How to Make Classic Boy Names Unique

June 25, 2020 Pamela Redmond
classic boy names

Classic boy names are wonderful except for the fact that they’re so common. Yes, there have been many august Williams; sure, it’s a name resonant on your family tree; except, there are thousands (14,516, to be exact) of baby Williams out there.

But among the wonderful qualities of classic boy names is that they often come in many different variations. So if William is too popular for your taste, you can go down the line and find several other Wil– names that are more rare.

We did just that with ten of the most classic baby names for boys widely used today. Here, three variations of each and how many baby boys received each name in the most recent year counted.


William 14,516

Wilson 426




Jameson 4221

Jamie 328


Benjamin 13,381

Bennett 3271

Benedict 209


Alexander 11,989

Alex 2505

Alec — 516


David — 9697

Davis — 558

Davin — 137


Andrew — 7234

Andres — 1736

Anderson — 1161


Thomas — 6779

Tomas — 339

Thompson — 76


Charles — 6604

Charlie — 1716

Charleston — 57


Robert — 5140

Robin — 202

Robinson — 42


Edward — 2268

Edwin — 1000

Edmund — 168


If you want to do this for yourself, you can download the SSA extended popularity list here by clicking National Data. Let us know what trios you find!

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. 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.

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