In the United States, the most common male name for 2014 births was Noah. In England and New Zealand, the most common male name for 2013 births was Oliver. In Scotland and Ireland, the most common male name for 2013 births was Jack. In Australia, the most common male name for 2013 births was William.
Noah is the name 0.9 percent of American newborn males received in 2014. The name derives from Hebrew, representing rest and comfort. The name has been popular in the English language since the Protestant Reformation given its connection to the well-known biblical figure.
Oliver is the name 1.9 percent of British newborn males received in 2013. This name derives either from the Germanic name Alfher, which means "elf warrior," or the Latin word "oliva," which means "olive tree." The name became popular in the 1800s after British author Charles Dickens published his novel "Oliver Twist."
In 2013, Jack is the name 2.1 percent of Irish newborn males received. This name probably derives from a medieval diminutive form of John, which derives from a Hebrew name meaning "Yahweh is gracious." The word "jack" later became a colloquial synonym for "man," making it popular as a male name.
William derives from the Germanic name Willahelm, composed of the words for "desire" and "protection." This name has been popular in the English language since William the Conqueror became the first Norman king of England.