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  • Having a Baby Boy? 100 of the Most Popular Baby Names for Boys

    Take inspiration from 100 names that came out on top in 2018.
    by Kate Borbon .
Having a Baby Boy? 100 of the Most Popular Baby Names for Boys
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  • As we finally welcome the new year, there may be some of us who have another exciting blessing to welcome — a new baby! If you have a new child on the way, you’re probably already thinking of the perfect name to give them, a name that’s not only pretty but also has a good meaning.

    But if you’re struggling to come up with the perfect name for your little one, it’s good to look back at the past year’s top baby names. In 2018, pregnancy and parenting website BabyCenter compiled a list of the most popular baby names in the U.S., using data from over 700,000 parents who shared their children’s names to the site.

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    Here’s the full list of the 100 names that came out on top and what they mean

    1. Jackson

    Origin: Scottish

    Meaning: “God has been gracious”, “God has shown favour”

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    2. Liam

    Origin: Irish

    Meaning: “Helmet of will”

    3. Noah

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Rest”, “comfort”

    4. Aiden

    Origin: Irish

    Meaning: “Little fire”

    5. Caden

    Origin: Welsh

    Meaning: “Spirit of battle”; “Friend” or “Companion” (Arabic meaning)

    6. Grayson

    Origin: English

    Meaning: “Son of the grey-haired one”

    7. Lucas

    Origin: Latin

    Meaning: “Light-giving”, “Illumination”

    8. Mason

    Origin: French

    Meaning: “Stoneworker”

    9. Oliver

    Origin: French

    Meaning: “Peaceful” or “Olive tree” (English and Latin meaning), “Affectionate” (Norse meaning)

    10. Elijah

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “The Lord is my God”

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    11. Logan

    Origin: Scottish

    Meaning: “Small hollow”

    12. Carter

    Origin: English

    Meaning: Traditionally used as a last name of a cart driver during the Middle Ages

    13. Ethan

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Strong”, “Safe”, “Firm”

    14. Muhammad

    Origin: Arabic

    Meaning: “Praiseworthy”, “To praise”

    15. Jayden

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Thankful”

    16. Michael

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Who is like God?”

    17. James

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Supplanter”, “One who follows”

    18. Sebastian

    Origin: Latin

    Meaning: “Venerable”, “Revered”

    19. Alexander

    Origin: Greek

    Meaning: “Defending men,” “To defend”

    20. Mateo

    Origin: Spanish

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    Meaning: “Gift of God”

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    21. Jacob

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Supplanter”

    22. Ryan

    Origin: Gaelic

    Meaning: “Descendant of the king”, “Little king”

    23. Benjamin

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Son of the right hand”

    24. Daniel

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “God is my judge”

    25. William

    Origin: German

    Meaning: “Strong-willed warrior”

    26. Jack

    Origin: English

    Meaning: Used to refer to a man from the working class (hence the expression “jack of all trades)

    27. Julian

    Origin: Latin

    Meaning: “Bearded”, “Father of the skies”

    28. Leon

    Origin: French

    Meaning: “Lion”

    29. Jayce

    Origin: Greek

    Meaning: “Healer”

    30. Caleb

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Faithful”

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    31. Luke

    Origin: Latin

    Meaning: “Light-giving”

    32. Henry

    Origin: German

    Meaning: “Ruler of the household”

    33. Gabriel

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Devoted to God”, “Hero of God”, “God is my strength”

    34. Matthew

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Gift from God”

    35. Wyatt

    Origin: French

    Meaning: “Wood”, “Wide”, “Guide”

    36. Owen

    Origin: Welsh

    Meaning: “Young warrior”, “Well born”, “Noble”

    37. Connor

    Origin: Irish

    Meaning: “Wise” (Scottish meaning)

    38. Josiah

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “The Lord supports,” “The Lord saves,” “The Lord heals”

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    39. Levi

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Joined in harmony”

    40. David

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Beloved”

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    41. Isaac

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “He will laugh”

    42. John

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “God has been gracious”

    43. Carson

    Origin: English, Scottish

    Meaning: “Son of Carr”

    44. Cameron

    Origin: Scottish

    Meaning: “Crooked nose”

    45. Isaiah

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Salvation of the Lord”

    46. Asher

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Happy,” “Blessed”

    47. Lincoln

    Origin: Latin

    Meaning: “Lithe”

    48. Adam

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Red earth”

    49. Nicholas

    Origin: Greek

    Meaning: “Victory of the people”

    50. Landon

    Origin: English

    Meaning: “Long hill”

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    51. Christian

    Origin: English

    Meaning: “Follower of Christ”

    52. Nathan

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “He gave”

    53. Joseph

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “May God give increase”

    54. Dylan

    Origin: Welsh

    Meaning: “Sea” (in connection with a Celtic word)

    55. Samuel

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Heard God,” “Asked of God”

    56. Ian

    Origin: Scottish

    Meaning: “God is gracious”

    57. Eli

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “My God,” “High”, “Elevated”

    58. Colton

    Origin: English

    Meaning: “From the coal or dark town”

    59. Anthony

    Origin: Latin

    Meaning: “Priceless one”

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    60. Luca

    Origin: Italian

    Meaning: “Man of Lucania”

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    61. Adrian

    Origin: Latin

    Meaning: “Dark one,” “Rich,” “Wealthy”

    62. Ezra

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Helper”

    63. Hudson

    Origin: English

    Meaning: “Song of Hudde”

    64. Hunter

    Origin: English

    Meaning: Originally used as an English and Scottish last name for hunters and bird catchers

    65. Zane

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “God’s gracious gift”

    66. Brayden

    Origin: Irish

    Meaning: “Someone who lives near a broad valley,” “Broad,” “Wise,” “Brave”

    67. Joshua

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “The Lord is my salvation”

    68. Dominic

    Origin: Latin

    Meaning: “Belonging to God”

    69. Aaron

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Enlightened,” “High mountain”

    70. Thomas

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Twin”

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    71. Kai

    Origin: Hawaiian

    Meaning: “Sea,” “Victory (Mandarin meaning), “Rejoice” (Finnish)

    72. Xavier

    Origin: Latin

    Meaning: “Savior”

    73. Miles

    Origin: Latin

    Meaning: “Soldier”

    74. Christopher

    Origin: Greek

    Meaning: “One who carries Christ”

    75. Jordan

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Descending”

    76. Easton

    Origin: English

    Meaning: “East-facing place”

    77. Andrew

    Origin: Latin

    Meaning: “Strong,” “Manly,” “Courageous”

    78. Bryson

    Origin: English

    Meaning: “Son of Bryce”

    79. Elias

    Origin: Hebrew

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    Meaning: “Yahweh is God”

    80. Jeremiah

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Exalted of the Lord”

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    81. Nolan

    Origin: Gaelic

    Meaning: “Descendant of a chariot fighter champion,” “Famous,” “Noble”

    82. Maverick

    Origin: English

    Meaning: “Independent,” “Nonconformist”

    83. Charlie

    Origin: English

    Meaning: “Free”

    84. Max

    Origin: Latin

    Meaning: “Greatest,” “Great spring”

    85. Jameson

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Son of James”

    86. Damian

    Origin: Greek

    Meaning: “Tamer”

    87. Elliot

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Strength of God”

    88. Cooper

    Origin: Latin

    Meaning: “Barrel maker”

    89. Roman

    Origin: Latin

    Meaning: “Man of Rome”

    90. Ezekiel

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Strength of God”

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    91. Evan

    Origin: Welsh

    Meaning: “The Lord is gracious”

    92. Austin

    Origin: Latin

    Meaning: “Majestic dignity,” “Great one,” “Magnificent”

    93. Rowan

    Origin: Irish

    Meaning: “Red,” “Little red-haired one”

    94. Jonathan

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Gift from God”

    95. Micah

    Origin: Hebrew

    Meaning: “Who is like God?”

    96. Theodore

    Origin: Greek

    Meaning: “Divine gift”

    97. Jason

    Origin: Greek

    Meaning: “To heal”

    98. Xander

    Origin: Greek

    Meaning: “Defender of the people”

    99. Declan

    Origin: Irish

    Meaning: “Man of prayer,” “Full of goodness”

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    100. Weston

    Origin: English

    Meaning: “Western town,” “From the western town”

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