Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ace

Number one

English

Adrian

From Hadria

Latin

Aiden

Little fire

Irish

Ajax

“The birdman,” from the Greek aia.

Greek

Aldo

Old one, elder

Spanish

Alonso

Ready for battle

Spanish

Alvaro

All guard

German

Andre

Manly

French

Apollo

Destroyer

Greek

Ares

Ruin

Greek

Ari

Lion

Hebrew

Asim

Protector, guardian

Arabic

Axel

My father is peace

Scandinavian

Axton

From the ash town

English

Bane

Glorious defender

Slavic

Bates

Variant of Bartholomew often used as a surname.

English

Beau

Handsome

French

Blade

Knife, sword

English

Blaze

Stutter

Latin

Boaz

Strength

Hebrew

Boone

Good

Latin

Brandt

Sword; fiery torch, beacon

German

Branson

Son of Brand

English

Bridger

Lives near the bridge; bridge-worker

English

Brixton

Stone of Brixi

English

Brock

Badger-like

English

Bruce

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

Ancient

Cade

Round, lumpish; cask

French

Cairo

Victorious

Arabic

Cale

Irish

Calix

Very Handsome

Greek

Cannon

Official of the church

French

Carlo

Free man

Spanish

Carver

One who carves wood

English

Cash

Case

English

Charlie

Free man

English

Colton

Charcoal settlement

English

Colver

Dove

English

Craven

Garlic place

English

Crimson

Red

English

Dale

Valley

English

Damon

One who tames, subdues

Greek

Danilo

God is my judge

Hebrew

Dawson

Son of David

English

Dax

Place name

French

Dean

Valley

English

Decker

Piercing

Hebrew

Dex

Right-handed, fortunate; one who dyes

Latin

Diesel

Diminutive form of Matthias or Dietrich

German

Dirk

A Dutch equivalent of Theodoric.

Danish

Djimon

Powerful Blood

African

Dover

Water

Welsh

Drake

Dragon

English

Draven

Combination of D and Raven

American

Dustin

Brave warrior; dusty area

German

Edge

Border, End of a Surface

American

Emir

Prince, ruler

Arabic

Ender

Extremely Rare

Turkish

Erik

Everlasting ruler

Scandinavian

Eryx

Boxer

Greek

Essex

Eastern

English

Faris

Iron-strong

English

Fender

From the defender

English

Fisher

Fisherman

English

Freddy

Elf or magical counsel; peaceful ruler

German

Gage

Pledge

English

Galen

Calm

Greek

Gannon

Fair-skinned

Irish

Gio
Gunnar

Battler, warrior

German

Hale

Hero; from the hall

English

Harley

Hare meadow; the long field

English

Heath

Heath

English

Huck

Short form of Huckleberry

American

Hugh

Soul, mind, intellect

German

Idris

Fiery leader; prophet

Welsh

Ivan

God is gracious

Slavic

Jace

To heal

American

Jack

God is gracious

English

Jafari

Rivulet, stream

Arabic

Jagger

Carter

English

Jake

Supplanter

English

James

Supplanter

English

Jameson

Son of James

English

Jarvis

“A mender of pots and pans; a tinker.” Based on the Latin gero (carry) and vas (a vessel).

French

Jason

To heal

Greek

Jax

Son of Jack

English

Jaxton

Created name

American

Jericho

City of the moon

Arabic

Jesse

Gift

Hebrew

Jett

Black

English

Jock

Hebrew

Johnny

God is gracious

Hebrew

Jones
Jordan

To descend

Hebrew

Kage
Kane

Battle

Irish

Kase

Box

English

Keir

Dusky; dark-haired; dark-skinned, swarthy

Gaelic

Khalid

Immortal, eternal

Arabic

Killian

Church

Irish

Kincaid

Battle leader

Celtic

Kirk

Church

Scandinavian

Knox

Round hill

English

Kylo

Sky

American

Lane

Pathway

English

Lawson

Son of Lawrence

English

Ledger

Speared tribe

English

Lock

Woods; fortified place; pond

German

Luis

Famous warrior

Spanish

Mac

Son of

Gaelic

Maddox

Son of Madoc

Welsh

Makari

Blessed

Greek

Marley

Meadow near the lake

English

Mason

Stoneworker

English

Maximilian

Greatest

Latin

Nash

By the ash tree

English

Nate

God has given

Hebrew

Neo

New

American

Niko

People of victory

Greek

North
Nuri

Light

Arabic

Ollie

Olive tree

Latin

Onyx

Precious gemstone

Latin

Ozzy

Spear of the gods; God's power

German

Phoenix

Dark red

Greek

Pierce

A variant form of Peter.

Greek

Pietro

Rock

Spanish

Quint

Fifth

Latin

Ransom

Warrior's shield

English

Rex

King

Latin

Rexton

King's town

English

Rhett

Advice

English

Ridge

Ridge

English

Ripley

Shouting man's meadow

English

Ripp
Rocky

Stony

English

Rowdy

Boisterous

English

Ryder

Mounted warrior

English

Ryker

Rich

English

Saxon

From Saxonny

German

Seth

Appointed

Hebrew

Shane

God is gracious

Irish

Simon

He has heard

Hebrew

Slade

Valley

English

Slater

Hewer of slates

English

Smith

Blacksmith

English

Spencer

Dispenser of provisions

English

Talon

Claw

English

Tex

Modern

Trace

Find or discover

English

Travis

To cross over

French

Trent

Gushing waters

Latin

Tripp
Urban

From the city

Latin

Urijah

My light is Jehovah

Hebrew

Vale

Valley

English

Vick

Champion

Latin

Vince

Prevailing

Latin

Wade

To ford

English

Walker

Fuller of cloth

English

Waylon

Land by the road

English

Wes

Western meadow

English

West

Western stream

English

Weston

West town

English

Wilder

Hunter

German

Xander

Defender of man

Greek

Xiomar

Famous in battle

Spanish

Xiphus

“A swordsman,” from the Greek xiphos, a sword.

Greek

Yael

Mountain goat; heights, upland; fertile moor

Welsh

Zadoc

Just, righteous

Hebrew

Zavier

Savior; bright; splendid; new house

Spanish

Zayn

Beautiful

Arabic

Zed

The Lord is just

Hebrew

Zeke

English

Zephyr

West wind

Greek

Zeppelin

Airship

English

Bad boy names are iconic. They’re always in style, from famous character associations to monikers that sound effortlessly cool. Let’s run through some bad boy names for your baby or character together.

Names belonging to famous bad boys are a great place to start in your search for bad boy names. These have built-in Hollywood ties that leap off the page, including real-life examples, like James Dean. Both of Dean’s names are classic, but while James is a touch more traditional, his surname Dean feels like a rebel. There’s also Heath Ledger. Heath is edgy and exciting, while Ledger has the preppy bad boy nature of other surname picks like Spencer and Smith. You could also opt for names of famous bad boy characters, like Jax, as in Sons of Anarchy, Wade as in Cry-Baby, and Jack, as in Titanic’s dreamy yet naughty lead Jack Dawson.

Next up are cool bad boy names. These picks aren’t necessarily associated with a bad boy, but they could undoubtedly fit a rebellious character. Jett is a sharp choice with energy. He stands out in any crowd and feels modern and fresh. Dax shares many of the same qualities, wearing well in today’s classrooms and suiting an adult alike. If you’re looking for something a little longer, see Lawson, a contemporary pick who walks on the wild side despite his law-abiding prefix. Other cool bad boy names are Ajax, Apollo, and Calix.

American bad boy names differ from those across the pond. While Johnny, Diesel, and Huck scream Americana rebel, names like Charlie, Ollie, and Freddy are decidedly British. Switching things up between the two is a fun way to zest up your character or baby name list. These small changes can add depth and aesthetics.

One of our favorite ways to find bad boy names for kiddos and characters alike is by looking at meanings. Kijani’s “warrior” is a standout, along with Andre’s “manly.” Khalid has “eternal” behind him, while Maximilian means “greatest.” Sometimes that extra hint of badass takes a name over the top.

We hope you find the perfect pick amid our collection of bad boy names.