Each year the Social Security Administration tracks the baby names that are the most popular for the year, taken from applications from Social Security cards. This year, the name Jacob was the most popular baby boy name (again!) for the 14th year in a row.
Check out the top 100 baby names of the year, but if you are looking for a truly unique name you may be more interested in this list showing the boy names that are increasing in popularity the fastest, taken from the Social Security Administration's top 500 list.
Major is the boy’s name that is showing the biggest rise in popularity. Why? “I have no doubt Major’s rising popularity as a boy’s name is in tribute to the brave members of the U.S. military, and maybe we’ll see more boys named General in the future,” said Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security.
The agency said Major’s rise in popularity could also be in part due to the popular show, Home by Novogratz, because Cortney and Robert, the designers on the show, have a son named Major.
Major isn’t the only tough baby boy name to climb the chart. Maverick, Gunnar (and the alternate spelling Gunner), Iker and King are all names that are guaranteed to make your son be the toughest kid on the playground.
Jase is another buzz-worthy boy name — possibly due to the popularity of the A&E reality show Duck Dynasty and the main character Jase Robertson.
Many of today's parents are looking to the sky for cool and unique baby boy names. For example, the name Orion is after the constellation of the same name. This constellation is named after the hunter in Greek mythology. The name Archer is the Latin name for Sagittarius, which is a constellation of the zodiac and is represented as a centaur drawing a bow.
Parents are also setting lofty aspirations for their kids with the up-and-coming names King and Messiah.
Preppy baby boy names are a great a choice for your son who is headed to that top Ivy League school. Names such as Rory, Barrett, Remington, Lincoln, Graham and Emmett are all preppy boy names climbing in popularity.
These All-American boy names are a great choice because they never go out of style.
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