Most popular baby names for boys of the last decade in North Carolina

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December 25, 2021
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Most popular baby names for boys of the last decade in North Carolina

William Shakespeare's famous female protagonist once asked, "What's in a name?" The answer? Honestly, quite a bit. Though the young lovestruck Juliet presents her soliloquy in the interest of proving quite the opposite—that a name means nothing, and her affection for Romeo should not be hindered by feuding family names—the truth about the weight carried by a name is quite contrary to her point.

The reality is that names tell stories. They tell stories about those who give them to us, and they come to tell stories about us as we carry them through our lives. They tell stories about cultural trends and current events that inform them or about the long-standing traditions that serve to carry them on from generation to generation. Names are like mirrors that reflect where we've come from, who we are, what connects us, and where we're going.

This is a time when finding unique baby names seems to be a high priority. Yet a look at baby name trends over the past decade shows that even as we grasp for the unconventional, there's still a fair share of names that reign supreme when it comes to baby name selection.

Stacker compiled a list of the most popular baby names for boys of the last decade in North Carolina using data from the Social Security Administration. Names are ranked by number of babies from 2010 to 2019.

Keep reading to see if your name made the list.

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#50. Eli

Eli is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "my God" or "elevated".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,407
- Number of babies in 2019: 187 (#60 (tie) most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -12.6%
- Highest rank since 2010: #37 in 2012

National
- Rank: #51
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 69,687

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#49. Jaxon

Jaxon is a name of American origin meaning "son of Jack”.

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,429
- Number of babies in 2019: 267 (#29 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: +107.0%
- Highest rank since 2010: #24 in 2018

National
- Rank: #52
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 68,946

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#48. Hunter

Hunter is a name of English origin meaning "one who hunts".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,462
- Number of babies in 2019: 170 (#68 (tie) most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -34.4%
- Highest rank since 2010: #34 in 2013

National
- Rank: #47
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 74,682

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#47. Isaiah

Isaiah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "Yahweh is salvation".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,476
- Number of babies in 2019: 212 (#52 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -33.8%
- Highest rank since 2010: #36 in 2010

National
- Rank: #46
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 75,977

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#46. Charles

Charles is a name of Germanic origin meaning "free man".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,518
- Number of babies in 2019: 239 (#39 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -7.4%
- Highest rank since 2010: #35 in 2017

National
- Rank: #49
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 69,859

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#45. Jonathan

Jonathan is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God has given".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,569
- Number of babies in 2019: 171 (#67 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -56.9%
- Highest rank since 2010: #23 in 2010

National
- Rank: #42
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 79,658

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#44. Isaac

Isaac is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "he will laugh".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,572
- Number of babies in 2019: 266 (#30 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: +34.3%
- Highest rank since 2010: #30 in 2019

National
- Rank: #31
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 94,338

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#43. Owen

Owen is a name of Welsh origin meaning "young warrior".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,611
- Number of babies in 2019: 291 (#26 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: +25.4%
- Highest rank since 2010: #26 in 2019

National
- Rank: #34
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 90,980

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#42. Dylan

Dylan is a name of Welsh origin meaning "son of the sea".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,613
- Number of babies in 2019: 194 (#57 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -35.8%
- Highest rank since 2010: #32 in 2014

National
- Rank: #29
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 96,183

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#41. Oliver

Oliver is a name of Latin origin meaning "olive tree planter".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,613
- Number of babies in 2019: 412 (#8 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: +243.3%
- Highest rank since 2010: #8 in 2019

National
- Rank: #28
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 97,962

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#40. Josiah

Josiah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "Jehovah has healed".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,628
- Number of babies in 2019: 255 (#33 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: +16.4%
- Highest rank since 2010: #28 in 2017

National
- Rank: #62
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 62,838

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#39. Jeremiah

Jeremiah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "appointed by God".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,667
- Number of babies in 2019: 190 (#58 (tie) most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -42.6%
- Highest rank since 2010: #33 in 2011

National
- Rank: #55
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 66,502

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#38. Brayden

Brayden is a name of Irish origin meaning "brave".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,674
- Number of babies in 2019: 143 (#83 (tie) most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -57.4%
- Highest rank since 2010: #26 in 2012

National
- Rank: #58
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 65,848

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#37. Anthony

Anthony is a name of Latin origin meaning "praiseworthy".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,687
- Number of babies in 2019: 197 (#56 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -48.4%
- Highest rank since 2010: #25 in 2010

National
- Rank: #21
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 111,883

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#36. Henry

Henry is a name of German origin meaning "estate ruler".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,825
- Number of babies in 2019: 350 (#13 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: +63.6%
- Highest rank since 2010: #13 in 2019

National
- Rank: #33
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 92,441

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#35. Andrew

Andrew is a name of Greek origin meaning "brave".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,887
- Number of babies in 2019: 187 (#60 (tie) most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -50.4%
- Highest rank since 2010: #27 in 2010

National
- Rank: #25
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 104,818

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#34. Grayson

Grayson is a name of English origin meaning "son of the steward".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,975
- Number of babies in 2019: 387 (#9 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: +118.6%
- Highest rank since 2010: #9 in 2019

National
- Rank: #56
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 66,231

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#33. Christian

Christian is a name of English origin meaning "follower Of Christ".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,988
- Number of babies in 2019: 217 (#50 (tie) most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -46.0%
- Highest rank since 2010: #17 in 2011

National
- Rank: #41
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 83,934

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#32. Wyatt

Wyatt is a name of English origin meaning "brave in war".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,014
- Number of babies in 2019: 340 (#14 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: +39.9%
- Highest rank since 2010: #14 in 2019

National
- Rank: #37
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 87,572

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#31. Levi

Levi is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "joining".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,092
- Number of babies in 2019: 353 (#12 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: +54.1%
- Highest rank since 2010: #12 in 2019

National
- Rank: #45
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 77,717

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#30. Matthew

Matthew is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "Gift of Yahweh".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,125
- Number of babies in 2019: 217 (#50 (tie) most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -38.7%
- Highest rank since 2010: #23 in 2017

National
- Rank: #16
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 124,808

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#29. Cameron

Cameron is a name of Gaelic origin meaning "crooked river".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,128
- Number of babies in 2019: 239 (#39 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -34.5%
- Highest rank since 2010: #22 in 2012

National
- Rank: #57
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 66,066

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#28. Joseph

Joseph is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "he will add".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,208
- Number of babies in 2019: 284 (#28 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -26.6%
- Highest rank since 2010: #24 in 2010

National
- Rank: #20
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 115,341

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#27. Landon

Landon is a name of English origin meaning "long hill".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,271
- Number of babies in 2019: 226 (#44 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -48.9%
- Highest rank since 2010: #17 in 2012

National
- Rank: #44
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 79,187

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#26. Luke

Luke is a name of Greek origin meaning "man from Lucania".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,308
- Number of babies in 2019: 311 (#18 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: +5.1%
- Highest rank since 2010: #12 in 2016

National
- Rank: #32
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 93,102

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#25. Caleb

Caleb is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "faithful".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,311
- Number of babies in 2019: 241 (#37 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -46.3%
- Highest rank since 2010: #16 in 2010

National
- Rank: #38
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 86,530

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#24. David

David is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "beloved".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,432
- Number of babies in 2019: 262 (#32 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -43.5%
- Highest rank since 2010: #14 in 2010

National
- Rank: #18
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 116,382

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#23. Lucas

Lucas is a name of Greek origin meaning "man from Lucania".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,448
- Number of babies in 2019: 371 (#10 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: +35.9%
- Highest rank since 2010: #8 in 2017

National
- Rank: #17
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 118,453

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#22. Daniel

Daniel is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God is my judge".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,515
- Number of babies in 2019: 295 (#24 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -29.6%
- Highest rank since 2010: #15 in 2013

National
- Rank: #12
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 133,595

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#21. Gabriel

Gabriel is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God is my strength".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,534
- Number of babies in 2019: 231 (#42 (tie) most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -42.4%
- Highest rank since 2010: #13 in 2014

National
- Rank: #24
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 105,296

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#20. John

John is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "Yahweh has been gracious".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,609
- Number of babies in 2019: 325 (#16 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -22.6%
- Highest rank since 2010: #12 in 2015

National
- Rank: #26
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 102,521

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#19. Christopher

Christopher is a name of English origin meaning "Christ-bearer".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,628
- Number of babies in 2019: 224 (#47 (tie) most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -54.7%
- Highest rank since 2010: #9 in 2011

National
- Rank: #27
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 101,885

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#18. Carter

Carter is a name of Gaelic origin meaning "transporter of goods".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,630
- Number of babies in 2019: 364 (#11 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: +49.2%
- Highest rank since 2010: #8 in 2018

National
- Rank: #30
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 95,047

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#17. Joshua

Joshua is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God Is my salvation".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,635
- Number of babies in 2019: 224 (#47 (tie) most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -58.1%
- Highest rank since 2010: #6 in 2010

National
- Rank: #23
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 105,951

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#16. Samuel

Samuel is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "name of God".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,664
- Number of babies in 2019: 303 (#20 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -33.6%
- Highest rank since 2010: #15 in 2010

National
- Rank: #22
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 107,854

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#15. Logan

Logan is a name of Scottish origin meaning "Little hollow".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,727
- Number of babies in 2019: 315 (#17 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -16.7%
- Highest rank since 2010: #7 in 2017

National
- Rank: #14
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 126,600

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#14. Benjamin

Benjamin is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "son of my days".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,784
- Number of babies in 2019: 334 (#15 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -5.1%
- Highest rank since 2010: #8 in 2016

National
- Rank: #11
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 134,226

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#13. Alexander

Alexander is a name of Greek origin meaning “defender of man".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,840
- Number of babies in 2019: 296 (#22 (tie) most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -42.4%
- Highest rank since 2010: #10 in 2010

National
- Rank: #8
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 141,833

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#12. Jayden

Jayden is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "thankful".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,890
- Number of babies in 2019: 239 (#39 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -56.5%
- Highest rank since 2010: #5 in 2010

National
- Rank: #15
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 125,780

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#11. Aiden

Aiden is a name of Gaelic origin meaning "born of fire".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,951
- Number of babies in 2019: 309 (#19 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -25.7%
- Highest rank since 2010: #10 in 2015

National
- Rank: #13
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 129,374

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#10. Michael

Michael is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "who is like God?".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,112
- Number of babies in 2019: 292 (#25 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -41.8%
- Highest rank since 2010: #8 in 2016

National
- Rank: #7
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 144,741

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#9. Ethan

Ethan is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "strong" or "enduring".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,113
- Number of babies in 2019: 287 (#27 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -45.8%
- Highest rank since 2010: #7 in 2010

National
- Rank: #6
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 148,857

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#8. Jackson

Jackson is a name of English origin meaning "son of Jack".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,688
- Number of babies in 2019: 419 (#7 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -18.8%
- Highest rank since 2010: #7 in 2019

National
- Rank: #19
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 115,997

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#7. Jacob

Jacob is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "to follow".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,763
- Number of babies in 2019: 301 (#21 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -57.2%
- Highest rank since 2010: #2 in 2010

National
- Rank: #3
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 162,876

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#6. Liam

Liam is a name of German origin meaning "protection".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 5,125
- Number of babies in 2019: 685 (#1 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: +151.8%
- Highest rank since 2010: #1 in 2019

National
- Rank: #2
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 173,636

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#5. James

James is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "supplanter".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 5,147
- Number of babies in 2019: 514 (#4 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -1.0%
- Highest rank since 2010: #4 in 2019

National
- Rank: #9
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 139,307

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#4. Elijah

Elijah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "Yahweh is God".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 5,340
- Number of babies in 2019: 461 (#5 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -20.0%
- Highest rank since 2010: #3 in 2013

National
- Rank: #10
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 136,649

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#3. Mason

Mason is a name of English origin meaning "one who works with stone".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 5,757
- Number of babies in 2019: 460 (#6 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -9.3%
- Highest rank since 2010: #2 in 2014

National
- Rank: #5
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 157,591

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#2. Noah

Noah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "rest".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 6,002
- Number of babies in 2019: 605 (#2 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: +7.5%
- Highest rank since 2010: #1 in 2018

National
- Rank: #1
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 182,896

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#1. William

William is a name of Germanic origin meaning "vehement protector".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 6,978
- Number of babies in 2019: 585 (#3 most common)
- Change from 2010 to 2019: -28.7%
- Highest rank since 2010: #1 in 2017

National
- Rank: #4
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 159,600

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