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Boy Names That Start With E

Boy Names That Start With E

Boy names that start with E are rising stars on the baby name charts, with Biblical stalwarts Ethan and Elijah among the most popular boy names.

Along with Ethan and Elijah, E names for boys ranking in the US Top 300 include Emmett, Everett, Elliot, Ezra, Enzo and Ezekiel.

Ellis is the most popular E name for boys in England, while Elias ranks highest in Sweden. Edoardo is the most popular E name for baby boys in Italy.

Unique boy names that start with E and that are on our recommended list include Edison, Edmund, and Eleazer. Boy names that start with Em are among the trendiest, following super-popular girl names like Emma and Emily.

Search through our entire roster of boy names that start with E here. You also might want to check out our lists of Girl Names That Start With EUnisex Names That Start With E, or our full list of Baby Names That Start With E.

EzraHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "help"
  • Description:

    Ezra is potentially an abbreviation for the Hebrew phrase Azaryahu, meaning “Yah helps.” In the Bible, Ezra led a group of fifteen hundred Israelites out of slavery in Babylon and back to Jerusalem. The Latin name Esdras derives from Ezra.

ElliotHeart

  • Origin:

    Anglicization of Elijah or Elias
  • Meaning:

    "Jehovah is God"
  • Description:

    Elliot (which boasts several spellings depending upon how many 'l's or 't's you want to use) is a winner -- it has the ideal quality of being neither too common nor weirdly unique. Elliot had a style boost back in the early 1980s via the young hero of the movie E.T. , who was named Elliot. Since then there have been Elliots on Law & Order: SVU and Mad Men.

EverettHeart

  • Origin:

    English variation of the German Eberhard
  • Meaning:

    "brave as a wild boar"
  • Description:

    Everett is a statesmanlike, wintry New England name whose recent leap in popularity can be credited to its similarity to trendy girls’ names such as Eva and Ava. Its high point was about a century ago, when Everett was a Top 100 name.

EmmettHeart

  • Origin:

    English masculine variation of Emma, German
  • Meaning:

    "universal"
  • Description:

    Emmett, honest and sincere, laid-back and creative, is on the rise as a male cognate of the megapopular Emma and Emily, not to mention being a character in the popular Twilight series.

EthanHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "strong, firm"
  • Description:

    Ethan derives from the Hebrew name Eitan. There are several Ethans in the Old Testament, the most prominent of whom, Ethan the Ezrahite, is praised for his wisdom. International variations include Etan and Izan.

EllisHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "benevolent"
  • Description:

    Ellis is one of the less used names in the currently popular El-family. It is a popular Welsh name in its own right, sometimes spelled Elis, and also an English surname derived Elijah, by way of the Greek Elias.

EliasHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek variation of Elijah, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "Yahweh is God"
  • Description:

    Elias, strong and charismatic, is following in the path of family members Elijah and Eli, and is also moving on up in popularity.

EnzoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Henry, also diminutive of Vincenzo and Lorenzo
  • Description:

    Enzo originated as the Italian variation of Heinz, a German name derived from Heinrich, related to Henry. It has historically been used as a short form for Italian names such as Vincenzo and Lorenzo. The most famous bearer of the name is Enzo Ferrari, founder of the luxury sports car brand.

EliHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "ascended, uplifted, high"
  • Description:

    Eli derives from the Hebrew ’aly, meaning “high.” In the Old Testament, Eli was the high priest and last judge of Israel, who trained the prophet Samuel. While Eli is a full name on its own, it can be a shortened form of Elijah, Elias, Eliezer, or even Elliot. Eli is used as a feminine name—most often as a nickname for Elisabet or Elin—in some Scandinavian countries.

EzekielHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God strengthens"
  • Description:

    Ezekiel is derived from the Hebrew name Yechezqel, composed of the elements chazaq, meaning “to strengthen,” and ’el, referring to God. Ezekiel is a prominent prophet in the Old Testament and the author of the Book of Ezekiel, predicting the fall of Jerusalem and eventual rehabilitation of Israel.

ElijahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "Yahweh is God"
  • Description:

    Elijah is derived from the Hebrew name Eliyahu, composed of the elements ’el and yah, both of which refer to God. In the Old Testament, Elijah was the prophet who went to heaven in a chariot of fire. Elias is the related, Greek variation of Elijah.

EvanHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh variation of John
  • Meaning:

    "the Lord is gracious"
  • Description:

    Evan was derived from Iefan, a Welsh version of John. John is ultimately a derivative of the Hebrew name Yochanan, comprised of the elements yo, meaning “God” and chanan, “to be gracious.” Evan is actually a Hebrew word itself, meaning “rock.”

EmersonHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "son of Emery"
  • Description:

    Emerson is a dignified, somewhat serious name associated with transcendental thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson. Much more popular now for girls since Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher used it for her daughter, it is definitely still a viable boys name.

EastonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "east-facing place"
  • Description:

    Easton is a stylish Ivy League-ish place and surname name, more modern than Weston, on its way up for both sexes as part of the new direction baby names are taking, as in North and West. Easton was used for her son by Jenna Elfman--and by Elizabeth Rohm for her daughter.

EdwardHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "wealthy guardian"
  • Description:

    Unlike perennials William, John and James, Edward is a classic that moves in and out of fashion. This royal Anglo-Saxon standard has benefited in recent years from the popularity of the hot hero of the vampire sensation Twilight -- Edward Cullen -- who has given his name a new infusion of cool.

EmmanuelHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God is with us"
  • Description:

    Emmanuel--spelled with one or two 'm's'-- was popular with early Jewish immigrants, until overused nickname Manny caused it to fade. Now, this important biblical name is being revived in its full glory.

EricHeart

  • Origin:

    Old Norse
  • Meaning:

    "eternal ruler"
  • Description:

    Eric is derived from the Old Norse name Eiríkr, from the components ei, meaning "ever," and ríkr, "rule." It was adopted by English speakers in the mid-nineteenth century, who were already familiar with the exploits of the tenth century Viking navigator and discoverer of Greenland, Eric the Red. Erik is an alternate spelling and the preferred form of the name across much of Europe.

EphraimHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "fruitful, fertile, productive"
  • Description:

    Ephraim is an Old Testament name we would place high on the list of neglected Biblical possibilities, solid but not solemn.

EdwinHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "wealthy friend"
  • Description:

    Some might be surprised to learn that Edwin has been a consistent presence on the popular names list since statistics have become available.

EugeneHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "wellborn, noble"
  • Description:

    Eugene is a classic that has rather lost its way. On the one hand, it's a grandpa, even great-grandpa name that hasn't been one of the cool kids recently—or to quote Jim Carrey, who bears this name in the middle spot, "You can never get too cool with a name like Eugene." The hero of Disney's Tangled felt the same way, when he changed his birth name of Eugene to the more romantic Flynn.

EnochHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "dedicated"
  • Description:

    A major figure in the Old Testament, Enoch was the son of Jared, the father of Methuselah, and the great-grandfather of Noah whose Book of Enoch provides a focal point for ancient Jewish mysticism. Another Enoch was the son of Cain. "Enoch Arden" is a famous poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. On the negative side, British politician Enoch Powell gave the infamously racist Rivers of Blood anti-immigration speech, taking the name out of consideration for many parents in the UK.

ElliottHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Elliot
  • Meaning:

    "Jehovah is God"
  • Description:

    One of the four perfectly proper spellings of this name ranging from the spare (but poetic) Eliot to the full-blown Elliott.

EdenHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "place of pleasure, delight"
  • Description:

    This Biblical name was rising dramatically for boys, but has plateaued in recent years. Although it's more popular for girls, it's a delightful unisex choice. Eden is one of the Top 100 Boy Names in France.

EdgarHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "wealthy spearman"
  • Description:

    Edgar is an Old English name historically associated with the tenth century English king known as Edgar the Peaceful. There was also a King Edgar of Scotland.

EmilioHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Italian variation of Emil
  • Meaning:

    "rival"
  • Description:

    Dashing and popular Italian and Spanish favorite, as is Emiliano.

EverestHeart

  • Origin:

    Place-name, world's tallest mountain
  • Description:

    A twist on the standard Everett takes it to lofty heights. The snow-capped Everest would surely stand out in a classroom, yet has an acceptable name-like feel.

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.

EdisonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "son of Edith or Adam"
  • Description:

    This rhythmic last-name-first-name projects the creativity and inventiveness of Thomas Edison. It's an English surname deriving from either Adam or Eda, a medieval diminutive of Edith.

EmilianoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian and Spanish variation of Emil
  • Meaning:

    "work"
  • 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.

EliseoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian and Spanish variation of Elisha
  • Meaning:

    "God is my salvation"
  • Description:

    This Latinate name would have no problem fitting into an American classroom. It has made frequent appearances in the US Top 1000 over the last several decades. Borne by several Spanish saints, it boasts both a rhythmic sound and popular o-ending.

EmoryHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Emery
  • Description:

    Less popular than Emery, this name also attributes to Emory University. Both spellings of the name lean more heavily to the girls' side, but this one is not quite as unbalanced.

ElianHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch variation of Elijah
  • Description:

    This variation has the popular Eli (or for femalies Elli) prefix and nickname.

ErikHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Eric
  • Meaning:

    "eternal ruler"
  • Description:

    Gives a slightly updated feel to the stale Eric.

ElielHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "my God is God"
  • Description:

    This Eli relative may get more play given the fashion for Double-L names.

EliezerHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God helps"
  • Description:

    Biblical name with a patina of antiquity.

ElishaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God is my salvation"
  • Description:

    Creative name whose only limitation is that it looks like it would be pronounced akin to Alicia and Elissa — although as a Biblical boys’ name, it is traditionally pronounced ee-LIE-shah.

EduardoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Italian variation of Edward
  • Meaning:

    "wealthy guardian"
  • Description:

    A stalwart of Latin nomenclature that could work just as well for Anglos. Proof lies with the celebrity birth announcement — Hilaria and Alec Baldwin named their fifth child Eduardo Pau Lucas in 2020.

EddieHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Edward et al
  • Meaning:

    "wealthy"
  • Description:

    Most parents today call their Edwards Edward -- and we tend to think that's the right call. But it's worth noting that Eddie has been in the Top 1000 every year since records began in 1880; indeed, it was a mainstay on the Top 100 through the 1950s.

EmirHeart

  • Origin:

    Turkish, Bosnian, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "prince, ruler"
  • Description:

    Emir can be a title of honor in Arabic-speaking nations. In Turkey and the Balkan countries, Emir is one of the fairly popular Arabic names for boys.

EmanuelHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Emmanuel, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God is with us"
  • Description:

    Fewer letters does not always mean easier—the traditional spelling is the one most people will recognize.

EnriqueHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Henry
  • Description:

    This is an appealing name that could cross cultural borders, but it has lost ground in recent years.

EstebanHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Stephen
  • Description:

    One of several Latino favorites on U. S. popularity lists—solid and strong.

ErnestoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Italian variation of Ernest
  • Description:

    A Latin classic, widely used here and abroad, though in the U.S. it has fallen on the charts in recent years.

EmmittHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Emmett
  • Description:

    Emmitt is a new spelling spin borne of the popularity of Emmett.

ErmiasHeart

  • Description:

    The given name of the late rapper Nipsey Hussle, of mysterious origins.

ErickHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Eric
  • Description:

    Variation of Eric that, like the original, is still trending downwards.

EithanHeart

  • Description:

    Variation on Ethan.