Invented Boy Names

  1. Jaxx
    • Origin:

      Modern invented name
    • Description:

      Jaxx squeaked onto the Top 1000 for boys in 2017, a rising star on the strength of brothers Jax and Jaxon, renegade sons of Jack and Jackson, themselves stylish versions of the ultimate classic boys' name John. While that extra x serves no purpose other than creating a dubious distinction, some namers may feel it makes the name seem less like a nickname and more like an independent entity.
  2. Kymani
    • Origin:

      Eastern African
    • Meaning:

      "adventurous traveler"
    • Description:

      One of the most popular African names for boys, Kymani was in the US Top 1000 list from 2008 until 2016. Spelled Ky-mani, it's the name of Bob Marley's son.
  3. Astrophel
    • Origin:

      Literary name
    • Meaning:

      "star lover"
    • Description:

      Invented by 16th-century English poet Sir Philip Sidney for the hero of his sonnet sequence Astrophel and Stella, this name is derived from the Greek elements aster "star" and philos "lover". Sidney’s heroine, and Astrophel’s love-interest, is Stella — whose name means "star".
  4. Kaizen
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "good change"
    • Description:

      Kai is one of the hottest names out there in recent years, climbing quickly into the Top 100. This combined with a surge of Japanese names gaining popularity in the US, like Kenji, Raiden, and Kenzo, and you've got a hit. Kaizen is of Japanese origin meaning "good change" — a term used for the Japanese business practice of continuous improvement in performance. It entered the US charts for the first time in 2022, and was among the fastest-rising names in 2023 as well.
  5. Kaiden
    • Origin:

      Spelling variation of Kaden, modern invented name
    • Description:

      This version of Kaden is also a popular choice and one of the many boys' names starting with k that can also start with a C, as in Caiden, Cayden et al.. Kaiden Alenko is a character in the video game Mass Effect.
  6. Kawhi
    • Origin:

      Invented name; spelling variation of Kauai
    • Description:

      Many baby boys have been named after LA Clippers' basketball player Kawhi Leonard since his 2013 debut. Leonard says his father invented the name because he wanted something that sounded Hawaiian. Kawhi sounds like Kauai, the name of one of the Hawaiian islands.
  7. Jayce
    • Origin:

      Modern invented name
    • Description:

      Jayce, which probably started out as an abbreviation of names like Jason, with the 'y' borrowed from Jayden, now has a life of its own, making a strong showing on the popularity lists.
  8. Maxton
    • Origin:

      English surname
    • Meaning:

      "greatest"
    • Description:

      Maxton is a new member of the ever-expanding Max clan of baby names, hitting the US Top 1000 for the first time in 2011. It joins newfangled Maxon and stylish cousin Paxton. Still, we prefer the more classic Maxwell, Maxfield, Maximus, or just plain Max.
  9. Kaisen
    • Origin:

      Variation of Kaison
    • Description:

      Kai is the it syllable of the moment, spawning this Kai - Jason hybrid. Kaisen made the Top 1000 for the first time in 2022, along with similar name Kaizen.
  10. Kamari
    • Origin:

      Variation of Kamaria, Swahili
    • Meaning:

      "moonlight"
    • Description:

      A melodic name that's taking off in the African-American community, along with sound-alikes such as Amari, Jamari, and Damari.
  11. Cru
    • Origin:

      Spelling variation of Crew or short form of Cruz or Crusoe
    • Description:

      The short, clipped Cru is one of those modern names that's starting to find favor -- it was given to nearly 50 boys last year, while Crew has vaulted onto the Top 1000. One inspiration is undoubtedly the Spanish name Cruz, which came to wider attention via the third son of Victoria and David Beckham. Cru has a handsome sound and a modern feel.
  12. Moby
    • Origin:

      Literary and nickname name
    • Description:

      Moby, the nickname of musician Richard Melville Hall, was thanks to his ancestor Herman Melville, creator of the infamous whale. You can imagine calling a child Moby as a cute nickname in honor of a grandfatherly Richard or Dick, but the ghost of a Dick would always follow the name around. In Melville's classic book, Moby was an invented word whose meaning has never been firmly established, though the best scholarship calls it a fictional place name that, in the custom of whaling ships of the time, helped identify the whale called Dick.
  13. Kale
    • Origin:

      Modern invented name
    • Description:

      Whether you think of it as Cale with a K, or a pet form of Kalen or Kaleb, this is just the kind of short, synthetic name finding a lot of favor now, but remember -- it's also the name of a vegetable.
  14. Braden
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "wide valley"
    • Description:

      One of the trendiest of the new two-syllable boys’ names that have swept the country in the past few years, including the rhyming Aidan, Caden, Kaden, and Jaden. It's been falling on the US Top 1000 lately but it is still among the most popular contemporary English names for boys..
  15. Sonder
    • Origin:

      Invented name
    • Meaning:

      "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own"
    • Description:

      A neologism coined for the 2012 Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, which aims to come up with new terms for emotions that currently lack words
  16. Axl
    • Origin:

      Variation of Axel, Scandinavian version of Absalom
    • Meaning:

      "father of peace"
    • Description:

      Guns 'n' Roses musician Axl (born William) Rose created this name by dropping a vowel, a la Barbra Streisand. The traditional Axel is more popular, though celebrity parents Fergie and Josh Duhamel deliberately chose the Axl spelling to honor her rock hero.
  17. Jaylen
    • Origin:

      Modern invented name
    • Description:

      More popular than the Jalen spelling. Like other names with many variants, when you count up all the alternatives, the name is much more popular than it first appears.
  18. Cason
    • Origin:

      Modern invented name
    • Description:

      Cason's entire raison d'etre: It's a rhyming variation on the popular Jason, Mason and Brayson. Casen, Kasen and Kason also have crept into the Top 1000 in recent years.
  19. Daxton
    • Origin:

      Modern invented name
    • Description:

      More and more parents are turning to this name as a route to the cool nickname Dax.
  20. Kyan
    • Origin:

      Modern invented name
    • Description:

      Kyan is a quintessential twenty-first-century name, a twist on the twentieth-century standard Ryan. Kyan is used by the grooming guru on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Kyan Douglas (born Eddie), and increasing numbers of parents.