How popular is the baby name Kern in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Kern.
We looked at the
top baby name rises last month, so this month let’s look at the opposite: the top drops. That is, the baby names that decreased the most in usage, percentage-wise, from one year to the next in the Social Security Administration’s data.
Here’s the format: girl names are on the left, boy names are on the right, and the percentages represent single-year slides in usage. (For example, from 1880 to 1881, usage of the girl name Clementine dropped 68% and usage of the boy name Neil dropped 76%.)
1881: Clementine, -68%; Neil, -76% 1882: Malissa, -56%; Verne, -67% 1883: Minna, -67%; Morton, -74% 1884: Roxy, -62%; Ellsworth & Newt, -60% 1885: Sina, -68%; Clarance, -74% 1886: Cordia, Dicie & Johnie, -64%; Adelbert, -69% 1887: Faith, -69%; Hardy, -73% 1888: Diana & Hope, -63%; Connie, -55% 1889: Zilpha, -71%; Wendell, -71% 1890: Buena, -60%; Alvie, -69% 1891: Odie, -65%; Pierce, -76% 1892: Eudora, -67%; Maude, -58% 1893: Lollie, -65%; Levy, -64% 1894: Macy, -64%; Lindsay, -76% 1895: Gina, Laurel & Pennie, -69%; Alvie & Urban, -65% 1896: Dagmar, -75%; Talmage, -67% 1897: Myrta & Ouida, -75%; Benton, -68% 1898: Fae, -71%; Fate, -74% 1899: Rosia, -80%; Fitzhugh, -79% 1900: Irva, -74%; Dora, -69% 1901: Leonore, -75%; Judge, -81% 1902: Veva, -74%; Davis, -72% 1903: Littie & Samantha, -67%; Hunter, -67% 1904: Genie, -71%; Bessie & Reynold, -67% 1905: Luberta, -75%; Randall, -67% 1906: Dulcie, -75%; Patsy, -69% 1907: Libbie, -71%; Geo, -59% 1908: Aurore, -75%; Elden & Minor, -67% 1909: Arnetta, -68%; Tracy, -75% 1910: Lollie, -67%; Hadley, -64% 1911: Nada, -72%; Shelton, -73% 1912: Carla, -71%; Rosendo, -67% 1913: Vassie, -67%; Auburn, -67% 1914: Coy & Maryelizabeth, -64%: Hosey, -78% 1915: Thomasine, -67%; Giacomo, -67% 1916: Zudora, -75%; Remus, -72% 1917: Athalie, -78%; Tatsuo, -82% 1918: Theta, -74%; Lennis, -72% 1919: Liberty, -83%; Foch, -84% 1920: Veatrice, -77%; Pershing, -73% 1921: Fidela & Theone, -70%; Cleven, -71% 1922: Angelyn & Renata, -75%; Dail, -73% 1923: Odilia, -83%; Ugo & Waino, -74% 1924: Gladine, -71%; Masayuki, -72% 1925: Williemae, -72%; Emitt, -72% 1926: Patrice, -75%; Ann, -78% 1927: Vila, -75%; Boston, -76% 1928: Kazue, -79%; Shoji, -93% 1929: Livia, -81%; Tatsuo, -82% 1930: Ivalee, -71%; Deforest, -72% 1931: Emaline, -76%; Audley, -75% 1932: Zulema, -80%; Hale, -77% 1933: Dessa, -78%; Burleigh, -79% 1934: Nira, -81%; Overton, -71% 1935: Claudean, -73%; Hester, -74% 1936: Norita, -79%; Kenley, -79% 1937: Adel & Berdine, -71%; Grace, -78%
The SSA data isn’t perfect, but it does become more accurate in the late 1930s, because “many people born before 1937 never applied for a Social Security card, so their names are not included in our data” (
SSA). Now, back to the list…
1938: Ever, -75%; Casimiro, -75% 1939: Walda, -74%; Butler, -74% 1940: Avalon & Ellouise, -75%; Jacque, -71% 1941: Lassie, -71%; Faye & Lemar, -71% 1942: Voncille, -75%; Meyer, -70% 1943: Mahala, -76%; Ewing, -76% 1944: Kyle, -77%; Griffith, -77% 1945: Sherrianne, -74%; Ellwood, Kern & Pascal, -67% 1946: Bettyjo, -71%; Adrien, -77% 1947: Judye, -76%; Bernardino, -72% 1948: Tilda, -78%; Saverio, -74% 1949: Vickii, -77%; Alphonza, -75% 1950: Ranelle, -78%; Agapito, -68% 1951: Vallorie, -90%; Skippy, -72% 1952: Laural, -76%; Edson, -74% 1953: Annelle & Otilia, -72%; Gerrit, -70% 1954: Trenace, -81%; Celso, -76% 1955: Jyl, -79%; Garrie & Robet, -74% 1956: Cerise, -79%; Orlin, -74% 1957: Angelene, -77%; Ruby, -76% 1958: Seneca, -80%; Darryel & Richerd, -72% 1959: Elfrida, -82%; Dietrich, -75% 1960: Jinny, -72%; Ardis, -74% 1961: Perian, -91%; Cully, -84% 1962: Chantay, -80%; Torin, -73% 1963: Marnita, -82%; Isidore, -75% 1964: Julann, -79%; Tandy, -75% 1965: Tonjua, -90%; Jaimie, -86% 1966: Charlet & Desi, -77%; Glennon, -74% 1967: Jeryl, -83%; Haskell, -72% 1968: Millette, -88%; Daneil, -77% 1969: Lya, -81%; Athony, -73% 1970: Cinamon, -77%; Aldrin, -77% 1971: Chimene, -77%; Garet, -74% 1972: Jurea, -83%; Rayvon, -77% 1973: Dayatra, -86%; Keelan, -70% 1974: Shondell, -78%; Efraim, -71% 1975: Natonya, -78%; Imari, -76% 1976: Okema, -87%; Nakia, -79% 1977: Liberty, -79%; Tierre, -81% 1978: Farrah, -78%; Quint, -77% 1979: Danetta, -77%; Kinte, -84% 1980: Vernee, -77%; Kendra, -75% 1981: Santresa, -80%; Jerritt, -74% 1982: Andres, -75%; Stavros, -78% 1983: Tremaine, -81%; Nicanor, -75% 1984: Tyechia, -81%; Jeris, -77% 1985: Gricel, -89%; Duron, -76% 1986: Celenia, -83%; Damiano, -76% 1987: Tareva, -86%; Krystal, -75% 1988: Jeree, -82%; Jammal, -80% 1989: Neyva, -77%; Derrel, -76% 1990: Catherin, -93%; Salvator, -88% 1991: Tichina, -80%; Arsenio, -76% 1992: Unnamed, -88%; Unnamed, -86% [2nd place: Emilce & Symba, -83%; Quayshaun, -80%] 1993: Akeiba, -88%; Evelyn & Jawara, -71% 1994: Kebrina, -86%; Farrell, -79% 1995: Noheli, -84%; Ajee, -79% 1996: Shatasha, -81%; Unknown, -77% 1997: Hydia, -80%, Halston, -79% 1998: Ajaysia, -77%; Jachai, -91% 1999: Naidelyn, -86%; Denzil, -79% 2000: Shanequa, -82%; Giovan, -75% 2001: Berania, -78%; Devontre, -75% 2002: Anallely, -86%; Nkosi, -72% 2003: Jnaya, -88%; Tyheim, -81% 2004: Nayzeth, -89%; Myzel, -75% 2005: Nathaniel, -80%; Hannah, -87% 2006: Babygirl, -86%; Infant, -91% [Counting legit names only: Mikalah, -82%; Jakyri, -79%] 2007: Bethzy, -91%; Brasen, -83% 2008: Lizania, -86%; Duvan, -79% 2009: Aideliz, -88%; Kesan, -78% 2010: Chastelyn, -95%; Yanixan, -87% 2011: Samuel, -79%; Tiger, -80% 2012: Thaily, -78%; Vadhir, -88% 2013: Shanik, -88%; Oneil, -77% 2014: Audris & Avalie, -80%; Sy, -73% 2015: Rion, -83%; Rawley, -79% 2016: Yazaira, -84%; Treysen, -79% 2017: Brucha, -76%; Makana, -79% 2018: Yuleimy, -85%; Neizan, -78% 2019: Anifer, -86%; Nomar & Gianlucas, -73% 2020: Diala, -81%; Daer, -80%
(Did you catch the doubles? Alvie, Tatsuo, and Fae/Faye.)
Top drops aren’t quite as exciting as top rises, but certain ones become much more intriguing when you notice that they were
also top rises:
Rose-then-dropped: Clarance, Lollie, Lindsay, Zudora, Tatsuo, Liberty, Norita, Vallorie, Krystal, Seneca, Nakia, Mikalah, Bethzy, Thaily Dropped-then-rose: Clementine, Malissa, Diana, Alvie, Pierce, Judge, Rosendo
I’ve already written about some of the names above (click the links to see the posts) and I plan to write about a few of the others. In the meanwhile, though, feel free to beat me to it — leave a comment and let us know why you think any of these names saw dropped in usage when they did.
Looking for a surname-inspired baby name with a connection to Catholicism?
Here are more than 200 options, most of which come from Catholic Englishmen martyred during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Because the goal was to include as many
realistic baby names as possible, I interpreted “surname” and “saint” liberally in some cases. Xavier is not technically a surname, for instance, and many of the folks below are not yet full-fledged saints.
The hyperlinked names will take you to popularity graphs.
Abel, for Bl. Thomas Abel (d. 1540) of England.
Abbot, for Bl. Henry Abbot (d. 1597) of England.
Albert, for Bl. Federico Albert (d. 1876) of Italy.
Almond, for St. John Almond (d. 1612) of England.
Amias, for Bl. John Amias (d. 1589) of England. Ancina, for Bl. John Juvenal Ancina (d. 1604) of Italy.
Andleby, for Bl. William Andleby (d. 1597) of England.
Aquinas, for St. Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274) of Italy. Arrowsmith, for St. Edmund Arrowsmith (d. 1628) of England.
Ashley, for Bl. Ralph Ashley (d. 1606) of England.
Ashton, for Ven. Roger Ashton (d. 1592) of England. Atkinson, for Bl. Thomas Atkinson (d. 1616) of England.
Aufield, for Bl. Thomas Aufield (d. 1585) of England.
Barlow, for St. Ambrose Barlow (d. 1641) of England.
Baylon, for St. Paschal Baylon (d. 1592) of Spain.
Becket, from St. Thomas Becket (d. 1170) of England. Beesley, for Bl. George Beesley (d. 1591) of England.
Belson, for Bl. Thomas Belson (d. 1589) of England.
Bertie, for Servant of God Andrew Bertie (d. 2008) of England/Malta.
Bertrand, for St. Louis Bertrand (d. 1581) of Spain/South America. Bessette, for St. André Bessette (d. 1937) of Canada.
Bonzel, for Bl. Maria Theresia Bonzel (d. 1905) of Germany.
Bosco, for St. John Bosco (d. 1888) of Italy. Bosgrave, for Bl. Thomas Bosgrave (d. 1594) of England.
Bowes, for Bl. Marmaduke Bowes (d. 1585) of England.
Briant, for St. Alexander Briant (d. 1581) of England.
Britton, for Bl. John Britton (d. 1598) of England.
Buxton, for Bl. Christopher Buxton (d. 1588) of England.
Cabrini, for St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (d. 1917) of Italy/U.S.
Campion, for St. Edmund Campion (d. 1581) of England.
Carey, for Bl. John Carey (d. 1594) of England.
Carter, for Bl. William Carter (b. 1584) of England.
Casey, for Ven. Solanus Casey (d. 1957) of the U.S. (His religious name “Solanus” comes from St. Francis Solanus, below.) Cassant, for Bl. Pierre-Joseph Cassant (d. 1903) of France.
Catherick, for Bl. Edmund Catherick (d. 1642) of England.
Chanel, for St. Peter Chanel (d. 1841) of France. Claver, for St. Peter Claver (d. 1654) of Spain.
Claxton, for Bl. James Claxton (d. 1588) of England.
Collins, for Bl. Dominic Collins (d. 1602) of Ireland.
Cope, for St. Marianne Cope (d. 1918) of Germany/U.S.
Corbie, for Ven. Ralph Corbie (d. 1644) of Ireland.
Cornelius, for Bl. John Cornelius (d. 1594) of England. Dalby, for Bl. Robert Dalby (d. 1589) of England.
Daniel, for St. Antoine Daniel (d. 1648) of France/Canada.
David, for Bl. Vicente Vilar David (1937) of Spain or Bl. Toros Oghlou David (d. 1895) of Armenia
Davy, for Bl. John Davy (d. 1537) of England or Bl. Charlotte Davy (d. 1794) of France.
Dean, for Bl. William Dean (d. 1588) of England.
Dorie, for Bl. Pierre Henri Dorie (d. 1866) of France.
Douglas, for Bl. George Douglas (d. 1587) of Scotland.
Drexel, for St. Katharine Drexel (d. 1955) of the U.S.
Drury, for Bl. Robert Drury (d. 1607) of England.
Duff, for Servant of God Frank Duff (d. 1980) of Ireland.
Duke, for Bl. Edmund Duke (d. 1590) of England. Durando, for Bl. Marco Antonio Durando (d. 1880) of Italy.
Dutton, for Servant of God Joseph Dutton (d. 1931) of the U.S.
Ebner, for Bl. Margareta Ebner (d. 1351) of Germany.
Emmerich, for Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich (d. 1824) of Germany. Errico, for St. Gaetano Errico (d. 1860) of Italy.
Errington, for Bl. George Errington (d. 1596) of England.
Evans, for St. Philip Evans (d. 1679) of Wales.
Faber, for St. Peter Faber (d. 1546) of France. Falzon, for Bl. Nazju Falzon (d. 1865) of Malta.
Farina, for St. Giovanni Antonio Farina (d. 1888) of Italy. Fasani, for St. Francis Anthony Fasani (d. 1742) of Italy.
Felton, for Bl. John Felton (d. 1570) in England.
Fenn, for Bl. James Fenn (d. 1584) in England.
Fenwick, for Bl. John Fenwick (d. 1679) of England.
Ferrari, for Bl. Andrea Carlo Ferrari (d. 1921) of Italy. Ferrer, for St. Vincent Ferrer (d. 1419) of Spain.
Filby, for Bl. William Filby (d. 1582) of England.
Frassati, for Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati (d. 1925) of Italy.
Fulthrop, for Bl. Edward Fulthrop (d. 1597) of England.
Finch, for Bl. John Finch (d. 1584) of England.
Fisher, for Bl. John Fisher (d. 1535) of England.
Foley, for Servant of God Theodore Foley (d. 1974) of the U.S.
Fontaine, for Bl. Marie-Madeleine Fontaine (d. 1794) of France.
Forest, for Bl. John Forest (d. 1538) of England.
Garnet, for St. Thomas Garnet (d. 1608) of England.
Gavan, for Bl. John Gavan (d. 1679) of England. Gennings, for St. Edmund Gennings (d. 1591) of England.
Gerard, for Bl. Jeanne Gerard (d. 1794) of France or Bl. Joseph Gérard, (d. 1914) of France/South Africa. Gerosa, for St. Vincentia Gerosa (d. 1847) of Italy.
Gervase, for Bl. George Gervase (d. 1608) of England.
Gibson, for Bl. William Gibson (d. 1596) of England.
Goretti, for St. Maria Goretti (d. 1902) of Italy.
Grove, for Bl. John Grove (d. 1679) of England.
Gwyn, for St. Richard Gwyn (d. 1584) of Wales.
Harrington, for Bl. William Harrington (d. 1594) of England.
Heath, for Bl. Henry Heath (d. 1643) of England.
Hewitt, for Bl. John Hewitt (d. 1588) of England. Higgins, for Bl. Peter Higgins (d. 1642) of Irish.
Houghton, for St. John Houghton (d. 1535) of England.
Howard, for St. Philip Howard (d. 1595) of England or for his grandson, Bl. William Howard (d. 1680) of England.
Humphrey, for St. Lawrence Humphrey (d. 1590) of England.
Hunt, for Bl. Thurston Hunt (d. 1601) of England. Ingleby, for Bl. Francis Ingleby (d. 1586) of England.
Ingram, for Ven. John Ingram (d. 1594) of England.
Janssen, for St. Arnold Janssen (d. 1909) of Germany. Kemble, for St. John Kemble (d. 1679) of England.
Kern, for Bl. Jakob Kern (d. 1924) of Austria.
Kirby, for St. Luke Kirby (d. 1582) of England.
Kolbe, for St. Maximilian Kolbe (d. 1941) of Poland.
Konrad, for Bl. Nicholas Konrad (d. 1941) of Ukraine.
Lakota, for Bl. Gregor Lakota (d. 1950) of Ukraine.
Langley, for Bl. Richard Langley (d. 1586) of England. Lanteri, for Ven. Bruno Lanteri (d. 1830) of Italy.
Larke, for Bl. John Larke (d. 1544) of England.
Laval, for Bl. Jacques-Désiré Laval (d. 1864) of France/Mauritius.
Lawrence, for St. Robert Lawrence (d. 1535) of England.
Leigh, for Bl. Richard Leigh (d. 1588) of England.
Lewis, for St. David Lewis (d. 1679) of Wales Liguori, for St. Alphonsus Liguori (d. 1787) of Italy.
Lilli, for Bl. Salvatore Lilli (d. 1895) of Italy.
Lloyd, for St. John Lloyd (d. 1679) of Wales.
Lockwood, for Bl. John Lockwood (d. 1642) of England.
Lucas, for Bl. Charlotte Lucas (d. 1794) of France. MacKillop, for St. Mary MacKillop (d. 1909) of Australia.
Majali, for Bl. Giuliano Majali (d. 1470) of Sicily.
Majella, for St. Gerard Majella (d. 1755) of Italy.
Manna, for Bl. Paolo Manna (d. 1952) of Italy.
Marchand, for St. Joseph Marchand (d. 1835) of France.
Marella, for Ven. Olinto Marella (d. 1969) of Italy. Mareri, for Bl. Philippa Mareri (d. 1236) of Italy.
Margil, for Ven. Antonio Margil (d. 1726) of Spain/Central America.
Mari, for Servant of God Ida Mari (d. 1981) of Italy.
Martin, for St. Louis Martin (d. 1894) of France or Bl. Richard Martin (d. 1588) of England.
Marsden, from Bl. William Marsden (d. 1586) of England. Marto, for Bl. Francisco Marto (d. 1919) of Portugal.
Mason, for Bl. John Mason (d. 1591) of England.
Massey, for Bl. René-Julien Massey (d. 1792) of France.
Maxfield, for Bl. Thomas Maxfield (d. 1616) of England. Munden, for Bl. John Munden (d. 1584) of England.
Mayer, for Bl. Rupert Mayer (d. 1945) of Germany. McAuley, for Ven. Catherine McAuley (d. 1841) of Ireland.
Meehan, for Bl. Charles Meehan (d. 1679) of Ireland.
Merlo, for Ven. Thecla Merlo (d. 1964) of Italy.
Medina, for Bl. Manuel Medina y Olmos (d. 1936) of Spain.
Mela, for Ven. Itala Mela (d. 1957) of Italy.
Merton, for Fr. Thomas Merton (d. 1968) of the U.S.
Mesina, for Bl. Antonia Mesina (d. 1935) of Italy.
Miki, for St. Paul Miki (d. 1597) of Japan.
Molina, for Bl. Mercedes de Jesús Molina y Ayala (d. 1883) of Ecuador.
Molla, for St. Gianna Beretta Molla (d. 1962) of Italy.
Mora, for Bl. Elisabeth Canori Mora (d. 1825) of Italy.
Morse, for St. Henry Morse (d. 1645) of England.
Nelson, for Bl. John Nelson (d. 1578) of England.
Neri, for St. Philip Neri (d. 1595) of Italy.
Newman, for Bl. John Henry Newman (d. 1890) of England.
Nichols, for Bl. George Nichols (d. 1589) fo England. Nolasco, for St. Peter Nolasco (d. 1256) of France.
Ogilvie, for St. John Ogilvie (d. 1615) of Scotland.
Owen, for St. Nicholas Owen (d. 1606) of England.
Page, for Bl. Anthony Page (d. 1593) of England or Bl. Francis Page (d. 1602) of England.
Percy, for Bl. Thomas Percy (d. 1572) of England.
Potter, for Ven. Mary Potter (d. 1913) of England.
Powell, for Bl. Edward Powell (d. 1540) of Wales.
Quinn, for Ven. Edel Quinn (d. 1944) of Ireland.
Rawlins, for Bl. Alexander Rawlins (d. 1595) of England.
Regis, for St. John Francis Regis (d. 1640) of France.
Reynolds, for St. Richard Reynolds (d. 1535) of England or Bl. Thomas Reynolds (d. 1560) of England.
Richardson, for Bl. Lawrence Richardson (d. 1582) of England or Bl. William Richardson (d. 1603) of England.
Rigby, for St. John Rigby (d. 1600) of England Rivi, for Bl. Rolando Rivi (d. 1945) of Italy.
Robinson, for St. Christopher Robinson (d. 1598) of England.
Rochester, for Bl. John Rochester (d. 1537) of England.
Roe, for St. Alban Roe (d. 1642) of England.
Romano, for Bl. Vincent Romano (d. 1831) of Italy. Rossello, for St. Maria Giuseppa Rossello (d. 1880) of Italy.
Sala, for Bl. Maria Anna Sala (d. 1891) of Italy.
Savio, for St. Dominic Savio (d. 1857) of Italy.
Scott, for Bl. Montford Scott (d. 1591) of England or Bl. Maurus Scott (d. 1612) of England.
Serra, for St. Junipero Serra (d. 1784) of Spain/New Spain.
Seton, for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (d. 1821) of the U.S.
Sheen, for Ven. Fulton J. Sheen (d. 1979) of the U.S.
Shelley, for Bl. Edward Shelley (d. 1588) of England.
Sherwin, for St. Ralph Sherwin (d. 1581) of England.
Sherwood, for Bl. Thomas Sherwood (d. 1578) of England.
Sinclair, for Ven. Margaret Anne Sinclair (d. 1925) of Scotland.
Slade, for Bl. John Slade (d. 1583) of England. Solanus, for St. Francis Solanus (d. 1610) of Spain.
Southwell, for St. Robert Southwell (d. 1595) of England.
Southworth, for St. John Southworth (d. 1654) of England.
Steno, for Bl. Nicolas Steno (d. 1686) of Denmark.
Spenser, for Bl. William Spenser (d. 1589) of England.
Spencer, for Ven. Ignatius Spencer (d. 1864) of England.
Stefani, for Bl. Irene Stefani (d. 1930) of Italy.
Stein, for St. Edith Stein (d. 1942) of Germany.
Stone, for St. John Stone (d. 1539) in England.
Sullivan, for Ven. John Sullivan (d. 1933) in Ireland.
Sutton, for Bl. Robert Sutton (d. 1587) of England.
Talbot, for Ven. Matt Talbot (d. 1925) of Ireland or Bl. John Talbot (d. 1600) of England.
Tansi, for Bl. Cyprian Michael Tansi (d. 1964) of Nigeria.
Taylor, for Bl. Hugh Taylor (d. 1585) of England, Francis Taylor (d. 1621) of Ireland, or Ven. Frances Margaret Taylor (d. 1900) of England. Tezza, for Bl. Luigi Tezza (d. 1923) of Italy.
Thirkeld, for Bl. Richard Thirkeld (d. 1583) in England.
Thompson, for Bl. James Thompson (d. 1582) of England.
Thorne, for Bl. John Thorne (d. 1539) of England.
Thorpe, for Bl. Robert Thorpe (d. 1591) of England. Tirry, for Bl. William Tirry (d. 1654) of Ireland.
Tomasi, for St. Giuseppe Maria Tomasi (d. 1713) of Italy. Tunstall, for Bl. Thomas Tunstall (d. 1616) of England.
Turner, for Bl. Anthony Turner (d. 1679) of England.
Vega, for Servant of God Pablo Muñoz Vega (d. 1994) of Ecuador.
Venard, for St. Jean-Théophane Vénard (d. 1861) of France.
Vera, for Ven. Jacinto Vera y Durán (d. 1881) of Uruguay.
Verna, for Bl. Antonia Maria Verna (d. 1838) of Italy.
Vianney, for St. Jean Vianney (d. 1859) of France.
Ward, for St. Margaret Ward (d. 1588) of England.
Webster, for St. Augustine Webster (d. 1535) of England.
Wells, for St. Swithun Wells (d. 1591) of England.
Wharton, for Bl. Christopher Wharton (d. 1600) of England.
Whitaker, for Bl. Thomas Whitaker (d. 1646) of England.
Wilson, for Ven. Mary Jane Wilson (d. 1916) of British India.
Wright, for Bl. Peter Wright (d. 1651) of England.
Xavier, for St. Francis Xavier (d. 1552) of Spain.
Zaccaria, for St. Antonio Maria Zaccaria (d. 1539) of Italy.
Zola, for Bl. Giovanni Batista Zola (d. 1626) of Italy.
Which of the above do you like best?
And, what other saint-inspired surnames would make good baby names? I’m sure I missed a few. Let me know in the comments!
Looking for a boy name that’s short and to-the-point? Something that might work particularly well as a middle name?
Check out this list of several hundred one-syllable boy names. (And click on any name to see its popularity graph!)
Baine/ Bane/ Bayne, Banks/ Banx, Barnes, Bash, Bates, Bay, Baz, Bear, Beau/ Bo/ Bow, Beck, Becks/ Bex, Ben, Benz, Berl, Birch, Blade/ Blayde, Blain/ Blaine/ Blayne/ Blane, Blair/ Blaire, Blaise/ Blaze/ Blayze/ Blaize, Bless, Blessed, Blake/ Blayke, Bliss, Blitz, Blue/ Blu, Blythe, Bond, Boone, Booth, Boyce, Boyd, Brad, Bram, Brance, Brave, Brax, Bray, Breck, Breeze/ Brees, Brent, Brett/ Bret, Brex, Brick, Brix/ Brixx, Brigg, Briggs, Bright, Brock/ Broc, Bronx, Bronze, Brook, Brooks, Bruce, Bryce/ Brice, Buck, Burk/ Burke, Burl, Burns
Cade/ Cayde, Cain/ Caine, Cale, Camp, Carl, Carr, Case, Cash/ Cache, Catch, Caz, Chad, Chance, Chap, Charles, Chase, Chaz, Chet, Chip, Chris, Church, Clark/ Clarke, Clash, Claude, Claus, Clay, Cliff, Clint, Clive, Cloud, Clutch, Clyde, Coast, Cole, Colt, Cord, Court, Cove, Craig, Crane, Cree, Creed, Creek, Crew, Crews, Croix, Cross, Crown, Cruz, Czar
Dahl, Daire/ Dare, Dale, Dane/ Dain/ Daine/ Dayne/ Dayn, Dart, Dash, Dawes, Dax, Dean, Dee, Del/ Dell, Derl, Deuce, Dirk, Doc/ Dock, Dolph, Don, Dov, Doyle, Drake, Dream, Dre, Drew/ Dru, Dodge, Dowd, Duane/ Dwayne, Duff, Duke, Dune, Dutch
Fate, Finch, Finn, Fitz, Fjord, Fleet, Flex, Flint, Flip, Floyd, Flynn, Folke, Ford, Fox, Frank, Franz, Fred, Friend, Fritz, Frost
Gage/ Gauge, Gaines/ Gains, Gale, Garth, Gates, Gay, Gent, Geoff, George, Gibb, Gibbs, Gil/ Gill, Giles, Glade, Glenn/ Glen, Graham, Grant, Graves, Gray/ Grey, Great, Green/ Greene, Griff, Grimm/ Grim, Gus, Gust, Guy
Haines, Hale, Hall, Hank, Hans, Hatch, Hawk/ Hawke, Hayes/ Haze/ Hayze/ Haize, Heath, Heir, Hicks, Hill, Hines, Hoke, Holmes, Holt, Hoss, Hoyt, Hud, Hugh, Hume, Hunt, Hyde
Jacques, Jace/ Jayce/ Jase, Jack, Jake, James/ Jamez, Jax, Jay/ Jae, Jazz, Jeff, Jess, Jin, Jett, Job, Joe/ Jo, Joel, John/ Jon, Jones, Josh, Joss, Jove, Juan, Judd/ Jud, Jude, Judge, June, Jung
Kace/ Kayce/ Kase, Kade/ Kayde, Kai, Kale, Kane/ Kayne/ Kaine, Karl, Kash, Kaz/ Kazz, Keane/ Kean/ Keene, Keats, Keith, Kemp, Kent, Kern, Key, Kidd, Khan, Kim, King, Kip/ Kipp, Kirk, Klaus, Klark, Klein, Knight, Knox, Kole, Kreed, Kris, Krish, Kurt, Kyle
Ladd, Lafe, Laird, Laith, Lake, Lance, Lane/ Layne/ Laine, Lark, Lars, Lee/ Leigh, Leif/ Leaf, Leith, Lex, Light, Lloyd, Locke/ Lock, Lord/ Lorde, Lorne, Lot/ Lott, Luc, Luke, Lux, Lyle, Lynn/ Lin, Lynx
Mace, Mack/ Mac, March, Mark/ Marc, Mars, Max, Mayes/ Mays/ Maze, Meade/ Mead, Merle, Mike, Mills, Mitch, Moe/ Mo, Moss, Myles/ Miles
Nash, Naz, Neil/ Neal, Neils, Nels, Ness, Nick, Nile, Niles/ Nyles, Nils, Noel, Noor, North, Noyes
Pace, Page, Park, Parks/ Parx, Parth, Patch, Paul, Pax, Paz, Peace, Peer, Penn, Pierce, Piers, Praise, Pratt, Pride, Priest, Prime, Prince, Psalm, Psalms
Ra, Race, Rage, Raines, Raj, Ralph, Ram, Rance, Rand, Range, Ray, Raz, Reece/ Reese/ Rhys, Reef, Reeve, Reeves, Reid/ Reed, Reign, Rell, Rex, Rey, Rhett, Rhodes, Ridge, Riggs, Rip/ Ripp, Roche, Rock, Rogue, Rolf/ Rolfe, Rome, Ross, Roth, Rowe, Roy, Royce, Rudd, Rune, Rush, Rye/ Ry, Ryne
Sage, Saint, Sam, Saul, Sayre, Scott, Set/ Seth, Shade, Shane/ Shayne/ Shaine, Shaw, Shawn/ Shaun/ Sean, Shay/ Shaye, Sky, Slate, Sloan/ Sloane, Smith, South, Spade, Sprague, Steel, Stone, Storm, Styles/ Stiles/ Stylez, Suede, Swain/ Swayne, Swan, Sway, Swift
Tad, Tadhg, Taft, Tai, Taj/ Tahj, Tank, Tate/ Tait/ Tayt, Tay/ Taye, Taz, Teague, Tex, Thad, Thane/ Thaine, Thames, Thor, Thorn/ Thorne, Tighe, Todd, Tom/ Thom, Townes/ Towns, Trace, Track, Trent, Trey, Trigg, Tripp, Troy, Troyce, True/ Tru, Truce, Trust, Truth, Twain, Ty/ Tye
Wade/ Wayde, Wales, Ward, Wayne, Webb, Welch, Wells, West, Wilde, Wilks, Will, Wing, Witt/ Whitt, Wolf/ Wolfe, Wood, Woods, Worth, Wraith, Wray, Wren, Wright, Wynn/ Winn
Zack/ Zach/ Zac, Zade/ Zaide/ Zayde/ Zayd, Zale, Zam, Zane/ Zain/ Zayne/ Zaine/ Zayn, Zeal, Zed/ Zedd, Zell, Zen, Zeth, Zeus, Zev, Ziv, Zvi, Zyn
Please note that I did include names in the gray area between one syllable and two syllables. The deciding factor on these particular names (such as Charles, Miles, and Noel) will be your own interpretation/accent, so be sure to test the names out loud before making any final decisions.
Many of these names also happen to be unisex, so they appear on the
One-Syllable Girl Names list as well.
What’s your favorite one-syllable boy name?
[Latest Update: June 2021]