American Names for Boys

What are distinctly American names for boys? American place-names such as Memphis and Dakota certainly qualify, as do boys' names that became popular thanks to American heroes, such as Landry or Lincoln or Langston. And names that typify American-style ideals, like the cowboyish Ryder or Maverick or tough guys Stone and Wilder make the grade. Quintessentially American names for boys include the following.

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  • Austin

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    Austin is one of the most attractive city names for babies, with an attractive southwestern feel, place-name panache and the... Read More 

  • Biff

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    The quintessential midcentury nickname, famously found in Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman." Read More 

  • Bo

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    A popular name in Denmark, in this country Bo has some cowboy swagger and a lot of substance in its minimal two letters.Read More 

  • Bode

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    Bode is a short and sharp name that re-entered the Top 1000 in 2014 after a few years off the list. However, with its flat sound and omen-related meaning, we do not think naming your son Bode... Read More 

  • Booker

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    Booker would make for a very cool name, for writers, reformers, R & B fans and those wanting to pay tribute to Booker T. Washington.

    Booker T. Washington, born in slavery, became a... Read More 

  • Braylen

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    Brayden meets Jalen.Read More 

  • Bronx

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    Rockers Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz put a new baby name on the map when they chose this downscale New York borough name for their son. The Bronx, the place, was named for early Dutch settler... Read More 

  • Brooklyn

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    Posh Spice and David Beckham's little boy notwithstanding, Brooklyn is popular mainly for girls, with a whole raft of new feminine spellings taking it away from the New York borough. Read More 

  • Bubba

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    The original southern Good Ol' Boy. Read More 

  • Bud

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    This is a name you get stuck with, not (we hope) one your parents choose for you. Read More 

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