The New Sound of Action Names

Aug 10th 2017

Looking for a boy's name that spells action? Try spelling it with an X.

The letter X is the hottest sound in the action-name belt. That's the style zone running roughly from Idaho and Montana south to Oklahoma and Arkansas, and east toward Tennessee and West Virginia. It's the likeliest place to find rough-and-ready action names like Stryker and Gunner, along with Maddox, Jaxxon, Dax, and just about any modern-sounding X name you can imagine.

Even in this x-travagant name region, one specific style of X name stands out. Boys' names ending in XT*N (like Axton) are suddenly everywhere.

Some of the names, like Paxton and Ruxton, are familiar as surnames and place names. Those set the blueprint for a flowering of new inventions like Bronxton and Zaxtyn. Parents are treating the XT*N as an infinitely extensible base, limited only by their imaginations.

The list below shows names given to 5 or more American boys last year. Browse it for a snapshot of a new action-packed generation.

Axten Bryxton Maxtin
Axtin Daxten Maxton
Axton Daxtin Maxtyn
Axtyn Daxton Paxten
Baxton Daxtyn Paxtin
Bexton Daxxton Paxton
Braxten Dextin Paxtyn
Braxtin Dexton Praxton
Braxton Draxton Raxton
Braxtyn Exton Rexton
Braxxton Haxton Rixton
Brexten Huxton Saxton
Brextin Jaxten Thaxton
Brexton Jaxtin Traxton
Brextyn Jaxton Trexton
Brixten Jaxtyn Truxton
Brixtin Jaxxton Zaxton
Brixton Knoxton              Zaxtyn
Bronxton              Lexton  
Broxton Maxten  



August 10, 2017 11:38 AM

That's a fascinating trend!

I'm a little surprised by the -yns.  For me, this reads female.  Perhaps I'm a few years behind!

August 10, 2017 1:03 PM

I'd wager that quite a few names on this list are related to your previous post about building names based on the desired nickname. Take one-syllable nickname ending in X, add -t*n ending, and VOILA! You have your "formal" name. 

 (And this list makes my head hurt.)

August 10, 2017 2:46 PM

I know a young adult male named Camden, but with a -yn, so that's been around a while.

August 10, 2017 3:00 PM

I'd use simple Rex, without anything added on. Maybe that makes me old-fashioned but yeah, Sweet, simple Rex really floats my boat! and I have a new nephew Jax*on

It's awful, I think.

August 11, 2017 4:03 PM

Every time I hear of a boy named Braxton, I think "I hope he doesn't marry someone named Hicks..." I do wonder whether hearing the name during pregnancy might subconsciously reinforce its naminess.

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By kmw
October 25, 2017 3:10 PM

You're a few years behind! My son has a name ending in "yn" and he is in preschool. I also now know other little boys with "yn" names too that are his age or older! 

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