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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.

Choosing a name for your baby boy? Of the myriad ways you can potentially ruin your son’s life, this will be your first opportunity, so don’t burden him with a shitty name. Sound dramatic? Maybe so. Sure, some cursed with a terrible first name do manage to flip it to their advantage, and there are successful Crocks and Khakis and Berties out there. But why throw this daily obstacle into your child’s path, when there are so many cool, sweet, and classic names for boys out there? Choosing the right boys name is an important job. And, yes, choosing a baby boys’ name with absolutely no bully potential won’t save your child from being hurt by the world, but it’s still 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 dating profiles, LinkedIn data to wedding invitations, names speak first. So which baby boys names should you consider when creating a list? To help, here are some of the best baby boy names, along with some names that you might want to steer clear of (sorry, Chad).

  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

13 Baby Boy Names 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.
Fatherly IQ
  1. How stir crazy do your kids get on indoor days?
    Not very. They like being inside.
    For a time, they’re content. But they need to be occupied.
    Very. They’re like caged animals.
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