America's Fastest-Rising Boys' Names: Something for Everyone
You want biblical names? Modern inventions? Word names? Place names? Spanish names? English Names? You've got it. In today's wide-open name culture, new hits come from all directions. You'll see a sampling in the fastest-rising boys' names of last year.
Images credits: Maverick, pgatour.com. Ezekiel, nfl.com
#1: Maverick. Pardon me as I wax nostalgic for a moment. Way back in 1995, a woman I'd been a college teaching assistant with had a baby and named him Maverick. At the time, we all marveled at her unconventional word-based name choice. Today, Maverick is a top-100 hit and the fastest-rising boy's name in America. And one of the driving factors is that very same Maverick from 1995: Maverick McNealy, now all grown up and a golf phenom. The nation's top amateur golfer, he turned pro in 2017.
#2: Matías. Every form of the name Matthew is popular around the world. The Spanish Mateo has been particularly hot in the U.S., and now Matías (Portuguese: Matias) is rising to meet it. Matías is the name of a young son of actors Julián Gil and actress Marjorie de Sousa, who have been locked in a high-profile custody battle.
#3: Ezekiel. Red-hot Ezekiel is the emblem of a modern wave of super-biblical style. Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott helped push the name firmly into the mainstream, with an assist from the continuing star power of the letter Z.
#4: Logan. Remember that big film of 2017? What was it again…"Logan"? or maybe "Logan Lucky"? Then there was the ubiquitous and controversial internet personality Logan Paul. All told, it was a big year for this already popular name.
#5: Kashton. First there was Cash, as in singer Johnny Cash and cash money. Then, inevitably, came Kash. (American parents never miss an opportunity to turn a C into a K—just ask a Khloe.) But to some, "just Kash" didn't seem like enough for formal occasions. Kashton to the rescue.
#6: Kairo. What were we just saying about the letter K? Kairo, with a K, has various origins, but as a baby name it's a twist on the even-more-popular place name Cairo. Model Kairo Whitfield is the son of Real Housewives of Atlanta star Shereé Whitfield.