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Popular names for boys

Brad Male name English names Short form of Bradley, Bradford, and other names beginning with Brad. A famous bearer is American actor Brad Pitt (1963-).

Colt Male name English names From the English word for a young male horse or from the surname of the same origin. It may be given in honour of the American industrialist Samuel Colt (1814-1862) or the firearms company that bears his name.

Craig Male name English names From a Scottish surname that was derived from Gaelic creag meaning "crag" or "rocks", originally indicating a person who lived near a crag.

Cash Male name English names From an English occupational surname for a box maker, derived from Norman French casse meaning "case". A famous bearer of the surname was American musician Johnny Cash (1932-2003).

Davis Male name English names From a surname that was derived from the given name David. A famous bearer of the surname was Jefferson Davis (1808-1889), the only president of the Confederate States of America.

Donald Male name English names From the Gaelic name Domhnall meaning "ruler of the world", composed of the old Celtic elements dumno "world" and val "rule". This was the name of two 9th-century kings of the Scots and Picts. It has traditionally been very popular in Scotland, and during the 20th century it became common in the rest of the English-speaking world. This is the name of one of Walt Disney's most popular cartoon characters, Donald Duck. It was also borne by Australian cricket player Donald Bradman (1908-2001).

Donny Male name English names Diminutive of Donald.

Duane Male name English names From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Ó Dubhán meaning "descendant of Dubhán".

Ed Male name English names Short form of Edward, Edmund, and other names beginning with Ed.

Achilles Male name Mythology names From the Greek Ἀχιλλεύς (Achilleus), which is of unknown meaning, perhaps derived from Greek ἄχος (achos) meaning "pain" or else from the name of the Achelous River. This was the name of a warrior in Greek legend, one of the central characters in Homer's Iliad. The bravest of the Greek heroes in the war against the Trojans, he was eventually killed by an arrow to his heel, the only vulnerable part of his body.

Al Male name English names Short form of Albert and other names beginning with Al. A notable bearer is American actor Al Pacino (1940-).

Hoyt Male name English names From an English surname that was derived from Middle English hoit "stick", originally a nickname for a thin person.

Gohar Male name Indian names گوہر From Persian گوهر (gohar) meaning "jewel, gemstone". This name is typically feminine in Iran and Armenia, but masculine in Pakistan.

Amadi Male name African names Means "free man" in Igbo.

Abiah Male name Biblical names אֲבִיָה Variant of Abijah, which also appears in the English Bible.

Adolphe Male name French names French form of Adolf, rarely used since World War II.

Anselme Male name French names French form of Anselm.

Aoi Male name Japanese names 葵, 碧 From Japanese 葵 (aoi) meaning "hollyhock, althea" or an adjectival form of 碧 (ao) meaning "green, blue". Other kanji with the same reading can form this name as well.

Bishan Male name Indian names बिशन Variant of Vishnu.

Vaast Male name French names Flemish, Norman and Picard form of Vedastus.

Valentino Male name Italian names Italian form of Valentinus (see Valentine).

Walker Male name English names From an English surname that referred to the medieval occupational of a walker, also known as a fuller. Walkers would tread on wet, unprocessed wool in order to clean and thicken it. The word ultimately derives from Old English wealcan "to walk".

Vien Male name Vietnamese names From Sino-Vietnamese 院 (viện) meaning "courtyard, institution".

Wiley Male name English names From a surname that was derived from various English place names: towns named WILLEY or the River WYLYE.

Armel Male name French names Breton and French form of the Brythonic name Arthmael, which was composed of the elements arth "bear" and mael "prince, chieftain". This was the name of a 6th-century Welsh saint who founded abbeys in Brittany.

Gohar Male name Armenian names Գոհար From Persian گوهر (gohar) meaning "jewel, gemstone". This name is typically feminine in Iran and Armenia, but masculine in Pakistan.

Valter Male name Italian names Form of WALTER used in several languages.

Ganymedes Male name Mythology names Greek form of Ganymede.

Habib Male name Arabic names حبيب Means "beloved, darling" in Arabic.

Ste Male name English names Short form of Stephen.

Vien Male name Vietnamese names Means "round, full, complete" in Vietnamese.

Albano Male name Italian names Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Albanus (see ALBAN).

Gaston Male name French names Possibly from a Germanic name derived from the element gast meaning "stranger, guest". This is the usual French name for Saint Vedastus, called Vaast in Flemish, and alternatively the name may be connected to it. The name was also borne by several counts of Foix-Béarn, beginning in the 13th century.

Eli Male name English names Means "ascension" in Hebrew. In the Books of Samuel in the Old Testament he is a high priest of the Israelites. He took the young Samuel into his service and gave him guidance when God spoke to him. Because of the misdeeds of his sons, Eli and his descendants were cursed to die before reaching old age.

Tu Male name Vietnamese names From Sino-Vietnamese 秀 (tu) meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding".

Chen Male name Hebrew names חֵן Means "grace, charm" in Hebrew.

Joachim Male name German names Contracted form of JEHOIACHIN or JEHOIAKIM. According to the apocryphal Gospel of James, Saint Joachim was the husband of Saint Anne and the father of the Virgin Mary. Due to his popularity in the Middle Ages, the name came into general use in Christian Europe (though it was never common in England).

Grey Male name English names Variant of Gray.

Laxmi Male name Indian names లక్ష్మి, लक्ष्मी Alternate transcription of Telugu లక్ష్మి or Marathi/Hindi लक्ष्मी (see LAKSHMI), as well as the most common Nepali transcription.

Dariush Male name Persian names داریوش Modern Persian form of Dārayavahush (see DARIUS).

Goro Male name Japanese names 五郎 Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 五郎 (see GORŌ).

Darius Male name English names Roman form of Δαρεῖος (Dareios), which was the Greek form of the Persian name Dārayavahush meaning "possessing goodness", composed of the elements dâraya "to possess" and vahu "good". Three ancient kings of Persia bore this name, including Darius the Great who expanded the Achaemenid Empire to its greatest extent. His forces invaded Greece but were defeated in the Battle of Marathon.

Tobias Male name Biblical Latin names Greek form of TOBIAH. This is the name of the hero of the apocryphal Book of Tobit, which appears in many English versions of the Old Testament. It relates how Tobit's son Tobias, with the help of the angel Raphael, is able to drive away a demon who has plagued Sarah, who subsequently becomes his wife. This story was popular in the Middle Ages, and the name came into occasional use in parts of Europe at that time. In England it became common after the Protestant Reformation.

Muhammad Male name Arabic names محمّد Means "praised, commendable" in Arabic, derived from the root حَمِدَ (hamida) meaning "to praise". This was the name of the prophet who founded the Islamic religion in the 7th century. According to Islamic belief, at age 40 Muhammad was visited by the angel Gabriel, who provided him with the first verses of the Quran. Approximately 20 years later he conquered Mecca, the city of his birth, and his followers controlled most of the Arabian Peninsula at the time of his death in 632.

Ilham Male name Azerbaijani names Azerbaijani form of Ilham.

Lacy Male name English names From a surname that was derived from Lassy, the name of a town in Normandy. The name of the town was Gaulish in origin, perhaps deriving from a personal name that was Latinized as Lascius.

Udo Male name German names Newer form of Odo (see OTTO).

Varg Male name Norwegian names Means "wolf" in Old Norse.

Souta Male name Japanese names 颯太 Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 颯太 (see SŌTA).

Arnulf Male name German names Germanic name derived from the elements arn "eagle" and wulf "wolf".

Sonam Male name Tibetan names བསོད་ནམས Means "virtuous, good karma, fortunate" in Tibetan.

Alban Male name French names From the Roman cognomen Albanus, which meant "from Alba". Alba (from Latin albus "white") was the name of various places within the Roman Empire, including the city Alba Longa. This name was borne by Saint Alban, the first British martyr (4th century). According to tradition, he sheltered a fugitive priest in his house. When his house was searched, he disguised himself as the priest, was arrested in his stead, and was beheaded. As an English name, Alban was occasionally used in the Middle Ages and was revived in the 18th century, though it is now uncommon.

Dara Male name Irish names From the Irish Mac Dara, which means "son of oak". This was the name of a 6th-century saint from Connemara. It is also used as an Anglicized form of Dáire.

Alex Male name Italian names Short form of Alexander, Alexandra, and other names beginning with Alex.

Elnur Male name Azerbaijani names Means "light of the people" in Azerbaijani, ultimately derived from Turkic el meaning "country, society" and Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light".

Nur Male name Arabic names نور Means "light" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition النور (al-Nur) is one of the 99 names of Allah.

An Male name Mythology names Means "heaven, sky" in Sumerian. An was the supreme Sumerian god of the heavens, the father of Enlil and Enki. His cuneiform sign 𒀭 (dingir) was prefixed to the names of other deities in writing, though it was not pronounced.

Sonam Male name Indian names सोनम Means "virtuous, good karma, fortunate" in Tibetan.

Lou Male name French names Short form of LOUISE or LOUIS. Famous bearers include the baseball player Lou Gehrig (1903-1941) and the musician Lou Reed (1942-2013).

Jiahao Male name Chinese names 家豪 From Chinese 家 (jiā) meaning "home, family" combined with 豪 (háo) meaning "brave, heroic, chivalrous". This name can be formed from other character combinations as well.

Muhammad Male name Pakistani names محمّد Means "praised, commendable" in Arabic, derived from the root حَمِدَ (hamida) meaning "to praise". This was the name of the prophet who founded the Islamic religion in the 7th century. According to Islamic belief, at age 40 Muhammad was visited by the angel Gabriel, who provided him with the first verses of the Quran. Approximately 20 years later he conquered Mecca, the city of his birth, and his followers controlled most of the Arabian Peninsula at the time of his death in 632.

Gohar Male name Persian names گوهر From Persian گوهر (gohar) meaning "jewel, gemstone". This name is typically feminine in Iran and Armenia, but masculine in Pakistan.

Baal Male name Biblical names Βάαλ Variant spelling of BA'AL, and the form used in most translations of the Bible.

Declan Male name Irish names Anglicized form of Irish Deaglán, which is of unknown meaning. Saint Declan was a 5th-century missionary to Ireland.

Muhammad Male name Tajik names Муҳаммад Means "praised, commendable" in Arabic, derived from the root حَمِدَ (hamida) meaning "to praise". This was the name of the prophet who founded the Islamic religion in the 7th century. According to Islamic belief, at age 40 Muhammad was visited by the angel Gabriel, who provided him with the first verses of the Quran. Approximately 20 years later he conquered Mecca, the city of his birth, and his followers controlled most of the Arabian Peninsula at the time of his death in 632.

Vid Male name Hungarian names Slovene, Croatian and Hungarian form of WIDO or VITUS. Saint Vitus, known in Slavic languages as Sveti Vid (or similar), has been conflated with the Slavic god Svetovid.

Oidipous Male name Mythology names Greek form of OEDIPUS.

Duane Male name Irish names From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Ó Dubhán meaning "descendant of DUBHÁN".

Indra Male name Indian names इन्द्र, इंद्र Means "possessing drops of rain" from Sanskrit इन्दु (indu) meaning "a drop" and र (ra) meaning "acquiring, possessing". Indra is the name of the ancient Hindu warrior god of the sky and rain. He is the chief god in the Rigveda.

Muhammad Male name Uzbek names Means "praised, commendable" in Arabic, derived from the root حَمِدَ (hamida) meaning "to praise". This was the name of the prophet who founded the Islamic religion in the 7th century. According to Islamic belief, at age 40 Muhammad was visited by the angel Gabriel, who provided him with the first verses of the Quran. Approximately 20 years later he conquered Mecca, the city of his birth, and his followers controlled most of the Arabian Peninsula at the time of his death in 632.

Kailash Male name Indian names कैलाश From the name of a mountain in the Himalayas that is believed to be the paradise of the Hindu god Shiva. It possibly means "crystal" in Sanskrit.

Spartak Male name Georgian names Სპარტაკ Form of SPARTACUS in several languages.

Anath Male name Biblical names עֲנָת, Ἀνάθ Means "answer" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Shamgar.

Ilham Male name Arabic names إلهام Means "inspiration" in Arabic.

Muhammad Male name Indonesian names Means "praised, commendable" in Arabic, derived from the root حَمِدَ (hamida) meaning "to praise". This was the name of the prophet who founded the Islamic religion in the 7th century. According to Islamic belief, at age 40 Muhammad was visited by the angel Gabriel, who provided him with the first verses of the Quran. Approximately 20 years later he conquered Mecca, the city of his birth, and his followers controlled most of the Arabian Peninsula at the time of his death in 632.

Danni Male name English names Diminutive of DANIELLE (English) or DANIEL (Danish).

Devyn Male name English names Variant of Devin.

Bernard Male name Dutch names Derived from the Germanic element bern "bear" combined with hard "brave, hardy". The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Beornheard. This was the name of several saints, including Saint Bernard of Menthon who built hospices in the Swiss Alps in the 10th century, and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a 12th-century theologian and Doctor of the Church. Other famous bearers include the Irish playwright and essayist George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) and the British World War II field marshal Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976).

Hank Male name English names Originally a short form of Hankin, which was a medieval diminutive of John. Since the 17th century in the United States this name has also been used as a diminutive of HENRY, probably under the influence of the Dutch diminutive HENK. A famous bearer is the American former baseball player Hank Aaron (1934-).

Zane Male name English names From an English surname of unknown meaning. It was introduced as a given name by American author Zane Grey (1872-1939). Zane was in fact his middle name - it had been his mother's maiden name.

Kanti Male name Indian names कान्ती, कान्ति, কান্তি Means "beauty" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form कान्ती (another name of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi) and the masculine form कान्ति.

Asa Male name Hebrew names אָסָא Possibly means "healer" in Hebrew. This name was borne by the third king of Judah, as told in the Old Testament.

Tu Male name Chinese names 图 From Chinese 图 (tú) meaning "chart, map" or other characters with similar pronunciations.

Spartak Male name Armenian names Սպարտակ Form of SPARTACUS in several languages.

Zakhar Male name Russian names Захар Russian form of Zechariah.

Xolani Male name African names Means "peace" in Zulu.

Azazel Male name Biblical names עֲזָאזֵל Means "scapegoat" in Hebrew. This is the name of the recipient of a sacrificial goat in the Old Testament. The identity of Azazel is not clear; it may in fact be the name of the place where the goat is to be sacrificed, or it may be the name of some sort of evil desert demon.

Daniel Male name Spanish names From the Hebrew name דָּנִיֵּאל (Daniyyel) meaning "God is my judge", from the roots דִּין (din) meaning "to judge" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". Daniel was a Hebrew prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. He lived during the Jewish captivity in Babylon, where he served in the court of the king, rising to prominence by interpreting the king's dreams. The book also presents Daniel's four visions of the end of the world.

Basil Male name English names From the Greek name Βασίλειος (Basileios), which was derived from βασιλεύς (basileus) meaning "king". Saint Basil the Great was a 4th-century bishop of Caesarea and one of the fathers of the early Christian church. Due to him, the name (in various spellings) has come into general use in the Christian world, being especially popular among Eastern Christians. It was also borne by two Byzantine emperors.

Teodor Male name Croatian names Form of THEODORE used in various languages.

Muhammad Male name Pashto names محمّد Means "praised, commendable" in Arabic, derived from the root حَمِدَ (hamida) meaning "to praise". This was the name of the prophet who founded the Islamic religion in the 7th century. According to Islamic belief, at age 40 Muhammad was visited by the angel Gabriel, who provided him with the first verses of the Quran. Approximately 20 years later he conquered Mecca, the city of his birth, and his followers controlled most of the Arabian Peninsula at the time of his death in 632.

Lev Male name Hebrew names לֵב Means "heart" in Hebrew.

Ganesha Male name Mythology names Means "lord of hordes" from Sanskrit गण (gana) meaning "horde, multitude" and ईश (isha) meaning "lord, ruler". This is the name of the Hindu god of wisdom and good luck, the son of Shiva and Parvati. He is often depicted as a stout man with the head of an elephant.

Glen Male name English names Variant of Glenn.

Firuz Male name Tajik names Фирӯз Alternate transcription of Persian فیروز (see FIROUZ), as well as the usual Tajik form.

Youri Male name French names Dutch and French form of Yuriy.

Ilham Male name Uyghur names ئىلھام Means "inspiration" in Arabic.

Vasco Male name Spanish names From the medieval Spanish name Velasco, which possibly meant "crow" in Basque. A famous bearer was the 15th-century Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, the first person to sail from Europe around Africa to India.

Zola Male name African names From the Xhosa root -zola meaning "calm".

Gohar Male name Pakistani names گوہر From Persian گوهر (gohar) meaning "jewel, gemstone". This name is typically feminine in Iran and Armenia, but masculine in Pakistan.