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Trending Boy Names

Trending Boy Names

New parents — those who haven't spent much time around today's babies — may not be up on today's trending boy names. Does this sound like you? You might be shocked to learn the hottest boy names right now.

What are trendy boy names? Trendy boy names are more popular than ever before — or at least are at a recent peak. They move fast and cover a wide range of styles.

These names may be more or less trendy depending on where you live, but taking the US as a whole, here are some unexpectedly trendy boy names:

Surprisingly Trendy Boy Names

Atreus

This Greek name with a strong meaning ("fearless") was one of the fastest-rising boy names of last year.

Bellamy

Bellamy is a unisex choice that we initially thought would go to the girls. To our surprise, it's pretty evenly split between the sexes, and boys have the edge.

Bishop

Bishop marries two hot trends for boys — spiritual names and occupational names. It previously peaked at Number 416 in 1890 and rejoined the Top 1000 in 2015.

Bjorn

Baby Bjorn! This classic Scandinavian name is finally catching on in the US — it is currently Number 766 and rising.

Colter

Colter jumped over 300 spots between 2020 and 2021. It's gaining favor as a fresher alternative to Colton.

Denver

Despite the recent trend of place names, Denver isn't as modern as you think! It reached its peak in 1919 at Number 424, but today at Number 505 it could very well set a personal record. Denver is currently on the rise for both sexes.

Jiraiya

Video game names for boys are a surprising new microtrend, and Jiraiya is the king of them all. This fantastical name from Naruto broke into the Top 1000 last year.

Leonidas

Along with many other Leo names, Leonidas has risen substantially over the past decade. Leonidas is arguably the most grandiose of them all, with the connection to the famous Spartan warrior.

McCoy

Cowboy name McCoy is the new Mackenzie. Mac and Mack are rising in their own rights, but parents looking for something more substantive are turning to McCoy.

Watson

This smart surname feels geek-chic in all the right ways! The trend of W surnames for boys (think Weston and Waylon) along with Watson's myriad of associations has it jumping onto parents' lists.

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About the Author

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm has been writing for Nameberry since 2015. She has contributed stories on the top 2020s names, Gen Z names, and cottagecore baby names. Sophie is Nameberry’s resident Name Guru to the Stars, where she suggests names for celebrity babies. She also manages the Nameberry Instagram and Pinterest.

Sophie Kihm's articles on names have run on People, Today, The Huffington Post, and more. She has been quoted as a name expert by The Washington Post, People, The Huffington Post, and more. You can follow her personally on Instagram or Pinterest, or contact her at sophie@nameberry.com. Sophie lives in Chicago.