There are some names that have always been and forever will be very popular in the US and worldwide as well. Some of these names have origins in the bible or have a deep cultural meaning, and others have changed and developed over the years from ancient cultures. Whatever the reason – these names are timeless, and bear great significance to many. Some of these names have been around for a number of decades and are still as relevant today as they were then. Here you will find the US Social Security Administration's list of top 100 names given to male babies in the US in 2006, as well as explanation of the meaning for the top 5 names.
# 1: Jacob
The Latin Jacobus, which came from Greek – "Iakobos", which was originally from the Hebrew name "Yaaqov". In the Old Testament, Jacob (later called Israel) was the son of Rebecca and Isaac and later became the father tweleve sons, each a founder of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. He was born holding twin brother Esau's heel, and hence the name Jacob – literally meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter
# 2 Michael
This name comes from Hebrew and means: "Who is like God"?
Sometimes known as Mike, Mick or Micky, Michael is a popular male name in all off Europe and also and also in ths Us, Canada, Australia and many African countries, as well as Israel. Miguel is popular in most Latin countries. This name has been among the top 3 for over 50 year.
# 3 Joshua
Comes from Hebrew, meaning "The lord saves". In the old testament Joshua was one of the 12 spies sent to Cnaan by Moses. He became the leader of the
Israelites after Moses. The name Jesus is a variant of Joshua
# 4 Matthew
This is the English version, Originating in Hebrew "Mattityahu", and the later Greek "Matthaios". Literally meaning: "The gift of God". Saint Matthew (known as Levi as well), was one of the 12 apostles. He is believed to be the author of the first Gospel in the New Testament.
# 5 Ethan
Originating in Hebrew "Eitan", meaning "steady, firm, strong, solid, constant".
In the Old Testament Ethan was known for his wisdom.
Following is the full list of the 100 most popular baby boy names, according to the official US Social Security Administration.
Still feel your new baby's name is not any of the above?
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