In 2014, the most popular boys' names were Jackson, Aiden, Liam, Lucas and Noah. It was the second year in a row in which Jackson took the top spot.
Many considerations can go into choosing a name for a male baby. How the first and last name sound together can be important to many parents. Often, two names that differ in length sound good together, notes BabyCenter. A short first name might sound better with a longer last name, and vice versa. Parents also don't tend to choose first and last names that rhyme, such as Ruth Booth.
Another consideration is the uniqueness of the first name. Some parents prefer a unique first name, while others want their child to more easily fit in with other children born the same year. Family heritage can also play an important role in child naming. If both families are originally from Ireland, the parents might choose an Irish name, such as Eamon. Many families always name the eldest son after the father. Naming a baby boy after a favorite or deceased male relative is also common.
Parents may choose a name based on the meaning of that name rather than the name itself. At Meaning-of-Names.com, expectant parents can search by the name's meaning and receive a list of all names with that meaning. For example, many names mean "strong," including Andreas, Brian and Ozzie.