When we think of gorgeous names, we usually think of names for little girls. It just seems so much easier to dream up beautiful, graceful and sweet monikers for a beautiful, graceful and sweet little girl. But it's not just girls who get to have all the fun. There are so many unique, special and just downright gorgeous names for baby boys too. You don't have to settle for something boring and ordinary. Little boys deserve to have beautiful names too!
Naming a new child can be totally overwhelming. There are just so many choices! It can be especially tough when you have a dozen names that you love but only one child to name. Sure, you can stuff a few more favorites into the middle name. But at some point, you will have to admit defeat and accept that you can't give your child every name that you love. But after reading a list of gorgeous boy names like this one, you might have to reconsider. If you can't fit all your names onto one child, you might just have to have another one! Seriously, these names are just that good. So read on but be warned that if you've already got your names picked out and settled on, you might change your mind by the end of this!
Rhys is hands down one of my favorite names for a baby boy. It's super cool and not a name that you hear all of the time. It's also quite rare to see "r" and "h" together and to have a "y" in the middle of the name. But even though it's unique and rare, it's still a short name that your kid will have no problem spelling. I always feel bad for the Alexanders or Christophers who have to spell out their full names in kindergarten. But Rhys will be super easy for your little one to spell! Rhys is a Welsh name meaning ardor. And ardor means enthusiasm or passion. Don't we all want our babies to be enthusiastic and passionate? Of course! Rhys can also mean rashness, which isn't exactly the most desirable quality in a person. SheKnows reports that following numerology, Rhys' expression number is 7. This means Rhys will be great at analyzing, understanding and learning. Numerology goes on to say, "Because they live so much in the mind, they tend to be quiet and introspective, and are usually introverts. When presented with issues, they will see the larger picture. Their solitary thoughtfulness and analysis of people and world events may make them seem aloof, and sometimes even melancholy."
Arlo is another name that just sounds so effortlessly cool to me. I guess I have a thing for unique male names with four letters. Arlo almost sounds like it could be a dog's name, which I don't mind! I think it actually makes the name sound cooler and more masculine. Arlo has origins in English, American, Latin, Spanish and Italian history. Behind the Name suggests the origin story as follows, "It was perhaps inspired by the fictional place name Arlo Hill from the poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590) by Edmund Spenser. Spenser probably got Arlo by altering the real Irish place name Aherlow, which is Gaelic meaning 'between two highlands.'" Arlo means fortified hill (Anglo-Saxon) and is actually a very popular name in New Zealand. In 2016, Arlo ranked #23 in New Zealand for baby boy names. By contrast, it was only #349 in the States in the same year. Arlo is a variant of the name Charles in Italian and means barberry tree in Spanish. One contributer on Baby Name Wizard shared, "Arlo always strikes everyone as unusual, but in a good way. It's a friendly name, but masculine and strong as well. It's unpretentious and we have always had positive reaction to the name."
Milo is a name that I have always thought straddles the line between cool and cute. But Milo has seen even more love as of late thanks to This Is Us star, Milo Ventimiglia. Milo Ventimiglia plays patriarch Jack on This Is Us - also known as the best father and husband alive. He brings tears to our eyes every episode, so it's no wonder that people want to name their babies after him.
Like many names, Milo has multiple meanings with English, Greek, German and American origins. Baby Name Wizard considers the following meanings, "It might be derived from the German mild (mild, peaceful, calm), which is from the Old German root milan (to mill, beat, crush, or rub until fine or tender).
Alternatively, it might be from the Old Slavonic root milu (merciful)." Baby Center shares the Greek origin, "From Milo of Croton, an extraordinary wrestler who was renowned for his athletic triumphs in ancient Greece." So wherever you want Milo to come from, you have options! Milo is, in my opinion, the cooler version of the name Miles. The people of Sweden seem to agree with me; Milo came in at #60 on the charts in Sweden in 2017.
Finn is a super cute name! I told you I had a thing for names that were short and easy to spell. Finn definitely fits into that category. When I think of Finn, I think of the male lead character on Glee. Finn the character was the good guy. He was the leader with a heart of gold. He didn't always say or do the right thing, but his heart was always in the right place and he learned from his mistakes. Sadly, the actor who portrayed Finn, Cory Monteith, passed away from substance abuse. But the name Finn is still a great choice, despite this sad bit of history connected to it. Finn has English, American, Gaelic, Irish and Norse origins. It is most well known as a modern version of the old Irish name Fionn, according to Behind the Name. Baby Name Wizard says, "The name was borne by the legendary Finn MacCool, the father of the famous poet Ossian and the supposed builder of the Giants' Causeway of the Antrium coast. Finn MacCool is the popular subject of many Irish legends and stories, which portray him as both a giant and a man of normal stature." Baby Center says the name Finn means Laplander.
Leo is a great choice for a baby boy name. Leo is usually short for Leonardo, Leonard, Leon or Leopold. But I kind of like the idea of Leo just as a full name. You get instant cool points when you make a nickname your kid's real name. And Leo is a great choice for that. Everyone will ask him, "What's Leo short for?" And he'll be able to say, "Nothing. My full name is Leo." So many cool points! Leo comes from the Latin for lion. In German, it means brave people. It was a popular Christian name back in the day and adopted by 13 popes throughout history. Other famous Leos include Russian author Leo Tolstoy, who wrote War and Peace and Anna Karenina, and, of course, famous actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo is a great name choice for a little boy with a big presence. Living up to the title of lion and characteristic of brave is a tall order. It's also a lot to fill the shoes of Leo Tolstoy or Leo DiCaprio. But we bet your little guy is up for the challenge! While Leo is definitely a cool name, it's also timeless and has real staying power.
Noah is another one of my favorite names for a baby boy. I'm usually not a fan of names that are so predominantly religious in origin, but Noah is the exception. Maybe it's all thanks to Noah and Allie from The Notebook. Or maybe it's just because Noah is a super cool name. Whatever the reason, I am a big fan of the name Noah! Of course, Noah is a biblical name with Ancient Hebrew and English origins. Behind the Name explains,
"According to the Old Testament, Noah was the builder of the Ark that allowed him, his family, and animals of each species to survive the great Flood. After the Flood he received the sign of the rainbow as a covenant from God." In Hebrew, Noah means rest, repose, consolation and comfort. SheKnows shares what numerology tells us about Noah, "People with this name have a deep inner need for quiet, and a desire to understand and analyze the world they live in, and to learn the deeper truths."
Noah is a very popular name. It was #1 on baby name charts in 2016 and only fell to #2 in 2017 and 2018. So while this is an awesome choice for a name, you won't be the only one to pick it.
Theo, like Leo, is usually short for a longer version. Theo is often the short form of Theodore, which can also get shortened to Teddy. I actually like all three of those options - Theo, Teddy or Theodore - but Theo is my favorite. Baby Center says the name Theo or Theodore means divine gift. Isn't that a sweet way to think of your little boy? Greek and American meanings for Theo are similar to divine gift; they are God given. And the German meaning is bold people. A commentor on Baby Name Wizard also mentions that Theo is the Greek word for uncle. She shares, "Unfortunately, when we told his family about the name (Theo) all I got was weird looks (my husband knew why but didn't clue me in right away). "Theo" in Greek, means "uncle". We would be naming a son "uncle" and later in life, he would be known as 'Theo Theo.'" Whoops! But it's still a great name. And it's not always short for Theodore. Theo can be a stand alone name. It can also be short for more unusual names like Theophilos, Theobald, Theodon or Theoclymenus. And in Dutch, the name Theo is pronounced "Tay-o" instead of the English version "Thee-o."
Okay, I'm finally breaking out of my love for short modern names and going with something a little bit longer and a lot more classic. Harrison. I think Harrison has such a stately ring to it. In my mind, Harrison is someone dignified and important. It definitely sounds like a grown up name, but I still think it would be super cute on a little guy. While Harrison is a cool first name, it began its life as an English last name meaning son of Harry. So if you're looking for a name with a really cool meaning, this probably isn't it, unless your son's father is named Harry or Henry. But you know who makes this name really cool? Harrison Ford, of course! Who wouldn't want to name their son after Indiana Jones and Star Wars' Han Solo. Now that is a pretty legendary actor and some great characters for your son to be named after. Plus, Harrison Ford has staying power. He has been a blockbuster actor for decades - not just some trendy actor who no one will remember in five years. And if you like the name Harry, Harrison is a great full name to use. Harry can be a little overused with Prince Harry and Harry Potter, so Harrison is a great alternative.
While Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher did select the name Wyatt for their daughter, Wyatt is traditional a name given to male babies. And, in my opinion, it's one of the coolest names out there. Wyatt is super unique. You don't often see names that begin with a "w" and have the double "t" at the end.
Of course, Wyatt is getting more popular. It was #24 on baby name lists in 2018.
Wyatt has multiple meanings, depending on which source you consult. Behind the Name shares that Wyatt is a derivative of an old English surname, Wyot. French origins place the name as derived from Guyot or Guy, meaning guide or leader. And Baby Center says Wyatt could originate in Old English terms wido, meaning wood, and Wigheard, meaning war, hardy, brave and strong. So you've got lots of options with a name like Wyatt!
Numerology, according to SheKnows, tells us, "People with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership, and to have personal independence. They would rather focus on large, important issues, and delegate the details. People with this name are competent, practical, and often obtain great power and wealth. They tend to be successful in business and commercial affairs, and are able to achieve great material dreams."
Felix is another name I'm really into. Any name that ends in "x" is always going to be cool in my book. Felix has always felt like a very modern and fun name for a little guy. I'm not sure if it would be quite as appropriate for an older man. But I'm sure your son could pull it off! Despite sounding new and fresh, Felix is an older name with German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, Romanian, Ancient Roman, Biblical and Latin roots. Behind the Name tells us that Felix is from a Roman nickname that meant lucky and successful in Latin. Because of this, it was a very popular name amongst early Christians, including saints and popes. This will make sense to you if you're a Harry Potter fan. In the series, Harry conjures up a potion called Felix Felicis aka Liquid Luck. Drinking the potion gives the drinker luck for a portion of time and everything will go their way. Who doesn't want their kid to be lucky and successful? Sounds like a win to me! Other definitions of Felix include happy, blessed and fortunate, so the good meanings just keep on coming! If a good meaning and cool sounding name are important to you, Felix may be the winner.
Gabriel is one of my favorite names because I think it sounds really romantic and a little bit foreign. It's not the most common name and it doesn't seem like anyone down the block could be named Gabriel. Gabriel could be someone you meet while traveling Europe. Gabriel sounds smart, cultured and cool. Plus, I really dig the nickname Gabe. Of course, Gabriel is a biblical name, belonging to God's most famous angel, and thus has many biblical meanings. Meanings of Gabriel include God is my strength, strength from God, devoted to God, and a hero of God. Some definitions also drop the biblical reference and just say that Gabriel means strong, devoted and hero. Not too shabby! Behind the Name explains the origin story, "Gabriel was one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition, often appearing as a messenger of God. In the Old Testament he is sent to interpret the visions of the prophet Daniel, while in the New Testament he serves as the announcer of the births of John to Zechariah and Jesus to Mary." Gabriel is #27 for 2018 on the baby name list - so it is still quite popular. However, the name peaked in popularity in 2010 and has been declining since.
Lennox is another name that I think is just so cool for a little guy. You know I have a thing for names that end with "x!" Lennox has English and Scottish roots. Behind the Name tells us that Lennox is, "From a Scottish surname which was derived from the name of a district in Scotland. The district, called Leamhnachd in Gaelic, possibly means 'place of elms.'"
Lennox shows up in Shakespeare's Macbeth as a Scottish nobleman. So your little guy is in good company. And even though Lennox is a historic name, it's not heard very often these days.
It came in at #478 on the baby names chart in 2018, falling 117 places from 2017. So if you're looking for a unique name, Lennox would be a great choice. Plus, think of all of the great nicknames! From Lennox you have Len, Lenny, Lex, Knox and Nox. Numerology, courtesy of SheKnows, tells us,
"People with this name have a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause, and to share their own strongly held views on spiritual matters. People with this name tend to be creative and excellent at expressing themselves. They are drawn to the arts, and often enjoy life immensely. They are often the center of attention, and enjoy careers that put them in the limelight."
I've always liked the name Avery. In my mind, Avery is a more intellectual name. He's someone with a sensitive side. He probably won't be a body builder or big tough guy. And maybe that's all thanks to Dr. Jackson Avery of Grey's Anatomy, who I consider very smart and sensitive (and good looking!). I also like that Avery is a unisex name and has a bit of a softer feel to it. Avery is actually more popular as a girls name, making it more rare for a young boy. But with stars naming their daughters Wyatt and James, why can't the baby boys take back Avery? Baby Name Wizard explains, "This traditional male name -- a medieval form of Alfred -- has been climbing to an all-time popularity peak for baby boys. The trick is, it's even more common for girls. Once a name starts to turn feminine, parents of boys usually run in the other direction. But lately, favorites like Jordan and Peyton have been bucking the trend. Cross your fingers that elegant Avery joins them as a two-gender standard." Avery has French and English origins. It was a surname in Norman French meaning wise or ruling with elf-wisdom. In English, it means counselor. It's also a derivative of Alfred.
Liam is a popular name and it's popular for a good reason. It's such a great name! It's got all the class and history of William without being quite so uptight and stuffy. But, be warned - Liam is extremely popular. It was #1 on the baby name charts for little boys in 2018 and 2017. And has been in the top five since 2013. So if you do choose this awesome moniker for your little man, be prepared to call him my a nickname and for him to go to school with about 10 other Liams. Liam is derived from William and has American, German and Irish origins. It means strong-willed warrior, resolute protector, helmet, strong and desire. And your little Liam will be in good company with Hollywood bigwigs Liam Hemsworth and Liam Neeson. Another fun fact? Liam is an anagram of the name Mila. So if you're having twins or just brother-sister pairs, this would be a sweet name to connect them both by naming them Mila and Liam. How sweet is that? A mom on Baby Name Wizard shares her thoughts on the name Liam, "I don't think the popularity of this name should sway anyone who really loves it. I love it a lot there. It's short and to the point but I also love how it is a PRETTY sounding boy's name, which I find kind of rare. It flows off the tounge but still holds some kind of masculinity."
Okay, I may be a little bit biased here. Colin is the name of my partner, so obviously it's a name that I really love. But even before I met my Colin, I thought the name Colin was very charming. It reminds me of an English or Irish prince who lives in a beautiful castle. It's a classic name, but it also has some modern flair. It doesn't sound too old-fashioned or stodgy. Colin has Greek, English, Irish, American, French and Scottish origins. In Greek, Colin means victor.
Baby Name Wizard tells us, "Borrowed from the English, Colin originated as a medieval variant of the obsolete Colle, a short form of Nicholas (victory of the people). Alternatively, Colin is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic Cailean." If you opt for the name Colin for your little one, he'll have lots of famous namesakes to look up to like actors Colin Farrel and Colin Firth, comedian Colin Mochrie, quarterback and activisit Colin Kaepernick, former secretary of state Colin Powell, and fictional characters like The Secret Garden's Colin Craven and Harry Potter's Colin Creevey.
While Colin is a well known and famous name, it's not hugely popular anymore, meaning your little guy shouldn't have to share his moniker with too many classmates.
It's #274 on the baby name charts, falling 31 spots from 2017.
Stefano is a bold name for a little man. It's also a very beautiful and romantic name. When you hear Stefano, you are instantly transported to an Italian, Spanish or Greek seaside town. There's definitely no hiding the southern European origins of this name. It's not a name for everyone, but it's definitely unique and has a lovely sound to it. Plus, if you have Greek, Spanish or Italian heritage you'd like to honor, Stefano is the perfect choice. In Greek, the name Stefano means victorious. Similarly, in Spanish or Italian, it means crowned with laurels, which is what victors used to be presented with back in the day. The name is derived from the Latin Stephanus or Greek Stephanos, both meaning a crown or a garlund. If you like the idea of Stefano, but aren't quite ready to commit, there are lots of similar names such as Stefan, Stefen, Stefon, Stephan, Stephon, Stevan, Steven, Stevon. Or if you do go with Stefano but decide it's too pretentious or something, you can always go casual and call your little one Steve. Stefano is certainly not a name you're going to hear on the playground. It came in at #3442 on the baby name charts for 2018, falling almost 500 spots from 2017.
Hugh is another name that just screams English charm to me. And that's probably all thanks to Hugh Grant. It's a name we don't hear very often in North America, at least not when we were growing up. But as we heard it more and more as adults, we realized this name is one of the good ones. I think it would be so cute to give this name to a little baby boy. It's a little grown up but also very sweet. Behind the Name explains the origin of Hugh as an English name, "From the Germanic element hug, meaning "heart, mind, spirit". It was common among Frankish and French nobility, being borne by Hugh Capet, a 10th-century king of France who founded the Capetian dynasty. The Normans brought the name to England and it became common there, even more so after the time of the 12th-century bishop Saint Hugh of Lincoln, who was known for his charity. This was also the name of kings of Cyprus and the crusader kingdom of Jerusalem. The name is used in Ireland and Scotland as the Anglicized form of Aodh and Ùisdean." Definitions of Hugh include intelligent, thinker and a combination of heart, mind and spirit. Sounds pretty good for a little boy!
Julian is one of my favorite names. I think it has a soft and intellectual quality to it, that you don't always find in boy names. It's not super tough, but it's also not feminine sounding either. It's a common name in that everyone knows how to spell it and pronounce it, but it's not the most popular.
Baby Center ranks the name at #28 on the charts, up two spots from 2017.
Julian has English, Polish, German, French, Latin and Greek origins. It's derived from the Roman name Julius, obviously belonging to the famous emperor Julius Caesar. The name often means youthful by most origins, which couldn't describe a little boy better. Numerology courtesy of SheKnows tells us,
"People with this name tend to be a powerful force to all whose lives they touch. They are capable, charismatic leaders who often undertake large endeavors with great success. They value truth, justice, and discipline, and may be quick-tempered with those who do not. If they fail to develop their potential, they may become impractical and rigid." Fun fact: The Beatles' song "Hey Jude" was written for John Lennon's son, Julian. It was originally called "Hey Jules" but Paul McCartney thought that was too personal.
How adorable is the name Winston? I think it's just too cute! I totally have a thing for old-fashioned grandpa names that get used for little babies. I also think "Win" as a nickname is very sweet. By its English origin, Winston means from the town of victory. So your little guy is a winner already! Behind the Name explains the background of Winston saying it's, "From a surname derived from an English place name, which was in turn derived from the Old English given name Wynnstan. A famous bearer was Winston Churchill (1874-1965), the British prime minister during World War II. This name was also borne by the fictional Winston Smith, the protagonist in George Orwell's 1949 novel '1984'." While Winston definitely isn't a top name, it isn't as obscure as you might think. Winston comes in at #478 on the baby name charts and rose 27 spots from 2017. The name peaked in 1941, thanks to British PM Winston Churchill, and is now reaching a new peak again after falling off for the last few decades. Beware that your little one might get some Winnie the Pooh nicknames or comparisons, which can be cute when they're a baby but might be teasing if it comes from classmates in their school years.
Matteo is a name that totally has my heart. I think it has such a cool sound to it. Names that end in "o" are very unique. This is another one like Stefano that would be a bold choice and an obvious nod to Italian heritage. Baby Name Wizard explains the origins of Matteo as, "A cognate of Matthew, a derivative of the Ecclesiastic Late Latin Matthaeus and the Ecclesiastic Greek Matthaios and Matthias, contractions of Mattathias. The name has its root in the Hebrew Matityah, which is derived from mattīthyāh." The definition of Matteo is gift of god, which is what most parents think their new baby is. So the meaning is accurate! I also really love the nicknames for Matteo - Matt or Teo. Both nicknames sound really cool and laidback. Plus, they're easy derivatives of Matteo, which isn't always the case for some nicknames (looking at you Betty as a nickname for Elizabeth or Peggy as a nickname for Margaret). If I was even a little bit Italian, I would be going for this name for sure. Not that you have to be Italian to use this name, but it sure helps! Maybe I can convince my partner that we should get married in Italy and then have an excuse to give our future son an Italian name?
Now I know Tobias is a bit of an unconventional choice, but hear me out. Tobias is a name that sounds a little odd at the outset. You might be thinking of Tobias from Arrested Development, who you're probably hoping has nothing in common with your son. But leaving that character of Tobias aside, the name is actually a really cool one. It's not a name you hear very often.
It's #320 on the baby name charts after falling 51 spots from 2017. Plus, Tobias has a long history of being a great name and has some biblical roots
Behind the Name shares, "This is the name of the hero of the apocryphal Book of Tobit, which appears in many English versions of the Old Testament. It relates how Tobit's son Tobias, with the help of the angel Raphael, is able to drive away a demon who has plagued Sarah, who subsequently becomes his wife. This story was popular in the Middle Ages, and the name came into occasional use in parts of Europe at that time. In England it became common after the Protestant Reformation." Being a biblical name, the meaning of Tobias is god is good. Tobias also benefits from some great nicknames like Toby and Tobes, making a historic biblical name a lot more casual and fun.
Giles is another name that I have stolen from Europe because it's equal parts cool guy and romantic. I'll be honest. The first time I heard the name Giles was Gilles Marini, the winner of Dancing with the Stars, best known for his full frontal role in the Sex and The City movie. But man was he a good dancer! So Giles got on my radar and can be spelled Giles, Gilles or Gyles. It is pronounced "JI-elz." Giles has Latin, Greek, English, Gaelic and French origins. Behind the Name tells us that Giles is, "From the Late Latin name Aegidius, which is derived from Greek αιγιδιον (aigidion) meaning "young goat". Saint Giles was an 8th-century miracle worker who came to southern France from Greece. He is regarded as the patron saint of the crippled. In Old French the name Aegidius became Gidie and then Gilles, at which point it was imported to England." In Greek, Giles means shield or shield bearer. The Latin meaning is kind and the Gaelic meaning is servant. So you have lots of name meanings to choose from! Giles is a very unique name, coming in all the way down at #5877 on the baby name charts, falling almost 500 spots from 2016. The name has been declining in popularity since the late 1800s. But don't let the lack of popularity scare you - it's the perfect thing if you want your baby to be unique!
Lochlan is a new favorite of mine. You may have never heard of the name before. But don't you already love the sound of it? It's pronounced "Lock-lan" and can also be spelt Lochlann, Lachlan, or Lauchlan. Baby Name Wizard shares the origin of Lochlan as, "The Vikings plundered Ireland in the 9th and 10th centuries and the native home of the Norwegian invaders was known as Lochlan “land of the lochs.” But once they settled and intermarried with the Irish, Lochlan became a popular name and was generally given to boys that had fair or red hair – a tribute to their Viking ancestors." The version Lochlan or Lochlann is more popular in the UK while Lachlan is more popular in Australia. The nickname Locky (Lockie, Lackie) is also very popular for this name. So if you're considering Lochlan for your little guy, be sure that you also like the nickname Locky. The Irish meaning of Lochlan is home of the Norse. Numerology courtesy of SheKnows tells us, "People with this name are excellent at analyzing, understanding, and learning. They tend to be mystics, philosophers, scholars, and teachers. Because they live so much in the mind, they tend to be quiet and introspective, and are usually introverts. When presented with issues, they will see the larger picture. Their solitary thoughtfulness and analysis of people and world events may make them seem aloof, and sometimes even melancholy."
Okay, clearly I have a thing for Italian sounding names. And for good reason! Italian names are beautiful and Francesco is no exception. I find Francesco a little bit more accessible than Stefano, maybe because I went to school with some Francesco's. Like Steven for Stefano, you can always opt for a more anglicized nickname like Frank, Franco or Franky for Francesco. But my favorite part of this name is the hard "c" sound in "Fran-chess-ko." Francesco is derived from the Latin Francis, which means free one or of the French.
She Knows notes famous bearers of the name that include "St Francis of Sales who is patron saint of writers, St Francis of Assisi who founded the Franciscan order of friars, navigator Sir Francis Drake, and philosopher Francis Bacon." The name isn't very common, only coming in at #1400 on the baby name charts. It has been consistently at the same level of popularity since the 1970's. SheKnows shares the soul urge of someone named Francesco.
They say, "People with this name have a deep inner desire to create and express themselves, often in public speaking, acting, writing or singing. They also yearn to have beauty around them in their home and work environment."
How cute is the name Edison? I think this name is so adorable! I definitely have a thing for last names that become first names. Plus, Ed or Eddie is a cute nickname, especially for a little one. Obviously, the most famous bearer of the name Edison is inventor Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb. Not a bad person to name your son after at all! Edison is an English surname meaning son of Eda, son of Edward or son of Adam. So if you were hoping for a name with a really deep meaning, this might not be it unless you or your partner are named Eda, Edward or Adam. Or perhaps if you're religious, and would count son of Adam as in Adam and Eve from the bible, that could be a good tie in. One commentator on Baby Name Wizard explains how they chose Edison, "My husbands middle name is Edward. I love the name Edward but, he hates it so I figure we come to a compromise. Edison is perfect for us... We love it!!" Another commentator shares, "We named our second son Edison. We liked that it sounded complimentary to his older brother's name, Jackson. We loved that it is not common, but also not weird, and that it evokes the idea of Thomas Edison, a brilliant inventor and irrepressible optimist."
Ethan is one of those classic names that is handsome and everyone knows it. I first fell in love with the name Ethan while watching soap operas with my mom as a kid. There was a character named Ethan and I thought he was so dreamy. The name has been on my radar ever since. Behind the Name shares the origin of the name Ethan, "From the Hebrew name אֵיתָן ('Eitan) meaning solid, enduring, firm. In the Old Testament this name is borne by a few minor characters, including the wise man Ethan the Ezrahite, supposedly the author of Psalm 89. After the Protestant Reformation it was occasionally used as a given name in the English-speaking world, and it became somewhat common in America due to the fame of the revolutionary Ethan Allen (1738-1789). It only became popular towards the end of the 20th century. It is the name of the main character in Edith Wharton's novel 'Ethan Frome' (1911), about a man in love with his wife's cousin." The name Ethan means strong and the gift of the island. Of course, Ethan is a very well known name and therefore, very popular. It is #7 on the baby name charts, the same spot it was in 2017. The name peaked in 2002 and has been declining since. So while it's still popular, it's not as popular as it was 16 years ago.
Raphael is another European name that sounds romantic, historic and very cultured. Of course, it's also the name of a Ninja Turtle. So you definitely need to be on board with that if you choose to go with Raphael (or Rafael). Behind the Name explains the long history of this name. They say Raphael is, "From the Hebrew name רָפָאֵל (Rafa'el) which meant "God has healed".
In Hebrew tradition Raphael was the name of one of the seven archangels. He appears in the Book of Tobit, in which he disguises himself as a man named Azarias and accompanies Tobias on his journey to Media, aiding him along the way. In the end he cures Tobias's father Tobit of his blindness. He is not mentioned in the New Testament, though tradition identifies him with the angel troubling the water in John 5:4.
This name has never been common in the English-speaking world, though it has been well-used elsewhere in Europe. A famous bearer was the 16th-century Renaissance master Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520), usually known simply as Raphael." In Hebrew, Raphael means god has healed. The name comes in at #520 on the baby name charts, falling 52 spots from 2017. There's also plenty of nicknames with Raphael like Raph, Raphy, Raffi, Rafe, Rafer, Rafa, Rafi, and Rafio.
Yup, one more Italian name for you! Alessandro is another awesome European name for you to consider. It's a jazzed up version of the name Alexander, just like Steffano was the Italian version of Steven and Matteo was an Italian version of Matthew. Baby Name Wizard explains the origin of Alessandro as, "Congate of the compound Greek name composed of the elements alexein (to defend, to help) and andros (man): hence, 'defender or helper of mankind.' The name was borne by Alexander the Great (356—323 B.C.), a Macedonian king and military conqueror who helped spread the Greek culture across Asia Minor to Egypt and India."
Definitions of Alessandro include noble, light, and defender of man.
He'll also have a namesake in Alessandro Volta, the Italian inventor of the battery. So it's some big shoes for a little guy to fill! Alessandro also comes with lots of nicknames like Andy, Alex, Sandro, Sandy, Ollie, Ali, and Al. And if you're not quite set on Alessandro, there are lots of variations like Alexander, Alejandro, Aleksandr, Aleksandur, Alexandras, Alek and more! Alessandro comes in at #889 on the baby name charts, falling 296 spots since 2017. The name has been more popular in the 2000s but seems to rise and fall in popularity every few years.
When I think of the name Diego, I either think of hunky actor Diego Luna or animated cartoon Diego, Dora's cousin. So maybe that's the perfect name for a little boy! He's one part adorable and smart cartoon character and one part Latino heartthrob. There's also Diego, the sabertooth tiger from Ice Age! Diego is a hispanic name with origins in Latin. Behind the Name explains the origins of Diego as, "In medieval records Diego was Latinized as Didacus, and it has been suggested that it in fact derives from Greek διδαχη (didache) "teaching". Saint Didacus (or Diego) was a 15th-century Franciscan brother based in Alcalá, Spain. Other famous bearers of this name include Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (1886-1957) and Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona (1960-)."
Meanings of Diego include teacher, supplanter and he who replaces. Diego is #189 on the baby name charts, falling 19 spots from 2017. It reached peak popularity in the United States in 2006 and has been declining since. SheKnows shares the numerology of a person named Diego as, "People with this name tend to be orderly and dedicated to building their lives on a solid foundation of order and service. They value truth, justice, and discipline, and may be quick-tempered with those who do not. Their practical nature makes them good at managing and saving money, and at building things in the material world. Because of their focus on order and practicality, they may seem overly cautious and conservative at times."
I've always liked the name Sebastian, and not just for the cranky crab in The Little Mermaid. Back in the day, some parents may have felt the name Sebastian was too prissy or elegant for a little guy. But elegance has become mainstream and modern parents are embracing this beautiful name. Behind the Name explains the origins of Sebastian as, "From the Latin name Sebastianus which meant "from Sebaste". Sebaste was the name a town in Asia Minor, its name deriving from Greek σεβαστος (sebastos) "venerable" (a translation of Latin Augustus, the title of the Roman emperors). According to Christian tradition, Saint Sebastian was a 3rd-century Roman soldier martyred during the persecutions of the emperor Diocletian. After he was discovered to be a Christian, he was tied to a stake and shot with arrows. This however did not kill him. Saint Irene of Rome healed him and he returned to personally admonish Diocletian, whereupon the emperor had him beaten to death. Due to the saint's popularity, the name came into general use in medieval Europe, especially in Spain and France. It was also borne by a 16th-century king of Portugal who died in a crusade against Morocco." Sebastian means venerable and revered. It can also be spelt Sebastien with an "e" and enjoys the nickname Seb.
References: www.behindthename.com,www.sheknows.com, www.babynamewizard.com, www.babycenter.com