Some of the most popular names for boys in 2013 were Noah, Liam, Jacob, Mason, William, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, Jayden and Daniel. These were the top 10 most common boy names in the United States that year, states the Social Security Administration. Noah was the most common name for boys, rising above Jacob, which was the most common name in 2012.
Many of the most popular boy names come from the Bible. The name Noah is found in the Old Testament. Noah built the ark that saved his family and two of every species of animal from the Great Flood. It is derived from the Hebrew name Noach, which means "rest, comfort."
Another Old Testament name is Jacob, who was the patriarch of the 12 sons who would lead the 12 tribes of Israel. The 14th most popular boy name in 2013, Benjamin, was the name of his youngest son.
The name Michael is featured in both the Old and New Testaments as one of the Archangels. Another popular name from the New Testament is Matthew, which is also the name of its first book. Andrew, the 22nd most common name in 2013, is described in the New Testament as the first apostle chosen by Christ.
Other popular names for boys in 2013 include Elijah, Aiden, James, Jackson, Logan and David, according to the Social Security Administration.