The five most popular baby names for boys in 2014 were Jackson, Aiden, Liam, Lucas and Noah. Rounding out the top 10 were Mason, Ethan, Caden, Jacob and Logan. Jackson replaced Aiden, in 2013, and held on to the number one spot in 2014.
Baby names for boys gain popularity from a variety of factors, including social trends, family heritage and celebrity influence. Popular names like Jackson often take on alternate spellings such as Jaxon as the result of a parent's desire to be unique. Sometimes children's names are based on popular characters in literature; best-sellers, movies and television frequently cause spikes in naming trends. Historical figures and family names also play a part in the process, as people are often fond of naming their children after parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles.
Family heritage has an undeniable impact on naming trends. Irish-Americans, for example, often turn to ancestral names of Gaelic origin as a tribute to their history. Black Americans commonly use names of African descent as a way of honoring their past, while Italian-Americans frequently use family names that were popular in the city where their elders lived. Baby books and online resources are an effective way to determine a name's history.