In the United States, the top five most common names given to newborn males in 2013 were Noah, Liam, Jacob, Mason and William. Other common names for baby boys given in 2013 include Michael and Alexander.
Noah, Liam and Jacob each occurred in 0.9 percent of U.S. male births in 2013. Noah derives from a Hebrew name that represents rest and comfort. The name also evokes the Biblical character that constructed an ark and survived the flood. Liam is a short form of the fifth-most common name, William, which derives from a Germanic name that was composed of the words for "desire" and "protection." Actor Liam Neeson's rise to fame possibly contributed to the popularizing of this name. Jacob derives from a Hebrew name meaning either "supplanter" or "may God protect." This name is often associated with the Biblical character of the same name.
Mason occurred in 0.87 percent of U.S. male births in 2013. The name derives from the Old English word for "to make." Michael occurred in 0.76 percent of U.S. male births in 2013. The name derives from the Hebrew name, meaning "who is like God?" Michael is the name of the only archangel mentioned in the Bible, as well as the name of famous figures including singer Michael Jackson and athlete Michael Jordan. Alexander occurred in 0.74 percent of U.S. male births in 2013. Alexander derives from a Greek name meaning "defender of men." Alexander the Great is among the many historical figures to have borne the name.