Deciding on a child’s name is a huge decision. It takes a lot of thought and time to pick out our favorite name, the one that will be just perfect for our child. As mothers, this is one of the very first parenting decisions we make. This process could take weeks, even months before we find the one that makes the cut. After all, this decision is going to follow our child for the rest of his or her life.
Do we ask others for their opinions? Do we allow the family to have an input? What if no one else likes the name we choose? These are all questions we tend to ask ourselves in the process.
While deciding on a name is hard in general, choosing a name for a baby boy is just hard on a whole other level. We want to find a name that sounds strong and independent. A name other kids are not going to make fun of. Let’s face it kids are very cruel human beings. Though there are several books we can buy to make this process a little easier, no one can make this decision for us. We have to choose our boy’s name.
25 Jacob—Ruler Of Countries
With a Hebrew origin, according to Baby Center, this name means ‘supplanter’. If looking to name your child after a celebrity, this would be the perfect name. There is Jake Gyllenhaal, the American actor, whose name is Jacob. You have the Tennessee Titans former quarterback, Jacob Locker.
If movies and football isn’t your thing, there is always the pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, Jacob Edward. This name was most popular with parents in the late 1990’s, when it was used over 35,000 times in 1999.
24 Christian—He Who Follows Christ
With the release of 50 Shades of Grey, many women have fallen in love with the name Christian for their boys. According to Baby Center, this name comes from an English origin.
We are no stranger to this name with actors Christian Bale and Christian Slater as well as designers Christian Louboutin and Christian Dior. Your son will definitely have celebrity status with this name. Christian was one of the most used names for boys in the early 2000’s and its popularity is on the rise again.
23 Samuel Heard God
If you are looking for a biblical name for your son, Samuel would be the one for you. According to Baby Center, the Hebrew monarchy was established by judge and prophet, Samuel. Having a Hebrew origin, and meaning ‘heard God’, this name is not without celebrity status – with actor Samuel L. Jackson and Irish writer Samuel Beckett.
Reaching its peak popularity in the late 1990’s, Samuel is on the rise once again with mother’s expecting a baby boy this year.
22 Strong Brian
With a Celtic origin, the name Brian for a boy means ‘strong’. This name allows you to check off a couple things from your list of criteria. All mothers want to give their sons a strong name. With people like American actor Brian Austin Green and former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher this name too carries celebrity status.
According to Behind the Name, Brian reached its peak popularity in 1972 with more than 36,000 boys receiving the name. It’s time to put this name back on the charts.
21 George—Not Only A Farmer
This is the perfect name if you’re looking to name your son after someone famous. Whether you’re looking to name your son after a president—a rock— star or an actor, George has you covered. With George Washington, George Harrison and George Clooney, this name has some definite celebrity status.
Who could forget George Lucas? Fans of Star Wars already have this name on their list. Coming from a Greek origin, this name reached its peak popularity in the early 1920’s. According to Baby Center, George means ‘a tiller of the soil’.
20 King Ryan
With an Irish origin, Ryan means ‘little king’. What mother wouldn’t want to give her son a name with such meaning? Being used more than 29,000 times in 1985, according to Behind the Name, this name reached its peak popularity.
Mothers are again discovering what an honorable name Ryan is for their sons. Seeing actors Ryan Gosling, Ryan Phillippe, and Ryan Reynolds makes you think there is definitely something behind the meaning behind this name. Maybe that’s why they’re all so good looking.
19 Handsome Alan
Here is the perfect name for your son if you are looking to name him after a famous music star. Allow him to share his name with handsome country music star Alan Jackson. Coming from a Gaelic origin, according to Baby Center, Alan means ‘handsome’.
If the meaning of a name determines anything about your child, mothers will be fighting over Alan in the near future. Reaching its peak popularity in 1955, this name is on the rise again.
18 Benjamin—Son Of The South
A biblical name with a Hebrew origin, this name means ‘son of the south’. According to Baby Center, Benjamin was the youngest of Jacob’s 12 sons in the bible. Reaching peak popularity in 1989, this name was given to close to 16000 boys.
With actors, Ben Affleck, Ben Stiller and founding father Benjamin Franklin carrying this name, your son will have a name he can be proud of with this one. This name is definitely on the rise with mothers expecting boys this year.
17 Patrick—So Noble
Coming from the Latin name, Patricius, this name means ‘nobleman’, according to Behind the Name. When you think of this name you have to think of St. Patrick’s Day. Allow your son to share his name with a holiday.
This name reached its peak popularity in the mid-1960s. Horror fans are choosing this name after character Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Patrick Swayze fans are honoring him by giving their sons this name. Mothers everywhere are giving this name a second look.
16 Charles—A Strong Boy
With last year’s release of Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the name Charles is rising up the charts for little boys. This name can be easily smoothed over if you are making the decision with the father. Just throw in retired basketball player Charles Barkley and retired football linebacker Charles Haley.
With a German origin, meaning ‘strong’, Charles is the perfect name for a boy. According to Behind the Name, this name reached its peak popularity in the late 1940s.
15 William—A Strong-Willed Warrior
If a name with lots of celebrity namesakes is what you’re looking for, William, believe it or not, is the name for you. Actor Brad Pitt’s first name is William. Though it is his middle name, you cannot forget actor Will Ferrel.
Coming from a Greek origin, according to Baby Center, the name William means ‘strong-willed warrior’. Though reaching its peak popularity in the late 1940s, this name is on the rise this with mothers.
14 Lovable Kevin
Coming from Gaelic origin, the name Kevin means lovable, according to Baby Center. This name was wildly popular in the 1970s and is on the rise now. Giving your son this name, he would share his name with numerous celebrities.
You’ve got actors Kevin Costner—Kevin Hart—Kevin James, just to name a few. In the line of athletes, you’ve got Kevin Garnett and Kevin Durant. Looking for singers to tell your son he was named after? You can choose from Kevin Federline–Kevin Richardson–Kevin Jonas.
13 Isaiah—More Than A Prophet
Isaiah is the perfect name for your son if a biblical name is what you’re looking for. With a Hebrew origin, Isaiah means ‘salvation of the lord’. According to Behind the Name, Isaiah was one of the four prophets in the Old Testament.
The popularity of this name started to rise in the 1980s and is still on the rise today. Giving your son this name, he would be sharing his name with actor Isaiah Washington and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Isaiah Ford.
12 Matthew—A Gift From God
All babies are a gift from God regardless of the name given to them, but the name Matthew comes from the Hebrew name meaning ‘gift from God’. This is another name to go on your list if you’re looking for something biblical. Your son, if given this name, would have many celebrities as namesakes.
Actors Matthew McConaughey—Matthew Broderick—Matthew Fox—Matthew Perry are just the tip of the iceberg on that lists. This name reached peak popularity in 1983, according to Behind the Name, with it being given to more than 50,000 baby boys.
11 Handsome Kyle
Here is another name that means ‘handsome’. Kyle comes from a Gaelic origin, according to Baby Center. Every mother wants their son to grow to be a handsome man, making this name a fitting choice. If you were to go by the meaning of the name, this would be the one you would choose for your son.
It is simple to spell with only four letters so no trouble for him to learn to spell his name. Kyle reached peak popularity with mothers in 1990.
10 Daniel—More Than Biblical
This name is another one for the biblical list. According to Behind the Name, Daniel comes from the Hebrew name that means ‘God is my judge’. In the Bible, Daniel was also a Hebrew prophet.
Fans of the Harry Potter series have had this name on the top of their list from day one as actor Daniel Radcliffe plays Harry Potter himself. This name reached its peak popularity in the late 1980s and is once again on the rise for baby boys.
9 Henry Rules The House
Coming from a German origin, Henry means ‘ruler of the household’. Giving your son this name, he would be named after the Prince of Wales – not to mention actors and the founder of the Ford Motor Company.
Who wouldn’t want to name their son after such celebrities? The name Henry reached its peak popularity in 1921 being used more than 11,000 times, according to Behind the Name. This name is on the rise once again with mothers expecting baby boys.
Michael comes from a Hebrew origin from the name that means ‘who is like God’. As Michael was the archangel in the Bible, this is another name for the biblical list. This would be a great name if you’re looking to name your son after a celebrity.
With Michael Jackson—actor Michael J. Fox—NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, there is a celebrity for everyone with this name. According to Behind the Name, Michael reached its peak popularity in the 1950s.
7 Priceless Anthony
The name Anthony comes from a Latin origin and means ‘priceless’, according to Baby Center. Though it may be a little harder to spell than some other names, giving your son this name brings him quite a few famous namesakes.
Actor Anthony Hopkins–basketball player Anthony Davis–former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, these are just a few celebrities that would share your son’s name. Anthony reached peak popularity in the early 1990s and is rising up the charts once again.
6 Edward Guards Prosperity
Edward, a name that comes from English origin means ‘guardian of prosperity’, according to Baby Center. Any boy would be beyond proud once he found out the amount of royalty he shared a name with. Giving your son this name, he would have eleven British Kings and one Irish King as a namesake.
That doesn’t even include actors–Edward Norton–Edward Furlong–Ed Harris–this is only where the list begins. Though this name was wildly popular in the 1920s, it is on the rise again.
5 Powerful Eric
If you’re looking for a simple name, something easy for your son to spell with a strong meaning, Eric is the name for you. Eric comes from a Scandinavian origin and according to Baby Center, means ‘ever powerful’.
With many Kings having this name, the meaning behind it must carry some semblance. There have been nine Swedish Kings—seven Danish Kings—three Norwegian Kings, all bearing the name Eric. This name reached peak popularity in the late 1970s but mothers are beginning to notice it again.
4 Christopher The Christ-Bearer
According to Behind the Name, Christopher comes from the Greek name meaning ‘bearing Christ’. Though it is a quite long name and complicated to learn to spell, this has been a very popular name for boys throughout the years. There are many celebrities and royalty alike that bare this name.
Your son could share his name with actors–athletes–Kings if given this name. Christopher reached peak popularity in the mid-1980s and is showing up on charts again today.
3 Mighty Ronald
Here is another name for the list with strong meanings. Ronald, according to Baby Center, comes from a Greek origin and means ‘powerful’ or ‘mighty’. This is a perfect name for a boy if the meaning behind names has any impact on their lives. Ronald reached peak popularity in the late 1940s and it is catching mother’s attention again.
Choosing this name for your son allows him to share his name with former presidents and notable athletes alike.
2 Adam—More Than The Beginning
This name has been around since the beginning of man. With a Hebrew origin, according to Baby Center, the name Adam means ‘red earth’. Choose this name for your son and he can be named after the first man created.
Yes, this is another name for the biblical list. Reaching peak popularity in the late 1980s, this would be a very simple name for your son to learn to spell.
1 Luke Gives Light
According to Baby Center, Luke comes from Latin origin. It is another form of Lucas and means ‘light giving’. Luke is a very simple name to learn to spell with only four letters. With notable popularity beginning in the 1980s, this name has continued rising on the charts.
Mothers are choosing this name for their sons more and more recently. Some celebrity namesakes include actors Luke Perry and Luke Wilson. Don’t forget the six saints that bear this name as well.
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