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The Top 100 Best Black Baby Boy Names And Their Meanings

Updated on 16 August 2021 • 10 minute read
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Overview

The African-American culture is rich and colorful. It’s a blend of various cultures, including European and Native American.

So, if you’re looking for the best black baby boy names, don’t be surprised to see a combination of Christian and Muslim options. Many of these names were also influenced by French, Irish, Hebrew, Gaelic, and German cultures.

Whether you’re looking for popular baby names for your African American boy or just trying to find a unique name for your child, here are our top 100 choices for black boy names that you can choose from:

 

Popular Black Baby Names for Boys

Many African American names have become popular because of inspiring black men who excelled in the different fields of music, politics, art, science, history, and culture. 

Examples are Martin Luther King Jr., Morgan Freeman, Jamie Foxx, and Chadwick Boseman.

You can name your baby after them or choose from these top 100 popular boy names:

 

Abraham

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Father of multitudes
  • Variations/Synonyms: Abram
  • Description: It’s a classic name that continues to be popular in modern times.
  • Abraham from the Old Testament is considered to be the Jewish people’s founding father.

 

Ahmed

  • Origin: Arabic and Persian
  • Meaning: Highly praised
  • Variations/Synonyms: Amed, Amhed, Amod, and Ahmad
  • Description: It can also mean “one who constantly thanks God.”

 

Aiden

  • Origin: Gaelic, Irish, and Celtic
  • Meaning: Little fire
  • Variations/Synonyms: Aidan
  • Description: It’s a variation to Aodh, the Celtic god of sun and fire.

 

Alastair

  • Origin: Greek, Gaelic, and Scottish
  • Meaning: Defender of humanity
  • Variations/Synonyms: Alexander, Alistair, Alasdair, and Allistair
  • Description: It’s a masculine name that originated from Alasdair (Scottish Gaelic).

 

Alonzo 

  • Origin: Latin and Italian
  • Meaning: Noble or ready for battle
  • Variations/Synonyms: Alphonso
  • Description: It’s a noble name for a dashing baby boy.

 

Andor

  • Origin: Norse, Latin, and Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Brave
  • Variations/Synonyms: Andrew, Arn, and Andrei
  • Description: It can also mean “eagle.”
  • It’s another name given for Thor, the god of war and fertility.

 

Andres

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Manly
  • Variations/Synonyms: Andre and Andreas
  • Description: The name can also mean “brave.”

 

Antonne

  • Origin: Etruscan (the language of an ancient in Italy) and Latin
  • Meaning: Priceless one
  • Variations/Synonyms: Antoine, Anthony, Antony, and Antwan
  • Description: It can also mean “worthy of praise.”

 

Apollo

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Destroyer
  • Variations/Synonyms: Apollo, Appollo, and Appolo
  • Description: Apollo is known as the Greek god of music, medicine, and poetry.
  • Though the name comes from the Greek word “abaddon,” which means “destroyer,” some parents choose Apollo for its mythological significance.

 

Ardashir

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: The best king
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ardasir, Ardeshir, and Ardesir
  • Description: It can also mean “one who rules with the truth.”

 

Arran

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Island dweller
  • Variations/Synonyms: Aaron
  • Description: It’s a unique name variation for Aaron.

 

Assad

  • Origin: Arabic and Persian
  • Meaning: Lion
  • Variations/Synonyms: Asad
  • Description: This Arabic name can be a good pick for a brave boy.

 

Autry

  • Origin: Old English and French
  • Meaning: Noble strength
  • Variations/Synonyms: Audrey and Audrei
  • Description: It’s a unisex name.

 

Azuriah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Yahweh has helped
  • Variations/Synonyms: Azuria, Azaria, and Azariah
  • Description: It’s also considered as a variant for Azrael.

 

Behnam

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: Honorable or reputable
  • Variations/Synonyms: Benam
  • Description: It’s a unique name for a good person.

 

Behrouz 

  • Origin: Persian and Arabic
  • Meaning: Prosperous
  • Variations/Synonyms: Behruz, Behrooz, Behrus, and Bihuroz 
  • Description: It’s also among the top choices for baby girl names.

 

Booker 

  • Origin: African American and Old English
  • Meaning: Scribe or someone who works with books, but not necessarily a librarian
  • Variations/Synonyms: Bowker
  • Description: It comes from the Old English word “bocere,” which means “book.”

 

Bryson

  • Origin: Gaelic and Irish
  • Meaning: Nobleman’s son
  • Variations/Synonyms: Briceson and Brisson
  • Description: It started as a surname but later became popularly used as a given name.

 

Busta

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: Friend
  • Variations/Synonyms: Buster (English)
  • Description: It’s another version of Buster.

 

Caesar

  • Origin: Latin, Greek, and Roman
  • Meaning: Long-haired
  • Variations/Synonyms: Cesar, Caezar, Cezar, Tsar, and Kaiser
  • Description: Although the name means “long-haired,” it’s a popular choice for baby boys because it’s the name of the great Roman conqueror, Julius Caesar.

 

Caleb

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Faithful
  • Variations/Synonyms: Calleb
  • Description: It can also mean “servant of God” or “devotion to God.”

 

Caspar

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: Keeper of the treasure
  • Variations/Synonyms: Casper, Gasper, and Gaspar
  • Description: It’s a variation of Gaspar.

 

Chanté

  • Origin: Latin and French
  • Meaning: To sing
  • Variations/Synonyms: Chantelle
  • Description: It comes from the Latin word “cantare,” which means “to sing.”

 

Daran 

  • Origin: Old English and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Great
  • Variations/Synonyms: Daren, Darran, and Darren
  • Description: It’s a noble name for your baby boy.

 

Darius

  • Origin: Latin and Greek
  • Meaning: Possessing goodness
  • Variations/Synonyms: Darijus, Dareios, and Dario
  • Description: It can also mean “rich and kingly.”

 

Denzel

  • Origin: Cornish (the language of a Celtic ethnic group)
  • Meaning: From the high stronghold
  • Variations/Synonyms: Danzel
  • Description: It can also mean “the wild one.”

 

Dijon

  • Origin: French and Hebrew 
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations/Synonyms: Dion, Dionn, Deon, and Dijohn
  • Description: It’s a variation to John (English).

 

Dontrell

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Lasting
  • Variations/Synonyms: Donte and Dontrel
  • Description: It can also mean “gift of God.”

 

Eli

  • Origin: Hebrew and African American 
  • Meaning: High, uplifted, and ascended
  • Variations/Synonyms: Elli, Elai, and Eili
  • Description: It can also mean “my God.”

 

Elijah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: My God is Yahweh
  • Variations/Synonyms: Eliya, Elias, Eliyah, Elihu, and Eliayhu
  • Description: Elijah was among the most famous prophets in the Old Testament. He stood up against the evil Queen Jezebel.

 

Elliott

  • Origin: Hebrew, Greek, Scottish, and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Yahweh is my God
  • Variations/Synonyms: Eliot, Eliott, and Elliot
  • Description: It’s a surname but also popular as a given name.

 

Emmett

  • Origin: Hebrew, German, and English
  • Meaning: Universal
  • Variations/Synonyms: Emet, Emmet, and Emett
  • Description: It can also mean “truth” or “powerful.”

 

Everett

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Brave as a wild boar
  • Variations/Synonyms: Everet
  • Description: It was originally a surname that’s now popular as a boy’s name.

 

Farrell

  • Origin: African American and Old Irish
  • Meaning: Superior man or heroic
  • Variations/Synonyms: Pharrell
  • Description: It can also mean “man of courage.”

 

Godrell

  • Origin: African American and Arabic
  • Meaning: Related to God
  • Variations/Synonyms: Godrel and Godrrell
  • Description: It can also mean “old and wise.”

 

Hakeem

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Wise
  • Variations/Synonyms: Hakim and Akeem
  • Description: It’s one of the attribute names of Allah in Muslim belief.

 

Hassan

  • Origin: Arabic 
  • Meaning: Handsome or good
  • Variations/Synonyms: Hasan
  • Description: It can also mean “benefactor” or “one who does good.”

 

Hector

  • Origin: Greek, Spanish, and Italian
  • Meaning: Holding fast
  • Variations/Synonyms: Hektor
  • Description: It’s a noble name for a heroic boy.

 

Herold 

  • Origin: Scandinavian and German
  • Meaning: Be a warrior
  • Variations/Synonyms: Harald
  • Description: This Germanic name also means “to rule.”

 

Isaiah

  • Origin: Hebrew 
  • Meaning: Yahweh is my salvation
  • Variations/Synonyms: Isiah
  • Description: This Hebrew name is from one of the famous prophets in the Old Testament.

 

Ishmael

  • Origin: Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish
  • Meaning: God will hear
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ismael
  • Description: According to biblical accounts, he’s Abraham’s son with his wife Sarah’s Egyptian slave, Hagar. Ishmael is the father of the Arabs.

 

Israel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: He who struggles with God
  • Variations/Synonyms: Izrael and Jacob
  • Description: God changed Jacob’s name to Israel for his perseverance, based on accounts in the Old Testament.

 

Jabari

  • Origin: Swahili (an ethnic language in Kenya)
  • Meaning: Courageous or brave one
  • Variations/Synonyms: J’Bari and Jabbari
  • Description: It can also mean “comforter or someone who brings consolation.”

 

Jaheem

  • Origin: Jamaican, Hebrew, and African American
  • Meaning: Raised or dignified
  • Variations/Synonyms: Jahim
  • Description: It can also mean “king of the moon.”

 

Jamal

  • Origin: Arabic and Somali (East African language)
  • Meaning: Beauty (or handsome)
  • Variations/Synonyms: Jamaal, Dzhamal, Gamal, and Xhemal
  • Description: It can also mean “grace.”

 

Jasper

  • Origin: Greek, Persian, and Arabic
  • Meaning: One who brings treasures
  • Variations/Synonyms: Jesper and Jazper
  • Description: It’s considered as a variation to Gaspar.

 

Jayden

  • Origin: African American and Hebrew
  • Meaning: Thankful one
  • Variations/Synonyms: Jaden, Jaiden, Jadon, and Yadon
  • Description: It can also mean “he will judge.”

 

Jaylen

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: Thankful
  • Variations/Synonyms: Jalen, Jaylin, and Jaylon
  • Description: It’s a unisex name.

 

Jeremiah

  • Origin: Hebrew and Irish
  • Meaning: May Jehovah exalt
  • Variations/Synonyms: Jeremia
  • Description: It’s also considered as the Anglicised (English) form of the Irish name Diarmaid.

 

Joaquin

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Established by God
  • Variations/Synonyms: Joakim, Jehoiachin, and Jehoichin
  • Description: It’s considered as a nickname or abbreviation of the Hebrew name Jehoiachin. 

 

Jonah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Dove
  • Variations/Synonyms: Jonas
  • Description: This biblical name is popular because of the Old Testament story of how a whale swallowed him. But he emerged unharmed after three days to save the people of Nineveh from God’s punishment.

 

Jordan

  • Origin: Hebrew and Greek
  • Meaning: To flow or descend
  • Variations/Synonyms: Jordin, Jorrdinn, and Giordan
  • Description: It’s also the name of the river that flows between Israel and Jordan that figured in several biblical stories.

 

Josiah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has healed
  • Variations/Synonyms: Iosias
  • Description: It comes from the Hebrew name “Yoshi-yahu,” which means “Yahweh supports.”

 

Jupiter

  • Origin: Latin and Roman
  • Meaning: The supreme god
  • Variations/Synonyms: Juppiter
  • Description: It’s the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Zeus, also known as the god of the sky.

 

Justus

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Justice
  • Variations/Synonyms: Iustus
  • Description: It can also mean “a disciple of Christ.”

 

Keenan 

  • Origin: Hebrew and Irish
  • Meaning: Little ancient one
  • Variations/Synonyms: Keehnan, Kheenan, and Keennan
  • Description: The name also means “possession.”
  • In the Old Testament, Keenan was one of Adam’s grandsons.

 

Keon

  • Origin: Irish and Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ian
  • Description: It’s believed to be a variation to the more commonly used name, Ian.

 

Khalan

  • Origin: Hebrew, Brazilian, and Thai
  • Meaning: Strong warrior
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kalan, Kalen, and Khalen
  • Description: It can also mean “brave.”

 

Khalil

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Friend
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kahlil and Khaleel
  • Description: It’s a common surname in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa and is popular as a given name.

 

Kimbel

  • Origin: Welsh, Celtic, and African American 
  • Meaning: Warrior chief or war leader
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kimbell, Kimbal, and Kimball
  • Description: This is a popular baby boy name that also means “royal courage.”

 

Kofi

  • Origin: Akan (a West African ethnic language used in Ghana)
  • Meaning: Born on a Friday
  • Variations/Synonyms: Koffi
  • Description:  It’s the name of the Ghanaian diplomat, former UN (United Nations) Secretary-General, and 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Atta Annan.

 

Kristopher

  • Origin: Greek and Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Bearing Christ
  • Variations/Synonyms: Christopher, Cristopher, and Kristoffer
  • Description: It comes from the Greek name “Khristophoros.”

 

Laikin

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: From the lake
  • Variations/Synonyms: Laikkin
  • Description: It’s a beautiful name for a nature-loving baby boy.

 

Lamonte

  • Origin: African American, Old Norse, and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Man of law
  • Variations/Synonyms: Lamant and Lamont
  • Description: It’s a good name for a future lawyer.

 

Lemarcus

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: Warrior
  • Variations/Synonyms: Lamarcus, Lemarco, LeMarcus, and Lemarkus
  • Description: It’s a brave name for your baby boy and can also mean “from the god Mars.”

 

Lysander

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Liberator or savior
  • Variations/Synonyms: Lyxande, Lyssander, and Lissander
  • Description: This unique Greek name is related to Alexander.

 

Malachiah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Messenger of God
  • Variations/Synonyms: Malachai and Malachi
  • Description: He’s one of the prophets and was the author of “The Book of Malachi,” the last book in the Old Testament.

 

Malik

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: King
  • Variations/Synonyms: Malak, Melik, Malech, Melech, and Malikh
  • Description: It can also mean “leader of the village.”

 

Marcel

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Warlike
  • Variations/Synonyms: Marcelo, Marc, Mark, and Marcial
  • Description: It’s considered as the French form of Mark.

 

Martell

  • Origin: German and Late Latin
  • Meaning: Warrior of Mars
  • Variations/Synonyms: Martel
  • Description: It comes from the Late Latin word “martellus,” which means “hammer.”

 

Maurice

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Dark-skinned
  • Variations/Synonyms: Mauritius and Mauricius 
  • Description: It’s derived from the Latin names Mauritius or Mauricius.

 

Moses

  • Origin: Egyptian
  • Meaning: Delivered from the water
  • Variations/Synonyms: Moises, Mose, and Moe
  • Description: He’s one of the most famous biblical figures and was known as the Hebrew who became the prince of Egypt after getting adopted as a baby by the pharaoh’s daughter.

 

Murphy

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic 
  • Meaning: Sea warrior
  • Variations/Synonyms: Morpheus, Murphey, Murffey, and Morphy
  • Description: It’s the Anglicized (English) form of the Gaelic name “Murchadh,” which means “sea warrior.”

 

Naeem

  • Origin: Hebrew and Arabic
  • Meaning: Benevolent
  • Variations/Synonyms: Naim
  • Description: It can also mean “happiness” and “comfort.”

 

Niles

  • Origin: English, Gaelic, and Irish
  • Meaning: Champion
  • Variations/Synonyms: Nile and Nills
  • Description: It can also mean “passionate.”

 

Nimbus

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Dark cloud
  • Variations/Synonyms: Nimhbus
  • Description: It’s a strong black boy’s name.

 

Noah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Rest or comfort
  • Variations/Synonyms: Noa, Noe, and Noeh
  • Description: The biblical Noah was known for building the ark that saved two pairs of animals from the great flood sent by God to punish the evil people.
  • The name comes from the Hebrew word “noach,” which means “rest.”

 

Nolan

  • Origin: Gaelic and Irish
  • Meaning: Noble and renowned
  • Variations/Synonyms: Nollan
  • Description: It can also mean “descendant of a chariot fighter or champion.”

 

Orion

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: The rising star
  • Variations/Synonyms: Orrion
  • Description: In Greek mythology, he’s a mighty hunter and the son of Poseidon (the god of the sea).

 

Orpheus

  • Origin: Greek 
  • Meaning: Darkness of the night
  • Variations/Synonyms: Orrpheus
  • Description: It’s a brave name with Greek origins.

 

Oscar

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, and Norse
  • Meaning: Spear of the gods
  • Variations/Synonyms: Oskar
  • Description: It can also mean “gentle friend.”

 

Quinn

  • Origin: Irish, Scottish, Celtic, and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Wise counsel
  • Variations/Synonyms: Cuinn
  • Description: It began as a Scottish or Irish surname Ó Cuinn but later became popular as a given name.

 

Raffiel

  • Origin: Hebrew, Spanish, and Portuguese
  • Meaning: God has healed
  • Variations/Synonyms: Rafael and Raphael
  • Description: It’s from the Hebrew name Rafa-el, known as one of the archangels.

 

Rashon

  • Origin: Latin and English
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations/Synonyms: Rayshawn and Rashaun
  • Description: It can also mean “newly created” or “shining light.”

 

Reginald 

  • Origin: Teutonic (Old German) and Latin
  • Meaning: King
  • Variations/Synonyms: Reginaldus, Raginold, and Raganald
  • Description: It’s the modern English form of the Latin name Reginaldus.

 

Roscoe

  • Origin: Old Norse and Old German 
  • Meaning: Deer wood
  • Variations/Synonyms: Roskoe, Roskoh, and Roscoh
  • Description: It can also mean “small woods or forest.”

 

Sabah

  • Origin: Arabic and Turkish
  • Meaning: Morning
  • Variations/Synonyms: Saba, Sheba, and Seba
  • Description: It’s a unisex name that can also mean “promise.”

 

Samuel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has heard
  • Variations/Synonyms:  Samuil
  • Description: This Hebrew name is popular because he’s one of the famous prophets of the Old Testament.

 

Sebastian

  • Origin: Greek, Latin, and Italian
  • Meaning: Revered or looked up to
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sebastianos and Sebastien
  • Description: The name can also mean “honorable.”

 

Talib

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: One who seeks knowledge
  • Variations/Synonyms: Tallib
  • Description: He’s an important Muslim figure as the uncle of the Prophet Muhammad, who raised him after his parents died.

 

Titus

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Title of honor
  • Variations/Synonyms: Tittus
  • Description: Titus was the Roman military commander who later became the Emperor.

 

Treyvon

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: Divine power
  • Variations/Synonyms: Trevon and Tre’von
  • Description: It can also mean “gift from God that’s illuminating from the sun.”

 

Tyrone

  • Origin: Greek and Irish
  • Meaning: Young soldier
  • Variations/Synonyms: Tyron and Tyrron
  • Description: It originally meant “from the land of the yew tree.”

 

Tyrus

  • Origin: American English
  • Meaning: Strength
  • Variations/Synonyms: Tyrone and Cyrus
  • Description: It’s a name made from the combination of Tyrone and Cyrus.

 

Uriah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Yahweh (God) is my light
  • Variations/Synonyms: Uriyah
  • Description: It can also mean “to shine.”

 

Warren

  • Origin: Old English and Middle English
  • Meaning: To protect
  • Variations/Synonyms: Warrene and Warenne
  • Description: It can also mean “watchman or park warden.”

 

Xavier

  • Origin: Basque (an ethnic French and Spanish language)
  • Meaning: New house
  • Variations/Synonyms: Xzavier, Zavier, Xavior, and Javier
  • Description: It can also mean “bright.”

 

Zahair

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Clear or evident
  • Variations/Synonyms: Zaher, Zahir, and Zaahir
  • Description: It can also mean “shining bright.”

 

Zedrick

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: God is just
  • Variations/Synonyms: Cedrick, Cedric, Zeidric, and Zedrich
  • Description: It can also mean “the foundation of society.”

 

Zephan

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Prized possession of God
  • Variations/Synonyms: Zepan and Zeppan
  • Description: It can also mean “hidden or sheltered by God.”

 

 

 

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