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Most popular baby names for boys the year you were born

  • 2002–2006

    - #1 boys' name: Jacob
    - #2 boys' name: Michael
    - #3 boys' name: Joshua

    In 2002, Joshua made its debut appearance on the Social Security Administration’s list. The name has Hebrew origins and means “God is Salvation.”

  • 2007–2008

    - #1 boys' name: Jacob
    - #2 boys' name: Michael
    - #3 boys' name: Ethan

    Five years later in 2007, Joshua slid in popularity to make room for Ethan. Meaning “firm” or “strong,” Ethan is also a Hebrew name.

  • 2009–2010

    - #1 boys' name: Jacob
    - #2 boys' name: Ethan
    - #3 boys' name: Michael

    2009 and 2010 were the last years that Michael was one of the most popular names for newborn boys. It definitely marked a turning point in U.S. culture, as Michael had been in the top three since 1953, a whopping 57 years.

  • 2011

    - #1 boys' name: Jacob
    - #2 boys' name: Mason
    - #3 boys' name: William

    There were two new names joining Jacob on the list in 2011. Mason is French and literally means “stone worker” or “bricklayer.” And America sees the return of the English name William, which saw much popularity throughout the ’20s.

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  • 2012

    - #1 boys' name: Jacob
    - #2 boys' name: Mason
    - #3 boys' name: Ethan

    Jacob steadily gained popularity, eventually rising to the top of the most popular baby boy names list. As of 2017 it was no longer in the top three, but the fact that everyone seems to know at least one Jacob is a testament to the name’s ability to stand the test of time.

  • 2013

    - #1 boys' name: Noah
    - #2 boys' name: Jacob
    - #3 boys' name: Liam

    For the first time in a long time, Jacob wasn’t the most popular name for baby boys. Instead, the Hebrew name Noah (meaning “rest” or “peace”) took the #1 spot.

  • 2014–2015

    - #1 boys' name: Noah
    - #2 boys' name: Liam
    - #3 boys' name: Mason

    Noah remained the most popular name for boys throughout 2014 and 2015. Liam became the second most-used name. Stemming from Ireland, Liam means “strong-willed warrior.”

  • 2016

    - #1 boys' name: Noah
    - #2 boys' name: Liam
    - #3 boys' name: William

    Liam is actually just a shortened version of the name William. Both names have the same meaning, which makes sense given their origin from the same geographical region of the world. 2016 was the first year that both the longer and shorter version of the name made the top three.

  • 2017–2018

    - #1 boys' name: Liam
    - #2 boys' name: Noah
    - #3 boys' name: William

    2017 and 2018 saw the same three names that were the most popular in 2016, but Liam took the #1 spot from Noah.

  • 2019

    - #1 boys' name: Liam
    - #2 boys' name: Noah
    - #3 boys' name: Oliver

    Oliver, a name rising in popularity over the last decade, cracked the top three in 2019. The name has been the #1 boys name in the U.K. for years, signaling the country's influence over American naming—and that parents across the pond are just starting to catch up.

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