Baby names are as numerous as the sands on the seashore. Some are classic, others are contemporary; some hold sentimental meaning and others are selected simply because parents like the way they sound. Naming a child is no easy task. It can be overwhelming for parents-to-be to sift through the seemingly endless options available to them.
Little lads come into the world full of energy, hope and endless enthusiasm. They may grow up to be firefighters, inventors, police officers, doctors, lawyers, writers or world leaders. The future is bright for impending arrivals. Technology is improving at an accelerated rate, and, whatever the coming years bring, arming a tiny gentleman with a gorgeous name starts him on the path to success when he’s still just a wee babe.
We have some good news for mothers and fathers with baby boys on the way. The 30 most beautiful boy names of all time have been revealed, and each and every one of them are nothing short of breathtaking. The names that follow are strong, lovely and timeless. Some are vintage, others are new to the baby naming scene, but all of them are worth considering. Read on for 30 names sure melt the hearts of all who hear them.
Anders is a stunning name of Scandinavian origin that means strong, manly. This Old Country variation of the name Andrew made its debut in the top 1,000 names for American boys in 2006. While love for this name is growing, it hasn't yet become overused. It's a rare beauty with ancient roots and is a unique twist on the currently popular boys' names Aiden and Andrew. At the present time, it ranks as the 1,625th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States, and was the 352nd most popular name for little lads on Nameberry.com in 2017. It's worth mentioning that, in Denmark, Donald Duck is named Anders. Andy is a sweet shortening of this name that is friendly and fun. Love Anders? Similar names to consider include Hans, Lars and Christian.
Benjamin is a beautiful biblical name of Hebrew origin that means son of the right hand. It has been a widely-used and beloved name for decades, but didn't break into the top 10 names chosen for boys until 2015. Presently, Benjamin is the 18th most popular name for boys in the United States. It is also a worldwide favorite. In 2017, it ranked as the 70th most popular name for boys in Ireland and the 55th most popular for boys in Scotland. Benji, Ben and Benny are three possible shortenings of this name that are just as gorgeous as the original. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen definitely upped the cool factor of this designation when they chose it for their son. Fans of the name Benjamin may also wish to consider the similar names Samuel, Elijah or David for their impending arrivals.
Caleb is a strong Old Testament name of Hebrew origin that means devotion to God. It held a firm place in the top 40 names for boys for over 15 years before falling slightly in popularity in 2016. At the present time, Caleb is the 46th most popular name for boys in the United States, and has risen one spot in popularity since 2017. In 2017, it ranked as the 30th most popular name for boys on Nameberry.com and the 37th most popular name for boys in Scotland. Actress Julianne Moore selected this attractive name for her son, only adding to its appeal. Cale and Cal are two possible nicknames for Caleb, and Kaleb is another spelling worth considering. Adore the name Caleb? Similar names to consider include Jacob, Noah and Luke.
Colin is an Irish and Scottish diminutive of the name Nicholas and means pup. Collin is a similar spelling that is just as popular, and just as beautiful. Presently, Colin ranks as the 326th most popular name for boys in the United States, and has risen an impressive 94 places in popularity since 2017. This darling designation is also a favorite of parents worldwide. In 2016, it was the 98th most popular name for boys in Germany and the 67th most popular for boys in Sweden. It has appeared in great literary works including The Secret Garden and the Harry Potter series. Actors Kevin James and Tom Hanks both have sons named Colin. Hollywood heartthrobs Colin Firth and Colin Farrell help give this name an effortlessly cool appeal. Love the name Colin? Similar names to consider include Owen, Gavin and Connor.
Dylan is a dashing name of Welsh origin that means son of the sea. Presently, it ranks as the 52nd most popular name for boys in the United States. Dylan was originally the name of a powerful sea god who was so beloved, the waters surrounding the United Kingdom wept when he passed away. Welsh poet Dylan Thomas gives this name ties to the romantic, and singer Bob Dylan has helped make this effortlessly cool choice one that is never going out of style. Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas have a son named Dylan, as does Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. Dillon is another possible spelling of the name that is equally fetching and fabulous. Mason, Carter and Logan are similar monikers that fans of the name Dylan may also wish to consider.
Edmond is a name of English origin that means wealthy protector. This classic choice, also spelled Edmund, is a fun and fresh twist on the oft-used name Edward. Currently, Edmond ranks as the 3,629th most popular name for boys in the United States, but has risen a very impressive 3,562 spots since 2017. Nicknames for Edmond abound. Eddie, Ed, Ned and Mondo are various shortenings of the name that are simply irresistible. Need yet another reason to fall in love with this name? Parents who love to read may appreciate the fact that Edmond Dantes is the name of the main character in the classic literary masterpiece The Count of Monte Cristo. Adore Edmond? Snatch it up while it's still a rarity! Similarly gorgeous names to consider include Elliot, Emmet or Edwin.
Flynn is a fantastic name of Irish origin that means red or son of the red-haired one. Presently it is the 1,002nd most popular name selected for boys in the United States, and is in the top 50 names for boys in both Australia and New Zealand. Former power couple Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom undoubtedly gave it a boost in popularity when they selected it for their son. Flynn is often used as a middle name, but is a lovely, easy going first name that is as dashing as it is darling. The swashbuckling fictional character Flynn Ryder (whose given name is Eugene Fitzherbert) in the movie Tangled helps give this name an adventurous edge. Those who adore this fabulous choice may also wish to consider the similar names Finley, Fox or Finnegan.
Gilbert is a swoon-inducing name of German origin that means shining pledge. At the present time, it is the 1,665th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States. It reached its height of popularity in 1930 when it ranked as the 90th most popular name for boys. It was also used often in England during the Middle Ages. Gilbert Blythe, the handsome and devil-may-care object of Anne Shirley's affection in the Anne of Green Gables series, has helped give this name a permanent place on the map. It was also the name of Johnny Depp's character in the film What's Eating Gilbert Grape? Stunning shortenings of the name Gilbert include Gil, Gilly, Bert, Berty, Gib and Gibby. Love it? Similar names to consider include Hal, Calvin or Henry.
Harrison is a lovely name of English origin that means son of Harry. Presently, it is the 112th most popular name for boys in the United States. It is a timeless choice that has only grown in popularity in recent years. Actor Harrison Ford has helped solidify this name as one that is synonymous with class and effortless coolness. It also has a presidential pedigree and a link to the Beatles. Hank, Harry and Sonny are three top-notch shortenings for this winning choice. What's not to love about this to-die-for name? It's sophisticated without being stuffy and will fit a boy from the time he's in diapers until the day he becomes a man and takes on the world. Oliver, Jackson and Carter are similar names those who adore the name Harrison may also wish to consider.
Ishmael is a beautiful biblical name of Hebrew origin that means God will hear. Currently, it is the 1,431st most popular name chosen for boys in the United States, and has risen 241 spots in popularity since 2017. This moniker is classic-yet-contemporary and is as cool as it is gorgeous. Ishmael is the name of the protagonist in Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick. In fact, the oft-spoken opening line of the tale reads, "Call me Ishmael." It is also the name of Abraham's first son in the Bible. Those in search of a name that stands out without being too strange will find what they are looking for in the name Ishmael. Ismael is an alternative spelling of the name found in Lemony Snicket's The End. Isaiah, Israel and Josiah are similar names those who adore the name Ishmael may also wish to consider.
James is a beloved biblical name of Hebrew origin that means supplanter. It is actually a variation of Jacob: another name adored and used often by parents around the globe. This name may be the most popular boy name of all time, and, according to Nameberry.com, recently ranked Number 1 in a poll of America's favorite names for baby boys. Presently, James is the 10th most popular name for boys in the United States, the same spot it held in 2017. It's also a favorite of parents in the United Kingdom. In 2017, it was the 3rd most popular name for lads in Scotland and the 2nd most popular for Irish boys. This exquisite, stately and stylish name definitely has staying power. Jamie is a sweet, friendly nickname that only adds to its overall appeal. Basically, it's one parents-to-be can't go wrong with. Adore it? Similar names include William, Daniel and John.
Jonah is another biblical beauty of Hebrew origin that means dove. Currently, it is the 145th most popular name for boys in the United States, and has risen 13 spots in popularity since 2017. Jonah is a less common choice than other names from the Bible like Joshua and Jacob, and comes with a story that is arguably one of the most exciting and enthralling in the entire book. Jonah was the name of a man who spent three days in the belly of a whale after disobeying God's commands. Even better? He learned his lesson and lived to tell the tale. Characters named Jonah in the popular movies Knocked Up and Sleepless in Seattle have helped shed a contemporary light on this stunning ancien choice. Micah, Josiah and Jude are similar names that may also appeal to fans of the name Jonah.
Kieran is a lilting name of Irish origin that means little dark one. It has been a long-time favorite of parents across the pond in Ireland and England, and, in recent years, is becoming more and more commonly used by American moms and pops. At the present time, Kieran sits well within the top 1,000 names chosen for boys in the United States at number 811. It ranked as the 417th most popular name for boys on Nameberry.com in 2017, and was the 316th most popular choice for boys in England in 2016. Julianna Margulies selected this name for her son and actor Macaulay Culkin has a brother named Kieran. Kier is a breathtaking shortening sure to turn heads whenever it is spoken. Fans of the name Kieran may also wish to consider the similar names Declan, Tristan or Killian.
Liam is the lovely Irish shortening of the name William, and means resolute protector. Presently, it is the number 1 name chosen for boys in the United States, and it isn't difficult to see why. Liam is a soft-sounding, exquisite choice that parents simply can't resist. It has made an extremely impressive climb up the baby naming charts over the past few years, and broke into the top 10 names for American boys for the first time in 2012. It is now reigning supreme and doesn't show signs of its popularity waning anytime soon. Actor Liam Neeson and One Direction member Liam Payne most likely had something to do with Liam's impressive rise in popularity. Lucas, Logan and Aidan are similar names those who love the name Liam may also wish to consider.
Lorenzo, the Italian form of the name Lawrence, is a lovely name of Italian origin that means from Laurentium. It is currently the 159th most popular name for boys in the United States, the 4th most popular choice for boys in Italy, and is also a popular choice among parents in France and the Netherlands. Actor Lorenzo Lamas and Renaissance artists Lorenzo Ghiberti and Lorenzo Lotto are three notable men with this name that have helped bring it recognition, and reality star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi chose this darling name for her little meatball. Lory and Enzo are two adorable shortenings of this name that will surely persuade parents around the world to put it on their baby name short lists. Sebastian, Leonardo and Mateo are similar names those who adore the name Lorenzo may also wish to consider.
Malcolm is a friendly and fetching name of Scottish origin that means a dove or devotee of St. Colomba. Presently, Malcolm ranks as the 495th most popular name for boys in the United States and ranked 151st on Nameberry.com in 2017. In Scotland, Malcolm is a stately name with a royal history, and has been assigned to four Scottish kings. Actors Denzel Washington and Harrison Ford both have sons named Malcolm. Author Malcolm Gladwell and actor Malcolm McDowell are other notable men with this name. Mal is a nickname for Malcolm that is simply irresistible. Searching for a name that is dignified, classic and will never go out of style? Malcolm may be the perfect choice. Lincoln, Mason and Maxwell are similar names that those who adore the name Malcolm may also wish to consider.
Matthew is a magnificent biblical name of Hebrew origin that means gift of God. Currently, it is the 28th most popular name for boys in the United States, and, last year alone, nearly 13,000 little ones were given this gallant name. It is also a global favorite. In 2017, it ranked 27th for boys in Scotland, 26th for boys in Ireland and 18th on Nameberry.com. Matthew has been a beloved choice for decades for good reason. Mathias and Mateo are variations of this lovely name that are also worth considering. Matt and Matty are two common shortenings of this masculine moniker that are short, sweet and simply sensational. Famous folks named Matthew abound and include Broderick, McConaughey, Damon and Dillon. Those who love the name Matthew may also want to put the similar choices Mason, Nathan or Ethan on their short lists.
Niall is an effortlessly cool name of Irish origin that means cloud. Pronounced NYE-al, this name is quite similar to the more common designation, Neil, but is much more fresh and fun. Presently, it ranks as the 1,350th most popular name for boys in the United States, and has risen an impressive 716 spots in popularity since 2017. It is also a popular choice across the pond, and is currently the 395th most popular name for boys in England. Former One Direction member Niall Horan is a talented musician who has undoubtedly helped bring recognition this this dapper name in recent years. Nyle is a similar spelling of the name that may also appeal to those who adore it. Ronan, Lyle and Noah are similar names that fans of this name may also wish to consider.
Nolan is a debonair name of Irish origin that means descendant of a chariot fighter or champion. It is a traditional surname in Ireland that recently burst on the baby naming scene as a comely and charming first name. At the present time, it ranks well within the top 100 names for boys in the United States at number 64, and has risen 3 places in popularity since 2017. It is also a popular choice in Canada and Belgium and currently ranks as the 11th most popular name for boys in France. Nolan Ryan is a renowned baseball pitcher who has helped bring clout and recognition to this friendly name. Nolan is also the name of a quirky and likeable character on the popular television series Revenge. Landon, Gavin and Connor are similar names that those who adore the name Nolan may also wish to consider.
Orion is a name from Greek mythology that means son of fire or the hunter. Presently, it is the 398th most popular name for boys in the United States, and ranked as the 373rd most popular name for boys on Nameberry.com in 2017. This name puts a fresh twist on the oft-used name Ryan. It first gained recognition as a baby name in 1994, and its use has been on the rise ever since. This heavenly name was that of the mythological hunter who was slain by Artemis and transformed into a shimmering constellation of stars by Zeus. Actor Chris Noth, best known for his role as Big on Sex and the City, selected this star-studded name for his son. Adore Orion? Similar names to consider include Phoenix, Odin and Hunter.
Parker is a practically perfect English occupational name that means park-keeper. Originally used as a surname, this posh choice has become one of the most beloved first names of the last decade. It currently ranks as the 98th most popular name for boys in the United States, and ranked 87th on Nameberry.com in 2017. Comedian Rosie O'Donnell has a son named Parker, and saxophonist Charlie Parker helps give this name a jazzy edge. While this name has recently become a gender-neutral choice that is used for girls as well as for boys, it's still much more common for tiny gentlemen than it is for little ladies. Those who can't get enough of the name Parker may also wish to consider the similar names Cooper, Tanner or Porter for their little darlings.
Peter is yet another timeless biblical name that is here to stay. It is a name of Greek origin that means rock. This moniker's understated beauty and historical significance make it one any young lad would be lucky to call his own. Presently, Peter is the 271st most popular name chosen for boys in the United States. In 2017, it was the 140th most popular name for boys on Nameberry.com and the 88th most popular for boys in Ireland. Literary characters Peter Pan and Peter Rabbit are two of the most beloved of all time, and have helped ensure that parents simply can't go wrong when assigning this name to a little one. Variations of this name include Piers (British), Pierre (French), Piet (Dutch), Piero (Italian) and Pedro (Spanish). Love Peter? Similar names to consider include the classic choices William, Thomas or Henry.
Rhett is a breathtaking name of Dutch origin that means advice. Originally a southern surname, this designation has become a fetching first name that is definitely worth considering. Love for Rhett is on the rise. It has climbed over 300 spots in popularity over the last three years alone. At the present time, it is the 187th most popular name for boys in the United States, and, in 2017, it was the 66th most popular name for boys on Nameberry.com. Gone With the Wind character Rhett Butler has helped to ensure that this name will always be synonymous with romance and passion. Rhett's one-syllable sound makes it one that will sound great with nearly any middle and last name. Everett, Hudson and Beckett are similar names those who adore the name Rhett may also wish to consider.
Solomon is a sensational biblical name of Hebrew origin. This Old Testament name originated from the Hebrew word shalom, which means peace. Currently, it is the 586th most popular name for boys in the United States. It ranked as high as 198th in 1880, but has only recently once again claimed a spot within the top 600 names for boys. In 2017, it was the 197th most popular choice on Nameberry.com. Acclaimed author Charles Dickens was a fan of this name, and used it for the names of characters in three of his novels. Solomon in the bible was known for his sharp mind. Speaking about the son of David and Bathsheba and king of Israel, the Bible states, "People came from all the nations to hear the wisdom of Solomon." Similar names those who have fallen for the name Solomon may also wish to consider include Ezekiel, Gideon and Silas.
Theodore is a presidential name of Greek origin that means divine gift. At the present time, it is the 87th most popular name for boys in the United States, and has risen 13 spots in popularity since 2017. When Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as President of the United States in 1901, Theodore was in the top 40 names for boys, as were the shortenings of the name Ted and Teddy. Theo is another possible nickname for Theodore that is all-the-rage right now. Celebrities Ivanka Trump, Bryce Dallas Howard and Ali Larter have all selected this name for their new additions. Little Women character Laurie's official title was Theodore Laurence. We can't forget the fact that Theodore is also the name of many people's favorite cartoon chipmunk. Adore Theodore? Similar names to consider include Leo, Zachary and Elliot.
Titus is a strong name of Latin origin that means title of honor. It is a biblical and Shakespearean name that solidified a spot in the top 300 names for boys for the third year in a row after quickly rising up the baby name ranks. While it has fallen a bit in popularity since last year, it is still well within the top 1000, and will most likely be a favorite of parents-to-be for years to come. At the present time, Titus ranks as the 525th most popular name for boys in the United States. In 2017, it was the 269th most popular name for boys in Germany and ranked 168th on Nameberry.com. The celebrated painter Rembrandt selected the name Titus for his son. Linus, Triton and Timothy are similar names that may appeal to fans of the name Titus.
Vincent is a magnificent name of Latin origin that means conqueror or victor. At the present time, it is the 134th most popular name for boys in the United States. Other variations of this irresistible name include Vinny and Vince. Vincent has a vintage feel to it, but is still a fun, fresh name that has made a resurgence in recent years. It was quite popular in the Middle Ages, and has always been a favorite of Italian families, but is now a mainstream name that is definitely worth considering. This name has also made its mark on the silver screen. Ethan Hawke played a character named Vincent in the film Gattaca, and John Travolta was Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction. Adore Vincent? Dominic, Gabriel and Christopher are similar names to consider.
West is a name of English origin that means Western town. It is a surname and word name that has only recently become a first name thanks to this darling designation being used more and more often over the last few years by forward-thinking parents. Presently, West ranks as the 1,839th most popular name for boys in the United States, and is up an impressive 373 spots in popularity since 2017. Along with other directional names including Easton, East and North, West is a stunning name sure to sweep anyone who hears it right off of his or her feet. Country crooner Randy Houser has a son named West. Weston and Wesley are two other gorgeous names that fall into the same category as West, and Zane, Wylie and Wyatt are similar designations that those who love this name may also wish to consider.
Wilder is a rugged, bad boy name that is fun, fresh and just an all-around wonderful choice. It is a surname and word name that has taken the baby naming charts by storm in recent years. It made an appearance in the top 1000 names for little lads in 2015, and, in 2016, it was ranked as one of the fastest-rising boys' names. Wilder is currently the 690th most popular name for boys in the United States, and has risen 10 places in popularity since 2017. Goldie Hawn's son, Oliver, named his little one Wilder in 2007, possible putting it on the map, and the fast track to popularity. Author Laura Ingalls and actor Gene are two notable folks with this stunning choice as a surname. Ryder, Sawyer and Culver are similar names that may appeal to fans of the name Wilder.
Zeke is a darling diminutive of the name Ezekiel that means God strengthens. Presently, it is the 444th most popular name for boys in the United States, and use of this name is steadily rising. It is up over 200 places from its rank at 659 in 2015. In 2017, it ranked 166th on Nameberry.com. Zeek is an alternative spelling of this charming choice. Running back for the Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliot, goes by Zeke. It is also the name of the Braverman family's beloved patriarch in the television series Parenthood. This one-syllable name packs a big punch, and is sure to help a young man stand out. Zayden, Zion and Xander are similar names that those who adore the name Zeke may also wish to put on their short lists.