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Origin: Middle English
Meaning: Park Guarder

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This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Parker in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Parker:

  • Records indicate that 73,253 boys in the United States have been named Parker since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 5,323 people in the U.S. were given the name Parker. Those people are now 8 years old.

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      61 Positive Comments

  • "I'm 13 and a girl with the name Parker. People usually think I'm a boy by my name before they see me. I haven't had any bad experiences by having my name and I like it very much. I've never though about it as a boy's name though." Dec. 5, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am in Australia and my 4th child is named Parker Benjamin. I had loved the name from way back when Bones first came out. Parker is the name of Booth's son. It is a rare name in Australia, but im sure it will take off." Oct. 13, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great Masuline Strong easy to say Name , Respecful Name , Love the Name Parker ,my New Grandson. Nice to be different, X" Oct. 12, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great Masuline Strong easy to say Name , Respecful Name , Love the Name Parker ,my New Grandson. Nice to be different, X" Oct. 12, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great Masuline Strong easy to say Name , Respecful Name , Love the Name Parker ,my New Grandson. Nice to be different, X" Oct. 12, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great Masuline Strong easy to say Name , Respecful Name , Love the Name Parker ,my New Grandson. Nice to be different, X" Oct. 12, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Parker Noah and its perfect for him! We get compliments on his name all the time. The only thing that bothers me is when parents name their daughters with masculine names. If you look up Parker 98% of boys have this name, so please don't name your girl Parker. Besides, you'd never see a boy named Alice or Amanda, why step all over boys names?" May. 5, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Not knowing for nine months whether we were having a little girl or boy, we were ecstatic when Parker arrived in the world at 8lb 9 on 28/10/2012, everyone comments what a lovely name and how unusual - hey, not at all common in the UK, we surely do have one unique individual :-)" Feb. 26, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our 19 month old son is called Parker and we love the name....people always comment on it and usually other son is Kasey and my daughter sapphire so we wanted something that would fit....we originally heard it on bones and my husband and I fell in love with the name....he def suits the name xxxx" Dec. 22, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My youngest son is named Parker Benton! We had a hard time deciding between this name and Carter but I am so glad we decided to go with Parker :) The name suits him perfectly and will be such a strong unique name for life!" Sep. 21, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Parker Jamison Brattain, i was born in June 1988 and live in orange county,ca. This name is not all that common, even here in southern california where there is alot of unique names, which is perfect, its used just the right amount. People call me patrick sometimes or the occasional peter, but all in all i love this name because usually people wont forget it the first time you say it and when you do first introduce yourself peoples ears kinda perk up like a little shocked that my name is parker but in a good way i guess, it gets their attention and they are intrigued almost more by me i guess. My friends tend to call me parks but girls will usually always call me parker, its a good name that over the years i have been more and more proud to have!!!I love the ocean too more than anything!!!" Aug. 18, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Parker and if I have a boy (I am 12 weeks preg) I will name him Parker. Just have to decide on a middle name." Jul. 25, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name parker! Im gonna name my baby Parker! No doubt(:" Jul. 21, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I fell in love with the name Parker as soon as I heard it! I'm due in 3weeks & naming my son Parker Anthony :)" Jul. 3, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My new grandson is named Parker. My son and his wife did not reveal the name ahead of time and I must say I really liked the name when I first heard it." Feb. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our baby boy is named Parker, and it fits him perfectly, and we lots of people comment that he has a cool name. Its easy to spell and say, and it is a really strong boys name! He has gotten 'Patrick' a few times but not so bad. Great name!" Dec. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Parker and it is perfect for him and his personality. We have received so many compliments on his name." Dec. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our 2 year old is named Parkar. My husband thought the name was fairly original and wanted the spelling to be unique too. Great name! It's a very strong name for a boy. Where we live (Montana), not too popular so hopefully it may stay that way. Thumbs up to all who name their child (boy or girl) Parker." Oct. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "its my name, and I love it! Not to common but people seem to like it." Sep. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Grandson - named "Parker", We like it... ,but a couple of "negative" comments from "uptight" too opinionated relatives (especially one that is approx 50 yrs old and still thinks/lives like he's 25 (maybe he should concentrate on his own problems and stop trying to create problems for "happy" & "content" people. Don't care if the kid's name is Bozo - We'd still love him!!!" Aug. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 21 month old is Parker Gage. We love it! We also have a daughter named Ayden Layne, we don't care if people like what we name out children! Lol!" May. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think Parker is a great name. Its not all that common, but common enough he/she won't be the only one in the world. Plus, it's the name of the sweetest, and greatest baby boy in the whole wide world :P" May. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Parker because my husband was looking for something different. His middle name is Reed (after a family friend that had passed away.) He was born in 2001 and at the time we had not heard of anyone else with that name. Since then we have run across a few people that also have boys named Parker. He is still the only one in his grade at his school." May. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "HA! We named our little boy Parker pretty much after the beach bar we met at and subsequently got married at..The Parker House on the Jersey Shore....Love the place and love him!! His last name is Fitzgerald...So it's Parker Fitz! At least he won't be a loner...Parker Fitz everywhere!" May. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is 2 years old now, his name is Parker Thomas" Apr. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Parker Leonard, Love the name, fits hime well" Apr. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My oldest son wanted to name his little brother Peter Parker because of Spiderman. We settled on Parker. I love the name. It fits him so well!" Mar. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My great grandson is named Parker. I was not so sure about the name when I first heard it. Now, I can not imagine him with any other name. It fits him so well. I have a habit of referring to him as the 'Parkster'. He is 2 now, so that will stop soon." Mar. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My two year old son is named Parker. At the time, I did not know of one other person named Parker. He goes to an in-home daycare with one boy and two girls....and the other little boy is Parker. I have noticed it more and more lately (maybe selective perception) but, I agree, validation of a good strong name! His middle name is William, which I commonly see with Parker." Jan. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We're thinking of naming our daughter Parker. I absolutely love it!" Jan. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I dont know anyone named Parker, but i love the name, it reminds me of an edgy outgoing guy, but its cute for a girl too" Aug. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is 3 months old and has a sister REagan we like boy names for girls I agree that is will be wells suited for a strong outgoing wonderful Girl!!" Jul. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Parker and I regret naming him Parker. Due to its increasing popularity I think I've doomed my son into being called Parker "O" once he begins school." May. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Parker William Irving. It really sounds like he is going to be famous!" Mar. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is 17 months old and I named her Parker. She still has no hair so when I talk about her and say Parker they always refer to HER as HIM. It's okay. I don't mind. I love the name for my little girl." Jan. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Parker is my 3 yr old nephew's name; it's a great, strong, masculine name, and we also use the nickname Parks." Jan. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Becoming too popular, My son's name is Parker and there are several other Parkers in his Gymboree, little Gym,....classes. He was born in 2006. I think that this name will make it into the top 10 in a couple of years which is a bummer because I intentionally didn't pick a name in the top 100 for this reason! Oh well, I guess that's validation that it's a good name." Sep. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Parker and my husband's father's name is Parker. My husband's grandmother's maiden name was Parker so you can see Parker is a family name for us. Until my son was named Parker the only other Parker we knew was my father-in-law. Not true now. My son went to 2 different birthday parties and at both parties there was a different Parker. I guess the name of Parker is becoming quite common. My son loves his name. I think his name is a strong name for a male." Aug. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Parker has been our number one boy name for a long time, but we don't have a boy yet. On the next baby, I think we're going to use it whether we have a boy or a girl. It's perfect for either!" Aug. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are planning to name our son Parker. It is my maiden name and I think it makes a great first name. I am excited to be able to continue my family name with my son!" Jul. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its my DAUGHTER'S name and I love it! So powerful for a little girl!" May. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my three year old's name. He likes it and I am from NH where there really isn't any Parker's around. I love it!" Mar. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my first name, love it! It gets awkward at times though, my last name is a popular first name now and on registries it often gets switched." Feb. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know this name has become fairly popular, but my son is named Parker and he is the only one we know of so far. It depends on where you live, but I couldn't think of a better name for him. I think Parker is a very distinguished name for a young man, with still some edge (not being too traditional). Even now I am thankful that I chose such a perfect name for him and he loves it." Jan. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son is called Parker and we live in Australia where the name is not very common but we love it!" Jan. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i only know two people named parker so it is not that common but that is good" Nov. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely adore the name Parker. It is such a great name. Not super common, but just a great overall name." Jul. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Parker after his great-grandfather Winslow PARKER Lewis. Great name for him! I just love it!" Jul. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my sons name...I love it I couldn't picture him being anything else." Jun. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my son's name. I named him after a friend because it was a great name and a little unusual. He is 7 now and there are THREE Parkers in his class of 20! Wish I had gone a little more unusual. However, I still love the name." May. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Parker. He is the 7th Parker. We call him "Parks" for short from time to time. It fits him well and continues the family line of Parkers." Jan. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our first son Parker, we loved the name and it also was the maiden name of my paternal grandmother. I think it is a very strong name and not pretentious at all." Oct. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's named is Parker and I loved it, nice strong name." Sep. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Parker for a girl, its more feminine to me and I picture a strong and outgoing woman." Sep. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Will be my soon to be born son's name. "Park" was once a maiden name generations back, and then my great-grandfater's middle - name which he used as his first. So a family name. Not too overly common, but doesn't sound trendy or made up!" Jun. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is parker and i think it's cool and im 13 some kids in my school want it" Apr. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have only heard of one boy named Parker and think it's cute; however, I love it for a girl's name!" Mar. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it's cute and fun, not pretentious at all!" Jan. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Parker because I didn't want him to have several other kids with the same name in his kindergarten class. Plus, we have a simple, one-syllable last name that needed a more formal first name." Dec. 30, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely love the name Parker. Does not sound pretentious at all...usually people who say that like simple boring names." Dec. 18, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my sone Parker. Park is a my grandmothers madien name, and my autistic uncles name. So I condsider Park to be a family name. I came up with the name "Parker" because of Park, but I didn't want to name him Park. Even though I tell people, like my aunts and grandmother that I want him to be called Parker, they still call him Park." Jul. 19, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "Parker is becoming the new "Matt". I'm not giving my child a name that is becoming so common. Thanks but NO THANKS!" Apr. 26, 2013: Report as inappropriate

      15 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Parker and I love it because I also lived in Parker my whole life. No i wasn't named Parker because of the town I lived in. Often people say, "Your name is Parker and you live in parker" Mar. 10, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wonderful 19 year old daughter is a Parker. She always says it is a boy's name but she loves having it. She now goes to a big university and says she has finally met a girl named parker. I have always wished Parker Posey would be in a big movie be because I named her after her. My Parker has nicknames of Parks which she loves. As a young girl she got called Parky. We call her all 3." Aug. 9, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My youngest sons name is Parker William born in 2003! I had NO idea it would be so common then, but a few years ago Pottery Barn used that name on sone of their customized items, then I KNEW it would be common place!:(" Jun. 25, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name and we are considering naming our child Parker. One comment that stuck out was pointing out "porker" being used to tease the child if he is overweight. I hadn't thought of that. It's a validd point." Mar. 20, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our new grandson is being named Parker Aaron Wallace.. being a former teacher, I think I understand the minds of elementary students and how they are prone to tease other classmates. I am wondering if Parker at some point should have a weight problem,would the name Parker lend itself too easily to being called Porker or Porkie? just wondering...." Feb. 10, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is having a little girl next month and has chosen Parker for her first name. Any suggestions on a middle name?" May. 10, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am having a boy and I choose the name parker but I dont want to spell it the normal way. So I think I am,goin to go out on a limb a spell it pharker hopefully the h wont effect the name" Feb. 26, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is 2 and his name is Parker-Jay, we are in the UK , i don't like the name, "she" named him" Feb. 27, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "We chose Parker for our son because it is a name that has been in my family since 1858- a great great grandfather, a great great uncle and my grandfather. For me, there was no other name for a son. I laughed a little because a previous poster noted that their son was Parker Leonard... Not sure if Leonard is a middle or last name for them - Our son is Parker James Leonard." Jun. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My dad was born in 1907 and his name was Parker, my son, Christopher, named his son Parker in honor of my father." Feb. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Parker David Baer. My wife's maiden name was Parker and my Father and Grand Father's name is David. So, we were going with the whole family tradition name game. We love his name, it suits him very well!" Nov. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "ehhh i don't think it's a great name it's okay though" Apr. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Parker. People make fun of me by saying "Hey it's Parker the Pooper." Dont name your child this." Aug. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Easy to spell, easy to say, a true classic high-end name." Feb. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Parker was my grandmother's maiden name and it was an honor to name my son after her. I like it because it is not so uncommon that people raise their eyebrows, but not so common that there are a lot of Parkers." Jan. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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