These Awesome All-American Baby Boy Names Speak to Our Past & Future

What makes an all-American baby name? Well, you can’t get more American than debating what it even means to be all-American. While we’re not exactly the “melting pot” we used to brag about, this country has quite the mishmash of cultural origins and influences that all lead directly to how we choose our baby names. We have a lot of ideas on how to name your baby boy something quintessentially American.

We have to admit: We were stumped on this one. So we turned to our favorite baby-name guru, Pamela Redmond Satran from, for some wisdom. Redmond Satran had this to say about what makes a classic American boy’s name, well…classic.

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Popular American boy names

You probably already know that the Social Security Administration releases an annual list of the most popular American baby names, sifted from birth certificates. Liam was 2019’s winner for boys for the third year in a row. But what about the other names on this list?

According to the most recent records, these are currently the top 10 names for baby boys in the U.S.

  • Liam
  • Noah
  • Oliver
  • William
  • Elijah
  • James
  • Benjamin
  • Lucas
  • Mason
  • Ethan
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Top American boy names of the past century

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These are the SSA’s top 10 popular boy names of the last 100 years in the U.S. And if your heritage is more Latinx-American than English-American, why not consider the variants, i.e., Ricardo for Richard, Carlo for Charles, Roberto for Robert, Jose for Joseph, and so on?

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

Native American boy names

If you have Native heritage, these are some beautiful picks to honor your family’s past. You can find out more information about their meanings.

  • Ahuli
  • Atohi
  • Diwali
  • Onacona
  • Sequoyah
  • Tsiyi
  • Waya
  • Wohali

Trendy American boy names

Yeah, yeah, you say, but what boy names are seriously gaining traction this year? These are hot, hot, hot right now in the U.S., perhaps destined to be old-school classics in, say, another hundred years. Grandpa Kylo? It might happen.

  • Saint
  • Bowie
  • Kylo
  • Bode
  • Creed
  • Benicio
  • Adonis
  • Fox
  • Nyall
  • Kye
  • Hakeem
  • Shepherd
  • Zayn
  • Stoker
  • Mikael
  • Eason
  • Karim
  • Franco
  • Apollo
  • Zyaire
  • Kingsley
  • Bridger
  • Grey

Classic boy names of the past

If you’re looking for some distinguished flair, something with a debonair ring to it, well, you can’t go wrong with any of these American chestnuts:

  • Ethan
  • Walter
  • Francis
  • Alistair
  • Seth
  • Arthur
  • Samuel
  • Clarence
  • Jason
  • Samuel
  • Ernest
  • Oscar
  • Alfred
  • Perry
  • Jackson
  • Wesley
  • Percy
  • Amos
  • Jonathan
  • Eric
  • Rufus
  • Eli
  • Ward
  • Owen
  • Silas

All-American cowboy names

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If your idea of “classic American” involves some Wild West, well, we’ve got just the thing. We trust Pam over at Nameberry so much, we couldn’t resist taking a page from her with their genius page of cowboy names. Here’s just a taste:

  • Blaze
  • Jesse
  • Beau
  • Cody
  • Cheyenne
  • Colt
  • Shane
  • Pistol
  • Wilder
  • Wyatt
  • Roper
  • Tripp
  • Gunner

U.S. celebrity boy names we dig

You know we love us some celebrity baby names, too. And there have been quite a batch of fab boy names over the past few years coming from the birth announcements of the global elite, from traditional to truly unique:

  • Bingham Hawn — son of Kate Hudson and Muse’s Matthew Bellamy
  • Archie Harrison — son of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
  • Diesel Dean — son of Olympian Jennie Finch
  • Finn — son of actor Autumn Reeser
  • Kannon — son of actor Kevin James
  • Benjamin Allen — son of Bravo’s Andy Cohen
  • Beau Bobby Bruce — son of Catfish‘s Nev Schulman
  • Skyler — son of celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe
  • Felix — son of actor Elizabeth Banks
  • Winston Roy — son of model Lily Aldridge and Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill
  • Zander Cruz — son of Bachelor Nation’s Desiree Hartsock
  • Forest Sage — son of actors Teresa Palmer and Mark Webber
  • Zeppelin Bram — son of actors Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris

A version of this article was originally published in October 2011.

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