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25 Rugged But Super Cute Boy Names Guaranteed To Win Dad Over

One of the most challenging tasks for expectant parents is picking out a name for their baby. It’s a big responsibility and their choice will affect their child’s entire life. Often times, moms tend to be more open to picking just the right moniker and dads might need a little bit of coercing to settle on a name. They could be holding out for that perfect manly moniker for their little guy.

If you and your partner are at odds about what to call your new son, have no fear, we’ve created this list just for you. This collection of names are so masculine, even the most macho dad won’t be able to resist them. From names inspired by hunting to titles that were taken from the great outdoors, he will fall in love with these options.

We’ve analyzed that latest trends and studied the most recent name charts to compile the most strapping names out there. Maybe you’re looking to name your son after a favorite manly occupation. Perhaps your partner is holding out for a title that packs a serious punch. Other times, dad might want a tough name that will set their son up for success. Please enjoy this list of 25 rugged boy names guaranteed to win dad over.

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25 Forrest

Parents who are looking for a rugged name but want something a bit more mainstream might want to consider naming their son Forrest. It first saw popularity in the 1920’s and surged again in the mid-nineties. It’s an outdoorsy name that is super cute.

"Forrest" is a name of English origin, and it means "Of the Woods, Forest". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 48,476 babies born with the first name Forrest in the United States.

24 Weston

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Weston is one of those names that has a “cowboy vibe” to it and would be an adorable pick for any little guy. Dad will surely be won over with this one as it just sounds brawny. It spiked on the charts in 2016 and is steadily on the rise.

"Weston" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the west town". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 39,026 babies born with the first name Weston in the United States.

23 Hunter

If your partner is an avid outdoorsman then he will love the name Hunter. What could be more masculine than naming him after dad’s favorite pastime? Your little guy will be a chip off the ol’ block with this one.

"Hunter" is a name of English origin, and it means "One Who Hunts". from 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 233,620 babies born with the first name Hunter in the United States. Hunter is the 319th most popular name of all time.

22 Coleman

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Coleman is a clever name that isn’t too mainstream but tips a hat to the outdoor lifestyle. Who wouldn’t want to name their son after the company that produces camping equipment? Not only that but a cute nickname for this one would be Cole.

"Coleman" is a name of English origin, and it means "Dove/Charcoal burner". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 15,955 babies born with the first name Coleman in the United States. It ranks #45 in vintage boy names on Names.org.

21 Archer

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Archer would totally be a fitting name for the son of a marksman. It has a certain “tough guy” feel to it but also has a sensibility that gives it some serious staying power. A cute nickname for a little guy given this name would be Archie.

"Archer" is a name of English origin, and it means "Bowman". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 9,006 babies born with the first name Archer in the United States.

20 Rusty

Rusty is one of those names that tend to go in-and-out of fashion over time but is still pretty cute. It gained popularity in the 1960’s and once again in the 1980’s. It’s due for a comeback and would be an adorable option for a hardy little boy.

"Rusty" is a name of American origin, and it means "Redheaded". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 18,033 babies born with the first name Rusty in the United States.

19 Cash

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You will be hard-pressed to find a cooler name than “Cash” for your son. It’s totally inspired by the late country singer, Johnny Cash. You really can’t get more rugged than that. This one would totally win dad over and is popular with the rockabilly crowd.

"Cash" is a name of English origin, and it means "Maker of chests". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16,475 babies born with the first name Cash in the United States.

18 Wyatt

Looking for a name that has tons of cowboy charm but still manages to be dignified? Wyatt would be a great name for your little one. Celebrities like Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell picked this one for their son. It’s a solid name that will stand the test of time.

"Wyatt" is a name of English origin, and it means "Son of Guy". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 138,054 babies born with the first name Wyatt in the United States.

17 Memphis

More and more parents are choosing to name their kids after places and Memphis is one of those monikers that has some serious country-cred. Why not name your son after the southern music town in Tennessee that gave us such greats as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash?

"Memphis" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Established and beautiful". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,683 babies born with the first name Memphis in the United States.

16 Clay

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Clay is another one of those names that is respectable but would be perfect for parents who are nature lovers. It’s an earthy name that has a southern sensibility to it. You’d be smart to consider this one for your little guy.

"Clay" is a name of English origin, and it means "Mortal". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 36,551 babies born with the first name Clay in the United States. It ranks #1207 of all time.

15 Huck

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Huck is a sturdy name that will be a big hit with both the literary-minded and outdoorsy parents. The name is short for Huckleberry Finn, the Mark Twain character. It’s a high-spirited moniker that will grow with your son.

"Huck" is a name of American origin, and it means "Short form of Huckleberry". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 528 babies born with the first name Huck in the United States. It saw a huge surge on the charts in 2016.

14 Ash

A southern name that is a charming option for a little boy would be Ash. It’s entered the charts in 1996 and has been steadily climbing ever since. Nature-lovers will fall in love with this one and you’d be smart to snatch it up before your friends do.

"Ash" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the Ash Tree". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,013 babies born with the first name Ash in the United States.

13 Duke

The name Duke may conjure up thoughts of John Wayne but hipster parents are claiming it as their own. Many reality tv stars are opting for this one for their sons, from Gulliana and Bill Rancic to Joanna and Chip Gaines. This one is gaining steam and finding it’s place on the charts.

"Duke" is a name of English origin, and it means "Title of Nobility". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,604 babies born with the first name Duke in the United States.

12 Boone

Boone is one of those Western names that has a hipster cowboy vibe. It didn’t see much action on the charts until it saw a huge spike in popularity in 2016. Parents would be smart to underline this one if they want to give their little buckeroo a rugged name.

"Boone" is a name of English origin, and it means "From Bohon in France". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,534 babies born with the first name Boone in the United States.

11 Camp

Camp is a manly name that is most popular in southern states like Georgia, Alabama, or Arkansas. It’s a distinctive moniker that will make your son stand out in a crowd. Dad totally won’t be able to resist this one so be sure to add it to your shortlist.

"Camp" is a name of Scottish origin, and it means "Crooked mouth". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 67 babies born with the first name Camp in the United States.

10 Birch

Birch is an earthy name that is more of a hippie-vibe than the rest of the names on this list. Nature lovers will be attracted to this one as it brings up images of the tall white-barked tree. It’s totally uncommon so you probably won’t meet many other kids with this name on the playground.

"Birch" is a name of English origin, and it means "Birch Tree".From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 242 babies born with the first name Birch in the United States.

9 Colt

Colt is an adorable name that is totally on-trend at the moment. It is another one of those cowboy names that would be hard for any dad to resist. The moniker saw a spike on the charts in the 1980’s and again in 2010. We think it’s poised to see a resurgence.

"Colt" is a name of American origin, and it means "Young horse". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 14,452 babies born with the first name Colt in the United States.

8 Flint

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Flint is a tough-guy name that would be a totally unique option for your son. Book-lovers might remember that Flint was the name of the legendary pirate and a parrot in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

"Flint" is a name of English origin, and it means "Flint rock". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,946 babies born with the first name Flint in the United States. Flint is the 6,799th most popular name of all time.

7 Gunner

You can’t find a name more masculine than Gunner. Any man who is an avid hunter will jump to claim this moniker for their son. It entered the charts in the 1980’s and steadily rose until it peaked in 2016. Your little guy will be the coolest dude in school with this one.

"Gunner" is a name of Scandinavian origin, and it means "Warrior". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 14,813 babies born with the first name Gunner in the United States.

6 Ace

Ace is one of those names that just seems to have swagger. It’s rugged and adorable all at once. Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson picked this one for their son. Your kid will be #1 if you give him this name.

"Ace" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "One or Expert". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 8,329 babies born with the first name Ace in the United States. It ranks #83 on the Unique Boy Name List

5 Fisher

Anglers will love the name Fisher for their son. It gets double points for being on-trend as an occupational name and an animal title as well. Dad will be hooked on this one, for sure. It’s most popular in Texas and Florida.

"Fisher" is a name of English origin, and it means "Fisherman". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,079 babies born with the first name Fisher in the United States. It ranks #4232 of all time.

4 Bronco

Bronco would be a masculine option that any dad would approve. Your child will stand out as this moniker is fairly uncommon. It’s edgy so be prepared for a wild ride if you call your son Bronco. It hasn’t seen much action on the charts, which means that it’s ripe for the picking.

The name Bronco is of Spanish origin and it means “An Unbroken Mustang”. From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 60 babies born with the first name Bronco in the United States.

3 Tex

A boy named Tex would grow up to be a man’s man. That should win dad over, for sure. It earns points as a place name which is very trendy these days. It saw a heyday on the charts between the 1940’s and 60’s but has fallen out of favor so claim it quick!

"Tex" is a name of American origin, and it means "From Texas". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,929 babies born with the first name Tex in the United States.

2 Ranger

Ranger is another one of those popular occupational names that are so big right now. It has a powerful feel to it that would make dad proud to have a son with this moniker. It entered the charts in the 1990’s and has been on the rise ever since.

“Ranger" is a name of English origin, and it means "Forest Protector". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 572 babies born with the first name Ranger in the United States.

1 Buck

The ultimate rugged name for your son would be Buck. It hits all the right notes and is on-trend with animal names. Your little guy will be all about the outdoors with this moniker. It first gained popularity on the charts in the 1920’s and was #95 on the American Boy Name list last year.

"Buck" is a name of American origin, and it means "Deer, Cowboy". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,121 babies born with the first name Buck in the United States.

References: Names.org, Nameberry.com

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