Anime Boy Names
Anime boy names are one of the hottest new genres of baby names today. Jiraiya, a thunderous name from Naruto, was among the fastest-rising names of the year and broke into the Top 1000 in 2021. Other anime names for boys are hot on its heels.
Jiraiya is one of the few Japanese boy names from anime to rank in the US Top 1000. Other anime boy names on the American popularity charts include Ash, Ethan, Zeke, Raiden, and Kenji. We expect anime boy names with Japanese origins, such as Seiji, Kaisen, Koji, and Neji to continue to rise.
Many anime boy names are unique — even one-of-a-kind — as they've been created with a specific character in mind. These names often have significant meanings associated with the character's story arc or personality traits. Zetsu, meaning "tongue," is a Naruto character with the head of a venus fly trap.
Here is our full list of anime names for boys, ordered by their current popularity on Nameberry.
Description:Ethan is a name that succeeds in being at once classic and fashionable, serious and cheery, strong and sensitive.Ethan, which was given a big boost via the name of the Tom Cruise character in the Mission Impossible film series, is still popular but dipping a bit, peaking at Number 2 in 2009 and 2010.
Description:In the Old Testament, Levi was the third son of Leah and Jacob, from whom the priestly tribe of Levites descended; in the New Testament, Levi was Matthew's given name before he became an apostle. It is suspected that Levi derives from the Hebrew word yillaweh, meaning “he will join.”
Description:To the thousands of girls who screamed the name of their favorite Beatle in the 1960s, the boys' name Paul had a thrillingly unique image, but to the rest of the world, then and now, it's a name that's so simple and yet so widely diffuse that it could belong to almost anyone. Paul is an ancient name for boys -- popular in Roman and medieval times -- that's not very fashionable now, which can work in its favor, scarcity balancing simplicity.
Origin:Diminutive of Asher, English
Description:Ash has Southern charm plus the arboreal-nature appeal. Plus your little boy will prize Ash as the name of the hero of the Pokemon cartoons. Ash can also be a dashing short form of Asher, Ashton, or any other "Ash" name.
Description:With the prevailing popularity of Samuel, some parents are considering this more (literally) powerful biblical name, which shares the desirable nickname of Sam.
Origin:Diminutive of Ezekiel
Description:Zeke is a casual form of the name Ezekiel, an important prophet from the Old Testament. How well Zeke holds up depends on the boy: it could be a cooler alternative of Zack, or it could prove too close to "geek." Both Zeke and Ezekiel lag behind in popularity on the UK charts.
Origin:English and Irish from French
Description:Bellamy is a surname name with an admirable meaning and upbeat rhythm, similar to jovial choices like Rafferty, Barnaby and Willoughby.
Origin:English variation of Lanzo, German "land"
Description:Though the fuller Lancelot has for the most part been shunned as a 'too-much-name' name, the short form Lance has been consistently in or around the Top 500 since 1938, climbing as high as Number 76 in 1970. It was used as a character name by Walter Scott as far back as 1823. Lance is also the name of a medieval weapon, making this name all boy.
Description:Brock is a rock solid name, with a touch of preppy sophistication. It ranked solidly in the 200s-300s from 1975 until 2014, but has since tumbled a bit.
Meaning:"maelstrom; roaring gate"
Description:Best known as the name of Naruto Uzumaki, the main character in the Naruto anime series. It's also a common place name in Japan—the Naruto whirlpools are said to have inspired the name of the manga character.
Description:According to Irish legend, Saint Brendan the Voyager was the first European to touch American soil, and his name has been established here for decades, peaking in the late 1990s. It first appeared on the US charts in 1941, especially popular, not surprisingly, for Irish-American boys. It is sometimes confused with the English surname name Brandon.
Description:One of several Japanese names that refer to a child's place in the family birth order. Kenji has attracted notice in the US as the name of The Food Lab chef, James Kenji López-Alt, know simply as Kenji.
Origin:English tree name
Meaning:"tree from the genus Quercus"
Description:Oak, a symbol of solidity, strength, and longevity, is joining Cedar and Pine as a viable name, one that would work especially well in the middle.
Description:This name comes from Greek mythology, where the Titans were a band of immortal, powerful giants.
Description:As a masculine name, Madara has roots in Japanese. It's not used as a given name, rather it was chosen for the character Madara Uchiha in the Naruto series.
Meaning:"dive into, enter"
Description:The name of a mythically handsome youth – loved by Selene, the moon, who bore him fifty daughters.
Description:More common as a dog name than a baby name for now, but that hasn't stopped Milo and Rex rising back up the charts! Lovers of edgy o-ending names like Otto, Arlo and Cosmo might like this starry-eyed possibility.
Description:Nice baby name with a devilish meaning.
Meaning:"full moon; beautiful moon; moonlight; snake vessel"
Description:Traditionally, this name is written with kanji that give it lovely meanings of "full moon," "moonlight," or similar. The character Mitsuki in Naruto uses kanji that denote the meaning "snake vessel," appropriate given he can summon magical snakes.
Description:One of the many names with a strong "er" sound, like Bertram and Ernest, that was huge in the 1920s and is languishing in style limbo now. One famous bearer is the physicist Erwin Schrödinger, as in Schrödinger's cat.