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15 Exceptional E Names for Boys

From Eamon to Ezekiel

by Clare Green

Thinking of using an E name for a boy? Beyond classic Edward and high-ranking Elijah and Ethan, there are endless possibilities.

Enjoy our pick of the very best boy names that start with the letter E. It’s an eclectic mix of styles and rankings, from fresh favorites in the Top 100 to rare gems that deserve more love, via Ireland, Italy and the ancient world. We enthusiastically endorse every one!

Eamon

Change one sound in Aidan and you get Eamon, a fresh Irish choice for a boy. Well-used in its native land, it’s still undiscovered Stateside. The only place you’ll see it in the Top 200 is on the Nameberry chart – a sign that we might see more young Eamons around soon.

Eben

A straightforward, surprisingly underused biblical name that comes with less baggage than the full Ebenezer. It could even be a creative way to honor a Ben.

Edison

Edison scores a point for STEM: it’s forever associated with charismatic inventor Thomas Edison. You could use it to honor one of the more traditional Ed– names, or as an alternative path to nicknames like Ned and Eddie. Edson, the legendary soccer player Pelé’s birth name, is a pared-down variant.

Elio

Could Elio be the next Enzo? It’s spirited, simple and secular, works across several languages, and is given to under 100 boys a year – though it looks like it’s starting to rise.

Emmett

Emmett is distinguished as a secret nature name (emmet is a dialect word for an ant), and one of the few names that have crossed gender from female to male. Besides that, it’s a friendly surname name that parents have fallen in love with in recent years. A character name in the Twilight series, it  now ranks at #125.

Emrys

Gentle and powerful, historic and magical, Emrys gets a lot of attention from name-lovers but little use in real life. You might have heard it via the BBC series Merlin or other Arthurian tales: it’s sometimes associated with the granddaddy of all wizards. Emyr is an equally authentic and even rarer Welsh name.

Enzo

The hottest Italian name for boys, Enzo is full of cool sounds (a Z! An O ending!) and is becoming a firm modern favorite. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi used the longer form Lorenzo for her son, which might have helped it stick in parents’ minds.

Ephraim

Biblical with a hint of the wilderness about it, Ephraim makes a great underused alternative to Ethan. In the bible it’s both a place and a personal name, and “Old Ephraim” was also a nickname for the grizzly bear in the American West.

Ernest

This dignified great-grandpa name is yet to make a comeback in the US, but it’s a Top 300 name in the UK. It has impressive literary credentials – think Hemingway and The Importance of Being Earnest. Speaking of which, it’s also a refreshing virtue name: the world needs more people who are eager and sincere.

Evander

If you like classical Alexander but are put off by its popularity, Evander is a great option. (If I may stray into L names for a moment, you may also like Leander and Lysander.) If you want a nickname, Evan and Van are both cool possibilities.

Everest

You can’t climb higher than Everest! The name brings to mind snowy peaks, intrepid explorers and personal challenges, and would be great for an adventurous family. George Lucas was one of the first to bestow it on a daughter.

Everett

Classy Everett is the very definition of a vintage revival. A hundred years ago he was in the Top 100, and now he’s on the verge of re-entering it. Reasons to love it include the wild animal meaning, the surname vibe, the “Ev” sound that’s popular on both boys and girls, and the option of Rhett as a nickname.

Ewan

Well-known in Scotland and the rest of the UK (exhibit A: actor Ewan McGregor), Ewan is little-used in the US but has the same appeal as Owen and Evan. Ewen and Euan are even rarer alternative spellings.

Ezekiel

If your style is big, bold and biblical, Ezekiel is one to consider. This name was already on the way up when Dallas Cowboys footballer Ezekiel Elliott helped to make sure it was cool again. He goes by the equally stylish nickname Zeke.

Ezra

A more subtle choice than Ezekiel, parents love Ezra for its simplicity, gentle sound, and distinctiveness: there’s no mistaking it for anything else. If worthy namesakes are important to you, Ezra has plenty of in literature, history and of course the biblical world.

Which E names for boys do you think are exceptionally excellent?

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ecpt Says:

December 18th, 2018 at 8:05 am

I love Ephraim. So underrated.

calyma Says:

December 18th, 2018 at 9:35 am

Ezra is one of my favorite names right now.

I’ve liked the name Eden for both boys and girls for a while but I can’t ever seem to find a suitable first or middle to go with it.

I hadn’t considered Emrys before but now I’m thinking it’s a possibility for a middle name.

beynotce Says:

December 18th, 2018 at 11:56 am

I love Ezra! One of my absolute favorites for a boy – and I’m glad to see it getting more appreciation. Ephraim is really nice, too.

I know a little Elio, and he’s an absolute sweetheart, so that name has really grown on me.

Emrys seems, to me, more primed for a crossover to the girls’ list than for a big surge on the boys’ side.

wandsworth Says:

December 18th, 2018 at 10:42 pm

“Emrys seems, to me, more primed for a crossover to the girls’ list than for a big surge on the boys’ side.”

Soft sounds =/= feminine.

BluebirdBlossom Says:

December 19th, 2018 at 11:02 am

I’m gonna add Ellis to the list! So awesome and underused.

EloiseT Says:

December 20th, 2018 at 3:28 am

My friend has a mn Evren which I like!

NaomiNY Says:

December 20th, 2018 at 11:04 pm

I like all of these names. I’m gonna add Eliezer to the list.

Emisha Says:

February 23rd, 2019 at 2:00 pm

I love Emrys, and Emyr is nice too. AI think Elio is a nice alternative for Elijah, and Ezekiel is beautiful.

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