Country Boy Names: The best of the west

Waylon, Weston and Kyd

We Americans love country names for boys. Proof is in the current US Top 100: Wyatt and Ryder, Jackson and Hunter, Colton and Easton.

Some boys’ names feel country because of their associations, like Wyatt Earp or Johnny and June Carter Cash singing “Jackson.” Others bring to mind rodeo (Ryder) and the great outdoors (Hunter). Others are harder to pin down, but seem every bit as at home on a tractor or holding a fishing rod.

Country boy names fall somewhere between classic and modern. They’re rustic, but they wear almost as well in the big city as at home on the range.

Our picks for the best country boy names are:

Country Boy Names Cash

Johnny Cash makes this name musical, but also edgy, even rebellious. The Man in Black has inspired plenty of parents – Cash has ranked in the 500 most popular names since 2006.

Country Boy Names Ford

To ford a river is to cross it; but today, Ford feels more open highway than nature name. If your first car was a pick-up truck, Ford might be the country boy baby name for you.

Country Boy Names Granger

Granger means farmer, making it a capable choice for a country boy. It’s also rare – just 62 boys were given the name last year, making it an alternative to wildly popular picks like Hunter.

Country Boy Names Knox

Brad & Angelina put this stylish x-ending name on the charts, but Knox feels country thanks to Kentucky’s impenetrable Fort Knox, home of the US gold reserves.

Country Boy Names Kyd

From Billy the Kid to the Sundance Kid, this name brings to mind legendary outlaws of the Wild West. But Kyd has real roots as a surname name, sometimes related to Christopher.

Country Boy Names Maverick

A maverick goes his own way. That’s true of the Old West television series by the name, as well as Tom Cruise’s flyboy hero from the 80s. It’s a country boy favorite, ranked Number 184.

Country Boy Names McCoy

The real McCoy has meant the genuine article since the 1800s. It’s a Mc name that works well for boys and leans country, maybe thanks to feuding families, the Hatfields and the McCoys.

Country Boy Names Remington

Remington Arms is America’s oldest gun maker, established in 1816. Now the surname name is among the hottest choices for boys in the US, Number 299 and still climbing.

Country Boy Names Waylon

Waylon Jennings was meant to be Wayland, but his parents changed the spelling. The creative name is now a musical, mainstream favorite for country boys, rising steadily in recent years.

Country Boy Names Weston

Americans have long looked to the West for opportunity and fresh beginnings. Weston conjures up mountains and plains, horses and brooks. It’s a logical country boy baby name, and comes with the perfect nickname built in —West!

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12 Responses to “Country Boy Names: The best of the west”

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Haids1987 Says:

January 13th, 2017 at 11:24 am

Oh my gosh, how adorable are these photos? 🙂 I scrolled through once just to look at them, then again to actually read the article!

What about Colt? That is a cowboy name if ever I heard one. Colt 45, and of course the horse association.

ladimon Says:

January 13th, 2017 at 11:35 am

I just want to say that this format is much better than a slideshow imho

epowell Says:

January 13th, 2017 at 12:18 pm

Ditto! So much better than a slideshow. Thanks! I live in Texas (just north of Houston) and I personally know several kids named Cash, Knox, McCoy, and Weston. I agree with Colt but must add Austin and Travis (the names of my older brothers). Austin is the capital of Texas and it is in Travis county. My son is also named after a Texas county. His name is Milam. Pronounced “My-Lum”. If I had been a boy I would have been named Tyler…another Texas town.

TiffanyS Says:

January 13th, 2017 at 1:23 pm

This is way better than the slideshow! I submit Sterling.

Haids1987 Says:

January 13th, 2017 at 1:41 pm

@epowell Travis is my brother’s name too, and definitely a cowboy name! And what about Clint and Walker, my grandpa’s names?

ClareB Says:

January 13th, 2017 at 4:38 pm

Love the new format!

mamabear01 Says:

January 13th, 2017 at 6:55 pm

So glad you did this category!

pineapplefishnets Says:

January 13th, 2017 at 11:58 pm

Love the format! So much better than the slideshow!

As for country boy names, we can’t forget Austin.

Kara Says:

January 14th, 2017 at 8:16 am

My faves are Boone and Clay. I really like the sounds and meaning and there’s something cowboy-ish in their simplicity.

Bobcat108 Says:

January 14th, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Adding my name to approval of the new format…

Also adding some names that sound country-ish or Western to me…

Carson or Kit
Zane or Grey

Beau Jean Says:

January 14th, 2017 at 6:34 pm

I know that it has already reached its peak and it is so far in that it is out, but I think Justin could go on this list and Travis as well.

Pam Says:

January 15th, 2017 at 6:14 pm

Wow, so glad you all like this better than the slideshow! We do too. And the images are all pinnable!

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