What’s in a name? Quite a bit, actually! For parents-to-be, they know how exciting, but at the same time overwhelming it is to choose a name for their little one. That’s because there are not only so many wonderful names to choose from, but also many things to take into account when making that perfect choice. A name is something your baby will carry for the rest of his life. And, that’s not all. Expecting parents will also have to consider if the chosen name will flow well with the baby’s surname, whether the name will be one that’s inherited, or if another family member has already used it.
So, we certainly understand a name’s importance and why expecting parents will think long and hard about the name they give to their baby. Whether you’re more of the traditional type, or if you swoon over eccentrically unique sounding names, finding that oh-so-perfect name is not an easy task. Don’t worry, though. We’re parents too. We’ve been there! And for any of you expecting a little boy in the very near future, read on.
Here are 25 of the most captivating baby boy names currently dominating in the U.S. From the classics like Benjamin to the more rare choices like Crew, there’s really something for everyone.
Originally seen as a surname, Brooks, an English name meaning “stream,” or “running water,” has become a lovely first name option for any little boy. In the U.S., Brooks currently ranks at 247, so while it’s still not topping the name charts, it always seems to make the top 1000.
Brooks is a swanky variant of the popular Brooklyn – the name hit its peak popularity in the early 2000’s. Today, Brooks has become a trendy choice, and we only see rising in popularity in the years to come. The name is not only an adorable option for a little boy, but it’s striking sound also makes it perfect for any handsome, grown man.
Bearers of the name Brooks are said to have a deep inner desire to create and express themselves, often in public speaking, acting, writing or singing. So mama’s, if you decide on the name Brooks, get ready for a little showstopper!
Madden, originally recorded as Madain, was a famous Irish surname. In its Irish origin, Madden means “smalldog milos.” Today, Madden has made its way into the mainstream as a given name for males.
Madden hit it’s peak popularity in 2011 when it was the 543rd most popular boy name in the U.S. It has since then dropped in popularity, however, we are expecting it to hit big in the next five years.
Considering the name Madden for your little boy? Go for it! Plus, if you're a football lover, the name is a perfect choice. John Madden, former broadcaster and NFL coach is a favorite among many. Even the Madden video game franchise is named after him!
Derived from the Old English word Old English “ceorl” meaning man, Charlie is an absolutely adorable option for your baby boy. Popularity wise, Charlie currently sits at 67 on the baby boy name charts – up three spots from 2017. Today, the name Charlie can also be seen as a unisex name, making it a lovely option for expectant parents not finding out the gender of their baby.
It has been said that bearers of the name Charlie have a deep inner desire for stable love. They are often peacekeepers and need to work with others to feel fulfilled. Charlie’s are also known to be highly imaginative and expressive people, so if you’re considering this name, your little one will likely see the world with a colorful eye.
Samson, an Old Testament hero, is a biblical name that has truly withstood the test of time. The name is not only a beautiful classic, but it’s now seen as a trendy option for a baby boy.
Popularity wise, Samson currently hit its peak in 2016 when it became the 578th most popular baby boy name in the U.S. Thinking of naming your little boy Samson? Consider this – it’s one of the cutest classical names to date. Plus, it can be shortened to the ever-so-adorable Sammy.
Bearers of the name Samson are said to be some of the most illuminating people you’ll meet. This makes total sense, too! When translated, the name literally means “sun child.” Their humanitarian nature however, can sometimes be their downfall, as they may be imposed on and easily hurt.
Known most traditionally as a Scottish surname meaning “from the hills,” Knox has begun to create a mainstream path as a first name given to boys. Not only is Knox an extremely captivating name, but it’s also fierce in sound. Looking for a name with attitude for your little boy? Knox would certainly work!
Popularity-wise, Knox has jumped 28 spots on the U.S. baby name list from 2017, and we only expect it to become more widespread in the years to come. In fact, you may come across a few Knox’s once your little one reaches kindergarten.
Bearers of the name Knox are born to rule. They are fierce, dominant and proud. Knox’s are also excellent planners and excel when initiating events. Hoping to raise a little leader? Give your little one the name Knox!
Pierce is an Anglo Saxon male name with a truly solid meaning. When translated from its origin, Pierce means “rock,” and well, you can’t get more solid than that. Popularity-wise, Pierce hit its peak in the U.S. in 2013. And while the name is not as common as others on this list, we predict it will see a huge spike in the next few years.
Pierce is truly a versatile option for parents expecting a little boy. It’s not only sophisticated, but it can transition easily from child to adult. It’s one of those names that is just as incredible for a little boy as it is for a grown man.
Additionally, bearers of the name Pierce are said to have an inner desire for travel and adventure. They thrive off spontaneity, and would rather set their own pace in life without being governed by tradition. Choosing the name Pierce? Get ready for one super determined boy!
Traditionally seen as a pet name to Leonardo, Leo, meaning "lion" has made its way on today’s mainstream map as a standalone option. And because more and more parents are opting for nicknames as given names, it’s no surprise that Leo has hit big. Popularity-wise, Leo currently sits as the 31st most popular boy's name in the U.S. – up two spots from 2017.
Bearers of the name Leonardo are said to be passionate about serving humanity. They are also known to be fierce competitors - much like a lion - and won't let anything stand in their way. Expecting a boy? Consider this ultra trending, not to mention, ultra-bold name, given it's meaning, after all.
A Gaelic variant of Caelan, Kellan, which can also be spelled Kellen, is an adorable option for any parent looking for a name that’s about to hit big. When translated from its origin, Kellan means “slender,” or “fair.”
Popularity-wise, Kellan hit its peak in 2011, when it ranked as the 364th most popular boy name in the U.S. Since then, it has dropped off a bit, however, we expect it to rise in the next five years. Why? We are seeing a trend where parents are opting for synonym-like names to those of the more popular names – much like how Kellan is to Caelan.
It has been said that bearers of the name Kellan are true go-getters. They are some of the most determined people you’ll ever meet, and will not allow others to get in their way. Saddle up, parents! If you choose the name Kellan, you’ll have a little spitfire on your hands.
The name Maverick is of English origin and received its meaning when a nineteenth-century American named Maverick refused to brand his calves, as the others did. From then on, the name came to signify “an independent man who avoids conformity; a nonconformist”.
Today, the name Maverick is hitting big in the U.S., and currently sits at 57 on the baby name charts – up 26 spots from 2017. Not only do moms love what the name symbolizes, but they also love how trendy it has become. In fact, the name was recently given to Teen Mom OG star Maci Bookout’s youngest son.
In addition to being independent nonconformists, bearers of the name Maverick are bold leaders who focus on specific goals. They also have the ability to implement these goals with efficiency and determination. Choosing the name Maverick? Your son will be one bold boy!
Derived from the English origin meaning “huntsman,” Chase is a wonderful option for your little boy. The name is an adorable choice for any little boy. And, that’s not all. Chase is a distinct one-syllable name, which gives it a strikingly bold sound when pronounced.
Since 2010, Chase has remained in the top 100 for given male names in the U.S. Truth be told, We expect the name Chase to become even more widespread. It’s one of those new age classics that will continue to be a hit among parents in the years to come. Considering the name Chase? We say go for it! Chase is such a perfect name on its own that it doesn’t need a shortened version. If you ask us, it’s a real winner!
From the Celtic meaning “from the settlement by the pool,” Lincoln is a male given name that has recently spiked in popularity in the United States. In fact, Lincoln currently sits at the 43rd most popular baby boy name. The name is also seen as a surname – mostly commonly on American president Abraham Lincoln – and the trend of surnames being used as a first name continues to rise.
Naming your little boy Lincoln? Take note of its special meaning. Bearers of the name Lincoln yearn to be a part of a stable, loving community. They tend to be great teachers who can easily pave the way for others, and because they live so much in the mind, they will often see the larger picture when presented with issues.
A surprise success in the name world, Bodhi, a Sanskrit name that can be translated to “enlightenment” or “awakening” is a lovely choice for your baby boy. The name is not only a swanky option, but it also has some interesting roots. The name directly relates to a Buddhist concept; the state of nirvana (a transcendental state).
Popularity-wise, Bodhi is on the rise. The name has climbed over 500 spots in the U.S. top 1000 in the last four years. Today, Bodhi currently sits at 348. Why do we love Bodhi so much? It’s a unique twist on super conventional names. Bodhi has an upbeat, yet soft-sounding feel, similar to that of Brody or Cody, but still, far less mainstream.
Derived from the English meaning “From the king's village or estate,” or “King's field,” Kingston is an absolutely perfect name for your little boy. The name would also be a fun given name, as it can be shortened to King.
Popularity-wise, Kingston is currently ranked at 83 – up 54 spots from 2017. That’s right! Get ready for this name to dominate in the next few years. Kingston is also the name of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s son.
Bearers of the name Kingston are said to be natural born leaders that excel at initiating and executing events. They have very powerful personalities; they can be proud, impatient and stubborn, and tend to resent those of higher authority. Let’s face it: boys named Kingston want to be nothing else, but a King.
Shakespeare fans, rejoice! Lennox, meaning “the tragedy of Macbeth,” is a perfect option if you’re expecting a boy. The name, in its Scottish origin, can also be translated to: “A nobleman of Scotland.” Strong, powerful and ultra trendy, Lennox is a name that parents can proudly stand behind.
Additionally, Lennox is rising in popularity. Today, it currently sits as the 360th most popular boy name in the U.S. What makes it so special? It could be something to do with the trending letter “X.” It’s true! Many boys’ names that are hitting big include the letter X. In the case of Lennox, X is the perfect letter to finish off this powerful-sounding name.
Originally seen as an Old English surname – literally meaning “Son of the hooded man”— Hudson is now enjoyed as a strong boy’s name. Not only is Hudson taken on first name status, but it has also soared in popularity as one. Don’t believe us? Hudson is currently the 69th most popular boy name in the U.S.
Why is Hudson becoming so popular? It could be because many have associated the name with some pretty awesome people: the quirky Queen of romantic comedies: Kate Hudson, or the dynamic actress/singer: Jennifer Hudson. What’s not to love about these two? The name is also a super chic pick for parents looking for a strong-sounding, intriguing name.
Bearers of the name Hudson are said to be passionate, compassionate, intuitive, and romantic. They are some of the most mysterious people you’ll meet, and their magnetic personalities have a way of drawing people in. So mom's, if you choose the name Hudson, you’ll likely have a little heartthrob!
Max, a male given name of Latin origin, is one that will never go out of style. In its Latin origin, Max means “greatest,” and ironically enough, we think it’s one of the greatest male names of all time.
Popularity-wise, Max currently sits as the 84th most popular in the U.S. And while Max is down fourteen spots from 2017, it’s a name that consistently stays in the top 100 year after year. If you ask us, Max is a classic choice that you can never go wrong with.
Bearers of the name Max are said to be realistic, intuitive and spiritual. They are also some of the most imaginative people around, and can often inspire others to live in a world of creativity.
Originally seen in the Middle Ages as an English and Scottish surname for hunters and bird catchers, Hunter is now seen as a desirable given name for boys. While the can also be given to girls, it’s more predominantly used in its masculine form. In fact, Hunter is among the most popular boys’ names today. It currently sits as the 36th most popular boys’ name in the U.S.– twelve spots up from 2017.
Additionally, it has been said that bearers of the name Hunter thrive off change, excitement and adventure. Hunter’s are also known to be extremely optimistic, energetic, and friendly. They are often the life of the party. There you have it! If you choose the name Hunter, expect to have a very lovable little boy.
Jaxin is a dynamic name of English origin. When translated from its English origin, the name is commonly spelled Jackson, which means “son of Jack,” but we love this more modern way of spelling the name.
Currently, Jaxin is the seventieth most popular boy name in the U.S. No surprises here! Since 2010, Jaxin has consistently remained in the top twenty. Not only is Jaxin a striking name in full, but it also comes with an array of strong-sounding nicknames Jax, Jack, Jaxie, or Jackie are just a few.
Additionally, bearers of the name Jaxin are excellent at leading the crowd. They are also known to be family-oriented people who will do just about anything for those they love. At the end of the day, having a Jaxin in your life would be greatly beneficial.
Thought to be derived from a town named “Crewe,” Crew, a Welsh surname meaning "weir" or "ford," also known as "a dam-like structure," would be a lovely option for your little boy. And while the name was originally seen as a Welsh surname, it's starting to make its mark on the map as a given name for boys.
How popular is Crew? Today, it currently sits as the 878th most popular boy name in the U.S. – up 36 spots from 2017. Although Crew may not be hitting big just yet, it has a solid footing, and we expect it to continue rising upward in popularity. Don’t you agree? The name is not only alluring, but its one-syllable pronunciation truly packs a punch! Who wouldn’t love that?
Kanon, more traditionally spelled Cannan is a name to watch out for. The name, with its original spelling comes from French roots meaning “Church official.” When spelled the way we’ve listed it, Kanon is said to have Japanese roots. In its Japanese derivation, Kanon can be translated to ”flower,” or “blossom.”
Don't get confused, Kanon is pronounced Ka-non. Not only does this two-syllable name flow effortlessly off the tongue, but it also sounds amazing with many surnames (long or short). Truth be told, Kanon is one of our favorites on this list.
Although the name is still seen as a unique option, it’s slowly starting to become a more conventional choice. Since last year, Kanon jumped 151 spots in the rankings, securing its spot as the 947th most popular boy name in the U.S. Because it reached into the top 1000 boys names this past year, we expect it to hear it more often in the years to come.
Brixton has become a new age hit for parents expecting a baby boy. The name is thought to originate from Brixistane, meaning the stone of Brixi, a Saxon lord. Brixton is most commonly known as a district of south London, England, within the London Borough of Lambeth.
Aside from having British ties, Brixton as a name has no real background. This can be something many parents look for when choosing a name. Think about it. Parents can proudly stand behind this name as it reflects true individuality.
Popularity-wise, Brixton is still not as common as some of the other names on this list, however, we expect it to become more widespread in the next few years. Why? Many moms are looking for unique names that are also bold in sound. If you ask us, Brixton fits the part!
Oliver, a three-syllable name of many meanings. If you're considering this name, take note of these special meanings. When translated from its Norse heritage, Oliver means “affectionate.” In its English roots, Oliver means “the olive tree.”
Popularity-wise, Oliver is currently ranked as the third most popular boy name in the U.S. – up three spots from 2017. Not only is it hitting big today, but it also was a popular choice in the 19th century, which was thought to be inspired by the protagonist in Charles Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist" (1838).
Why do we love Oliver so much? The name is not only popular in the U.S., but it's also widely used in France, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. If you ask us, it's the perfect name to fit a realm of cultures.
Sebastian is an alluring name of Greek origin. When translated from its Greek derivation, Sebastian means “revered,” or “venerable.” Today, we are seeing Sebastian more than ever. Why? It's one of those names that not only sound professional on a grown man, but it's also adorable on a little boy.
Currently, Sebastian sits as the thirteenth most popular boy name in the U.S. Talk about hitting big! Sebastian also comes with some pretty neat nicknames. Sebby, Seb, Bash, and Sabs are all awesome options.
Additionally, bearers of the name Sebastian are known to sit back and observe. They tend to be passionate people with mysterious personalities. Truth be told, Sebastian’s have the ability to draw people in and can swoon just about anyone. So mamas, if you decide on the name Sebastian, you'll have one irresistible little boy!
From the Celtic meaning “fire,” the name Aiden is a true spark. Aiden is generally seen as a male given name and has become extremely popular as of late. Currently, Aiden sits as the ninth most popular baby boy name in the U.S.
What’s not to love about the name Aiden? Not only is it super adorable, but it also has a soft, gentle ring to it. Plus, if you’re a Sex and the City lover like us, Aiden will resonate with you beautifully. Carrie Bradshaw’s former beau, and arguably the most lovable character of the show, holds the name: Aiden Shaw.
Bearers of the name Aiden are very opinionated people. They value truth and justice, and tend to share their own strongly held views on spiritual matters. People with the name Aiden are also known to be considerate, compassionate and sympathetic who can adapt easily to change.
Alas! Benjamin, one of the classiest, most adorable names to date. This Hebrew name meaning “son of the south,” or “son of the right hand,” has become quite the popular choice for parents today. While it's always been a popular choice, it's even more popular now. Why? We think it has something to do with its adorable nicknames: Ben, Benny, and Benji. What's not to love about these?
Moreover, Benjamin is a traditional classic that has truly withstood the test of time. Year after year, Benjamin remains a popular choice for parents expecting a boy, and today, Benjamin is the 20th most popular boy name in the U.S.
Benjamin is truly an all-around name. Whether your son wants to be called by his full version, or his nickname, there's really no going wrong. Benjamin or "Ben" perfectly suit both a little boy and a grown man. Get ready, mamas! Benjamin is a name you don't want to overlook.
Sources: Babycenter.com, Nameberry.com, SheKnows.com, Bounty.com, Ohbabynames.com