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Ten Popular Baby Names For Boys

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 6 17

The Origins and Meanings of Ten Popular Baby Boy Names

‘Traditional’ names are the most common baby boy names in recent years. Many of these names have biblical and Hebrew origins. If you are looking for a name for your baby boy, read on to find the meaning, origin and variations you can use to modernize ten of the most popular names. A list of famous people with each name is also included.

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1. Jacob

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: the supplanter, holder of the heel

With biblical ties, the name Jacob in the Old Testament refers to the son of Isacc and Rebecca. He became the father of the twelve founders of the tribes of Israel. The meanings ‘the supplanter’ and ‘holder of the heel’ relate to Jacob’s birth holding his twin brother’s heel.

Similar: Jaycob, Jacobus, Jakob

Famous People with the name Jacob:

  • Jacob ‘Jake’ Gyllenhaal, actor
  • Jacob Miller, musician
  • Jacob Vargas, actor
  • Jacob Teitelbaum, author

2. Mason

Origin: French

Meaning: stone worker

Originally a surname, the name Mason has since become popular as a first name for boys. It’s origin lies in in French meaning bricklayer or stone worker. It is also connected to the word ‘macian’ from Old English which means ‘to make’. 

Similar: Mayson

Famous People with the name Mason:

  • Mason Locke Weems, author
  • Mason Crosby, footballer
  • Mason Adams, actor
  • Mason Disick, son of Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick

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3. William

Origin: German

Meaning: resolute guardian

Originally from the name Willahelm, this name became popular in England around the time of the reign of William the Conqueror.

Similar: Bill, Billie, Billy, Will, Willie, Willy

Famous People with the name William:

  • William the Conqueror, first Norman king of England
  • William Wallace, 13th century Scottish hero
  • William Tell, 14th century Swiss hero
  • William Shakespeare, playwright
  • William Blake, poet

4. Jayden

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: green stone, thankful

Jayden is said to be derived from the Hebrew name ‘Jadon’. In the Old Testament, Jadon helped to rebuild Jerusalem.

Similar: Jaden, Jadyn, Jaiden, Jaydon, Jadon

Famous People with the name Jayden:

  • Jayden Federline, son of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
  • Jaden Smith, son of Will & Jada Smith

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5. Noah

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: rest, comfort

In biblical terms, Noah built an ark after God warned him of the impending Great Flood.

Similar: Noa

Famous People with the name Noah:

  • Noah Wyle, actor
  • Noah Baumbach, film director
  • Noah Webster, lexicographer

6. Michael

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: who is like God

Another popular name with biblical origins, Michael is one of the archangels recognised by Jews, Christians and Muslims. He is believed to have led the angels in the war against Satan.

Similar: Micael, Mickie, Mikey, Mick

Famous People with the name Michael:

  • Michael Jackson, singer
  • Michael Jordan, basketball player
  • Michael Douglas, actor
  • Michael J. Fox, actor
  • Michael Schumacher, F1 driver
  • Michael Buble, singer
  • Michael Moore, film producer

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7. Ethan

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: strong, firm

In the Hebrew Bible, Ethan the Ezrahite, who is a wise man, is compared to Solomon. Ethan is said to be a cymbal player in the house of King David and also the author of Psalm 89.

Similar: Ethen

Famous People with the name Ethan:

  • Ethan Hawke, actor
  • Ethan Phillips, actor
  • Ethan Suplee, actor
  • Ethan Lawrence, footballer

8. Alexander

Origin: Greek

Meaning: helper and defender of mankind

Alexander is believed to be derived from the Greek name Alexandros. In the bible, Alexander aids Jesus with the carrying of the cross.

Similar: Alex, Al, Alecsander, Alexandar, Alexsander, Alix, Alixander

Famous People with the name Alexander:

  • Alexander Graham Bell, inventor
  • Alexander the Great, Macedonian King
  • Alexander McQueen, fashion designer
  • Alexander Rae Baldwin III (Alec Baldwin), actor
  • Alexander Popov, swimmer
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9. Aiden

Origin: Irish

Meaning: fiery

In Irish history, Aodh was the Celtic God of the sun and fire. The name Aidan was first a nickname for Aodh. The spelling has since been varied to Aiden. St. Aidan is an Irish saint that spread the word of Christianity. He was known as a kind and generous man.

Similar: Aidan

Famous People with the name Aiden:

  • Aiden Murdoch, son of Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch
  • Aidan Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Mary Kennedy
  • Aidan Gillen, actor
  • Aiden Turner, actor
  • Aidan Quinn, actor

10. Daniel

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: God is my judge

In the Bible, Daniel was the advisor to King Nebuchadnezzar. He interpreted the royal dreams. He was also known as a prophet who, when thrown into a den of lions, survived because of his faith.

Similar: Dan, Danny, Danal, Daneal, Danyal, Danyel, Dannie

Famous People with the name Daniel:

  • Daniel Day-Lewis, actor
  • Daniel Radcliffe, actor
  • Daniel Craig, actor
  • Daniel ‘Dan’ Akroyd, comedian
  • Daniel ‘Danny’ Devito, producer
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Read on to look at a list of unusual baby boy names and their meanings!

 


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Comments

Jul 9, 2012 6:12pm
Introspective
Great list. I know lots of Jacobs; I guess that's why it's at the top of your list.
Jul 9, 2012 6:33pm
mlle
Thanks! Yes, Jacob has become quite popular.
Aug 6, 2012 5:10am
southerngirl09
What an exciting time when you are choosing baby names. You have put together a great list of names for boys. Thumbs up, and congratulations on being featured.
Aug 6, 2012 5:35pm
mlle
Thanks! I did put this list together when I was trying to find a name for my boy. I chose a more unique first name and a more popular middle name.
Aug 6, 2012 9:51am
MeinePCwelt
Great list of beautiful names!
If I had a son I would call him Noah Jayden :)

Thumbs Up!
Aug 6, 2012 5:35pm
mlle
Thanks, I love that name!
Aug 6, 2012 12:14pm
Introspective
Congrats on the feature!!!
Aug 6, 2012 5:35pm
mlle
Thankyou! :)
Aug 6, 2012 5:29pm
angieyoder
Great article and congrats on the feature! My three-month-old grandson is Benjamin Alexander and I, of course, call him "Benjamin Alexander the Great"! :)

I love the names on these list, especially William, because my 13-year-old is named William Rand Yoder, William after my grandfather and Rand after the main character Rand Al'Thor in Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" book series, which my husband and I both love.
Aug 6, 2012 5:37pm
mlle
Thankyou! I love the name William too. It's my grandfather's name as well. :)
Aug 7, 2012 10:11am
lisa1974
Great list. I have a son named Joshua which is a pretty popular name. I also have a Dennis, as in Dennis the Menace, and believe me it's appropriate.
Aug 8, 2012 2:09pm
mlle
lol, Thanks!
Aug 9, 2012 5:08pm
xathcruz
can you post something on "new" unique baby names?
Aug 10, 2012 2:15am
mlle
Definitely. I'm working on that one :)
Aug 11, 2012 6:16pm
mlle
You can read about unusual baby names at http://www.infobarrel.com/Unusual_Baby_Names_for_Boys :)
Oct 2, 2012 10:50am
PinewoodPaladin
Nice one, I didn't know Aiden meant fiery or that Michael was "he who is like God." Make me wonder what the female counterpart would mean...? For example, Michaelle
Oct 7, 2013 12:29am
thegmc
Wow so many names with Hebrew roots
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