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120 Cute Boy Names: Trending, Unique, & Meaningful Baby Boy Names

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Top 10 Trending Boy Names

Here are the popular baby boy names that topped the rankings in 2020, according to the SSA’s (Social Security Administration) most recent data. (Note: SSA is yet to release data for 2021.) (1)

Alexander

  • Meaning: People’s defender
  • Origin: Greek
  • Pronunciation: AL-IG-ZAN-DUR
  • Variations: Alec, Alejandro, Alessandro, Alex, Alexis, Alexzander, Xander, Zander
  • Description: Alexander was the top 10 most popular baby boy name in 2020, with 10,151 recorded male births. (2)

Benjamin

  • Meaning: Favored son, right hand’s son
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: BEN-JUH-MEN
  • Description: Benjamin was the top 7 most popular baby boy name in 2020, with 12,136 recorded male births. (2)

Elijah

  • Meaning: Jehovah is God
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: EE-LIE-JUH, EH-LEE-YAH
  • Variations: Eli, Elias, Elia
  • Description: Elijah was the top 4 most popular baby boy name in 2020, with 13,034 recorded male births. (2)

Henry

  • Meaning: Home ruler
  • Origin: French, German
  • Pronunciation: HEN-REE
  • Variations: Henri
  • Description: Henry was the top 9 most popular baby boy name in 2020, with 10,705 recorded male births. (2)

James

  • Meaning: One who replaces someone or something
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: JAYMS
  • Variations: Jameson, Jamison
  • Description: James was the top 6 most popular baby boy name in 2020, with 12,250 recorded male births. (2)

Liam

  • Origin: Irish
  • Pronunciation: LEE-UHM
  • Variations: William
  • Description: Liam topped the trendy baby boy name list in 2020 with 19,659 recorded male births. Its variation, William, was the top 5 most popular baby boy name in 2020, with 12,541 recorded male births. (2)

Lucas

  • Meaning: Light giver, illuminating
  • Origin: English, Greek, Latin
  • Pronunciation: LOO-KUS
  • Variations: Luke, Lucius, Lucca, Luca
  • Description: Lucas was the top 8 most popular baby boy name in 2020, with 11,281 recorded male births. (2)

Mason

  • Meaning: Stone worker
  • Origin: Old French
  • Pronunciation: MAY-SUHN
  • Variations: Masson, Maison
  • Description: Mason was the top 11 most popular baby boy name in 2020, with 10,029 recorded male births. (2)

Noah

  • Meaning: Comfort, rest
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: NOH-AH
  • Description: Noah was the top 2 most popular baby boy name in 2020, with 18,252 recorded male births. (2)

Oliver

  • Meaning: Descendants, olive, olive tree
  • Origin: French, Latin, Old Norse
  • Pronunciation: AA-LI-VER
  • Variations: Olivier, Ollie
  • Description: Oliver was the top 3 most popular baby boy name in 2020, with 14,147 recorded male births. (2)

What’s A Cute Name For A Boy?

Aaro

  • Meaning: Enlightened, high mountain
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: AA-RO
  • Variations: Aaron

Abram

  • Meaning: Father of nations
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: AYB-RAHM
  • Variations: Abraham

Ace

  • Meaning: Number one, the best
  • Origin: English
  • Pronunciation: AYS

Adam

  • Meaning: Son of the red Earth, to be red
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: AY-DUHM
  • Variations: Adan

Adrian

  • Meaning: Adria’s son
  • Origin: Greek, Latin
  • Pronunciation: AY-DREE-UHN
  • Variations: Adreeyan



Aiden

  • Origin: Irish
  • Pronunciation: AY-DEN
  • Variations: Aidan, Ayden, Aydan

Alfred

  • Meaning: Elf’s counsel
  • Origin: Old English
  • Pronunciation: AL-FRED
  • Variations: Alfredo

Alistair

  • Meaning: Protector, warrior
  • Origin: Scottish
  • Pronunciation: AL-IS-TAYR
  • Variations: Alexander

Archie

  • Meaning: Archer, bold
  • Origin: German
  • Pronunciation: AR-CHEE
  • Variations: Archibald, Archer

Arlo

  • Meaning: Rock hill, stone hill
  • Origin: English
  • Pronunciation: AHR-LOH
  • Variations: Harlow

Axel

  • Meaning: Divine reward, father of peace
  • Origin: Hebrew, Old German
  • Pronunciation: AHK-SEL

Ben

  • Meaning: Son, right-hand man’s son
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: BEN
  • Variations: Benedict, Benito, Bennett

Bevan

  • Meaning: Evan’s son
  • Origin: Welsh
  • Pronunciation: BEV-UHN
  • Variations: Beavan, Bevin

Bodie

  • Meaning: Home, shelter, news bringer
  • Origin: Scandinavian, Old French
  • Pronunciation: BOW-DEE
  • Variations: Boden

Brent

  • Meaning: One from a steep hill, one from a high place
  • Origin: Celtic, Old English
  • Pronunciation: BRENT

Caleb

  • Meaning: Wholehearted
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: KAY-LEB
  • Variations: Kaleb, Kalib

Carlos

  • Meaning: Freeman
  • Origin: Spanish
  • Pronunciation: KHAR-LOS
  • Variations: Charles

Caspian

  • Meaning: White, sea
  • Origin: English
  • Pronunciation: KAS-PEE-UHN

Chance

  • Meaning: Good fortune, one who takes risks
  • Origin: English
  • Pronunciation: CHANS

Cody

  • Meaning: Helpful, cushion
  • Origin: English, Gaelic, Irish
  • Pronunciation: KO-DEE
  • Variations:Kody, Codey

Cosmo

  • Meaning: Beauty, decency, order
  • Origin: English, German
  • Pronunciation: KAAS-MOW
  • Variations: Cosimo

Davian

  • Meaning: Beloved
  • Origin: American, Welsh
  • Pronunciation: DAYV-YEN
  • Variations: Davin, Davyn

Dean

  • Meaning: Religious, valley
  • Pronunciation: DEEN
  • Variations: Deane, Dino

Delwin

  • Meaning: Bright friend, good friend, proud friend
  • Origin: Irish
  • Pronunciation: DEL-WIN
  • Variations: Delvin

Donatello

  • Meaning: To give, to donate
  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Pronunciation: DOH-NA-TEL-LOH
  • Variations: Donatella

Dorian

  • Meaning: Ancient Greek tribe, gift
  • Origin: Greek
  • Pronunciation: DOR-EE-YUN
  • Variations: Dorothy, Dora

Easton

  • Meaning: East town, East-facing place
  • Origin: English
  • Pronunciation: EES-TUHN

Ezra

  • Meaning: Aid, help, protect
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: EHZ-RUH
  • Variations: Ezri

Finley

  • Meaning: Blond or fair warrior
  • Origin: Gaelic, Scottish
  • Pronunciation: FIN-LEE
  • Variations: Finn, Finnley

Ford

  • Meaning: River crossing, river crossing dweller
  • Origin: Old English
  • Pronunciation: FORD

Gavin

  • Meaning: White hawk
  • Origin: Finnish, Welsh
  • Pronunciation: GAY-VIN
  • Variations: Gawain

Gray

  • Meaning: Gray-haired
  • Origin: English, Scottish
  • Pronunciation: GRAY
  • Variations: Grey, Grayson, Greyson, Greysen

Harry

  • Meaning: Home ruler
  • Origin: English, German
  • Pronunciation: HAE-REE
  • Variations: Henry

Hudson

  • Meaning: Hugh’s son, Hud’s son
  • Origin: English
  • Pronunciation: HUHD-SUN

Hugh

  • Meaning: Mind, spirit
  • Origin: English
  • Pronunciation: HYOO
  • Variations: Hugo, Hugues

Isaac

  • Meaning: God will laugh
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: IE-ZAEK
  • Variations: Issac, Isaak, and Isaack

Jacob

  • Meaning: May God protect, seizing by the heel
  • Origin: Greek, Hebrew, Latin
  • Pronunciation: JAY-KOB, YA-KUHB
  • Variations: Jacoby

Jasper

  • Meaning: Treasure bringer
  • Origin: Latin, Persian
  • Pronunciation: JAS-PUR
  • Variations: Gaspar

Jayden

  • Meaning: Thankful one
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: JAY-DEN
  • Variations: Jaden, Jadon, Jaydon

Jett

  • Meaning: Black, stone
  • Origin: English
  • Pronunciation: JET
  • Variations: Jet

Jonah

  • Meaning: Dove
  • Origin: Arabic, English
  • Pronunciation: JO-NUH
  • Variations: Jonas

Jude

  • Meaning: Generosity, praise
  • Origin: Arabic, English
  • Pronunciation: JOOD
  • Variations: Judah

Julian

  • Meaning: Youthful
  • Origin: Greek, Latin
  • Pronunciation: JUL-YEN
  • Variations: Julien, Julianne, Julia, Julio

Kai

  • Meaning: Ocean, sea, rejoice
  • Pronunciation: KIE

Kairo

  • Meaning: Victorious one
  • Origin: Arabic
  • Pronunciation: KIE-RO
  • Variations: Cairo

Keanu

  • Meaning: Breeze
  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Pronunciation: KEE-AH-NU

Keith

  • Meaning: Forest, wood
  • Origin: Celtic, Scottish
  • Pronunciation: KEETH
  • Description: Originally a Scottish last name

Kendrick

  • Meaning: Greatest champion
  • Origin: Welsh
  • Pronunciation: KEN-DRIK
  • Variations: MacKendrick
  • Description: Originally a last name derived from Machendrie

Kenji

  • Meaning: Wise second child
  • Origin: Japanese
  • Pronunciation: KEN-JEE
  • Variations: Ken, Kenichi

Kenzo

  • Meaning: Wise one
  • Origin: Japanese
  • Pronunciation: KEN-ZOH
  • Variations: Ken, Kenichi

Kevin

  • Meaning: Handsome
  • Origin: Irish
  • Pronunciation: KEH-VIN
  • Variations: Kevan

Kobe

  • Meaning: God’s door, God may protect
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: KOH-BEE
  • Variations: Coby, Koby

Kyle

  • Meaning: Narrow, strait
  • Origin: Irish, Scottish
  • Pronunciation: KYL
  • Variations: Kile, Kylie

Lawrence

  • Meaning: Bright one, shining one
  • Origin: Latin
  • Pronunciation: LOR-UHNS
  • Variations: Laurence

Leo

  • Meaning: Lion
  • Origin: Latin, Spanish
  • Pronunciation: LEE-OH
  • Variations: Leon, Leonard, Leonardo, Leonel, Lionel

Levi

  • Meaning: Joined, united
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: LEE-VIE

Lloyd

  • Meaning: Gray-haired
  • Origin: Welsh
  • Pronunciation: LOYD
  • Variations: Loyd

Logan

  • Meaning: Hollow
  • Origin: Gaelic, Scottish, Irish, Celtic
  • Pronunciation: LOH-GUHN
  • Description: Logan is a popular gender-neutral name. It was the top 16 baby boy and the top 317 baby girl names in 2020. (2)

Lorenzo

  • Meaning: Laurel crown
  • Origin: Latin
  • Pronunciation: LOH-REN-ZOH
  • Variations: Lorenz, Lawrence, Laurence

Makai

  • Meaning: Good looking, good health
  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Pronunciation: MAH-KAH-I
  • Variations: Michael

Malachi

  • Meaning: Angel, a messenger of God
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: MAH-LAH-KAI
  • Variations: Malakai

Marcellus

  • Meaning: Young warrior
  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Pronunciation: MAR-SEL-UHS
  • Variations: Marcelles, Marcelli

Maverick

  • Meaning: Independent
  • Origin: English
  • Pronunciation: MAV-UH-RIK
  • Variations: Maverik

Mccoy

  • Meaning: Fire
  • Origin: Irish
  • Pronunciation: MAK-KOY
  • Variations: Mac, Mc

Merrell

  • Meaning: Shining sea
  • Origin: English
  • Pronunciation: MEH-RAHL
  • Variations: Merril, Meryl, Muriel, Meriel

Miles

  • Meaning: Merciful, soldier, God’s servant
  • Origin: English, German, Irish
  • Pronunciation: MIE-LZ
  • Variations: Myles, Milan, Milos, Milo

Milo

  • Meaning: Beloved, dear
  • Origin: Greek, Latin, Slavic
  • Pronunciation: MIE-LOH
  • Variations: Milos

Mirza

  • Meaning: Prince
  • Origin: Arabic
  • Pronunciation: MIR-ZAH

Musa

  • Meaning: Moses (Arabic, Hebrew), warrior (Korean)
  • Origin: Arabic, Hebrew, Korean
  • Pronunciation: MOO-SAH
  • Variations: Mosa, Moosa, Mousa, Moussa

Nash

  • Meaning: By the ash tree
  • Origin: English
  • Pronunciation: NASH
  • Description: Originally an English last name that has become a trendy first name.

Neo

  • Meaning: New, gift
  • Origin: Latin
  • Pronunciation: NEE-OH

Nolan

  • Meaning: Famous, noble, a champion’s descendant
  • Origin: Gaelic, Irish
  • Pronunciation: NOH-LUHN
  • Description: Originally a traditional Irish last name.

Omar

  • Meaning: Flourishing, long-lived
  • Origin: Arabic
  • Pronunciation: OH-MAR

Oscar

  • Meaning: Deer lover
  • Origin: English, Irish
  • Pronunciation: AAS-KAHR

Otto

  • Meaning: Prosperous, wealthy
  • Origin: German
  • Pronunciation: AAD-OH
  • Variations: Audo, Odo, Udo

Patrick

  • Meaning: Nobleman, patrician
  • Origin: Latin
  • Pronunciation: PAT-RIK
  • Variations: Patricia

Philip

  • Meaning: Horse lover
  • Origin: Greek
  • Pronunciation: FEE-LIP
  • Variations: Phillip, Phillipe

Rafael

  • Meaning: God has healed
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: RAH-FA-EL
  • Variations: Raphael

Raiden

  • Meaning: Thunder and lightning
  • Origin: Japanese
  • Pronunciation: RIE-DEN
  • Description: Rai means lightning in Japanese.

Reginald

  • Meaning: Advice, counsel
  • Origin: German, Latin
  • Pronunciation: REJ-UH-NUHLD
  • Variations: Reinald, Reynaud

Ridge

  • Meaning: Ridge or mountain range
  • Origin: Old English
  • Pronunciation: RIJ

Rohan

  • Meaning: Ascending, spiritual
  • Origin: Arabic, Sanskrit
  • Pronunciation: ROH-UHN
  • Variations: Roan, Rowan

Roman

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: ROH-MUHN

Sebastian

  • Meaning: Highly respected, admired
  • Origin: Latin
  • Pronunciation: SEH-BAS-CHAAN
  • Description: Sebastianus used to refer to people hailing from Sebaste, which is now the city of Sivas in Turkey.

Silas

  • Meaning: Forest, wood
  • Origin: Greek, Latin
  • Pronunciation: SIE-LUHS
  • Description: Silas is a popular boy name derived from the Roman god Sylvanus.

Titan

  • Meaning: Defender, giant gods in Greek mythology
  • Origin: Greek
  • Pronunciation: TIE-TUHN

Tobias

  • Meaning: God is good
  • Origin: Greek, Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: TOH-BY-UHS
  • Variations: Tobiah

Travis

  • Meaning: To traverse or cross over
  • Origin: French
  • Pronunciation: TRA-VUHRS
  • Description: Travis was originally a French last name given to bridge or crossing toll collectors.

Uriel

  • Meaning: Angel of light, a flame of God
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: YU-REE-UHL

Valentino

  • Meaning: Strength, health
  • Origin: Spanish
  • Pronunciation:
  • Variations: Valentin, Valentina, Valentine
  • Description: Valentino is an Italian last name.

Vincenzo

  • Meaning: To win
  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Pronunciation: VIN-CHEN-ZOH
  • Variations: Vincent, Vince, Vin

Waylon

  • Meaning: Sideroad land
  • Origin: Old English
  • Pronunciation: WAY-LUHN
  • Variations: Wayland

Wyatt

  • Meaning: Brave
  • Origin: Old English
  • Pronunciation: WHY-UHT
  • Variations: Wiot

Yosef

  • Meaning: Fame, praise
  • Origin: Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish
  • Pronunciation: YOH-SEF
  • Variations: Yossef, Yoseph, Yousef, Yusuf
  • Description: Yosef is the Hebrew form of Joseph.

Zackary

  • Meaning: God remembers
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: ZAK-UH-REE
  • Variations: Zachariah, Zacharias, Zakariya, Zack, Zacky

What Is A Unique / Most Rare Name For A Boy?

Here are some unique baby boy names:

Akia

  • Meaning: First-born child
  • Origin: African
  • Pronunciation: AH-KEE-YA
  • Description: Akia is also a unisex name.

Myron

  • Meaning: Derived from myrrh, an aromatic shrub
  • Origin: Greek
  • Pronunciation: MY-RON
  • Variations: Myrrhon, Miron

Nasir

  • Meaning: A victor’s supporter
  • Origin: Arabic
  • Pronunciation: NAA-SIHR
  • Variations: Nasira, Nasser, Naseer

Nalo

  • Meaning: Beloved, lovable
  • Origin: African
  • Pronunciation: NAH-LOH
  • Description: Nalo is also a gender-neutral name.

Nehemiah

  • Meaning: Comforted by God
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: NEE-UH-MIE-UH

Onyx

  • Meaning: Black gemstone
  • Origin: English
  • Pronunciation: OH-NIKS
  • Variations: Onix, Enix

What Name Means Miracle?

These are the perfect names for your little miraculous blessing:

Asher

  • Meaning: Blessed, blessing, happy
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: ASH-UHR

The following names mean “Gift of God.”

Ayaan

  • Origin: Arabic, Indian
  • Pronunciation: AH-YAAN
  • Variations: Ahyan

Jesse

  • Origin: English, Dutch
  • Pronunciation: JESS-SEE
  • Variations: Jess, Jessie

Matthew

  • Origin: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Pronunciation: MATH-YOO
  • Variations: Mateo, Matteo, Mattis

Nathanael

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Pronunciation: NUH-THAN-EE-UHL
  • Variations: Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathan

Sean

  • Origin: Hebrew, Irish
  • Pronunciation: SHON
  • Description: Sean is the Irish form of John.

Theodore

  • Origin: Greek, Latin
  • Pronunciation: THEE-OH-DOR
  • Variations: Theo, Theodora, Dorothea, Dorothy

Zael

  • Origin: Hebrew, Spanish
  • Pronunciation: ZAH-EL

Middle Name Ideas For Baby Boy

Did you know that giving your little one a middle namecan give him or her a leg up in life?

According to a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, middle name initials are often associated with intellectual capacities and achievements. (3)

Pax

  • Meaning: Peaceful
  • Origin: Latin
  • Pronunciation: PAKS

Peter

  • Meaning: Rock, stone
  • Origin: Greek
  • Pronunciation: PEE-TUR
  • Variations: Pater, Pete

Preston

  • Meaning: Priests’ town
  • Origin: Old English
  • Pronunciation: PRES-TON

Quentin

  • Meaning: Fifth, number five
  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Pronunciation: KWEN-TUHN
  • Variations: Quintin, Quinton, Quinten

Quincy

  • Meaning: The fifth son’s estate, quince trees orchard
  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Pronunciation: KWIN-ZEE

Remi

  • Meaning: Oarsman
  • Origin: French
  • Pronunciation: REM-EE
  • Variations: Remy

Shared Names: Patronym Vs. Matronym

Shared names are common worldwide. Children named after their father or grandfather–generally, after men in the family is called a patronym.

This family naming trend is commonly followed by US families with high regard for honor, reputation, and cultural values observed by a University of Oklahoma researcher. (4)

On the other hand, matronym or naming after the mother or grandmother is rare. (4)

Gender-Neutral Names

Unisex names are gaining popularity as more new parents choose names that are neither pink nor blue. Here are a few unique and meaningful gender-neutral names for your new baby.

Beau

  • Meaning: Good looking
  • Origin: French
  • Pronunciation: Bo

Caden

  • Meaning: Companion, friend
  • Origin: Arabic, French
  • Pronunciation: KAY-DUHN

Kylo

  • Meaning: Sky
  • Origin: American
  • Pronunciation: KIE-LOH

Noe

  • Meaning: Peace, rest
  • Origin: American, French
  • Pronunciation: NO-EH
  • Variations: Noah

Rayan

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Pronunciation: RIE-AHN
  • Variations: Rayyan

More Baby Name Ideas

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French girl names & French boy names

French baby names

Gender-neutral names

German girl names & German boy names

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Greek boy names & Greek girl names

Greek baby names & Ancient Greek names

Greek god names

Greek gods and goddesses-inspired names

Greek mythology names

Girl names that start with A

Girl names that start with J

Irish girl names & Irish boy names

Irish baby names

Italian girl names & Italian boy names

Italian baby names

Japanese girl names & Japanese boy names

Japanese baby names

Korean boy names & Korean girl names

Russian boy names & Russian girl names

Russian baby names

REFERENCES

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(1) https://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/popularnames.cgi

(2) https://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/babyname.cgi

(3) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ejsp.2026

(4) https://phys.org/news/2013-11-babies-fathers-mothers-cultural-ideologies.html

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