Boys

  1. Aleph
    • Origin:

      First letter of the Hebrew alphabet and Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "chief, number one"
    • Description:

      Aleph came into the spotlight when chosen by Israel-born Natalie Portman for her son. Alef is a more common spelling of these related Hebrew baby names.
  2. Arion
    • Atlan
      • Avian
        • Cassius
          • Origin:

            Latin
          • Meaning:

            "hollow"
          • Description:

            Cassius, a Shakespearean name rooted in antiquity, is trending in a major way. It's one of a raft of Cas-starting names for both boys and girls, including Caspian, Cassian, and Cassia, that are enjoying a new moiment in the sun.
        • Cruz
          • Origin:

            Spanish
          • Meaning:

            "cross"
          • Description:

            For a single-syllable Latino surname, this new popular kid on the block packs a lot of energy and charm and is one of the most stylish Spanish names for boys in general use today. Victoria and David Beckham named their third son Cruz, following Brooklyn and Romeo, and it was also picked up on by tennis star Lleyton Hewitt for his son. Other parents may prize its Christian associations.
        • Dashiell
          • Origin:

            Anglicization of French surname de Chiel, meaning unknown
          • Description:

            Dashiell, though missing from many other name sources, is among the hottest new names, chosen by such celebs as Cate Blanchett and author Helen (Bridget Jones) Fielding. With its great dash and panache, Dashiell is associated with detective writer Dashiell Hammett (born Samuel, as in Sam Spade, Dashiell being his mother's maiden name). Alice Cooper was ahead of the game: He named his son Dashiell in 1985.
        • Hendrix
          • Origin:

            Dutch and German, from first name Hendrik
          • Meaning:

            "estate ruler"
          • Description:

            Hendrix is one of those hip rock and roll names, like Lennon, Jagger and Presley, that have been used by fellow celebs and others, to honor the seminal guitarist/singer/songwriter Jimi. And this one has the trendy 'x' ending, as well, helping to propel it up the charts and into the spotlight.
        • London
          • Origin:

            Place-name
          • Description:

            In the US, London is popular for both sexes, though as the name rises for girls, it's levelled off for boys. Of course, London is far less popular in the UK and other English-speaking countries.
        • Matteo
          • Origin:

            Italian
          • Meaning:

            "gift of God"
          • Description:

            This attractively energetic Italian version of the classic Matthew is primed to move further and further into mainstream American nomenclature. Mateo is technically the Spanish version, but many parents in the US use the two spellings interchangeably.
        • Nehemiah
          • Origin:

            Hebrew
          • Meaning:

            "comforted by God"
          • Description:

            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 and Isaiah.
        • Nuri
          • Origin:

            Arabic or Hebrew
          • Meaning:

            "light or my fire"
          • Description:

            A name used in the Middle East but that could easily work in the US. As a girls' name, Nuri can also be a short form of Nuria. It was chosen by Christy Lefteri for the protagonist of her novel, The Beekeeper of Aleppo which may have familiarized people with the name.
        • Orlando
          • Origin:

            Italian variation of Roland
          • Meaning:

            "famous throughout the land"
          • Description:

            Orlando, the ornate Italianate twist on the dated Roland, with a literary heritage stretching back to Shakespeare and before, has appealing book-ended o's, and is open to combination with almost any last name, a la British actor, Orlando Bloom.
        • Rocco
          • Origin:

            Italian from German
          • Meaning:

            "rest"
          • Description:

            Madonna did much to polish up the image of this old-neighborhood Italian choice when she picked it for her son with British director Guy Ritchie, and several years later it was also used by Rose Byrne and Bobby Canavale for their son. It now feels much more mainstream than many celebrity baby names, sharing the quirky appeal of some other so-far-out-they're-in baby names as Bruno and Hugo.
        • Ryu
          • Origin:

            Japanese
          • Meaning:

            "dragon"
          • Description:

            This attractive mini-name combines multiple trends: the R initial, vowel-ending boy names, and a fantastical meaning.
        • Slade
          • Origin:

            English
          • Meaning:

            "from the valley"
          • Description:

            Evoking the image of a shady glen, Slade could make a distinctive middle name. It entered the Top 1000 in 2007, and has been seen as a character name on the TV show "Smallville." It's also a name that pops up in comic books and video games.
        • Wilder
          • Origin:

            Surname or word name
          • Description:

            New to the US Top 1000 in 2015, Wilder is on many parents' possibility lists, one of the new generation of bad boy names growing in popularity. Wilder got a big boost in interest through Goldie Hawn's grandson, born in 2007, via son Oliver.