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Most Popular Baby Boy Names in the U.S.

Guess the most popular names for boys born in the United States for each of the last five years.
  • We give the first letter of the name as a clue
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - May 14, 2018
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Answer Stats
Name
% Correct
Your %
+7
level 28
Jun 4, 2012
So many random biblical names. So this generation is going to have more Elijahs and Isaiahs than Alans and Jasons...
+2
level 73
May 19, 2014
Sheeple think it makes them sound classy, distinguished and sophisticated right now to give their kid some old-sounding name. In 20 years when all these kids grow up sick of there always being 2 Noahs and 3 or 4 Jacobs in every class they were in, they'll move on to something else.
+11
level 75
May 20, 2014
Happens in every generation, but it's more diverse now. Used to be there were 4 Michaels and 5 Pauls in every class. Nothing wrong with Biblical names, the ones I get tired of are the crazy spellings that everyone is supposed to figure out how to pronounce like a normal name.
+5
level 66
May 12, 2015
Nothing to do with sheeple or trying to sound classy. Names have always come in and out of fashion, although the cycles seem to be pretty short these days. Not everyone minds having a name lots of other people have, either. Like Joey says, it's the stupid spellings that are really tiresome. Those and the made up names.
+2
level 25
May 6, 2016
Biblical names also last because children are often named after an ancestor or friend. My brothers all have biblical names for that reason.
+2
level 73
May 10, 2016
@DanJS: so what you're saying is that people aren't sheep, they're just blindly following whatever's in fashion that year?

and if the allure of sounding classy or creative or original isn't what accounts for these fashion trends, what does? Simply trying to stay in fashion? Wouldn't that make them more sheep than even what I was saying?

Certain names show up in movies, TV shows, news headlines, or just in baby registries... other new parents see one or two new babies born with that name.. think "oh, that's a nice name. And SO original. And... wow... sounds so much more sophisticated than [boring "common" name from my generation]! Everyone at the PTA meetings will respect me for being a creative free-thinker." and.. predictably.. 10 million other parents think precisely the same thing at the same time... and thus naming fashion trends are born.
+1
level 67
Jun 9, 2016
danjs...what you just said is pretty much what he was saying by sheeple...they go with what is in fashion...pretty much the definition of sheeple
+2
level 48
Sep 22, 2016
I think you are somewhat right but also a bit cynical. I think its just simply, people see a name they aren't that familiar with or hadn't heard to death growing up (Michael,Scott,Christopher,Dan,etc,) and they think that's a nice name...lets say Mason for instance. Not realizing that millions of other expectant parents are looking at the same Tv show or reading the same magazine thinking the same thing. Fast forward six years and your child is Mason #4 in first grade and the kid named Christopher is the only one in the whole grade! Sometimes it is just chance, my sister's son is Brandon, and it was a family name. Just so happened, that year a little show called BH 90210 came on the air. All of a sudden tons of Brandons...
+2
level 54
Sep 22, 2016
I'm a firm believer that there should be an agency in the government that dictates what names are allowed to be used. Too many idiots out there making up names or using random words. I personally know people who have named their sons "Wickley" and "Ransom." Those are not names.
+1
level 73
Mar 2, 2017
I work on our county history and there was a minister in our area in the 1860s whose first name was Ransom.
+2
level 21
Mar 13, 2017
Sheesh man I just like biblical names...
+4
level 56
Jan 10, 2018
Impressive, the odds of finding kalbahamut being overtly arrogant about something in a random commentary section are huge...
+3
level 29
Mar 20, 2018
Dude, chill out.
+2
level 71
Jun 12, 2018
Hey, Ander. Ransom Stoddard was also the name of the character played by Jimmy Stewart in the movie, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance". I have no idea why I remember that except that I am a warehouse of useless information.
+3
level 73
Aug 6, 2018
Kalba, seriously, if you were to have a child how would you choose his/her name? If you don't want something biblical or "old", you don't want something trendy, you want it to be original so you can't name them for an ancestor, you don't want something made up or with an odd spelling - what is left? It's a serious responsibility as a parent to name a child, and it's not so easy to choose one you think will fit them well for life. i have a very "unusual" middle name which I would not choose for myself but I will not say I hate it because I was given my mother's middle name. She loved her name and I think she was disappointed that I didn't pass the name on to my first daughter but I didn't want my child to endure the teasing I received when people learned my middle name. Again, it's not easy to choose a name for another person who is still unknown. For all I knew my baby daughter might have loved having her grandmother's name but I injected my own feelings and we chose something else.
+2
level 56
Aug 6, 2018
Wow... I didn't think anyone actually used the term "sheeple" unironically. What a load of pretentious nonsense.
+1
level 73
Aug 8, 2018
I can think of a lot of original names that are meaningful and interesting and not just something that is currently trendy. Jesus people get all bent out of shape over nothing. The statement I made was true. People are unoriginal. They follow trends. If they didn't, then there would be nothing to base this quiz on and no way to guess the answers. And, yes, many people give their children names that they think sound classy or sophisticated. To all the people responding here who, I assume, had children and named them something on this list, I apologize for recognizing your unoriginality. It's not the worst thing in the world. I'm not apologizing for being honest, nor for the average person's inability to distinguish between honesty and arrogance or pretentiousness.
+1
level 73
Aug 8, 2018
2 days before this quiz was featured there was another quiz about popular beers. Many people there left comments calling those who would drink those popular and widely-sold beers "mindless" "tasteless" and so on. Nobody lost their minds over those comments. I think I'm the only one who called these people snobs, and I got attacked for it...
+1
level 42
Aug 6, 2018
Interesting. Brit here. Given the clue about biblical names, I went for Adam, Mark, John, Jesus, Isaiah..
+2
level 45
Dec 6, 2012
Can you accept "Aidan" for "Aiden". I definitely know one or two.
+1
level ∞
Dec 9, 2012
Okay.
+1
level 21
May 10, 2016
I also know someone called Aidyn for that variant.
+3
level 12
May 23, 2013
Where did you get your info from? I think I found a website that has all the answers you have, and in the same order!
+1
level ∞
May 23, 2013
http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/
+4
level 73
May 23, 2013
I wonder if this list counts all of the jacked up spelling variations that evil parents like to impart on their children.
+2
level 46
May 24, 2013
haha.....Izik instead of Isaac...people are crazy
+2
level 38
Jun 6, 2013
People try to hard to be original.
+1
level ∞
May 9, 2015
No, the SSA lists each spelling separately.
+1
level 56
May 16, 2016
If spelling variations are listed separately, do you combine them for the quiz? And if not, why do you accept variations for answers?
+1
level 68
May 11, 2016
Totally, names should never have an apostrophe or two y's
+1
level 57
May 11, 2016
My Arabic friend has an apostrophe in his name.
+1
level 32
May 23, 2013
Less odd names than by girls, but also less fantasy (no that doesn't have to be the same ;))
+2
level 33
May 23, 2013
Angel is a boys' name? o.O
+2
level 73
May 12, 2015
It is a popular Spanish name for boys.
+2
level 71
May 13, 2015
Hi, I'm Angel, and yes, I'm a boy (or more accurately, a grown man).
+1
level 18
Feb 12, 2017
Angel is a boy name, pronounced [ Ang-hel ] or [ Ung-hel ]
+1
level 18
Feb 12, 2017
Spanish boy name, that is.
+1
level 73
Aug 7, 2017
Angels, in Christianity at least, are ALWAYS referred to as male. Angels are never referred to in any other gender (feminine, or neuter). Furthermore, the only named angels in the bible are also males: Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer. Hey - maybe some day Lucifer will catch on! "Just call me Lucy!"
+3
level 26
May 21, 2014
Can you accept Ben for Benjamin please?
+1
level ∞
May 21, 2014
That will work now. Thanks!
+2
level 55
Apr 2, 2015
I just started by picking names of the boys I've had in daycare the last two years and then names of boys from my daughters classes and their friends. All these kids were born between 08 and 14. Just from that I got 40 my first time out. not to bad. :)
+1
level 56
May 12, 2015
can;t lie, i have a michael, daniel and joshua...
+1
level 53
May 10, 2016
There is probably a connection between me being terrible at remembering people's names and my doing so poorly on this quiz. ha.
+3
level 58
May 10, 2016
Ugh, I hate all these new names. Mason? Is that a name?
+2
level 73
May 10, 2016
It might have evolved from the surname.
+1
level 70
May 14, 2017
There are quite a lot of English names from surnames, and not even just modern inventions.
+1
level 73
May 10, 2016
No doubt part of the New World Order's conspiracy to control the world and gloat about it while doing so.
+2
level 70
Sep 11, 2016
Apparently it's been around for a while now, though it's rise to popularity was very recent. It certainly sounds like it should be a surname to me, but whatever, it's a free country. That said, my tolerance is stretched to breaking point by Jayden and its variants. That one is definitely a nonsense modern invention.
+2
level 73
Aug 7, 2017
It's probably from the surname, which in turn is from the occupation - or perhaps the Illuminati - but even as a given name it's been around quite a while. A few examples that come to mind are Mason Williams ("Classical Gas"), Mason Adams (character actor and voice over artist), and Mason Reese (child actor) - all from 50 or more years ago.
+1
level 31
Mar 1, 2018
Yeah, Mason Williams- Classical Gas came to mind for me too.
+3
level 61
May 10, 2016
Funny story: My Economics teacher once had a student whose name was spelled "La-a", and he was like "uh, is there someone named Laa in this class or is it a mistake?" so everyone in the class was like "there's no one named Laa in here", but finally this one girl said that she wasn't called on, and my teacher said "okay, what's your name?" and she said "LaDasha". You were supposed to pronounce the dash. I don't know if he was telling the truth, but I still found it funny.
+1
level 18
Feb 12, 2017
Heard of that, too. I even heard one boy was named Brain. His parents, who gave him the name, calls him Bryan, despite the spelling. This is also what he tells people. So... how do you actually tell a person how to pronounce his own name and convince him it is the right way to do it and not the one he is told and used to?
+2
level 39
Aug 1, 2017
i heard of parents who just put - on the birth certificate and the child was legally called Dash
+1
level 42
May 12, 2018
I’ve seen “Na-a” (Nadasha)
+1
level 75
May 10, 2016
What? No Jacks? This is blasphemy! This is madness! This.... is.... JETPUNK!!!
+1
level 57
May 11, 2016
xD
+2
level 59
May 11, 2016
Will Donald make the 2016 list? Will it be HUUUUGE?! For God's sake, NO!!
+2
level 70
Jul 30, 2016
Barack never caught on, so probably not
+1
level 23
Jan 26, 2018
Donald's nicer than Barack, buddy.
+3
level 78
Jul 22, 2018
Yeah just ask all the women he assaulted, all the vendors he never paid for their services, the wives he cheated on, the Mexicans he insulted by calling them rapists...the list goes on. Pretty much the only people who will defend him are either white supremacists or have so many financial interests to protect (i.e. they're greedy) that they're willing to sell their own souls as well as sell out their country and fellow citizens.
+1
level 48
May 18, 2016
Boy names suck these days.
+1
level 59
Jun 3, 2016
Like with many US based quizzes, I did badly here (I'm British). Here I think biblical names are popular as well, but also royal names. So we have lots of Edwards, Charles and Harrys.
+2
level 58
Sep 18, 2016
I think people should be careful before dissing names.
+1
level 39
Aug 1, 2017
Fun facts: There are now more children called Jaxon spelled with an x than like the surname Jackson The parents who called their daughter Unique would be sad to learn that there are three others
+2
level 69
Oct 30, 2017
I believe there is some research supporting the theory that naming your child something unique affects their career prospects. I personally can't imagine a political or business leader named Jayden or Swayde
+1
level 67
Nov 17, 2017
Thank god the Aiden/Jayden/Brayden fad is over. It looks like that cancer is gone by 2016
+1
level 23
Jan 26, 2018
I love the ancient aramaic name "Istrak". Its cool and handsome for a boy.
+2
level 14
Apr 16, 2018
in 20 years kids are going to be named things like "Ryker", "Londynn", and "Lakynn"
+1
level 76
May 18, 2018
GAHHH! I can't believe I, Loganite, missed Logan. :(
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