When choosing a name for your baby boy, you'll wantto consider not only sound, initials, and pronunciation, but also popularity and meaning. After analyzing Social Security Administration data and looking at key baby naming trends for 2010, we predict the following baby boy names will gain popularity in 2010. Read on to find out more about these monikers with momentum.
This biblical name, which means"enlightened" in Hebrew, hit an all-time popularity high in the early 1980s, when it hit number 30 on the list of most common baby boy names. After that time, its popularity declined, but since 2007 it's been on the comeback trail. The baby name Aaron will be the 42nd most popular name for boys in 2010.
Another Hebrew name, Abrahammeans "father of a multitude of nations" and was popular during AbrahamLincoln's era. From the 1920s to the 1980s, the name drifted into relative obscurity, but it has been steadily gaining popularity since the 1990s. The baby name Abraham will be the 180th most popular name for boys in 2010.
This exuberant name was quite unusual until 2007, when it achieved number 841 on the list of baby boy names, and since that time, it has been gaining steam. Meaning "the best" or "number one," Ace is associated with both achievement and the daring flying aces of WWI. The baby name Ace will be the 631st most popular name for boys in 2010.
From 2000 to 2008, Aiden-a Gaelic name meaning "fire"-skyrocketed from number 324 to number 16 on the most popular baby boys name list. At some point, of course, its popularity will wane, but we think it will finally crack the top 10 in 2010. The baby name Aiden will be the 9th most popular name for boys in 2010.
Although it may not be a household word yet, the name Alijah jumped from number 906 to 469 on the most common baby boys names list in only eight years. An Arabic name meaning "sublime," Alijah is a variant of Elijah, which was the 22nd most popular name for boys in 2008. The baby name Alijah will be the 416th most popular name for boys in 2010.
Another fast-mover, Anderson has jumped more than 400 spots on the most common baby boy names list in less than a decade. A Scandinavian variant of Anders and Andrew, the name means "manly" or "man warrior." The baby name Anderson will be the 287th most popular name for boys in 2010.
A long-time favorite, the name Anthony was especially popular in the mid-1960s and late 1980s, and during the past five years, it has gained momentum once again. Meaning "priceless," the name has Latin roots and can be shortened to Tony. The baby name Anthony will be the 7th most popular name for boys in 2010.
This Hebrew name, meaning "fortunate" or "blessed" comes from the Old Testament, but never really caught on with the masses until recently. In the past eight years, it has gone from the 579th most common to the 206th most popular boy names, and we think its popularity will continue to grow. The baby name Asher will be the 172nd most popular name for boys in 2010.
The Latin name Atticus, which literally translates to "from Attica," may still seem somewhat obscure. But in only eight years, it has gone from being the 935th most popular baby boy name to the 689th, and we believe momentum will continue. The baby name Atticus will be the 584th most popular name for boys in 2010.