Top 100 Popular Boys Names And Meanings

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There are some names that have always been and forever will be very popular in the US and worldwide as well. Some of these names have origins in the bible or have a deep cultural meaning, and others have changed and developed over the years from ancient cultures. Whatever the reason - these names are timeless, and bear great significance to many. Some of these names have been around for a number of decades and are still as relevant today as they were then. Here you will find the US Social Security Administration's list of top 100 names given to male babies in the US in 2006, as well as explanation of the meaning for the top 5 names.

#1: Jacob

The Latin Jacobus, which came from Greek - "Iakobos", which was originally from the Hebrew name "Ya'aqov". In the Old Testament, Jacob (later called Israel) was the son of Rebecca and Isaac and later became the father tweleve sons, each a founder of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. He was born holding twin brother Esau's heel, and hence the name Jacob - literally meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter

#2 Michael
This name comes from Hebrew and means: "Who is like God"?
Sometimes known as Mike, Mick or Micky, Michael is a popular male name in all off Europe and also and also in ths Us, Canada, Australia and many African countries, as well as Israel. Miguel is popular in most Latin countries. This name has been among the top 3 for over 50 year.

#3 Joshua

Comes from Hebrew, meaning "The lord saves". In the old testament Joshua was one of the 12 spies sent to Cnaan by Moses. He became the leader of the
Israelites after Moses. The name Jesus is a variant of Joshua

#4 Matthew

This is the English version, Originating in Hebrew "Mattityahu", and the later Greek "Matthaios". Literally meaning: "The gift of God". Saint Matthew (known as Levi as well), was one of the 12 apostles. He is believed to be the author of the first Gospel in the New Testament.

#5 Ethan

Originating in Hebrew "Eitan", meaning "steady, firm, strong, solid, constant".
In the Old Testament Ethan was known for his wisdom.

Following is the full list of the 100 most popular boy names, according to the official US Social Security Administration.

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
  4. Matthew
  5. Ethan
  6. Andrew
  7. Daniel
  8. Anthony
  9. Christopher
  10. Joseph
  11. William
  12. Alexander
  13. Ryan
  14. David
  15. Nicholas
  16. Tyler
  17. James
  18. John
  19. Jonathan
  20. Nathan
  21. Samuel
  22. Christian
  23. Noah
  24. Dylan
  25. Benjamin
  26. Logan
  27. Brandon
  28. Gabriel
  29. Zachary
  30. Jose
  31. Elijah
  32. Angel
  33. Kevin
  34. Jack
  35. Caleb
  36. Justin
  37. Austin
  38. Evan
  39. Robert
  40. Thomas
  41. Luke
  42. Mason
  43. Aidan
  44. Jackson
  45. Isaiah
  46. Jordan
  47. Gavin
  48. Conner
  49. Aiden
  50. Isaac
  51. Jason
  52. Cameron
  53. Hunter
  54. Javden
  55. Juan
  56. Charles
  57. Aaron
  58. Lucas
  59. Luis
  60. Owen
  61. Landon
  62. Diego
  63. Brian
  64. Adam
  65. Adrian
  66. Kyle
  67. Eric
  68. Ian
  69. Nathaniel
  70. carlos
  71. Alex
  72. Bryan
  73. Jesus
  74. Julian
  75. Sean
  76. Carter
  77. Hayden
  78. Jeremiah
  79. Cole
  80. Brayden
  81. Wyatt
  82. Chase
  83. Steven
  84. Timothy
  85. Dominic
  86. Sebastian
  87. Xavier
  88. Jaden
  89. Jesse
  90. Devin
  91. Seth
  92. Antonio
  93. Richard
  94. Miguel
  95. Colin
  96. Cody
  97. Alejandro
  98. Cade
  99. Blake
  100. Carson

Still feel your new boy's name is not any of the above?
It is a good idea to use the internet as a source of ideas for boys names. The most popular boy names by year, and also offers many ideas for unique boy names, boy names from different origins, boy names by country ( i.e. American boy names, Italian boy names etc) and many boy names lists organized by category. You can also try the boy name list tool, offering a different short boy names list each time, for you to get ideas and inspiration.