If you’re here, you probably have a baby on the way and you’re searching for a lovely new name. We’ve collated the 100 most popular baby boy names, the meaning of those names, as well as the origin of the name.

A name’s meaning shouldn’t be your most important decision criteria. If you love the name, and you think it will fit your family and suit your child, that’s the most important thing.

But many names do have traditional meanings behind them, and come with hundreds of years of historical significance and origin.

So finding out if the name you love has a beautiful meaning too is definitely a great thing to do.

And, of course, some parents go back the other way and start with the meaning. This can be something of significance to you, or your family, and can make a name really special.

One thing is for sure, lots of people will ask you how you came up with your baby’s name, or what the name means to you. So for many people the meaning of a name is just as important as the name itself.

If you’re looking for the meaning of girl’s names, check out our A to Z of girl names and meanings.

And don’t forget to check out our Baby names page for hundreds more great baby name ideas for your wee bundle of joy!

Boy Name Name Origin Boy Name Meaning Variations ; Derivative Names
Jack English diminutive form of John John, Jackson
Oliver English Elf Army originally from Germanic: Alfhere
James English Supplanter originally from Hebrew: Jacob
Joshua Hebrew God is Salvation
William English Strong-willed Warrior Will, Bill, Willie, Liam
Samuel Hebrew His Name is God Sam, Samual, Sameul
Liam Irish Strong-willed Warrior form of William
Benjamin English Son of My Right Hand Ben; (Hebrew) Benjamen, Benjamim
Daniel Hebrew God is My Judge Dan
Thomas Greek A Twin Tom
Lucas Greek from Lucania Lukas
Riley Irish Descendant of Roghallach Rylee, Ryleigh, Ryley, Rileigh
Ryan Irish King
Ethan Hebrew Firm, Strong Ethen
Jacob Hebrew Supplanter Jakob
Noah Hebrew Rest, Peace
Hunter English One Who Hunts
Max Latin Greatest Maxx, deriv.of Maximillian or Maxwell
Alexander Greek Defender of the People Alessandro, Alexzander
Jayden American form of Jaden Jaden
Connor Irish Wolf Lover Conner, Conor, Konnor, Konner
Matthew English Gift of God Mathew, Mattew; Greek form: Matthias
Cooper English Barrel Maker
Tyler English Tile Maker Tylor
Blake English Pale Blond One or Dark
Isaac Hebrew He will Laugh Isaak, Issac
Dylan Welsh Son of the Sea Dillan, Dillon, Dylin
Lachlan Scottish from the Land of Lakes Locklan
Luke Greek from Lucania Luc
Logan Irish From the Hollow
Caleb Hebrew Rage like a Dog Kaleb, Kalib
Joseph Hebrew God will Increase Joesph, Joeseph
Charlie English Free Man Charlee, Charley, Charli, Charles
Xavier Latin The New House Xzavier
George Greek Farmer Georgie, Gorge
Levi Hebrew Joined in Harmony
Jackson English Son of Jack Jaxson
Nathan Hebrew He Gave Nathen
Michael Hebrew Who is like God? Mike
Oscar Irish Deer Lover
Harry English Army Ruler deriv. of Henry or Harold
Harrison English Son of Harry
Toby English God is Good Tobiah, Tobias
Alex English Defender of the People short form of Alexander
Jake Hebrew Supplanter short form of Jacob
Jesse Hebrew Gift Jessy
Cameron Scottish Bent Nose Camaron, Cameryn, Camron
Leo Italian Lion
Ashton English Ash Tree Town
Finn Irish Fair Fynn
Jordan Hebrew to Flow Down Jordyn, Jordin, Jorden, Jordon
Luca Italian person from Lucania Lucca
Jamie English Supplanter Jaimie, Jamiee, Jaymee, Jaymi
Mason French Stone Worker Masen
Cody English Descendant of Oda Codey, Codie
Sam Hebrew His Name is God deriv. of Samuel
John Hebrew God is Gracious Jhon
Elijah Hebrew The Lord is My God
Seth Hebrew Appointed
David Hebrew Beloved Dave
Henry German Ruler of the Home Henri, Hank
Aiden Irish Little Fire Ayden, Aydan, Aydin, Aedan, Aidyn
Zachary Hebrew God has Remembered Zachery, Zackary, Zackery
Kingston English from the King’s Town
Joel Hebrew God will be Willing
Angus Scottish One Strength
Flynn Irish Descendant of the Red-haired Man
Carter English Driver of a Cart Karter
Charles German Free Man
Lincoln English from the Lake Settlement
Sebastian Greek Venerable Sabastian, Sebastien
Hamish Scottish Supplanter form of James
Aidan Irish Little Fire Ayden, Aden, Aydin, Aedan, Aidyn
Nicholas Greek Victory of the People Nicolas, Nickolas, Nikolas
Reuben Hebrew Behold, a Son
Phoenix Greek Blood Red
Adam Hebrew Of the Earth biblical: the first created man
Callum Scottish Dove
Quinn Irish Descendent of Conn
Ben English Son of My Right Hand Benjamin
Gabriel Hebrew God is My Strength
Hayden English from the Hay Downs Haden, Haiden, Haydan
Felix Latin Happy and Prosperous
Tyson English Firebrand; Son of Denis Tycen
Mitchell American Who is like God? form of Michael
Ryder English Knight, Mounted Warrior Rider
Cole English Victory of the People Khole
Christian English Follower of Christ Cristian
Zion Hebrew Israel Zyien, Zyon
Chase English Hunter Chace, Chauncey
Edward English Wealthy Guardian Ted, Eddie, Ed
Andrew Greek Manly
Roman English from Rome, Italy
Troy Greek Water ; Foot Soldier
Austin English Great Austen, Austyn; short for Augustine
Tristan Welsh Tumult Tristen, Tristin, Trystan, Triston
Christopher Greek Christ-bearer Christoph, Cristopher
Louis German Famed Warrior
Brooklyn American Borough of New York
Hugo German Bright in Mind and Spirit Hugh

Don’t forget to check out our Baby names page for hundreds more great baby name ideas for your wee bundle of joy!

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Was I the only one who missed the girl names?

Jarrod Rendle

Hi there, you can find our A – Z of girls names on this article here: https://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/articles/girl-names-and-meanings/


Ha! No maori names?! What a crock kiwi families !

Jarrod Rendle

Hi Anna, you can find a list of top trending Maori baby names in our full names article here: https://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/articles/baby-names/



Ann Morrison

Very useful post, i also chose names for my kids my their meaning, it is important psychologically for both parents and their children when they grow up

Rochelle Gribble

I’m glad you liked it! It’s so hard choosing the right name, eh??

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