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Popular English Boy Names

  • Gerald

    Both a saint's name and a presidential one via Gerald Ford—who was born Leslie—Gerald is a quintessential 1930s-40s name, when it ranked as high as Number 19. Hence all those nice middle-aged and... Read More 

  • Graham

    Well used in England and Scotland since the fifties, the smooth and sophisticated Graham is catching on here.

    Among the best known bearers are novelist Graham Greene, racing driver... Read More 

  • Gray

    The girls have Violet and Scarlet and Ruby and Rose, but for the boys there's a much more limited palette of color names. Gray (or Grey), is one exception, which could make for a soft and... Read More 

  • Grayson

    Grayson, which you might think of as a Jason-Mason substitute, is on the fast track. Though--you may be surprised to know--Grayson has been in the Top 1000 since 1984, it is now more popular than... Read More 

  • Harley

    You can ride one, you can use it as a baby name -- or, as is often the case, both. In spite of its slightly renegade motorcycle image, it is now chosen more frequently for girls. Read More 

  • Harper

    Harper got its start as a celebrity baby name when Paul Simon chose it for his now-grown son. Since then, other famous parents have followed suit: musician Tim Finn and actor Cecilia Peck both... Read More 

  • Harris

    Harris is your name when Harrison is too much, but Harry isn't enough. It reentered the US Top 1000 for the first time since 1988 in 2016.Read More 

  • Harrison

    Harrison, a name made viable by Harrison Ford, is increasingly popular with parents who want an H name that's more formal than Harry or Hank but doesn't veer into the stiff Huntington-Harrington... Read More 

  • Hayden

    Hayden -- a formerly obscure name that's risen to huge popularity -- has dipped in this year's ratings. Though Hayden is among the most distinctive of the bunch, it gets lost in the crowd of... Read More 

  • Hayes

    One of those simple, straightforward English surnames -- and with a presidential pedigree -- that's easy to translate into a first. It was recently chosen by both Kevin Costner and Jessica Alba... Read More 

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