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Laid Back Baby Boy Names

Laid back baby boy names feel effortlessly cool, casual and relaxed. They're simple, warm and approachable, like an old friend.

But that doesn't mean that laid back boy names are necessarily popular. Some of the best laid back names for boys are actually outside the US Top 1000, like Laurie, Fitz, Rafa and Monty. Others are friendly favorites, like Eli, Jack, Leo and Asher.

Many of these laid back names for boys have a nicknamey vibe, or could be short for something more formal – think Gus for Augustus, or Ray for Raymond. But they also work well on their own. The Brits love laid back names for boys: Harry, Noah, Jack, Leo, Charlie, Alfie, Archie, Freddie and Theo all rank in the Top 20 for boys in England and Wales.

Browse our tally of the best cool boy names with a laid back feel here.

  • Alfie

    Alfie is a Top 50 name throughout the British Isles, where retro nickname names are ultratrendy, but it hasn't really been picked up in the US yet.

    Thanks to some louche fictional... Read More 

  • Archie

    Archie made global news as the surprise first name of the newborn royal baby, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex aka Harry and Meghan. Archie has now officially transcended Archie Bunker and... Read More 

  • Arlo

    Arlo has many possible derivations: possibly a shortened form of Italian name Carlo, and in Basque-speaking regions it is the word for area. In English, Arlo was first used by Edmund Spenser in... Read More 

  • Asa

    A short but strong biblical name with multicultural appeal, Asa is enjoying new visibility thanks to hot young actor Asa Butterfield of "Hugo" fame.

    Asa was the name of an important... Read More 

  • Asher

    In the Bible, Asher was one of Jacob's twelve sons who gave their names to the tribes of Israel. Asher is derived from the Hebrew word osher, which means “happiness.” Rabbinical scholars claim... Read More 

  • Bailey

    Extremely amiable, open-sounding surname that's gradually being taken over by the girls. Read More 

  • Barney

    The name Barney is hot among hip Londoners and it has been above the Top 500 in the UK since 2012. You can see why - it's got a friendly happy sound and a lovely meaning and is more easily worn... Read More 

  • Bear

    Bear has suddenly lumbered onto the baby name landscape. Perhaps inspired by British adventurer Bear Grylls (born Edward Michael), first celebrity chef Jamie Oliver used it as the middle name for... Read More 

  • Ben

    Ben, the diminutive of Benjamin or Benedict, can easily stand on its own as a simple, strong, nice-guy choice, though it's somewhat attenuated. Ben is this generation's Bob or Bill. Read More 

  • Blake

    Blake -- an early unisex option -- dropped out of the Top 100 in 2017 for the first time since 1988, but remains a sophisticated choice. And yes, both conflicting meanings of Blake are accurate.... Read More 

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