Ask any boy mom out there what the center of her universe is, and she’ll tell you it’s her son. Little men are curious, rambunctious, hilarious, adventurous and sweet as can be. Babies made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails arrive ready to explore, discover and give the very best snuggles. In short, they are little slices of heaven on Earth.
Parents-to-be with tiny gentlemen on the way face the seemingly insurmountable task of sifting through oh-so-many breathtaking options as they search for that one perfect name that is fit for their precious impending arrival. With so many options available to them, it’s not surprising that many expecting parents feel more than a little stressed when it comes time to name their babies.
Nameberry.com states, “For 2019, we foresee lots of names from new sources around the world and in nature, trends reflecting spirituality and nonbinary ideals.” The baby name categories currently trending include global names, nonbinary names, rare gems, muted hues and surnames.
The list below contains the best of the best. The options that follow range from classic to contemporary, traditional to one-of-a-kind. Need assistance selecting a name for a little lad? Help has arrived! Read on for 25 gorgeous options that will ensure he’s unforgettable.
Abel is a beautiful Biblical name of Hebrew origin that means breath or vanity. Presently, Abel ranks as the 115th most popular name for boys in the United States, and has risen 34 spots in popularity since last year.
This name is an understated choice with timeless appeal. According to Nameberry.com, “Abel...is one of the few well-known Old Testament names not plagued with overuse.” Celeb parents Will Arnett and Amy Poehler undoubtedly helped give this name a boost in popularity when they selected it for their second son.
Adore the name Abel? Similar options to consider include Asher, Levi or Isaac.
Amos is another Biblical stunner of Hebrew origin that means carried by God. Currently, Amos ranks well within the top 1,000 as the 588th most popular name for boys in the United States. It has risen an whopping 330 spots in popularity since last year, making it one to watch in 2019.
Namberry.com states, “Amos has been shunned since the 1930s due to its association with racially stereotyped characters on the radio show Amos n’ Andy, but we think it’s time to move beyond that dated image and reconsider this robust biblical name.”
Micah, Elijah and Isaiah are similar options that may also appeal to those who have fallen hard for the name Amos.
Byron is a stately vintage name of English origin that means bear or barn for cows. At the present time, Byron ranks as the 1,297th most popular name for American boys.
According to Nameberry.com, “For centuries, this name had a romantic, windswept image due to its strong connection to the poet Lord Byron, who inspired its use as a first name. It is one of those surprise names that’s appeared on the Top 1,000 every year since 1880.”
Those who find themselves falling for the the name Byron may also wish to consider the similar options Grayson, Logan or Bryce.
Colin is a dashing Irish and Scottish diminutive of the name Nicholas that means pup or victor. Today, Colin ranks as the 278th most popular name for little chaps in the United States.
Nameberry.com states, “Thanks to its dashing Anglo-Irish image--due partly to Colins Firth and Farrell--and its c-initialed two-syllable sound, Colin and its cousin Collin have enjoyed a long run of popularity, reaching as high as Number 84 in 2004.” It is also the name of one of the characters in the classic Frances Hodgson Burnett novel The Secret Garden.
Love Colin? Similar names to consider include Carter, Cole and Carson.
Damon is an undeniably dapper English variation of the name Damian and means to tame, subdue. Presently, Damon ranks as the 194th most popular name for boys in the United States. It has risen a very impressive 262 spots in popularity since last year.
According to Nameberry.com, “From the classical myth, Damon and Pythias have become symbols of true friendship, as Damon risked his life to save his friend from trouble...Damon of Athens was the fifth century philosopher who taught both Pericles and Socrates.” Impressive stuff.
Those who can’t resist the name Damon may also wish to contemplate putting the similar names Deacon, Declan or Dante on their short lists.
Ezra is a breathtaking Biblical name of Hebrew origin that means help. Currently, it ranks as the 33rd most popular name for boys in the United States and is up 18 spots in popularity since last year.
Nameberry.com states, “Ezra has a lot going for it: the strength of its heroic biblical legacy, its quirky sound, and its fresh but familiar feel. Ezra is currently growing in popularity with parents seeking a fresh biblical name, and is now more popular than ever.”
Fans of the name Ezra may also wish to consider the similar options Matthias, Ezekiel or Thomas.
Ford is a fetching name of English origin that means dweller at the ford. Today, it ranks as the 725th most popular name for American boys, and has risen a cool 51 spots in popularity since last year.
According to Nameberry.com, “The long association to the Ford Motor Company doesn’t stand in the way of this being a strong, independent, single-syllable name.” Actor Harrison Ford, U.S. president Gerald Ford and industrialist Henry Ford have all helped this name become one that is synonymous with success.
Stanton, Jackson and Quincy are similar names that may also appeal to those who can’t resist the name Ford.
Gibson is a gorgeous name of English origin that means Gilbert’s son. At the present time, Gibson ranks as the 1,494th most popular name for boys in the United States. Former Bachelorette star Emily Maynard Johnson recently helped put this name on the map when she selected it for her baby boy.
Nameberry.com states, “Gibson is an undiscovered patronymic surname, with some appealing nicknames. It also brings to mind the popular brand of guitars.” Sonny and Gibby are irresistible shortenings of this charming choice that definitely add to its overall appeal.
Adore the name Gibson? Jensen, Gavin and Preston are similar options that are also worth considering.
Heath is a debonair, devil-may-care name of English origin that means the heathland dweller. Presently, Heath ranks as the 1,398th most popular name for American boys. It is a name that sounds practically perfect paired with nearly any middle and last name.
This alluring stunner is strong, rugged, soft and lovely all at the same time. According to Nameberry.com, “Actor Heath Ledger’s tragic death has cast a pall over this otherwise pleasant and distinctive name. Nonetheless, it still remains in the Top 1,000.”
Grant, Hudson and Hayes are three charming choices that may also appeal to fans of the name Heath.
Ivan is an irresistible Russian variation of the name John that means God is gracious. Currently, Ivan ranks as the 194th most popular name for boys in the United States.
Nameberry.com states, “Though some might find it a bit heavy-booted, Ivan is one of the few Russian boys’ names to become fully accepted into the American naming pool. Ivan is, of course, ubiquitous in Russian culture. There is one of the brothers in The Brothers Karamazov, the protagonists of Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, and Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.”
Love Ivan? Oscar, Aidan and Evan are similar options that are also worth considering.
Justus is a strong, rarely used Biblical name of Latin origin that means just. Today, it ranks as the 1,161st most popular name for boys in the United States. This charming choice has risen 111 spots since 2018.
Nameberry.com states, “More unusual than Justin, less word-like than Justice, this New Testament name could make an intriguing choice. After being off the popularity lists from 1904 to 1993, it is now being used in steady numbers.”
Maximus, Augustus and Roman are similarly regal names that may also appeal to those who haven’t been able to resist falling hard for the name Justus.
Kipling is an unexpected, sophisticated surname and place name made popular by acclaimed children’s author Rudyard Kipling. At the present time, this name is a rare beauty, and ranks as the 19,063rd most popular name for boys in the United States.
Nameberry.com states, “Kipling calls to mind writer Rudyard (b. Joseph) Kipling, author of the stories familiar to school children, Gunga Din and The Jungle Book. Certainly, Kipling is a friendlier name than Rudyard these days, complete with cute short form Kip.”
Finley, Everett and Ryder are similar names that may also appeal to those who fancy the name Kipling.
Lex is an undeniably handsome diminutive of the name Alexander that means defending men. Presently, Lex ranks as the 588th most popular name for boys in the United States. Not surprisingly, this charming choice has risen an astronomical 982 spots in popularity since last year. One thing is certain: this name is definitely one to watch in 2019.
Nameberry.com describes this short, sweet and totally gorgeous name as the “trendy short form of Alexander"
Love the name Lex? Similar options to consider include Dax, Lennon and Rex.
Miles is a perfectly posh English form of the name Milo that means soldier or merciful. Currently, Miles ranks as the 103rd most popular name for boys in the United States.
According to Nameberry.com, “Miles, which took on a permanent veneer of cool thanks to jazz great Miles Davis, is a confident and polished boy name starting with M that has been appreciated in particular by celebrity baby namers, including Elisabeth Shue, Mayim Bialik, Larenz Tate, Joan Cusack and Lionel Richie.”
Lyle, Mason and Kyle are similar options that may also strike the fancy of those who adore the name Miles.
Nixon is a presidential name of English origin that means son of Nicholas. Today, it ranks well within the top 1,000 as the 588th most popular name for little lads in the United States.
According to Nameberry.com, parents in the state of Utah are particularly fond of this stunner, where it ranked as high as 76th in 2015. The site states, “Utah alone was largely responsible for seeing Nixon into the US Top 1,000.” This doesn’t mean it isn’t a perfect fit for babies born elsewhere.
Nixon fans may also wish to consider using the similar names Nash, Dixon or Nile.
Otto is an undeniably gorgeous name of German origin that means wealthy. Currently, it ranks as the 349th most popular name for American boys, and has risen an impressive 70 spots in popularity since last year.
According to Nameberry.com, “Otto fell out of favor during and after the two World Wars--it had been a Top 100 name in the years preceding...Otto the Great is generally considered the founder of the Holy Roman Empire and there were several German and Austrian royals with the name.” Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father, has also helped add a distinguished clout to this charmer.
Love Otto? Similar options to consider putting on your short list include Arlo, Felix and Otis.
Reuben is a ravishing Biblical beauty of Hebrew origin that means behold, a son. At the present time, Reuben ranks as the 947th most popular name for boys in the United States, and it has risen 3 spots in popularity since last year.
Nameberry.com describes the name Reuben as a “rich and resonant underused Old Testament choice with several ingredients for success: its biblical pedigree as Jacob’s first born son by Leah and the founder of one of the tribes of Israel, the distinction of being one of the Hebrew baby names that’s never been heavily used, and a friendly, down-home image.”
Fans of the name Reuben may also wish to consider using the similar names Gabriel, Benjamin or Gideon.
Solomon is striking Biblical name of Hebrew origin that means peace. Currently, this name ranks as the 528th most popular name for American boys. This three-syllable stunner is sure to turn heads wherever and whenever it is spoken.
According to Nameberry.com, “Originating from the Hebrew word shalom, meaning peace, Solomon was a favorite of Charles Dickens, who used it for characters in three of his novels...The biblical Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba, succeeded his father as king of Israel, and was known for his wisdom.”
Simon, Noah and Samuel are similar options that may also appeal to fans of the name Solomon.
Silas is an ethereal English from Latin diminutive that means wood, forest. Today, it ranks as the 82nd most popular name for boys in the United States, and has risen 35 spots in popularity since last year.
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake definitely helped give the name Silas a boost in popularity when they selected it for their firstborn son. According to Nameberry.com, “Silas is based on Sylvanus, the Roman god of trees, and was originally bestowed on people who lived in wooded areas or who worked with wood.”
Those who adore the name Silas may also wish to consider the similar options Caleb, Josiah or Jude.
Timothy is yet another timeless Biblical name of Greek origin that means honoring God. At the present time, this vintage classic with modern appeal ranks as the 588th most popular name for boys in the United States.
Namberry.com states, “A second-tier classic, the New Testament Timothy moves in and out of fashion more than John and James...Though it peaked in the 1960s, many modern parents still appreciate its familiarity and lively rhythm. And the short form Tim feels eternally boyish.”
Can’t get enough of the name Timothy? Similar options to contemplate using include the names Titus, Luke or Matthew.
Tristan is an exquisite name of Celtic origin that means noise or sorrowful. Currently, this name ranks as the 587th most popular name for American boys. It's also interesting to note that its popularity has risen an impressive 273 spots in popularity since last year. Tristan is an old-fashioned option that has never really gone out of style.
According to Nameberry.com, “Tristan--known through medieval legend and Wagnerian opera--has a slightly wistful, touching air. This, combined with the name’s popular ‘an’ ending, makes Tristan very appealing to parents seeking a more original alternative to Christian.”
Adore Tristan? The similar options Liam, Braxton and Princeton are also worth considering.
Vaughn is an under-the-radar choice of Welsh origin that means small. Presently, this name is a rarely used option. It currently ranks as the 1,216th most popular name for American boys.
Nameberry.com states, “Vaughn, also commonly spelled Vaughan, has been used quietly over the years, reaching a peak of Number 349 in 1949. It is now in the process of rediscovery, being seen as a good Sean alternative or an updated way to honor an ancestral Paul (which also means small.)”
Those who love the name Vaughn may also wish to consider putting the similar options Quinn, Rowan and Graham on their short lists
Wesley is a whimsical name of English origin that means western meadow. Today, it ranks as the 131st most popular name for boys in the United States. Wes is a simple shortening of this friendly choice that most definitely ups its cool factor.
According to Nameberry.com, “Wesley is one of a group of W-starting surnames reminiscent of the Old West that are making a comeback...Though it’s not as well-used as it was in the 1970s, when [it] ranked as high as Number 66.”
Wilder, Wyatt and Wynn are similar options sure to strike the fancy of those who adore the name Wesley.
York is a cosmopolitan name of English origin that means from the yew estate. In 2018, York ranked as the 12,109th most popular name for boys in the United States and is not registering on baby naming charts yet this year.
Speaking about the name York, Nameberry.com states, “This British royal family name is rather formal and brusque.” Many parent disagree, and feel York possesses a friendly and familiar sound. Those who are searching for a name that is sophisticated without being stuffy have found what they are looking for in the name York. Plus, it’s one syllable sound ensures it will pair well with nearly any middle and last name.
Love York? Similar options to consider include Beck, Cole and Kai.
Zion is a unique and appealing name of Hebrew origin that means highest point, a sign, or excellent. Currently, Zion ranks as the 251st most popular name for boys in the United States. Pronunciations of this name include ZY-on and TZEE-on. It’s an irresistible choice either way.
According to Nameberry.com, “Zion has taken off in recent years, especially after singer Lauren Hill used it for her son in 1997. It combines a user-friendly Ryan-Brian sound with the gravitas of religious significance. The Hebrew pronunciation is ‘tziyon’.”
Can’t get enough of the name Zion? Similar options to consider include Xavier, Malachi and Zane.
Sources: Nameberry.com, BabyCenter.com, BabyNameWizard.com