Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Aaron

High mountain

Hebrew

Abraham

Father of nations

Hebrew

Albert

Noble, bright, famous

German

Alex

Defender of man

Greek

Alexander

Defender of man

Greek

Alfred

Elf or magical counsel

English

Allen

Little rock

English

Alton

Old town

English

Alvin

Elf or magical being, friend

English

Andrew

Manly and powerful

Greek

Angelo

Messenger of God

Italian

Anthony

Unknown meaning

Latin

Antonio

Unknown meaning

Italian

Archie

A diminutive form of Archibald.

English

Arnold

Eagle ruler

German

Arthur

Bear

Celtic

Ben

Son

Hebrew

Benjamin

A favorite son

Hebrew

Bennie

Son; blessed; son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Latin

Bernard

Strong, brave bear

German

Bill

A diminutive form of William.

English

Billy

Will helmet, protection

German

Bob

A diminutive form of Robert.

English

Bruce

“The man from the brushwood,” ultimately from the Latin bruscia, brush wood.

Ancient

Calvin

Hairless one

English

Carl

A variant form of Charles.

German

Cecil

Blind; sixth

Welsh

Charles

Free man

German

Charlie

Free man

English

Chester

Camp of soldiers

Latin

Clarence

One who lives near the River Clare

Latin

Claude

Lame

Latin

Clayton

Clay settlement

English

Clifford

Cliff-side ford

English

Clifton

Town by the cliff

English

Clinton

Fenced settlement

English

Clyde

“The keeper of the keys,” from the Greek Meidion, a key.

Scottish

Curtis

Courteous, polite

French

Dale

Valley

English

Dan

Judge; God is my judge

Hebrew

Daniel

God is My Judge

Hebrew

David

Beloved

Hebrew

Dean

Valley

English

Delbert

Day-bright

English

Don

“A lord,” from the Latin dominus, a master or a lord.

Welsh

Donald

Great chief; world mighty

Scottish

Douglas

Black river

Scottish

Earl

Nobleman, warrior, prince

English

Earnest

Serious; battle to the death

German

Eddie

English

Edgar

Wealthy spear

English

Edmund

Wealthy protector

English

Edward

Wealthy guard

English

Edwin

Wealthy friend

English

Elbert

Noble, bright, famous

English

Ellis

My God is Yahweh

English

Elmer

Noble, famous

English

Emil

Eager

Latin

Ernest

Serious; battle to the death

German

Ervin

Beautiful

Scottish

Eugene

Well-born, noble

Greek

Everett

Brave boar

English

Felix

Happy and lucky

Latin

Floyd

Gray-haired

Welsh

Forrest

Woodsman; woods

French

Francis

Frenchman; free man

Latin

Frank

Frenchman

English

Franklin

Free landholder

English

Fred

Elf or magical counsel; peaceful ruler

German

Frederick

Peaceful ruler

German

Gene

Well-born, noble

Greek

George

Farmer

Greek

Gerald

Spear ruler

German

Gilbert

Bright promise

French

Glen

Glen

Irish

Glenn

Glen

Irish

Gordon

Large fortification

Scottish

Grover

Grove of trees

English

Guy

Wood

German

Harold

Army ruler

Scandinavian

Harry

Home ruler

German

Harvey

Battle ready

English

Henry

Home ruler

English

Herbert

Illustrious warrior

German

Herman

Soldier

German

Homer

Security, pledge; hostage

Greek

Horace

“A maker of timepieces,” from the Latin hora, an hour.

Latin

Howard

Noble watchman

English

Hubert

Bright or shining intellect

German

Hugh

Soul, mind, intellect

German

Ira

Full-grown; watchful

Hebrew

Irvin

Green or fresh water

Gaelic

Irving

Green or fresh water

Gaelic

Isaac

He will laugh

Hebrew

Ivan

God is gracious

Slavic

Jack

God is gracious

English

Jacob

Supplanter

Hebrew

James

Supplanter

English

Jay

To heal

English

Jerome

Sacred name

Greek

Jerry

A diminutive form of Jeremiah and Jerome.

English

Jesse

Gift

Hebrew

Jessie

The Lord exists

Hebrew

Jim

A diminutive form of James.

Hebrew

Jimmie

He who supplants

Hebrew

Joe

A diminutive form of Joseph.

English

John

God is gracious

Hebrew

Johnie

God is gracious

Hebrew

Johnnie

God is gracious

Hebrew

Johnny

God is gracious

Hebrew

Jose

Jehovah will increase

Spanish

Joseph

Jehovah will increase

Hebrew

Julian

Young at heart

Latin

Julius

Youthful and downy

Greek

Junior

The younger one

Latin

Keith

Woodland, forest

Scottish

Kenneth

Handsome

Scottish

Lawrence

From Laurentum

Latin

Lee

Pasture or meadow

English

Leland

Plowed land

English

Leo

Lion

Latin

Leon

Lion

Greek

Leonard

Lion strength

German

Leroy

The king

French

Leslie

Holly garden

Scottish

Lester

From Leicester

English

Lewis

A variant form of Louis.

German

Lloyd

Gray-haired; sacred

Welsh

Lonnie

German

Louis

Famous warrior

French

Lowell

Young wolf

French

Luther

Soldier of the people

German

Lyle

The island

French

Manuel

God is with us

Spanish

Marion

Latin

Marshall

Caretaker of horses

English

Martin

Of Mars

Latin

Matthew

Gift of God

Hebrew

Maurice

Dark-skinned, Moorish

Latin

Max

Greatest

English

Melvin

“The counseling friend.” Based on the Anglo-Saxon mael (council) and wine (friend).

Irish

Merle

Blackbird

French

Michael

Who is Like God?

Hebrew

Mike

A diminutive form of Michael.

Irish

Milton

Mill town

English

Morris

A variant form of Maurice.

Latin

Nathan

He gave

Hebrew

Nathaniel

God has given

Hebrew

Nelson

“The son of Nell or Neal,” from Nell or Neal and son.

English

Nicholas

Victory of the people

Greek

Nick

A diminutive form of Nicholas.

Japanese

Norman

Northerner

German

Oliver

Olive tree

English

Orville

Gold town

French

Oscar

Friend of deer

Gaelic

Otis

Wealth; son of Otto

German

Patrick

Nobleman

Latin

Paul

Small

Latin

Pete

Rock

Greek

Peter

Stone

Greek

Philip

Horse lover

Greek

Phillip

Horse lover

Greek

Ralph

Wolf counsel

English

Ray

A diminutive form of Raymond.

English

Raymond

Protector

English

Richard

Brave ruler

German

Robert

Bright fame

German

Roger

Famous spearman

German

Roland

Renowned land

German

Ronald

Ruler's counselor

Scandinavian

Roy

Red

Irish

Rudolph

Famous wolf

German

Rufus

Red-haired

Latin

Russell

Little red

English

Salvatore

Savior

Latin

Sam

A short form of Samson and Samuel.

American

Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

Seymour

Saint-Maur

Latin

Sidney

Wide meadow

English

Stanley

Stony meadow

English

Stephen

Crown

English

Steve

A diminutive form of Stephen.

English

Sylvester

Wooded

Latin

Theodore

God's gift

Greek

Thomas

Twin

Greek

Tom

A diminutive form of Thomas.

Aramaic

Tony

A diminutive form of Anthony.

Latin

Vernon

Alder grove

French

Victor

Champion

Latin

Vincent

Conquer

Latin

Virgil

“A man of authority,” based on the Latin ver ger e (to bend), but ultimately on virgo, a staff of authority.

Latin

Wallace

Welshman

French

Walter

Commander of the army

German

Warren

Game preserve

English

Wayne

Wagon builder or driver

English

Wesley

Western meadow

English

Wilbert

Bright will

German

Wilbur

Bright will

German

Wilfred

Desiring peace

English

Willard

Strong desire

English

William

A willing protector

German

Willie

English

Willis

“The son of Will(iam ),” based on Will (diminutive of William) and is (his).

English

Woodrow

Row of houses by the wood

English

Blast-from-the-past picks dominate the baby name charts, including countless 1920s boy names. These roaring 1920s boy names capture the spirit of the times with energy, charm, and wit. Let’s meet some baby boy names from the 1920s together, from well-known classics to rare finds.

Believe it or not, many of today’s most popular picks are 1920s boy names. This includes timeless treasures you likely know, including John, William, and James. According to the Social Security Administration, these names were popular on a level you don’t see today, with the most popular boy name, John, being used a staggering 56,914 times for American boys in 1920. Now compare that to 2020’s top boy name, Liam, who was given to 19,659 little boys. Crazy, right? Other classic 1920s boy names include Michael, Thomas, and Robert.

Some popular 1920s names for boys have seen rises and falls in use over the years but are back in style. This includes newcomers toward the top of the charts like Henry, Benjamin, and Jack. Theodore is another excellent pick enjoying his time in the spotlight again, and with good reason. Meaning “God’s gift,” this Greek great is not only rich in spirit but in sound and nickname options too, including Theo, Teddy, and Ted. See Samuel, Leo, and Charlie for more common 1920s seeing a current spike in usage.

Most fans of vintage boy names love them for their old-man chic styling. Franklin is one of our all-time favorite roaring 1920s boy names for this reason. Both presidential and polished, he’s perfect for an adult but still boyish enough for a little one. He can also go by Frank or Frankie to dress him down, as needed. You can do the same with Walter, a German name with an old soul. On his own, he’s mature, but he can transform into Walt or Wally as a little guy. There’s also Albert, whose nickname Albie is simply precious. Check out Stanley, Ernest, and Howard for more old-man chic goodness.

Browse our collection of 1920s boy names and see which will capture your vintage-loving heart, whether it’s a rare find like Cecil or a perennially popular choice like David.