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The Top 100 – Boys

Now for the boys list.

Biblical names are the obvious favorite for boys. Yay America! 🙂 Celtic names are next, followed by Classic.  The rest fall in the following order: New Classic, Exotic (which are all Latino names) and Surname, AndrogynousBell ToneSaint, and last but not least, Place and Western.

Names with different spellings: Aiden/Aidan, Bryan/Brian, Caden/Kaden, Jayden/Jaden. And speaking of most of these names, if you lump them in with Brayden and Hayden, you can see the BIG trend of naming nowadays. Anyway, something interesting that I found here was Aiden/Aidan. I am pretty sure that Aidan is the “correct” way of spelling the name. But Aiden is more popular. I guess the same could be said for Jayden and Jaden. Jayden is a variant of Jaden, yet it is more popular. The same deal goes for Bryan as a variant of Brian.  I guess parents think they are being “different” and end up creating a more popular way of spelling the name.  Caden and Kaden are right next to each other on the list, which is also interesting.

I know that quite a few of these names belong in more than one category. I placed them in the category that I preferred them in (and with the help of TBNW).  Here they are!

Androgynous (5%)
31 – Angel
46 – Jordan
50 – Jayden
88 – Jaden
100 – Devin

Bell Tone (4%)
73 – Hayden
79 – Brayden
91 – Caden
92 – Kaden

Biblical (29%)
1 – Jacob
2 – Michael
3 – Joshua
4 – Ethan
5 – Matthew
6 – Daniel
8 – Andrew
11 – Joseph
13 – David
15 – Noah
16 – James
20 – John
22 – Jonathan
23 – Nathan
24 – Benjamin
25 – Samuel
28 – Gabriel
29 – Elijah
34 – Caleb
40 – Isaiah
43 – Luke
48 – Isaac
51 – Thomas
57 – Aaron
64 – Adam
69 – Nathaniel
71 – Jeremiah
90 – Steven
94 – Timothy

Celtic (16%)
19 – Logan
26 – Dylan
30 – Aiden
38 – Gavin
42 – Evan
44 – Aidan
52 – Cameron
53 – Connor
58 – Owen
66 – Bryan
68 – Sean
72 – Brian
81 – Ian
86 – Tristan
87 – Carson
98 – Liam

Classic (12%)
9 – Anthony
10 – William
12 – Alexander
17 – Nicholas
35 – Jack
47 – Robert
60 – Charles
63 – Adrian
65 – Julian
67 – Alex
95 – Henry
99 – Richard

Exotic (9%)
32 – Jose
56 – Diego
61 – Juan
62 – Luis
70 – Carlos
74 – Jesus
89 – Miguel
93 – Antonio
96 – Alejandro

New Classic (11%)
7 – Christopher
14 – Ryan
21 – Christian
27 – Brandon
33 – Zachary
37 – Kevin
45 – Justin
55 – Jason
59 – Lucas
77 – Eric
80 – Kyle

Place (1%)
41 – Austin

Saint (3%)
76 – Sebastian
78 – Xavier
85 – Dominic

Surname (9%)
18 – Tyler
36 – Jackson
39 – Mason
49 – Landon
54 – Hunter
75 – Carter
83 – Chase
84 – Cole
97 – Blake

Western (1%)
82 – Wyatt

What are your thoughts?

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5 Responses

  1. I think that the “Western” cateogry is a very interesting sort of counterpart to the “Lacy” category with the girls’ names. It seems like there is still a kind of masculine value placed on images of the wild west and the frontier.

    It would be interesting to see a study charting the rise of “western” names to see if there is any correlation to the fairly recent trend of reclaiming masculinity from what has been termed the “feminization” of our culture — classrooms are now geared more towards the way that girls learn, emotion rather than action is valued, men are demeaned in commercials, girls are encouraged to pursue traditionally male activities while boys are still discouraged from pursuing traditionally female ones, and so forth. Even the move towards more androgynous names (especially with girls) can be seen as evidence of this. I am interested in whether there is a kind of naming backlash against that even as we see some parents starting to fight back against a perceived cultural bias against their sons. (Dobson’s /Bringing Up Boys/ discusses this issue in detail.)

  2. None of my children made the top 100 list 🙂

  3. I’m really liking the celtic names, which is cool since my husbands family has Scottish roots (which he is quick to remind me!). I feel like the bell tone names are EVERYWHERE! I like the way they sound, but I really feel for those teachers who will have a Brayden, Caden, Jadon, and Hayden in their class!
    And I think Xavier is a really cool name, but I’m surprised it made the top 100.

  4. It’s interesting to me that the top half (or so) of the boys names have basically stayed the same over the past few decades. Biblical names have usurped some of the classic or new-classic names for the top 10, but overall they haven’t changed much. The top 100 girl names, on the other hand, change so much in just 5 or 6 years. Some of the names in the top 20 now weren’t even in the top 100 20 years ago . . .

  5. I’m glad that my children’s names, even though they are in the most popular, Biblical, category, did not make either list.

    Go us!

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