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Mineral & Metal Baby Names for Boys

Mineral & Metal Baby Names for Boys
Mineral and metal baby boy names are hard-edged choices that impart a new brand of masculinity. They’re the complement to gemstone names, a trendy category among girl names. Gem names are heating up for boys as well, with Jasper and Onyx on the rise.

Along with Jasper and Onyx, other mineral and metal names for boys in the US Top 1000 include Callan, Clay, Dustin, Emery, Harlan, Peter, Sekani, and Stone. Unique mineral and metal names with clear ties to the elements include Carnelian, Cobalt, Malachite, and Quartz.

Names connected to jewels, gems, metals, and minerals have a modern sensibility and are down-to-earth — literally. Browse our entire selection of mineral and metal names for boys below.

JasperHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "bringer of treasure"
  • Description:

    Jasper originated as a variation of the Latin Gaspar, which ultimately derived from the Persian word ganzabara, meaning "bringer of treasure." As a given name, Jasper’s etymology is unrelated to that of the gemstone, which comes from a Semitic word meaning "speckled stone." Jasper is the usual English form for one of the Three Wise Men who brought gifts to the infant Christ according to medieval tradition and appears in the Bible as a reference to the stone itself in Revelations 4:3.

AureliusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "the golden one"
  • Description:

    Since Aurelius was given the supermodel seal of approval by Elle Macpherson, this is one of the Roman emperor names, like Augustus, now in the realm of possibility. Like the female Aurelia and Aurora, Aurelius has a particularly warm golden aura.

PeterHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "rock"
  • Description:

    Peter is derived from the Greek Petros, meaning “rock” or “stone.” One of the most important figures in the Christian hagiography is Saint Peter, keeper of the Gates of Heaven. Born Simon bar Jonah, he was given the nickname Peter by Jesus, to signify that he would be the rock on which Christ would build Christianity. Centuries later, there was Peter the Great, the czar who developed Russia as a major European power.

OnyxHeart

  • Origin:

    Gem name
  • Description:

    Unlike Pearl and Ruby, this is one gem name suited for boys, the final x making it sound strong and virile. Musician Iggy Azalea chose the name Onyx for her son.

ClayHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name; diminutive of Clayton
  • Description:

    Clay is a rich, earthy one-syllable name with a southern-inflected handsome-rogue image, featured on soap operas and reality TV. Its longer forms are Clayton and Clayborne.

FlintHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "born near outcrop of flint"
  • Description:

    Flint is one of the new macho names on the rise today, part old-school tough guy, part rebel. You won't find a tougher, steelier-sounding name; it's part of a genre on the rise along with cousins Slate, Stone and Steel.

StoneHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Though some may find such names rather harsh and severe, increasing numbers of parents are gravitating toward this kind of flinty, steely, stony single-syllable name.

AurelioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Aurelius
  • Meaning:

    "the golden one"
  • Description:

    Aurelio is an energetic Italian name rarely heard here, with an attractive aura. As the female version Aurelia gains greater notice, we expect to hear more from Aurelio too.

EmeryHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "industrious"
  • Description:

    Emery is one of the newly popular Em- names that has great potential, though right now for girls more than boys: it received a boost in 2009, a year after Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn used it for one of their daughters. Emery ranks on the Top 1000 for both boys and girls, but all the way up in the Top 100 for girls and down in the 700s for boys. Many related names are also trending for baby boys, from Emerson to Emrys to Amory to Emmett.

CallanHeart

  • Origin:

    Gaelic
  • Meaning:

    "descendent of Cathalan"
  • Description:

    An Anglicized form of the Irish surname Ó Cathaláin. It's a highly popular name in Scotland.

MercuryHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "Roman messenger god"
  • Description:

    Adventurous parents are starting to look back to names of ancient gods like Mercury, Zeus, and Apollo. This one is also a planet and a metallic element, and has a friendly nickname, Merc. The Roman god Mercury, which derives from the Latin words for trade or wages, is the patron of tradesmen and travelers and the fastest-moving planet in the solar system. Mercury is the planet associated with the sign of Virgo, so this is one of the prime names for Virgo babies.

JetHeart

  • Origin:

    Mineral and word name
  • Description:

    This super-charged variation of Jett is on the rise -- along with the unlikely newcomer Jetson.

EbenezerHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "stone of help"
  • Description:

    Ebenezer is the name of a biblical place --the stone set up by Samuel to mark his victory over the Philistines--rather than a person. It was adopted by the British Puritans as a first name and then exported to America, where it had some early popularity, even entering the Top 1000 in the 1880s.

FerrisHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "rock"
  • Description:

    Though the cinematic Ferris Bueller was twenty years ago, the time for this name may be now.

HarlowHeart

  • Origin:

    Engligh surname
  • Meaning:

    "rock hill or army hill"
  • Description:

    A glamorous surname name most famously borne by 1930s icon Jean Harlow (born Harlean Carpenter), Harlow is also the name of a town in the English county of Essex. Outside of the UK, Harlow would fit right in with contemporaries Arlo and Marlow(e).

HalstonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "hallowed stone"
  • Description:

    This choice feels more familiar than other hall-related English surnames, thanks to designer Halston, the single-named disco-era society playmate of Liza and Elton.

DustinHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse
  • Meaning:

    "brave warrior, or Thor's stone"
  • Description:

    Dustin's popularity in recent years has probably had more due to its similarity to Justin than to idolization of Dustin Hoffman -- himself named after silent screen cowboy star Dustin Farnum -- who certainly was the one to put it on the name map. In recent years, golfer Dustin Johnson has brought fresh renown to the name. Dustin is a character in Netflix hit Stranger Things. After decades in the spotlight, Dustin feels like a classic rather than an upstart. It peaked in the Top 50s in the 1980s.

SilverHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Description:

    This shimmery Age of Aquarius unisex flower child name is making a comeback, along with metal and gem names like Steel, Jade, and Ruby.

CraigHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "from the rocks"
  • Description:

    Craig is a single-syllable baby-boomer name, still common in its native Scotland, but most modern Americans would prefer something like Kyle.

ZurielHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God is my rock"
  • Description:

    Biblical name from the Old Testament.

HarlanHeart

  • Origin:

    German and English
  • Meaning:

    "rocky land"
  • Description:

    Pleasant but uninspired surname name somewhat connected to writers Ellison and Coben. After three decades off the US Top 1000, it reentered in 2013, maybe because it's an unusual example of the trendy class of two-syllable n-ending boys’ names. Kevin Harlan is an NFL, NBA, and college basketball announcer for TV and radio.

EbenHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew, diminutive of Ebenezer
  • Meaning:

    "stone of help"
  • Description:

    Though most parents would shy away from Ebenezer, short form Eben is affable and creative and perfectly able to stand alone; nothing Scroogish about it. This also makes a fresh new spin on the very popular Ethan or Evan.

SmithHeart

  • Origin:

    English occupational name
  • Meaning:

    "blacksmith"
  • Description:

    Even if it is the Number one surname in the U.S.--with more than 2.5 million bearers--we still think that Smith would make a cool first or middle name, whether or not it has family history.

SteelHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Hard and shiny, Steel projects an image that's smooth, macho...and cold to the touch.

PiersHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "rock"
  • Description:

    Piers was the first version of Peter to reach the English-speaking world, via the Normans, but it's never made it in the US, despite its large measure of understated panache. This might change due to the high visibility of TV personality and former news editor Piers Morgan.

SlateHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    One of the more unusual of the current crop of strong, single-syllable boys' names, evoking the images of both old-fashioned blackboards and modern stepping-stones and countertops.

CashelHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "castle, stone fort"
  • Description:

    Cashel is one of the many appealing Irish names that have not yet emigrated to the US. Cashel was chosen by actor Daniel Day-Lewis and his writer-director wife Rebecca Miller for their son.

SlaterHeart

  • Origin:

    English occupational name
  • Meaning:

    "maker of slates"
  • Description:

    Slater has a more genial, friendly feel than most trade names. Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance used it for one of their twins.

CephasHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic
  • Meaning:

    "rock"
  • Description:

    The apostle Simon was called Cephas by Jesus because he was to be the rock upon which the Christian church was to be built. In most versions of the New Testament, Cephas is translated into Petros in Greek, Peter in English.

RockwellHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "rock spring"
  • Description:

    This would be an intriguing choice for an illustrator's child, thanks to Norman Rockwell and Rockwell Kent.

AxtonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "sword stone"
  • Description:

    Macho to the max. But with the rise of x as a fashionable letter anywhere it appears in a name, ala Jaxson or Maxon, we may be hearing more of Axton.

CobaltHeart

  • Origin:

    Color and nature name
  • Description:

    Even among the range of blue names on the current baby naming palette -- Blue itself, Azure, Cerulean, Teal, Aqua, Cyan, Indigo -- Cobalt remains the most unusual, not to mention the most masculine.

SekaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Sekani, Tumbuka
  • Meaning:

    "people on the rocks; laugh"
  • Description:

    Sekani was the fastest-rising boy name of 2019, inspired by the character Sekani Carter in the 2018 movie The Hate U Give.

GarnetHeart

  • Origin:

    Jewel name, for the French
  • Meaning:

    "pomegranate"
  • Description:

    One of the jewel names in use a hundred years ago, for both boys and girls, due for revival along with sisters Ruby and Pearl. But interestingly, Garnet means pomegranate, the fruit who shares a deep red color with the jewel.

CaledonHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish place-name from Caledonia
  • Meaning:

    "hard or rocky land"
  • Description:

    Caledon, the name of the arrogant Billy Zane character in "Titanic," is an Irish place-name related to Caledonia, the Latin word for Scotland thought to be derived from the ancient Celtic word for "hard." Cal is a wonderful nickname, and Caledon an inventive way to get there.

TolliverHeart

  • Origin:

    English occupational name
  • Meaning:

    "metalworker"
  • Description:

    If you're tired of Oliver, you might consider this energetic three-syllable surname instead, so you could have a little Tolly instead of an Ollie.

QuartzHeart

  • Origin:

    Mineral name
  • Description:

    This may be a bit quirky to make it as a name, especially in first place. If you love it, you might try it in the middle.

MalachiteHeart

  • Origin:

    Gemstone name
  • Description:

    There aren't many gemstone names that are firmly masculine but Malachite is one of these. The gemstone is a rich green colour and is often used for decorative sculptures. The name is thought to derive from the name of the Mallow plant, the leaves of which resemble the patterns on the gemstone. The name is also similar to the Hebrew name Malachi.

WystanHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "battle stone"
  • Description:

    Dignified first name of poet W. H. Auden, less exposed than his currently stylish surname.

SixtenHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse, stone of victory
  • Description:

    Nope - not a misspelling of Sexton or a number name... this old Norse name is actually a name denoting victory..

OrvilleHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "gold town"
  • Description:

    Only if you're an aviation buff or seriously addicted to popcorn.

OroHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "gold"
  • Description:

    Rare, with a gleaming, golden image.

MicaHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Michal
  • Description:

    Mica is not the same name -- though it sounds the same -- as Micah, but the h makes it feel more masculine.

AlabasterHeart

  • Origin:

    Mineral name
  • Description:

    Alabaster is a white stone that was often used to make sculptures. The name is thought to derive from an Egyptian term al-abaste, which refers to the Egyptian God Bast.

CairnHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "mound of rocks"
  • Description:

    In Scotland, a cairn is a heap of stones placed as a memorial or to support a beacon. This gives the name a rugged, timeless quality that is very appealing at present.

HyacinthHeart

  • Origin:

    English, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "blue larkspur; precious stone"
  • Description:

    Though it may not be as sweet and gentle as, say, Violet, the purple-hued Hyacinth still might hold some appeal for the parent seeking a truly unconventional flower name.

CarnelianHeart

  • Origin:

    Gemstone name
  • Description:

    Carnelian is an ochre-colored semi-precious gemstone, named after a type of cherry.

PazHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew or Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "gold; peace"
  • Description:

    Paz is an appealing Spanish name meaning "peace". It's usually feminine in Spanish, but could also make an interesting literary choice for a boy, honoring the writer Octavio Paz.

ZahaviHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "gold"
  • Description:

    A Middle Eastern name rarely heard here, but with a certain swashbuckling charm.
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