Coolator for Boys' Names

Cool boys' names can sometimes be made from less-than-cool ones. With a bit of ingenuity you can ramp up a name you like to a similar one that's cooler, or tone it down if you want to go in a quieter direction. Here are some examples:
  • Ashley

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Even if it started as a strictly male name, when a name has been on the girls' most-popular list for decades, it becomes somewhat more difficult for a boy to carry, despite the lingering memory of... Read More 

  • Ben

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Ben, the diminutive of Benjamin or Benedict, can easily stand on its own as a simple, strong, nice-guy choice, though it's somewhat attenuated. Ben is this generation's Bob or Bill. Read More 

  • Bill

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Most Bills today are dads...or grandpas. The younger Williams are usually nicknamed Will, or called by their full names. Read More 

  • Bruce

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Bruce is a Norman place name made famous by the Scottish king Robert the Bruce, who won Scotland's independence from England in the fourteenth century. It's perennially popular in Scotland, but... Read More 

  • Bruno

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Bruno is a popular name throughout Europe and South America that deserves more fashion status here. Stylish British cookbook writer Nigella Lawson has a son named Bruno. The versatile... Read More 

  • Bryce

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Bryce is the preferred spelling over Brice for both genders, with nearly 70 girls named Bryce in one recent year vs. only five called Brice. But note that there were over 3000 boys named Bryce... Read More 

  • Canyon

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Canyon is a quasi-unique name evocative of natural splendor and the old Steve Canyon comic-strip heroism, making it an intriguing new word-name possibility.

    Similar but less word-like:... Read More 

  • Carlos

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Carlos' popularity in the Hispanic community puts it just outside the U.S. Top 100 -- though Carlos could work equally well with an Anglo surname. Notable namesakes include musician Santana,... Read More 

  • Charlie

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Charlie is one of the friendliest names on the planet, and Good-time Charlie is back. More and more parents (of babies of both genders) these days are opting to put the friendly, genial Charlie... Read More 

  • Chuck

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    So far out it's almost ready to be let back in. Read More 

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