We know your son will be really, really, ridiculously good looking. And we bet he’ll have cute dimples and a megawatt smile to boot. So, if there is no doubt your sweet baby boy will be the coolest and most charming cutie-patootie, why not search for an attractive boy’s name?
There are just some names for males that make you think of a dapper dude. A handsome boy’s name reminds us of a well-dressed guy with a million dollar smile. But he’s not just eye candy, and in no way one-dimensional. Besides his pretty face, he has a beautiful heart, too. He’s just adorable in every way.
Strong boy names are also the definition of handsome. Boys and men with rugged-sounding monikers personify charm. They seem to be perfectly crafted and blessed with beautiful genes. With killer looks and impeccable fashion sense, a handsome name is like a cherry on top of a beautiful sundae.
These 25 handsome names for boys are nothing short of lovable. Try them on for size on your adorable, little dude.
What do you get when you mix Jay with Aiden? You guessed it—Jayden. Instead of Brayden, Hayen, or Kaden, parents everywhere are adopting Jayden for their sons.
It’s a Hebrew name that means thankful or God has heard. Jayden got as high as #5 on the boy’s name chart, but in 2015, it maintained a top 20 spot in the U.S. It also holds the #20 spot in Canada, and #21 in The Netherlands.
In 1994, Jayden cracked the top 1000, and its popularity eventually skyrocketed. The name was given a further spike when Hollywood A-list couple Will Smith and his wife Jada named their son Jaden. Other famous parents who chose this name for their sons include former tennis stars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, and actor Christian Slater.
Other spellings include Jadyn, Jadon, and Jaiden. So, if you’re looking for a variation on Jay or Jason, Jayden is a beautiful alternative.
If you prefer a conventional name, Benjamin is a solid choice. The name is also slang for a hundred dollar bill, so bonus! And with the nickname Benji, Benjamin is beautiful.
Its roots are biblical. Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob and Rachel. He founded the 12 tribes of Israel. Naturally, the name has Hebrew origins and means son of the right hand.
The most famous namesake is Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s founding fathers. Other famous men include actor Ben Stein, actor Ben Stiller, and Benjamin Netanyahu, the ninth Prime Minister of Israel.
The name Ben is hot in Hollywood, too, picked by such celebrity parents as Rowan Atkinson (the given name of the actor and comedian Mr. Bean), actor Jeff Daniels, and singer/songwriter Neil Young.
You may be destined to have a leader if you name your son Phoenix. It is a powerful name that has become trendy in recent years. Ending in the fashionable letter X, Phoenix is a surprising baby name on the rise.
This Greek name means deep red. The image of the name evokes a colorful, legendary bird. In ancient mythology, the phoenix was an immortal animal, rising from its own ashes to be reborn in a flame. Besides the bird name, Phoenix is also the capital city of Arizona.
In the U.S., Phoenix is more popular with boys, but steadily climbing with girls. In Australia, though, Phoenix is strictly a boy’s name.
Phoenix is a name that no one could forget. With ties to a mythological bird and a place on the map, it’s a unique choice for nature-lovers, and a good choice for a good looking boy.
If you’re looking for an attractive alternative to Jason, try Mason. It's an occupational surname-turned-baby name. As a profession, a mason was a stoneworker or a bricklayer. Today, it’s a rock-solid hit among parents.
In 2011, Mason soared in popularity, reaching #2 on the boy’s name chart. This name remains a favorite among parents as it currently sits high on the list at #3. Although it’s become a unisex name, it trends significantly higher for boys. In fact, the name is currently not in the top 1000 for girls. Still, the name is beginning to cross over. But parents who choose Mason for their daughters tend to adopt alternative spellings such as Masyn and Maysen.
You can’t deny Mason’s impact through pop culture references. In the ‘50s and ‘60s, actor Raymond Burr played criminal defense lawyer Perry Mason in a TV series of the same name. Also, the name is red hot in Hollywood, picked by such famous parents as Cuba Gooding, Jr., Melissa Joan Hart, Kourtney Kardashian, and Kelsey Grammer.
This biblical name has soared to the height of popularity. Micah means one who is like the Lord. It also means poor or humble. In 2015, it ranked #108 on the American baby name chart for boys.
Among the celebs who have chosen Micah for their sons are singer Neil Diamond, Grey’s Anatomy actress Sarah Drew, and poet Robert Bly. It’s no wonder that parents are choosing this name as an alternative to Michael. You can also spell it Mica or Mikah, but be careful using the spelling Myka as it’s the feminine form of the name.
Although Micah has not reached the popularity of Michael, this name has a poetic sound and a timeless charm. With a name like Micah, your handsome son is sure to go far.
Cooper is not just a tradition surname; it’s also an English occupational name. A cooper by professional was a barrel maker or seller. Since 1982, the name has seen a rapid growth. Cooper entered the top 100 names list in 2007 and it hasn’t left. The name is even more popular in Australia.
Hollywood hunk Bradley Cooper and journalist Anderson Cooper have made it a household name. And fans of the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory will associate the name with the lead character Sheldon Cooper played by actor Jim Parsons. Also, football stars Peyton and Eli Manning have an older brother named Cooper.
Famous parents agree it’s an awesome name for a cool dude. Among the celebs who have chosen Cooper for their sons are Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, and actors Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bill Murray.
Cooper is a friendly-sounding name. That probably has much to do with the easy-going nickname Coop. Add super to the front of the name and you have one amazing moniker.
Ryan is a quintessential Irish name that originates from the surname O’Riain. It means descendant of the king or little king.
It’s a fresher alternative to the name Brian that has been popular since 1976, but it was really big in the 1980s. In 2015, the name ranked #39 on the boy’s name chart. Although some parents are adopting Ryan for their daughters, it remains a predominantly male name.
Tinseltown sure has its share of sharp Ryans. There’s Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Phillippe, and Ryan Seacrest to name a few. Perhaps its connection to famous people is the reason for its staying power.
The cute nickname Ry adds to its charm. And there are a million and one ways to spell it, including Ryne, Rian, Rhyne, Rynn, and Rayan.
A strong boy may be in your future if you choose the name Andrew. The name literally means manly in Greek. Andrew is the patron saint of Greece, Russia, and Scotland. In the Bible, he was one of the 12 apostles.
Andrew has two user-friendly nicknames: Andy and Drew. Still, there are many international versions of the name, including:
- Anders in Norway and Sweden
- Andre in France
- Andreas in Greece, Germany, and Amsterdam
- Andrei in Russia
Several prominent figures share the name, including actor Andy Garcia, artist Andy Warhol, and former U.S. Presidents Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson.
Andrew is a masculine name with a genuine history—not a bad combination for a baby name. Not only does it have a timeless quality but Andrew is one of the most popular male names ever.
Talk about a boy’s name that is huge. Year after year, Christopher continues to have a stronghold on the boy’s name chart. Meaning bearer of Christ, the origin is Greek and Latin.
Christopher is a classic name that made a major resurgence between 1960-2000. The name holds a firm spot in the top 50 at #32. Its resilience may have to do with Christopher’s attractive nicknames, including Chris and the most recent variant, Topher.
Parents and celebrity parents alike continue to have a love affair with the name, including Sean “Diddy” Combs. Other popular namesakes include Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, actor Christmas Walken, actor Christopher Reeve, and the handsome Australian actor Chris Hemsworth.
In Swedish, the name is Matteus. In French, it’s Matthieu. In Italian, it’s Matteo. And in the English-speaking world, the name is Matthew. Biblical in origin, Matthew was the author of the first book in the New Testament. Its meaning, gift of God, is truly fitting.
In the ‘80s and ‘90s, Matthew was the third most popular boy’s name in the United States. In 2015, the name ranked #15 for boys.
There’s certainly no shortage of model-like Matthews in Hollywood: McConaughey, Damon, Broderick, Perry, and Dillon to name a few. Decade after decade, Matthew remains a perennial favorite among famous moms and dads. But some well-known parents have chosen foreign versions of the name. Singer Ricky Martin, and actor Benjamin Bratt have sons named Matteo, and comic actor Will Ferrell named his son Mattias.
On the streets of London and on the sidewalks of New York, the name is pronounced Antony, without the h—just like the Shakespearean tragedy Antony and Cleopatra.
From Latin origins, Anthony means priceless one. Just like the meaning, the name continues to be cherished on American name charts. In 2015, it ranked #25 for boys. It’s a little less popular in Canada, Australia, and Ireland, but it still cracks the top 100 in these countries.
Notable namesakes include actor Antonio Banderas, actor Anthony Hopkins, chef Anthony Bourdain, pro skater Tony Hawk, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis.
Plenty of other celebs chose this name for their star babies, including actress Joan Collins, actor Jerry Lewis, actor Gregory Peck, actress Angela Lansbury, and actor Alan Arkin.
Noah is the perennial favorite among parents. Not only is it number one right now, it has been at the top of the list for three years in a row. Besides taking the top spot in America and Switzerland, Noah is #2 in Denmark, #3 in Northern Ireland, #4 in Australia, and #5 in The Netherlands and Belgium.
Meaning rest or comfort, the name is a classic Old Testament name that has been dramatized in more than one epic movie. The story of Noah is, of course, one of the most well-known from the Bible. Noah was asked by God to build an ark and fill it with two of every creature to protect them all from the Great Flood. And by the boatload, parents continue to bestow this beautiful name on their sons. Millions of people can’t be wrong.
Nature-loving parents will appreciate this suave Scottish surname which means small hollow. It’s currently holding the 14th position in the United States, but it ranks #7 in Wales, #8 in its native Scotland, and #12 in Canada. While it remains a trendy name for girls, Logan is predominantly a boy’s name.
Since the 1970s, the name has risen in the charts, but modern pop culture has certainly helped the popularity of the name. If you’re a fan of the X-Men comics and movie series, you’ll recognize Logan as the name of the mutant character Wolverine. Also, Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant chose this name for his son.
The spelling variations of Logan are plentiful. You can use Loggan, Logun, Loghan, or Logn. However you spell it, Logan will continue to have long-running success for a while.
In Spanish, the name is Diego. In French, it’s Jacques. In Italian, it’s Giacomo. In Ireland, it’s Seamus. And in the English-speaking world, the name is James.
What’s James’ claim to fame? It’s the most common name of former U.S. Presidents. Six men have carried the name: Madison, Monroe, Polk, Buchanan, Garfield, and Carter. It’s also one of the most popular names of all time, maintaining a spot in the top 20 for the last century. In 2015, it ranks #7 for boys.
James is a Hebrew name that comes out of the name Jacob. Although the name originates from the Bible, it’s far from dated. It’s a classic yet modern name that is shared by countless celebs. Famous namesakes include singer/songwriter James Taylor, actor Jim Carrey, guitarist Jimmy Page, and singer James Brown.
It’s a perfect name for all ages. With both style and substance, James will be fashionable for a long time.
Luke is yet another biblical boy’s name on this list. The name got a boost in 1977 by the epic space movie Star Wars and its hero Luke Skywalker. Its popularity may have continued in the ‘80s due to the soap opera General Hospital. When the fictional supercouple Luke and Laura got married on the TV show, more Americans watched General Hospital than the televised nuptials of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles.
Other variations of Luke include Lucas, Lucian, and Lucius. New parents are especially turning to Lucas over the similar-sounding Luke. Now firmly, in the top 20, Lucas is well used in the United States, The Netherlands, and particularly Sweden where the name is number one.
Lucas has also been a character in countless TV shows, from One Tree Hill to The Rifleman. And Star Wars fans will again associate the name with filmmaker George Lucas.
Like Noah, James, Luke, and John, Caleb has roots that go back to the Bible. In the Old Testament, Caleb left Egypt with Moses and Joshua to pursue the Promised Land. This Hebrew name means devotion to God.
The name Caleb first entered the United States in the 1600s, but it took some time to gain popularity. The name rose high in the 1800s and then declined. But yet again, it made a comeback in the 1960s. In 2015, it soared to #37 in America. Caleb also makes the top 100 in England, Scotland, New Zealand, and Australia.
The only drawback may be the nickname, Cale. Some people may associate it with the green, leafy vegetable. Personally, we like kale and we like the name, Caleb.
The name William has a claim to fame. Only second to John, William is the most popular name among English-speaking people. It makes sense when you think of all the Williams in history.
There were four U.S. Presidents named William: Harrison, McKinley, Taft, and Clinton. But, that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the name-fame. There’s also Microsoft magnate Bill Gates, the playwright William Shakespeare, author William Faulkner, and actor William H. Macy, and Hollywood hunk Will Smith. And, we can’t forget Britain’s Prince William, the Prince of Wales.
William is a Germanic name made up of two words: will meaning desire, and helmut meaning protection. The name Willahelm eventually transitioned into the lovely name we know and love today.
As a bonus, William probably has more spinoffs than any other name on this list, including Will, Bill, Billy, and Liam. For such a conservative name, William seems to check all of the right boxes.
In Italy, the name is Giovanni. In Scotland, it’s Ian. In Germany, it’s Hans. In French, it’s Yannick. And in the United States, the name is John.
It’s a Hebrew name that means Yahweh is gracious. John was a revered saint and a book in the New Testament. Almost as old as time itself, this masculine name is huge. It has never left the top 100 name chart for boys. And almost everyone knows a John.
There’s plenty of famous people with the name, including uber stylish actor Johnny Depp, actor Jon Voight, former President John F. Kennedy, and the late Beatles frontman John Lennon.
Along with a rich history, John comes with a handful of contemporary nicknames, including John John, Johnny, and Jack.
Aidan may be the traditional Irish spelling, but Aiden is the outperforming favorite. Meaning little and fiery, Aiden fits with the Jaden, Brayden, and Caden naming trend. Perhaps this is why the name skyrocketed up the name chart climbing 400 positions in 10 years.
Although it’s an Irish name, Aiden is most popular in the United States, where it ranks #13. It also ranks high in Canada at #18.
Actor Aidan Quinn may have also given the name some fame. The name is also red hot in Hollywood, picked by such famous parents as actress Tracey Gold, and singer Rod Stewart.
This is another name that can be spelled dozens of ways, including Aidan, Aden, Ayden, Aydan, and Edan. And the nickname Denny is just another reason to love the cool name Aiden.
With the prevailing popularity of biblical names, many parents are choosing Jacob more than ever before. This classic Old Testament name means supplanter. Despite the obscure meaning, Jacob continues its widespread appeal. In 2015, Jacob was one of the most popular boy’s names. It was #4 in the U.S. and England, #12 in New Zealand and Scotland, and #19 in Australia.
Among the younger generation, Jacob may be more closely associated with a werewolf, á la Jake Black of the Twilight series. Aside from the Twilight character, another famous Jacob is actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
Many famous parents loved the name so much, they bestowed Jacob on their sons. These stars include actor Dustin Hoffman, actor James Caan, actor Danny Devito, and actress Courtney Thorne-Smith.
Jacob is a masculine name that we hope doesn’t go away anytime soon.
To describe Ethan as a popular name would be an understatement. It’s a biblical name, but since the end of the 20th century, this name hasn’t looked back.
This Hebrew name means strong and firm. In 2015, the name ranked #6 among American boys. But it ranks even higher in Canada, where it is the second most popular boy’s name. Ethan is a popular name is many countries, including France, the U.K., New Zealand, and Belgium.
Its popularity may have to do with the luxury furniture store Ethan Allen. Also, heartthrob actor Ethan Hawke may have given the name a boost. Or perhaps parents appreciate a boy’s name that can’t be shortened into a cutesy nickname. We like it because it’s a youthful-sounding name that means strong. On all accounts, Ethan is pretty perfect.
The name Joshua, which means the Lord is my salvation, has roots that go back to the Bible. In the Old Testament, Joshua was the successor to Moses. After many attempts, he led the Israelites to the Promised Land. In this spirit, the name could give a boy an auspicious start in life.
It’s fairly popular, ranking #33 in the United States, but it ranks even higher in Australia, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Famous Josh’s include singer Josh Groban, actor Josh Hartnett, and actor Josh Duhamel. Joshua was also picked by such celebrity parents as singer Faith Evans, entertainer Donny Osmond, actor James Brolin, and NBA player Tony Parker.
Joshua exudes friendliness. It’s proof that a simple name can be powerful. And with the cool nickname Josh, it seems Joshua has it made.
By a show of hands, who knows a boy or a man named Michael? I’ll assume there are many hands in the air as Michaels are everywhere. In fact, the name has never been out of the top 100 chart for boys—ever. In 2015, the name ranked #9 in the United States. But for almost 50 years, Michael was #1.
Biblically, Michael was an archangel who defeated Satan. The Hebrew name means who is like God. But Michael is a name that spans religions, cultures, and countries.
Michael is a namesake from the world of celebrity. Thanks to big stars such as Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson, Mick Jagger, Michael Caine, Michael J. Fox, Michael Douglas, and many others, this name continues to have long-running success.
If Michael is too common for you, consider Mikhail, Micah, or Mickey.
It began as a nickname of William but now it’s a full-fledged name on its own. Although it’s an Irish name, Liam is currently more popular in the United States than Ireland. It’s the second most-popular American name for boys. It’s also a hit in Sweden and The Netherlands, where it ranks #3 in both countries.
Actor Liam Neeson gave this name a spotlight, and actor Liam Hemsworth keeps it center stage. Other famous Liams include One Direction singer Liam Payne, and former Oasis band member Liam (born William) Gallagher.
Tori Spelling, Rod Stewart, Craig Ferguson, and Kevin Costner are just a few celebs who have chosen the name for their sons. So, we all agree that Liam is a fine alternative to William. We’re just waiting for it to hit the #1 spot.
This ancient Scottish surname has been spelled many ways, including Grey, Graye, Grai, and McGreay. The meaning of the name is obvious: the gray-haired one. The earliest recording of the name appears in 1173.
Gray is one of those names that originated as a surname and then transitioned into a trendy boy’s name. Although it is a very common last name, it is quite uncommon as a first. Names like Grayson and Greyson have entered the top 100 for boys, yet Gray hasn’t secured a spot in the top 1000 baby names list in over one hundred years.
If you don’t like cutesy nicknames, Gray has no other spin-offs. In fact, Gray is usually the nickname of other names, such as Graham and Grayson. Celebrity parents are also jumping on the Gray bandwagon, and many are adopting the name for their girls. Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna are among several others who chose this name for their daughter.