The future of baby naming is bright, and a few trends seen in the first weeks of 2018 are early indicators of which names will most likely explode in popularity in 2019. The monikers currently heating up on the baby naming charts are drawing inspiration from past American presidents, superheroes, the stunning Welsh language, and the consonant "S."
Parents with bouncing baby boys due to arrive in the near future should be excited about the many gorgeous baby name prospects in front of them. Never has naming a little lad been more exhilarating. The designations currently trending are sure to fit a tiny gentleman destined to stand out perfectly.
Today.com notes that, in the past, “boys’ names tended to be much more conservative and move more slowly up and down the popularity ladder because so many boys were given family names to cement lineage and inheritance. Now, we foresee boys’ names being chosen for the same style considerations as girls’ names.”
According to Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard, "Parents are more willing to look in places they've never looked before. Everyone is really eager to make an impact."
The names that follow are guaranteed to turn heads. They’re unique, fresh, charming and currently very on-trend. Searching for an on-point name for a little man coming soon to a nursery near you? Look no further than the list below. Happy naming!
Ari is an undeniably gorgeous diminutive of the Hebrew name Ariel and means "lion of God." It currently ranks as the 349th most popular name for boys in the United States and has risen two places in popularity since 2017. It's possible that current Bachelor star Arie Luyendyk Jr. has had something to do with this name's latest surge in popularity.
The name Ari has been present for decades in books, on television and in movies, as well as in the political world. Notable men with this name include the fictional super agent on Entourage, Ari Gold, (the character many have speculated was based on real-life talent agent Ari Emanuel), White House press secretary for president George W. Bush, Ari Fleischer, and Ari Ben Canaan, the main character in Leon Uris's novel Exodus.
Love this stunning designation? Similar short and sweet names to consider include Kai, Eli, and Finn.
Bowen is a fresh, unexpected name of Celtic origin that means "son of Owen." In the past, it has appeared mostly as a common Welsh and Irish surname, but it burst onto the scene in the United States in 2011 when it officially entered the top 1,000 names chosen for American boys. Currently, Bowen is the 655th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States, and its popularity shows no sign of slowing down.
NFL quarterback Drew Brees chose this lovely name for his little lad, most likely only adding to its popularity and overall appeal. We can't fail to mention that the nickname Bo is a gorgeous shortening of the name that will melt hearts whenever it is uttered.
Love the name Bowen? Similar names to consider include Bennett, Hudson and Beckett.
Burke is a dashing, strong name of French origin that means "from the fortress" or "castle." While it has mostly appeared as a surname in the past, this one has also become a surprising first name choice many parents simply cannot get enough of. At the present time, Burke is still flying under the radar and ranks as the 2,347th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States. However, it has risen a whopping 6,341 spots in popularity since 2017, proving that it's a name that may be taking over in 2019.
Grey's Anatomy fans may wish to use this name as a subtle nod to the show they love to binge watch. Dr. Preston Burke was a fan favorite in early seasons of the series before (spoiler alert!) his heartbreaking exit.
Fans of the name Burke may also wish to contemplate using the similarly dapper names Graham, Brooks, Reid or Cole.
Cassian is an exquisite variation of the Latin name Cassius and means "hollow." It currently ranks as the 1,887th most popular name for boys in the United States and has risen 25 spots in popularity since 2017. Actor Patrick Wilson used this name for his son but with the alternative and equally lovely spelling Kassian.
Cassian is one example of a current baby naming trend: using a lot of vowels. Wattenberg has explained, "This is an age full of vowels. Names have more vowels than ever before." However, she does predict that, eventually, "the pendulum will swing back." In the meantime, Cassian is one vowel-filled name that will most likely continue growing in popularity.
Similar names fans of the name Cassian may wish to consider include Caspian, Cassius or Julian.
Crosby is a beautifully name of Irish origin that means "village with the crosses." At the present time, it ranks as the 1,420th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States, however, it should be noted that it also ranked as the 506th most popular name on Nameberry.com in 2017.
Crosby was mostly unheard of and unused as a first name before the year 2011, however, it has a retro, rock and roll feel due to its association to the talented and timeless band Crosby, Stills and Nash. It's likely that fictional Parenthood character Crosby Braverman, played by beloved actor Dax Shepard, has helped bring recognition and love to this name in recent years.
Adore the name Crosby? Similar names to consider include Everett, Henry, Sawyer or Jude.
Deacon is a name of Greek origin that means "messenger, servant." At the present time, it ranks as the 595th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States and has risen 43 places in popularity since 2017. This sophisticated moniker is also currently getting a lot of love across the pond and ranked as the 533rd most popular choice for chaps in England in 2016.
Originally a word for an office in various religions, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon helped give this heavenly name a shove into the spotlight when they selected it for their son. Nashville character Deacon Claybourne solidified it as a name that is nothing if not effortlessly cool.
Those who adore the name Deacon may also wish to consider the similar names Declan, Asher or Grayson.
Dominic is a name of Latin origin that means "belonging to God." It has been in the top 100 names for boys in the United States since 2002 but has only recently become a formidable choice many parents just can't resist. Presently, it ranks as the 68th most popular name for American boys. This strong and sensational name is also a global favorite. In 2016, it was the 115th most popular name for boys in England and ranked 93rd in Germany and 85th in Australia.
Former Saved By the Bell heartthrob and television host Mario Lopez chose this name for his mini-me, whom he often calls Nico. It should also be mentioned that no one can deny the irresistibility factor of another nickname option, Dom.
Gabriel, Sebastian, and Xavier are similar names that may appeal to fans of the name Dominic.
Ezra is a beautiful biblical name of Hebrew origin that means "helper." Presently, it ranks as the 53rd most popular name chosen for boys in the United States. It has risen 8 spots in popularity since 2017 and has skyrocketed 120 places in the last five years. It also ranked 91st in England in 2016 and 60th in New Zealand in 2015.
Ezzie and Ez are two to-die-for shortenings of this top-notch name choice. Singer Taylor Hansen and actor Paul Reiser have both chosen the name Ezra for their sons. Need another reason to adore this name? The band Better than Ezra gives it a hip, timeless edge that will help ensure that it never goes out of style.
Levi, Caleb, and Elijah are similar names that may appeal to those in love with the name Ezra.
Ford is a sophisticated name of English origin that means "dweller at the fort." It currently ranks as the 1,050th most popular name for boys in the United States, but love for this presidential choice is on the rise. In fact, in 2017, it ranked as the 413th most popular choice for boys on Nameberry.com. It has long been a stately surname but is now enjoying a turn in the spotlight as an undeniably adorable first name option.
Former Bachelorette star Ashley Hebert-Rosenbaum and her hubby J.P. chose to name their firstborn son Fordham, but call him Ford for short, and actor Owen Wilson named his son Robert Ford.
Fans of the name Ford may also wish to consider the similarly lovely names Wyatt, Harrison or Grant.
Grayson is a name of English origin that means "son of the bailiff" or "son of a steward". It has been in the top 1,000 names given to boys in the United States since 1984, but, in the last few years, has made a major surge up baby naming charts. It is currently the 19th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States and has risen 6 spots since 2017. This name is also getting love around the globe. It ranked as the 139th most popular name for boys in England in 2016, and, in 2015, it was the 75th most popular name for boys in New Zealand.
Over the last few years, Grayson has become an oft-used boys' name, as well as a gender-neutral choice that is being selected more and more often for little ladies. Alternate spellings of this name include Gracen, Greyson or Gracyn.
Adore the name Grayson? Similar names to consider include Logan, Landon and Austin.
Hayes is an undeniably handsome name of English origin that means "hedged area" or "from the hedged place." At the present time, it ranks as the 530th most popular name selected for boys in the United States.
Hayes is another name with a presidential past and has long been used as a surname. It's also a gender-neutral choice that is being used more and more for girls, and it ends with the letter "S". Basically, Hayes is trendy for so many different reasons, we predict its use will only increase from here on out. Actor Kevin Costner recently named his son Hayes which may have had something to do with its recent surge into the baby name spotlight.
Rhett, Hayden, and Knox are similar names that may appeal to those loving the name Hayes.
Ian is a lilting Scottish variation of the biblical name John and means "God is gracious." In 1975, it was the 7th most popular name for boys in England but didn't become widely used in the United States until the last few decades. Ian is currently the 94th most popular name chosen for American boys and is another global favorite. In 2016, it ranked 180th in Germany and 63rd in Spain, and it was the 96th most popular name chosen for boys in Portugal in 2014.
Notable blokes with the name Ian include actor Ian McKellan and novelist Ian McEwan. Beverly Hills 90210 star Ian Ziering is another Ian of note, but he pronounces his name EYE-an instead of EE-an, which is another interesting option parents may wish to contemplate using.
Adore the name Ian? Similar names to consider include Evan, Aiden, and Isaac.
Justus is a unique and intriguing name of Latin origin that means "just." It is a biblical name that packs a punch. It currently ranks as the 1,248th most popular name for boys in the United States and has risen an impressive 119 spots in popularity since 2017.
This designation is on-trend not only because of its origination in ancient Rome but also because the letter "S" is sprinkled plentifully throughout. Three saints of note were named Justus including St. Justus of Canterbury, St. Justus of Beauvais and St. Justus of Lyons. This fresh and fun alternative to the value name Justice will turn heads and make people stand up and take notice. Luckily, it's still flying a bit under the radar, so snatch it up while it's still a rarity!
Jonah, Josiah, and Augustus are similar names that may appeal to fans of the name Justus.
Kingston is an elegant and dashing name of English origin that means "king's town." At the present time, Kingston ranks as the 86th most popular name selected for boys in the United States and has risen 51 spots since 2017.
Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani undoubtedly gave this effortlessly cool name a major boost in popularity when they selected it for their firstborn son. According to Today's Parent, "Parents are looking to give regal titles or royal sounding names such as Kaiser, King, Pharaoh, and Prince to their babies. Even names that sound regal but are more abstract are gaining traction." Wattenberg predicts that names like Royalty, Majesty and Loyalty will grow in popularity within the next year.
Fans of the name Kingston may also wish to consider the similarly posh names Bentley, Maddox or Royal.
Lennon is a striking name of Irish origin that means "small cloak or cape." It is another gender-neutral choice that is currently popular for girls as well as for boys. Presently, Lennon ranks as the 586th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States and has risen 39 spots in popularity since 2017. For girls, it is currently the 521st most popular choice and is up 23 spots since last year.
This name first registered on the baby name radar when Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit chose it for their son in 1999, but love for this name has really increased in the last decade. It has climbed higher and higher up the baby name charts every year since 2008 and doesn't show any signs of slowing down.
Similar names that may appeal to fans of the name Lennon include Hendrix, Presley, and Jagger.
Leo is a name of Latin origin that means "lion." It currently ranks as the 31st most popular name for boys in the United States and has risen 2 spots in popularity since 2017. Leo is a global favorite as well. It is currently in the top 5 names for boys in France, the top 25 names for boys in England, and is the 2nd most popular name for boys in Finland.
It can be a shortening of the names Leon, Leopold, Leonardo or Leonard, but, in recent years, has become a stand-alone name many parents simply cannot resist. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who often goes by Leo, and artist Leonardo Da Vinci are two men of note who have helped bring clout and recognition this darling designation. Most likely due to its likeability and charm, the name Leo has been assigned to characters on The West Wing, Charmed, Grey's Anatomy and Seinfeld.
Theo, Owen, and Noah are similar names that may appeal to fans of the name Leo.
Nyle is a Scandinavian variation of the name Neil, an Irish name that means "cloud," and also has origins in English and means "island." It is not widely used at the present time, and currently ranks as the 1,953rd most popular name chosen for boys in the United States, but has risen a whopping 657 spots in popularity since 2017.
Nyle is another one-syllable choice that will pair nicely with nearly any middle and last name. Nyle DiMarco, the head-turning winner of Cycle 22 of the hit show America's Next Top Model, helped bring recognition to this devil-may-care moniker. He was the second male winner and the first deaf winner in the show's history. Niall is an alternate spelling of the name made famous by Irish singer and songwriter and former One Direction band member Niall Horan.
Niam, Lyle and Silas are similar choices that may appeal to fans of the name Nyle.
Nolan is a cheerful, comely name of Irish origin that means "champion." It currently ranks well within the top 100 names for boys in the United States at number 68, a spot it also enjoyed in 2017. Nolan is also a popular name choice in Canada and Belgium and currently ranks as the 11th most popular name chosen for boys in France.
Originally a surname common in Ireland, pitcher Nolan Ryan helped solidify this name as a first name worth noticing. Actress Molly Shannon has a son named Nolan, and the character Luke on the popular sitcom Modern Family is played by actor Nolan Gould. Quirky and cool Revenge character Nolan Ross is yet another reason to love this name.
Love the name Nolan? Other names worth considering include Conan, Collin, and Ronan.
Odin is an out-of-this-world name that originated in Old Norse mythology. It entered the top 1,000 names for boys in 2008 and has been on the rise ever since. At the present time, it ranks as the 559th most popular name for boys in the United States and ranked 584th in England in 2016. In 2017, it ranked as the 174th most popular name on Nameberry.com.
Odin was a popular Norwegian male name in the 19th century, but only recently became a mainstream choice. In the Marvel movies, Odin Borson is the father of Thor and Loki and the Allfather and king of Asgard. In Norse mythology, he was the handsome and charming god of culture, wisdom, and law.
Similarly epic names fans of Odin may wish to consider include the Greek and Norse god names Apollo, Atlas or, of course, Thor.
Princeton is a name of English origin that means "princely town." It has risen over 500 places in popularity over the last six years and currently ranks as the 455th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States.
Not only is this name on-trend due to its royal sound, it's a name of Ivy League caliber. Princeton, New Jersey is home to Princeton University where many greats have begun their legacies. They include former first lady Michelle Obama and former presidents of the United States Woodrow Wilson, James Madison, and John F. Kennedy. Some may argue that this name is too pretentious to be mainstream, but we beg to differ and think it will be one that takes center stage in 2019.
Preston, King, and Kaiser are similarly stately names that may appeal to those currently loving the name Princeton.
Rhodes is a simply stunning name of Greek origin that means "where the roses grow." It currently ranks as the 5,062nd most popular name chosen for boys in the United States, but its "S" ending and surname past make it one currently on-trend and one to watch in the future. Despite being largely unused at the present time, Rhodes ranked well within the top 1,000 names for boys, coming in at 635th, on Nameberry.com in 2017.
Despite being a swoon-worthy surname, Rhodes is the name of a beautiful Greek island and a prestigious scholarship. It's another one-syllable choice that will flow well with whatever middle names parents decide to bestow upon their lucky little lads.
Rhys, Ryder, Ryker, and Rowan are similar names those who love the name Rhodes may also wish to consider.
Sampson is a biblical name of Hebrew origin that means "sun." It currently ranks as the 3,258th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States but has risen an impressive 556 places since 2017. Last year, it ranked as the 625th most popular name on Nameberry.com.
This fresh take on more antiquated biblical names such as Samuel and Simon is as strong as it is lovely. Sam is a shortening that will never go out of style, and Sonny is another possible nickname that is definitely worth considering. Plus, the story behind the powerful man in the Bible with superhuman strength gives this name a cool factor that any little boy would be overjoyed to be blessed with.
Similar names fans of the name Sampson may wish to consider include Solomon, Simoen or Shiloh.
Truman is another beautiful name with a presidential past. It is a designation of English origin that means "loyal one." Presently, it ranks as the 2,406th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States and ranked 490th for boys on Nameberry.com in 2017.
Celebrity couple Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks chose this upstanding name for their son, and it is the name that was chosen for Martha Stewart's beloved grandson. Manny is an adorable shortening of this name that only makes it even more irresistible. Acclaimed author Truman Capote and former president of the United States Harry S. Truman are two men who have helped to give this name a lasting legacy.
Those who adore the name Truman may also wish to consider the similar names Harrison, Henry or Theodore for their treasured tots.
Vaughn is a name of Celtic origin that means "small." Also commonly spelled Vaughan, this gorgeous moniker currently ranks as the 1,437th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States. It ranked 227th on Nameberry in 2017, meaning its popularity may be on the rise in the very near future.
Considered a fresh take on the more commonly used name Sean, Vaughn is unique and edgy while still managing to be a timeless classic. It ranked as the 349th name for boys in 1949, and we predict it will definitely be one to watch in 2019. Actor Vince Vaughn, comedian Vaughn Meader, and singer Vaughn Monroe are three notable men who have helped bring recognition to this darling choice. Additionally, its one-syllable sound will pair perfectly with nearly any middle and last name.
Love the name Vaughn? Similar names to consider include Quinn, Gavin, and Beau.
Wilder is a common surname as well as a word name that is sure to be a favorite in 2019. It packs an impressive punch and currently ranks as the 780th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States.
Actress Goldie Hawn's son Oliver chose this name for his son in 2007, possibly helping to give it a boost in popularity. Author Laura Ingalls, composer Alec, and director Billy are three notable people with this surname-turned-first-name. River, Holden, and Oliver are similar names those in love with the name Wilder may also wish to consider.
Worried the name you currently love is going to be overly used by the time you assign it to your impending arrival? According to Wattenberg, "There's this incredible fear of choosing the ordinary. Sometimes I think we put too much pressure on ourselves to be distinctive." She has warned parents to remember that popular is just another word for "well-liked," and has reminded them to consider the fact that "Generations of adults have survived having the same names."