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The boys’ names here are all up dramatically in usage over the past 10 years. The explosion might be due to a popular sports star, as with Iker, or a celebrity baby, such as Knox, or some mysterious algorithm of qualities. Here, the 25 hottest names for baby boys and how much they’ve increased from 2006 to 2016.


1. Jayceon

31.1x

Number of babies with the name in 2006: 47

Number of babies with the name in 2016: 1461

2. Brantley

27.6x

Number of babies with the name in 2006: 94

Number of babies with the name in 2016: 2592

Either New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley has a lot of fans, or parents have become obsessed with "-ley" names. Let's see how this plays out down the list...

3. Knox

25.5x

Number of babies with the name in 2006: 60

Number of babies with the name in 2016: 1527

4. Bentley

23.7x

Number of babies with the name in 2006: 170

Number of babies with the name in 2016: 4026

5. Thiago

22.7x

Number of babies with the name in 2006: 60

Number of babies with the name in 2016: 1364

6. Iker

20.1x

Number of babies with the name in 2006: 81

Number of babies with the name in 2016: 1630

7. Zayn

19.0x

Number of babies with the name in 2006: 39

Number of babies with the name in 2016: 741

All the spellings of this name are on the rise, but none more than this one, which is the one used by former One Direction member Zayn Malik.

8. Hendrix

17.9x

Number of babies with the name in 2006: 44

Number of babies with the name in 2016: 789

9. Legend

17.4x

Number of babies with the name in 2006: 65

Number of babies with the name in 2016: 1130

10. Finnley

16.8x

Number of babies with the name in 2006: 25

Number of babies with the name in 2016: 419

Original article by Joe Satran (along with the next 15 top trending names!) for Nameberry.

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