Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Abel

Breath

Hebrew

Aldo

Old one, elder

Spanish

Alec

Scottish

Alex

Defender of man

Greek

Ali

Sublime

Arabic

Allen

Little rock

English

Ander

Lion man

Scandinavian

Andre

Manly

French

Ash

Of the ash tree

English

Baker

English

Ben

Son

Hebrew

Bert

Illustrious

English

Blake

Black or pale

English

Boone

Good

Latin

Brady

Descendant of Bradach

Irish

Brent

Hill, mount

English

Brett

From Britanny or Britain

Latin

Brian

High and noble

English

Brock

Badger-like

English

Brody

Ditch

Scottish

Bruce

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

Ancient

Bryant

A variant spelling of Briant.

English

Bryce

Speckled

English

Cade

Round, lumpish; cask

French

Cal

A diminutive form of Calvin.

English

Carl

A variant form of Charles.

German

Cary

“He who is manly,” from the Greek kanjon, a kernel or a nut, in allusion to the male testicles.

Welsh

Case

Box

French

Casey

Alert, watchful

Irish

Cash

Case

English

Cecil

Blind; sixth

Welsh

Chris

Bearing Christ

Greek

Clark

Cleric

English

Claude

Lame

Latin

Clay

“The earth,” as the material of which the human body is made.

English

Clive

Cliff, slope

English

Clyde

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

Scottish

Cody

Helpful

Irish

Colby

Swarthy person's settlement

Scandinavian

Colin

Cub

English

Cory

English

Croy

English

Dane

From Denmark, Dane

English

Dante

Enduring

Latin

Derek

Ruler of the people

English

Drake

Dragon

English

Drew

Wise

Welsh

Dwayne

Swarthy

Irish

Erik

Everlasting ruler

Scandinavian

Flynn

Ruddy-complected

Irish

Ford

River crossing

English

Frank

Frenchman

English

Fred

Elf or magical counsel; peaceful ruler

German

Gage

Pledge

English

Gary

Spear

English

Grant

Great

English

Guy

Wood

German

Hank

Home ruler

German

Harris

Son of Harry

English

Harry

Home ruler

German

Hayes

Hedged area

English

Heath

Heath

English

Hugh

Soul, mind, intellect

German

Ivan

God is gracious

Slavic

Jair

God enlightens

Spanish

Jake

Supplanter

English

Jase

To heal

American

Jay

To heal

English

Jett

Black

English

Joe

A diminutive form of Joseph.

English

Joey

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

John

God is gracious

Hebrew

Jon

God is gracious

English

Jones
Jorge

Farmer

Spanish

Jude

Praise

English

Kade

From the wetlands

Scottish

Kane

Battle

Irish

Karl

Free man

German

Kase

Box

English

Keith

Woodland, forest

Scottish

Kent

Edge

English

Klaus

Victory of the people

German

Knox

Round hill

English

Lance

Lancet

French

Lane

Pathway

English

Lee

Pasture or meadow

English

Leif

Heir; loved

Scandinavian

Leroy

The king

French

Les

Holly garden; from Leicester

Scottish

Lewis

A variant form of Louis.

German

Lex

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Lou

Famous warrior

German

Louis

Famous warrior

French

Lux
Mack

Son of; greatest

Latin

Marcus

Dedicated to Mars

Latin

Mark

Dedicated to Mars

Latin

Martin

Of Mars

Latin

Merrick

“A serving ruler,” from the Latin mereri (to serve) and the hypothetical root rik (ruler).

Welsh

Murphy

Sea warrior

Irish

Murrey

Lord and master

Gaelic

Nash

By the ash tree

English

Neil

Champion

Scottish

Nico

People of victory

Greek

Omar

Flourishing life

Arabic

Paul

Small

Latin

Pedro

Stone

Spanish

Philip

Horse lover

Greek

Pierce

A variant form of Peter.

Greek

Preston

Priest's town

English

Quinn

Descendent of Conn

Irish

Randy

A diminutive form of Randolph.

English

Raul

Spanish

Ray

A diminutive form of Raymond.

English

Reed

Red

English

Reid

Red-haired

English

Remy

From Rheims

French

Rex

King

Latin

Rio

River

Spanish

Rome

Citizen of Rome

Latin

Ronan

Little seal

Irish

Rory

Red king

Irish

Roy

Red

Irish

Royce

“Roy’s son,” from Roy and ce, here regarded as “son.”

German

Rudy

A diminutive form of Rudolph.

Sam

A short form of Samson and Samuel.

American

Sander

One who sands

English

Saul

Prayed for

Hebrew

Scott

From Scotland, a Scotsman

English

Sean

God is gracious

Irish

Seth

Appointed

Hebrew

Shane

God is gracious

Irish

Sonny

Son

English

Stefan

A Russian form of Stephen.

Scandinavian

Tate

Cheerful

English

Theo

God's gift

Greek

Tony

A diminutive form of Anthony.

Latin

Trent

Gushing waters

Latin

Trey

Three

English

Troy

Foot soldier

Irish

Ty

English

Van

Of

Danish

Vance

Marshland

English

Vince

Prevailing

Latin

Wade

To ford

English

Warren

Game preserve

English

Wayne

Wagon builder or driver

English

Wells

Wells

English

Wes

Western meadow

English

Will

Desiring peace; will helmet, protection

German

Willis

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

English

Yale

Heights, upland; fertile moor

Welsh

Zane

God is gracious

American

Zeke

English

Zev

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