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.

So what’s in a 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 definitely the most important thing. So before you search for the meaning of a baby name you like, be sure to check out our baby names page for hundreds of baby names ideas. Then come back to this page to look up the names’ meaning.

Remember, not all baby names actually have meanings behind them. And in modern times a lot of baby names have had new meanings associated with them.

But many names do have traditional meanings behind them, and come with hundreds of years of historical significance and origin. And that’s really cool when you think about it. It means the name comes with a bit of providence, and will have both cultural and emotional ideas behind it. Many of the names you’ll find below are from old English, Celtic and French origin, or even older with their roots in Latin or biblical times. And we think that’s very, very cool!
Boy Names and Meanings-providence

So for lots of parents the meaning of a name is very important. And finding out if the name you love has a beautiful meaning to it too is definitely a great way forward.

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, or even just an idea or concept that you want to imbue in the spirit of your child. So this way of choosing a name 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!

We’ve also compiled a full list of the top 100 girl’s names and meanings, and many girls names are now being used for boys, and vice-versa. So if you think there might be a gender-neutral name with a wonderful meaning that resonates with you, be sure to check out our A to Z of girl names and meanings too.

A to Z of Boy Names, their Origins and their Meanings

A to F of Boy Names and Meanings

Search this list for boy’s names starting with the letter A through to the letter F. From Adam to Flynn!

When you find a name that resonates with you, read across to find out where that name originates from, what the meaning of the boy’s name is, and any derivatives (or other spellings or variations) of that name.

If you have a name you want added to the A to F list of boy’s names, just click on the chat bubble on the left and leave us a message. We’ll research the name for you to see if it has a wonderful meaning, and add it to our list!

Reading from left to right, you’ll find the Name, Name Origin, Name Meaning and any Variations.

Boy Name Name Origin Boy Name Meaning Variations ; Derivative Names
Aaron Hebrew Mountain of Strength Aharon, Aron
Adam Hebrew Of the Earth biblical: the first created man
Aidan Irish Little Fire Ayden, Aden, Aydin, Aedan, Aidyn, Aiden
Alex English Defender of the People short form of Alexander
Alexander Greek Defender of the People Alessandro, Alexzander
Angus Scottish One Strength
Andrew Greek Manly
Ashton English Ash Tree Town
Austin English Great Austen, Austyn; short for Augustine
Ben English Son of My Right Hand Benjamin
Benjamin English Son of My Right Hand Ben; (Hebrew) Benjamen, Benjamim
Blake English Pale Blond One or Dark
Brooklyn American Borough of New York
Caleb Hebrew Rage like a Dog Kaleb, Kalib
Callum Scottish Dove
Cameron Scottish Bent Nose Camaron, Cameryn, Camron
Carter English Driver of a Cart Karter
Charles German Free Man
Charlie English Free Man Charlee, Charley, Charli, Charles
Chase English Hunter Chace, Chauncey
Christian English Follower of Christ Cristian
Christopher Greek Christ-bearer Christoph, Cristopher
Cody English Descendant of Oda Codey, Codie
Cole English Victory of the People Khole
Connor Irish Wolf Lover Conner, Conor, Konnor, Konner
Cooper English Barrel Maker
Daniel Hebrew God is My Judge Dan
David Hebrew Beloved Dave
Dylan Welsh Son of the Sea Dillan, Dillon, Dylin
Edward English Wealthy Guardian Ted, Eddie, Ed
Elijah Hebrew The Lord is My God
Ethan Hebrew Firm, Strong Ethen
Felix Latin Happy and Prosperous
Finn Irish Fair Fynn
Flynn Irish Descendant of the Red-haired Man

G to K of Boy Names and Meanings

Search this list for boy’s names starting with the letter G through to the letter K. From Gabriel to Kingston!

When you find a name that resonates with you, read across to find out where that name originates from, what the meaning of the boy’s name is, and any derivatives (or other spellings or variations) of that name.

If you have a name you want added to the G to K list of boy’s names, just click on the chat bubble on the left and leave us a message. We’ll research the name for you to see if it has a wonderful meaning, and add it to our list!

Reading from left to right, you’ll find the Name, Name Origin, Name Meaning and any Variations.

Boy Name Name Origin Boy Name Meaning Variations ; Derivative Names
Gabriel Hebrew God is My Strength
George Greek Farmer Georgie, Gorge
Hamish Scottish Supplanter form of James
Harrison English Son of Harry
Harry English Army Ruler deriv. of Henry or Harold
Hayden English from the Hay Downs Haden, Haiden, Haydan
Henry German Ruler of the Home Henri, Hank
Hugo German Bright in Mind and Spirit Hugh
Hunter English One Who Hunts
Isaac Hebrew He will Laugh Isaak, Issac
Jack English diminutive form of John John, Jackson
Jackson English Son of Jack Jaxson
Jacob Hebrew Supplanter Jakob
Jake Hebrew Supplanter short form of Jacob
James English Supplanter originally from Hebrew: Jacob
Jamie English Supplanter Jaimie, Jamiee, Jaymee, Jaymi
Jayden American form of Jaden Jaden
Jesse Hebrew Gift Jessy
Joel Hebrew God will be Willing
John Hebrew God is Gracious Jhon
Jordan Hebrew to Flow Down Jordyn, Jordin, Jorden, Jordon
Joseph Hebrew God will Increase Joesph, Joeseph
Joshua Hebrew God is Salvation Josh
Kingston English from the King’s Town

L to R of Boy Names and Meanings

Search this list for boy’s names starting with the letter L through to the letter R. From Lachlan to Ryder!

When you find a name that resonates with you, read across to find out where that name originates from, what the meaning of the boy’s name is, and any derivatives (or other spellings or variations) of that name.

If you have a name you want added to the L to R list of boy’s names, just click on the chat bubble on the left and leave us a message. We’ll research the name for you to see if it has a wonderful meaning, and add it to our list!

Reading from left to right, you’ll find the Name, Name Origin, Name Meaning and any Variations.

Boy Name Name Origin Boy Name Meaning Variations ; Derivative Names
Lachlan Scottish from the Land of Lakes Locklan
Leo Italian Lion
Levi Hebrew Joined in Harmony
Liam Irish Strong-willed Warrior form of William
Lincoln English from the Lake Settlement
Logan Irish From the Hollow
Louis German Famed Warrior Luis
Luca Italian person from Lucania Lucca
Lucas Greek from Lucania Lukas
Luke Greek from Lucania Luc
Mason French Stone Worker Masen
Matthew English Gift of God Mathew, Mattew; Greek form: Matthias
Max Latin Greatest Maxx, deriv.of Maximillian or Maxwell
Michael Hebrew Who is like God? Mike
Mitchell American Who is like God? form of Michael
Nathan Hebrew He Gave Nathen
Nicholas Greek Victory of the People Nicolas, Nickolas, Nikolas
Noah Hebrew Rest, Peace
Oliver English Elf Army originally from Germanic: Alfhere
Oscar Irish Deer Lover
Phoenix Greek Blood Red
Quinn Irish Descendent of Conn Quin
Reuben Hebrew Behold, a Son Ruben
Riley Irish Descendant of Roghallach Rylee, Ryleigh, Ryley, Rileigh
Roman English from Rome, Italy
Ryan Irish King Rian
Ryder English Knight, Mounted Warrior Rider

S to Z of Boy Names and Meanings

Search this list for boy’s names starting with the letter S through to the letter Z. From Sam to Zion!

When you find a name that resonates with you, read across to find out where that name originates from, what the meaning of the boy’s name is, and any derivatives (or other spellings or variations) of that name.

If you have a name you want added to the S to Z list of boy’s names, just click on the chat bubble on the left and leave us a message. We’ll research the name for you to see if it has a wonderful meaning, and add it to our list!

Reading from left to right, you’ll find the Name, Name Origin, Name Meaning and any Variations.

Boy Name Name Origin Boy Name Meaning Variations ; Derivative Names
Sam Hebrew His Name is God deriv. of Samuel
Samuel Hebrew His Name is God Sam, Samual, Sameul
Sebastian Greek Venerable Sabastian, Sebastien
Seth Hebrew Appointed
Thomas Greek A Twin Tom
Toby English God is Good Tobiah, Tobias
Tristan Welsh Tumult Tristen, Tristin, Trystan, Triston
Troy Greek Water ; Foot Soldier
Tyler English Tile Maker Tylor
Tyson English Firebrand; Son of Denis Tycen
William English Strong-willed Warrior Will, Bill, Willie, Liam
Xavier Latin The New House Xzavier
Zachary Hebrew God has Remembered Zachery, Zackary, Zackery
Zion Hebrew Israel Zyien, Zyon

Now that you’ve learnt more about what different girls names mean, you probably want to think about even more names.

Check out our Baby names page for hundreds more great baby name ideas for your wee bundle of joy!

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ESTHER

I need more

Jarrod Rendle
Usanee Anuruthwong

Could you please give us Indo-European boy names?

Jarrod Rendle

Thanks for the suggestion. We could definitely look at creating a new list! — Kiwi Families

Billionaire

Good morning. Please I have a baby boy and I want to called him Billionaire and I will like you to add this name online…. thanks and hope to here from you soon.

Jarrod Rendle

Hi there. That would be a very unique name indeed! There’s a lot of money stylised and derivative names that have appeared over the last 20 years or so. Cash, Prosperity, Goldie, etc. Hope you’re enjoying the parenting journey! — Kiwi Families

mia

i got a good name what about cody

Jarrod Rendle

Thanks! Apparently it’s of Irish origin and means decent and helpful. We’ll add it to the list. Very cool! — Kiwi Families

Mistead

Please give us 21 century baby names not old names

Jarrod Rendle

Hi Mistead, thanks for your feedback. These are some of the world’s most popular baby names right now! But we agree, a list of cool, fresh modern names parents are calling their kids would make a great list. We’ll look into it, thanks — Jarrod

Joel Simiyu Kuloba

Jayden

Jarrod Rendle

Jayden is a lovely name and is of ancient Hebrew origin. Very cool, we’ll add it to the list. — Kiwi Families

Human

I want this thing to stop asking me to comment

Jarrod Rendle

Sorry, I’m not quite sure what you mean by this? — Jarrod

Kandi

I loved the names although I had a hard time knowing the meanings. Anyone else?

Jarrod Rendle

Thanks for your feedback! Some of the names and meanings go back a very long way, so are steeped in history! We’d definitely recommend researching a name further, once you’ve landed on it though, and make really sure it’s got the feeling and flavour that you’re after. You only get to make the choice once! — Jarrod

Clyde 2341463

I don’t like having names with meanings as it forces my children to live up to their name which is sometimes impossible.

Oh yh

Where are the unisex names?

Jarrod Rendle

Lot’s more names on our boy’s list, and many are gender-neutral, or parent’s are just making them gender non-specific too, which is cool: https://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/articles/girl-names-and-meanings/ Cheers. — Kiwi Families

Desmond

I couldn’t found a particular name with meaning?? (Desmond)..

Jarrod Rendle

We’ll try and find out, and add it, thanks! — Kiwi Families

GIRL

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/

cas

yes

Anna

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/

Wendy

Why are you being so aggressive?

heidi

harry

Jarrod Rendle

We’ll try and find out, and add it, thanks! — Kiwi Families

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??

Hala umair

Hellow

Jarrod Rendle

Hi!

SOUPARNIKA

you got the best names

Jarrod Rendle

Thanks! — Kiwi Families

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