American Names · Analysis

The Most Interesting Compound Boys’ Names in the U.S.

You’ve read the list of compound girls’ names. Now here’s the boys’ list!

  • Alanmichael: Apparently, this is from an 80s soap opera. First appearance 1988, last appearance 2001.
  • Angeldejesus: Literally, “Angel of Jesus” in Spanish. Similar to the women’s name Mariadejesus, or “Mary of Jesus.”  Angeldejesus last appeared in 2015 with 6 boys.
  • Angelgabriel: According to Christian tradition, it was the angel Gabriel who informed the Virgin Mary of her pregnancy. 12 boys were named Angelgabriel in 2016.
  • Brandonlee: Brandon Lee (1965-1993) was the son of Bruce Lee, and an actor in his own right. He died while filming The Crow (1994). The name peaked in the SSA list the year he died.
  • Brucelee: 5 boys in 1989. I’m curious why Brucelee debuted so long after Bruce Lee (1940-1973) died.
  • Christopherlee: Christopher Lee (1922-2015) famously played Count Dooku in Star Wars and Saruman in Lord of the Rings. The name Christopherlee shows up in SSA data from 1985 to 1991.
  • Crissangel: 5 boys in 2007. Criss Angel is a magician.
  • Donjuan: The term “Don Juan” can refer to a womanizer. It comes from a medieval Spanish legend, first written down in the 1600s. Famous later works about the character include an opera by Mozart and a poem by Byron. The name Donjuan last appeared in 2014 with 5 boys, possibly because of the 2013 movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • Dylanthomas: Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) was a 20th-century poet. This combo only appeared in 1998.
  • Georgemichael: Considering this name only appeared between 1989 and 1997, most Georgemichaels were probably named after the singer (1963-2016). There’s also the Arrested Development character George Michael Bluth.
  • Jamesdean: Actor James Dean (1931-1955) was best known for the movie Rebel Without a Cause. Jamesdean first appeared in 1994, and lastly in 2014.
  • Jamespaul: Paul McCartney’s first name is really James. This combo was given to 5 boys in 2016.
  • Jaydenjames: Britney Spears named one of her sons Jayden James, though this combo didn’t hit the lists for another two years. Jaydenjames has appeared only once, in 2008.
  • Jeanclaude: The most famous bearer is Jean-Claude van Damme, known for his violent movies. This combo last appeared in 2013.
  • Jeanluc: Jean-Luc Picard, Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek: Next Generation. The show inspired the first crop of Jeanlucs in the 80s, but the name never faded back into obscurity and is a perennial (though rare) choice for baby boys.  24 boys were named Jeanluc in 2016.
  • Jessejames: 16 boys in 2016. The most famous Jesse James was the 19th-century outlaw…the second *mildly* famous Jesse James is Sandra Bullock’s ex-husband.
  • Johnbenedict: 14 boys in 2005, presumably named after the new pope that year – Benedict XVI.
  • Johnoliver: 6 boys in 2016. I wonder how many were named after comedian John Oliver and how many are a result of the name Oliver‘s growing popularity?
  • Johnross: 1980s TV character and the name of a 19th-century Cherokee chief. Last appeared in 2015 with 9 boys.
  • Johnthomas: If you’ve ever watched Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, you’ll know why this combo is funny. 7 boys were named Johnthomas in 2016.
  • Johntyler: U.S. president John Tyler (1790-1862), who is probably most famous for having living grandchildren in the 21st century despite having been born in the 18th century! The combo Johntyler has appeared twice, in 2003 and 2005.
  • Johnnyangel: Song from the 1950s, though the name didn’t appear until the 1990s.
  • Juandedios: Translation from Spanish – “John of God.” 5 boys in 2016.
  • Juliocesar: Spanish version of “Julius Caesar.” 8 boys in 2016.
  • Kuntakinte: Kunta Kinte was a major character in Roots, a novel written by author Alex Haley about his ancestry. The combo Kuntakinte was given to 6 boys in 1977 and never appeared in SSA data again, but Kunta alone was far more popular and did reappear.
  • Malcolmjamal: In the 80s, a few boys were named after Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who acted in The Cosby Show.
  • Marcopolo: Marco Polo (1254-1324) wrote a detailed travelogue of his voyages through China. 5 boys in 2003.

    Marco Polo is a surprising source for a compound name!
  • Muhammadali: 24 boys were named Muhammadali in 2016, which is a lot more than ever before. The probable reason was the passing of boxer Muhammad Ali (1943-2016).
  • Princewilliam: Princewill also shows up in the data. 5 boys were named Princewilliam in 2011, the same year the Queen’s grandson married Kate Middleton.
  • Robroy: Rob Roy is the name of an 1817 Walter Scott book, though the name Rob Roy itself refers to a guy called Rob Roy MacGregor. The name Robroy occasionally appeared in SSA data between 1958 and 1968.
  • Victorhugo: Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Last appearance: 2014.


  • I’ve noticed some compound names that contain “Jr,” including Anthonyjr, Carlosjr, Jesusjr, and etc. Usually Jr. (abbreviation for Junior) is a suffix placed after the surname. Assuming most of these kids are indeed named after their fathers, I’d be curious to know if Jr. appears twice on official documents (for example: Anthonyjr Smith, Jr.).  Or, are they negated as juniors because the first name doesn’t exactly copy that of the father’s? 
  • There are some combos that contain names from different languages, including…
    • Iancarlo (Scottish and Italian)
    • Kevinkhang (Irish and Vietnamese) – I really want to know this story behind this one!
    • Jeancarlos (French and Spanish)
    • Jeanmichael (French and English)
  • The “Sir” combos are interesting.  Here are the ones from the 2016 dataset:
    • Siranthony
    • Sirking
    • Sircharles
    • Sirwilliam
  • Combinations that surprisingly don’t appear in SSA data: Ethanallen, Jackryan, and Martinluther. 

What do you think of these compound boys’ names?  Are there any you’ve heard that you would add to this list?  Let me know!

2 thoughts on “The Most Interesting Compound Boys’ Names in the U.S.

  1. I’ve been curious about Kevinkhang for so long…I hope an explanation pops up one day!

    Here are a couple more -lee combos from the charts:

    *Davidlee: appeared in 1978, inspired by David Lee Roth of Van Halen. This was the year their first album came out.

    *Tommylee: appeared in 1988, inspired by Tommy Lee of Motley Crue. The name “Crue” debuted the same year.

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