Is there a more difficult decision than naming your new bundle of joy?
This name is going to stick with them for life, so it needs to reflect who they are, what they will hopefully stand for, and it also needs to suit their little face!
If you’re about to welcome a little boy into the world, you might be tempted to go with a strong, traditional name perhaps shortened for every day use, or you might want to go for something more unusual.
You can’t go wrong with a strong name. A name that makes your son feel confident and at home in himself.
In fact, studies show that a traditional and familiar name increases the chances of a person getting the job they want.
This applies to both men and women.
And it means that the name you choose right now could help your child achieve his dreams as an adult.
No pressure, then.
Before we share our list of great names for a son, we just want to say: hang in there.
At first, the thought of picking a name for your baby is exciting.
What a privilege!
But if you’re not one of those lucky people who lands on the perfect name with days (or minutes), it can start to feel overwhelming.
It’s completely normal to find it difficult to settle on a name.
There are literally thousands of options.
So it’s not surprising that the thought of pinning down the one that your child will use for the rest of his life is…a big deal.
Take your time, and let your heart lead the way. What feels right?
To help you narrow down your search, let’s check out 100 strong baby boy names you might like to consider.
Abbe – Nobleman
Abbott – Father
Ace – The one who is best
Adam – Man
Africa – A continent, or a cave
Bailey – Governor
Barney – Encouragement
Bartley – A forest of birch trees
Benedict – A blessed one
Cade (can also be Kade) – A circle
Carl (can also be Karl) – A free man, freedom
Casper – King of treasure
Chad – Brave soldier
Dale – Lives in a valley
David – One who is adored, loved
Deacon – A friend of servant
Devon – From a small deer
Edward – A wealthy or rich guard
Elliott – God on high
Elon – Nature, an oak tree
Elvin – A friend who is noble and true
Emerson – Power
Farrell – The son of a courageous/valiant man
Felix – Joyful, happy
Ferdinand – Peaceful and brave
Gareth – A person who is gentle
Glen or Glenn – Living or dwelling in a valley
Grant – Large or great
Greg – Watchful, alert, or awake
Hamilton – A bare or large hill
Hayden – Living within nature, e.g. a hay vale
Henley – From a wood up high
Henry – He who rules the house
Ian – Merciful God
Isaac – laugher, joy
Jack – Merciful God
James – One who follows
Jarred – A descendent
Jason – A heather
Jed – Friend of God
Kai – From the ocean/sea
Kaleb – To be faithful, one who is faithful
Kanye – One who is free, freedom
Kasey – Alert/watchful
Keith – Forest
Kelvin – From a river
Lachlan – A land full of lakes
Lance – A large region or land
Leander – Strong as a lion
Leo – Man of a lion/lion man
Macaulay – Son of a willow
Mackenzie – Attractive, good looking
Maddock – One who is lucky
Malachai–Messenger or an angel
Marcus – Warlike, related to the planet Mars
Marley – From a meadow or lake
Nate – God gives
Neil – Comes from the clouds
Nicholas – Triumph of the people
Noel – Christmas
Oakley – From a forest of oak trees
Oliver – Warrior of elves
Orlando – A famous land
Oscar – A friend of the deer
Paisley – From a glade or clearing
Patrick – A nobleman
Paul – Small, petite, or tiny
Pearson – A large rock
Quinn – A wise man, reasonable man
Radley – A meadow or red forest
Randall – A wolf shield
Red – Possessing red hair
Reece (can also be reese) – Fervour
Rich – A daring power
Sam – The Lord has heard
Samuel – The ability to hear God
Sawyer – He who saws wood
Scott – To speak Gaelic
Sean (can be Shaun) –Merciful God
Seth – The appointed/chosen one
Sheldon – Steep valley
Tad – Gift from God
Terry – Powerful ruler of people
Theo – Present from God
Thomas – A twin
Timothy (or Tim) – He who honours God
Tristan – Full of sadness
Val – Strong and powerful
Valentine – To be healthy
Wainwright – Maker of a wagon
Walker – He who prepares cloth
Warner – An army guard
Watson – A strong and great warrior
Weaver – He who weaves
Wes – From the west woods
William (also Will) – Strong minded and protection
Zachary (also Zack) – God remembers
Zane – Gift from God
Zerach – To glow
Ziggy – Victorious
Hopefully we’ve given you some inspiration for what to call your new son, whether he is already here or you’re about to welcome him into the world.
This difficult decision needs to be considered carefully, so be sure to weigh up all suggestions for strong baby boy names before you make your final choice!
That being said, don’t stress!
As a parent, no one knows your unborn (or just born) baby like you do.
Already, you have a sense of who he is, and of the person he will become.
Many new parents worry about pleasing other people with their choice of name.
For example, you might feel pressure to choose a name that your parents or your partner’s parents like; or a name that fits with family tradition.
Or you might feel anxious that your friends won’t like the name; perhaps you worry that others might think your choice of name is old fashioned, uncool, or too ‘out there’.
Whatever your fears, when it comes to what other people think, let it go.
Breathe it out.
It doesn’t matter.
Everyone has an opinion. And everyone has ‘that horrible person’ they met who went by the name that you want to call your baby.
But once your gorgeous little boy is here, all doubts and criticisms will be forgotten.
Everyone in your life will love the name simply because it’s your son’s name.
The decision belongs to you and your partner. It’s fine to listen to what other people think but remember not to take it all on board.
Allow their opinions to wash over you, and choose the name that you know works for you, your son, and your family.