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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  • Atlas

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    Previously thought too powerful for a baby boy--who would have to be strong enough to carry the sky on his shoulders--Atlas has joined the pantheon of Greek and Roman god and goddess names now in... Read More 

  • Atticus

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    Atticus, with its trendy Roman feel combined with the upstanding, noble image of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, is a real winner. In fact so many people have been inspired by the... Read More 

  • Augustine

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    Augustine is more substantial (and saintly) than August, less pretentious than Augustus, and, along with its nickname Gus, is definitely a viable choice.

    Augustine is actually the... Read More 

  • Axel

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    Axel is the perfect heavy metal rock name, thanks to Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose (born William). Axel is a popular Scandinavian form of the Biblical Absalom, who was a son of King David, and is the... Read More 

  • Azariah

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    Azariah is a rarely used biblical name that moves way beyond Adam and Abraham; its pleasant sound makes it no surprise that parents have discovered it in recent years.

    Azariah is... Read More 

  • Barrett

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    Pleasing sound and literary association with poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, though little girls may associate it with the word barrette. 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—this... Read More 

  • Beckett

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    Beckett is one of the big baby name hits of the decade.

    A handsome name with an attractively brisk sound, and rich in literary associations via major Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, it... Read More 

  • Bennett

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    Bennett is Ben with a bow tie, kind of a cross between Benjamin and Beckett. And it's one of the fastest-rising boys’ names, jumping more than 200... Read More 

  • Bentley

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Bentley, a somewhat stuffy British surname, previously associated primarily with an incredibly expensive English car, has had a ginormous leap in the past few years--from Number 937 in 2008 to... Read More 

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