Cowboy Baby Names: The best of the west

There’s just something about a cowboy name. So lean and lanky, with a relaxed, ambling swagger that calls up the (perhaps romanticized) romance of the Old West. From real life frontier heroes to the characters and stars of early movie westerns and 1950s TV shows, these names project a nostalgic image that’s pretty dang irresistible.


Gene Autry was, along with rival Roy Rogers, a popular singing cowboy for decades—an amiable, upstanding, straight-shooting hero who crooned songs like ‘Back in the Saddle Again.’ Although Gene was actually christened Orvon Grover at birth, Autry was his real surname—one that could make a wonderfully evocative moniker for a boy. Its meaning is ‘noble strength.’

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