Boy names and meanings

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Find the meaning and origin of the name or names for your baby boy from the 100 currently most popular Baby Names for Boys in NZ. In addition to meanings and origins, find variations on each name, + other names derived from or associated with the popular name.

For a list of 20 popular Maori names for boys, see this page.

 # Boy Names Origin Name Meaning Variations ; Derivative Names
1 Jack  English diminutive form of John John, Jackson 
2 Oliver English  Elf Army  originally from Germanic: Alfhere 
3 James English  Supplanter  originally from Hebrew: Jacob 
4 Joshua ¬†Hebrew God is Salvation¬† –¬†
5 William English  Strong-willed Warrior  Will, Bill, Willie, Liam 
6 Samuel  Hebrew His Name is God  Sam, Samual, Sameul 
7 Liam Irish  Strong-willed Warrior  form of William 
8 Benjamin  English Son of My Right Hand  Ben; (Hebrew) Benjamen, Benjamim 
9 Daniel Hebrew  God is My Judge  Dan 
10 Thomas Greek   A Twin Tom 
11 Lucas Greek from Lucania  Lukas 
12 Riley  Irish Descendant of Roghallach  Rylee, Ryleigh, Ryley, Rileigh 
13 Ryan ¬†Irish King¬† –¬†
14 Ethan Hebrew  Firm, Strong  Ethen 
15 Jacob Hebrew  Supplanter  Jakob 
16 Noah ¬†Hebrew Rest, Peace¬† ¬†–
17 Hunter ¬†English One Who Hunts¬† ¬†–
18 Max Latin   Greatest Maxx, deriv.of Maximillian or Maxwell 
19 Alexander  Greek Defender of the People  Alessandro, Alexzander 
20 Jayden  American  form of Jaden  Jaden
 21  Connor  Irish Wolf Lover  Conner, Conor, Konnor, Konner 
 22  Matthew  English Gift of God  Mathew, Mattew; Greek form: Matthias 
¬†23 ¬†Cooper ¬†English Barrel Maker¬† –¬†
 24  Tyler  English  Tile Maker Tylor 
¬†25 ¬†Blake English¬† Pale Blond One or Dark¬† –¬†
 26  Isaac Hebrew  He will Laugh  Isaak, Issac
 27  Dylan  Welsh Son of the Sea  Dillan, Dillon, Dylin 
 28  Lachlan  Scottish from the Land of Lakes  Locklan 
 29  Luke Greek   from Lucania Luc 
¬†30 ¬†Logan ¬†Irish ¬†From the Hollow ¬†–
 31  Caleb Hebrew  Rage like a Dog  Kaleb, Kalib 
 32  Joseph  Hebrew God will Increase  Joesph, Joeseph 
 33  Charlie  English Free Man  Charlee, Charley, Charli, Charles 
 34  Xavier  Latin The New House  Xzavier 
 35  George  Greek Farmer  Georgie, Gorge 
¬†36 ¬†Levi Hebrew¬† Joined in Harmony¬† –¬†
 37  Jackson English  Son of Jack  Jaxson 
 38  Nathan  Hebrew He Gave  Nathen 
 39  Michael  Hebrew Who is like God?  Mike 
¬†40 ¬†Oscar ¬†Irish Deer Lover¬† –¬†
 41  Harry English  Army Ruler  deriv. of Henry or Harold  
¬†42 ¬†Harrison ¬†English Son of Harry¬† ¬†–
 43  Toby English   God is Good Tobiah, Tobias 
 44  Alex  English Defender of the People  short form of Alexander 
 45  Jake  Hebrew Supplanter  short form of Jacob 
 46  Jesse Hebrew  Gift  Jessy 
 47  Cameron  Scottish  Bent Nose Camaron, Cameryn, Camron 
¬†48 ¬†Leo ¬†Italian ¬†Lion –¬†
¬†49 ¬†Ashton English¬† Ash Tree Town¬† –¬†
 50  Finn Irish  Fair  Fynn 
 51  Jordan Hebrew   to Flow Down Jordyn, Jordin, Jorden, Jordon 
 52  Luca Italian   person from Lucania  Lucca
 53  Jamie  English Supplanter  Jaimie, Jamiee, Jaymee, Jaymi 
 54  Mason French  Stone Worker  Masen 
 55  Cody  English Descendant of Oda  Codey, Codie 
 56  Sam Hebrew  His Name is God  deriv. of Samuel 
 57  John  Hebrew God is Gracious  Jhon 
¬†58 ¬†Elijah Hebrew¬† The Lord is My God¬† –¬†
¬†59 ¬†Seth Hebrew¬† Appointed¬† –¬†
 60  David  Hebrew  Beloved Dave 
 61  Henry  German Ruler of the Home  Henri, Hank 
 62  Aiden  Irish Little Fire  Ayden, Aydan, Aydin, Aedan, Aidyn 
 63  Zachary  Hebrew God has Remembered  Zachery, Zackary, Zackery 
¬†64 ¬†Kingston ¬†English from the King’s Town¬† –¬†
 65  Joel  Hebrew God will be Willing 
¬†66 ¬†Angus Scottish¬† ¬†One Strength –¬†
¬†67 ¬†Flynn ¬†Irish Descendant of the Red-haired Man¬† –¬†
 68  Carter English  Driver of a Cart  Karter 
¬†69 ¬†Charles German¬† Free Man¬† –¬†
¬†70 ¬†Lincoln ¬†English from the Lake Settlement¬† ¬†–
 71  Sebastian  Greek Venerable  Sabastian, Sebastien 
 72  Hamish Scottish  Supplanter  form of James 
 73  Aidan Irish   Little Fire Ayden, Aden, Aydin, Aedan, Aidyn 
 74  Nicholas  Greek Victory of the People  Nicolas, Nickolas, Nikolas 
¬†75 ¬†Reuben ¬†Hebrew Behold, a Son¬† –¬†
 76  Phoenix Greek  Blood Red 
 77  Adam Hebrew  Of the Earth  biblical: the first created man
¬†78 ¬†Callum ¬†Scottish Dove¬† –¬†
¬†79 ¬†Quinn Irish¬† Descendent of Conn¬† –¬†
 80  Ben  English Son of My Right Hand   Benjamin 
¬†81 ¬†Gabriel ¬†Hebrew God is My Strength¬† –¬†
 82  Hayden  English from the Hay Downs  Haden, Haiden, Haydan 
¬†83 ¬†Felix ¬†Latin Happy and Prosperous¬† –¬†
 84  Tyson  English Firebrand; Son of Denis  Tycen 
 85  Mitchell  American Who is like God?  form of Michael 
 86  Ryder English  Knight, Mounted Warrior  Rider 
 87  Cole English  Victory of the People  Khole 
 88  Christian  English Follower of Christ  Cristian 
 89  Zion  Hebrew Israel  Zyien, Zyon 
 90  Chase English  Hunter  Chace, Chauncey 
 91  Edward  English Wealthy Guardian  Ted, Eddie, Ed 
¬†92 ¬†Andrew Greek¬† Manly¬† –¬†
¬†93 ¬†Roman English from Rome, Italy¬† –¬†
¬†94 ¬†Troy ¬†Greek Water ; Foot Soldier¬† –¬†
 95  Austin  English  Great Austen, Austyn; short for Augustine
 96  Tristan Welsh  Tumult  Tristen, Tristin, Trystan, Triston 
 97  Christopher  Greek Christ-bearer  Christoph, Cristopher 
¬†98 ¬†Louis ¬†German Famed Warrior¬† –¬†
¬†99 ¬†Brooklyn ¬†American Borough of New York¬† –¬†
100 Hugo  German  Bright in Mind and Spirit  Hugh
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