You’d think the top 20 boy names in the nation would be strongly masculine names, wouldn’t you? That they’d be used almost entirely by boys, right?
That’s the case with most of them, but not with all of them.
Below, on the left, are the top 20 baby boy names in the U.S. On the right, I’ve re-ordered the names according to relative masculinity (strongest to weakest).
|Top 20 – Usage||Top 20 – Masculinity|
Masculinity was determined by dividing the number of boys with each name by the total number of babies (male + female) with each name, then multiplying by 100 to come up with a percentage.
The percentages are all very high (99+) until you get down to Ryan, Logan and Jayden:
|Ryan||12,986 boys||13,502 total||96.2%|
|Logan||14,331 boys||15,013 total||95.5%|
|Jayden||17,082 boys||18,820 total||90.8%|
And this analysis doesn’t account for alternative spellings. If I’d considered variants like Noa, Aidan and Jadan, some percentages would have been even lower.
All 20 of these names are still boy names–I’m not claiming that any of them are girl names–but several might be mistaken for girl names once in a while. So if you’re expecting a boy and you’re aiming for an unambiguously male name, be wary of Noah, Ryan, Logan, Aiden and Jayden. (And all the other -ayden names, just to be on the safe side.)