Special Report

America's Fastest Growing First Names

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20. Beau
> Boys named Beau in 2013: 1,300 (271st most popular)
> Boys named Beau in 2017: 2,493 (157th most popular)

Roughly 2,500 baby boys were given this flirtatious name in 2017, much more than the 1,300 who were given the same name in 2013. In English, “beau” typically means boyfriend or male sweetheart or lover. The name Beau, however, has French roots and means “beautiful.”

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19. Karter
> Boys named Karter in 2013: 1,178 (299th most popular)
> Boys named Karter in 2017: 2,273 (173rd most popular)

The name Karter has gained popularity over the past five years. In 2013, Karter was the 299th most popular boy name and by 2017, it was the 173rd most popular boy name. The popularity of the name dipped in 2016, clocking in at the 187th most popular boy name, up four places from the year prior.

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18. Asher
> Boys named Asher in 2013: 3,712 (104th most popular)
> Boys named Asher in 2017: 5,991 (59th most popular)

The name Asher is has grown considerably in popularity since 2013. In 2013, Asher was the 104th most popular boy name and by 2017, it became the 59th most popular name for boys, the 18th largest change in rank. The biblical name took a century long hiatus from the top 1,000 popular names before re-emerging in the 1990s.

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17. Waylon
> Boys named Waylon in 2013: 1,200 (290th most popular)
> Boys named Waylon in 2017: 2,416 (162nd most popular)

Just 1,200 boys born in 2013 were named Waylon. The name was popularized by the late country music star Waylon Jennings, who died in 2002. By 2017, 2,416 newborn boys were given the name.

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16. Jameson
> Boys named Jameson in 2013: 2,230 (181st most popular)
> Boys named Jameson in 2017: 3,907 (100th most popular)

Jameson is perhaps best known as a brand of irish whiskey. Whether that is the inspiration for naming a baby boy is hard to say, but we do know that the name is on the rise for one reason or another. Popularity for the name Jameson increased from 181st most popular boy name to the 100th most popular boy name between 2013 and 2017.

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