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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
Last updated: May 14, 2018
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2017
L
Liam
N
Noah
W
William
J
James
L
Logan
B
Benjamin
M
Mason
E
Elijah
O
Oliver
J
Jacob
L
Lucas
M
Michael
A
Alexander
E
Ethan
D
Daniel
2016
N
Noah
L
Liam
W
William
M
Mason
J
James
B
Benjamin
J
Jacob
M
Michael
E
Elijah
E
Ethan
A
Alexander
O
Oliver
D
Daniel
L
Lucas
M
Matthew
2015
N
Noah
L
Liam
M
Mason
J
Jacob
W
William
E
Ethan
J
James
A
Alexander
M
Michael
B
Benjamin
E
Elijah
D
Daniel
A
Aiden
L
Logan
M
Matthew
2014
N
Noah
L
Liam
M
Mason
J
Jacob
W
William
E
Ethan
M
Michael
A
Alexander
J
James
D
Daniel
E
Elijah
B
Benjamin
L
Logan
A
Aiden
J
Jayden
2013
N
Noah
L
Liam
J
Jacob
M
Mason
W
William
E
Ethan
M
Michael
A
Alexander
J
Jayden
D
Daniel
E
Elijah
A
Aiden
J
James
B
Benjamin
M
Matthew
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level 45
Dec 6, 2012
Can you accept "Aidan" for "Aiden". I definitely know one or two.
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level ∞
Dec 9, 2012
Okay.
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level 21
May 10, 2016
I also know someone called Aidyn for that variant.
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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!
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level ∞
May 23, 2013
http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/
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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.
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level ∞
May 9, 2015
No, the SSA lists each spelling separately.
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level 57
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?
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level 69
May 11, 2016
Totally, names should never have an apostrophe or two y's
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level 57
May 11, 2016
My Arabic friend has an apostrophe in his name.
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level 32
May 23, 2013
Less odd names than by girls, but also less fantasy (no that doesn't have to be the same ;))
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level 33
May 23, 2013
Angel is a boys' name? o.O
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level 74
May 12, 2015
It is a popular Spanish name for boys.
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level 70
May 13, 2015
Hi, I'm Angel, and yes, I'm a boy (or more accurately, a grown man).
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level 74
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!"
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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. :)
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level 56
May 12, 2015
can;t lie, i have a michael, daniel and joshua...
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level 52
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?
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level 74
May 10, 2016
It might have evolved from the surname.
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level 71
May 14, 2017
There are quite a lot of English names from surnames, and not even just modern inventions.
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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.
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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.
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level 74
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.
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level 31
Mar 1, 2018
Yeah, Mason Williams- Classical Gas came to mind for me too.
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level 62
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.
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level 40
Aug 1, 2017
i heard of parents who just put - on the birth certificate and the child was legally called Dash
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level 43
May 12, 2018
I’ve seen “Na-a” (Nadasha)
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level 75
May 10, 2016
What? No Jacks? This is blasphemy! This is madness! This.... is.... JETPUNK!!!
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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!!
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level 70
Jul 30, 2016
Barack never caught on, so probably not
+1
level 23
Jan 26, 2018
Donald's nicer than Barack, buddy.
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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.
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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.
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level 58
Sep 18, 2016
I think people should be careful before dissing names.
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level 40
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
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level 70
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
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level 67
Nov 17, 2017
Thank god the Aiden/Jayden/Brayden fad is over. It looks like that cancer is gone by 2016
+2
level 23
Jan 26, 2018
I love the ancient aramaic name "Istrak". Its cool and handsome for a boy.
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level 14
Apr 16, 2018
in 20 years kids are going to be named things like "Ryker", "Londynn", and "Lakynn"
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level 77
May 18, 2018
GAHHH! I can't believe I, Loganite, missed Logan. :(
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level 57
Sep 2, 2018
With the popularity of idiotic cartoon movies (laughable CGI) from comic books, I'm expecting a bunch of fan boys insisting on naming their night of drunken sex after those characters. Groot sounds like he won't get tormented in school, does he?