Boy Baby Names Moving Up Fast

Boys' baby names moving quickly up the popularity ladder, according to our deep dive into US statistics, include:

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  • Abel

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    Abel, the name of Adam and Eve's unfortunate younger son, compensates with positive connotations: capable, competent, ready and willing.

    Abel has literary connections to the novels of... Read More 

  • Abram

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    Abram was Abraham's original name in the Bible; it's more user-friendly but with a bit less gravitas. And it does offer that cool nickname Bram, as well as the friendly Abe. After some early... Read More 

  • Adriel

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    A biblical name getting wider notice, Adriel climbed nearly 150 places in 2015, entering the Top 300 for the first time, and was Number 240 in 2016.Read More 

  • Amari

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    An originally male name also used for girls, mostly because of its soft sound and vowel ending. Related to names and words in a range of languages—Yoruba, Thai, Hebrew—and with a variety of... Read More 

  • Anson

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    Anson has always been rare, though you might think of actor Anson Williams, best known for playing Potsie Weber on 1970s sitcom Happy Days. As a direct result of the show's popularity,... Read More 

  • Archer

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    Archer is an Anglo-Saxon surname that feels more modern than most because of its on-target occupational and Hunger Games associations. And it's a nice way to bypass the clunky Archibald... Read More 

  • Arian

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    This variation of Aryan has a slightly less racist connotation, making it a bit more acceptable. Arian has only been in the US Top 1000 since 2011, but it already seems to be on its way back out.... Read More 

  • Arlo

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    Arlo is one of the surprise hit names of this decade, jumping up the popularity list in the US, partially inspired by the character Arlo Givens on television's Justified.

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  • Arthur

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    Arthur, once the shining head of the Knights of the Round Table, is, after decades of neglect, now being polished up and restored by some stylish parents.

    In addition to its leading... Read More 

  • Asher

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    Asher -- an excellent, soft and sensitive Old Testament choice -- is definitely on the rise, climbing more than one hundred places on the list of baby... Read More 

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