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

Updated on 10 May 2022 • 8 minute read

 

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

  • Meaning: Protector, warrior
  • 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

  • Meaning: Small fire
  • 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
  • Origin: Arabic, English
  • 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
  • Origin: Finnish, Hawaiian
  • 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
  • Description: Rohan is a unique-sounding name that can be used as a first name and a last name.

 

Roman

  • Meaning: Strong, powerful
  • 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
  • Description: One of the lesser-known biblical names.

 

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 name can 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

 

Anime girl names & Anime boy names

Anime-inspired baby names

 

Badass girl names

Baby girl names

 

Baby names

 

Black boy names & Black girl names

 

Chinese girl names & Chinese boy names

Chinese baby names

 

French girl names & French boy names

French baby names

 

Gender-neutral names

 

German girl names & German boy names

German baby names

 

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:

(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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