Boys’ Names Popular in Every Year since 1880

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Last week, I wrote a post about girls’ names that have been popular every year since 1880, which is as far back as the Social Security Administration maintains birth data for the United States.  The counterpart list of boys’ names is substantially longer than the list of girls’ names; parents have traditionally tended to be more conservative with their sons’ names than their daughters’ names.

  1. Aaron – #49; rising slightly (+3)
  2. Abraham – #158; rising (+12)
  3. Adam – #75; falling slightly (-2)
  4. Adrian – #60; falling slightly (-2)
  5. Albert – #474; falling quickly (-33)
  6. Alex – #147; falling (-14)
  7. Alexander – #11; falling slightly (-3)
  8. Alfred – #844; rising quickly (+75), though still potentially endangered.
  9. Allan – #736; falling quickly (-79)
  10. Allen – #370; falling (-20)
  11. Alonzo – #565; falling quickly (-38)
  12. Alvin – #588; rising (+16)
  13. Andrew – #34; falling (-4)
  14. Andy – #326; falling slightly (-3)
  15. Anthony – #30; falling (-5)
  16. Antonio – #159; falling (-7)
  17. Arthur – #273; rising (+19)
  18. August – #193; rising slightly (+2)
  19. Austin – #73; falling (-4)
  20. Avery – #191; falling (-3)
  21. Ben – #704; rising quickly (+33)
  22. Benjamin – #6; rising (+4).  Within the top 10, a +4 gain is significant.
  23. Bruce – #437; falling quickly (-31)
  24. Bryant – #587; rising quickly (+38)
  25. Byron – #669; falling quickly (-72)
  26. Calvin – #148; rising (+23)
  27. Carl – #604; falling slightly (-3)
  28. Carlos – #130; falling (-13)
  29. Charles – #51; falling slightly (-1)
  30. Charlie – #227; rising slightly (+3)
  31. Chris – #559; falling quickly (-52)
  32. Christian – #46; falling slightly (-3)
  33. Christopher – #36; falling (-4)
  34. Clark – #377; falling (-5)
  35. Clay – #731; falling (-11)
  36. Clayton – #266; falling (-18)
  37. Conrad – #591; rising quickly (+32)
  38. Curtis – #563; falling quickly (-35)
  39. Cyrus – #427; rising quickly (+43)
  40. Dallas – #295; falling quickly (-40)
  41. Daniel – #13; falling slightly (-1)
  42. David – #19; falling slightly (-1)
  43. Davis – #490; falling (-16)
  44. Dean – #205; falling slightly (-1)
  45. Dennis – #511; falling (-16)
  46. Donald – #488; falling quickly (-45).  Yes, the name Donald really did fall as many places as that president’s numerical order in the year he was elected (at least according to SSA; it was -48 on Behind the Name).
  47. Douglas – #601; rising (+19)
  48. Eddie – #654; rising (+15)
  49. Edgar – #342; falling (-25)
  50. Edward – #163; falling (-4)
  51. Edwin – #318; falling (-7)
  52. Eli – #52; rising slightly (+1)
  53. Elias – #93; rising (+7)
  54. Elijah – #9; rising slightly (+2)
  55. Elliott – #192; rising (+20)
  56. Ellis – #346; rising quickly (+74)
  57. Emanuel – #364; falling (-17)
  58. Emmett – #136; rising slightly (+3)
  59. Eric – #142; falling (-4)
  60. Ernest – #976; falling (-22), critically endangered.
  61. Eugene – #788; rising quickly (+37)
  62. Evan – #69; falling slightly (-2)
  63. Everett – #114; rising (+21)
  64. Felix – #247; rising (+16)
  65. Francis – #480; rising slightly (+2)
  66. Francisco – #251; falling (-4)
  67. Frank – #353; rising slightly (+2)
  68. Franklin – #423; rising (+21)
  69. Frederick – #514; rising slightly (+2)
  70. Gabriel – #25; falling slightly (-3)
  71. Garrett – #308; falling quickly (-39)
  72. George – #125; rising (+11)
  73. Gerald – #812; falling quickly (-49)
  74. Gilbert – #960; rising (+22).  Despite the decent gains between 2015 and 2016, I still feel like I should classify Gilbert as endangered.  He’s simply too close to the bottom of the top 1000.
  75. Grant – #171; rising (+6)
  76. Harley – #676; falling (-14)
  77. Harold – #803; rising (+6)
  78. Harrison – #107; rising (+12)
  79. Harry – #679; rising quickly (+101)
  80. Henry – #22; rising (+7)
  81. Isaac – #31; stable (0)
  82. Israel – #232; rising (+8)
  83. Ivan – #131; rising (+6)
  84. Jack – #38; rising slightly (+2)
  85. Jackson – #17; stable (0)
  86. Jacob – #7; falling slightly (-3)
  87. Jake – #242; falling quickly (-35)
  88. James – #5; rising slightly (+2)
  89. Jasper – #209; rising (+6)
  90. Jay – #359; falling slightly (-1)
  91. Jefferson – #621; rising quickly (+50), but it’s a volatile name, so a large jump up doesn’t mean much.
  92. Jeremiah – #58; falling (-4)
  93. Jerome – #839; falling (-4)
  94. Jerry – #506; falling (-15)
  95. Jesse – #174; rising (+4)
  96. Jessie – #888; rising quickly (+30), but might still be endangered.
  97. Joe – #618; falling (-22)
  98. Joel – #166; falling (-8)
  99. John – #28; falling slightly (-2)
  100. Johnny – #335; falling (-25)
  101. Jonathan – #56; falling (-8)
  102. Jose – #77; rising slightly (+3)
  103. Joseph – #20; rising slightly (+1)
  104. Joshua – #35; falling slightly (-2)
  105. Juan – #122; falling (-8)
  106. Julian – #39; rising (+6)
  107. Julius – #340; falling (-27)
  108. Kenneth – #208; falling (-8)
  109. Larry – #606; falling quickly (-49)
  110. Lawrence – #493; rising (+6)
  111. Lee – #668; rising (+11)
  112. Leo – #74; rising (+17)
  113. Leon – #276; rising quickly (+38)
  114. Leonard – #600; rising quickly (+52)
  115. Levi – #42; stable (0)
  116. Lewis – #510; rising quickly (+62)
  117. Lorenzo – #210; rising (+6)
  118. Louis – #289; rising (+9)
  119. Luis – #112; falling (-5)
  120. Luke – #29; falling slightly (-1)
  121. Malcolm – #410; rising (+8)
  122. Manuel – #280; rising slightly (+3)
  123. Marcus – #183; falling (-15)
  124. Mark – #195; rising slightly (+1)
  125. Marshall – #345; falling (-26)
  126. Martin – #257; rising (+17)
  127. Marvin – #544; rising (+4)
  128. Mason – #4; falling slightly (-1)
  129. Mathew – #525; falling quickly (-47)
  130. Matthew – #15; stable (0)
  131. Maurice – #647; falling (-29)
  132. Max – #118; stable (0)
  133. Melvin – #738; falling quickly (-42)
  134. Michael – #8; rising quickly (+1)
  135. Micheal – #897; falling quickly (-54)
  136. Miles – #105; rising slightly (+3)
  137. Mitchell – #592; falling (-7)
  138. Morgan – #643; rising (+29)
  139. Moses – #462; rising (+6)
  140. Nathan – #43; falling (-5)
  141. Nathaniel – #103; falling (-6)
  142. Neil – #629; rising (+10)
  143. Nelson – #625; rising (+5)
  144. Nicholas – #63; falling slightly (-1)
  145. Noah – #1; stable (0)
  146. Oliver – #12; rising (+7)
  147. Oscar – #176; rising (+5)
  148. Owen – #23; rising (+12)
  149. Patrick – #170; falling (-6)
  150. Paul – #206; falling (-7)
  151. Pedro – #374; falling (-7)
  152. Peter – #207; falling slightly (-2)
  153. Philip – #434; falling slightly (-1)
  154. Preston – #172; falling slightly (-3)
  155. Ramon – #608; rising (+28)
  156. Ray – #748; falling quickly (-33)
  157. Raymond – #284; falling (-25)
  158. Reginald – #821; rising (+61)
  159. Richard – #155; falling (-5)
  160. Riley – #225; falling quickly (-31)
  161. Robert – #62; rising slightly (+1)
  162. Rodney – #719; falling slightly (-1)
  163. Roger – #644; falling quickly (-64)
  164. Roland – #561; rising (+27)
  165. Roy – #539; falling (-4)
  166. Ruben – #396; falling (-24)
  167. Russell – #407; falling (-4)
  168. Sam – #581; falling quickly (-32)
  169. Samuel – #21; rising slightly (+2)
  170. Scott – #465; falling (-6)
  171. Seth – #307; falling quickly (-32)
  172. Simon – #243; falling (-9)
  173. Solomon – #369; rising slightly (+1)
  174. Spencer – #268; falling (-16)
  175. Stanley – #682; rising (+8).
  176. Stephen – #265; falling (-19)
  177. Sterling – #458; rising quickly (+35)
  178. Steve – #988; falling quickly (-50), critically endangered.
  179. Steven – #167; falling (-13)
  180. Taylor – #476; falling (-14)
  181. Theodore – #83; rising (+16)
  182. Thomas – #48; rising slightly (+3)
  183. Timothy – #153; falling (-6)
  184. Tony – #522; falling (-18)
  185. Troy – #316; falling (-15)
  186. Victor – #164; falling slightly (-3)
  187. Vincent – #104; rising (+5)
  188. Wade – #406; rising quickly (+115)
  189. Walter – #302; rising (+7)
  190. Warren – #385; rising (+15)
  191. Wayne – #743; rising (+6)
  192. Wesley – #117; rising (+9)
  193. Will – #827; rising (+10)
  194. William – #3; rising slightly (+2)
  195. Willie – #799; falling (-24)
  196. Wilson – #611; rising (+6)

Biggest gains: Wade (+115), Harry (+101), Alfred (+75), Ellis (+74), Lewis (+62), Reginald (+61), Leonard (+52), Jefferson (+50), Cyrus (+43), Bryant (+38), Leon (+38), Eugene (+37) Sterling (+35), Ben (+33), Conrad (+32), Jessie (+30)

Biggest losses: Allan (-79), Byron (-72), Roger (-62), Micheal (-54), Chris (-52), Steve (-50), Gerald (-49), Larry (-49), Mathew (-47), Donald (-45), Melvin (-42), Dallas (-40), Garrett (-39), Alonzo (-38), Curtis (-35), Jake (-35), Albert (-33), Ray (-33), Sam (-32), Seth (-32), Bruce (-31), Riley (-31)

Notes:

  • Something interesting I noticed – Reuben ranked #1001 in the Social Security Administration list for 2010, though still manages to rank in the Behind the Name list.  In terms of raw usage, Reuben was popular enough to stay in the top 1000, but was kicked out because of alphabetical order (Bailey, Destin, Eliezer, Enoch, Joziah, and Keshawn technically ranked higher that year even though they were given to just as many baby boys).  Notably, Bailey is missing from the BtN list for that year, which tells me there was probably an edit on the national level.  SSA makes slight changes to their data sets every year, which is annoying for any name enthusiasts who’ve noticed this.  They could at least tell us why.  The point – if it weren’t for alphabetical preference in ranking and the edit, then Reuben would have been one of the names popular in every year since 1880.  Seems unfair, doesn’t it?
  • Wade was very trendy in 2016 because of the movie Deadpool, which came out in February of that year.  I’m curious whether the upward trend continues in 2017, and especially in 2018 (Deadpool 2 is due to release two months from now).

Thoughts?  Are you surprised by any of these names?  Personally, I’m wondering why Harry jumped so high! 

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Rare ‘J’ Names for Boys

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I posted some rare ‘J’ names for girls earlier this week, and now it’s time for the boys’ names!  ‘J’ is an intriguing letter for me because so many of the rarest masculine ‘J’ names are super-modern, related to John, or obscure Bible names.  There are also a ton of compound names that use the initial…

  • 150-200 boys named: Juelz,* Jovani, Joan,* Jadon, Jesiah, Jean, Johann, Jarvis, Jakari
  • 100-149: Jet, Jael, Jai, Jovan, Josias, Jethro, Jarrett, Jonael, Jacen, Johnpaul, Jeremih, Jordi, Jakai, Jariel, Jahlil, Jones, Jaquan, Josh, Jamel
  • 50-99: Jelani, Jaron, Jaleel, Jamarcus, Jamil, Judd, Jahir, Josef, Jackie, Jan, Jules, Job, Jacobo, Jeshua, Jasiel, Jacques, Jaheim, Jayvon, Jencarlos, Johnson, Javen, Jahaziel, Jeronimo, Juancarlos, Jed, Jedediah, Jareth, Jennings, Jeriah, Jibril, Joseluis, Jawad, Jasir, Jiraiya, Jeff, Juanpablo, Jomar, Johannes, Jayshawn, Joao, Jeancarlos
  • 25-49: Jairus, Javonte, Joah, Jody, Jafet, Jediah, Jory, Jacorey, Jae, Jim, Joniel, Jupiter, Jansen, Javari, Japheth, Jathan, Johnluke, Joseangel, Jerrick, Jancarlos, Jidenna, Jowell, Jacolby, Jahziel, Jaasiel, Jaeger, Jakayden, Jatniel, Josemanuel, Jamichael, Jedi, Jeter, Jun, Jin, Jayan, Jireh, Joab, Judge, Jadarius, Jayton, Jebediah, Jetson, Jotham, Jr, Juwan, Jancarlo, Jaxiel, Johndavid, Johnmichael, Jacinto, Juliano, Jajuan, Javontae, Jj
  • 10-24: Jabez, Jabriel, Jeanluc, Jens, Jeb, Judas, Jahan, Jc, Jehu, Johandry, Jacek, Janoah, Jaymar, Jd, Jayquan, Joachim, Jobe, Johnhenry, Jalal, Javaris, Jeevan, Joaquim, Joash, Josemiguel, Josmar, Juandiego, Jaaziel, Jahi, Jaking, Jarom, Jezreel, Jubal, Jaaziah, Jadriel, Jak, Jaklani, Jamerson, Jantzen, Jarek, Jayvier, Jeancarlo, Josemaria, Josey, Jurgen, Jamis, Jashon, Jerel, Jessejames, Josean, Joss, Jamario, Jaysean, Jeanpaul, Jedaiah, Jibran, Javaughn, Jeanpierre, Jedrek, Juanito, Jackston, Jacorian, Jah, Jathniel, Jep, Juanjose, Juanmanuel, Jachai, Jari, Javid, Josafat, Josedejesus, Judea, Jahlani, Jamesmichael, Jermari, Jimi, Jago, Jaiveer, Jandiel, Jasher, Jasraj, Jatavious, Joas, Joeangel, Johnmark, Johnston, Jolan, Jshawn
  • 9: Jabir, Jaidev, Jakota, Jaquavion, Jazier, Jeyko, Jowel, Juda, Justino, Juvenal
  • 8: Jadeveon, Jahaziah, Jakyree, Jamesley, Jepson, Jessup, Johncarlos, Johndaniel, Jorawar, Josejulian, Jrake, Jt, Jud, Juliocesar
  • 7: Jackman, Jacks, Jahad, Jamarco, Jamason, Jamond, Jamoni, Jaquarius, Jatavion, Javarion, Jayansh, Jedikiah, Jemini, Jermarion, Jeshurun, Jex, Jiho, Jiles, Johnthomas, Josuel, Jove, Jujhar, Junius
  • 6: Jabbar, Jahriel, Jakaleb, Janthony, Jaquise, Jasdeep, Jaser, Jayale, Javius, Jayanth, Jayro, Jb, Jeet, Jehan, Jehovah, Jenaro, Jenkins, Jenziel, Jephthah, Jesper, Jigme, Joaovictor, Johnoliver, Jonavin, Josedaniel, Joshuel, Juden, Juniel, Junot
  • 5: Jabdiel, Jadis, Jafari, Jahongir, Jainil, Jakyle, Jakyren, Jalijah, Jalyric, Jamespaul, Jamontae, Janvier, Jayland, Jebidiah, Jehiel, Jem, Jemuel, Jermayne, Jermichael, Jerusalem, Jerzy, Jester, Jesusangel, Jey, Jiro, Jjesus, Joanthony, Joaopedro, Jodhveer, Jonathandavid, Jonluke, Jonta, Jonuel, Josealberto, Josealfredo, Josepablo, Joxiel, Juanangel, Juandedios, Junhee, Junjie, Junyu, Justo, Juventino, Jyree

Notes:

  • Juelz is more popular than Jules.  Hmm…
  • Early and mid-20th century women’s staples Joan, Jean, and Jan were more popular for boys in 2016 than they were for girls.  Joan is a Catalan/Occitan form of John, Jean is the French form, and Jan is the Polish version.
  • Jupiter was more popular as a girls’ name in 2016, despite being the name of a major male deity.  The movie Jupiter Ascending is probably the reason for this flip.

Do you have a favorite ‘J’ name for boys?  Do any of the above appeal to you?  Let me know!