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Boy Names Kids Consider Cool

What are the cool boy names from the point of view of other kids? Choosing a name that other kids consider cool may be more important than one you think is cool yourself.

  • Barnaby

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    Barnaby, a genial and energetic name with an Irish-sounding three-syllable lilt, is an ancient appellation that manages to be both unusual and highly attractive and deserves to be used more than... Read More 

  • Beau

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    Beau suggests someone devilishly handsome, with a large measure of southern charm—a nice image to bestow on your boy. Often solely a nickname in the past, it's now standing firmly on its own. Beau... Read More 

  • Brady

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    The Irish name given to Miranda Hobbes's son on the dearly departed Sex and the City is a friendly and energetic choice. You well might want to make your son part of the Brady bunch. ... Read More 

  • Clancy

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    Clancy, one of the original crossover Irish surname names, is as energetic and appealing as ever — full of moxie, more distinctive than Casey, and also one of the less obvious of the... Read More 

  • Dallas

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    Relaxed, laid-back cowboy name with broad appeal, although none of the western place-names packs the same style power they did a few years ago. Read More 

  • Damian

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    Damian has sidestepped its demonic horror movie overtones, leaving a basically friendly and charming Irish image. A well-used upper-class name in England, it is growing in popularity here. ... Read More 

  • Jake

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    This unpretentious, accessible, and optimistic ("everything's jake" -- meaning OK) short form of the top name Jacob is itself widely used, though more parents these days are opting for the full... Read More 

  • Max

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    Max was transformed from cigar-chomping grandpa to rosy-cheeked baby in the 1980s, along with card-playing partners Sam and Jake.

    Never quite as popular as it seemed, Max is now close... Read More 

  • Oliver

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    Oliver, a very popular choice in England, Australia and New Zealand, only entered the list of Top 100 baby boy names in the U.S. for the first time... Read More 

  • Orion

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    Orion is a rising star, with both mythical and celestial overtones.

    The Greek mythological Orion was the legendary hunter who pursued the seven daughters of Atlas, was slain by the... Read More 

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