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American Names for Boys

American Names for Boys
American baby names for boys tend to convey a somewhat Western, rowdy vibe. Just think of American boys names like Stetson or Maverick. Our list of American boys names even includes the name Rowdy! If you're looking for a name that suggests energy or evokes a classic American place like Taos or Brooklyn, take a gander at our list of American names for boys.

Below is our full roster of boy names with American origins. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.
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MaverickHeart

  • Origin:

    American
  • Meaning:

    "independent, nonconformist"
  • Description:

    At the rate it's growing, Maverick soon won't seem like such a maverick anymore. Heard first in a 1950s James Garner western TV series, and then as the Tom Cruise character in Top Gun, Maverick symbolizes an unfettered, free spirit.

KaidenHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Kaden, modern invented name
  • Description:

    This version of Kaden is also a popular choice and one of the many boys' names starting with k that can also start with a C, as in Caiden, Cayden et al.. Kaiden Alenko is a character in the video game Mass Effect.

DaxtonHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    More and more parents are turning to this name as a route to the cool nickname Dax.

JaxtonHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    We've had Jackson, Jaxcon and Jaxon, and now we have Jaxton.

StetsonHeart

  • Origin:

    American surname
  • Description:

    Most known as a popular brand of Western hats, this surname has a brief history as a given name. It charted in the US Top 1000 in 1989 and 1991-95. It has been experiencing renewed interest in the last few years, having reentered the popularity charts in 2013 and now ranking its highest ever at Number 709.
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BraylenHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Brayden meets Jalen.

BraylonHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Enough parents have appreciated this combinations of the sounds from Brayden and Jaylen to make it a widely used name. Its most noted bearer is former football player Braylon Edwards.

BrycenHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Bryson
  • Description:

    This name may be a variation of the more-popular Bryson, but it has appealed to enough parents to make it a widely used name in its own right.

RaylanHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Raylan, one of an uncountable number of two syllable, surname-like boys’ names end in n that are in style these days, is inspired by Raylan Givens, the cowboy hat-wearing U.S. Marshall created by writer Elmore Leonard and starring in the television series Justified. The Ray part of the name is of course a traditional choice -- it's usually said to mean "wise" -- but the lan takes it out of Old School Raymond territory. Other variations include Raylen, Raylon, Rayden and so on. The name is also sometimes given to girls, but not nearly as often as it is for boys.

WestinHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Weston
  • Description:

    A spelling variation of Weston most associated with the Westin hotel chain. To avoid looking like an advertisement, we think it’s best to stick with the more traditional spelling.
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BodeHeart

  • Origin:

    Possible diminutive of Bodhi
  • Description:

    Bode is a short and sharp name that re-entered the Top 1000 in 2014 after a few years off the list. However, with its flat sound and omen-related meaning, we do not think naming your son Bode bodes very well.

KodyHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Cody
  • Description:

    Both Kody and Cody are in decline, although more people are choosing Cody than Kody. We agree with them—stick with the C!
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