Most Popular Boy Names in the U.S. 2021

Try to guess the 50 most popular names for baby boys born in the United States in the year 2021.
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Last updated: May 10, 2022
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Name
L
Liam
N
Noah
O
Oliver
E
Elijah
J
James
W
William
B
Benjamin
L
Lucas
H
Henry
T
Theodore
 
Name
J
Jack
L
Levi
A
Alexander
J
Jackson
M
Mateo
D
Daniel
M
Michael
M
Mason
S
Sebastian
E
Ethan
 
Name
L
Logan
O
Owen
S
Samuel
J
Jacob
A
Asher
A
Aiden
J
John
J
Joseph
W
Wyatt
D
David
 
Name
L
Leo
L
Luke
J
Julian
H
Hudson
G
Grayson
M
Matthew
E
Ezra
G
Gabriel
C
Carter
I
Isaac
 
Name
J
Jayden
C
Luca
A
Anthony
D
Dylan
L
Lincoln
T
Thomas
M
Maverick
E
Elias
J
Josiah
C
Charles
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Level 76
May 23, 2013
I wonder if this list counts all of the jacked up spelling variations that evil parents like to impart on their children.
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Level ∞
May 9, 2015
No, the SSA lists each spelling separately.
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Level 61
May 16, 2016
If spelling variations are listed separately, do you combine them for the quiz? And if not, why do you accept variations for answers?
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Level ∞
May 12, 2019
No they are not combined. We accept alternate spellings because people like it that way.
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Level 78
May 11, 2016
Totally, names should never have an apostrophe or two y's
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Level 64
May 11, 2016
My Arabic friend has an apostrophe in his name.
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Level 67
Jun 13, 2019
O'Connor ?
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Level 66
May 25, 2021

>>Totally, names should never have an apostrophe or two y's

>My Arabic friend has an apostrophe in his name.

Why? Why?

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Level 60
Jul 27, 2022
in the Arabic language, there are sounds that cannot easily be transcribed in the Roman alphabet... I can think of 2 Arabic letters that are sometimes transcribed as an apostrophe.
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Level 32
May 23, 2013
Less odd names than by girls, but also less fantasy (no that doesn't have to be the same ;))
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Level 34
May 23, 2013
Angel is a boys' name? o.O
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Level 77
May 12, 2015
It is a popular Spanish name for boys.
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Level 82
May 13, 2015
Hi, I'm Angel, and yes, I'm a boy (or more accurately, a grown man).
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Level 30
Aug 29, 2021
To me, angel sounds more like a girl’s name
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Level 82
Aug 7, 2017
Angels, in Christianity at least, are ALWAYS referred to as male. Angels are never referred to in any other gender (feminine, or neuter). Furthermore, the only named angels in the bible are also males: Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer. Hey - maybe some day Lucifer will catch on! "Just call me Lucy!"
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Level 73
May 9, 2020
Well, it is the name of the cat in Cinderella ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

but you're probably referring to people

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Level 66
Dec 12, 2020
Why would you name your child satan?
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Level 34
Nov 2, 2020
Yes, an if I am not mistaken, a girl is named Angela?
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Level 82
May 9, 2022
Yes, but note that the masculine form of that name, Angel, is given to boys, most commonly in the Hispanic community. It might be used in other cultures as well.
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Level 51
Apr 2, 2015
I just started by picking names of the boys I've had in daycare the last two years and then names of boys from my daughters classes and their friends. All these kids were born between 08 and 14. Just from that I got 40 my first time out. not to bad. :)
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Level 56
May 12, 2015
can;t lie, i have a michael, daniel and joshua...
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Level 48
May 10, 2016
There is probably a connection between me being terrible at remembering people's names and my doing so poorly on this quiz. ha.
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Level 64
May 10, 2016
Ugh, I hate all these new names. Mason? Is that a name?
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Level 77
May 10, 2016
It might have evolved from the surname.
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Level 80
May 14, 2017
There are quite a lot of English names from surnames, and not even just modern inventions.
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Level 83
May 10, 2016
No doubt part of the New World Order's conspiracy to control the world and gloat about it while doing so.
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Level 82
Sep 11, 2016
Apparently it's been around for a while now, though it's rise to popularity was very recent. It certainly sounds like it should be a surname to me, but whatever, it's a free country. That said, my tolerance is stretched to breaking point by Jayden and its variants. That one is definitely a nonsense modern invention.
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Level 68
Jun 20, 2019
Why is it being a modern invention a bad thing? language changes, so do the names we use. I'm not a fan of naming your kid apple like Chris Martin or Moonunit like Frank Zappa, but I don't see any issue with naming your kid Jayden just because it doesn't have a long history.
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Level 82
Aug 7, 2017
It's probably from the surname, which in turn is from the occupation - or perhaps the Illuminati - but even as a given name it's been around quite a while. A few examples that come to mind are Mason Williams ("Classical Gas"), Mason Adams (character actor and voice over artist), and Mason Reese (child actor) - all from 50 or more years ago.
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Level 67
Jun 13, 2019
it has been around as a given name, from atleast the 1800s.

And I find surnames used as given names often sound very silly aswell.. though I never looked at mason as coming from a surname. Now that I think about it, it obviously does, and comes from a profession.

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Level 74
May 10, 2016
Funny story: My Economics teacher once had a student whose name was spelled "La-a", and he was like "uh, is there someone named Laa in this class or is it a mistake?" so everyone in the class was like "there's no one named Laa in here", but finally this one girl said that she wasn't called on, and my teacher said "okay, what's your name?" and she said "LaDasha". You were supposed to pronounce the dash. I don't know if he was telling the truth, but I still found it funny.
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Level 69
Aug 1, 2017
i heard of parents who just put - on the birth certificate and the child was legally called Dash
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Level 65
May 12, 2018
I’ve seen “Na-a” (Nadasha)
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Level 66
Dec 12, 2020
You see Americans, that's why it's good to have a law concerning what names you are aloud to give your kid. We have that in Austria and I haven't ever met a Dash or a Jayden or a Jaxson or any other such nonsense.
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Level 87
May 10, 2016
What? No Jacks? This is blasphemy! This is madness! This.... is.... JETPUNK!!!
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Level 64
May 11, 2016
xD
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Level 87
May 23, 2021
Yeesh... this is hard to look at. That meme was outdated even in 2016.
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Level 59
Jun 3, 2016
Like with many US based quizzes, I did badly here (I'm British). Here I think biblical names are popular as well, but also royal names. So we have lots of Edwards, Charles and Harrys.
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Level 67
Sep 18, 2016
I think people should be careful before dissing names.
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Level 66
Dec 12, 2020
I think people should be careful before naming their child the first name that enters their mind and simply changing it to have more Xs and Ys. My name is Maxx, this is my brother Jaxxon, my sister Jyssyca and my cousin Jaydyn.
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Level 69
Aug 1, 2017
Fun facts:

There are now more children called Jaxon spelled with an x than like the surname Jackson

The parents who called their daughter Unique would be sad to learn that there are three others

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Level 67
Jun 13, 2019
3? you mean 300.000?

personally I have never heard of jaxon. It looks alright I think.

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Level 60
May 23, 2021
That's sort-of but not quite true. In 2020 there were 9051 boys named Jackson, 6107 named Jaxon, and 4133 named Jaxson in the US. So the versions with an "x" outnumber Jackson when combined, but Jaxon was not the most common spelling.

There were also 116 girls named Unique in 2020.

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Level 74
Oct 30, 2017
I believe there is some research supporting the theory that naming your child something unique affects their career prospects.

I personally can't imagine a political or business leader named Jayden or Swayde

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Level 66
Dec 12, 2020
There is a lot of research that shows, that HR is much more likely to hire someone with a historical name than someone with a name where your wondering if you are looking at the name or at the social security number, jk. This was tested by giving great numbers of different HR two identical CVs and only changing the name.
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Level 69
May 23, 2021
I always have thought that parents ought to envision themselves meeting an adult with the name they have in mind. Might be a cute name for a baby, but can you picture an adult introducing themselves as 'Miracle'? (actual name that my cousin gave their daughter).
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Level 63
Nov 17, 2017
Thank god the Aiden/Jayden/Brayden fad is over. It looks like that cancer is gone by 2016
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Level 87
May 12, 2022
You do realize that those people given those names don't just disappear after they are born? I talk to people with those names almost every week. They're going to be here awhile!
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Level 29
Apr 16, 2018
in 20 years kids are going to be named things like "Ryker", "Londynn", and "Lakynn"
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Level ∞
May 11, 2021
At the time of your comment, Ryker was already a somewhat common baby name.
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Level 60
May 23, 2021
In 2020, 231 girls in the US were named Londynn, 22 were named Lakynn, and there were 2457 boys named Ryker. We probably can't even imagine the names that will be used twenty years from now!
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Level 86
May 18, 2018
GAHHH! I can't believe I, Loganite, missed Logan. :(
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Level 86
Oct 4, 2020
*Facepalm* Did it again... Maybe I'll try again in two years.
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Level 86
May 11, 2022
Got it this time! *phew*
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Level 87
Sep 2, 2018
With the popularity of idiotic cartoon movies (laughable CGI) from comic books, I'm expecting a bunch of fan boys insisting on naming their night of drunken sex after those characters. Groot sounds like he won't get tormented in school, does he?
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Level 67
Jun 13, 2019
Some people have officialy tried to name their kids thing like sex fruit... in several cases the court got involved and the were forbidden to use the name, but many (some countries are way more strict than others ) very weird ones got through, (like paycheck...)
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Level 66
Dec 12, 2020
Jesus christ, it's your child, do you hate your child???
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Level 53
Jan 17, 2019
I'm sorry I have this knowledge now
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Level 67
Jun 13, 2019
Hardly anything changes> First jayden goes out en matthew in, then aiden out oliver in (ow and logan out and lucas in). Matthew out again and logan in again. And the last year no name changes.

=>Jayden <=Matthew

=>Aiden, Logan <=Oliver, Lucas

=>Matthew <=Logan

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Level 73
May 11, 2021
Having three small boys really helped with this one--I just ran through the names of all their classmates.
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Level 59
May 23, 2021
The child tortures you with crabbiness, endless diapers, etc. You torture him with a dumb name. The cycle repeats itself once again. 50 years ago Johnny Cash wrote a song about a guy getting a dumb name from his parents and any 90-year-old named Eugene knows that parents often miss the mark in baby naming. So it's not getting worse. And it's still funny.
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Level 67
May 26, 2021
Got them all with 3 seconds to go!
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Level 72
Jun 29, 2021
Interesting that the top boys name has been Taken for several years in a row.
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Level 62
May 9, 2022
I see what you did there.
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Level 90
May 9, 2022
Maverick?! To quote Kelly McGillis in Top Gun, "Did your mother not like you?"
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Level 55
Jun 2, 2022
You have a C next to Luca instead of an L
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Level 67
Jun 2, 2022
Just keeping track of adds and drops:

2014: Add Aaron, Oliver. Drop Brayden, Gavin.

2015: Add Charles, Grayson. Drop Aaron and Eli

2016: Add Aaron, Lincoln, Thomas. Drop Charles, Jonathan, Landon

2017: Add Charles, Mateo. Drop Christian, Hunter

2018: Add Asher, Leo, Theodore. Drop Aaron, Charles, Isiah

2019: Add Ezra, Hudson, Josiah. Drop Caleb, Nathan, Ryan

2020: Add Charles, Maverick. Drop Andrew Joshua

2021: Add Elias, Luca. Drop Christopher, Jaxon

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Level 60
Jun 4, 2022
It should be illegal to name your kid Maverick
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Level 64
Jun 4, 2022
I know a Maverick, born in early 2000's before the name was popular.
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Level 75
Aug 26, 2022
Maverick, huh? Well, I guess the human race had a good run.