The Social Security Administration Just Released the Top 1,000 Names for Baby Boys

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Of all the decisions you'll make as a parent, choosing a baby name is the one that comes first. If you're looking for the best name for a baby boy, get your parenting journey started on the right foot by finding a name you'll love long into your child's adulthood.

One of the many factors you should weigh when considering baby boy names is the current popularity of the name. Whether you're looking for a totally unique name, or want to go with a more timeless one, you'll want to have an idea of how common the name is before you decide.

The first thing to check is the Social Security Administration (SSA), which keeps a list of the top baby boy names every year. Not only do they have lists of the most popular boys’ names, they also keep data about names that are rising and falling in rank, so you can see how the use of a name has changed over time. From there, we can also see trends, which are confirmed through lists made by baby-naming sites.

So, what names are we seeing more of in 2022, and what names to we expect to be on the rise for 2023? When we scoured the popular naming trends for this year and next, these were the ones that rose to the top.

Looking for more baby boy name inspiration? Check out our list of top Indian/Hindu boy names, Irish boy names, Hispanic boy names and short boy names, along with baby girl names and gender-neutral names for good measure. No matter which one you choose, your son is sure to find a way to make that name embody his own, unique personality.

These are currently the most popular baby names for boys.

The SSA released its list of the most popular names of 2021, and these are the names used most often, as of the end of 2021.

  1. Liam

  2. Noah

  3. Oliver

  4. Elijah

  5. James

  6. William

  7. Benjamin

  8. Lucas

  9. Henry

  10. Theodore

They should look pretty familiar — almost all of them were in the top ten in the previous year, too. The only newcomer is the last one, Theodore, which ousted Alexander from the tenth spot. Welcome to all the baby Theos out there!

These baby boy names are becoming trendy.

In addition to keeping track of the most-often-used names, the SSA also looks at which names took the biggest leaps in popularity. These names are rising fastest through the ranks:

  1. Amiri

  2. Eliam

  3. Colter

  4. Ozzy

  5. Loyal

  6. Khai

  7. Evander

  8. Camilo

  9. Mac

  10. Jiraiya

  11. Banks

  12. Gian

  13. Wylder

  14. Elio

  15. Kylian

  16. Cillian

  17. Bridger

  18. Onyx

  19. Zyair

  20. Koen

As you can see, Kylian/Cillian made it on there twice, and variant spelling Killian also made it onto the SSA Top 1,000 (in place No. 347). Could it be a nod to Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy?

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Photo credit: Jason Mendez - Getty Images

Boy names that have decreased most in popularity, however, include Jaxtyn, Karsyn, Xzavier, Willie, Tristan, Aldo, Hakeem, Bentlee, Marley and Korbyn. It seems that once variant spellings of popular names were having a moment, but that moment has passed.

Look Out for the Animals

What do Zooey Deschanel, Lauren Conrad, rapper Eve and Jason Momoa all have in common? They all named their sons Wolf, though often it was a middle name. (Kylie Jenner did, too, but then changed it after a bout of baby name regret.) And Wolf isn't the only animal in the pack. Look for Fox, Bear, Falcon, Lynx and Tiger to show up in the future.

Cute names are the future of baby boy names.

What about the trends that are so new, they haven't shown up on the SSA list yet? Nameberry, a baby-naming site that keeps track of interest in baby names among its users, has called "playful names" one of the biggest naming trends going into 2022. These are names that sound like they could be terms of endearment, like Buddy, Lucky, Sonny, or Teddy.

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Photo credit: Image Source - Getty Images

These names actually bring together a few trends that have been going strong for a while now. The first is using nicknames as full first names, like Ace or Billy (as seen most prominently in the royal baby name, Archie). The second is going back to so-called "old man" names, or retro names, like Gus and Otis. Put those together, and you've got yourself cute names like Teddy.

Everyone wants to get in the great outdoors with unique, nature-inspired names.

Has 2021 made everyone feel cooped up? Boy names are looking more and more to the great outdoors. Both Nameberry and BabyCenter, which also keeps track of the baby names its users pick, have found an uptick in names that feel at home in the wilderness, like Forest (or Forrest), River, Everest, Ocean, Reef and Woods. Maybe it's time to plan that trip you've been putting off? Or go even further: The Bump dug into its baby-name data and found a rise in space-themed names, like Orion, Apollo and Atlas.

Pop culture still inspires baby names.

A name that just squeaked onto the SSA list? Neo, a moniker familiar to any fan of The Matrix movies. (Keanu has been bouncing on and off the list since the year 2000, but it's been a steady presence since 2016.)

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Photo credit: Greg Doherty - Getty Images

Star Wars fans have also claimed spots on the list, with Kylo (No, 526), Anakin (No, 644) and Cassian (No. 969) making the top 1,000. (No Obi-Wans yet.) Even Rocky gets some love, with Creed, Adonis, and, yes, Rocky himself all making the list. And could the fast-rising Bridger be inspired by Bridgerton? It's entirely possible!

Gender-agnostic names make gender-neutral names more modern.

There's been a rise in unisex and gender-neutral names for a while now, and the trend shows no signs of stopping. But both Nameberry and BabyCenter also see that parents don't care if a name is traditionally a boys' name, a unisex name or girl's name. If they like it, they're going for it. BabyCenter has seen names like Tatum, Finley and Eden — usually more popular on their girls' list — rise on the boys' side. And Nameberry has seen more and more boys with "goddess names like Artemis, Echo and Nyx; nature names like Indigo, Sunny and Wren and unisex names that previously leaned female, like Blair, Laurie and Sasha."

However you feel about those trends, if you're looking for baby boy name inspiration, something might jump out at you from scanning the SSA's list — for good or for bad.

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Photo credit: Phatranist Kerddaeng - Getty Images

The Current Top 1,000 Baby Boy Names

According to the Social Security Administration, these are the most popular names for baby boys in the United States.

  1. Liam

  2. Noah

  3. Oliver

  4. Elijah

  5. James

  6. William

  7. Benjamin

  8. Lucas

  9. Henry

  10. Theodore

  11. Jack

  12. Levi

  13. Alexander

  14. Jackson

  15. Mateo

  16. Daniel

  17. Michael

  18. Mason

  19. Sebastian

  20. Ethan

  21. Logan

  22. Owen

  23. Samuel

  24. Jacob

  25. Asher

  26. Aiden

  27. John

  28. Joseph

  29. Wyatt

  30. David

  31. Leo

  32. Luke

  33. Julian

  34. Hudson

  35. Grayson

  36. Matthew

  37. Ezra

  38. Gabriel

  39. Carter

  40. Isaac

  41. Jayden

  42. Luca

  43. Anthony

  44. Dylan

  45. Lincoln

  46. Thomas

  47. Maverick

  48. Elias

  49. Josiah

  50. Charles

  51. Caleb

  52. Christopher

  53. Ezekiel

  54. Miles

  55. Jaxon

  56. Isaiah

  57. Andrew

  58. Joshua

  59. Nathan

  60. Nolan

  61. Adrian

  62. Cameron

  63. Santiago

  64. Eli

  65. Aaron

  66. Ryan

  67. Angel

  68. Cooper

  69. Waylon

  70. Easton

  71. Kai

  72. Christian

  73. Landon

  74. Colton

  75. Roman

  76. Axel

  77. Brooks

  78. Jonathan

  79. Robert

  80. Jameson

  81. Ian

  82. Everett

  83. Greyson

  84. Wesley

  85. Jeremiah

  86. Hunter

  87. Leonardo

  88. Jordan

  89. Jose

  90. Bennett

  91. Silas

  92. Nicholas

  93. Parker

  94. Beau

  95. Weston

  96. Austin

  97. Connor

  98. Carson

  99. Dominic

  100. Xavier

  101. Jaxson

  102. Jace

  103. Emmett

  104. Adam

  105. Declan

  106. Rowan

  107. Micah

  108. Kayden

  109. Gael

  110. River

  111. Ryder

  112. Kingston

  113. Damian

  114. Sawyer

  115. Luka

  116. Evan

  117. Vincent

  118. Legend

  119. Myles

  120. Harrison

  121. August

  122. Bryson

  123. Amir

  124. Giovanni

  125. Chase

  126. Diego

  127. Milo

  128. Jasper

  129. Walker

  130. Jason

  131. Brayden

  132. Cole

  133. Nathaniel

  134. George

  135. Lorenzo

  136. Zion

  137. Luis

  138. Archer

  139. Enzo

  140. Jonah

  141. Thiago

  142. Theo

  143. Ayden

  144. Zachary

  145. Calvin

  146. Braxton

  147. Ashton

  148. Rhett

  149. Atlas

  150. Jude

  151. Bentley

  152. Carlos

  153. Ryker

  154. Adriel

  155. Arthur

  156. Ace

  157. Tyler

  158. Jayce

  159. Max

  160. Elliot

  161. Graham

  162. Kaiden

  163. Maxwell

  164. Juan

  165. Dean

  166. Matteo

  167. Malachi

  168. Ivan

  169. Elliott

  170. Jesus

  171. Emiliano

  172. Messiah

  173. Gavin

  174. Maddox

  175. Camden

  176. Hayden

  177. Leon

  178. Antonio

  179. Justin

  180. Tucker

  181. Brandon

  182. Kevin

  183. Judah

  184. Finn

  185. King

  186. Brody

  187. Xander

  188. Nicolas

  189. Charlie

  190. Arlo

  191. Emmanuel

  192. Barrett

  193. Felix

  194. Alex

  195. Miguel

  196. Abel

  197. Alan

  198. Beckett

  199. Amari

  200. Karter

  201. Timothy

  202. Abraham

  203. Jesse

  204. Zayden

  205. Blake

  206. Alejandro

  207. Dawson

  208. Tristan

  209. Victor

  210. Avery

  211. Joel

  212. Grant

  213. Eric

  214. Patrick

  215. Peter

  216. Richard

  217. Edward

  218. Andres

  219. Emilio

  220. Colt

  221. Knox

  222. Beckham

  223. Adonis

  224. Kyrie

  225. Matias

  226. Oscar

  227. Lukas

  228. Marcus

  229. Hayes

  230. Caden

  231. Remington

  232. Griffin

  233. Nash

  234. Israel

  235. Steven

  236. Holden

  237. Rafael

  238. Zane

  239. Jeremy

  240. Kash

  241. PrestonRowan

  242. Kyler

  243. Jax

  244. Jett

  245. Kaleb

  246. Riley

  247. Simon

  248. Phoenix

  249. Javier

  250. Bryce

  251. Louis

  252. Mark

  253. Cash

  254. Lennox

  255. Paxton

  256. Malakai

  257. Paul

  258. Kenneth

  259. Nico

  260. Kaden

  261. Lane

  262. Kairo

  263. Maximus

  264. Omar

  265. Finley

  266. Atticus

  267. Crew

  268. Brantley

  269. Colin

  270. Dallas

  271. Walter

  272. Brady

  273. Callum

  274. Ronan

  275. Hendrix

  276. Jorge

  277. Tobias

  278. Clayton

  279. Emerson

  280. Damien

  281. Zayn

  282. Malcolm

  283. Kayson

  284. Bodhi

  285. Bryan

  286. Aidan

  287. Cohen

  288. Brian

  289. Cayden

  290. Andre

  291. Niko

  292. Maximiliano

  293. Zander

  294. Khalil

  295. Rory

  296. Francisco

  297. Cruz

  298. Kobe

  299. Reid

  300. Daxton

  301. Derek

  302. Martin

  303. Jensen

  304. Karson

  305. Tate

  306. Muhammad

  307. Jaden

  308. Joaquin

  309. Josue

  310. Gideon

  311. Dante

  312. Cody

  313. Bradley

  314. Orion

  315. Spencer

  316. Angelo

  317. Erick

  318. Jaylen

  319. Julius

  320. Manuel

  321. Ellis

  322. Colson

  323. Cairo

  324. Gunner

  325. Wade

  326. Chance

  327. Odin

  328. Anderson

  329. Kane

  330. Raymond

  331. Cristian

  332. Aziel

  333. Prince

  334. Ezequiel

  335. Jake

  336. Otto

  337. Eduardo

  338. Rylan

  339. Ali

  340. Cade

  341. Stephen

  342. Ari

  343. Kameron

  344. Dakota

  345. Warren

  346. Ricardo

  347. Killian

  348. Mario

  349. Romeo

  350. Cyrus

  351. Ismael

  352. Russell

  353. Tyson

  354. Edwin

  355. Desmond

  356. Nasir

  357. Remy

  358. Tanner

  359. Fernando

  360. Hector

  361. Titus

  362. Lawson

  363. Sean

  364. Kyle

  365. Elian

  366. Corbin

  367. Bowen

  368. Wilder

  369. Armani

  370. Royal

  371. Stetson

  372. Briggs

  373. Sullivan

  374. Leonel

  375. Callan

  376. Finnegan

  377. Jay

  378. Zayne

  379. Marshall

  380. Kade

  381. Travis

  382. Sterling

  383. Raiden

  384. Sergio

  385. Tatum

  386. Cesar

  387. Zyaire

  388. Milan

  389. Devin

  390. Gianni

  391. Kamari

  392. Royce

  393. Malik

  394. Jared

  395. Franklin

  396. Clark

  397. Noel

  398. Marco

  399. Archie

  400. Apollo

  401. Pablo

  402. Garrett

  403. Oakley

  404. Memphis

  405. Quinn

  406. Onyx

  407. Alijah

  408. Baylor

  409. Edgar

  410. Nehemiah

  411. Winston

  412. Major

  413. Rhys

  414. Forrest

  415. Jaiden

  416. Reed

  417. Santino

  418. Troy

  419. Caiden

  420. Harvey

  421. Collin

  422. Solomon

  423. Donovan

  424. Damon

  425. Jeffrey

  426. Kason

  427. Sage

  428. Grady

  429. Kendrick

  430. Leland

  431. Luciano

  432. Pedro

  433. Hank

  434. Hugo

  435. Esteban

  436. Johnny

  437. Kashton

  438. Ronin

  439. Ford

  440. Mathias

  441. Porter

  442. Erik

  443. Johnathan

  444. Frank

  445. Tripp

  446. Casey

  447. Fabian

  448. Leonidas

  449. Baker

  450. Matthias

  451. Philip

  452. Jayceon

  453. Kian

  454. Saint

  455. Ibrahim

  456. Jaxton

  457. Augustus

  458. Callen

  459. Trevor

  460. Ruben

  461. Adan

  462. Conor

  463. Dax

  464. Braylen

  465. Kaison

  466. Francis

  467. Kyson

  468. Andy

  469. Lucca

  470. Mack

  471. Peyton

  472. Alexis

  473. Deacon

  474. Kasen

  475. Kamden

  476. Frederick

  477. Princeton

  478. Braylon

  479. Wells

  480. Nikolai

  481. Iker

  482. Bo

  483. Dominick

  484. Moshe

  485. Cassius

  486. Gregory

  487. Lewis

  488. Kieran

  489. Isaias

  490. Seth

  491. Marcos

  492. Omari

  493. Shane

  494. Keegan

  495. Jase

  496. Asa

  497. Sonny

  498. Uriel

  499. Pierce

  500. Jasiah

  501. Eden

  502. Rocco

  503. Banks

  504. Cannon

  505. Denver

  506. Zaiden

  507. Roberto

  508. Shawn

  509. Drew

  510. Emanuel

  511. Kolton

  512. Ayaan

  513. Ares

  514. Conner

  515. Jalen

  516. Alonzo

  517. Enrique

  518. Dalton

  519. Moses

  520. Koda

  521. Bodie

  522. Jamison

  523. Phillip

  524. Zaire

  525. Jonas

  526. Kylo

  527. Moises

  528. Shepherd

  529. Allen

  530. Kenzo

  531. Mohamed

  532. Keanu

  533. Dexter

  534. Conrad

  535. Bruce

  536. Sylas

  537. Soren

  538. Raphael

  539. Rowen

  540. Gunnar

  541. Sutton

  542. Quentin

  543. Jaziel

  544. Emmitt

  545. Makai

  546. Koa

  547. Maximilian

  548. Brixton

  549. Dariel

  550. Zachariah

  551. Roy

  552. Armando

  553. Corey

  554. Saul

  555. Izaiah

  556. Danny

  557. Davis

  558. Ridge

  559. Yusuf

  560. Ariel

  561. Valentino

  562. Jayson

  563. Ronald

  564. Albert

  565. Gerardo

  566. Ryland

  567. Dorian

  568. Drake

  569. Gage

  570. Rodrigo

  571. Hezekiah

  572. Kylan

  573. Boone

  574. Ledger

  575. Santana

  576. Jamari

  577. Jamir

  578. Lawrence

  579. Reece

  580. Kaysen

  581. Shiloh

  582. Arjun

  583. Marcelo

  584. Abram

  585. Benson

  586. Huxley

  587. Nikolas

  588. Zain

  589. Kohen

  590. Samson

  591. Miller

  592. Donald

  593. Finnley

  594. Kannon

  595. Lucian

  596. Watson

  597. Keith

  598. Westin

  599. Tadeo

  600. Sincere

  601. Boston

  602. Axton

  603. Amos

  604. Chandler

  605. Leandro

  606. Raul

  607. Scott

  608. Reign

  609. Alessandro

  610. Camilo

  611. Derrick

  612. Morgan

  613. Julio

  614. Clay

  615. Edison

  616. Jaime

  617. Augustine

  618. Julien

  619. Zeke

  620. Marvin

  621. Bellamy

  622. Landen

  623. Dustin

  624. Jamie

  625. Krew

  626. Kyree

  627. Colter

  628. Johan

  629. Houston

  630. Layton

  631. Quincy

  632. Case

  633. Atreus

  634. Cayson

  635. Aarav

  636. Darius

  637. Harlan

  638. Justice

  639. Abdiel

  640. Layne

  641. Raylan

  642. Arturo

  643. Taylor

  644. Anakin

  645. Ander

  646. Hamza

  647. Otis

  648. Azariah

  649. Leonard

  650. Colby

  651. Duke

  652. Flynn

  653. Trey

  654. Gustavo

  655. Fletcher

  656. Issac

  657. Sam

  658. Trenton

  659. Callahan

  660. Chris

  661. Mohammad

  662. Rayan

  663. Lionel

  664. Bruno

  665. Jaxxon

  666. Zaid

  667. Brycen

  668. Roland

  669. Dillon

  670. Lennon

  671. Ambrose

  672. Rio

  673. Mac

  674. Ahmed

  675. Samir

  676. Yosef

  677. Tru

  678. Creed

  679. Tony

  680. Alden

  681. Aden

  682. Alec

  683. Carmelo

  684. Dario

  685. Marcel

  686. Roger

  687. Ty

  688. Ahmad

  689. Emir

  690. Landyn

  691. Skyler

  692. Mohammed

  693. Dennis

  694. Kareem

  695. Nixon

  696. Rex

  697. Uriah

  698. Lee

  699. Louie

  700. Rayden

  701. Reese

  702. Alberto

  703. Cason

  704. Quinton

  705. Kingsley

  706. Chaim

  707. Alfredo

  708. Mauricio

  709. Caspian

  710. Legacy

  711. Ocean

  712. Ozzy

  713. Briar

  714. Wilson

  715. Forest

  716. Grey

  717. Joziah

  718. Salem

  719. Neil

  720. Remi

  721. Bridger

  722. Harry

  723. Jefferson

  724. Lachlan

  725. Nelson

  726. Casen

  727. Salvador

  728. Magnus

  729. Tommy

  730. Marcellus

  731. Maximo

  732. Jerry

  733. Clyde

  734. Aron

  735. Keaton

  736. Eliam

  737. Lian

  738. Trace

  739. Douglas

  740. Junior

  741. Titan

  742. Cullen

  743. Cillian

  744. Musa

  745. Mylo

  746. Hugh

  747. Tomas

  748. Vincenzo

  749. Westley

  750. Langston

  751. Byron

  752. Kiaan

  753. Loyal

  754. Orlando

  755. Kyro

  756. Amias

  757. Amiri

  758. Jimmy

  759. Vicente

  760. Khari

  761. Brendan

  762. Rey

  763. Ben

  764. Emery

  765. Zyair

  766. Bjorn

  767. Evander

  768. Ramon

  769. Alvin

  770. Ricky

  771. Jagger

  772. Brock

  773. Dakari

  774. Eddie

  775. Blaze

  776. Gatlin

  777. Alonso

  778. Curtis

  779. Kylian

  780. Nathanael

  781. Devon

  782. Wayne

  783. Zakai

  784. Mathew

  785. Rome

  786. Riggs

  787. Aryan

  788. Avi

  789. Hassan

  790. Lochlan

  791. Stanley

  792. Dash

  793. Kaiser

  794. Benicio

  795. Bryant

  796. Talon

  797. Rohan

  798. Wesson

  799. Joe

  800. Noe

  801. Melvin

  802. Vihaan

  803. Zayd

  804. Darren

  805. Enoch

  806. Mitchell

  807. Jedidiah

  808. Brodie

  809. Castiel

  810. Ira

  811. Lance

  812. Guillermo

  813. Thatcher

  814. Ermias

  815. Misael

  816. Jakari

  817. Emory

  818. Mccoy

  819. Rudy

  820. Thaddeus

  821. Valentin

  822. Yehuda

  823. Bode

  824. Madden

  825. Kase

  826. Bear

  827. Boden

  828. Jiraiya

  829. Maurice

  830. Alvaro

  831. Ameer

  832. Demetrius

  833. Eliseo

  834. Kabir

  835. Kellan

  836. Allan

  837. Azrael

  838. Calum

  839. Niklaus

  840. Ray

  841. Damari

  842. Elio

  843. Jon

  844. Leighton

  845. Axl

  846. Dane

  847. Eithan

  848. Eugene

  849. Kenji

  850. Jakob

  851. Colten

  852. Eliel

  853. Nova

  854. Santos

  855. Zahir

  856. Idris

  857. Ishaan

  858. Kole

  859. Korbin

  860. Seven

  861. Alaric

  862. Kellen

  863. Bronson

  864. Franco

  865. Wes

  866. Larry

  867. Mekhi

  868. Jamal

  869. Dilan

  870. Elisha

  871. Brennan

  872. Kace

  873. Van

  874. Felipe

  875. Fisher

  876. Cal

  877. Dior

  878. Judson

  879. Alfonso

  880. Deandre

  881. Rocky

  882. Henrik

  883. Reuben

  884. Anders

  885. Arian

  886. Damir

  887. Jacoby

  888. Khalid

  889. Kye

  890. MustafaValery

  891. Jadiel

  892. Stefan

  893. Yousef

  894. Aydin

  895. Jericho

  896. Robin

  897. Wallace

  898. Alistair

  899. Davion

  900. Alfred

  901. Ernesto

  902. Kyng

  903. Everest

  904. Gary

  905. Leroy

  906. Yahir

  907. Braden

  908. Kelvin

  909. Kristian

  910. Adler

  911. Avyaan

  912. Brayan

  913. Jones

  914. Truett

  915. Aries

  916. Joey

  917. Randy

  918. Jaxx

  919. Jesiah

  920. Jovanni

  921. Azriel

  922. Brecken

  923. Harley

  924. Zechariah

  925. Gordon

  926. Jakai

  927. Carl

  928. Graysen

  929. Kylen

  930. Ayan

  931. Branson

  932. Crosby

  933. Dominik

  934. Jabari

  935. Jaxtyn

  936. Kristopher

  937. Ulises

  938. Zyon

  939. Fox

  940. Howard

  941. Salvatore

  942. Turner

  943. Vance

  944. Harlem

  945. Jair

  946. Jakobe

  947. Jeremias

  948. Osiris

  949. Azael

  950. Bowie

  951. Canaan

  952. Elon

  953. Granger

  954. Karsyn

  955. Zavier

  956. Cain

  957. Dangelo

  958. Heath

  959. Yisroel

  960. Gian

  961. Shepard

  962. Harold

  963. Kamdyn

  964. Rene

  965. Rodney

  966. Yaakov

  967. Adrien

  968. Kartier

  969. Cassian

  970. Coleson

  971. Ahmir

  972. Darian

  973. Genesis

  974. Kalel

  975. Agustin

  976. Wylder

  977. Yadiel

  978. Ephraim

  979. Kody

  980. Neo

  981. Ignacio

  982. Osman

  983. Aldo

  984. Abdullah

  985. Cory

  986. Blaine

  987. Dimitri

  988. Khai

  989. Landry

  990. Palmer

  991. Benedict

  992. Leif

  993. Koen

  994. Maxton

  995. Mordechai

  996. Zev

  997. Atharv

  998. Bishop

  999. Blaise

  1000. Davian

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