Five Syllable Boy Names
Five syllable boy names are long and lyrical, perfect for pairing with shorter surnames or for giving plenty of options for nicknames as your child moves through life.
The most popular five syllable names for boys in the US right now are Emiliano, which ranks in the Top 200 boy names, and Maximilian, which makes the Top 500 boy names in the US and the Top 100 in several European countries, including Austria, Germany and Switzerland. It also ranks just outside of the Top 150 in England and Wales, making it a distinguished choice with a distinctly British flair. Uncommon and unique five syllable boys' names we recommend include intriguing international gems like Bartolomeo and Michelangelo, as well as ancient and mythological monikers like Aristophanes and Ozymandias. If you're looking for a longer baby boy name to balance out a short surname – or even if you just love long, majestic names for boys – then this is the list for you! Browse all of our favorite five syllable boy names below.
Description:This name once seemed a bit grand and pompous for an American baby boy, but a significant number of parents are now preferring it as a substantial platform for the nickname Max, among them Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, who chose it for their twin son.
Origin:Greek mythology name
Meaning:"god of Nysa"
Description:Dionysius derives from Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, revelry and fertility. This Romanized spelling has been used for poets, soldiers, and saints throughout the centuries, but is hardly ever seen today.
Origin:Italian and Spanish variation of Emil
Description:Emiliano and Emilio are the appealing Latinate version of Emil. Emiliano Zapata Salazar was a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, who helped establish modern Mexico.
Origin:Greek variant of Ramesses
Description:Percy Bysshe Shelley got the name for one of his most famous poems -- a sonnet about the insignificance of man's labors in the vastness of time -- from the Greek name for Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II. Ozymandias has seldom been used as a first name for baby boys, and it's not hard to see why. Five ponderous syllables are a lot to bear.
Description:Italian variation of Aurelius.
Origin:German variation of Jerome
Description:This cognate of Jerome (of all things), familiar via the Dutch painter of fantastical scenes, H. Bosch, would appeal only to the most audacious, intrepid, attention-seeking baby namer. It is, however, still used in Germany, especially in Catholic Bavaria and in the north German Rhineland.
Origin:Combination of Michael and Angelo
Description:The ultimate artist's name would make an unforgettable impression. It's the first name of famed Italian director Antonioni.
Origin:Italian variation of Emmanuel, Hebrew
Meaning:"God is with us"
Description:A fresh, Italianized take on the Hebrew classic Emmanuel. But beware of the similarities to the feminine name Emmanuelle.
Meaning:"king over warriors"
Description:An ancient Gaulish king with a cumbersome name and history. Vercingetorix was the leader of the Arverni tribe, who united the Gauls in a revolt against Roman forces during Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars. He was ultimately defeated, brought to Rome, and executed.
Description:Desiderio was the full name of the Cuban bandleader who famously Loved Lucy. There was also a Saint Desiderio. Major attraction: the great nickname Desi.
Origin:Nahuatl, Native American
Description:The creator god of the sky, wind, and knowledge in Aztec mythology, also associated with the morning star. In Mesoamerican myth Quetzalcoatl is also a mythical hero from whom almost all Mesoamerican peoples claim descent.
Description:A weighty Greek name borne by several early saints and patriarchs of Alexandria.
Meaning:"of perfect appearance"
Description:A dramatic name which – fittingly – belonged to an Ancient Greek playwright, known as the father of comedy.
Origin:Greek, Italian and Spanish
Description:This dramatic Italian and Spanish variant of the Greek name Anastasius (masculine form of Anastasia) feels lighter and livelier than its five syllables would suggest.
Description:A more elaborate spin on the handsome Italian name Ottavio, from Latin Octavius.