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Boy Names Starting with S

Boy names starting with S are led today by Sebastian, a departure from the mid-century heyday of S names Steven and Scott.

Along with Sebastian, stylish S names for boys which rank in the US Top 500 are Samuel, Santiago, Sawyer, Simon, Sullivan, Solomon and Sterling.

S is also a fashionable starting sound in the UK, where Stanley, Sonny, Seth, Spencer and Syed join Sebastian and Samuel in the Top 200. In the Netherlands, short, nicknamey picks like Sem, Sam and Stijn come out on top, while in Poland classic S-starting names Szymon and Stanisław rank in the Top 20.

But there are still plenty of stylish S names sailing under the radar: Stellan, Saxon, Sirius and Sylvester are just some of the smart S-starting choices beloved by our members, but nowhere to be seen on the official list.

Here is our masterlist of boy names beginning with S. 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 S

  • Sebastian

    Sebastian is derived from the Greek Sebastianos, meaning “from Sebastia.” Sebastia was a city in Asia Minor—modern day Sivas, Turkey. Sebastian is a name with a substantial history, first as the... Read More 

  • Samuel

    Samuel was derived from the Hebrew name Shemu’el, meaning “told by God.” In the Old Testament, Samuel was one of the great judges and prophets of the Israelites, destined for a holy life from... Read More 

  • Santiago

    Santiago is a spirited Spanish name with great crossover potential: a place-name (it's a city in Chile), a surname, and the patron saint of Spain. It's a name on the rise in the charts. ... Read More 

  • Sawyer

    Sawyer is a surname with a more relaxed and friendly feel than many others, and is one of the hottest occupational names right now, with the Nameberry seal of approval. Sawyer is becoming one of... Read More 

  • Silas

    Silas is based on the name Silvanus, and the two are used interchangeably in the Bible. In the New Testament, St. Silas was a leading member of the early Christian community who accompanied Paul... Read More 

  • Steven

    Steven, the phonetic and now predominant spelling of the classier Stephen, has finally dropped out of the Top 100 after seventy years. Steve has become one of the ultimate regular-guy names,... Read More 

  • Simon

    Simon is pure and simple (not in the nursery rhyme sense), and an appealingly genuine Old and New Testament name that's not overused -- making Simon a stylish choice. In the Bible, Simon was the... Read More 

  • Sean

    Sean, after a long reign as one of the top Irish boys' names in the US, has now slipped as parents look to fresher Irish choices such as Liam and... Read More 

  • Stephen

    Stephen, also spelled Steven, is a strong and likable classic, with the he's-a-great-guy short form Steve. Though not as well-used or fashionable as it was in its heyday -- it was a Top 25 name... Read More 

  • Spencer

    Spencer is a name that has everything: it's both distinguished sounding and accessible, dignified but Spencer Tracy-like friendly. Picked by several celebrities (a couple of times even for a... Read More