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Cute Baby Names for Boys

Cute baby names mix up the informal and the unexpected. They're names sometimes found on pets and comic strip characters, but most of them would wear well on a real boy, too. Formal name options can make these even more wearable for the long haul. For more information and many more names, check out our complete guide to cute names for boys and girls.

  • Ace

    No longer tied to the hapless Ace Ventura, this jaunty, high-flying nickname name is starting to take flight among celebrity and other parents, with its countless positive references to doing well... Read More 

  • Alfie

    Alfie is a Top 50 name throughout the British Isles, where retro nickname names are ultratrendy, but it hasn't really been picked up in the US yet.

    Thanks to some louche fictional... Read More 

  • Archie

    Archie made global news as the surprise first name of the newborn royal baby, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex aka Harry and Meghan. Archie has now officially transcended Archie Bunker and... Read More 

  • Ash

    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,... Read More 

  • Bear

    Bear has suddenly lumbered onto the baby name landscape. Perhaps inspired by British adventurer Bear Grylls (born Edward Michael), first celebrity chef Jamie Oliver used it as the middle name for... Read More 

  • Benjie

  • Benno

    Benno is a cool name in its own right -- there was a tenth century Saint Benno -- though it is also used as a lively nickname for Benjamin. Saint Benno of Meissen is the patron saint of anglers... Read More 

  • Bo

    A popular name in Denmark, in this country Bo has some cowboy swagger and a lot of substance in its minimal two letters.Read More 

  • Dash

    Dash is a nickname that can stand on its own and sounds, well, dashing. Connected these days with Kardashian enterprises.

    Dash can stand on its own—as is evidenced by its entry into the... Read More 

  • Flash

    Flash Gordon makes this a superhero name, but Flash might just appeal to modern parents looking for one of the new active boys' names, ala Ace and Breaker and Ranger. We'd recommend something... Read More 

  • Harry

    Harry is the medieval English form of Henry, which derived from the Germanic name Heimrich, meaning “estate ruler.” Harry was the nickname of all eight King Henrys; it is also a diminutive of... Read More 

  • Iggy

    Iggy is the quintessential pop star name, though it's the nickname Cate Blanchett uses for son IGNATIUS. Iggy does bring any grander-sounding name down to earth.Read More 

  • Ike

    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... Read More 

  • Izzy

    Multipurpose pet name serving Isidore, Isaac, Israel, and -- increasingly -- Isabel. Read More 

  • Jamie

    The cool form of James in the 1970s and '80s for both sexes. Still a more stylish short form than Jimmy, though many parents will want to call James by his entire, not-very-long name. ... Read More 

  • Jax

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

    Jax was a soap opera character name way back when; most recently... Read More 

  • Leo

    Leo was derived from the Latin leo, meaning “lion.” Thirteen popes have carried the name, including St. Leo the Great. In Germanic languages, Leo has historically been used as a nickname... Read More 

  • Louie

    Celebrated in song—the rock 'n' roll classic "Louie, Louie"—this is a gregarious, friendly spelling of Louis not often used as a full first name. It reentered the US Top 1000 in 2015. It's a... Read More 

  • Moe

    If Gus and Max have made it, why not Moe? Can it be the lingering Three Stooges effect? We think that Moe, like Joe, is one of the friendliest and most open of regular guy nickname names and... Read More 

  • Monty

    Monty, a name with a World War II feel, is rarely used on its own. But we're hearing rumblings of a comeback and think that Monty, whatever it's short for, is an adorable vintage nickname name of... Read More 

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