Just like a good glass of red or cheese, names can get better and better with age. They are perfect for a chubby little cherub, but grow with baby as well. Boy names, especially, are extremely difficult to choose these days. Wondering how in the world to choose?
Some boy names have withstood the test of time and have had some great name bearers who have helped make the name even more attractive, while others don't. Parents have quite that task ahead of them when they find out they're having a little boy.
Choosing a boy name these days can be a fun, yet overwhelming task. Finding one that isn't overused, is strong with a good meaning and rich history, and, of course, will be well suited for a man can be tantalizing.
We've put together a list of boy names that only get better as baby gets older. These names are adorable for a babe, but also super attractive for a man. Some are newer, while most have been pretty firm in the top 1000 for years.
For parents in need of a strong name for their future baby boy, here are 25 baby boy names that only get more attractive with age.
Wesley has been one of the most successful names in the U.S. for over a century. This moniker began its trek on the charts in 1880 and has been in the top 200 since. It entered the top 100 once for a short time, and has made it back as of last year.
Wesley is English for "western meadow." Many people began using it to honor John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church. Wesley Snipes, Wes Anderson and Wesley Craven are all popular first name bearers of today.
Wesley's masculinity combined with its sensitivity make it perfect for a boy, but even better for a man.
Hunter is as masculine as they come, but parents didn't really see it until around the mid-80s. Hunter entered the American popularity list in 1880, but only broke into the top 500 once until 1983.
Hunter's luck, however, changed greatly in 1993 when it entered the top 100, where it would be even to this day. It's also a top 100 name in 5 other countries.
Hunter is English for "one who hunts." Hunter has an macho man appeal that has helped it stay at the top of the charts for over two decades.
A full grown Jesse is definitely attractive, and a baby boy Jesse is adorable as well. Surprisingly enough, parents have thought this to be true since 1880.
Jesse was in the top 100 from 1880 until 1934. It didn't go very far though and was back in the top 100 by 1972. Though Jesse is out of the top 100, it's still in the top 200.
Jesse is Hebrew for "gift." In the Old Testament Jesse was King David's father. There have been several famous Jesse's since, including Jesse James, Jesse Eisenberg and Jesse Owens. The only thing holding this one back is the similar female names that were super popular.
This handsome Scottish moniker was imported to the American list in 1935, and by 1962 made it into the top 500. Twenty years later it was in the top 100, where it has been ever since.
Ian is the Scottish version of John, which means "the Lord is gracious." Ian in the U.S., though late to the game, began being used because of Ian Flemming, the creator of James Bond. Ian Anderson was the lead singer of classic rock band, Jethro Tull, and Ian McKellan is an actor.
Ian is one of those boy names that will never grow old. This Scottish name has become super popular throughout the English speaking world, and will most likely remain so.
Ethan is another Hebrew name that, like a good wine, only gets better with age. This moniker entered the American list in 1882, but fell off again from 1901 until 1952. Ethan's second run was a little more successful, however.
By 1970 Ethan entered the top 500 and was in the top 100 by 1989. Ethan was a top ten name from 2003 until 2014. Today, Ethan is the 14th most popular baby boy name and a top 50 name in 5 other countries.
Ethan is Hebrew for "strong, firm." Ethan is found several times throughout the Old Testament. Tom Cruise helped Ethan begin to soar when Mission Impossible premiered. War hero, Ethan Allen, and actor, Ethan Hawke, are two other famous Ethans.
One of the most popular names of all time around the globe, William has never left the top 20 baby names. Even today it sits at #3 and is a top 50 name in 8 other countries. When little Will or Billy becomes a grown up William, the name only gets better.
William is English from German for "resolute defender." William was imported to the English speaking world via William the Conqueror, who reigned in 1066 a.d.
It is one of the most classic names of all time. William is found in literature, royalty, film and politics. William Shakespeare is one of the most famous name bearers. Prince William is doing a lot for the name and, of course, Bill Gates is a great name bearer as well.
Though Blake's popularity may be slipping slightly, it's macho man appeal isn't. Blake had a rough ride on the charts beginning in 1880 and it wasn't until 1951 that it entered the top 500 baby names for the first time.
Blake spent from 1989 until just last year in the top 100 baby names. As of 2017 it dropped to #150 in the U.S., but remains a top 100 name in England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia.
Blake has two contradicting meanings, "fair-haired and dark." It began as an English surname that derived from a nickname. Blake has also become increasingly popular for girls thanks to Blake Lively, but its masculine appeal began with Dynasty star, Blake Carrington in the 80s.
Alexander is an international sensation that has appealed to many different cultures for centuries. It began its life on the popularity list in 1880 and was in the top 200 from then until today.
Alexander entered the top 100 for once again in 1978 and never left. This moniker is still ranked #13 today and is a top 20 name in 9 other countries and a top 100 in 2 others.
Alexander is Greek for "defending men." It began as a nickname for a boy who defended shepherd's flocks of sheep from robbers, and then was used for Alexander the Great, who brought the name to the popular use we hear today.
Christian is another name that has been on the American popularity list since its beginning in 1880 , where it was in the top 500 until 1918. Christian made it into the top 100 in 1972 and has been there since. Today, Christian is still #52 today.
Christian is Greek for "follower of Christ." Christian actually began as a female name and then turned male when the novel Pilgrim's Progress was printed.
It was popularized in the 90s by actors Christian Slater and more recently by Christian Bale and 50 Shades', Christian Grey, all of whom give it a super attractive grown up appeal.
Mason has been on a roller coaster ride up and down the charts since 1880 and didn't break firmly into the top 500 until 1985. About twenty years later it entered the top 100 and in 2011 entered the top 10. Today, Mason is ranked #7.
Mason was popularized when Kourtney Kardashian chose it for her son, followed by Cuba Gooding, Jr., Melissa Joan Hart and Kevin Richardson for theirs.
Mason is an English occupational name that was used for a person who worked with stone. It joins other occupational names that have become mega hits with parents and has even been used for girls. It's rugged appeal makes it more appealing for boys though.
Noah has become a mega-hit all over the globe! This moniker has been in the top 100 in the U.S. since 1995 and as of last year was the 2nd most popular baby girl name. Noah is also a top 10 name in 9 other countries and a top 100 in 2 others.
Noah is Hebrew for "rest, wandering." Noah is one of the most famous patriarchs of the Old Testament and has become one of the most popular Bible names of the decade.
Noah was chosen by Michael Buble, and Rupert Graves. Billy Ray Cyrus chose it for one of his daughters, though it hasn't been successful for girls. Noah, some thanks to The Notebook, definitely becomes more attractive with age.
Benjamin is another Bible name that only gets better with age. It's not only adorable for a baby boy, but there is something about a man named Benjamin as well. In its life on the charts it has never left the top 200 and has been in the top 100 since 1968.
Benjamin is currently ranked the 6th most popular baby boy name in the U.S., but it's well loved around the world as well. It's a top 100 name in 11 other countries as well.
Benjamin is Hebrew for "son of the right hand." In the Old Testament, Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob and Rachel and one of the leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel. Along with several famous Benjamins throughout history, Kelly Preston, John Travolta, and Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady all of star baby Benjamins.
Dean has been in the top 500 since 1885. It was in the top 100 in the 50s and 60s, thank you James Dean and Dean Martin, but fell slightly out of favor shortly after. Today, Dean currently sits at the 188th spot on the popularity charts.
Dean is English for "church official." Dean has been transformed from its religious upbringing to a name with a cooler smoother vibe.
Dean is also the name of more contemporary name bearers like Dean McDermott, Dean Cain and Dean Koontz. In just four letters Dean manages to be a super attractive and masculine moniker that has held its own on the chart.
I don't love Adam for a baby boy nearly as much as I do for grown man. Maybe it's because he was the first man, but Adam is super strong and masculine.
Adam has always been in the top 500 baby names, but it actually didn't crack the top 100 until 1970. Adam has held a firm spot at the top since, and currently sits at #77. Adam is also a top 100 name in 9 other countries.
Adam is Hebrew for "son of the red earth." Adam was the first man that God created in the book of Genesis. There have been several Adams since, including contemporary name bearers like Adam Levine, Adam Driver and Adam Brody.
Dylan didn't arrive on the popularity list until 1966, and it wasn't until 1990 that it broke into the top 100. Dylan has been in the top 50 since 1991 and is still ranked as the 29th most popular baby boy names today.
Dylan is Welsh for "son of the sea." In Welsh mythology, Dylan was the legendary sea god so powerful that when he died he made the waters of Britain and Ireland to weep.
There have been several famous Dylans like author, Dylan Thomas, Bob Dylan and Dylan McKay from 90210. It can also be spelled Dillon, but Dylan is more appealing.
Aiden didn't enter the popularity list until 1995, but it was almost immediately in the top 500 and continued to soar from there. It entered the top 100 in 2003 and has remained there since. It's still ranked #17 today.
Aiden is Irish for "little and fiery." It was originally spelled Aidan and was a nickname for Aodh, who was the Celtic god of the sea and fire. The Aidan spelling has never been as popular, at least in the States.
Aiden fits perfectly for a baby boy, but it's also a name that will grow with him. Parents love it so much that Nameberry.com even has a book called Beyond Ava and Aiden.
Liam Neeson has done a lot for this one's macho man imagery. Liam wasn't imported to the States until 1967, and didn't enter the top 100 until 2006. It entered the top 10 in 2012 and has been there since. Liam became the #1 baby boy name in the country last year.
Liam is the Irish short form of William, which means "resolute protector." It has become an international sensation and in the top 100 in 11 other countries.
Liam is also a favorite of celebrities like Tori Spelling, Calista Flockhart, Rod Stewart, Kevin Costner and Craig Ferguson, who all chose it for their sons.
This Latin moniker was adopted in the U.S. super early on. It entered the popularity list at #103 in 1880 and by the following year it was in the top 100, where it has been ever since. In 2017 Anthony was ranked the 32nd most popular baby boy's name.
Anthony is Latin for "priceless one." Saint Anthony is the patron Saint of Italy and there have been a slue of famous Anthonys since. Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Quinn, Tony Bennett, and the late Anthony Bourdain are just a few.
Anthony is a classic name that has been a top performer in the U.S. It's strong and masculine appeal will always lure parents.
Asher is a Bible name that hasn't had much success in the past, but in 2002, Asher had a change of luck. Though it was on and off the charts in 1880, Asher landed a spot in the top 100 in 2014 and hit #2 last year.
Asher is Hebrew for "fortunate, blessed, happy one." In the Old Testament Asher was one of Jacob's sons and the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Asher is a handsome name that is beginning to outshine other Bible names, not just in the U.S., but in England, New Zealand and Australia as well.
Knox appeared on the American popularity list once in 1881 then again in 1880, but wasn't seen or heard from again until 2009. Know has been in the top 300 since and sits at #232 today. It's popularity was helped by Brad Pit and Angelina Jolie when they chose it for their son.
Knox is Scottish for "round hill." It was originally a Scottish surname that came to use in the 13th century. It originated from the Greek "cnoc." One of the most famous name bearers was John Knox, known for bringing about the reformation in Scotland.
Short and sweet Evan has had a pretty solid resume on the popularity list, though has never been as popular as it has been over the last 30 years. Even entered the American top 100 in 1984 and still sits at #84 today.
Evan is the Welsh variation of John, which means "the Lord is gracious." It also comes from the Gaelic word Eóghan. It became a popular given name in the 19th century.
Evan was chosen by Jenny McCarthy for her son and actress Evan Rachel Wood made the name cool for girls, but it definitely makes a more fitting and attractive boy's name.
This strong moniker has had a pretty successful resume on the popularity list since 1880, but fell slightly out of the top 500 a few times in the 70s and 80s. Owen didn't stay down long though and was in the top 100 by 2002. Owen is ranked #28 today.
Owen is Welsh for "young warrior, well born." It's the Anglicized variation of the Welsh name Owain. "Saint Owen was a Benedictine monk in England.
Owen has been on the fast track up the charts for years. Several stars like Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline, Ricki Lake, and Noah Wyle all chose it for their sons.
Finn didn't become popular in the U.S. until 2000 and it wasn't until 2006 that it entered the top 500. Finn now sits at #167 in the States, but it's a top 50 name in 7 other countries and a top 100 name in England.
Finn is Irish for "fair and white." Finn was one of the most famous Irish mythological heroes, Finn MacCool. He was a warrior with supernatural mystical powers.
Finn has also been chosen by celebrities like Christy Turlington and Ed Burns, Jane Leeves and Autumn Reeser who chose it for their sons. Finn has several variations like Finnian and Finley, but Finn is the most attractive with age.
Zane has surprisingly been on the popularity list since 1921, and went up and down the bottom 500 until 2001. It has been in the top 300 since then and sits at #202 today.
Zane is possibly a variation of John, though its origin is unknown. It means "God is gracious." Zane came into common use via novelist Zane Grey, whose grandfather founded Zanesville, Ohio.
Grey gave the name the Western macho man sort of appeal it has today through the cowboy-like setting of his books. He helped build Zane's image to what it is today.
Jameson hasn't been around for long, but this one definitely gets better with age. Jameson entered the popularity list in 1969, entered the top 500 twice and has reached its highest ranking ever at #100 last year.
Jameson is English for "son of James." It began as a surname, but is totally appropriate as a first name today. It's a perfect option for a namesake or to honor a James or Jim in the family.
The only con with choosing this name is that it is a brand of whiskey. If that doesn't suit you could also use the alternative spelling, Jamison.
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