List for possible boy number 2

  1. Arlo
    • Origin:

      Irish or English
    • Meaning:

      "between two hills"
    • Description:

      Quirky cool Arlo is now well and truly back. Last year it broke into the US Top 200 boy names and consistently ranks among the most popular boy names on Nameberry.
  2. Ezra
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "help"
    • Description:

      Ezra has a lot going for it: the strength of its heroic Biblical legacy, its quirky sound, and its fresh but familiar feel. Ezra is now at its highest point ever, but its intuitive streamlined spelling and deep roots could make it a worth successor to Elijah in the Top 10 -- or even to Liam or Noah at Number 1.
  3. Elzeard
    • Floyd
      • Origin:

        Welsh
      • Meaning:

        "gray-haired"
      • Description:

        Floyd was a Top 100 name from the 1880s to the 1940s that somehow developed an almost comical hayseed persona along with a touch of retro jazz cool; it's beginning to appeal to parents with a strong taste for the quirky.
    • Guthrie
      • Origin:

        Scottish
      • Meaning:

        "windy place"
      • Description:

        Guthrie, one of the most attractive Scottish names that's also a surname, has a particularly romantic, windswept aura, with a touch of the buckaroo thrown in.
    • Hank
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Henry, German
      • Meaning:

        "estate ruler"
      • Description:

        Hank is a midcentury guy nickname (which actually dates back to the seventeenth century) of the Al/Hal/Dick school, which has been on recess from the playground for decades. Now it's just beginning to be given on its own again, appreciated for its earthy, sportsguy cool. Hanks Aaron and Greenberg (born Henry) and Hank Williams (born Hiram) Sr and Jr. are worthy namesakes.
    • Haskell
      • Origin:

        English from Norse, Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "God's helmet; God strengthens"
      • Description:

        Haskell has two separate forms of origin, the first being from the Ancient Norse given name Ásketill. The Normans converted Ásketill to Aschetil, then the English transformed Aschetil into Haskell, which was originally only used as a surname. Haskell is also considered a variant of Haskel, a Yiddish given name derived from Ezekiel.
    • Increase
      • Origin:

        Word name
      • Description:

        One Puritan virtue name unlikely to thrive in the 21st century.
    • Jack
      • Origin:

        English, diminutive of John
      • Meaning:

        "God is gracious"
      • Description:

        Jack may have fallen from its Number 1 place in England, but in the US it's as popular as it was at its height in the 1920s and 1930s. A durable, cheery, everyman form of John, Jack ranks as one of the most popular boy names starting with J.
    • Johnny
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of John
      • Meaning:

        "God is gracious"
      • Description:

        The ultimate midcentury nickname, retaining a good measure of retro charm, was chosen for her son by Mira Sorvino.
    • Keats
      • Origin:

        English literary name
      • Meaning:

        "kite"
      • Description:

        Poetic and easier to pronounce (it's keets) than Yeats (which is yates). This one of many poets' names to consider, such as Auden, Eliot, Frost, Byron, Lorca, Marlowe, Blake, Emerson and Tennyson, which was used by Russell Crowe.
    • Merle
      • Origin:

        French
      • Meaning:

        "blackbird"
      • Description:

        Originally a nickname for someone who loved to sing or whistle, Merle is even less masculine than Meredith.
    • Miles
      • Origin:

        English form of Milo
      • Meaning:

        "soldier or merciful"
      • Description:

        Miles, which has a permanent veneer of cool thanks to jazz great Miles Davis, is a confident and polished boys' name that's an American classic. Always ranking in the US Top 1000, it's been drifting up the charts for the past half century but has never been TOO popular.
    • Neil
      • Origin:

        Irish
      • Meaning:

        "cloud"
      • Description:

        Always the top spelling of the name; Neil peaked in the 1950s, but then enjoyed a second coming following the fame of such Neils as astronaut Armstrong and singers Sedaka, Diamond, and Young. Now semiretired.
    • Salvador
      • Origin:

        Spanish from Latin Salvator
      • Meaning:

        "savior"
      • Description:

        A common epithet of Christ, frequently heard in the Hispanic community, Salvador could also be a great choice for artistic parents, given the continuing popularity of Dada and Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. (If Monet and Raphael get a look in, why not Salvador?)
    • Seeger
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "seaman"
      • Description:

        Associated with archetypal folksinger Pete Seeger.
    • Sparrow
      • Origin:

        Nature name
      • Meaning:

        "sparrow, a bird"
      • Description:

        With related choices such as Lark and Phoenix gaining popularity, why not Sparrow? Though it's usually thought of as a female name, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden chose it for their son.
    • Solace
      • Thibaud
        • Thoreau
          • Origin:

            French
          • Meaning:

            "strength of a bull"
          • Description:

            A dashing French surname name most famously borne by Henry David Thoreau, an American naturalist, writer and philosopher who influenced such notable figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. The most common modern American pronunciation is "thor-OH", with emphasis on the final syllable, although Thoreau himself pronounced it "THOR-oh".