Names for Boys

8) Elijah

In the past decade Elijah has risen to the 14th most popular name for baby boys in the U.S. Despite the fact that this old name comes from the Bible, it wasn’t all that popular until Generation Xers began having babies in the 1990s.

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7) Gabriel

Since the 1970s Gabriel has been a popular boy name, but it’s never been as popular as it is today.


The same is true for the name Jeremiah, which began its rise to popularity in the 197s. We have to wonder if Three Dog Night’s upbeat ear worm. Joy to the World, had anything to do with this phenomenon.

6) Josiah

This Old Testament name had surprisingly little popularity around the turn of the century. Today it is the 67th most common boy baby name.

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5) Levi

The name Levi wasn’t even on the list of the top 200 baby names since the U.S. Government began recording names! This ancient name began to rise in popularity during the 1990s somewhat, but now ranks as one of the top 50 baby names for a boy!

4) Nathaniel

Today Nathaniel is the 89th most popular name for boys.

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3) Oliver

In the early 1900s Oliver was a popular boys’ name, falling out of favor around the 1940s. Today it is the 42nd most common male baby name.

2) Sebastian

Only in the past 20 years has the name Sebastian come to the forefront. We have to wonder if it was the animated crab from The Little Mermaid that has served as an inspiration for parents!

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1) Wyatt

Much like the name Levi, Wyatt did not gain widespread popularity until the 1990s and 2000s, despite the fact that the legendary Wyatt Earp was well known by the 1890s.