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The 101 Best Baby Boy Names (And the 13 to Avoid)

There are myriad ways for parents to embarrass their children. Their name doesn't need to be one of them.

Of all the ways you can ruin your kid’s life, the first is to choose a shitty name. OK, so that may be dramatic: There are surely successful Dicks and Cacas and Mussolinis out there. And besides, even having a name with absolutely no bully potential won’t save your child from being hurt by the world in some ways. Still, it’s worth choosing carefully.

In a world where we exist increasingly online, names have come to represent us when we’re not there to represent ourselves. From resumes to LinkedIn pages, dating profiles and wedding invitations, names speak first. Here are some of the best baby boy names, along with some that you’ll want to stay far away from.

  1. Andre
  2. Andy
  3. Amir
  4. Arlo
  5. Armie
  6. Armondo
  7. Arturo
  8. Atticus
  9. Avery
  10. Bailey
  11. Benton
  12. Blake
  13. Blair
  14. Brady
  15. Burke
  16. Callum
  17. Camden
  18. Carter
  19. Cato
  20. Cedrick
  21. Chandler
  22. Cole
  23. Conrad
  24. Dalton
  25. Daylen
  26. Declan
  27. Desmond
  28. Ellio
  29. Elliot
  30. Emmery
  31. Finn
  32. Fitzgerald
  33. Frances
  34. Grant
  35. Greyson
  36. Hudson
  37. Hugh
  38. Hugo
  39. Jace
  40. Jackson
  41. Jabaar
  42. Javier
  43. Jaylen
  44. Joel
  45. Jonah
  46. Keanu
  47. Langston
  48. Lawrence
  49. Leighton
  50. Leo
  51. Leon
  52. Marco
  53. Mario
  54. Mark
  55. Mason
  56. Maddox
  57. Marty
  58. Mateo
  59. Maurice
  60. Micah
  61. Miguel
  62. Miles
  63. Milo
  64. Misha
  65. Nate
  66. Nico
  67. Noah
  68. Nolen
  69. Oliver
  70. Omar
  71. Orion
  72. Otis
  73. Owen
  74. Parker
  75. Payton
  76. Preston
  77. Quinn
  78. Raiden
  79. Ramone
  80. Ray
  81. Remington
  82. Ronan
  83. Rory
  84. Ross
  85. Sawyer
  86. Tao
  87. Terrence
  88. Trent
  89. Treyvon
  90. Triston
  91. Tucker
  92. Ty
  93. Walker
  94. Warren
  95. Waylon
  96. Westin
  97. Wren
  98. Wyatt
  99. Zander
  100. Zayn
  101. Zion

And 13 to avoid…

  1. Chad: Unless your aspirations for your child include his being the personification of douchey frat boy memes, skip this one.
  2. Trump: Even the names of widely liked presidents need a few decades to cool off.
  3. Lake (or Tree or Sky or Spirit): Not all nouns are created equal.
  4. Messiah: You may think your child is one, but c’mon.
  5. Brody: Don’t even think about it, bro.
  6. Richard: No offense to all the boomers out there, but with the choice of nicknames coming down to Rich or Dick, isn’t it time to retire this one?
  7. Apple: Don’t be like Gwyneth.
  8. Axe: What’s next, shovel? Hoe?
  9. Jake: What’s the point?
  10. Adolf: Just, no.
  11. Spartacus: There are better ways to convey nobility.
  12. Stormy: Take your Kardashian impersonation elsewhere.
  13. Isis: This objectively sweet name was relatively popular — before the rise of the terror group.