Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Aaron

High mountain

Hebrew

Abraham

Father of nations

Hebrew

Adam

Man

Hebrew

Adrian

From Hadria

Latin

Albert

Noble, bright, famous

German

Alexander

Defender of man

Greek

Alfred

Elf or magical counsel

English

Allan

Precious

German

Allen

Little rock

English

Alton

Old town

English

Alvin

Elf or magical being, friend

English

Amos

To carry; borne by God

Hebrew

Andrew

Manly and powerful

Greek

Angelo

Messenger of God

Italian

Anthony

Unknown meaning

Latin

Antonio

Unknown meaning

Italian

Arnold

Eagle ruler

German

Arthur

Bear

Celtic

Benjamin

A favorite son

Hebrew

Bruce

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

Ancient

Byron

At the byres or barn

English

Calvin

Hairless one

English

Carl

A variant form of Charles.

German

Carroll

Man

German

Cecil

Blind; sixth

Welsh

Charles

Free man

German

Chester

Camp of soldiers

Latin

Christian

Follower of Christ

Latin

Christopher

Bearing Christ

English

Clarence

One who lives near the River Clare

Latin

Clark

Cleric

English

Clayton

Clay settlement

English

Clifford

Cliff-side ford

English

Clifton

Town by the cliff

English

Clinton

Fenced settlement

English

Clyde

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

Scottish

Curtis

Courteous, polite

French

Dale

Valley

English

Daniel

God is My Judge

Hebrew

David

Beloved

Hebrew

Dean

Valley

English

Dennis

Follower of Dionysius

Greek

Dominic

Of the Lord

Latin

Donald

Great chief; world mighty

Scottish

Douglas

Black river

Scottish

Earl

Nobleman, warrior, prince

English

Edgar

Wealthy spear

English

Edward

Wealthy guard

English

Edwin

Wealthy friend

English

Eldon

Ella's hill

English

Eli

Ascension

Hebrew

Elijah

My God is Yahweh

Hebrew

Ellis

My God is Yahweh

English

Elwood

Old, noble woods

English

Emil

Eager

Latin

Emmett

Universal

English

Eric

Everlasting ruler

Scandinavian

Ervin

Beautiful

Scottish

Ethan

Enduring and strong

Hebrew

Eugene

Well-born, noble

Greek

Everett

Brave boar

English

Felix

Happy and lucky

Latin

Floyd

Gray-haired

Welsh

Forrest

Woodsman; woods

French

Francis

Frenchman; free man

Latin

Frank

Frenchman

English

Franklin

Free landholder

English

Frederick

Peaceful ruler

German

George

Farmer

Greek

Gerald

Spear ruler

German

Glenn

Glen

Irish

Grady

Descendant of nobility

Irish

Gregory

Watchful

Greek

Guy

Wood

German

Harold

Army ruler

Scandinavian

Harry

Home ruler

German

Henry

Home ruler

English

Herbert

Illustrious warrior

German

Horace

“A maker of timepieces,” from the Latin hora, an hour.

Latin

Howard

Noble watchman

English

Hugh

Soul, mind, intellect

German

Ian

God is gracious

Scottish

Irvin

Green or fresh water

Gaelic

Isaac

He will laugh

Hebrew

Isaiah

God is salvation

Hebrew

Ivan

God is gracious

Slavic

Jack

God is gracious

English

Jacob

Supplanter

Hebrew

James

Supplanter

English

Jason

To heal

Greek

Jay

To heal

English

Jeffrey

Peaceful territory

German

Jeremiah

God will exalt

Hebrew

Jeremy

God will exalt

English

Jerome

Sacred name

Greek

Jerry

A diminutive form of Jeremiah and Jerome.

English

Jesse

Gift

Hebrew

Jim

A diminutive form of James.

Hebrew

Joel

Yahweh is God

Hebrew

John

God is gracious

Hebrew

Johnny

God is gracious

Hebrew

Jonathan

God has given

Hebrew

Jordan

To descend

Hebrew

Jose

Jehovah will increase

Spanish

Joseph

Jehovah will increase

Hebrew

Joshua

God is salvation

Hebrew

Juan

God is gracious

Spanish

Julian

Young at heart

Latin

Julius

Youthful and downy

Greek

Justin

Just and fair

English

Karl

Free man

German

Keith

Woodland, forest

Scottish

Kenneth

Handsome

Scottish

Laurence

From Laurentum

Latin

Lawrence

From Laurentum

Latin

Leon

Lion

Greek

Leonard

Lion strength

German

Leroy

The king

French

Lewis

A variant form of Louis.

German

Lloyd

Gray-haired; sacred

Welsh

Loren

A short form of Lorenzo.

Modern

Louis

Famous warrior

French

Lowell

Young wolf

French

Luke

From Lucania

Greek

Luther

Soldier of the people

German

Mack

Son of; greatest

Latin

Malcolm

Devotee of Saint Columba

Scottish

Manuel

God is with us

Spanish

Marion

Latin

Mark

Dedicated to Mars

Latin

Marshall

Caretaker of horses

English

Martin

Of Mars

Latin

Marvin

Sea friend

Welsh

Mateo

Gift of God

Spanish

Matthew

Gift of God

Hebrew

Maurice

Dark-skinned, Moorish

Latin

Max

Greatest

English

Melvin

“The counseling friend.” Based on the Anglo-Saxon mael (council) and wine (friend).

Irish

Michael

Who is Like God?

Hebrew

Miles

Soldier

Latin

Milton

Mill town

English

Morris

A variant form of Maurice.

Latin

Murray

Lord, master

Gaelic

Nathan

He gave

Hebrew

Nathaniel

God has given

Hebrew

Neil

Champion

Scottish

Nelson

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

English

Nicholas

Victory of the people

Greek

Noah

To rest

Hebrew

Norbert

Northern brightness

German

Norman

Northerner

German

Oliver

Olive tree

English

Oscar

Friend of deer

Gaelic

Otis

Wealth; son of Otto

German

Otto

Wealth

German

Patrick

Nobleman

Latin

Paul

Small

Latin

Perry

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

Modern

Peter

Stone

Greek

Philip

Horse lover

Greek

Phillip

Horse lover

Greek

Preston

Priest's town

English

Ralph

Wolf counsel

English

Raymond

Protector

English

Rex

King

Latin

Ricardo

Brave ruler

Spanish

Richard

Brave ruler

German

Robert

Bright fame

German

Roberto

Bright fame

Italian

Rodney

Roda's island; island near the clearing

German

Roger

Famous spearman

German

Ronald

Ruler's counselor

Scandinavian

Russell

Little red

English

Salvatore

Savior

Latin

Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

Scott

From Scotland, a Scotsman

English

Seth

Appointed

Hebrew

Sherman

Shear man

English

Simon

He has heard

Hebrew

Stanley

Stony meadow

English

Ted

A diminutive form of Edward, Theodore, and Theodoric.

Greek

Theodore

God's gift

Greek

Thomas

Twin

Greek

Troy

Foot soldier

Irish

Vernon

Alder grove

French

Vincent

Conquer

Latin

Walter

Commander of the army

German

Warren

Game preserve

English

Wendell

Wanderer

German

Wesley

Western meadow

English

William

A willing protector

German

Willis

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

English

Wilson

Son of William

English

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As you explore traditional boy names, you’re sure to find an old friend or two. We hope at least one of them speaks to your heart.