Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Aelfdene

From the elfin valley

English

Aelfric

Elf ruler

English

Ailwyn

Elf or magical being, friend

English

Aktaion

One who lives in Akte (Attica)

Greek

Alberic

Elf or magical being, power

German

Albion

White; rock, crag

Latin

Aldon

Old one, elder; old town

Italian

Alfred

Elf or magical counsel

English

Alfredo

Elf or magical counsel

English

Alfrey

Elf or magical counsel

English

Algar

Elf spear

English

Alstin

Elf stone

English

Aluin

Elf or magical being, friend

English

Alvar

Elf or magical army, warrior

English

Alvin

Elf or magical being, friend

English

Alvy

From Alba; elf or magical being, friend

Latin

Anwel

Loved one

Welsh

Aragorn

Royal zeal

English

Argyle

“Of the Irish,” in allusion to a county in Scotland once settled by an Irish king and his followers.

Scottish

Arion

Welsh

Avery

Elf counsel

English

Bailey

Berry clearing; bailiff; city fortification

English

Bairrfhionn

Marksman

Celtic

Balin

A knight of the Round Table

English

Baron

Young warrior

Hebrew

Basil

Royal, kingly

Greek

Benzion

Son of Zion

Hebrew

Bing

The hollow shaped like a pot

German

Cinwell

Lives at the king's spring

English

Claus

A diminutive form of Nicholas.

German

Crispin

Curly-haired

Latin

Cristo

Christ

Spanish

Dairion

Unknown

Unknown

Dearborn

Brook of the deer

English

Derion

Upholder of the Good

American

Devion

English

Edlin

Noble; wealthy friend

German

Edric

Rich, powerful

English

Eion

God is gracious

Scottish

Ellgar

Elf spear

English

Elvern

Elf or magical being, friend

English

Elvey

Elf warrior

English

Elvyn

Elf or magical being, friend

English

Emilion

Eager

Latin

Endimion
Fionan

Fair

Irish

Fionnbarr

Handsome

Irish

Fredo

Elf or magical counsel

English

Garrett

Spear rule

English

Gwydion

God of Magic

Welsh

Haldir

English

Herodion
Illarion

Cheerful

Russian, Slavic

Ingall

Angel

German

Ingamar

Son of Ing

Scandinavian

Inge

Russian

Ingel

Angel

German

Ingemar

Son of Ing

Scandinavian

Kelby

Farm near the spring

Gaelic

Kenley

The king's meadow

English

Kingdon

From the king's hall

English

Kipling

English

Lake
Leaf
Legolas

Created Name

English

Meirion

Manly

Latin

Melanion

Black

Greek

Merlion

Falcon

French

Noel

Christmas

French

Odion
Peregrin

Traveler, wanderer

Latin

Pippin

Name of a king

French

River

Flowing body of water

English

Torion

Chief

Gaelic

Travion

American

Tyrion

Rock

Latin

Waters

“Son of Walter,” a short form of Wa(l)ter's son.

Since early mythology, elves have danced through our fairytales with their magical ways. This enchanted history has inspired a wave of parents to seek elf names for boys, hoping to capture their sons’ boyish charms forever in a name. Elf boy names come in a variety of styles, depending on origin. Let’s check out these mythical monikers together.

Most people think of author J. R. R. Tolkien when they think of elves, as his series of tales has entertained the masses for eons. Using Tolkien’s elf naming rules, you’ll find elvish boy names like Gwydion, Illarion, and Benzion. These distinct names follow the -ion pattern used in his elfin languages, a suffix meaning “son of.” Most famously there is Legolas, however, the elf depicted in the film adaptation who was a skilled archer. Since the Tolkien names center around an invented language made to mirror Celtic and other old-world languages, not all elf boy names like his are exactly usable, but there are several to consider. Haldir is our standout here, as he has a distinctly Scandinavian feel despite being invented.

Elf names for boys may also be holiday inspired, as the tiny beings are strongly linked to Christmas. This could include Christmas-themed names like Claus or Noel, or you could take the peppy route with Crispin and Pippin. Elf boy names may also be nature-themed, as stories sometimes depict elves as children of the forest. In these cases, Leaf and River are excellent choices.

Elf names for boys aren’t always obvious, with elfin meanings are more common than you’d think. Most popular is Avery, the unisex darling meaning “elf counsel.” Aubrey, meaning “elf ruler,” is close behind, followed by Alfredo and Alvin, both meaning “elf.” If you want something less common, check out Alston, a surname styled cutie meaning “elf stone.”

Do you have any elf names for boys on your list? Check out our collection, and see what magical monikers are waiting for you.