Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Abram

High father

Hebrew

Adonis

Lord

Greek

Alaric

Noble, regal ruler

German

Aldo

Old one, elder

Spanish

Amari

Unknown

African

Ambrose

Immortal

Greek

Anderson

Son of Andrew

English

Angelo

Messenger of God

Italian

Ari

Lion

Hebrew

Aries

Ram

Latin

Armani

Italian

Atticus

From Attica

Latin

Baker

English

Baron

Young warrior

Hebrew

Barrett

Quarrelsome

English

Beckham

Beck's homestead

English

Benson

Son of Ben

Bishop

Bishop

English

Boaz

Strength

Hebrew

Bodhi

Awakening

Indian (Sanskrit)

Booker

English

Bowen

Son of Owen; son of the young one

Welsh

Brennan

Teardrop

Irish

Bridger

Lives near the bridge; bridge-worker

English

Brighton

Bridge settlement

English

Brock

Badger-like

English

Bruno

Brown

German

Byron

At the byres or barn

English

Cairo

Victorious

Arabic

Callum

Dove

Scottish

Canaan
Canyon

Footpath

Spanish

Carlisle

Fort at Luguvalium

English

Carmelo

Orchard;, garden

Italian

Carmichael

Follower of Michael

Scottish

Caspian
Cassian

Latin

Cassius

“The helmeted warrior,” based on the Latin cassis, a helmet.

Latin

Cecil

Blind; sixth

Welsh

Cedric

Kindly, loved

English

Cesar

Thick head of hair

Latin

Clark

Cleric

English

Clifford

Cliff-side ford

English

Clyde

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

Scottish

Craig

Rock, rocky

Scottish

Creed

Belief; guiding principle; I believe

Latin

Cristiano

Follower of Christ

Latin

Cruz

Holy cross

Spanish

Cyrus

Lord

Persian

Dante

Enduring

Latin

Darius

Maintains possessions well

Persian

Darrell

Open; from Airelle

French

Darwin

Dear friend

English

Dashiell

Unknown

English

Decker

Piercing

Hebrew

Demetrius

Follower of Demeter

Greek

Desmond

From South Munster

Irish

Destin

Destiny

French

Donovan

Darkened

Irish

Dorian

Descendant of Dorus; from Doris

Greek

Drake

Dragon

English

Eamon

Wealthy protector

Irish

Edgar

Wealthy spear

English

Ellison

Son of Ellis

English

Embry

Work Rule

English

Emerich

Home strength

English

Emory

Home strength

German

Enoch

Trained, vowed, dedicated; profound

Hebrew

Enrique

Home ruler

Spanish

Ephraim

Fruitful

Hebrew

Evangelo

Good news

Greek

Ever

Always

American

Fabian

Bean farmer

Latin

Finnegan

Fair

Irish

Flanders

Person from Finland

Scandinavian

Flynn

Ruddy-complected

Irish

Forrest

Woodsman; woods

French

Francisco

From France

Spanish

Franco

Frenchman; free man

Latin

Gentry

Of gentle, good breeding, or high social position

English

Gideon

Tree cutter

Hebrew

Giorgio

Farmer

Greek

Harlan

Army land

English

Harvey

Battle ready

English

Hayes

Hedged area

English

Heath

Heath

English

Hendrix

Son of Hendrick

English

Henrik

Home ruler

German

Hugo

“An intellectual,” from the Germanic hugu, the mind.

Latin

Huxley

Hugh's meadow

English

Ibrahim

Father of nations

Arabic

Indiana
Indigo

Blue-purple color

English

Jamal

Handsome

Arabic

Jennings

Little John

English

Jenson

Son of Jan; God is gracious

Scandinavian

Jericho

City of the moon

Arabic

Jett

Black

English

Joaquin

Lifted by God

Spanish

Jonas

Dove

Hebrew

Julius

Youthful and downy

Greek

Kane

Battle

Irish

Keanu

The breeze

Polynesian

Kellan

Slender

Gaelic

Kenzo

Healthy and wise

Japanese

Khalil

Friend

Arabic

Kingsley

King's meadow

English

Kit

Bearing Christ

Greek

Lachlan

From the land of lakes

Irish

Landry

“The ruler of the land,” from the Germanic land (land) and rihhi (ruler).

English

Langston

Long stone

English

Leandro

Lion man

Greek

Ledger

Speared tribe

English

Lennox

With many elm trees

Scottish

Leonidas

Lion strength

German

Lex

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Luciano

Light

Latin

Lucius

From Lucanus

Greek

Lyric

Words of a Song

English

Madden

Little Dog

Irish

Malik

King

Arabic

Manolo
Marco

Warlike

Italian

Mario

Manly

Italian

Marlon

Modern

Marshall

Caretaker of horses

English

Matthias

Gift of God

Welsh

Maxim

Greatest

Latin

Maximillian

Greatest

Latin

Memphis

Established and beautiful

Greek

Merrick

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

Welsh

Nehemiah

God comforts

Hebrew

Niko

Greek

Oakley

Meadow of oak trees

English

Odin

Frenzy

Scandinavian

Onyx

Precious gemstone

Latin

Orlando

“The fame of the land,” an Italian variant of Roland, which see.

Spanish

Otto

Wealth

German

Pedro

Stone

Spanish

Pierce

A variant form of Peter.

Greek

Prince

Prince

English

Quincy

Estate of the fifth son

French

Ralph

Wolf counsel

English

Ramsey

Garlic island

English

Reed

Red

English

Rex

King

Latin

Ricardo

Brave ruler

Spanish

Ridley

Reed meadow

English

Rocco

Rest

Italian

Romeo

Man from Rome

Italian

Russell

Little red

English

Rylan

Rye land

English

Saint

Holy

Latin

Salem

Peace

Hebrew

Samson

Sun

Hebrew

Santino

The saints

Spanish

Sergio

Servant

Italian

Shane

God is gracious

Irish

Solomon

Peace

Hebrew

Spencer

Dispenser of provisions

English

Sterling

Genuine, of high quality

English

Sullivan

Dark eyed

Irish

Tanner

Leather maker

English

Titus

The avenger

Greek

Torin

Chief

Gaelic

Vincenzo

Prevailing

Latin

Wade

To ford

English

Wallace

Welshman

French

Warren

Game preserve

English

Watson

Son of Walter

English

Winston

Joyful stone

English

Woodrow

Row of houses by the wood

English

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