101 “Earthy” Boys Names: From Charlie to Creed to Canyon
A little while ago someone started a thread on the forums requesting “earthy” boys names. It got me to thinking about not just what names I would include on such a list, but why. What does the description “earthy” mean to you? Is it a concept, or do you see it literally? Here are three different ways I often view “earthy” names.
Salt of the Earth
People who are described as “salt of the earth” are thought to be loyal, trustworthy, honest and earnest. These are what we often think of as “good ol’ boys”. There’s nothing pompous, pretentious or fanciful about these names, which is possibly why so many of them are nicknames. They’re familiar, friendly and best of all very easy to wear.
Down To Earth
To be “down to earth” means that someone is “with no illusions or pretensions; practical and realistic”. Like “salt of the earth” names these names are also friendly and familiar. They’re approachable. But they tend to feel a little fresher, a little less “old school”. They’re masculine but not dripping with macho swagger.
For some when they hear earthy they immediately think of nature names. Whether it’s a tree or animal name; weather or element; or names that mean “earth”, these are names that could help your son feel more connected to the planet we live on.
What do you perceive “earthy names” to mean? What additions (or changes) would you make to these lists?
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on February 17th, 2014 at 4:38 pm
For me, earthy names are names that give me earthy imagery. They generally have a rugged feel to them as well. Levi, Gideon, Wesley, and Charlie are some examples off the top of my head.
on February 17th, 2014 at 4:47 pm
This list just made me so happy! This is the exact kind of name I would give to a boy. Thank you for posting this!
on February 18th, 2014 at 11:13 am
I foresee many more names like these being chosen by parents in the future. As modern life gets more uncertain and complex, people will attempt to “simplify” their lives and I think the names they’ll be attracted to will reflect that philosophy. I think the phrase “less is more” will become the norm for many individuals.
Salt of the Earth
Charlie – If I met a family of boys named Jack, Charlie and Will, I would be a happy woman! I think they’re perfect together.
Hal – I’m really loving this name lately and I’m not usually a “nickname as first name” person.
Jack – how can anyone not love this name? It’s so friendly and spunky
Ralph – only if it’s pronounced “rafe”
Ray – I like the Wray spelling too
I would add: Gus, Ned, Jake, Kit, Nate, Abe, Bram, Chet, Hank, Drew, Frank, Fred, Gabe, Monty and Theo to this list.
Down To Earth
Damien – Damon feels more earthy to me than Damien.
Demetrius – this “big” name doesn’t sound “earthy”
Dune – mn only
Everest – only use if the mountain has special meaning (eg. you’ve climbed it!)
Fielding – mn only
Forest – mn only
Ochre – mn only
Wilder – mn only
on March 24th, 2014 at 7:35 pm
All have a nice literary feel to them also.
Sophisticated, yet also masculine.
on March 31st, 2014 at 2:50 pm
Why has no one mentioned George?
on December 11th, 2017 at 11:58 pm
I’m a girl called cedar……. and I’ve always thought of the name as more feminine, but idk.
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