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101 “Earthy” Boys Names: From Charlie to Creed to Canyon

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By Brooke Cussans, Baby Name Pondering

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.

Alex

Ben

Bill

Bob

Charlie

Chris

Dan

David

Eddie

Hal

Harry

Jack

John

Mark

Matthew

Max

Mike

Nick

Paul

Peter

Ralph

Ray

Rick

Sam

Steve

Stu

Tom

Travis

Walt

Wes

Will

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.

Aiden

Boone

Brandon

Brant

Brick

Cade

Clint

Colby

Cooper

Creed

Damien

Ethan

Ford

Garth

Jason

Joel

Josh

Judd

Levi

Logan

Mason

Mitchell

Nash

Rob

Russell

Scott

Shane

Shepherd

Tony

Tucker

West

Wyatt

Zac

Literally Earthy

For some when they hear earthy they immediately think of nature names. Whether it’s a tree or animal name; weather or element; or actually means “earth”, these are names that could help your son feel more connected to the planet we live on.

Adam

Andes

Ash

Bartlett

Birch

Canyon

Cedar

Clayton

Cole

Demetrius

Desert

Dion

Dune

Dusty

Everest

Fielding

Forest

Fox

Holt

Kaj

Kerr

Mies

Moss

Oakley

Ochre

Ridge

River

Sandy

Seb

Taurus

Terran

Thelonious

Tillman

Timber

Umber

Wilder

What do you perceive “earthy names” to mean? What additions (or changes) would you make to these lists?

 

 

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Brooke Cussans – better known on the Nameberry forums as bluejuniper – is based in Melbourne, Australia and is the author of name blog Baby Name Pondering. She especially loves rare and unusual names.
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southern.maple Says:

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.

nlane825 Says:

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!

Mischa Says:

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

Alex
Ben
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.
Chris
David
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
John
Mark
Max
Nick
Paul
Peter
Ralph – only if it’s pronounced “rafe”
Ray – I like the Wray spelling too
Sam
Stu
Tom
Walt
Wes
Will

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

Boone
Brant
Damien – Damon feels more earthy to me than Damien.
Ethan
Joel
Levi
Logan
Mason
Shane
Shepherd
Wyatt

Literally Earthy

Adam
Birch
Canyon
Cedar
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

VickyInTX Says:

March 24th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Fielding !!
Forest !
Wilder !

All have a nice literary feel to them also.
Sophisticated, yet also masculine.

ellaminnowpea Says:

March 31st, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Why has no one mentioned George?

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