Boy Baby Names

Looking for baby names for a little boy? Here you'll find lists of classic and unusual boy baby names, boys' names from around the world, and baby names organized by meaning, image, and style.

  • 100+ Classic Boys’ Names — below the Top 1000

    These classic boys’ names include choices from ancient cultures and the Bible, names sailing out of style along with those heading in.

  • Athlete Baby Names

    Looking for unusual baby names? You might find some of the choicest while watching a football game or a tennis match. While the legendary stars of sports history usually had regular guy names like Joe and Jimmy and Michael and Mickey (not to mention Billie Jean), some of the newer luminaries, as well as the surnames of classic athletes, offer options for baby names that go beyond the perimeters of that limited playing field.

  • Baby Names That Mean Handsome

    Baby names that mean handsome can help your little boy's self-image. Good-looking baby names for boys include:

  • Badass Baby Names

    Badass baby names carry a macho image yet break with male traditions. These names suggest the kind of guy that rides a motorcycle and sings in a rock band, that can chop a cord of wood but would never wear a suit and tie. The badass baby names, most of them for boys, include:

  • Best Cool Unusual Boys' Names

    Here is a list of 100 cool and unusual boy's names with the most potential---they have genuine roots, are attractive, and work in the modern world. Best of all, they're still widely underused! Click here to see lots more boys' names and here to view our full menu of unusual names.

  • Bible Names for Boys

    Bible names have been popular for boys for more than a generation now, with early favorites Aaron and Adam giving way to new favorites such as Asher and Abraham. Here's our collection of biblical baby names for boys.

  • Boy Baby Names Moving Up Fast

    Boys' baby names moving quickly up the popularity ladder include:

  • Boy Baby Names That End in S

    Boy baby names that end in S are a fashionable group. The S ending is commonly found in Roman names, stylish now for boys, as well as other fresh, cool choices. Stylish boy baby names that end in S include:

  • Boy Baby Names That Mean Wise

    Wisdom is a more valuable quality than ever. Here are some baby names that confer it by their meaning.

  • Boy Names ALWAYS in the Top 1000

    There are just over 200 baby boy names that have been on the Top 1000 since 1880, when the U.S. Social Security office began tracking baby names. The classic boy names here are included among that elite that has been perennially popular. For the full group plus analysis, see our blog on perennially popular boy baby names.

  • Boy Names Dads Like More Than Moms

    Even though things are changing somewhat, men have historically wanted strong classic or he-man names for their sons. Sometimes, as in a few of the boy names below, they cross the macho line.

  • Boy Names from Africa

    African baby names for boys from a range of cultures and tribes include the choices here.

  • Boy Names Kids Consider Cool

    What are the cool boy names from the point of view of other kids? Choosing a name that other kids consider cool may be more important than one you think is cool yourself.

  • Boy Names That Mean Powerful

    To give your son an extra measure of strength, choose one of these baby boy names that mean powerful.

  • Boy Names Trendier Than You Think

    The trendiest baby boy names may be a very different group than you'd guess, especially for the first-time parent new to recent baby-naming fads and trends. Here, some surprisingly trendy baby names for boys.

  • British Boy Names

    Do British baby names have a distinct style? You bet, and often it's a step or two ahead of American baby names. Some of the hottest baby boy names in England, Scotland, and Wales are still cool and underused choices in the U.S., as seen below.

  • C or K -- Your Choice

    The C and K spellings have become interchangeable for many baby names. Here, a selection of boy names that work with either spelling.

  • Christopher's International Variations

    Christopher, one of the most popular baby boy names in the US over the past decades, has many intriguing international variations.

  • Classic Baby Names for Boys

    Classic baby names for boys, those that have been well used in the English-speaking world over time, are an elite group. While many Biblical baby names certainly qualify, we've grouped most of those on their own list. Here are the classic boy baby names that remain.

  • Colonial Names for Boys

    Many of the baby names that were widely used during colonial times have fallen out of favor for long enough now to sound fresh and even cool again. If you like historic baby names but want to move beyond the Victorian and biblical choices we've heard so much of in recent years, consider these names culled from Revolutionary War rolls and eighteenth-century town histories. The only caveat: The choices are much wider and more appealing for boys than for girls.

  • Cool Boy Names From Ancient Cultures

    Unique baby names are the order of the day, yet why invent a unique name when there are so many ancient names -- from Rome and Byzantium, from Olde England and Germany -- that deserve to be unearthed in the interest of cool? Here's a selection of worthy ancient choices, from a range of eras and places, that make unique baby names for boys.

  • Cool Boy Names From Around the World

    Cool boy names from Italy and Ireland, Scandinavia to the Middle East and beyond include the following choices.

  • Cool Guy Names

    Many of us name babies based on who we want them to grow up to be, and all of these names nudge your son toward cool guy status. These are the names of the guys who are good-looking but not pretty, tough but also tender, bad boys but in the best possible way. If this is your prime criteria for a name, forget name style (though many of these are stylish) and focus on names that convey the cool guy image.

  • 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:

  • Cowboy Baby Names

    Looking for a name that says cowboy boots and stirrups? Check out this list of cowboy baby names, many of them inspired by Westerns of the last century.

  • Crazy Nicknames for Boys

    What crazy nicknames have been given to boys over the years? We think these are some of the most unusual.

  • Dutch Baby Names for Boys

    Popular baby names for boys in The Netherlands range from familiar English nicknames such as Tom and Nick to Latinate choices like Guido and Adrianus to fashionably short European baby names like these.

  • Finnish Baby Names for Boys

    Although Finnish baby names are Scandinavian, they sound a lot quirkier to the American ear than Swedish, Norwegian and Danish baby names do. Here are some of the more accessible.

  • French Baby Names for Boys

    Charming French baby names for boys, far beyond old-fashioned Jean and Jacques, are just waiting to be discovered. Here: some of the best new French baby names for boys.

  • Geek Chic Names for Boys

    Cool names for boys come in all shapes and flavors. There are some baby names that, like thick black-rimmed glasses and heavy oxfords, are so uncool they're cool. Here are some geek chic baby names for boys.

  • Geeks Forever

    Some baby names just seem irredeemably geeky, on a permanent no list for the modern child. The baby names here qualify for now on the boys' side -- though we've learned in the world of baby naming, to paraphrase Heidi Klum, one day you're out, and the next day you may be very very in.

  • George's International Variations

    George is one of those classic baby names that bridges many cultures and languages, each of which feature of variation on the name. Here, the international variations of the baby name George.

  • Gladiator Baby Names

    Gladiator baby names -- boys' names from Ancient Rome -- are suddenly hot again after a couple of millennia, thanks to Hunger Games, HBO's Rome, Atticus Finch, and Russell Crowe. If you're looking for a baby name for your own little gladiator -- or emperor or god, for that matter -- consider the following.

  • Harry Potter Names

    Since the release of the mega-hit Harry Potter series, muggles everywhere have been interested in the magical and mystifying names within J.K. Rowling's wizard world. Here's a list of the most notable and enchanted names of Harry Potter. Which one casts a spell on you?

  • If You Like Adam, You Might Love...

    Adam is one of the oldest boy names in the book. While Adam is a classic, you might want to consider some fresher baby boy names.

  • If You Like Dylan, You Might Love...

    Dylan is a literary-yet-relaxed name with the style of Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas. But if you want to explore baby boy names that are similar-yet-different, consider these.

  • If You Like Max, You'll Love.....

    Love the name Max but fear it's overused? Consider these alternatives with a similar sound, feel, or flavor.

  • If You Like Oscar, You Might Love....

    Oscar is the grouchy old man name that rose from the ashes to become a recent stylish favorite. But now many parents who a handful of years ago might have chosen Oscar feel they need to look further abroad. If you like Oscar, you might love one of these other, more adventurous baby names.

  • If You Like Zachary, You Might Love...

    Do you like Zachary but fear it's overused? Here are some possible substitutes for Zachary.

  • Irish Baby Names for Boys

    Irish baby names for boys have been growing in popularity in the U.S. in recent years. While Irish names have become more popular for both genders, we see the style factor on the rise particularly in boys' names unheard of here a generation ago, such as Aidan and Finn. Click here for the full list of Irish baby names. Some of our favorite Irish baby names for boys you might want to consider:

  • Italian Baby Boy Names Beyond Giovanni & Giuseppe

    Italian baby boy names heard more often in Rome, Italy than Rome, New York, but eminently usable here as Italian baby names continue to grow in favor.

  • Jacob's International Variations

    Jacob has been the Number 1 boy baby name in the US for so long now you might want to think about using one of its international variations.

  • Jane Austen Names for Boys

    Looking for strength, masculinity and sophistication? Search no further. These traditional Old English baby names have lost none of their royal luster, and are shared by some of Jane Austen's bravest male literary heroes. And no, we're not just talking about Mr. Darcy.

  • John's International Variations

    For centuries the most popular of all boy baby names, borne by saints, kings, and countless other illustrious notables, John is still in the Top 20. For a new spin on one of the longest-running favorite baby names, try one of John's international variations.

  • Joseph's International Variations

    Grandpa Joe's namesakes can take many forms, as the baby names here demonstrate.

  • Literary Names for Boys

    These literary baby names for boys are derived from characters in books from all genres and periods. Here, a selection of the most distinctive baby names from books. In the literary names category, as always, feel free to think about your own personal favorites.

  • Michael's International Variations

    Michael is one of the most popular baby names of the past century. To honor a dad or grandpa named Michael, or find a fresh way to spin the old favorite, consider these international baby names that are variations on the original.

  • Middle Names for Boys

    Middle names for boys are traditionally family names -- father's or grandfather's first name as an honorific, mother's maiden name, or perhaps a hero's name. These choices are typically used as middle names for boys.

  • Military Baby Names

    Military ranks and weapons--everything is fair game in the struggle to find the right baby name.

  • Mythological Baby Names for Boys

    Baby names inspired by mythological figures are on the rise, inspired by the use of mythological names for boys in the Hunger Games series. The pantheon of Greek and Roman deities and other classical mythological figures can provide an abundant source of audacious baby names, all combining deep history with not-heard-in-a-long-time freshness. Mythological names that might sound right for modern baby boys include:

  • Names No Boy May Be Cool Enough For

    You have to be pretty damn cool to name your kid Elmer, cool in that I-like-it-and-I-don't-care-what-the-world-thinks kind of way. Except you're not the one who's going to have to deal with having the name Elmer when you play Little League. You're not the one who's going to have to introduce yourself as Elmer to girls at parties. In fact, if you think it's so cool, maybe you should change your own name to Elmer rather than laying it on a poor little kid. The point: While we can appreciate the contrarian cool inherent in these clunky names, we fear that few children at this point in time are cool enough actually to live with them.

  • Nicknames for Boys

    Suddenly, nicknames are cool again. Not the cutesy Jerrys and Larrys, Randys and Andys of the '60s and '70s, but rather older, funkier diminutives with a Victorian pedigree. Among the nickname names that you can consider putting directly on the birth certificate are the following.

    Looking for crazy nicknames for boys? Go here.

  • Old Man Names

    Old man names like Max and Sam and Henry have been used for babies for so long now that they no longer sound like old man names. But don't worry, there are plenty more where those came from. To qualify as a cool old man name, a name has to feel both classic and slightly moth-eaten, like the perfect vintage suit.

  • One-Syllable Middle Names for Boys

    While we are happy to see baby namers move beyond boring middle names that were mere connective tissue, there are still times -- like when first and last names are elaborate -- when you want a short, strong middle name. Here, some cool one-syllable middle names for boys.

  • Operatic Baby Names

    You don’t have to be an opera buff to appreciate the rich variety of baby names found in the classic repertoire. It’s an especially appealing category because it contains such an interesting mix of languages: there are frilly French female names, unusual Italian mens’ names, as well as some usable German and Russian character names. These range from leads such as Aida and Tristan, to featured players to those with minor roles. So, omitting common names like Amelia, Norma and Susanna, and the more uber-the-top names like Brunhilde, here are some lyrical opera baby names:

  • Papal Names

    The selection of Pope Francis I has added a new name to the ist of papal names, which began in the year 32 with St. Peter. Here are some other names of popes that are still usable today--many of them worn by multiple bearers.

  • Paul's International Variations

    Paul is one of those classic baby names that's neither in style nor thoroughly out. Paul's many international versions all start with P.

  • Peter's International Variations

    Peter is one of the classic if not fashionable baby names that may be more appealing in one of its international variations.

  • Popular Baby Names for Boys

    The list of popular baby names for boys in the U.S. is more straightforward than the girls' list, which is skewed by spelling variations. Except for the Aiden/Caden/Jaden names, which are more popular than they look on the national list because of their many variations, most of the popular baby names for boys exist in one form only. Here, the current 25 most popular baby names for boys.

  • Prince Names

    The prince names here are those chosen by royal families around the world for their little boys over the past decade or so. Your idea of prince names can be expanded to include those used over past generations -- Charles and Andrew, say -- and to extend to fictional princes such as Phillip or...well, maybe not Charming. Some of the real little princes have three or four middle names. For more details, see our blog on prince names.

  • Relaxed Baby Boy Names

    These are baby boy names that are casual, laid back and friendly.

  • Roman Names for Boys

    Names from Ancient Rome are enjoying a major style revival. Among the Roman choices for boys are the following, all at home in the modern world.

  • Royal Names for Boys

    Royal names for boys on this list are those used by the British royal family for over a thousand years. Some of the royal names for boy you might consider are:

  • Russian Names for Boys

    Russian names for boys from the Nameberry database include the choices here.

  • Saints' Names For Boys

    It is tradition in the Roman Catholic Church for a child receiving baptism to be given a saints' name. However, even parents who don't find themselves particularly religious have begun to take interest in the rare, uplifting, and sometimes unheard-of names of saints' for their sons and daughters. This list includes the likes of saints' names for boys.

  • Scottish Names for Boys

    Scottish names for boys in the Nameberry database include the choices here.

  • Son Baby Names

    Baby names that end in son originated just the way you think: They designated that the person -- Jackson, say, or Jefferson -- was the son of Jack or Jeffery. Son makes a stylish first name ending today, mostly for boys but since the era of Allison, also for girls. Son baby names can make for an original way to honor an ancestor while slightly varying the name. Some prime examples:

  • Spanish Baby Names for Boys

    Spanish baby names for boys that move beyond the obvious choices like Juan and Jose include:

  • Stephen's International Variations

    Stephen is one of the classic baby boy names widely used in the middle of the last century. Some variations you might want to consider instead:

  • Supermodel Baby Names

    It's not enough that supermodels are skinny, gorgeous, world-revered millionaires. They've got babies, too, and not just ordinary babies, but babies with incredibly cool names. Here is the recent crop of supermodel baby names:

  • Thomas's International Variations

    Thomas is among the most classic baby boy names, with variations in several Western cultures.

  • Unique Boys' Names

    Nowadays, a lot more people are looking to unique names to help their little boys stand out in the crowd. Fifty years ago, the Top 20 boys' names represented 41% of all male children; by contrast in 2015, the Top 20 boys' names represented only 14% of all baby boys. Ironically, the greater variety of names being used today means that unusual names are more likely to be accepted at school or in the workplace. There are lots of ways for names to be unique, from spelling to new creations, but here at Nameberry we're often most inspired by those names which are at once unusual and yet filled with history and meaning. Here is a selection of our current favorites:

  • Video Game Names for Boys

    Movie- and TV-character names may seem both inspired and inspirational to parents at the beginning of the twenty-first century, but what of the next generation of parents-to-be, those raised not on movies and television but on video games? Their idea of a cool name is sure to be way wilder than that of parents today. These names from popular video games will give you an idea of the kind of choices that could inspire the names of your grandchildren.

  • Vintage Baby Names for Boys

    Vintage baby names for boys are in style now, along with vintage clothes and furniture. The most popular vintage baby names for boys include the following.

  • Vintage Nicknames for Boys

    There's a group of nicknames that were used in distant past and are all but forgotten now. The following might be worth a fresh look. You may also want to consult the larger list of Nicknames for Boys.

  • Vintage Nicknames for Boys

    Vintage nicknames that were once widely used for boys and might be revived by modern parents include:

  • Vowel Baby Names for Boys

    Baby names that start with vowels are growing the most in popularity. Here, some of the best baby names for boys starting with A, E, I, O, and U.

  • William's International Variations

    William may be both the most classic AND the most fashionable of boy names today. Here are some of its international variations.

  • Yupster Baby Names for Boys

    Yupsters -- a blend of yuppies and hipsters -- prefer baby names that are to the left of the most popular list but far to the right of most choices on this site. The Yupster Baby Names are classic as well as cool, embodying style along with history. The only problem is that you may hear them far more than you want to in the years to come.