Popular Baby Names for Boys

The list of popular baby names for boys in the U.S. is more straightforward than the girls' list, which is skewed by spelling variations. Except for the Aiden/Caden/Jaden names, which are more popular than they look on the national list because of their many variations, most of the popular baby names for boys exist in one form only. Here, the current 25 most popular baby names for boys.

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  • Michael

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    Michael was the Number 1 American boys' name for almost half a century. Now, though, Michael has moved down to ninth place, still translating to about an annual 15,000+ babies. How has Michael... Read More 

  • Noah

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    Noah surprised the baby name world in 2013 to become the new Number 1 name, unseating Jacob after a 13-year reign, and it has maintained its top ranking each of the past two years. ... Read More 

  • Ryan

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    Ryan has been one of the most popular Irish names in America for decades; it had been in the Top 20 since 1976, and still stands at Number 39, even though parents now have such a wide choice of... Read More 

  • Samuel

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    Samuel has long been a popular Old Testament classic, and is currently just inside the Top 25, with close to 11,000 boys named Samuel annually. Its continued use is somewhat propelled by the... Read More 

  • William

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    William has been among the most enduring of classics. It currently stands at a solid Number 5, exactly where it was the previous three years, chosen by almost 17,000 American parents as being... Read More 

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