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Meet 63 of America’s Brand-New Boy Names

May 13, 2024 laurawattenberg 4 Comments

Meet 63 of America’s Brand-New Boy Names

May 13, 2024 LauraWattenberg 4 Comments

These intriguing and remarkable names made their all-time debuts last year.

Images of Zorro and a Sullen clothing design
Zorro, Sullen. Images: disneyplus.com, Instagram: @sullenclothing

Each year, American parents find new names that have never before appeared in national baby name statistics. The innovations come from all over the world, from pop-culture inspirations, and from pure fashion-driven creativity. Meet some of the names that were given to five or more boys for the first time last year.

TV and Movie Character Names

Eredin: Eredin Bréacc Glas is the fearsome King of the Wild Hunt in The Witcher.
Harwin, Lucerys, Viserys, Aemond, Jacaerys: Characters from the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon.
Namor: A Marvel superhero with water powers, seen in the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Neteyam: One of the blue Na’vi aliens in Avatar: The Way of Water.
Thorfinn: A medieval Scandinavian name, featured in the sitcom Ghosts and anime series Vinland Saga.
Zorro: Incredibly, this hero who made his film debut over a century ago never hit the name stats until now.

Names in the News

Aire: A son of reality tv entrepreneur Kylie Jenner and rapper Travis Scott.
Bregman: Hoston Astros baseball star Alex Bregman.
Forrie: Yellowstone actor Forrie J. Smith.
Ramadhani: Tanzanian acrobats The Ramadhani Brothers won the tv competition America’s Got Talent.
Shedeur: College football quarterback Shedeur Sanders.
Tanitoluwa: Tanitoluwa Adewumi is a young Nigerian-American chess prodigy who learned the game when staying in a homeless shelter in New York with his refugee family.
Volodymyr: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy. See the 2022 Name of the Year.

Word Names

Bayou
Bolt
Camino
Chrome
Coastal
Dice
Ethic
Fame
Forge
Just
Nylon
Olympus
Pine
Realm
Risen
Rookie
Trophy

A Not-Quite Word Name

Sullen: This word, meaning sulky and ill-tempered, seems to have become a name indirectly via Sullen Art Collective, a popular “tattoo lifestyle” clothing brand.

Global Names

Granit: Albanian for “granite.” Granit Xhaka is a Swiss-Albanian soccer star.
Haweo: Hawaiian for “glowing, distinguished.”
Ifedayo: Yoruba, “love has become joy.”
Menua: Armenian, from the name of an ancient Urartian king.
Sviatoslav: A medieval prince of Kyiv.
Tecuani: Nahuatl for “jaguar.”
Valtteri: Finnish form of Walter. Valtteri Bottas is a Formula One racing champion.

Games and Animation

Giorno: Italian for “day.” Giorno Giovanna is a character in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
Nihilus: Darth Nihilus is a fan-favorite villain in the Star Wars game Knights of the Old Republic II.
Varrick: A flamboyant billionaire in The Legend of Korra.
Luciel: The protagonist of The Great Cleric series.

Internet Personalities

Jesser: The handle of basketball YouTuber Jesse Riedel.
Noen: TikTok fashion influencer Noen Eubanks.
Yahki: “Yah’ki Awakened” is a lifestyle influencer with an herbal supplement brand.
Zakyius: A child of the internet personalities “The Trench Family.”

…and More Names of Interest

Atigun: The Atigun Pass is a high mountain pass in Alaska.
Bonaventure: Saint Bonaventure was a medieval theologian.
Dunamis: An ancient Greek word mean power and potential, more recently adopted as a Christian term for holy power unleashed through prayer.
Mictlan: The name of the Aztec underwold of the dead.
Montezuma: The Aztec emperor who clashed with Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.
Tulsen: A neo-cowboy elaboration on the place name Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Cyx, Sixx, Syxx; Amilian, Amillieon, Amilleon, Millieon. New additions to the increasingly creative realm of number names.

LauraWattenberg
LauraWattenberg

Namerology founder and "Baby Name Wizard" author Laura Wattenberg is a globally recognized name expert, known for her scientific approach to understanding name trends and culture.

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4 Comments

  • HungarianNameGeek
    HungarianNameGeek May 14, 2024 at 1:34 am

    Oh, dear. Do the parents who bestowed “Nihilus” realize that’s it’s basically bad Latin for “nothing, worthless”? (The correct nominative singular is _nihilum_.)

    • Letterkenny
      Letterkenny May 14, 2024 at 3:26 am

      Exactly… though, while I don’t know much about Knights of the Old Republic II, I suspect that it’s usually pronounced “Nyalus” and the Ancient Romans would never recognize it!

  • Evie
    Evie May 16, 2024 at 1:14 pm

    Re: Zorro—just a guess, but Zoro (that spelling) is a character in the manga/anime series One Piece, which Netflix released as a live-action series in 2023. The spelling Zoro is similarly low on the lists (10 in 2023, 11 in 2022, not listed 2013-2021), so I would hesitate to definitively conclude that Zorro is influenced by Zoro and One Piece, but it’s a possibility to consider. (I would not have known this before a few months ago, when I started watching the anime with my 11yo son).

  • holey
    holey May 16, 2024 at 5:53 pm

    Tulsen is a fascinating one! When naming trends collide…

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