The ABCs of Boys’ Names
Everything you need to know about boys’ baby names, from A to Z.
While A is the second most-popular first initial for boys’ names (and the most popular for girls’), the real news is the rise in both the letter a and the a sound at the end of boys’ names. Think Joshua, Elijah, and Number 1 Noah.
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Is E the new A? While A is still the most popular vowel starting boys’ names, it’s trending downward while second-place E continues to rise. Popular E names include trendy Ethan, biblical Eli, and classic Edward.
If you guessed the most popular boys’ name starting with H was the fashionable classic Henry, you’d be wrong. It’s newfangled Hunter. Henry is only one place behind, but other hot choices include newbies Hayden, Harrison, and Hudson.
Michael, the Number 1 boys’ name in the US for nearly half a century, can be credited with inspiring the Social Security list of most popular names, created by actuary Michael Shackleford to prove there were too many Michaels in the world.
Noah, the Number 1 boys’ name in the US, was once best-known as the creator of the biblical Ark. He joins Old Testament brethren Abraham, Isaiah, and Moses enjoying unlikely popularity as contemporary baby names.
The P is silent in Ptolemy, an Ancient Greek name turned crazy celebrity baby name when it was chosen by actress Gretchen Mol for her son. Ptolemy is so unusual that it does not even appear on the Social Security extended list of names given to at least five babies.
R names that ruled the boys’ popularity list in the 1950s have fallen in favor, with Robert, Richard, Ronald, and Roger all dropping in the charts. Ronnie, oddly enough to the American ear, has reentered the British Top 100.
Theodore is the furthest-rising boys’ name in the British Top 100 and is also trending upward in the US, where it’s new to the Top 200. Theo, used in its own right, recently reentered the Top 1000 after a nearly-70 year hiatus.
The least popular first letter for baby names, with the Old Testament angel name Uriel the only boys’ name in the US Top 1000.
Though V has recently moved out of the Bottom 5 baby names, that’s largely thanks to the trendy girls’ name Violet. Boys’ names starting with V are only slightly more fashionable than those starting with U (meaning: not very).