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Best Boy Names Starting with C

Something for everyone!

By Linda Rosenkrantz

The category of boy names starting with C is one of the most bountiful and captivating in the alphabet.  There’s truly something for everyone, from classics to notable namesakes to names from nature, mythology, history and the arts and pop culture.

Here we pick some of the best boy names starting with C in various classifications.

Calder—Best artist name for boys starting with C (Alexander Calder, sculptor) Runner-up: Claude Monet

Calhoun—Best Irish boy surname starting with C (Runner-up: Calloway)

Caliban—Best unusual Shakespearean name for boys starting with C

Canyon—Best uncommon nature name for boys starting with C

Carlow—Best Irish county/place name for boys starting with C.

Carver—Best rare occupational name starting with C (also with literary links)

Casper—Best unscary cartoon ghost name starting with C

Caspian—Best sea and literary (Chronicles of Narnia) name starting with C (it now ranks at #801)

Cassius—Best Ancient Roman Shakespearean boy name starting with C (now #596) (Runner-up: Cato)

Cedar—Best tree name for boys starting with C (Runner-up: Cypress)

Cerulean—Best color name for boys staring with C

Chaplin—Best Old Hollywood icon name for boys starting with C (Runner-up: Cagney)

Charles—Best royal classic name for boys starting with C

Chester—Best geezer name starting with C (Runner-up: Clem)

Cillian–Best Irish TV star name starting with C (Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders)

Clark—Best superhero alter-ego name starting with C (now # 377) (Runner-up: Carter, Hawkman)

Cleanth—Best pastoral poetry C-name for boys (Runner-up: Corydon)

Clyde—Best jazzy-cool boy name starting with C (now #724); Runner-up: Coltrane)

Cole–Best single-syllable nursery rhyme character name starting with C (now #118)

Conan—Best C-starting TV host name (Runner-up: Carson)

Cormac–Best Irish mythological king name starting with C (Runner-up: Cian)

Cosmo—Best o-ending boy name starting with C (Runner-up: Cairo)

Cove—Best unusual water-related boy name starting with C

Crispin—Best Harry Potter boy name starting with C (Runner-up: Cornelius)

Cristóbal–Best unusual international path to boy nn Chris (Runner-up: Christo)

Crosby—Best musical C name for boys (Runner-up: Cash)

Cullen— Best C-boy name from Twilight (now at #589) (Runner-up: Carlisle)

Cyrus—Best celebrity-rescued C name for boys (#389) (by Clare Danes and Hugh Dancy in 2012) (Runner-up: Cy, Zoe Saldana, 2015)

Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond Satran of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. In addition to contributing stories on trends and celebrity naming, she guides the editorial content and manages the Nameberry Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can follow her personally at InstagramTwitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.

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