Animated Chart: The Meteoric Rise of Boys Names Ending in the Letter “N”

This incredible animated chart was created by David Taylor at It shows how incredibly fast the popularity of boy’s names ending in the letter “N” swept across the country, starting about the mid-1970’s.

Wow! According to, the trend has continued well into today.

Just look at the top 100 boy names for 2013: Jackson, Aiden, Mason, Jayden, Ethan, Caden, Logan, Benjamin, Ryan, Brayden, Dylan, Owen – and the list goes on forever!

I wonder what caused this trend? Why are boy names that end in the letter “N” so popular all of a sudden?

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