Most Popular Boy Names

Congratulations, you’re having a boy!

Now comes the hard part…Johnathan or Justin? Trendy or classic? Old or new?  Expectant parents can find the task of naming their child difficult and daunting, as it is such an important choice.  Here are a few strategies and tips that will make the process of  naming your baby easier.

You must first decide what you are looking for in your baby name:

Do you want your child to have a “trendy” name, commonly associated with celebrity babies such as Kingston (son of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale) , Cruz (son of Victoria and David Beckham),or  Maddox (son of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt) ?  Or would you rather your child have a classic, timeless name such as Matthew, Michael or Jack?

(Photos of Kingston, Cruz and Maddox, respectively)

-Are you naming your child after someone like your parent, grandparent or loved one? Keep in mind that you can honor, for example, your father William, by giving your child the first name David, but then calling him by his second name.  Alternatively you could also make the honorary name the middle name.

-Do you want your child’s name to be of a certain Ethnicity or Nationality?

-What is the baby’s last name going to be?  Make sure that the name you give them fits with their last name.

-Are you religious? Would you like your child’s name to reflect a biblical name such as Daniel, Matthew, Joseph or Jacob?

-Do you want your child’s name to have meaning? Many names have meaning, for example David means “beloved” and Ryan means “little king.”

-Do you want to name your son after your favorite movie/book character? Some popular choices in 2011 are Edward, Jacob and Jasper, all characters in the film Twilight.

Here is a list of the top 30 baby boy names for 2011:

  1. Finn
  2. Henry
  3. Oliver
  4. Sawyer
  5. Simon
  6. Micah
  7. Landon
  8. Graham
  9. William
  10. Kyle
  11. Caleb
  12. Nicholas
  13. Xavier
  14. John
  15. Joseph
  16. Luke
  17. James
  18. Jasper
  19. Max
  20. Liam
  21. Alexander
  22. Levi
  23. Theo
  24. Ryan
  25. Elliot
  26. Ethan
  27. Evan
  28. Logan
  29. Oscar
  30. Christopher

Some things to keep in mind when choosing a name:

-Try saying the entire name out loud, the first, middle and last, to make sure it sounds nice together and there aren’t any oddities, for example you don’t want to name your son something that rhymes like Wade Jade McFade, nor do you want to name them something that when said together could be embarrassing such as Sonny Happy Day or Justin Case.

-Try to choose a name that is easy to read. You don’t want your child suffering everytime their name is called, for example during their school years.

-Once you choose a name you must choose how you want it spelled.  Make sure to choose a name that is easy to understand so that your child does not have to struggle when someone is trying to spell or say their name.

-Ensure that their initials don’t spell anything undesirable.

-Be conscious of potential nicknames, for example if you name your son Jackson, he will, most likely often be called “Jax”

-Be aware of name trends.  If the name Edward is popular this year, it is likely your son will be in a class with at least one other Edward, if not more.

-Remember that this is the name your child will have during their youth and during their adulthood, so make sure it is appropriate for the playground and the office.

-Keep in mind that no matter how much you prepare yourself and plan on calling your son, say, Thomas, you may meet him when he is born and decide that name doesn’t fit and change the name to what suits him best.  That’s okay!  Having the name feel comfortable and natural is the most important thing.

Remember that this is an exciting time and choosing a name for your child is an amazing gift.  Enjoy the process and try not to stress over it too much!





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