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Where Do These Names Come From?

As you begin your research, it may be useful to know where this list comes from. When an infant is born in the United States, either the parents or the hospital notifies the Social Security Administration (SSA) and sends the appropriate paperwork. The SSA is a governmental agency charged with keeping track of every American citizen and issuing each person a Social Security number. The SSA also maintains a database of every person born in the United States. Every year, the top ten baby names are compiled from these records.

Using BabyBuilder to Search Top Ten Boys' Names

As you start to form your list of what you want in your son's name, it can help to start by searching the top 10 boys' names with eMedTV's BabyBuilder name creation tool. BabyBuilderTM lists the top ten names for both genders by year -- all the way back to 1880. This innovative Web site also provides each name's meaning, origin, and variations.
By clicking this BabyBuilder link and following the instructions here, you'll be on your way to finding the perfect name for your baby boy.
  1. On the BabyBuilder home page, click the Boys tab.
  2. Next, click Top 10. This brings up the top ten names for the most recent year available.
  3. Use the drop-down arrows to scroll through the Year tab on the left side of the screen. When you click the desired year, a list of the top ten baby names for that year will appear.

    Note: BabyBuilder automatically searches for names in the United States, but you can also view names from several other countries.
  4. As you review the different names that catch your eye, be sure to click each one to learn its origin, meaning, and variations.
You may find it interesting to see how certain names have cycled through popularity over the years. You might even want to see how popular your name was the year you were born.
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