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30 Sensational Boys Names

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Last week I brought you 30 Stunning Girls Names and now its time to shine the spotlight on the fellas! Are you a fan of an up-and-coming name? A rare handsome choice? Or maybe like me, you’re a fan of the surname trend? We’ll here are 30 great names for you little guy!

Rising Handsome Names
10 Handsome choices climbing the charts!

Arlo
Current Ranking: # 278
A literary name and a place name, Arlo may also be a spin-off of the Italian and Spanish name Carlo.

Asher
Current Ranking : #47
A Hebrew name Asher means happy, fortunate, and blessed.

Atticus
Current Ranking: 326
Latin meaning from Attica, Atticus may also mean fatherly.

Elias
Current Ranking: #67
Elias is a Greek form of Elijah meaning Yahweh is God.

Ezra
Current Ranking: 59
A Hebrew name meaning help, Ezra is on the rise or both sexes.

Henry
Current Ranking: #16
A classic German name Henry means estate ruler.

Holden
Current Ranking: 216
Holden is a literary name and an English surname meaning hollows valley.

Milo
Current Ranking: 178
Milo has German and Latin roots meaning merciful or solider.

Orion
Current Ranking: #300
Orion is a Greek mythological and astrological name.

River
Current Ranking: #197
A well-loved nature name, River is rising for both sexes.

Rare Handsome Names
These 10 uncommon names are not ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000

Alaric
A strong name, Alaric is German in origin and fittingly means all-powerful ruler.

Boaz
Boaz is a Biblical and Hebrew name meaning swiftness.

Caspian
A place name, you may also recognize Caspian as a literary name.

Everest
A unique place name, Everest is the name of the worlds tallest mountain.

Lorcan
Lorcan is an underused Irish name meaning little and fierce.

Lysander
A bold Greek name, Lysander means liberator.

Macsen
A Welsh variation of Maximus, Macsen also means greatest.

Noam
Noam is a Hebrew name meaning pleasant, charm, and tenderness.

Stellan
Stellan is a Swedish name which may possibly mean calm.

Tobin
A surname derived from Tobias, Tobin means God is gracious.

Handsome Surname Names
10 Surnames worthy of the first name spot!

Archer
Current Ranking: #239
An English occupational name, Archer fittingly means bowman.

Beckett
Current Ranking: #227
Beckett has both English and Irish roots and means bee cottage.

Brooks
Current Ranking: #161
Brooks is a nature surname meaning man of the brook or dweller of the brook.

Cullen
Current Ranking: #589
An Irish name, Cullen has nature ties as well and means holly tree.

Graham
Current Ranking: #181
A Scottish name with a ghoulish name, Graham means gravelly homestead.

Hayes
Current Ranking: #343
Hayes is an English surname and nature name meaning hedged area.

Jameson
Current Ranking: #91
An English surname, Jameson fittingly means son of James.

Nash
Current Ranking: #256
Another great surname with nature ties, Nash means by the ash tree.

Sullivan
Current Ranking: #387
A familiar hearty Irish name, Sullivan means black-eyed one.

Winston
Current Ranking: #402
Winston is an English name meaning wine’s town.

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Lovable Underused L Names for Boys

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L is a wonderful letter for names with lots of variety to choose from.  The Top L names for boys right now are Liam at Number 2, Logan at Number 14, Lucas at Number 16, Levi at Number 42, and Lincoln at Number 66. Though many of the popular L names for boys are on my own personal list, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some equally awesome lesser used L names!

Landry
Landry can and is being used for both sexes.  I put it on our boys list here today because it gives me a hearty, handsome, cowboy feel.  Landry is a French surname meaning ruler, currently ranked at Number 858. Landry may remind you of Tom Landry the legendary Dallas Cowboys coach.

Langston
Literary parents will instantly think of writer Langston Hughes.  Langston is an Old English surname meaning long stone ranking at Number 691. Langston just entered the Top 1,000 for the first time in 2013 and has been steadily rising ever since.

Laszlo
Laszlo comes from a Hungarian name meaning glorious ruler.  Saint László was an eleventh century Hungarian king. Laszlo has the smooth trending ‘o’ ending and easily lends itself to the cool nickname Laz.  Only 23 boys were given the name Laszlo last year.

Leary
Everyone loves and Irish name! Leary is an Irish surname meaning calf herder. Leary was the name of several Irish kings and may also remind you of writer and producer Dennis Leary.  Leary is so rarely used as a first name that less than 5 boys were named Leary last year.

Ledger
Ledger is another great surname name derived from a Norman name meaning tribe or spear.  The late actor Heath Ledger is a strong association to this name.  Another name with a cool cowboy vibe, Ledger was used by 157 boys last year.

Lemuel  
I discovered the name Lemuel through my friend and fellow baby name enthusiast Alena (you can find her on YouTube: AlenaJIngle).  Lemuel is a Hebrew name meaning devoted to God. A wonderful underused Biblical name, only 72 boys were named Lemuel last year.

Lev
Lev is a wonderful alternative to the much more popular Levi.  Lev has both Hebrew and Russian origins meaning heart or lion. Actress Candace Cameron has a son named Lev. Last year 136 baby boys were given the first name Lev.

Lowell
Lowell comes from a French nickname meaning wolf. I first noticed the name Lowell while watching the TV show Wings.  Lowell peaked in 1934 when it reached spot Number 148. Only 45 baby boys were named Lowell last year.

Ludo
Ludo is one of those names that I think would be more used if more people knew about it.  Ludo has the loveable “Lu” sound like the more popular names Luca, Lucas, and Luke.  Ludo is a short form of the name Ludovic meaning famous ruler.  Seven boys were named Ludovic last year, but less than 5 were named Ludo.

Lysander
Lysander is one of my favorite alternatives to the classic Alexander.  Lysander is a Greek name meaning liberator.  Lovers of Shakespeare will recognize Lysander as one of the characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Only 34 little boys were named Lysander last year.

What are your favorite underused L names for boys?

Best Names for Boys from the bottom of the charts

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Last week we explored some gorgeous girl’s names ranging between 900 and 1,000 in the charts. This week let’s find some inspiring choices for the fellas at the bottom of the Social Security Administration’s Top 1,000 chart.

Thatcher
Thatcher is an English surname and occupational name meaning a roof thatcher. Thatcher just entered the US Top 1,000 in 2013 and currently ranks at Number 902. Thatcher makes for a fresh choice and alternative to similar sounding occupational surnames like Carter or Sawyer. Thatcher always reminds me of Becky Thatcher, the leading lady in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Grey
Any fans of Grey’s Anatomy out there? Grey is a smooth color name that just entered the Top 1,000 in 2013.  Currently Number 916, Grey is one of my favorite middle names, and sounds good with many longer first names. Grey is also being used as a nickname for Greyson, which currently ranks at Number 111.

Keenan
Keenan may remind you of comedians Keenan Ivory Wayans and Kenan Thompson. An Irish name meaning ancient, Keenan currently ranks at Number 931. Keenan peaked in 1997 when it reached Number 354, but has steadily declined every year since.

Boone
Boone first entered the Top 1,000 last year and is currently the highest it has ever ranked at Number 940. Boone is an English surname derived from a French name meaning a blessing.  Boone has a cool cowboy feel and may conjure up images of frontiersman Daniel Boone.

Cairo
Cairo gets double cool points for being a place name and ending in the smooth letter o. Cairo is the capital city of Egypt and means victorious in Arabic.  Cairo first entered the Top 1,000 last year, when it peaked at Number 941.

Seamus
There are many high-ranking handsome Irish names.  If you’d love to honor your Irish heritage, but want something a bit less used, you may consider Seamus.  Seamus is an Irish form of James meaning supplanter that currently ranks at Number 948. Seamus is the name of a Pink Floyd song and a character from Harry Potter.

Anton
Anton is a German and Scandinavian form of Anthony, meaning priceless.  Anton is Number 960, much less popular than Antony at Number 25. Anton may remind you of Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno or writer Anton Chekhov.

Wilder
People are wild about Wilder! Wilder was one of the fastest rising names last year, jumping 360 spots and making its debut in the Top 1,000 at Number 964.  Wilder is a surname and a word name that could be associated with the lovable namesakes Laura Ingalls Wilder or Gene Wilder.

Truman
Truman is an English surname meaning loyal or trusty man.  Truman peaked in 1945, the year Harry S. Truman, the 33rd US President took term.  Currently Number 981 in popularity, Truman has been declining in popularity.  The hip nickname True may make Truman feel fresh to modern parents.

Gilbert
My love of the name Gilbert stems from my love of the character Gilbert Blythe in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables book series. Gilbert is a German name meaning shining pledged, currently ranked at Number 983. Gilbert peaked in 1930, but has dropped several spots in recent years.

What are your favorite names ranking from 900 to 1,000?