Baby Names

400+ Old English Names For Boys: Retro & Traditional Options

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Overview

Plenty of Old English names for men and young boys remain a popular choice in modern times, as shown in their regular appearance on the Top 10 baby names posted by the SSA (Social Security Administration) in the US. (1)

For example, William, Oliver, James, Theodore, and Henry were in the US’s top 10 baby boy names in 2021. (1)

English boy names can be a safe, traditional choice for your baby so that they don’t have to worry about spelling out their name or explaining the meaning behind it (as they might with exotic and international choices) when they’re older.

We’ve prepared this list of the 440+ most popular names for boys, with retro choices from Old English names plus some related names in other languages.

The Most Common & Popular OId English Names For Men

Some of the most common Old English names, including variants of names from other languages:

1. Albert

  • Meaning: Bright and noble
  • Description: Related to the Germanic name “Adalbert”

2. Alden

  • Origin: Old English

3. Alfred

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Wise counselor” or “elf counsel”
  • Description: Famous namesakes include Alfred the Great, the king of the Anglo-Saxons

4. Alvin

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Noble friend

5. Archie

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Bold,” “brave,” or “genuine”

6. Arthur

  • Origin: Old English and Celtic
  • Meaning: Powerful name that means “strong as a bear” (“artos” means “bear”)
  • Description: It’s the name of the mythical King Arthur (of the Celtic legend “Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table”)

7. Ashley

  • Origin: Old English

8. Aubrey

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Elf counsel

9. Baldwin

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Bold friend

10. Benedict

  • Origin: Old English and Latin
  • Meaning: “Brave friend” or “blessing”

11. Benjamin

  • Origin: Old English and Hebrew
  • Description: Pet names include “Benny,” “Ben,” “Benj,” and “Benji”

12. Bernard

  • Origin: Old English and German
  • Meaning: “Strong as a bear” (“bern” means bear)
  • Description: Nicknames can include “Bernie” or “Bern”

13. Blake

  • Origin: Old English

14. Bob

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Bright and famous
  • Description: Standalone first name or a nickname for longer names like “Robert”

15. Bradley

  • Origin: Old English

16. Brian

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Someone who is from a high and noble birth

17. Cameron

  • Origin: Old English
  • Description: Surprisingly, despite its meaning, this name is a favorite choice by many parents; famous namesakes include Cameron Diaz

18. Carter

  • Origin: Old and Middle English
  • Meaning: Occupational name meaning “cart driver”

19. Cecil

  • Origin: Old English name of Latin and Old Welsh origin
  • Meaning: “Sixth” or “blind”
  • Description: Relates to the Roman name “Caecilius”

20. Chad

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Warlike

21. Chance

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Blessed by fortune

22. Channing

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Knowing

23. Charles

  • Origin: German and Old English baby name
  • Meaning: Free man
  • Description: Derived from the German boy name “Karl”; popular namesakes include King Charles of England

24. Charlie

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Free man
  • Description: Standalone old-fashioned boy name that can also be a nickname for “Charles”

25. Christopher

  • Meaning: “One who is a Christ-bearer” or “one who holds Christ in his heart”
  • Description: Comes from the Greek name “Christóforos”; nicknames include “Chris”

26. Clifford

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “The steep edge of a ford” or “ford by a cliff”
  • Description: Nicknames include “Cliff”

27. Clinton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: A town near a hill

28. Cyril

  • Meaning: “Masterful” and “lordly”
  • Description: Popular saint name

29. Darwin

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Beloved friend

30. David

  • Origin: Old English and Hebrew
  • Meaning: “Beloved” or “dearly loved”
  • Description: Biblical name after King David, Israel’s second king who killed the fearsome giant Goliath when he was younger

31. Douglas

  • Origin: Old English, Gaelic, Scottish, and Irish name
  • Meaning: “Dark river” or “dark glass”

32. Dwight

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Fair one

33. Earl

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Nobleman
  • Description: Also a title for royalty

34. Edgar

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Prosperous spear” or “fortunate and powerful”
  • Description: Another form of the Old English name “Eadgar”

35. Edmund

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Successful defender,” “wealthy protector,” or “protector of riches”
  • Description: Nicknames can include “Eddie” and “Ed”

36. Edward

  • Origin: Old English and Anglo-Saxon
  • Meaning: “Guardian of prosperity” or “wealthy guardian”
  • Description: Relates to the Anglo-Saxon name “Éadweard”

37. Edwin

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Prosperous friend,” “wealthy friend,” or “rich in friendship”
  • Description: Several Anglo-Saxon kings had this name

38. Elmer

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Famous noble

39. Elton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Country boy name meaning “from the old town”
  • Description: Famous namesakes include singer Elton John

40. Emerson

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Emery’s son

41. Eric

  • Origin: Old English, German, and Old Norse
  • Meaning: Eternal ruler
  • Description: Famous namesakes include singer Eric Clapton

42. Ernest

  • Origin: Old English and German
  • Meaning: “Determined” or “serious”
  • Description: Comes from the Germanic word “ernst”

43. Francis

  • Origin: Old English and Latin
  • Meaning: “Free man” or “Frenchman”
  • Description: Can be spelled as “Frances” if used as a girl name

44. Frank

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Free man
  • Description: Famous namesakes include Frank Sinatra

45. Frederick

  • Origin: Old English and German
  • Meaning: Peaceful ruler
  • Description: Nicknames include “Freddie” and “Fred”

46. Garry

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Bold spear

47. George

  • Origin: Old English and Greek
  • Meaning: Farmer
  • Description: Country boy name; famous namesakes include George Clooney, England’s Prince George, George Michael, and England’s patron saint

48. Gilbert

  • Origin: Old English, Norman French, and German
  • Meaning: Bright pledge

49. Hamilton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the flat-topped hill

50. Harley

  • Origin: OId English
  • Meaning: From the clearing of the army

51. Harold

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Ruler of an army” or “army commander”
  • Description: Another form of the Old English name “Hereweald”

52. Harry

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Rules his household” or “army commander”
  • Description: Standalone first name or a nickname for “Harold” and other longer names; famous namesakes include magician Harry Houdini and English singer-songwriter Harry Styles

53. Henry

  • Origin: Old English and German
  • Meaning: House ruler
  • Description: Relates to the German name “Haimirich”; famous namesakes include British actor Henry Cavill

54. Herbert

  • Origin: Old English and German
  • Meaning: “Famous within the army” or “bright army”

55. Hugh

  • Origin: Old English and German
  • Meaning: “Intelligent” or “bright in mind and spirit”
  • Description: Famous namesakes include Hugh Grant and Hugh Jackman

56. Jack

  • Origin: Old and Middle English
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Description: Relates to the biblical boy name “John”; popular even in the Middle Ages to modern times, including in baby books or stories like “Jack and the Beanstalk”

57. James

  • Origin: Old English, Greek, Latin, and Hebrew name
  • Description: Derived from “Jacob” (English form of the Hebrew name “Ya’aqov”) or “Jacomus” (Latin)

58. Jefferson

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Son of Jeffrey
  • Description: A variant of “Geoffrey”

59. John

  • Origin: Old English and Hebrew name
  • Meaning: “Gift of God” or “God is gracious”
  • Description: Biblical name

60. Johnson

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Son of John

61. Joseph

  • Origin: Old English and Hebrew
  • Meaning: God will multiply
  • Description: Retro name from the Bible

62. Kent

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Bright white,” “border,” or “coast”

63. Leo

  • Origin: Old English, German, and Latin
  • Meaning: “Lion” or “brave people”
  • Description: Nature name that can also be a powerful choice for your baby

64. Leonard

  • Origin: Old English, Norman French, and German
  • Meaning: Bold lion

65. Leslie

  • Origin: Old English and Celtic unisex name
  • Meaning: “Holly garden” or “from the gray fortress”
  • Description: Can also be spelled as “Lesley”

66. Lincoln

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Home by the pond

67. Madison

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Good son
  • Description: Country boy name

68. Morgan

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Sea-born
  • Description: Gender-neutral name

69. Nelson

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Son of a champion

70. Norman

  • Origin: Old English name
  • Meaning: “Northerner” or “man from the north”

71. Oliver

  • Origin: Medieval English, Latin, and Old French
  • Meaning: Olive tree planter
  • Description: Comes from the Latin name “Olivarius”; nicknames include “Ollie”

72. Oscar

  • Origin: Old English and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Spear of the gods

73. Parker

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Cultivated land” or an occupational name meaning “keeper of the park”

74. Percival

  • Meaning: Warrior name meaning “pierces the valley”
  • Description: Among the legendary King Arthur’s knights of the round table; nicknames include “Percy”

75. Perry

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the pear tree

76. Presley

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the clearing of the priest

77. Ralph

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Wise counsel” or “wolf”

78. Ramsey

  • Origin: Old English origin
  • Meaning: From the island of the rams

79. Randall

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: A person from the village edge or border area

80. Reginald

  • Origin: Old English name
  • Meaning: “Ruler,” “strong,” or “counselor”
  • Description: Royal name

81. Richard

  • Origin: Old English, Norman French, and Old German
  • Meaning: Strong ruler
  • Description: Famous namesakes include actors Richard Gere and Richard Lewis

82. Robert

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Famous” and “bright”
  • Description: Nicknames include “Bobby,” “Rob,” and “Bob”; famous namesakes include Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Pattinson

83. Samuel

  • Origin: Old English and Hebrew name
  • Meaning: “God has heard” or “asked of God”
  • Description: Biblical boy name for the prophet and judge (leader) in the Old Testament; other famous namesakes include singer Sam Smith and actor Samuel L Jackson

84. Scott

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From Scotland
  • Description: Namesakes include the fictional character Scott Lang (Ant-Man)

85. Shaw

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the wood

86. Sheldon

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the shelter of the hill
  • Description: Country boy name

87. Spencer

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Keeper” or dispenser”

88. Stanley

  • Origin: Old English name
  • Meaning: “Lives by the stony grove” or “from the rocky meadow”

89. Theodore

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Description: Nicknames include “Teddy” and “Ted”

90. Thomas

  • Origin: Old English, Aramaic, and Hebrew name
  • Meaning: Twin

91. Todd

  • Origin: Old and Middle English
  • Meaning: Fox
  • Description: Nature name

92. Townsend

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the end of town

93. Tucker

  • Origin: Old English and German
  • Meaning: Occupational name meaning “cloth softener” or “cloth weaver”
  • Description: Relates to the German name “Tucher”

94. Wade

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Crosser of the river
  • Description: Also a surname (e.g., Dwyane Wade)

95. Waldo

  • Origin: Old English and German
  • Meaning: “Powerful ruler” or “famous bearer”

96. Walter

  • Origin: Old English and German
  • Meaning: Powerful ruler
  • Description: Nicknames can include “Walt” (e.g., Walt Disney)

97. Wayne

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Occupational name meaning “wagon maker”
  • Description: Also a last name (e.g., fictional character Bruce Wayne or Batman)

98. Wesley

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the clearing in the west
  • Description: Famous namesakes include American actor Wesley Snipes

99. Wilfred

  • Origin: Old English and German
  • Meaning: Desire peace

100. William

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Resolute protector
  • Description: Nicknames include “Billy” and “Will”; famous namesakes include Prince William (the Duke of Cambridge and England’s crown prince)

101. Wright

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Occupational name meaning “carpenter” or “craftsman”

What Are Old-Fashioned & Victorian-Era English Names?

1. Abbott

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Father” or “priest”

2. Adney

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the island of the nobleman

3. Aldwin

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Old friend” or “wise counselor”

4. Almer

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Noble

5. Averill

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Boar warrior

6. Bentley

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the clearing overgrown with bent grass

7. Bertie

  • Origin: Old English and Old German name
  • Meaning: Bright
  • Description: Comes from the Old German word “beraht,” which means “bright”

8. Bertram

  • Origin: Old English and German
  • Meaning: Bright raven

9. Charlton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the farm of free peasants

10. Dayton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the sunny town

11. Egbert

  • Origin: Old English and Anglo-Saxon
  • Meaning: Bright edge

12. Everard

  • Origin: Old English and German
  • Meaning: Hardy and brave

13. Everett

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Brave and strong bear

14. Geoffrey

  • Origin: Old English and Norman French
  • Meaning: God’s peace
  • Description: Can also be spelled as “Jeffrey”

15. Harper

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Occupational name meaning “harpist” (one who plays the harp) or “minstrel”

16. Horace

  • Origin: Old English and Latin
  • Meaning: “Time keeper” or “man of time”
  • Description: Relates to the Latin name “Horatius”

17. Hubert

  • Origin: Old English and German
  • Meaning: “Intelligent” or “right”

18. Lawrence

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Bright and shining one” or “the man from Laurentium (an ancient city)”
  • Description: Relates to the Latin name “Laurentius”

19. Maurice

  • Meaning: One from Mauritania (an African country)
  • Description: Famous namesakes include Maurice, the father of Disney princess Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”

20. Newton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the new farm

21. Nyle

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Island

22. Peter

  • Origin: Old English and Greek
  • Meaning: Stone or rock
  • Description: Derived from the Greek name “Petros”; also a biblical name for the apostle Simon, renamed Simon Peter, who became the rock of Christianity and the keeper of the keys of heaven’s gates, as appointed by Jesus

23. Philip

  • Origin: Old English and Greek
  • Meaning: “Fond of horses” or “friend of horses”
  • Description: Royal name relating to the Greek name “Philippos”; famous namesakes include Prince Philip, the late Duke of Edinburgh

24. Radford

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the ford covered in reeds

25. Raleigh

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the clearing of the roe deer

26. Willard

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Strong desire
  • Description: Nicknames can also include “Will”

What Are Classic British Names?

1. Addison

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Adam’s son
  • Description: Also a baby girl name

2. Afton

  • Origin: Old English, Swedish, and Scottish
  • Meaning: “From the Afton river,” “evening,” or “afternoon”

3. Alan

  • Origin: Old English, Celtic, and Welsh
  • Meaning: Handsome
  • Description: Relates to the Welsh name “Alun”; also spelled as “Allan”

4. Alcott

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “The old cottage” or “from the oak cottage”

5. Andrew

  • Origin: Old English, Hebrew, and Greek
  • Meaning: “Strong,” “brave,” and “manly”
  • Description: Comes from the Greek name “Andreas”; also a biblical boy name after one of Jesus’ 12 disciples

6. Archibald

  • Origin: Old English, Old German, and Scottish
  • Meaning: “Strong” and “bold”
  • Description: Nicknames can include “Archie”

7. Arnold

  • Origin: Old English and German
  • Meaning: Eagle power

8. Audrey

  • Origin: Old English and Anglo-Norman
  • Meaning: Noble strength

9. Brandon

  • Origin: Old English, Celtic, Scandinavian, Old Welsh, and Irish boy name
  • Meaning: “Beacon hill” and “prince or king”
  • Description: Relates to the Old Welsh name “Brân” or the Irish given name “Breandán”

10. Clarence

  • Origin: Old English and Latin
  • Meaning: Bright

11. Colin

  • Origin: Old English and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Young creature
  • Description: Variants include “Collin”

12. Cuthbert

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Bright and famous

13. Daniel

  • Origin: Old English and Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my judge
  • Description: Biblical boy name for the prayerful man who survived being thrown into the lion’s den after God sent angels to protect him

14. Edric

  • Origin: Old English and Anglo-Saxon
  • Meaning: Rich and powerful

15. Ellery

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the alder tree

16. Gerald

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Rules with a spear
  • Description: Nicknames can include “Gerry”

17. Godwin

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: God’s friend

18. Gordon

  • Origin: Old English and Scottish
  • Meaning: “Great hill” or “from the marshes”
  • Description: Famous namesakes include chef Gordon Ramsay and Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot

19. Grayson

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Son of Gary

20. Howard

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Army guard
  • Description: Variant of the Old English name “Hereward”

21. King

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Ruler

22. Lewis

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Renowned fighter
  • Description: Famous namesakes include prolific author Lewis Carroll

23. Louis

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Renowned warrior
  • Description: Warrior name; famous namesakes include Prince Louis, the youngest son of Prince William and Kate Middleton

24. Mark

  • Origin: Old English and Latin
  • Meaning: Of Mars (the Roman god of war)
  • Description: Popular biblical name; other famous namesakes include actor Mark Wahlberg and author Mark Twain

25. Martin

  • Origin: Old English and Latin
  • Meaning: Warrior of Mars (the Roman god of war)
  • Description: Alternative spellings include “Martyn”

26. Matthew

  • Origin: Old English and Hebrew
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Description: Biblical name for one of Jesus’ 12 disciples and the author of the first gospel, The Book of Mark, in the New Testament

27. Michael

  • Origin: Old English and Hebrew
  • Meaning: “Gift of God” or “who is like God?”

28. Morris

  • Origin: Old English, French, and Latin
  • Meaning: One from Mauritania
  • Description: Also a last name

29. Owen

  • Origin: Old English and Welsh
  • Meaning: Young warrior
  • Description: Alternative spellings include “Owain” and “Owyn”

30. Patrick

  • Meaning: Nobleman
  • Description: Latin name Patricius

31. Raymond

  • Meaning: “Guards wisely” or “wise protector”
  • Description: Nicknames include “Ray” (also a nonbinary name)

32. Roland

  • Origin: Old English and Old German
  • Meaning: “Famous or renowned throughout the land”

33. Ronald

  • Origin: Old English and Norse
  • Meaning: Powerful ruler
  • Description: Nicknames can include “Ron” (also a standalone given name); famous namesakes include the fictional character Ronald Weasley in the “Harry Potter” series

34. Stephen

  • Meaning: “Wreath” or “crown”
  • Description: Comes from the Greek name “Stephanos”; can also be spelled as “Steven”

35. Tom

  • Origin: English, Aramaic, and Hebrew
  • Meaning: Twin
  • Description: Derived from “Thomas”

36. Victor

  • Origin: Old English, Greek, and Latin
  • Meaning: “Conqueror” or “victor”

What Are Medieval Names For Men?

1. Aeldra

  • Origin: Old English and Anglo-Saxon
  • Meaning: “Noble” or “lives at the elder tree”

2. Aldred

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Wise counselor

3. Alexander

  • Origin: Old English and Greek
  • Meaning: Defender of men

4. Alger

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Elf spear

5. Alston

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Country boy name meaning “from the noble’s town”

6. Bronson

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Son of Brown

7. Claude

  • Meaning: “Limping” or “lame”
  • Description: Even with this meaning, it’s a popular name; some famous namesakes include Claude Monet and actor Jean Claude Van Damme

8. Dickinson

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Powerful, rich ruler
  • Description: Can also work as a middle name for boys

9. Dunstan

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Dark stone

10. Eldred

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Old counsel

11. Elliot

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Noble battle

12. Hadley

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Country name meaning “heath covered meadow”

Rare & Unique Old English Names For Boys

1. Alford

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the old ford

2. Bond

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Tiller of the soil

3. Booth

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: “Hut” or “cottage”

4. Carling

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the hill where the old women gather

5. Eardley

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the clearing by the home

6. Gladstone

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Kite-shaped stone

7. Manton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the hero’s village

8. Ogden

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the valley of oak trees

9. Orton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the town by the sea

Country-Themed Old English Names For Boys

1. Ackerley

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the clearing of oak trees

2. Acton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Town in the oak trees

3. Aldis

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the old house

4. Bancroft

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Bean field

5. Barclay

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Birth meadow

6. Barden

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the valley of barley

7. Calvert

  • Origin: Old English

8. Devon

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Deep valley dwellers

9. Garrett

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Warrior name meaning “brave spearman”

10. Garson

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Son of the spear

11. Marlow

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the hillside lake

12. Milton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the mill by the farm

13. Morten

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the farm by the moor

14. Remington

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From a town near the border

Nature-Inspired Old English Names For Boys

1. Aiken

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Made of oak

2. Ainsley

  • Origin: Old English and Scottish
  • Meaning: Unisex place name meaning “hermitage and clearing”

3. Alder

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the alder tree

4. Farley

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the clearing of the bull

5. Lionel

  • Origin: Old English and Latin
  • Meaning: Young lion

6. Morley

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the clearing by the moor

7. Wallabee

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: A twist to the nature name “Wallaby” (an Australian animal)

Old-Timey Names For Your Little Man

What Are Vintage Names?

1. Adamson

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Son of Adam

2. Dane

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From Denmark

3. Everild

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Slayer

4. Fairfax

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Blond-haired

5. Flint

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Name of the stone

6. Ford

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: River crossing

7. Jesse

  • Origin: Old English and Hebrew
  • Meaning: Gift
  • Description: Biblical boy name for King David’s father

8. Rockley

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the rocky clearing

9. Romney

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the broad river

10. Rudyard

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the red enclosure

11. Rylan

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Dweller in the rye field

What Are Fancy Male Names?

1. Ainsworth

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Ann’s estate

2. Alec

  • Origin: Old English, Greek, and Scottish
  • Meaning: Defender of mankind
  • Description: A standalone given name or nickname for longer names like “Alexander”

3. Baxter

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Occupational name meaning “baker”

4. Blade

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Glory

5. Dennis

  • Origin: Old English and Greek
  • Meaning: Follower of Dionysus (Greek god of wine)

6. Erling

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: The firstborn son of the earl
  • Description: A royal name

7. Evan

  • Origin: Old English and Welsh
  • Meaning: God is gracious

8. Hector

  • Origin: Old English and Greek
  • Meaning: Holding fast
  • Description: Also spelled as “Hektor”

9. Joss

  • Origin: Old English and German
  • Meaning: “The merry one” or “little Goth”

What Are Good Names For An Old Man?

1. Aldrich

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Old

2. Alfie

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Wise counsel

3. Algernon

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Wearing a mustache

4. Anthony

  • Origin: Old English and Latin
  • Meaning: “Highly praiseworthy” and “priceless one”
  • Description: Variants include “Antoni,” “Antoin,” “Anton,” and “Antonio” (Italian or Spanish)

5. Bud

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Herald
  • Description: Can also be a pet name or a shortened form of the endearment “buddy”

6. Rudd

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Red-faced

Old English Names For Boys From A To Z

Old English Names For Boys Starting With A

  1. Aegen
  2. Aegenbald
  3. Almer
  4. Alton
  5. Alwyn

Old English Names For Boys Starting With B

  1. Beowulf
  2. Buford
  3. Byron

Old English Names For Boys Starting With C

  1. Chesney
  2. Clayborne
  3. Cobham
  4. Craven
  5. Creighton

Old English Names For Boys Starting With D

  1. Dalton
  2. Darell
  3. Darnell
  4. Dee
  5. Delvin
  6. Derwin
  7. Doane
  8. Donald
  9. Draper

Old English Names For Boys Starting With E

  1. Eaton
  2. Eberhard
  3. Eldridge
  4. Elford
  5. Elgar
  6. Emmet
  7. Erland
  8. Errett
  9. Ethelbert
  10. Etheldred

Old English Names For Boys Starting With F

  1. Farren
  2. Faxon
  3. Floyd
  4. Fred
  5. Fridolf

Old English Names For Boys Starting With G

  1. Garfield
  2. Garrard
  3. Garrick
  4. Garton
  5. Ghislain
  6. Goddard
  7. Goodwin
  8. Graydon
  9. Greeley
  10. Grimshaw
  11. Grimsley
  12. Guildford

Old English Names For Boys Starting With H

  1. Hadden
  2. Hadwin
  3. Halford
  4. Hardred
  5. Harford
  6. Hartman
  7. Harvey
  8. Hereward
  9. Hernley
  10. Hilton
  11. Holt
  12. Hooper
  13. Horatius

Old English Names For Boys Starting With I

  1. Inglebert
  2. Ingram
  3. Irwin

Old English Names For Boys Starting With J

  1. Jagger
  2. Jarvis

Old English Names For Boys Starting With K

  1. Kenneth
  2. Keyon
  3. Kinsey
  4. Kirkwell
  5. Knightley
  6. Knox

Old English Names For Boys Starting With L

  1. Landon
  2. Lawson
  3. Leighton
  4. Linden
  5. Lockhart
  6. Lynwood

Old English Names For Boys Starting With M

  1. Maitland
  2. Malden
  3. Marden
  4. Marvell
  5. Melbourne
  6. Meldon
  7. Melrose
  8. Melvin
  9. Merritt

Old English Names For Boys Starting With N

  1. Naylor
  2. Nesbit
  3. Norton
  4. Norvin
  5. Norward
  6. Norwood

Old English Names For Boys Starting With O

  1. Oakley
  2. Osbert
  3. Osmond
  4. Oswald
  5. Oxford

Old English Names For Boys Starting With P

  1. Palmer
  2. Parry
  3. Patterson
  4. Patton
  5. Pelham
  6. Pendleton
  7. Penley
  8. Peyton
  9. Powell
  10. Prescott

Old English Names For Boys Starting With Q

  1. Quiller
  2. Quinton

Old English Names For Boys Starting With R

  1. Radney
  2. Radnor
  3. Ranald
  4. Rand
  5. Ransford
  6. Ransley
  7. Raoul
  8. Raven
  9. Ravenel
  10. Redman
  11. Ripley

Old English Names For Boys Starting With S

  1. Sandon
  2. Saxon
  3. Seabert
  4. Seaton
  5. Seger
  6. Selwyn
  7. Seton
  8. Sheridan
  9. Sherman
  10. Sidney
  11. Sinjon
  12. Somerset
  13. Stafford
  14. Stanford
  15. Sunna

Old English Names For Boys Starting With T

  1. Tate
  2. Taylor
  3. Teon
  4. Thane
  5. Thorndike
  6. Tilford
  7. Tillman
  8. Trevin
  9. Truman

Old English Names For Boys Starting With U

  1. Udell
  2. Udolf
  3. Ulric
  4. Upshaw

Old English Names For Boys Starting With V

  1. Vance
  2. Varden
  3. Vernon
  4. Viggo
  5. Vinton

Old English Names For Boys Starting With W

  1. Wainwright
  2. Wakefield
  3. Wallis
  4. Walton
  5. Waverly
  6. Weldon
  7. Weston
  8. Winfred
  9. Winston
  10. Woodrow
  11. Wyman
  12. Wymer
  13. Wystan

Old English Names For Boys Starting With X

  1. Xadrian
  2. Xander
  3. Xavier
  4. Xhaiden

Old English Names For Boys Starting With Y

  1. Yardley
  2. Yorick

Old English Names For Boys Starting With Z

  1. Zachary
  2. Zane
  3. Zechariah

Bonus List 1: Old English Names For Girls

  • Cordelia
  • Edythe
  • Ermengarde
  • Etheldreda
  • Harriet

Bonus List 2: Some Vintage Boy Names From Around The World

Some old man names to consider from languages across the globe:

  • Abraham (Hebrew)
  • Adonis (Greek)
  • Augustus (Latin)
  • Bruno (Old German)
  • Cyrus (Persian)
  • Ermias (Ethiopian)
  • Fletcher (English, Scottish, and Irish boy name)

A History: How Old English Names Came To Be

Scandinavian and German languages influenced many Old English names because of the invaders that conquered England. These names later evolved to include Norman-French.

 

REFERENCES

(1) https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/

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