Baby Boy Names
Baby boy names have never been more exciting -- or challenging. This is your guide to the diverse new world of boy names, traditional and unusual, ancient and newly invented, including popular boy names and unique boy names. We've got everything you need to search for names for a son.
Popular Boy Names
The top 2000 baby boy names here are the names that attracted the most attention from our visitors over the past month. It offers real-time insight into which boy names parents are considering right now for their sons. Check out the 2000 popular boy names on this list and you'll never be surprised when your little boy is one of three Arlos on the playground!
Top 2000 Baby Boy Names 2023
Unique Boy Names
Looking for unique boy names? We've got every cool and unusual name you've ever heard of and thousands you haven't. We love to show you our favorites, like the starter names below, but we've also got lists of unique, unusual, and rare boy names that can help you search according to your own taste and style.
Baby Boy Names A-Z
Are you looking for a boy name starting with a particular letter? Perhaps you're searching for a third J boy name to match with siblings, or you hope to honor a family member by using their initials, or maybe you just want an easy way to explore what's out there! Browse our full list of boy names by first letter here. Find all our search by letter tools on the Baby Names A-Z page.
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Boy Names by Origin
Baby boy name origins are an excellent way to search our full list of boys names. Many parents choose to honor their family's heritage by choosing a baby name from the same source, others just love the style of boy names from a certain language or culture. Our detailed lists of boys' names organized by origin are the perfect starting point.
Boy Names by List
Boy name lists are a great way to search for a name for your son, whether you're looking for a saint's name or a name with swagger and sass, a traditional name or one that's newly invented. No matter what kind of name you want, there's a list for that. If there's not, you can make one!
Strong Boy Names
Strong boy names with powerful meanings are one of the most popular groups with parents, especially in times of uncertainty. Many of these strong names don't have a particularly macho image; some are even gender neutral. But the meanings of strength and power give them some extra muscle.
Tips for Naming Your Boy
Finding the perfect name for a son can be a daunting task. There are thousands of names out there — how do you choose the right one for your baby? If your due date is creeping nearer and you still don’t have a name, follow these tips:
Determine your preferred style of names
Do you want a modern name for your boy or a name that is rooted in tradition? Modern names tend to have fewer associations, allowing your child to build his own identity, while traditional names can tie your child to an important history or legacy.
Consider gender identity
Are you looking for gender neutral names that won’t reveal your child’s sex? Or would you prefer a name that’s clearly masculine for your little boy? This choice may play into your feelings about gender identity, or be closely tied to style — gender neutral baby names are often very contemporary.
Decide how popular is too popular
We live in an age where cool and unusual names are highly coveted. This adds to the diversity of names and means your child is unlikely to be one of three Noahs in his kindergarten class. But everyone’s popularity threshold is different when it comes to their own baby’s name. Check the Social Security Administration for the official rankings, and consult parents in your neighborhood to learn which names are common in your social circle.
Start the search
Create a collection of baby names that speak to you. Anything goes! Take inspiration from your favorite TV shows, names you overhear in the grocery store, and our Nameberry lists.
Narrow it down
Work with your partner to identify a shortlist. Cross off names you can’t agree on, ones that don’t match your requirements, and any names that don’t feel right for your baby.
Make a choice
Time to decide on The One. Some parents choose their baby’s name before the birth, while others wait to meet their baby to make sure it fits. Know that it may take a while before your baby grows into their name, but with time, it will feel tailor-made for him.
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Talk About Boy Names
Talk about your favorite boy names with other expectant parents and name lovers on our friendly forums. You can get advice and feedback on your top choices, gather new ideas and inspiration, or simply discuss all things boy names with our knowledgeable members from around the world.