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A master list collection of my favorite boy names, not including the ones I've chosen for my children.
  1. Alcide
    • Origin:

      French version of Heracles
    • Meaning:

      "glory of Hera"
    • Description:

      This is the French version of Alcides, birth name of the Greek mythological Heracles (Hercules). You're more likely to recognize it as the name of the hot True Blood werewolf, Alcide Herveaux.
  2. Alfred
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "wise counselor; elf counsel"
    • Description:

      Alfred is up off his recliner! If you're looking for a path to Fred, you can go directly to Frederick or take the long way around with the so-out-it's-in-again Alfred. Alfred is quite popular in several European countries, especially England and Wales, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
  3. America
    • Origin:

      Latin, place-name
    • Description:

      Actress America Ferrera, of Ugly Betty fame, has pretty much feminized this name in the US.
  4. Anse
    • Origin:

      French
    • Meaning:

      "cove"
    • Description:

      Name of Faulkner's great emotional villain in As I Lay Dying, Anse is not ordinarily used as a first name. It literally means cove in French, though the element ans means God in Old German and is found in names such as Ansel and Anselm.
  5. Asa
    • Origin:

      Hebrew; Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "healer; born in the morning"
    • Description:

      A short but strong biblical name with multicultural appeal, Asa is enjoying new visibility thanks to hot young actor Asa Butterfield of Hugo fame.
  6. Auburn
    • Origin:

      Color name
    • Meaning:

      "deep reddish-brown"
    • Description:

      A strong, warm name and a strong warm color. Would make an excellent alternative to August or Aubrey.
  7. Augustine
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "great, magnificent"
    • Description:

      Augustine is more substantial (and saintly) than August, less pretentious than Augustus, and, along with its nickname Gus, is definitely a viable choice.
  8. Anthem
    • Bach
      • Origin:

        German
      • Meaning:

        "dweller near the brook"
      • Description:

        Although there are plenty of Bachs in the world besides Johann Sebastian, everyone will assume you're honoring the great composer -- and why not.
    • Bellamy
      • Origin:

        English and Irish from French
      • Meaning:

        "fine friend"
      • Description:

        Bellamy is a surname name with an admirable meaning and upbeat rhythm, similar to jovial choices like Rafferty, Barnaby and Willoughby.
    • Blue
      • Origin:

        Color name
      • Description:

        Among the coolest of the cool color names, particularly popular with celebs as a unisex middle name.
    • Brahms
      • Origin:

        German surname
      • Description:

        A melodic choice for lullaby-lovers.
    • Brooks
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "of the brook"
      • Description:

        A nature name, a word name, and a surname name, Brooks has plenty of cool factor. It gives off cowboy vibes and a sporty feel, while also maintaining a smart, collected image.
    • Carnelian
      • Origin:

        Gemstone name
      • Description:

        Carnelian is an ochre-colored semi-precious gemstone, named after a type of cherry.
    • Cerulean
      • Origin:

        Color name
      • Description:

        Cerulean is just beginning to be heard as a name. Though Cerulean works as a name for both genders; the fact that it's a majestic light blue makes it particularly appropriate for a boy.
    • Clarence
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "bright"
      • Description:

        The name of the guardian angel in It's a Wonderful Life is rarely heard the rest of the year because of its studious, near-nerdy image, but this could change in the current naming climate.
    • Claudius
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "lame; enclosure"
      • Description:

        Claudius is one of the most user-friendly of the ancient Roman names – even though it's associated with the villainous character in Shakespeare's Hamlet. But as with feminine form Claudia, the "lame" meaning may stymie the rise of Claudius. Some etymologists theorize that the name may relate to the word for enclosure or clause, an alternate meaning that may appeal to a child with a form of this otherwise-appealing name.
    • Clement
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "mild, merciful"
      • Description:

        Clement, the name of fourteen popes and several saints, has a pleasantly, positive, slightly antiquated feel, like the phrase "clement weather."
    • Cotton
      • Origin:

        Word name
      • Description:

        A name heard in Puritan times -- Cotton Mather was a minister involved in the Salem witchcraft trials -- which really deserves modern consideration as it blends nature and softness into a really trendy and wearable masculine name.
    • Darcy
      • Origin:

        English from French, d'Arcy
      • Meaning:

        " from Arcy"
      • Description:

        Though Darcy is the ultimate Jane Austen hero name, it is rarely used for boys today though it's on the upswing for girls. A shame as it's a handsome, roguish kind of appellation that combines elements of French flair, aristocratic savoir faire, and a soft Irish brogue. And in terms of image, it's one of the quintessential English names for boys.