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Most popular baby boy names (by first letter) in the U.S. in 2023

First letter usage for baby boy names in the U.S. in 2023

Going letter by letter, what were last year’s most popular baby boy names?

Before we get to the lists, a few quick facts:

  • The most common first letter for boy names in 2023 was J (used 10.98% of the time), followed by A (10.51%) and M (7.60%).
  • The least common first letter for boy names in 2023 was U (used 0.15% of the time), followed by Q (0.16%) and X (0.40%).
  • The first letter that increased the most in usage for boy names (from 2022 to 2023) was T.
  • The first letter that decreased the most in usage for boy names (from 2022 to 2023) was J.

Top boy names starting with A:

  1. Alexander, 7,875 baby boys
  2. Asher, 7,853
  3. Aiden, 6,675
  4. Anthony, 6,237
  5. Angel, 4,865
  6. Andrew, 4,781
  7. Adrian, 4,646
  8. Aaron, 4,551
  9. Axel, 4,498
  10. Amir, 3,620

Top boy names starting with B:

  1. Benjamin, 10,172 baby boys
  2. Brooks, 4,469
  3. Bennett, 4,411
  4. Beau, 4,090
  5. Bryson, 2,434
  6. Brayden, 2,274
  7. Braxton, 2,128
  8. Bentley, 1,906
  9. Beckett, 1,865
  10. Beckham, 1,829

Top boy names starting with C:

  1. Carter, 5,847 baby boys
  2. Caleb, 5,488
  3. Cooper, 5,425
  4. Charles, 5,395
  5. Christopher, 5,171
  6. Cameron, 5,069
  7. Christian, 4,125
  8. Colton, 3,696
  9. Carson, 3,200
  10. Connor, 2,855

Top boy names starting with D:

  1. Daniel, 8,356 baby boys
  2. David, 7,354
  3. Dylan, 7,054
  4. Dominic, 3,395
  5. Damian, 3,281
  6. Declan, 2,799
  7. Diego, 2,734
  8. Dawson, 2,439
  9. Dean, 2,281
  10. Dallas, 1,375

Top boy names starting with E:

  1. Elijah, 11,452 baby boys
  2. Ezra, 8,437
  3. Ethan, 7,763
  4. Elias, 6,980
  5. Ezekiel, 5,569
  6. Eli, 4,081
  7. Everett, 3,808
  8. Enzo, 3,796
  9. Easton, 3,637
  10. Emmett, 3,061

Top boy names starting with F:

  1. Finn, 1,907 baby boys
  2. Felix, 1,894
  3. Finley, 1,171
  4. Francisco, 1,121
  5. Fernando, 967
  6. Franklin, 776
  7. Forrest, 737
  8. Francis, 670
  9. Fabian, 656
  10. Frank, 646

Top boy names starting with G:

  1. Gabriel, 6,745 baby boys
  2. Grayson, 6,449
  3. Gael, 3,616
  4. Greyson, 3,065
  5. Giovanni, 2,911
  6. George, 2,689
  7. Graham, 2,533
  8. Griffin, 1,722
  9. Grant, 1,539
  10. Gavin, 1,512

Top boy names starting with H:

  1. Henry, 10,941 baby boys
  2. Hudson, 7,935
  3. Hunter, 3,110
  4. Harrison, 3,060
  5. Hayden, 2,219
  6. Hayes, 1,746
  7. Holden, 1,171
  8. Hendrix, 1,084
  9. Harvey, 1,022
  10. Hector, 828

Top boy names starting with I:

  1. Isaac, 6,581 baby boys
  2. Isaiah, 5,121
  3. Ian, 4,538
  4. Ivan, 2,384
  5. Israel, 1,530
  6. Ismael, 1,421
  7. Iker, 915
  8. Ibrahim, 774
  9. Isaias, 700
  10. Izaiah, 491

Top boy names starting with J:

  1. James, 11,670 baby boys
  2. Jack, 8,683
  3. John, 7,750
  4. Jackson, 7,284
  5. Joseph, 7,237
  6. Julian, 7,078
  7. Jacob, 6,976
  8. Jayden, 5,627
  9. Josiah, 5,404
  10. Joshua, 5,035

Top boy names starting with K:

  1. Kai, 4,946 baby boys
  2. Kayden, 3,120
  3. Kingston, 2,511
  4. Kaiden, 2,126
  5. Kevin, 1,914
  6. Knox, 1,770
  7. Karter, 1,590
  8. Kairo, 1,484
  9. Kyrie, 1,474
  10. Kash, 1,316

Top boy names starting with L:

  1. Liam, 20,802 baby boys
  2. Lucas, 10,842
  3. Levi, 9,347
  4. Leo, 8,120
  5. Luca, 7,770
  6. Luke, 7,217
  7. Logan, 6,686
  8. Lincoln, 4,842
  9. Leonardo, 4,012
  10. Luka, 3,650

Top boy names starting with M:

  1. Mateo, 11,229 baby boys
  2. Michael, 8,383
  3. Mason, 7,237
  4. Matthew, 7,190
  5. Maverick, 6,962
  6. Miles, 6,558
  7. Micah, 3,875
  8. Myles, 3,399
  9. Milo, 2,950
  10. Matteo, 2,503

Top boy names starting with N:

  1. Noah, 18,995 baby boys
  2. Nolan, 5,112
  3. Nathan, 5,049
  4. Nicholas, 3,242
  5. Nathaniel, 2,507
  6. Nicolas, 1,886
  7. Nico, 1,462
  8. Nash, 1,328
  9. Niko, 1,033
  10. Nasir, 739

Top boy names starting with O:

  1. Oliver, 14,741 baby boys
  2. Owen, 7,985
  3. Oscar, 1,693
  4. Omar, 1,306
  5. Otto, 1,191
  6. Onyx, 1,069
  7. Odin, 897
  8. Orion, 861
  9. Oakley, 799
  10. Ozzy, 526

Top boy names starting with P:

  1. Parker, 3,792 baby boys
  2. Peter, 1,738
  3. Patrick, 1,596
  4. Paul, 1,351 (tie)
  5. Paxton, 1,351 (tie)
  6. Phoenix, 1,243
  7. Preston, 1,228
  8. Prince, 885
  9. Pablo, 850
  10. Pedro, 753

Top boy names starting with Q:

  1. Quinn, 685 baby boys
  2. Quincy, 401
  3. Quentin, 334
  4. Quinton, 301
  5. Quintin, 120
  6. Quinten, 88
  7. Quest, 84
  8. Quadir, 70
  9. Quade, 53
  10. Qasim, 51

Top boy names starting with R:

  1. Roman, 4,777 baby boys
  2. Rowan, 4,195
  3. Ryan, 4,020
  4. Robert, 3,807
  5. River, 3,084
  6. Ryder, 2,822
  7. Rhett, 2,183
  8. Ryker, 1,976
  9. Richard, 1,638
  10. Riley, 1,627

Top boy names starting with S:

  1. Sebastian, 8,865 baby boys
  2. Samuel, 7,973
  3. Santiago, 6,328
  4. Silas, 4,070
  5. Sawyer, 2,833
  6. Stetson, 1,987
  7. Simon, 1,398
  8. Steven, 1,387
  9. Saint, 1,059
  10. Sonny, 924

Top boy names starting with T:

  1. Theodore, 11,041 baby boys
  2. Thomas, 6,598
  3. Thiago, 4,505
  4. Theo, 4,122
  5. Tyler, 2,064
  6. Tate, 1,845
  7. Tucker, 1,802
  8. Timothy, 1,733
  9. Tatum, 1,492
  10. Tristan, 1,373

Top boy names starting with U:

  1. Uriel, 606 baby boys
  2. Uriah, 378
  3. Ulises, 221
  4. Ulysses, 169
  5. Umar, 152
  6. Uziel, 111
  7. Usman, 86
  8. Unknown, 67
  9. Uzziah, 65
  10. Uri, 60

Top boy names starting with V:

  1. Vincent, 2,982 baby boys
  2. Victor, 1,687
  3. Valentino, 575
  4. Vicente, 441
  5. Valentin, 372
  6. Vincenzo, 352
  7. Vihaan, 280
  8. Van, 252
  9. Vance, 236
  10. Veer, 224

Top boy names starting with W:

  1. William, 10,598 baby boys
  2. Wyatt, 6,237
  3. Waylon, 4,881
  4. Wesley, 4,539
  5. Weston, 4,356
  6. Walker, 4,006
  7. Walter, 1,272
  8. Warren, 1,080
  9. Wade, 971
  10. Winston, 797

Top boy names starting with X:

  1. Xavier, 3,413 baby boys
  2. Xander, 1,700
  3. Xzavier, 153
  4. Xavi, 118
  5. Xavion, 111
  6. Xaiden, 101
  7. Xavien, 94
  8. Xavian, 91
  9. Xion, 85
  10. Xayden, 65

Top boy names starting with Y:

  1. Yusuf, 610 baby boys
  2. Yosef, 444
  3. Yael, 328
  4. Yehuda, 318
  5. Yousef, 297
  6. Yahir, 290
  7. Yahya, 263
  8. Yadiel, 242
  9. Yaakov, 231
  10. Yisroel, 228

Top boy names starting with Z:

  1. Zion, 2,867 baby boys
  2. Zachary, 2,112
  3. Zayden, 1,898
  4. Zayn, 1,413
  5. Zane, 1,220
  6. Zyaire, 1,029
  7. Zander, 924
  8. Zayne, 717
  9. Zaire, 654
  10. Zaiden, 567

Source: SSA

Baby names with VAN: Vance, Giovanna, Donovan

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Looking for baby names that contain the word VAN?

If so, you’re in luck!

Because below you’ll find a long list of names that contain the letter sequence “v-a-n.” Most of these names come directly from the U.S. SSA’s baby name data.

  • Aadhavan
  • Aivan
  • Alvan
  • Alvana
  • Alvania
  • Antvan
  • Avan
  • Avana, Avanna, Avannah
  • Avanel, Avanell, Avanelle
  • Avangelia
  • Avangelina
  • Avani
  • Avanish, Avaneesh
  • Avanta
  • Avante, Avantae
  • Avant
  • Avanti
  • Avantika, Avanthika
  • Avanya
  • Ayvani
  • Bavan
  • Bevan
  • Bhavana
  • Bhuvan
  • Bivan
  • Brevan
  • Calvan
  • Cavan
  • Cavanaugh
  • Cavani
  • Cervantes
  • Covan
  • Danovan
  • Davan
  • Davana, Davanna
  • Davante, Davantay
  • Delavan
  • Delvan
  • Delvante
  • Devan, Devann
  • Devana, Devanna
  • Devane
  • Devanna
  • Devanand
  • Devance
  • Devane
  • Devang
  • Devanee, Devaney, Devani, Devanie, Devany, Devanni
  • Devansh
  • Devanshi
  • Devante, Devantae
  • Devanti
  • Dhvani
  • Dhruvan
  • Dilovan
  • Dilvan
  • Diovanni
  • Divante
  • Donovan, Donavan, Donevan, Donivan, Donnavan, Donnivan, Donnovan, Donovann
  • Donvan
  • Drevan
  • Duvan
  • Eavan
  • Eivan
  • Elvan
  • Erican
  • Ervan
  • Estevan
  • Evan, Evann, Evanne
  • Evana, Evanna
  • Evander
  • Evanee, Evannie
  • Evanell, Evanelle
  • Evangel
  • Evangela
  • Evangelia
  • Evangelina, Evangelena, Evanjelina
  • Evangeline, Evangelyne
  • Evangelista
  • Evangelos
  • Evangely
  • Evangelynn, Evangelyn, Evangelin
  • Evani, Evanie, Evanni, Evannie
  • Evannah
  • Evans
  • Evanshi
  • Evanston
  • Evanthe
  • Evanthia
  • Evany, Evanny
  • Gavan
  • Garvan
  • Geovana, Geovanna
  • Geovani, Geovanie, Geovany, Geovanni, Geovannie, Geovanny
  • Gevan
  • Giavanna, Giavana
  • Giavanni
  • Giovan, Giovann
  • Giovanna, Giovana
  • Giovanni, Giovani, Giovany, Giovannie, Giovanny
  • Giovannina
  • Giovannino
  • Govan
  • Gurvansh
  • Havan
  • Havana, Havanna, Havannah
  • Hovannes, Hovanes
  • Iovanna
  • Irvan
  • Istvan
  • Ivana, Ivanna, Ivannah
  • Ivanell, Ivanelle
  • Ivanhoe
  • Ivani, Ivany
  • Ivania, Ivannia
  • Ivaniel
  • Ivanka
  • Ivan, Ivann
  • Ivano
  • Ivansh
  • Ivanshika
  • Javan
  • Javana, Javanna
  • Javani
  • Javant
  • Javantay, Javante
  • Jeevan
  • Jeovanna
  • Jeovani, Jeovany, Jeovanni
  • Jiovana, Jiovanna
  • Jiovani, Jiovanni
  • Jivan
  • Johnavan, Jonovan, Jonavan
  • Jovan, Jovann
  • Jovana, Jovanna
  • Jovane, Jovanne
  • Jovanda
  • Jovania
  • Jovanni, Jovani, Jovannie, Jovanny, Jovanie, Jovany
  • Jovanka
  • Jovante, Jovantae
  • Kavan
  • Kavanaugh
  • Kavani
  • Kavante
  • Kayvan
  • Keevan, Keivan, Keyvan
  • Kelvan
  • Ketevan
  • Kevan
  • Kevana, Kevanna
  • Kevante
  • Kovan
  • Kyvan
  • Lavan
  • Lavana, Lavanna
  • Lavance
  • Lavancha
  • Lavanda
  • Lavander
  • Lavania, Lavanya
  • Leevan
  • Leovani, Leovanni
  • Levan
  • Levana
  • Levance
  • Levander
  • Levane
  • Levant
  • Livan
  • Livana, Livanna
  • Lovanda
  • Lovann
  • Lovanna
  • Melvan
  • Merivan
  • Milovan
  • Navana
  • Navani, Navany
  • Neevan
  • Nevan
  • Nirvan
  • Nirvana
  • Norvan
  • Novani
  • Olivander, Ollivander
  • Orvan
  • Parvaneh
  • Pavan
  • Pavani
  • Radovan
  • Raevan
  • Ravan
  • Rayvan
  • Revan
  • Revanth
  • Rivan
  • Rizvan
  • Rovan
  • Rovanio
  • Sarvani
  • Savan
  • Savanaha, Savannaha
  • Savanha
  • Savannah, Savanna, Savanah, Savana, Sahvannah, Sahvanna, Sahvana
  • Sevannah, Sevanna, Sevana, Cevanna
  • Savante
  • Servando, Cervando
  • Sevan
  • Sharvani
  • Shavanda
  • Shavana, Shavanna, Shavannah
  • Shavante
  • Shivan
  • Shivang
  • Shivangi
  • Shivani
  • Shivank
  • Shivansh
  • Shivanya
  • Shovan
  • Shravan
  • Silvan, Sylvan
  • Silvana, Sylvana, Silvanna, Sylvanna
  • Silvano
  • Silvanus, Sylvanus
  • Sivan
  • Sivana
  • Sivani
  • Sivansh
  • Sovann
  • Sovanna
  • Sravan
  • Stevan
  • Stevana, Stevanna
  • Stevanie
  • Sullivan
  • Suvanna
  • Svana
  • Svanik
  • Sylvania
  • Syvanna, Syvannah
  • Tavan
  • Tavania
  • Tavanna
  • Tavante
  • Tevan
  • Tovan
  • Travante
  • Travanti
  • Trevan
  • Trevante
  • Treyvan
  • Tyvan
  • Van, Vann
  • Vana, Vanna, Vannah
  • Vanae
  • Vanadey
  • Vanassa
  • Vanaya
  • Vanbawi
  • Vanburen
  • Vance
  • Vancil
  • Vanda
  • Vandalia
  • Vandawt
  • Vandela, Vandella
  • Vandelia
  • Vandell
  • Vandan
  • Vandana
  • Vanden
  • Vander
  • Vanderbilt
  • Vanderlei
  • Vandetta
  • Vandi, Vandy
  • Vandiver
  • Vandon
  • Vandora
  • Vandrea
  • Vane
  • Vanecia
  • Vaneda
  • Vaneeza
  • Vaneka
  • Vanella
  • Vanelope, Vanellope
  • Vanely, Vanelly
  • Vanesha
  • Vaneshia
  • Vanesia, Vanessia
  • Vaness, Vanesse
  • Vanessa, Vanesa, Vannesa, Vannessa, Vanessah
  • Vanester
  • Vaneta, Vanetta, Vannetta
  • Vanette, Vannette
  • Vaneza, Vanezza
  • Vangela
  • Vangie
  • Vani, Vanie, Vannie, Vanny
  • Vania, Vaniah, Vaniya, Vaniyah, Vannia
  • Vanice, Vanis, Vanise
  • Vanicia
  • Vanika
  • Vanilla
  • Vanille
  • Vanisa, Vanissa
  • Vanisha
  • Vanita
  • Vanity, Vanitie
  • Vang
  • Vannak
  • Vannara
  • Vannary
  • Vanner
  • Vanni
  • Vannida
  • Vanora
  • Vansh
  • Vanshika
  • Vanshon
  • Vanson
  • Vantasia
  • Vanteen
  • Vantha
  • Vantrell
  • Vantrice
  • Vanus
  • Vanya, Vannya
  • Vivan
  • Vivana
  • Yavanna
  • Yosvani
  • Yovan
  • Yovani, Yovany, Yovanny
  • Yovana, Yovanna
  • Yuvan
  • Yuvansh
  • Yvan
  • Yvana, Yvanna
  • Zaavan
  • Zavanah, Zavanna, Zavannah
  • Zevan

Some of the above are non-traditional spellings of more common names, such as Calvin, Kevin, Melvin, and Steven.

Which VAN name do you like most? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. Check out my list of names with CAR for more baby names featuring an automobile-themed letter sequence. :)

Source: SSA

Image: Adapted from Dodge A100 van in orange – right side by Steve Morgan under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Parents fined for having baby, name baby after the fine

Vietnamese 5-dong banknote

In 1987, Mai Van Cán and his wife, Do Thi Vân — a couple from Quang Nam province in central Vietnam — welcomed their fifth child.

The problem?

Several years earlier, Vietnam had put a two-child policy in place.

So, soon after the newborn arrived, the family was fined 6,500 dong (Vietnamese currency) by the government.

Mai was upset about this — his wife’s pregnancy had been unplanned, and he had to borrow money to pay the fine. In a fit of resentment, he named the baby boy Mai Phat Sáu Nghìn Ruoi, which loosely translates to “fined six thousand five hundred” (or, more precisely, “fine of six thousand and a half”).

Here are the definitions of each component of the given name:

In the late 1990s, local government officials tried to persuade Mai to change his son’s name, because the boy was being “constantly teased” by classmates.

He refused.

A few years later, they tried again.

This time, he relented.

So, in September of 2005, Mai Phat Sáu Nghìn Ruoi — now in his late teens — was renamed Mai Hoàng Long, meaning “golden dragon.”

(I had to remove most of the Vietnamese diacritics from this post because they don’t render properly on my site, unfortunately.)

Sources:

Image: Adapted from South Vietnam 5 Dong 1955 (public domain)

Popular baby names in Armenia, 2021

Flag of Armenia
Flag of Armenia

The landlocked country of Armenia is located in Western Asia and bordered by Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Iran.

Last year, Armenia welcomed over 36,600 babies — about 17,600 girls and about 19,000 boys.

What were the most popular names among these babies? Nare and Davit.

Here are Armenia’s top 50 girl names and top 50 boy names of 2021:

Girl Names

  1. Nare, 758 baby girls – a diminutive of Narine (which ranked 49th)
  2. Maria, 635
  3. Arpi, 540
  4. Mane, 493
  5. Angelina, 444
  6. Marie, 402
  7. Yeva, 396
  8. Mariam, 357
  9. Anahit, 338 – an Armenian goddess (related to the Persian goddess Anahita)
  10. Anna, 305
  11. Sofi, 302
  12. Ani, 294
  13. Ellen, 284
  14. Milena, 279
  15. Lyusie, 277
  16. Eva, 263
  17. Ariana, 259
  18. Adriana, 247
  19. Luse, 245
  20. Tatev, 237 – from the name of the Tatev monastery
  21. Yana, 231
  22. Gayane, 226
  23. Nane, 224 – an Armenian goddess
  24. Milla, 202
  25. Arina, 193
  26. Emily, 187
  27. Elina, 186 (tie)
  28. Sona, 186 (tie)
  29. Lilit, 176
  30. Natalie, 170
  31. Sarah, 160
  32. Amelie, 155
  33. Hasmik, 153 – means “jasmine” in Armenian
  34. Lia, 152
  35. Arevik, 148
  36. Mary, 146
  37. Susanna, 136
  38. Viktoria, 134
  39. Monika, 130
  40. Gohar, 123
  41. Karina, 112
  42. Lili, 100
  43. Sofia, 98
  44. Karine, 92
  45. Lusine, 89 (tie) – based on the Armenian word lusin, meaning “moon”
  46. Anush, 89 (tie) – means “sweet” in Armenian
  47. Lucy, 88
  48. Sofya, 83 (tie)
  49. Narine, 83 (tie)
  50. Astghik, 82 – an Armenian goddess whose name is a diminutive of the Old Armenian word for “star”

Boy Names

  1. Davit, 1,275 baby boys
  2. Narek, 859
  3. Monte, 647
  4. Tigran, 584 – a form of Tigranes, the name of several ancient Armenian kings
  5. Areg, 564
  6. Hayk, 550
  7. Mark, 507
  8. Michael, 448
  9. Alex, 385
  10. Aren, 355
  11. Armen, 346
  12. Robert, 339
  13. Daniel, 326
  14. Gor, 323
  15. Arthur, 321
  16. Aram, 318
  17. Leo, 310
  18. Hovhannes, 303
  19. Samvel, 298
  20. Alen, 287
  21. Ashot, 255 (tie)
  22. Arman, 255 (tie)
  23. Levon, 252
  24. Erik, 232
  25. Gevorg, 219
  26. Gagik, 213
  27. Vahe, 209
  28. Arsen, 195
  29. Sargis, 186
  30. Artiom, 176
  31. Vardan, 154
  32. Karen, 152 – In Armenia, Karen is a male name! (Tell that to the manager!) It’s a short form of the Armenian name Garegin/Karekin.
  33. Avet, 150
  34. Albert, 126
  35. Andranik, 118
  36. Van, 116 – possibly from the name of Lake Van…?
  37. Suren, 115
  38. Raphael, 110
  39. Max, 105
  40. Ruben, 100 (tie)
  41. Hakob, 100 (tie)
  42. Alexandr, 97
  43. Mher, 95
  44. Grigor, 94
  45. Harutyun, 90
  46. Vahan, 80 – means “shield” in Armenian
  47. Edgar, 75
  48. Menua, 73 (tie) – the name of an ancient Armenian king
  49. Henry, 73 (tie)
  50. Noy, 67

Here’s a link to Armenia’s 2020 rankings, if you’d like to compare last year to the year before.

Sources: Statistical Committee of the Republic of Armenia (2021 pdf), Behind the Name

Image: Adapted from Flag of Armenia (public domain)