Nature and Word names for Boys

  1. Aloe
    • Origin:

      Plant name from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "resin"
  2. Apollo
    • Origin:

      Greek mythology name
    • Meaning:

      "destroyer"
    • Description:

      With mythological names rising, the handsome son of Zeus and god of medicine, music, and poetry among many other things might offer an interesting, if high-pressure, option.
  3. Arbor
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "tree"
    • Description:

      Arbor is a quirky nature name with holiday vibes.
  4. Archer
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "bowman"
    • Description:

      Archer is an Anglo-Saxon surname that feels more modern than most because of its on-target occupational and Hunger Games associations. And it's a nice way to bypass the clunky Archibald to get to the cool nickname Archie.
  5. Ashton
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "ash trees place"
    • Description:

      The recent ascent of this English surname is due to two things: the megapopular Ash beginning and TV/movie hottie Ashton Kutcher. The name peaked at Number 76 in 2004, a year after Ashton Kutcher's (both Christopher Ashton) hit TV show Punk'd made its debut.
  6. Aspen
    • Origin:

      Nature and place-name
    • Description:

      As trendy as the chic Colorado ski resort and film festival, Aspen is fast becoming more popular for girls than for boys, but this nature name would work equally well for either.
  7. Austin
    • Origin:

      English, shortened form of Augustine, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "great, magnificent"
    • Description:

      Austin is one of the most attractive city names for babies, with an appealing southwestern feel and place-name panache.
  8. Basil
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "royal"
    • Description:

      Although Greek in origin--in the fourth century, a bishop by that name established the principles of the Greek Orthodox Church--Basil for years took on the aura of aquiline-nosed upper-class Britishness of Sherlock Holmes portrayer Basil Rathbone, then spiced with the fragrant aroma of the herb that entered with the Pesto generation.
  9. Birch
    • Origin:

      Tree name
    • Description:

      Birch is a rarely used nature name that calls to mind the lovely image of the tall, strong but graceful white-barked tree.
  10. Bramble
    • Origin:

      Nature name
    • Meaning:

      "blackberry shrub"
    • Description:

      Related to blackberry plants and colloquially to any thorny shrub, Bramble also has history as an English surname.
  11. Bud
    • Origin:

      English nickname
    • Description:

      This is a name you get stuck with, not (we hope) one your parents choose for you.
  12. Cedar
    • Origin:

      English and French from Latin tree name
    • Meaning:

      "cedar tree"
    • Description:

      Cedar is, like Ash, Oak, Pine and Ebony, one of the new tree/wood names that parents are starting to consider; this one is particularly aromatic.
  13. Clay
    • Origin:

      English word name; diminutive of Clayton
    • Description:

      Clay is a rich, earthy one-syllable name with a southern-inflected handsome-rogue image, featured on soap operas and reality TV. Its longer forms are Clayton and Clayborne.
  14. Comet
    • Origin:

      word name
    • Description:

      This cosmological name has a zippy feel that might work well for the galactic parent looking for the perfect name for their own little star.
  15. Cosmo
    • Origin:

      Greek, Italian, English
    • Meaning:

      "order, beauty, universe"
    • Description:

      We all heard it on Seinfeld as the long-concealed first name of Kramer, then considered a punchline. Now some pioneering parents are embracing this expansive Greek name, which makes a creative and cool choice for a baby. Influential celebrity couple Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost chose it for their son, born in 2021, which will likely drive Cosmo up in popularity. In the UK, it currently ranks within the Top 1000 boy names and is trending upwards.
  16. Cypress
    • Origin:

      botanical name
    • Description:

      Lovely entry into the tree name genre, joining Maple, Pine, Oak, and Willow.
  17. Dale
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "valley"
    • Description:

      A light and breezy nature name that's currently in style limbo, despite its pleasant meaning.
  18. Denver
    • Origin:

      English or French place-name and surname
    • Meaning:

      "from Anvers"
    • Description:

      Before there was Aspen, Denver was the Colorado city name of choice, and it reentered the US Top 1000 in 2015 after a 14 year absence as a stylish two-syllable boys’ name with its trendy -er ending. Its decade of greatest use was the 1920s, when it reached as high as Number 422.
  19. Elion
    • Elwood
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "elder tree forest"
      • Description:

        The "el-" sound is red-hot these days, and a myriad of place names and surnames give this name a wealth of possible namesakes. The main drawback is its kinship to the name of the hero of the Legally Blond series, Elle Woods, though that will fade with time.