Posted: Oct 14, 2012 6:00 PM
Are you searching for top notch boy baby names? Whether you are looking for a cool classic baby name, a popular name or a unique name with an edge, we have rounded up plenty of ideas to help you find the perfect name for your baby boy.

There are so many options when searching for the perfect boy baby name that many parents find it overwhelming. Grab a pen and paper (or your notepad on your iPhone) and start making a list of your favorite boy baby names. Let's get started!

Top baby boy names

Each year the Social Security Administration releases a list of the most popular boy baby names, taken from birth certificates of children born in the U.S. Jacob has had a long stretch, as this name has been the top boy name for 13 years in a row. Mason moved into the top five this year for the first time, possibly due to Kourtney Kardashian's son with the same name.

Top 25 boy baby names:

  • Jacob
  • Mason
  • William
  • Jayden
  • Noah
  • Michael
  • Ethan
  • Alexander
  • Aiden
  • Daniel
  • Anthony
  • Matthew
  • Elijah
  • Joshua
  • Liam
  • Andrew
  • James
  • David
  • Benjamin
  • Logan
  • Christopher
  • Joseph
  • Jackson
  • Gabriel
  • Ryan

Hottest new baby boy names

If you are searching for a name that is a bit more unique and modern, you will love our list of the hottest new boy names of the year. These are the names that are climbing the baby name charts the fastest.

The hottest boy name last year was Bentley and this year the hottest new name is a very similar sounding name: Brantley. Check out more of the hottest new boy names of the year:

  • Brantley
  • Iker
  • Maximiliano
  • Zaiden
  • Kamden
  • Barrett
  • Archer
  • Declan
  • Atticus
  • Nico
  • Abram
  • Amare
  • Maverick
  • Jayce
  • Dexter
  • Jameson
  • Remington
  • Kieran
  • Kason
  • Finnegan
  • Adriel
  • Milo
  • Abel
  • Chandler
  • Axel

Celebrity boy names

Celebrities are often starting new baby name trends with their unique, cool and yes, even wacky, baby name choices. Many of today's celebrities, however, are choosing old-fashioned boy names over unique names. Kate Hudson named her son Bingham, while Elizabeth Banks also gave her son the old-fashioned name of Felix.

Many celebs also love the sound of country western names, with twangy names like Waylon (actress Drea de Matteo), Colt (Big & Rich singer John Rich), Weston (Jenna Fischer) and Rex (Niki Taylor).

Check out more of our favorite celebrity boy names

  • Flynn: Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr
  • Kannon: Kevin James
  • Finn: Tori Spelling
  • Diesel: Jennie Finch
  • Camden: Kristin Cavallari
  • August: Dave Matthews
  • Xander: January Jones
  • Brooks: Molly Sims
  • Luca: Hilary Duff
  • Bowen: Drew Brees
  • Hank: Kendra Wilkinson

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