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Boy Names Starting With N

Boy names starting with N are at an all-time high right now, thanks to internationally popular baby boy name Noah.

Along with Noah, N names for boys in the US Top 100 include Nathan, Nolan and Nicholas. In Australia, N-starting names Noah and Nicholas are joined in the Top 100 by Nathaniel, Nate and Nixon. And in Norway, N names Nikolai and Nils both rank near the top of the list.

Long fashionable as an ending sound for cool boy names, now the initial N has finally managed to shed its stodgy image (so long, Norman, Norbert and Neville!) and there's a new energy to the freshest kids on the N boy name block: think Nico, Nash and Nova.

See our full menu of boy names beginning with N below. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

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Top Boy Names Starting with N

  • Noah

    Noah was derived from the Hebrew name Noach, which itself came from the root nuach, meaning “rest.” In the bible, Noah was deemed the only righteous man of his time, singled out by God to... Read More 

  • Nathan

    Nathan was derived from the name Natan, which came from Hebrew verb natan, meaning “gave.” In the Old Testament, Nathan was the name of a prophet and also that of one of King David's... Read More 

  • Nolan

    Nolan is one of the rising Irish surname names, in the spirit of Conan and Ronan, partially inspired by pitcher Nolan Ryan-- who was named Lynn at birth, after his father. Nolan is a cheerful,... Read More 

  • Nicholas

    Nicholas is derived from the Greek Nikolaos, a name that evolved from the components nikē, meaning “victory”, and laos, “people.” It shares origins with Nike, the name of the... Read More 

  • Nathaniel

    Nathaniel was derived from the Hebrew name Netan’el, meaning “gift of God,” composed of the elements natan, meaning “to give,” and ’el, in reference to God. The name is featured... Read More 

  • Nicolas

    Nicolas is the French and Spanish form, or streamlined spelling, of Nicholas, popularized by actor Nicolas Cage. Read More 

  • Nash

    Nash is an English surname whose sound puts it right in step with currently trendy names like Cash, Dash and Ash. It first came to prominence via TV character Nash Bridges, portrayed by Don... Read More 

  • Nico

    Nico is one of the great nickname names, full of charm, energy and effortless cool -- a neo Nick.

    Nico is commonly heard in Italy -- as a short form of Niccolo -- and also in France,... Read More 

  • Nasir

    Similar to Nasser, with a slightly more altruistic meaning. Rapper Nas was born Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, and Nasir may have gotten a bump from 2016 show The Night Of, whose protagonist... Read More 

  • Nehemiah

    Nehemiah is an Old Testament name used by the Puritans, whose white-bearded image kept it out of favor for centuries, until it suddenly reappeared in 1998, along with the more user-friendly Josiah... Read More