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What are some common names for American men?

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The top five most common first names in the American male population, as of 2013, are Michael, James, John, Robert and David. Some first names for American males that have become popular in the past couple of years include Bryan, Dustin, Noah and Jacob.

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What are some common names for American men?
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As of 2013, Michael is the most common male name in the United States; approximately 11.5 out of 1000 Americans have this name. Michael derives from the Hebrew name Mikhael, which means "who is like God?" Famous Americans who have used this name include musician Michael Jackson and athlete Michael Jordan.

James is the second most common American male name; approximately 10 out of 1000 Americans have this name. James derives from the Greek form of Jacob, which is also a common American male name. Both names mean "supplanter" or "may God protect." Six U.S. Presidents have borne the name James.

John and Robert are the third and fourth most common names respectively, each appearing in approximately 9.5 out of 1000 Americans' full names. John derives from the Hebrew name Yochanan, which means "Yahweh is gracious," while Robert derives from the Germanic name Hrodebert, which means "bright fame." Famous Americans who have used these names include author John Steinbeck, former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, military commander Robert E. Lee and actor Robert Downey Jr.

David is the fifth most common American male name; approximately 9 out of every 1000 Americans use this name. David is a Hebrew name that means "beloved." Famous Americans who use this name include athlete David Robinson and television personality David Letterman.

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