Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Adam

Man

Hebrew

Addison

Son of Adam

English

Akiva

Protect, shelter

Hebrew

Ali

Sublime

Arabic

Amari

Unknown

African

Andy

Manly

English

Angel

Messenger of God

Greek

Aram

High

Ancient

Arden

Great forest

Latin

Ari

Lion

Hebrew

Arlen

Pledge, oath

Gaelic

Arley

Hare meadow

English

Asa

Doctor, healer

Hebrew

Ash

Of the ash tree

English

Asher

Happy and blessed

Hebrew

Ashley

Ash meadow

English

Ashton

Ash tree town

English

Aspen

Aspen tree

English

Aubrey

Elf or magical being, power

German

Auden

Old friend

English

Audie

Noble strength

English

Austin

Great

English

Avery

Elf counsel

English

Avi

Father of a multitude (of nations)

Hebrew

Benaiah

God builds

Hebrew

Bentley

Bent grass meadow

English

Braelyn

Created name

American

Brett

From Britanny or Britain

Latin

Brooklyn

Broken land

Dutch

Bryce

Speckled

English

Caleb

Whole heart

Hebrew

Callum

Dove

Scottish

Cam

Crooked nose

Scottish

Camden

Valley

English

Campbell

Crooked mouth

Scottish

Carmen

Song

Latin

Carmine

Song

Latin

Carson

Son of Carr

Scottish

Carter

Cart user

English

Casey

Alert, watchful

Irish

Cassidy

Curly-headed

Welsh

Charlie

Free man

English

Connor

Dog lover

Irish

Cory

From the hollow

English

Davi

Beloved

Hebrew

Devyn

Bard, poet

Irish

Dominique

Lord

Latin

Dylan

Great tide

Welsh

Eden

Place of pleasure

Hebrew

Elijah

My God is Yahweh

Hebrew

Elliot

My God is Yahweh

English

Emery

Home strength

English

Emmett

Universal

English

Evan

God is gracious

Welsh

Ezra

Help

Hebrew

Felix

Happy and lucky

Latin

Finley

Fair warrior

Scottish

Finn

Fair

Irish

Flynn

Ruddy-complected

Irish

Glenn

Glen

Irish

Hadley

Heather meadow

English

Halen

Hero; from the hall

English

Harlem

Home on a wooded hill

Dutch

Harley

Hare meadow; the long field

English

Harlow

Army hill

English

Harper

Harpist, minstrel

English

Hayden

Hay valley

English

Hayes

Hedged area

English

Hazlett

Headland with the hazel trees

English

Henry

Home ruler

English

Hollis

The holly tree

English

Indiana

Land of the Indians

American

Ira

Full-grown; watchful

Hebrew

Isa

Laughter; salvation of God; the Lord helps me

Hebrew

Isai

God Is Salvation

American

Jackie

Son of Jack; he who supplants; God is gracious

Hebrew

Jamie

He who supplants

Hebrew

Jayden

Thankful one

Hebrew

Jaylen

Created name

American

Jesse

Gift

Hebrew

Jiraiya

Young thunder

Japanese

Jonah

Dove

Hebrew

Jordy

Down-flowing

Hebrew

Joss

A member of the Germanic tribe, the Gauts

German

Jude

Praise

English

Julian

Young at heart

Latin

Kai

Sea

Polynesian

Kamari

Moon

Arabic

Kayden

Son of Cadan

American

Kellen

Slender

Gaelic

Kelly

Descendant of Ceallach

Irish

Kenai

Flat lands

Native American

Kendall

The Kent river valley

English

Kennedy

Helmet head

Irish

Khai

Crowned

Egyptian

Kieran

Black

Irish

Kingsley

King's meadow

English

Kippling

From Cuppel's people

English

Kit

Bearing Christ

Greek

Koa

Brave, bold, fearless.

Polynesian

Kota

Happiness, Good Fortune

Japanese

Kyrie

Lord

Greek

Laken

Created name

American

Landon

Long hill

English

Lane

Pathway

English

Lennox

With many elm trees

Scottish

Leo

Lion

Latin

Levi

Joined together

Hebrew

Liam

Helmet of will

Irish

Linden

From the linden tree

English

London

From the great river

English

Lonnie

Noble

German

Lucien

Light; from Lucanus

Latin

Lux

Light

Latin

Madison

Son of Maud or Matthew

English

Marley

Meadow near the lake

English

Merritt

Boundary gate

English

Micah

Who is Like God?

Hebrew

Mickey

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Milan

Eager, laborious or rival; a coming together

Slavic

Monroe

Mouth of the river Rotha, in Ireland

Scottish

Morgan

Circling sea

Welsh

Nikita

People of victory

Greek

Noah

To rest

Hebrew

Noel

Christmas

French

Nova

New

Latin

Oakley

Meadow of oak trees

English

Oliver

Olive tree

English

Onyx

Precious gemstone

Latin

Oren

Pine tree; fair, pale

Irish

Paris

Of unknown meaning

Greek

Parker

Keeper of the park

English

Penn

Enclosure; hill

English

Percy

A diminutive form of Percival.

Latin

Perry

“(The man who lives in the cottage near) the pear tree,” ultimately from the Latin pirum, a pear.

Modern

Presley

Priest's meadow

English

Psalm

Song

Hebrew

Quincy

Estate of the fifth son

French

Quinn

Descendent of Conn

Irish

Raja

King

Indian (Sanskrit)

Raleigh

Roe deer's meadow

English

Rami

Loving

Arabic

Reagan

Little king

Gaelic

Reid

Red-haired

English

Remy

From Rheims

French

Rhys

Enthusiasm

Welsh

Ridley

Reed meadow

English

Riley

Rye clearing

Irish

Rishi

Sage

Indian (Sanskrit)

River

Flowing body of water

English

Ronnie

Mountain of strength; ruler's counselor

Scandinavian

Rory

Red king

Irish

Rowan

Of the rowan tree

Gaelic

Rune

Secret

Scandinavian

Rylan

Rye land

English

Sage

Healing herb

Latin

Santana

Related to St Anna

Spanish

Sasha

Man's defender, warrior

Russian

Sawyer

Wood Cutter

English

Sebastian

Venerable or honorable

Greek

Selim

Peaceful

Arabic

Sequoia

Sparrow

Native American

Shai

Gift

Hebrew

Shane

God is gracious

Irish

Shay

Admirable

Gaelic

Shelby

Willow; from the ledge estate

Latin

Shia

Praise God

Hebrew

Shiva

Lucky

Indian (Sanskrit)

Sidney

Wide meadow

English

Sora

Sky

Japanese

Soren

Stern

Danish

Sparrow

Sparrow bird

English

Taj

Crown

Indian (Sanskrit)

Tate

Cheerful

English

Tatum

Tata's home

English

Tennessee

Where waters meet

Native American

Tracen

From Tracy, France

American

Tristen

Noise

Celtic

True

True

English

Whitley

White meadow

English

Whitney

White island

English

Wynn

Friend

English

So-called “soft boy names” are gentle on the ear, lacking the overt machoism of many male monikers. Not only do these sweet spirits have a kinder sound, but they often have incredible meanings. See our complete list for a full rundown of names, meanings, origins, and popularity, but for now, meet some standouts with us.

Soft boy names are pretty popular, with several Top 10 residents having gentle sounds, including Noah, Liam, and Oliver. Elijah is another kind-hearted cutie, meaning “my God is Yahweh.” The classic Henry also bears a soft sound, though his mighty meaning “home ruler” offers some balance. Other popular picks with softer sides include Levi, Sebastian, and Julian.

On the other hand, soft boy names can be unique. Names in this category let your little one’s special side shine. Arlen is a fun choice. Meaning “a manly pledge,” this Gaelic great was most popular in the 1930s. Today, he’s not even in the Top 1000! His friend Auden offers a similar vibe, though his “old friend” meaning is one of the best we’ve ever heard. Another option is Ridley, meaning “from the clear meadow.” He’s a handsome Englishman in the popular surname style, yet he’s super uncommon. See Linden, Aspen, and Ash for more unique soft boy names.

Unisex names are common in the soft name group. Avery is one we adore. Yes, he’s more popular for girls, but he’s still just as wearable on a little boy ready for adventure. Jayden also falls into this realm. This modern variant of Jadon has Hebrew roots and means “thankful one.” His rhyming friend Hayden is another top-notch choice. This English chap means “hay valley.” Check out Rowan, Sidney, and River for more unisex contenders.

Amazing meanings are plentiful among soft boy names. Asher‘s “happy and blessed” is one of our favorites. This Hebrew moniker has a boyish charm yet ages well. Similarly, there’s Felix, who means “happy and lucky.” You can find sweetness in meanings with Caleb‘s “whole heart” along with strength with Finley‘s “fair warrior.”

Browse our complete list for more soft boy names.