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Boy Names Ending in R

by Pamela Redmond

Boy names ending in R are one of the style leaders of the current baby-naming era, with many r-ending names for boys topping the popularity lists in the US and around the world.


Alexander is the top boy name ending in R today, lying just outside the Top 10 in the US.

Along with Alexander, r-ending boys' names in the US Top 100 include Carter, Asher, Hunter, Connor, Xavier, Parker, and Sawyer.

Many of the boys' names that end in R originated as surnames drawn from occupational names — Carter carts things for a living, Hunter hunts, and Sawyer is a carpenter.

Unique and appealing boys names ending in R are plentiful, both in the occupational class and not.Our favorites include Booker, Abner, Eleazar, Gardener, Sayer — the list goes on and on.

If you're looking for a name ending in R for your baby boy, here's a complete collection of our thousands of choices.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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Top Boy Names Ending in R

  • Oliver

    Oliver derives from Olivier, the Norman French variation of the Ancient Germanic name Alfher or the Old Norse Aleifr, which comes from Olaf. Olivier emerged as the dominant spelling for its... Read More 

  • Alexander

    Alexander is derived from the Greek name Aléxandros, composed of the elements aléxein, meaning “to defend,” and aner, meaning “man.” According to Greek legend, the first... Read More 

  • Carter

    Carter has been popular for almost two decades, but it only cracked the Top 30 in 2014, leaving the other upscale occupational surname names behind. Having hot characters named Carter on both... Read More 

  • Christopher

    Christopher derived from the Greek Christophoros, which is composed of the elements Christos, referring to Christ, and phero, meaning “to bear.” The name was originally used... Read More 

  • Asher

    In the Bible, Asher was one of Jacob's twelve sons who gave their names to the tribes of Israel. Asher is derived from the Hebrew word osher, which means “happiness.” Rabbinical scholars claim... Read More 

  • Hunter

    Hunter has been dropping a bit for the past few years but is still one of the leaders of a distinctive band of boys' names that combines macho imagery (Hunter, Austin, Harley) with a softened... Read More 

  • Connor

    Connor, the appealing name of an early semi-legendary king of Ulster in Irish mythology, sits firmly in the Top 100 and taken together with its alternate spellings would rank even higher. In its... Read More 

  • Cooper

    The genial yet upscale and preppy Cooper was one of the first occupational last names to catch on -- and Cooper remains a pleasing option.

    Cooper began his rapid climb in 1982 and is a... Read More 

  • Xavier

    Xavier originated is use as a given name after Saint Francis Xavier, cofounder of the Jesuit order, who got his name from the Spanish-Basque village where he was born. His birthplace was Javier,... Read More 

  • Parker

    One of the first generation of surname names, along with Porter and Morgan, Parker's still one of the most appealing and remains firmly in the Top 100 for boys. About three times as many boys as... Read More