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Best Nature Names for Boys

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The best nature names for baby boys are drawn from a range of natural elements, from the sky to the sea, trees to animals.

Nature names are such a fascinating category for boys because it's been growing in so many different directions in recent years. Names like Bear, River, Ocean, and Oak, once relegated to the fringes, have become mainstream.

Parents like the evocative element of nature names. Many have, clear signifiers versus traditional names which may have ancient meanings like "spear battle" that don't resonate much in contemporary life.

On the other hand, some of the best nature names for baby boys have their nature element disguised in the meaning. Acacius, for instance, means thorn bush, while Lennox means elm grove.

This list spotlights the cream of the nature names for boys. For hundreds more options, check out our master list of Nature Names.

  • Acacius

    Acacius is a Latinized form of the Ancient Greek Akakios and can be interpreted to relate to the same root as the name Acacia, for the thorn bush, or Akakios which means "not evil." With the... Read More 

  • Ari

    This short form of Ariel (or any other Ari- beginning name, such as Aristotle) stands up better as a boys’ name than its progenitor does. It is also... Read More 

  • Arthur

    Arthur, once the shining head of the Knights of the Round Table, is, after decades of neglect, now being polished up and restored by some stylish parents, emerging as a top contender among 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 

  • Aspen

    As trendy as the chic Colorado ski resort and film festival, Aspen is fast becoming cooler for girls than for boys. Read More 

  • Barrett

    Pleasing sound and literary association with poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, though little girls may associate it with the word barrette. Read More 

  • Baz

    As Bas, it's a popular name in The Netherlands, but Baz, as in director Luhrmann, has potential for independent life too.

    Curiously, Australian-born Moulin Rouge director Luhrmann was... Read More 

  • Beach

    With the tide coming in on a new wave of word names, this one just might catch on, especially for parents who relish sun, sand, and surf. Forest lovers can spell it Beech, like the tree. 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 

  • Beckett

    Beckett is one of the big baby name hits of the decade.

    A handsome name with an attractively brisk sound, and rich in literary associations via major Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, it... Read More 

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