Are you having a baby boy anytime soon? Searching for a name? We got you covered. Personally, I love my name. Shakespeare’s famous female character once asked, “What’s in a name?” The answer? Quite a bit, actually.

The young lover Juliet seems to be proving just the opposite with her soliloquy – that a name does not matter, and her love for Romeo should not be hindered by feuding family names – but the truth about the weight carried by a name is quite the opposite.

The truth is that names tell stories. Names are like mirrors that reflect where we’ve come from, who we are, what connects us, and where we’re going. Below are 50 of the most popular boy names in North Carolina. Ranked from least popular to number 1, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular baby names for boys of the last decade.

These were calculated for North Carolina using data from the Social Security Administration. Names are ranked by the number of babies from 2010 to 2019. Some of my personal favorites on the list include Eli, Brayden, Wyatt, Christopher, and Ethan. Keep reading to see if your name made the list.

  • #50. Eli

    Eli is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “my God” or “elevated”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,407
    – Number of babies in 2019: 187 (#60 (tie) most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -12.6%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #37 in 2012

    National
    – Rank: #51
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 69,687

  • #49. Jaxon

    Jaxon is a name of American origin meaning “son of Jack”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,429
    – Number of babies in 2019: 267 (#29 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: +107.0%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #24 in 2018

    National
    – Rank: #52
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 68,946

  • #48. Hunter

    Hunter is a name of English origin meaning “one who hunts”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,462
    – Number of babies in 2019: 170 (#68 (tie) most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -34.4%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #34 in 2013

    National
    – Rank: #47
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 74,682

  • #47. Isaiah

    Isaiah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “Yahweh is salvation”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,476
    – Number of babies in 2019: 212 (#52 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -33.8%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #36 in 2010

    National
    – Rank: #46
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 75,977

  • #46. Charles

    Charles is a name of Germanic origin meaning “free man”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,518
    – Number of babies in 2019: 239 (#39 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -7.4%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #35 in 2017

    National
    – Rank: #49
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 69,859

  • #45. Jonathan

    Jonathan is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “God has given”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,569
    – Number of babies in 2019: 171 (#67 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -56.9%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #23 in 2010

    National
    – Rank: #42
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 79,658

  • #44. Isaac

    Isaac is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “he will laugh”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,572
    – Number of babies in 2019: 266 (#30 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: +34.3%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #30 in 2019

    National
    – Rank: #31
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 94,338

  • #43. Owen

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,611
    – Number of babies in 2019: 291 (#26 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: +25.4%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #26 in 2019

    National
    – Rank: #34
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 90,980

  • #42. Dylan

    Dylan is a name of Welsh origin meaning “son of the sea”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,613
    – Number of babies in 2019: 194 (#57 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -35.8%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #32 in 2014

    National
    – Rank: #29
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 96,183

  • #41. Oliver

    Oliver is a name of Latin origin meaning “olive tree planter”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,613
    – Number of babies in 2019: 412 (#8 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: +243.3%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #8 in 2019

    National
    – Rank: #28
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 97,962

  • #40. Josiah

    Josiah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “Jehovah has healed”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,628
    – Number of babies in 2019: 255 (#33 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: +16.4%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #28 in 2017

    National
    – Rank: #62
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 62,838

  • #39. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “appointed by God”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,667
    – Number of babies in 2019: 190 (#58 (tie) most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -42.6%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #33 in 2011

    National
    – Rank: #55
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 66,502

  • #38. Brayden

    Brayden is a name of Irish origin meaning “brave”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,674
    – Number of babies in 2019: 143 (#83 (tie) most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -57.4%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #26 in 2012

    National
    – Rank: #58
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 65,848

  • #37. Anthony

    Anthony is a name of Latin origin meaning “praiseworthy”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,687
    – Number of babies in 2019: 197 (#56 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -48.4%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #25 in 2010

    National
    – Rank: #21
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 111,883

  • #36. Henry

    Henry is a name of German origin meaning “estate ruler”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,825
    – Number of babies in 2019: 350 (#13 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: +63.6%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #13 in 2019

    National
    – Rank: #33
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 92,441

  • #35. Andrew

    Andrew is a name of Greek origin meaning “brave”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,887
    – Number of babies in 2019: 187 (#60 (tie) most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -50.4%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #27 in 2010

    National
    – Rank: #25
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 104,818

  • #34. Grayson

    Grayson is a name of English origin meaning “son of the steward”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,975
    – Number of babies in 2019: 387 (#9 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: +118.6%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #9 in 2019

    National
    – Rank: #56
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 66,231

  • #33. Christian

    Christian is a name of English origin meaning “follower Of Christ”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,988
    – Number of babies in 2019: 217 (#50 (tie) most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -46.0%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #17 in 2011

    National
    – Rank: #41
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 83,934

  • #32. Wyatt

    Wyatt is a name of English origin meaning “brave in war”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,014
    – Number of babies in 2019: 340 (#14 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: +39.9%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #14 in 2019

    National
    – Rank: #37
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 87,572

  • #31. Levi

    Levi is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “joining”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,092
    – Number of babies in 2019: 353 (#12 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: +54.1%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #12 in 2019

    National
    – Rank: #45
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 77,717

  • #30. Matthew

    Matthew is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “Gift of Yahweh”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,125
    – Number of babies in 2019: 217 (#50 (tie) most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -38.7%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #23 in 2017

    National
    – Rank: #16
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 124,808

  • #29. Cameron

    Cameron is a name of Gaelic origin meaning “crooked river”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,128
    – Number of babies in 2019: 239 (#39 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -34.5%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #22 in 2012

    National
    – Rank: #57
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 66,066

  • #28. Joseph

    Joseph is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “he will add”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,208
    – Number of babies in 2019: 284 (#28 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -26.6%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #24 in 2010

    National
    – Rank: #20
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 115,341

  • #27. Landon

    Landon is a name of English origin meaning “long hill”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,271
    – Number of babies in 2019: 226 (#44 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -48.9%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #17 in 2012

    National
    – Rank: #44
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 79,187

  • #26. Luke

    Luke is a name of Greek origin meaning “man from Lucania”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,308
    – Number of babies in 2019: 311 (#18 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: +5.1%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #12 in 2016

    National
    – Rank: #32
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 93,102

  • #25. Caleb

    Caleb is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “faithful”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,311
    – Number of babies in 2019: 241 (#37 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -46.3%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #16 in 2010

    National
    – Rank: #38
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 86,530

  • #24. David

    David is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “beloved”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,432
    – Number of babies in 2019: 262 (#32 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -43.5%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #14 in 2010

    National
    – Rank: #18
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 116,382

  • #23. Lucas

    Lucas is a name of Greek origin meaning “man from Lucania”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,448
    – Number of babies in 2019: 371 (#10 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: +35.9%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #8 in 2017

    National
    – Rank: #17
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 118,453

  • #22. Daniel

    Daniel is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “God is my judge”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,515
    – Number of babies in 2019: 295 (#24 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -29.6%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #15 in 2013

    National
    – Rank: #12
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 133,595

  • #21. Gabriel

    Gabriel is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “God is my strength”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,534
    – Number of babies in 2019: 231 (#42 (tie) most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -42.4%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #13 in 2014

    National
    – Rank: #24
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 105,296

  • #20. John

    John is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “Yahweh has been gracious”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,609
    – Number of babies in 2019: 325 (#16 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -22.6%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #12 in 2015

    National
    – Rank: #26
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 102,521

  • #19. Christopher

    Christopher is a name of English origin meaning “Christ-bearer”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,628
    – Number of babies in 2019: 224 (#47 (tie) most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -54.7%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #9 in 2011

    National
    – Rank: #27
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 101,885

  • #18. Carter

    Carter is a name of Gaelic origin meaning “transporter of goods”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,630
    – Number of babies in 2019: 364 (#11 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: +49.2%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #8 in 2018

    National
    – Rank: #30
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 95,047

  • #17. Joshua

    Joshua is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “God Is my salvation”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,635
    – Number of babies in 2019: 224 (#47 (tie) most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -58.1%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #6 in 2010

    National
    – Rank: #23
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 105,951

  • #16. Samuel

    Samuel is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “name of God”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,664
    – Number of babies in 2019: 303 (#20 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -33.6%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #15 in 2010

    National
    – Rank: #22
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 107,854

  • #15. Logan

    Logan is a name of Scottish origin meaning “Little hollow”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,727
    – Number of babies in 2019: 315 (#17 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -16.7%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #7 in 2017

    National
    – Rank: #14
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 126,600

  • #14. Benjamin

    Benjamin is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “son of my days”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,784
    – Number of babies in 2019: 334 (#15 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -5.1%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #8 in 2016

    National
    – Rank: #11
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 134,226

  • #13. Alexander

    Alexander is a name of Greek origin meaning “defender of man”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,840
    – Number of babies in 2019: 296 (#22 (tie) most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -42.4%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #10 in 2010

    National
    – Rank: #8
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 141,833

  • #12. Jayden

    Jayden is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “thankful”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,890
    – Number of babies in 2019: 239 (#39 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -56.5%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #5 in 2010

    National
    – Rank: #15
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 125,780

  • #11. Aiden

    Aiden is a name of Gaelic origin meaning “born of fire”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,951
    – Number of babies in 2019: 309 (#19 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -25.7%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #10 in 2015

    National
    – Rank: #13
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 129,374

  • #10. Michael

    Michael is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “who is like God?”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,112
    – Number of babies in 2019: 292 (#25 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -41.8%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #8 in 2016

    National
    – Rank: #7
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 144,741

  • #9. Ethan

    Ethan is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “strong” or “enduring”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,113
    – Number of babies in 2019: 287 (#27 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -45.8%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #7 in 2010

    National
    – Rank: #6
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 148,857

  • #8. Jackson

    Jackson is a name of English origin meaning “son of Jack”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,688
    – Number of babies in 2019: 419 (#7 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -18.8%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #7 in 2019

    National
    – Rank: #19
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 115,997

  • #7. Jacob

    Jacob is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “to follow”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,763
    – Number of babies in 2019: 301 (#21 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -57.2%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #2 in 2010

    National
    – Rank: #3
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 162,876

  • #6. Liam

    Liam is a name of German origin meaning “protection”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 5,125
    – Number of babies in 2019: 685 (#1 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: +151.8%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #1 in 2019

    National
    – Rank: #2
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 173,636

  • #5. James

    James is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “supplanter”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 5,147
    – Number of babies in 2019: 514 (#4 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -1.0%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #4 in 2019

    National
    – Rank: #9
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 139,307

  • #4. Elijah

    Elijah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “Yahweh is God”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 5,340
    – Number of babies in 2019: 461 (#5 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -20.0%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #3 in 2013

    National
    – Rank: #10
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 136,649

  • #3. Mason

    Mason is a name of English origin meaning “one who works with stone”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 5,757
    – Number of babies in 2019: 460 (#6 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -9.3%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #2 in 2014

    National
    – Rank: #5
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 157,591

  • #2. Noah

    Noah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “rest”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 6,002
    – Number of babies in 2019: 605 (#2 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: +7.5%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #1 in 2018

    National
    – Rank: #1
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 182,896

  • #1. William

    William is a name of Germanic origin meaning “vehement protector”.

    North Carolina
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 6,978
    – Number of babies in 2019: 585 (#3 most common)
    – Change from 2010 to 2019: -28.7%
    – Highest rank since 2010: #1 in 2017

    National
    – Rank: #4
    – Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 159,600

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