America's Fastest-Rising Boys' Names: Something for Everyone

May 11th 2018

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.

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#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.


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By rooo
May 12, 2018 4:29 PM

Maverick is another Teen Mom OG baby name. He's about 2 years old now, so that's why it spiked in 2017. 

May 13, 2018 2:21 AM

I was looking at the top 1000 names ranked, and Theodore and Theo also had a noticeable jump.  Is there a celebrity source, or is it the popularity of the short nickname ending in o like Milo and Kylo that's driving the rise?

By EVie
May 13, 2018 10:56 AM

One of Ivanka's kids is named Theodore, so it could be the political family thing at work, but in this case I think style probably has more to do with it, as it was already well on the rise when she used it. Same is true for Arabella, another one of her kids. She's part of the trend, not a trendsetter.