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Video Game Names for Boys

Video Game Names for Boys
Movie- and TV-character names may seem both inspired and inspirational to parents at the beginning of the twenty-first century, but what of the next generation of parents-to-be, those raised not on movies and television but on video games? Their idea of a cool name is sure to be way wilder than that of parents today. Some of these video game character names, such as Duke and Jax, are more name-worthy than others—can you imagine a baby boy named Kazooie?

Along with Duke and Jax, other video game names for boys in the US Top 1000 include Dante, Fox, Kane, Maximo, Niko, Phoenix, Raiden, and Trevor. Other names from video games worthy of using on your child include Alistair, Ezio, Ridley, and Wolf.

These names from popular video games will give you an idea of the kind of choices that could inspire the names of your grandchildren. Naming a daughter? Check out our list of video game names for girls.
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PhoenixHeart

  • Origin:

    Arizona place-name and Greek
  • Meaning:

    "dark red"
  • Description:

    Phoenix rolls a lot of cool trends into one: it's a place-name and a bird name, it ends in the oh-so-hip letter x, and as the mythic bird that rose from the ashes, it's a symbol of immortality. It's also got celebrity chops, via the acting family that includes Joaquin and the late River, and as the child of an ex-Spice Girl.

AlistairHeart

  • Origin:

    English spelling of Alasdair, Scottish version of Alexander
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    With many British names invading the Yankee name pool, the sophisticated Alistair could and should be part of the next wave. It debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2016. You have a triple choice with this name--the British spell it Alistair or Alastair, while the Scots prefer Alasdair--but they're all suave Gaelic versions of Alexander. Adopted by the lowland Scots by the seventeenth century, the name didn't become popular outside Scotland and Ireland until the twentieth century.

KaneHeart

  • Origin:

    Celtic
  • Meaning:

    "warrior"
  • Description:

    A name of multiple identities: a somewhat soap-operatic single-syllable surname, a homonym for the biblical bad boy Cain, and, when found in Japan and Hawaii, it transforms into the two syllable KA-neh. Kane also has multiple meanings: in Welsh, it's "beautiful"; in Japanese, "golden"; and in Hawaiian, "man of the Eastern sky."

AshHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Asher, English
  • Meaning:

    "ash tree"
  • 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.

DanteHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin diminutive of Durant
  • Meaning:

    "enduring"
  • Description:

    Though closely associated with the great medieval Florentine poet Dante Alighieri -- who's so famous most people skip the last name -- it's not as much of a one-man name as you might think. Heck, it's not even a one-poet name, thanks to British pre-Rapahaelite Dante Gabriel Rosetti. Though especially well used in the Italian-American community, it would make a striking name for any little boy.
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FoxHeart

  • Origin:

    Animal name
  • Description:

    Fox is one animal name backed by a longish tradition, and then popularized via the lead character Fox Mulder on X Files. Fox is simple, sleek, and a little bit wild, and could make an interesting middle name.

RufusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "red-head"
  • Description:

    Rufus is a rumpled, redheaded (it was the nickname for red-haired King William) ancient Roman name popular with saints and singers (e.g. Rufus Wainwright); now, Rufus is on the cutting edge of cool.

JaxHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Jax is the Dex-Jex-Pax type of x-ending cool -- possibly too cool -- variation of Jack or nickname for Jaxon or Jackson.

NeoHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin or Tswana
  • Meaning:

    "new or gift"
  • Description:

    This nouveau name of Keanu Reeves's character in The Matrix has not enjoyed the same burst of popularity as its female counterpart, Trinity, but it definitely sounds, well, newer. Neo Rauch is an interesting contemporary German artist.

WolfHeart

  • Origin:

    Animal name or diminutive of Wolfgang
  • Meaning:

    "traveling wolf"
  • Description:

    Wolf is a name with a split personality. It can be seen as one of the fierce animal names, like Fox and Bear and Puma, with a touch of the werewolf, or it can be viewed as a quieter, Wolf Blitzer kind of name, fairly common in German (where is pronounced Vulf) and Jewish families, sometimes as a short form of Wolfgang.
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NeroHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "stern"
  • Description:

    The association with the infamous Nero, the fiddling Roman emperor, would be unavoidable. But there was also the detective Nero Wolfe, hero of many mystery stories.

NikoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Nichoals; diminutive of Nikolaos, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "victory of the people"
  • Description:

    Slightly more exotic spelling of Nico.

RaidenHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "thunder and lightning"
  • Description:

    The name of the Japanese god of thunder makes an assertive choice, very much at home in the Western world. Because of the name's similarity to popular baby names Aiden and Jayden, most people will pronounce it RAY-den, but it's more properly RYE-den.

HiroHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "broad, widespread"
  • Description:

    Hiro is an apt name for a hero of the show Heroes -- and for our times. Widely used in Japan, sometimes also for girls. Hiroshi is a long form.
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TrevorHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "from the large village"
  • Description:

    Trevor, a British standard, took a long time to cross the Atlantic, but finally began its rise here in the 1980s. It is now a thoroughly naturalized citizen, though it still retains a touch of Anglo class.

GokuHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "aware of emptiness"
  • Description:

    Goku is the name of the protagonist of the popular "Dragon Ball" manga series, which was turned into a live action film. The character of Goku is reportedly based on Sun Wukong, the hero of the Chinese legend Journey to the West.

EzioHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "eagle"
  • Description:

    An operatic Italian option via South Pacific star Pinza, one of several Italian names currently hot in France.

JagoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Cornish variation of Jacob
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

    Jago is a dashing alternative to overused favorite Jacob.

ValentineHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "strength, health"
  • Description:

    Valentine is an attractive Shakespearean name with romantic associations, but those very ties to the saint and the sentimental holiday have sent it into a decline, one which we think may be about to turn around.
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CloudHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name
  • Description:

    Like Sky and Sunshine, this fluffy name from the hippie 1970s has floated back onto the naming radar.

LinkHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name or diminutive of Lincoln
  • Description:

    Groovy Mod Squad name that still sounds retro cool.

YoshiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "good, respectful"
  • Description:

    A classic Japanese name known to kids around the world as a Nintendo video-game character.

IkeHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Isaac
  • Description:

    Ike, once the quirky one-person nickname of President Dwight Eisenhower, has morphed into a cool kid nickname of the early 21st century. The rise of Isaac and the stylishness of short down-to-earth nicknames like Max and Gus means that many parents like Ike once again. In the Top 200 (!) at the end of the 19th century, Ike fell off the Social Security Top 1000 by the end of Eisenhower's presidency in the late 1950s but may rise again -- though our guess is that more modern parents will put Isaac or Isaiah on the birth certificate.

DukeHeart

  • Origin:

    English rank of nobility
  • Description:

    While John Wayne and Duke Ellington are worthy role models, the reason Duke is currently enjoying a revival and returned to the Top 1000 in 2013 as one of the year's fastest-rising boys’ names is more likely due to the name given to high-profile TV couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic. Christened Edward Duke, he has always been called by his middle name, just as Edward Duke Ellington was. Duke is just one of several aristocratic titles being increasingly used by ordinary citizens.
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AkumaHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "devil, demon"
  • Description:

    Nice baby name with a bad meaning.

CrashHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Crash is a particularly calamitous entry in the badass boys' name category, taking Wilder and Maverick one -- or maybe a dozen -- steps further. But we can think of at least a dozen reasons you shouldn't name your baby Crash.

BanjoHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    When actress Rachel Griffiths chose this highly unusual name for her son, many assumed it was a bizarre invention. But a noted Australian poet (Griffiths is an Aussie) is known by this name.

RidleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "cleared wood"
  • Description:

    Director Ridley Scott made this one known, but few parents would get beyond the negative first syllable.

MaximoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Maximus
  • Description:

    With the ubiquitous Max heard at every playground across the country, international versions have been gaining traction in an attempt to provide a fresh avenue to the highly sought nickname. This Spanish iteration has been in the US Top 1000 for most of the 21st century. This is one of many Spanish baby names with international power.
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HanzoHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Description:

    Heard most frequently in 18th century Japan, Hanzo is a rarity in modern culture. Hattori Hanzo was a legendary samurai of the Sengoku Era. A modern day namesake might be Hanzo Shimada, from the video game Overwatch. Hanzo is one of many unique baby names from Asia and from the gaming world.

IoriHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese, Welsh
  • Description:

    In Welsh, a diminutive of Iorwerth. As a Japanese name, Iori stands alone.

LuigiHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian vernacular form of Louis
  • Meaning:

    "renowned warrior"
  • Description:

    Italian classic Luigi, though it lacks the modern style of Nico, Enzo, and Rocco, does have some notable namesakes, such as Nobel Prize winning author Luigi Pirandello and composer Cherubini..

RadHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "advisor"
  • Description:

    What child wouldn't like a name that was a synonym for cool?
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FalcoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "falcon"
  • Description:

    Italian surname most Americans will associate with actress Edie Falco, of Sopranos fame.

ArcHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Description:

    Refers, in literal terms, to a curved line -- as in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famed "arc of justice." Could also be used as a reference to Joan of Arc -- Arc being, there, derived from her father's name, rather than a place -- or, conceivably, to Noah's Ark.
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ZellHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Two Zells of note: conservative southern senator Zell Miller, and video-game character Zell, a hero of "Final Fantasy."

ZidanHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "growth and progress"
  • Description:

    A Quranic name -- sometimes spelled Zidane -- that's also familiar as a surname, especially of French soccer star Zinedine Zidane.
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OroHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "gold"
  • Description:

    Rare, with a gleaming, golden image.

KirbyHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse
  • Meaning:

    "church settlement"
  • Description:

    Attractive British place-name with a sense of humor. Fun fact: John Wayne played five characters with the first or second name of Kirby.

DaxterHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Daxter feels like a blend between Dexter and Baxter. If you like it better than either of those, then go for it.

GoroHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese; variation of Gorou
  • Meaning:

    "fifth son"
  • Description:

    Variation of Gorou.
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