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280 Modern Baby Boy Names and Meanings

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Inside: Choosing a baby name is much more personal when it means something special. Here are 280 modern boy names and meanings to help you name your little guy.

When I was little, I loved looking at the plaques my mom had on her wall with our names and their meanings.

“Jessica: God’s Grace”
“Matthew: Gift of God”

Those names were popular in the ’90s, so I wondered if more modern baby boy names still have meaning?

It turns out they do!

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Baby Boy Names and Meanings

Baby boy holds tools.

I used the handy search feature at Babynames.com to get the meanings for these 280 modern baby boy names.

This list came from the very first name post I did titled: 500 Modern Baby Names Any Mom to Be Will Love.

I had never thought to find the meanings behind all of those boy names, so I’m excited this post gave me the chance.

A

  1. Abel – Hebrew origin, A breath
  2. Absalom – Hebrew origin, Father is peace
  3. Ace – Latin origin, One or expert
  4. Adrian – Latin origin, Person From Hadria (Northern Italy)
  5. Aiden/Ayden – Irish origin, Little Fire
  6. Alexander – Greek origin, Defender of the people
  7. Alistair – Scottish origin, Defender of the people
  8. Ames – French origin, Friend
  9. Anders – English origin, Son of Andrew
  10. Archer – English origin, Bowman, One who excels in archery
  11. Arlan/Arlen – German origin, Person From Erlen, Germany
  12. Arlo/Arlow/Arlowe – German origin, Hill
  13. Arrow – English origin, A projectile fired from a bow
  14. Ash – English origin, From the ash tree
  15. Asher – Hebrew origin, Blessed, Happy
  16. Ashton – English origin, Ash tree town
  17. Atlas – Greek origin, Support, Prop
  18. Atticus – Latin origin, Of Attica
  19. August – English origin, Great, To increase
  20. Axton/Axxton – English origin, From the town of Ash trees
  21. Azriel – Hebrew origin, God is my help

B

  1. Baker – English origin, Occupation of baker
  2. Banks – English origin, Edge of the river
  3. Barrett – English origin, Trader
  4. Beau – French origin, Beautiful, Handsome
  5. Beckam/Beckham – English origin, From the Beck homestead
  6. Beckett – English origin, Dweller by the brook
  7. Beck – English origin, From the brook/stream
  8. Benji – Hebrew origin, Son of my right hand
  9. Bennett – Latin origin, Little blessed one
  10. Bensen/Benson – English origin, Son of Benedict/Benjamin
  11. Bentlee/Bentley – English origin, From the bent-grass field
  12. Birch/Berke – English origin, Birch tree
  13. Blaze – English origin, Flame
  14. Boden – Scandinavian origin, Sheltered
  15. Bohdi/Bodie – German origin, Messenger
  16. Boone – English origin, Good person, Person from Bohon, France
  17. Boston – English origin, From St. Botolf’s Stone
  18. Bowen – Welsh origin, Son Of Owain/Owen
  19. Branson – English origin, Son of Brand
  20. Brantley – English origin, Fire brand, Field
  21. Braxton – English origin, Brock’s Town
  22. Brayden – American origin, Son of Bradan
  23. Briar – English, Shrub, Small tree
  24. Bridger/Brigg/Briggs – English origin, Dweller by the bridge
  25. Brody – Scottish origin, Name of a Scottish castle
  26. Bronson – English origin, From Branson
  27. Brooks – English origin, From the brook
  28. Burke – English origin, From the fortress

C

  1. Cal – English origin, Short form of names beginning with Cal
  2. Callum – Scottish origin, Dove
  3. Camden – English origin, From the valley of the camps
  4. Cannon – English origin, Clergyman
  5. Case – English origin, Case-maker
  6. Cash – English origin, Maker of chests
  7. Cayden – American origin, Fighter
  8. Chance – English origin, Fortune, Luck
  9. Chet – English origin, Shortned form of Chester
  10. Clay – English origin, Clay worker
  11. Clive – English origin, Cliff dweller
  12. Clyde – Scottish origin, Scottish river name
  13. Cohen – Hebrew origin, Priest
  14. Cole – English origin, Victory of the people
  15. Coleman – English origin, Dove, Charcoal burner
  16. Colt – American origin, Young horse
  17. Colton – English origin, Cole’s town
  18. Conrad – English origin, Bold counsel
  19. Cooper – English origin, Barrel maker
  20. Corbin – English origin, Raven
  21. Cord – German origin, Bold counsel
  22. Coy – English origin, Quiet, Still
  23. Crew/Crue – English origin, A group of people
  24. Cruz/Cruiz – Spanish origin, The cross of Christ
  25. Cutler – English origin, Knife maker

D

  1. Dallas – Scottish origin, From the meadow dwelling
  2. Dalton – English origin, From the valley town
  3. Dane – Scandinavian origin, God is my judge, From Denmark
  4. Dash – English origin, From the ash
  5. Dason – American origin, Combination of David and Jason
  6. Davis – English origin, Son of David
  7. Dawson – English origin, Son of David
  8. Dax – French origin, Leader
  9. Daxton – English origin, From the town of Dax in France
  10. Dayton – English origin, Bright and sunny town
  11. Deacon – English origin, Pastor
  12. Decker/Dekker– English origin, Ditch digger
  13. Declan – Irish origin, Full of goodness
  14. Denver – American origin, From the passage of the Danes
  15. Desmond – Irish origin, Place name in Ireland
  16. Dixon – English origin, Son of Richard
  17. Drakon – Greek origin, Dragon, To see clearly
Baby boy lays on a white rug.

E

  1. Easton – English origin, From the East town
  2. Eli – Hebrew origin, Height
  3. Emmett -English origin, Entire
  4. Ender -Turkish origin, Extremely rare
  5. Enzo – Italian origin, Short form of Lorenzo
  6. Everett/Everhett – English origin, Wild boar herd
  7. Ezra – Hebrew origin, Help

F

  1. Fallon – Irish origin, Of a ruling family
  2. Finn – Irish origin, Fair
  3. Finnian – Irish origin, White
  4. Fisher – English origin, Fisherman
  5. Flynn – Irish origin, Descendant of the red-haired man
  6. Ford – English origin, River crossing
  7. Forrest – English origin, Of the woods, forest
  8. Foster – English origin, Forest worker
  9. Fox – English origin, Wild animal in dog family

G

  1. Gage – English origin, Measurer
  2. Garrett – English origin, Spear rule
  3. Gavin – English origin, White hawk
  4. Gibson – English origin, Son of Gilbert
  5. Grady – Irish origin, Descendant of the noble one
  6. Graham – English origin, From the gravelly homestead
  7. Granger – English origin, Farmer
  8. Grant – English origin, Large, Great
  9. Gray/Grey – English origin, Black mixed with white
  10. Grayson/Greyson – English origin, Son of the grey-haired one
  11. Grayer/Greyer – American origin, The color gray
  12. Griffin – Welsh origin, From Gryphon – a fabled monster
  13. Gunner – Scandinavian origin, Warrior

H

  1. Haines – English origin, Dweller by the enclosure
  2. Halen – English origin, From the hay land
  3. Harris/Harrison – English origin, Son of Harry
  4. Harvey – French origin, Battle warrior
  5. Hayes – English origin, Lives by the forest, brush
  6. Hemi – Maori origin, God is gracious
  7. Hendricks/Hendrix – English origin, Family of Hendrick/Heinrich
  8. Henley – English origin, High field
  9. Hiro – Japanese origin, Wide, Broad, Help
  10. Holden – English origin, From the hollow in the valley
  11. Houston – English origin, From Hugh’s Town
  12. Hudsen/Hudson – English origin, Son of Hudd
  13. Hughes – English origin, Family of Hugh
  14. Huntlee/Huntley – English origin, From the hunt field

I

  1. Indie/Indy – American origin, Independent

J

  1. Jace – American origin, Nickname for Jason
  2. Jack/Jak – English origin, God is gracious
  3. Jackson/Jaxson – English origin, Son of Jack/John
  4. Jameson – English origin, Son of James
  5. Jax/Jaxon – American origin, Son of Jack
  6. Jayden – American origin, Form of Jaden
  7. Jensen – Scandinavian origin, Son of Jens
  8. Jet/Jett – English origin, Jet black
  9. Jonah/Jonas – Hebrew origin, Dove
  10. Jones – Welsh origin, Son of John
  11. Judd – English origin, To flow down
  12. Jude – English origin, From Judea
  13. Judson/Juddson – English origin, Son of Judd
  14. Julian – Latin origin, Youthful, Downy
Baby boy sits on a floor with a name that means something.

K

  1. Kade – American origin, Stout, Sturdy
  2. Kaden/Kaiden – American origin, Fighter
  3. Kai – Hawaiian origin, Ocean
  4. Kalani – Hawaiian origin, The heavens
  5. Kannon – English origin, Clergyman
  6. Kasen – English origin, Pure
  7. Kashton – American origin, Money, Cash
  8. Keaton – English origin, Hawk’s town
  9. Keegan – Irish origin, Descendant of the fiery one
  10. Kellen/Kellin – Irish origin, Descendant of the brightheaded one
  11. Kendrick – English origin, Bold ruler
  12. Kincaid – Scottish origin, From Kincaith
  13. Kenyon – English origin, From the Mound Of Einion
  14. Kimball – English origin, Royal bold
  15. Kingston/Kingstyn – English origin, From the King’s Town
  16. Knox/Knoxx – English origin, From the Small Hill
  17. Koen – Dutch origin, Bold, Daring
  18. Kole – Slavic origin, Victory of the people
  19. Korbin/Korbyn – Latin origin, Raven
  20. Krew/Kru – English origin, A group of people

L

  1. Landon – English origin, From the long hill
  2. Lane – English origin, From the lane
  3. Larson – Sandinavian origin, Son of Lars
  4. Lawson – English origin, Son of Lawrence
  5. Ledger – English origin, Spear tribe
  6. Leland – English origin, Meadowland
  7. Lennon – Irish origin, Dear one
  8. Lennox – Scottish origin, From Levenach, Scotland
  9. Leo – Italian origin, Lion
  10. Leonidas – Greek origin, Lion-like
  11. Lewis – English origin, Famed warrior
  12. Liam – Irish origin, With guilded helmet
  13. Lincoln – English origin, From the lake settlement
  14. Luca – Italian origin, Person from Lucania, Italy

M

  1. Madden – Irish origin, Little dog
  2. Maddox – English origin, Son of Madoc
  3. Malachi/Malakai – Hebrew origin, Messenger of God
  4. Mason – English origin, Stone Worker, Brick Layer
  5. Mateo – Spanish origin, Gift of God
  6. Maverick – American origin, Wildly independent
  7. Maxim – Russian origin, Greatest
  8. Maximus – Latin origin, Greatest
  9. Maxton – English origin, From Maccus’ Town
  10. McCoy – Scottish origin, From the Celtic “Mac Aodh” 
  11. Memphis – Greek origin, Established and beautiful
  12. Micah/Mykah – Hebrew origin, Who is like God?
  13. Miller – English origin, Mill worker
  14. Milo/Miloh/Mylo – English origin, Soldier
  15. Mitchell – American origin, Who is like God?
  16. Morrison – English origin, Son of Morris

N

  1. Nash – English origin, Dweller by the ash tree
  2. Nixon – English origin, Son of Nicholas
  3. Noah – Hebrew origin, Rest, Peace
  4. Nolan – Irish origin, Descendant of the famous one

O

  1. Oaklee/Oakley – English origin, From the oak tree field
  2. Oliver – English origin, Descendant of the ancestor
  3. Orson – English origin, Bear cub
  4. Otto – German origin, Wealth
  5. Owen – Irish origin, The Yew Tree, Youth
Baby boy stands in a hot air balloon.

P

  1. Parker – English origin, Park keeper
  2. Phoenix – Greek origin, Blood red
  3. Porter – English origin, Door keeper
  4. Preston – English origin, From the priest’s town

Q

  1. Quade/Quaid – Irish origin, Descendent of Uad
  2. Quinn – Irish origin, Descendent of Conn

R

  1. Ranger – English origin, Forest protector
  2. Ree – American origin, Short for names ending in REE Or RIE
  3. Reed/Reid – English origin, A Reed, Red Haired
  4. Reese – Welsh origin, Passion, Enthusiasm
  5. Rex – Latin origin, King
  6. Rhett – English origin, Counsel, Advice
  7. Rhys – Welsh origin, Passion, Enthusiasm
  8. Ridge – English origin, Ridge
  9. River – English origin, Stream of water that flows to the sea
  10. Rockwell – English origin, From the rock well
  11. Rollins – English origin, Son of Rolf/Rollo
  12. Roman – English origin, From Rome, Italy
  13. Ronan/Ronin – Irish origin, Little seal
  14. Roper – English origin, Rope maker
  15. Ross – Scottish origin, Headland
  16. Rowdy – American origin, Loud, Spirited
  17. Ruger – English origin, Renowned spear
  18. Ryde/Ryder – English origin, Knight, Mounted warrior
  19. Ryker – American origin, Becoming rich

S

  1. Sawyer – English origin, Wood cutter
  2. Slade – English origin, Dweller in the valley
  3. Smith – English origin, Blacksmith or other skilled worker
  4. Soren – Scandinavian origin, Severe
  5. Sterling – English origin, Starling, Little star
  6. Stockton – English origin, From the monastery town

T

  1. Tad – American origin, Praise
  2. Tag/Taggart – Scottish origin, Son of the priest
  3. Taj – Arabic origin, Crown
  4. Talon – English origin, Bird claw
  5. Tate – English origin, Cheerful
  6. Tatum – English origin, Cheeful, Full of spirit
  7. Teague – Irish origin, Poet
  8. Tennessee – Native American origin, Gathering place
  9. Tennyson – English origin, Son of Dennis
  10. Thatch/Thatcher – English origin, Roof maker
  11. Theo – Greek origin, Divine gift
  12. Timber – American origin, Wood strong
  13. Titan/Titon – English origin, Extremely important person
  14. Trace – English origin, From Tracy, France
  15. Tripp – American origin, The third
  16. Truman – English origin, Faithful man
  17. Tucker – English origin, Softner of cloth
  18. Turner – English origin, Lathe worker
Baby boy sits on a bed and he has a name with meaning.

U

  1. Urban – Latin origin, From the city

V

  1. Vaan/Vahn – English origin, God is gracious
  2. Vaughn – English origin, Small
  3. Vinn – English origin, Shortened form of the name Vincent

W

  1. Walker – English origin, Fuller of cloth
  2. Wallis – English origin, Foreigner, Stranger
  3. Ward – English origin, Guardian
  4. Watts – English origin, Family of Walter/Watt
  5. Waylon – English origin, Land by the road
  6. Wells/Welles – English origin, From the well or spring
  7. Wesley – English origin, From the West field
  8. West – English origin, From the West
  9. Weston – English origin, From the West town
  10. Wheeler – English origin, Wheel maker
  11. Wilder – English origin, Wild animal
  12. Winston/Wynston – English origin, From Wina’s town
  13. Woodrow – English origin, From the lane in the woods
  14. Wyatt – English origin, Son of guy

X

  1. Xander – Greek origin, Defender of the people

Y

  1. Yates – English origin, Dweller by a gate
  2. York – English origin, From the town of Eburos

Z

  1. Zaiden/Zayden – American origin, Increasing, surplus
  2. Zain/Zane/Zayne – American origin, God is Gracious
  3. Zeke – Hebrew origin, God will strengthen

Baby Name Bunting

Baby name bunting

Once you have your baby name picked out, you’ll need a fun way to announce it.

I created a baby name bunting bundle for that very reason!

You can grab the download to get three different bunting designs perfect for the modern mom.

Here are a few ideas on how to use the bunting:

  • Pregnancy announcement
  • Name announcement at birth
  • Monthly baby photos
  • Bedroom decor
  • Happy birthday sign

The options are endless!

And since you’ll have access to the files, you can print them out whenever you want to make whatever banner you want!

Want More?

If you liked this post, be sure to check out 18 Modern Biblical Boy Baby Names.

Your Turn

Does knowing these boy names and meanings change your mind about which baby name you want to use? Which boy names have become your favorite?

Let me know in the comments!

A Pinterest image with text and a little boy sitting up on a bed smiling.

Noelle Beckham

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

I love this list. It even has my sons names which not many lists have. My oldest is Kellan Heath and my youngest son is Graham Maddox. My daughter is actually named Renesmay (Esmay) Schuyler (Which I chose because I loved Skyler but it didn't have enough sophistication for my taste). A lot of people actually question my names. I really love them though.

Jessica Ashcroft

Thursday 15th of October 2020

That's great Noelle! I love the name Schuyler after watching Hamilton! So pretty! I will add it ;)