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Names That Mean Handsome

Names That Mean Handsome
Baby names that mean handsome can help your little boy's self-image. A number of names imply good looks, from Kenneth and Keefe to Bello and Beau. Names for good-looking babies come from many cultures, including Japan, Ireland, and Hawaii.

Along with Kenneth and Beau, other names that mean handsome in the US Top 1000 include Adonis, Alan, Bellamy, Jamal, Kevin, and Memphis. A number of surname-names have handsome meanings, such as Keeley, Cavanaugh, Beaumont, and Beal.

Any of the handsome names on this list would be appropriate for your beautiful baby boy. Look here for our entire collection of names that mean handsome.

Names That Mean Handsome

BeauHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "handsome"
  • Description:

    Beau suggests someone devilishly handsome, with a large measure of southern charm—a nice image to bestow on your boy. Often solely a nickname in the past, it's now standing firmly on its own. Beau has been on the Social Security list non-stop since 1969.

AdonisHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, from Semitic Adonai
  • Meaning:

    "lord"
  • Description:

    The name of a figure from Greek mythology, Adonis is a high-pressure name often synonymous with masculine beauty. Nonetheless, many mythological names that would have previously been deemed off limits have made their way up the popularity charts—for instance, Penelope currently ranks highly for girls. And indeed, Adonis was one of the fastest-rising boys' names of 2016, moving up 307 spots on the U.S. popularity chart in just one year.

KennethHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish and Irish
  • Meaning:

    "born of fire, handsome"
  • Description:

    Kenneth may have lost much of its luster now, but Kenneth has had its moments of glory. The first king of Scotland was Kenneth, and Sir Kenneth, a Christian crusader, was the hero of the Sir Walter Scott novel The Talisman.

BellamyHeart

  • Origin:

    English and Irish from French
  • Meaning:

    "fine friend"
  • Description:

    Bellamy is a surname name with an admirable meaning and upbeat rhythm, similar to jovial choices like Rafferty, Barnaby and Willoughby.

KevinHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "handsome"
  • Description:

    Kevin was derived from the name Caoimhín, which originated from the Irish elements coém, meaning “handsome,” and gein, “birth.” The feminine name Caiomhe, anglicized as Keeva, comes from the same origins. Kevin was first popularized by the seventh century Saint Kevin, who founded a scholastic monastery near Dublin and was rewarded by being made one of that city's patron saints.

AlanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "handsome, cheerful"
  • Description:

    In its three most popular spellings -- Alan along with Allen and Allan -- this midcentury favorite has tended to skew older. It was a Top 100 name from 1938 to 1971, peaking at Number 40 in 1951. Alan has had leading roles on recent TV, in shows like Two and a Half Men, 24 and Boston Legal.

MemphisHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek and Coptic place-name
  • Meaning:

    "Enduring and beautiful"
  • Description:

    A place name with so much history, from Ancient Egypt, where so many pyramids were built, to the US blues southern city. The name also has a great meaning. Although it's being given to babies of both genders, Memphis (unlike most place names) is much more common for boys than girls.

AllenHeart

  • Origin:

    Celtic
  • Meaning:

    "handsome, cheerful"
  • Description:

    Allen is the spelling of this name -- other common spellings are Alan and Allan -- most associated with the surname; it might also be the most appropriate if you're trying to steer clear of Al as a nickname, as this can easily offer you Len or Lenny as options.

BeauregardHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful gaze"
  • Description:

    In the past this was seen as a jokey Southern colonel name, but we have heard of some parents considering it as a path to the likeable Beau.

CalixtoHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful"
  • Description:

    Calixto is known in Spain as the name of three popes, one of whom was the martyr, Callixtus I, regarded as a saint. Calixto has a lot of energy and futuristic spirit, thanks in part to the attention-grabbing 'x.' He is the main character in the Spanish classic, Fernando de Rojas's Tragicomedy of Calixto and Melibea.

ZuriHeart

  • Origin:

    Kiswahili
  • Meaning:

    "good, beautiful"
  • Description:

    Singular, strong, and rare outside East Africa.

FaronHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "handsome servant"
  • Description:

    Faron, a soft and gentle name, has a diverse group of references. There was the medieval Saint Faron, Bishop of Meaux (who has given his name to a cheese); Faron Young, a colorful midcentury country singer known as The Hillbilly Heartthrob, and a character from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

AraHeart

  • Origin:

    Armenian
  • Meaning:

    "king"
  • Description:

    Ara is a unique boys' name that one of the most melodious in the Armenian name pool, familiarized by Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian. In Armenian mythology, Ara was a king so handsome that a rival queen went to war in order to make him her own. The name Ara is also known in the Arabic and Hebrew cultures.

IrvinHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "handsome, fair of face"
  • Description:

    Irvin is an Old Man name that has an uncertain future. Losing the final g in Irving makes the name slightly less dated -- but just slightly. There's something about the 'erv' sound that makes Irvin and brothers feel unappealing.

ShaquilleHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "well developed, handsome"
  • Description:

    No longer a one-person name, as a number of parents have been inspired by basketball great Shaquille O'Neal to adopt it for their own future athletes.

BeaumontHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful mountain"
  • Description:

    Beau is now in now in the Top 200 boys' names, and this is a more elaborate way to get there. Comic power couple Jordan Peele and Chelsea Peretti named their first son Beaumont Gino in July 2017. Monty is another possible nickname. As French baby names go, this one might provide the perfect balance of effete and approachable.

JamalHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "beauty"
  • Description:

    Jamal is an Arabic boys’ name meaning "beauty." Jamal and its variants are popular in the Muslim community, although Jamal’s popularity within the US has decreased in recent years.

BelvedereHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful view"
  • Description:

    Derived from Italian bello "beautiful" and vedere "view", Belvedere is a dramatic name that was used for a cartoon hound dog in George Webster Crenshaw's comic strip by the same name, which ran from 1962 to 1995.

HassanHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "handsome"
  • Description:

    Hassan is among the more familiar Arabic choices, and also one with an attractive meaning. It has appeared in the US Top 1000 every year since 1971.

AmareHeart

  • Origin:

    African
  • Meaning:

    "handsome"
  • Description:

    Originating in Ethiopia, this warm-feeling name is now associated with Phoenix Suns basketball player Amare Stoudemire. It has ranked in the US Top 1000 since 2005.

KeefeHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "handsome and noble"
  • Description:

    Keefe is an energetic Irish surname occasionally used as a first. Only caveat: Will people think your little Keefe is a Keith with enunciation problems?

EderHeart

  • Origin:

    Basque
  • Meaning:

    "handsome"
  • Description:

    This is one Basque name that is very transferable to the American context - and it has a great meaning, too. The feminine version is Eider or Ederne.

VadimHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian
  • Meaning:

    "attractive"
  • Description:

    Shorter, more palatable form of Vladimir, best known as the surname of French director Roger.

RupinHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "handsome"
  • Description:

    Rupin is one of those names that is virtually unknown in the Western world and yet is easily translated because it feels so familiar -- parts Rupert, Robin, and Reuben. A handsome choice.

CavanaughHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "born handsome or son of Caomhan "
  • Description:

    Pleasant Irish last name that could be a more masculine alternative to the overused Cassidy. Early kings of Leinster bore the name, which relates to the first name Caomhan or Kevin and can also be spelled Kavanagh, Cavanagh, Cavenagh, and Kavanaugh.

AoibheannHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful sheen"
  • Description:

    Pronounced like the word "even," this was a common name among the ancient royal families of Ireland, and has now become popular again.

NoheaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "handsome"
  • Description:

    Any name that means handsome has something going for it, though this would cause some head-scratching.

UsainHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic, possible variation of Hussein
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful"
  • Description:

    There will probably be lots of little namesakes after the fastest man in the world, Jamaican Olympic runner Usain Bolt--middle name St. Leo.

JamilHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful, handsome"
  • Description:

    Peaked in the 1990s.

KeeleyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "slender"
  • Description:

    One of the more feminine Irish surnames.

KazumiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful peace"
  • Description:

    Kazumi can be used both as a masculine and feminine name. It is related to names like Kazuko, Kazuo and Kazuki.

BealHeart

  • Origin:

    English from French
  • Meaning:

    "fair, handsome"
  • Description:

    Could be a possible and more modern, namesake for Uncle Neal.

BeauchampHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "the beautiful field"
  • Description:

    Pronounced Beecham, but still too fancy and fey. Likewise Beaufort (beautiful fort), Beaufoy (beautiful beech tree), and Beaumont (beautiful mountain).

ThanushHeart

  • Origin:

    Indian, Hindi, Telugu
  • Meaning:

    "good, beautiful"
  • Description:

    A soft and strong Indian name with a great meaning.

BelloHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "handsome, beautiful"
  • Description:

    Bello is as handsome as Bella is beautiful, but rarely heard outside the Italian community. With its energetic 'o' ending, it could be ripe for export.

BelcherHeart

  • Origin:

    English from French
  • Meaning:

    "pretty face"
  • Description:

    Try telling the kids it really means "pretty face" and not "burper".

IorwerthHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "handsome lord"
  • Description:

    Archaic Welsh name, scarcely heard today. Often referred to as the Welsh variation of Edward, although the two names are not related.

FlairHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "style, panache"

WasimHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "handsome"
  • Description:

    As handsome as its meaning suggests. Variant spelling Wassim is a Top 100 name in France.

YağizHeart

  • Origin:

    Turkish
  • Meaning:

    "brown; handsome"
  • Description:

    Yağız, written with the dotless I, first broke into Turkey's Top 100 in 2008, and now is among the Top 50 boy names.