people have gotten tired of it and are turning to a new flavor. We do get, for instance, that Britain‘s newest royal is responsible for the predominance of Kate over Katherine, and that Oliver is simply a fresher name than the long-popular Christopher.
Still, even with those examples, the rise of one name at the same time another, very similar name drops can be amusing. Some notable pairings from this year’s list: