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Cool Baby Names: The -Er Names

Cool Baby Names: The -Er Names

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. and Baby Name DNA. 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.