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Baby Boys Names

It's time to name your baby boy and you don't know what to do! Never fear expecting parents, we will offer some suggestions to help guide you through the process of developing a name for your newborn son.

Popular Boys Names

If you are completely stuck on names, you can always see what other parents have named their babies by looking at name data. For the year 2005, here are the most popular boy first names in the United States according to government statistics. You can see the rest of the list on our top 100 baby names page.

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
  4. Matthew
  5. Ethan
  6. Andrew
  7. Daniel
  8. Anthony
  9. Christopher
  10. Joseph


Unusual Boys Names

Some people don't like 'ordinary' or 'plain' and would like to name their baby something unique. Here is a list of 10 unusual and different boys name examples:

  1. Reese
  2. Malachi
  3. Bernardo
  4. Jax
  5. Jamari
  6. Nathaniel
  7. Landen
  8. Griffin
  9. Kelton
  10. Gustavo


Strategies for Naming a Boy

Some people find naming a boy to be easier than naming a girl. There are a few reasons for this, including the following:

It makes things easy when expecting parents have already decided on a boy name. Often they will go with a name that has a special meaning, or name the child after their father.

When you start to develop names for your boy, take many things into consideration. Make a list of general first names that you like, 50 names is a good number to start with. Your source for names can come from anywhere. Maybe you heard a boys name on TV that you liked, or saw a name in a magazine for a baby boy that caught your eye.

As you compile your list, do the these things to help you in the name selection process:

Review the list and discard names that both you and your spouse don't like. These things should help your list get narrowed down to 10 or so names. At this point, it is a good idea to further research each name. Ask family and friends on their opinions, and think about this name for the future of your child. Will it cause them to be teased at school? Does the meaning work well for a boy (masculine, strong, confident, etc.). Does it go well with your last name?

For the middle name, you can go through the exact same process as above. One of the important deciding factors here seems to be how well the first and middle name go together. Sound all of the names out together for your boy. Does it make sense? Are you happy with the way it sounds out loud?

Ultimately there will be some disagreements on naming your boy. Friends and family may have other ideas but remember that it is YOUR child and you have the final word. With lots of thought and research, you will end up with a name that feels right for your baby boy. You will know that you made the right choice, when you are holding your newborn son in your arms for the first time and you say his name out loud for the first time!