New Names Showdown 2023: Boys SemiFinalsIt’s already mid-July and that means that the New Names Showdown is well underway! Your votes have taken us from eight names to just four, and the contest just keeps getting harder.

Confused? Check out this post to learn more about the New Names Showdown in general, and especially this year’s competition.

To put it briefly: It’s March Madness. But in July. With baby names. And readers votes subbing for points scored.

Last week’s match-ups ended up with plenty of resounding victories … and one surprise upset, too.

The Opening Round went down like this:

Aurelio captured just over 63% of the vote for a definitive win over Dutton. Is that an upset? Maybe not in numbers. But all the buzz lately has been around Dutton (and other Yellowstone names), so this outcome surprised me most of all.

With nearly 78% of the tally, Irish Murphy cruised past Latin Lux. We’ll almost certainly hear more of both names in the future, but for now? Only Murphy advances to the SemiFinals.

Teo crushed Chosen, garnering nearly 95% of the total. That is a resounding defeat for the meaningful word name. Or maybe it’s a signal that Teo is set to follow Leo and Theo right to the top of the popularity charts?

Rhodes scored almost 84% of the vote, leaving Zen in the dust. It’s easy to imagine Rhodes fitting right in with Hayes and Wells and other rising favorites, but that’s still a massive win over Zen.

That means that Aurelio, Murphy, Teo, and Rhodes advance. Voting in the SemiFinals is now open!




Thanks for voting! Polls stay open through Wednesday, July 19th! Check back next Saturday, July 22nd to see which names advance – and, of course, to vote in the next round. 

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  1. Lumping Teo with Leo and Theo works spelling wise, but I’d assume Teo was pronounced “TAY-o” not “TEE-o”.