A traditional English name meaning "young wolf," or "official of the church," Channing has shed its somewhat stuffy image for, well, a whole new attitude. The name broke into the top 1,000 in 2011, and its American ascent, which continues, can surely be credited to model-turned-actor-turned-Magic-Mike (need we say more?). Channing Tatum.
A wildly popular girl's name throughout the 1990s, Twilight star Taylor Lautner has put the sex-appeal back in "unisex" for this adaptable moniker. Meaning "tailor"—as in the trade—Taylor may be a trendy name, but you can feel confident it won't soon fade—it's held its own as boy's first name for over a century.
From his roles in the popular Vampire series True Blood to Zoolander, Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard has met with much success among American audiences, enough so as to deem this gorgeous Nordic stud-muffin 100-percent Hollywood Hottie. His name means "warrior," and—with its classic, yet current sound—retains its spot in the top 10 most popular picks for baby boys; Alexander landed at number eight in 2011.
Actor Liam Neeson brought this name onto the American big screen (and onto the baby-name charts; it broke into the top 15 in 2011), but up-and-comer Liam Hemsworth, who starred in 2012's The Hunger Games, is now its most fetching claim to fame. Also popular among celebrity parents—Kevin Costner, Calista Flockhart, and Tori Spelling all have sons named Liam—the moniker is enjoying an international rise.
Leonardo DiCaprio is known for his versatile on-screen talents, not to mention his classic Hollywood looks. His name—once singularly associated with the Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci, whose works inspired DiCaprio's mother to choose it for her son—has been made, through his fame, into a choice modern, mainstream moniker. Meaning "strong as a lion," it shortens to Leo (so cute).
A perennially popular baby name pick, Matthew has hunky celeb cred to burn: Broderick, McConaughey, Damon, Dillon… the list is long. (Bring it on!) Boasting Biblical roots without a hint of fundamentalism, the moniker means "gift of god."
After the name reached a point of over-popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s, new parents took a bit of a break from Justin. Recently, however, Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber have brought the name—which means "justice"—back as an attractive choice for today's baby boys.
Jacob was 2011's most popular boy's name, and Jake is climbing the charts on its own as a more casual, playful alternative. Super popular in the UK, Jake has gained favor in the United States, as well, thanks to smart, hunky heart-throb Jake Gyllenhaal.
Especially popular on the East Coast, Colin sounds classic, but not boring. Alternately spelled Collin, the name means "young creature," but might as well mean Hunky Irish and English Hollywood Star, thanks to actors Colin Farrel and Colin Firth.
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