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12 American Names Popular for the First Time

9. Hudson

Hudson is the name of numerous towns as well a variety of geographic features throughout North America. These include Hudson Bay in Canada and the Hudson River, which runs from upstate New York to eventually border the Island of Manhattan — both named after the famous explorer English explorer Henry Hudson. Hudson has become one of the most popular boys names in the country. It was rarely used in the early 1900s, and then dropped entirely off the radar for the rest of the 20th century, beginning to surge in popularity in 1996.

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10. Jace

Jace, a shortened variant of Jason, has been among the 100 most popular boys’ names in the country in each of the last three years. Unlike some of the other names to make this list, which jumped from total obscurity to being wildly popular within the last decade, Jace has been an increasingly popular choice for a longer time. After a brief period of rare use in the 1950s, it vanished and then returned to the top 1,000 most popular male baby names in 1979, when it was 713th. Since then, use of the name has risen to 68th 2014, its most popular year ever, when more than 6,000 male newborns were named Jace.

11. Camden

A quarter of a century ago, few, if any parents named their newborn sons Camden. In the 1990s and the 2000s, the name slowly and steadily turned up on more birth certificates until it cracked the top 100 in both 2013 and 2014. As is the case with some names on this list, it is much more commonly known as an English-derived surname. Some Baltimore Orioles fans may have baseball in mind, specifically the team’s stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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12. Lincoln

Lincoln is another name more commonly known as a surname. It seems likely that a good number of the parents of the 4,785 baby boys named Lincoln last year had the 16th President of the United States in mind. Since at least 1900, the name has never fully dropped into obscurity, but instead fluctuated between the 500th and 800th position among male baby names for the entirety of the 20th century. In the mid-2000s, use of the name started to grow rapidly, and last year it was 87th overall in the country.

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