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Proud to Be an American? These Baby Boy Names Are Right Up Your Alley

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

All-American names for boys that will never go out of style

Searching for a name for your soon-to-be-born baby boy is not easy. There's so many different directions you can go in — but sometimes getting back to basics is truly the best route. Modern, cutting-edge names may come and go, but a sturdy, all-American name will stick around forever.

We've rounded up a list of names for boys that are either traditional, trendy, or retro — but they all have one thing in common: they are beloved in America.

Popular American Boy Names

Each year, the Social Security Administration releases a list of the top baby names of that year, taken from birth certificates. Noah has nabbed the top spot for the past three years running. So who else made the list?

According to the most recent list released, these are currently the Top 10 names for baby boys:

  • Noah
  • Liam
  • Mason
  • Jacob
  • William
  • Ethan
  • James
  • Alexander
  • Michael
  • Benjamin

Top American boy names of all time

The Social Security Administration also compiled the most popular baby boy names of the past 100 years (from 1916 to 2015). This list gives us a great snapshot of the top American boy names ever.

These are the Top 10 most popular boy names of the last century:

  • James
  • John
  • Robert
  • Michael
  • William
  • David
  • Richard
  • Joseph
  • Thomas
  • Charles

Trendy American boy names

Wondering what boy names are the hottest of the year? These are climbing the charts the fastest.

Check out the modern and upcoming all-American boy names.

  • Riaan
  • Huxley
  • Wilder
  • Jaziel
  • Canaan
  • Kaison
  • Brixton
  • Ridge
  • Omari
  • Jabari
  • Titan
  • Zayn
  • Matteo
  • Dash
  • Haiden
  • Kashton
  • Kyrie
  • Ignacio
  • Yahya
  • Cairo

Classic Boy names of the past

Old-fashioned names are making a huge comeback here in the U.S. These names are classic, and you'll probably even find a couple in your family tree.

If you are looking for a distinguished and traditional all-American name, check out some of these options.

  • Walter
  • Arthur
  • Samuel
  • Clarence
  • Ernest
  • Oscar
  • Alfred
  • Perry
  • Wesley
  • Percy
  • Amos
  • Rufus
  • Eli
  • Owen
  • Silas

All-American celebrity boy names

We couldn't leave off the baby names of some of our favorite American celebrities. These are unique, trend-setting and forward-thinking.

Some of our favorite celebrity boy names:

  • Bingham Hawn — Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy
  • Diesel Dean — Olympian Jennie Finch
  • Finn — Actress Autumn Reeser
  • Kannon — Actor Kevin James
  • Skyler — Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe
  • Felix — Actress Elizabeth Banks
  • Forest Sage — Actors Teresa Palmer and Mark Webber
  • Zeppelin Bram — Actors Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris

Originally published October 2011. Updated May 2017.

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