Cool Baby Names: The -Er Names

May 13, 2020 Pamela Redmond
names ending in -er

Cool baby names often share a certain something: an initial (like O), an origin (like Irish), or a sound — like -er at the end.

Blame it on Jennifer and Christopher. What those two mega-popular names have in common is their unusual –er ending, which launched a name sound that holds a lot of appeal to the contemporary ear.

Dozens of cool baby names for boys share the –er ending, along with a handful of choices for girls. Some of these are traditional first names but more are surname-names and occupational names.

Of course, Jennifer and Christopher were not the only popular names or even the first to feature –er at their end. Long-used –er names include Peter and Alexander, other trendy 1980s choices are Amber and Heather, and widely-used popular names that end in –er include such divergent choices as Oliver and Winter, Skyler and Spencer, River and Ryker, Harper and Hunter.

As happens with name trends, there are dozens of choices that are more unusual and more stylish. Among the most appealing are the traditional boys’ names that share the –er ending:

  1. Abner
  2. Asher
  3. Casper
  4. Chester
  5. Dexter
  6. Ebenezer
  7. Eleazer
  8. Elmer
  9. Evander
  10. Gower
  11. Grover
  12. Gulliver
  13. Homer
  14. Iker
  15. Jasper
  16. Jupiter
  17. Keifer
  18. Kyler
  19. Leander
  20. Luther
  21. Sylvester
  22. Walter
  23. Xander
  24. Xavier

The hot occupational names, which are also usually familiar surnames, often have an –er ending, and the trendiness of such choices as Cooper, Chandler, Sawyer, Tucker, and Tyler have helped vault the whole genre into widespread use. Among the more unusual but no less fashionable –er ending occupational names are:

  1. Adler
  2. Archer
  3. Baker
  4. Baxter
  5. Booker
  6. Bridger
  7. Drummer
  8. Faulkner
  9. Fielder
  10. Fisher
  11. Fletcher
  12. Forester
  13. Foster
  14. Frazier
  15. Gallagher
  16. Gardener
  17. Lander
  18. Mercer
  19. Miller
  20. Painter
  21. Palmer
  22. Romer
  23. Sayer
  24. Thayer
  25. Tolliver
  26. Webster
  27. Wheeler

Then there are the Bad Boy names that are popular among parents who want a kind of neo-macho image for their sons: These sound like the names of kids who grow up to ride motorcycles, play in rock bands, and get lightning bolts tattooed onto their necks. (Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)

  1. Breaker
  2. Colter
  3. Danger
  4. Gunner
  5. Heller
  6. Hopper
  7. Jagger
  8. Kaiser
  9. Lazer
  10. Racer
  11. Rancher
  12. Ranger
  13. Rider/Ryder
  14. Rocker
  15. Roper
  16. Ryker
  17. Striker
  18. Tiger
  19. Timber
  20. Traveller
  21. Wilder
  22. Wrecker

There are a handful of stylish girls’ names that end in –er, though we’re not sure that sound is what really makes for their appeal. Some of these are nature names, some Biblical, others day or occupational names, and the fact that they share the –er ending may just be coincidental to their fashion status.

  1. Aster
  2. Camber
  3. Clover
  4. Dancer
  5. December (plus September, October, November)
  6. Emer
  7. Esther
  8. Ever
  9. Fifer
  10. Hester
  11. Juniper
  12. Lavender
  13. Piper
  14. Rumer
  15. Vesper
  16. Winter

These names don’t end in –er, but they might as well. The right sound is there and they also share a certain style appeal, though not necessarily to the same kinds of parents.

  1. Arthur
  2. Briar
  3. Casimir
  4. Connor
  5. Guinevere
  6. Major
  7. Oscar
  8. Sailor
  9. Taylor
  10. Trevor
  11. Victor
  12. Wilbur


About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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