Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Alcott

The old cottage

English

Alden

Old friend

English

Aldo

Old one, elder

Spanish

Alexei

Man's defender, warrior; defender, protector

Greek

Alistair

Man's defender

Greek

Ambrose

Immortal

Greek

Amos

To carry; borne by God

Hebrew

Angelo

Messenger of God

Italian

Anson

“The son of Ann,” from the Anglo-Saxon.

English

Archibald

Genuine, bold, brave

German

Argus

Vigilant guardian

Greek

Ashford

Ford by the ashes

English

Aspen

English

Auden

Old friend

English

Augustus

Great, magnificient

Latin

Baldric

Brave ruler

German

Baldwin

Bold, brave friend

Italian

Bancroft

Field of beans

English

Baratheon

Created name

American

Basil

Royal, kingly

Greek

Baylor

Deliverer of goods

English

Bertram

Bright, famous raven

German

Birch

Bright, shining; the birch tree

English

Blackwell

Black well

English

Braddock

Broad-spreading oak

English

Bradshaw

From the Broad Field, Forest

English

Brandt

Sword; fiery torch, beacon

German

Brenton

Bryni's settlement

English

Brewer

Brewer

English

Bridger

Lives near the bridge; bridge-worker

English

Briggs

Bridges

English

Brinkley

From Brinca's Field

English

Brogan

Sturdy shoe

Irish

Bronco

Rough, unbroken horse

Spanish

Bronx

Bronck's Land

American

Calder

Rough waters; stream

Scottish

Calix

Very Handsome

Greek

Callahan

“The wattled cock,” based on the Greek kallaia (wattles) and the Anglo-Saxon hana (a cock).

Chapman

Peddler, trader

English

Clifford

Cliff-side ford

English

Collins

Holly

Irish

Collis

Dark-haired; coal miner

English

Colson

Swarthy, coal-black, charcoal

French

Conan

Hound, wolf; high

Irish

Crofton

Settlement of the cottages

English

Crosby

At the cross

Scandinavian

Crossley

Meadow of the cross

English

Culver

Dove

English

Cuthbert

Bright, brilliant, famous

English

Dallas

Meadow dwelling

Scottish

Darian
Delancy

From the elder tree grove.

French

Delmar

Of the sea

Spanish

Delray

The king

French

Delton

From the valley town; the settlement in the valley

English

Delvin

Godly friend; proud friend; bright friend

Irish

Dempsey

Proud

Irish

Denali
Denim

Strong cloth

American

Dewey

Welsh

Dublin

Black Pool

Irish

Dwight

White or blond

English

Eason

Protector, great one.

Irish

Elden

Ella's hill

English

Eldred

Old, venerable counsel

English

Elisha

God is my salvation

Hebrew

Ellington

English

Elton

Ella's town

English

Emory

Home strength

German

Enoch

Trained, vowed, dedicated; profound

Hebrew

Enos

Man

Hebrew

Essex

Eastern

English

Everest

English

Exodus

Exit of Large Group

Greek

Fabio

An Italian form of Fabius.

Irish

Fabrizio

Works with the hands

Latin

Fairfax

Blond

English

Faxon

Hair

English

Fenix

Dark red

Greek

Ferdinand

Bold voyager

German

Fernando

Brave journey

Spanish

Foster

Woodsman

English

Fox

Fox

English

Fulton

Settlement of the fowl; people's estate

English

Garrett

Spear rule

English

Gendry

Created name

American

Genesis

Origin, beginning

Greek

Giles

Small goat

Greek

Goodwin

Good friend

English

Griswold

Gray woods

German

Halston
Harlem

Home on a wooded hill

Dutch

Hartley

Stag meadow

English

Hassan

Good-looking, handsome

Arabic

Hector

Steadfast

Greek

Hilton

Hill settlement

English

Hiram

My brother is exalted

Hebrew

Hollis

The holly tree

English

Israel

God contends

Hebrew

Jamir

Unknown

Arabic

Jericho

City of the moon

Arabic

Jorah

First rain or autumn rain

Hebrew

Kanoa

The free one

Polynesian

Kareem

Generous, giving

Arabic

Keanu

The breeze

Polynesian

Keenan

Ancient

Irish

Kenway

Brave or royal fighter

English

Keoni

God is gracious

Polynesian

Kermit

Without envy

Irish

Kingston

King's town

English

Kirkland

Church land

English

Koa

Brave, bold, fearless.

Polynesian

Lawton

Hill town

English

Lemuel

Belonging to God

Hebrew

Lex

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Lorenzo

Laurel

Italian

Lucius

From Lucanus

Greek

Marcel

French

Marston

Town near the marsh

English

McBride

Son of the follower of Saint Brigid

Irish

Mercer

Storekeeper

English

Merlin

Sea fortress

Welsh

Merrill

Sparkling sea

English

Milton

Mill town

English

Morton

Moor town

English

Murphy

Sea warrior

Irish

Naldo

A short form of Ronaldo.

Spanish

Nebraska

Flat Water

Native American

Nelson

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

English

Nigel

Champion

Spanish

O’Brien

High, noble

Irish

Odell

Woad hill

English

Ogden

Oak valley

English

Orwald

Spear strength

English

Oswaldo

God's power

German

Pablo

A Spanish equivalent of Paul.

Spanish

Pascal

Easter child

Latin

Pelle

Stone

Scandinavian

Radcliffe

Red cliff

English

Raiden

Thunder and lightning

Japanese

Reeve

Bailiff

English

Renaldo

Ruler's counselor

Portuguese

Rexley

From the king's meadow

English

Rogan

Red-headed

Irish

Roosevelt

Rose field

Danish

Ross

Headland, cape

Scottish

Salman

Security, safety

Arabic

Salvatore

Savior

Latin

Saxon

From Saxonny

German

Seton

Sea settlement

English

Shem

Name, fame

Hebrew

Sully

South meadow

English

Sylvester

Wooded

Latin

Tariq

Evening caller

Arabic

Thor

Thunder

Scandinavian

Thormond

Thor's protection

English

Thornton

Thorn-bush settlement

English

Thunder

Stormy tempered

English

Thurston

Thor's stone

English

Torrance

Little hills

Irish

Travers

To cross over

French

Uriah

My light is Jehovah

Hebrew

Uriel

Angel of light; flame of God

Hebrew

Vernon

Alder grove

French

Wayland

Land by the road

English

Webster

Weaver

English

Wendell

Wanderer

German

Westcott

Western cottage

English

Whitford

White ford

English

Whitley

White meadow

English

Willam
Willie

English

Windsor

Riverbank with a winch

English

Winslow

Friend's hill

English

Wright

Carpenter

English

Wylie

Clever, crafty

English

Xadrian

Created Name

American

Xandro

Greek

Xanon

“A wool carder,” i.e., one who combs wool to prepare it for spinning.

Greek

Xavion
Xenon

Guest, host

Greek

Yosemite

American

Zahir

Blossoming, flourishing

Arabic

Zaire

River, From Zaire

African

Zavad

Gift

Hebrew

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