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105 Handsome European Boy Names: With Meanings

Rely on tried and true tradition with an array of European boy names for the baby boy you’re expecting.

Looking for a fashionable name for your little boy? You’ll find several baby boy options within the vastness of European boy names below. Often traditional names take on new life, whether Slavic, Celtic, or Germanic. So which version is suitable for your special guy?

You can discover everything you need to name your baby boy correctly. Our list has name options from all over Europe, from the poetic and formal to the modern and fun.

Check out these cool European names for boys and find the perfect name for your little guy.

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105 Popular European Names for Boys

Find yourself inspired by a continent full of the best European boy names for baby boys.


Abelard comes from the Germanic Adalhard and may have originated from the Hebrew Abel. It’s used more as a surname but can be your baby boy’s first name too.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Noble, steadfast
  • Pronunciation: AEB-ih-Lard
  • Variations: Abelarde, Abelardo
  • Popularity: In 2014, 748 people were named Abelard worldwide, mostly in DR Congo, while it’s ranked 3,114th in Mozambique.
Old-fashioned, Formal


Adelmo is derived from the Germanic Adelhard, made up of “adel,” meaning “noble,” and “hard,” meaning “persevering.” It’s smoother than the ancient Adelhard for little boys of this era.

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish
  • Meaning: Noble patron
  • Pronunciation: Aa-DEHL-Mow
  • Variations: Adhelm
  • Namesakes: Adelmo Bulgarelli, an Italian heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestler and bronze medalist in the 1956 Summer Olympics. Adelmo Paris, an Italian footballer for Verbania.
  • Popularity: Adelmo is uncommon worldwide, is most used in Brazil, and ranked 655th in Honduras.
Uncommon, Unique


Adrian comes from the Latin Adrianus. It’s based on the Illyrian “adur,” meaning “sea.” Adrian also means “rich” in Greek, so the unisex Adrian can still be cute for your baby boy or girl.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Son of Adria
  • Pronunciation: EY-driy-ahn
  • Variations: Adrien, Andreyan
  • Namesakes: Adrian Severin, a Romanian Member of the European Parliament. Adrian Smith, a British illustrator, known for Games Workshop’s game illustrations.
  • Popularity: Adelmo ranked 482nd worldwide and is most popular in Romania, where it’s ranked 9th.
Traditional, Popular


Alain is the French version of the English Alan. Alain also has Celtic roots, meaning “harmony,” and can easily belong to the handsome, top little guy you know.

  • Origin: French, Celtic
  • Meaning: Little rock
  • Pronunciation: Aa-LEHN
  • Variations: Alan, Alleyn
  • Namesakes: Alain Aspect, a French physicist famous for his work on quantum entanglement. Alain Jacquet, a French artist in the Nouvelle Figuration pop art movement.
  • Popularity: Alain ranked 427th worldwide, is most popular in France and ranked 3rd in the Central African Republic.
Traditional, Popular


Alasdair originated as the Greek Alexander and was first used as a Gaelic name in 1928. It means “protector of mankind,” but your baby boy won’t let you down.

  • Origin: Scottish, Greek
  • Meaning: Man’s defender
  • Pronunciation: AEL-aes-Dehr
  • Variations: Alistair, Alisdair, Allister, Aleister
  • Namesakes: Alasdair Locke, the Scottish chairman of the oil services company Abbot Group.
  • Popularity: Alasdair is rare worldwide and is mostly used in Scotland, where it ranked 213th.
Rare, Traditional


Alessandro is an Italian Alexander, made famous by Alexander the Great. It contains the roots “alexein,” meaning “to defend,” and “andros,” meaning “man,” and can be all yours.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Defender of the people
  • Pronunciation: Aa-Leh-SSAEN-Drow
  • Variations: Alexandro, Allessandro
  • Namesakes: Alessandro Calvi, an Italian swimmer and silver medalist at the 2007 World Championships. Alessandro Criscuolo, the Italian President of the Constitutional Court of Italy between 2014 and 2016.
  • Popularity: Alessandro ranked 1,571st worldwide and is most popular in Italy, where it’s ranked 27th.
Masculine, Common


Alexei comes from the Greek Aléxios, meaning “defender.” It belonged to various Russian saints and may be the best among European boy names for the blessed baby you love.

  • Origin: Russian, Greek
  • Meaning: Defending men
  • Pronunciation: Aa-LEHK-Ziy
  • Variations: Alexie, Aleksei, Aleksey
  • Namesakes: Alexei Navalny, a Russian anti-corruption activist. Alexei Sintsov, a Russian pair skater and gold medalist at the 2015 ISU Junior Grand Prix.
  • Popularity: Alexei is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in Moldova, where it’s ranked 49th.
Masculine, Uncommon


Ambros is a Norman name that came to England after the Norman invasion. It even made it to Ireland, meaning “divine,” so your little Ambros can call anywhere home.

  • Origin: French, German, Latin
  • Meaning: Immortal
  • Pronunciation: AEM-Brows
  • Variations: Ambrose, Ambroz
  • Namesakes: Ambros Sollid, the Norwegian mayor of Skein from 1935 to 1937. Ambrosio Zaragoza (known as Ambrós), a Spanish cartoonist famous for the series Capitán Trueno (Captain Thunder).
  • Popularity: Ambros is rare worldwide, used mainly in Tanzania, and ranked 811th in Papua New Guinea.
Unusual, Rare


Andrej comes from the Greek “andreîos,” meaning “manly” and “anēr,” meaning “man.” Andrej becomes a predominantly Slavic version of Andrew, making it a creative way to name your little guy.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Warrior
  • Pronunciation: AEN-Drey
  • Variations: Andreas, Andrei
  • Namesakes: Andrej Babiš, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic from 2017 to 2021. Andrej Kramarić, a Croatian footballer for the Croatia national team.
  • Popularity: Andrej is uncommon worldwide, is most used in Slovakia, and ranked 7th in Slovenia.
Masculine, Strong


Arnaud is made up of the Germanic “arn,” meaning “eagle” and “wald,” meaning “rule power.” It’s the French version of Arnold and a more international example among European boy names for your boy.

  • Origin: French, Germanic
  • Meaning: Eagle power
  • Pronunciation: Aar-NAOD
  • Variations: Arnoud, Arnold
  • Namesakes: Arnaud Larrieu, a French film director whose film To Paint or Make Love screened at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Arnaud Clément, a French tennis doubles winner of Wimbledon in 2007.
  • Popularity: Arnaud ranked 3,956th worldwide, is most popular in France, and ranked 13th in Gabon.
Traditional, Common
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Bazyli means “royal” in Greek because it’s a Polish version of Basil. Basil derives from Basileios, meaning “chief,” so it’s a strong way to name the little king you expect.

  • Origin: Polish
  • Meaning: King
  • Pronunciation: Baa-ZIY-Liy
  • Variations: Basilie, Basil, Basel
  • Namesakes: Bazyli Bohdanowicz, an 18th-century Polish composer in the Leopoldstadt theater in Vienna.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 522 people were named Bazyli worldwide, mostly in Poland, where it ranks 2,012nd.
Obscure, Rare


Beau was originally a nickname given to 19th-century socialite George Bryan Brummell. It means “beautiful” and “handsome,” which is a quirky name for girls or boys of today.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Beautiful
  • Pronunciation: BOW
  • Variations: Beaux, Bo, Boe
  • Namesakes: Beau Garrett, an American model in GUESS advertisements in the 1990s. Beau Waters, an Australian rules player for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League.
  • Popularity: Beau is uncommon worldwide, is mostly used in the U.S. and ranked 701st in Australia.
Masculine, Modern


Benito originated as the Latin Benedictus, the name of the Benedictines order of monks. It’s a nickname for Benedict and a cute one for your special little boy.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Blessed
  • Pronunciation: Beh-NIY-Tow
  • Variations: Bennito
  • Namesakes: Benito di Paula (born Uday Velloso), a Brazilian singer-songwriter known for the “samba-jóia” style combining samba and jazz piano. Benito Cocchi, the archbishop of Modena-Nonantola from 1992 to 2010.
  • Popularity: Benito ranked 2,573rd worldwide and is most popular in Mexico, where it’s ranked 190th.
Masculine, Strong


Bjorn comes from the Old Norse Bjǫrn. It’s a variation of Bernard and one of the most adorable European names for boys, otherwise known as your baby bear.

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Bear
  • Pronunciation: Biy-OHRN
  • Variations: Bjoern, Bjorne
  • Namesakes: Björn Borg, a Swedish tennis player and the first man to win 11 Grand Slam singles titles. Björn Hamilton, a member of the Swedish parliament since 2002.
  • Popularity: Bjorn is uncommon worldwide, is mostly used in the Netherlands, and ranked 441st in Belgium.
Traditional, Uncommon


Boaz features in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament and as a listed ancestor to the Messiah, Jesus Christ, in the New Testament. As a surname, it’s the Anglo-Saxon word for “king.” It also means “swiftness,” perfect for the baby boy you can’t catch up with.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Strong
  • Pronunciation: BOW-aez
  • Variations: Boaze, Boz
  • Namesakes: Boaz Moda’i, Israel’s ambassador to Ireland from 2010 to 2015. Boaz Rodkin, the Ambassador of Israel to Albania from April 2015 until 2019.
  • Popularity: Boaz is uncommon worldwide, is most used in Kenya, and ranked 344th in Uganda.
Uncommon, Unusual


Bogdan comes from the Slavic “bog,” meaning “God” and “dan,” meaning “given.” It’s also a Ukrainian version of Donald. Strong eastern European male names are epitomized by Bogdan for impressive boys.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Given by God
  • Pronunciation: BAOG-Daan
  • Variations: Bohdan
  • Namesakes: Bogdan Tanjević, a Montenegrin basketball coach for the gold medal-winning Italian national team. Bogdan Lalic, a Croatian FIDE International Chess Grandmaster since 1988.
  • Popularity: Bogdan ranked 2,608th worldwide and is most popular in Romania, where it’s ranked 19th.
Masculine, Common


Boris is based on the Slavic “borti,” meaning “battle,” and “slava,” meaning “glory.” It can be a nickname for Borislav or act alone as the perfect name for boys of glory.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Battle glory
  • Pronunciation: BOWR-ihs
  • Variations: Borrys, Boryss
  • Namesakes: Boris Becker, a German tennis player, voted Player of the Year by the ATP in 1988. Boris Karloff (born William Pratt), an English actor best known as Frankenstein’s monster in the horror film Frankenstein (1931).
  • Popularity: Boris ranked 1,882nd worldwide, is most popular in Russia and ranked 44th in the Central African Republic.
Strong, Masculine


Branko is a Slavic nickname for Branislav, mostly found in the former Yugoslav countries. It’s derived from the Slavic “bran,” meaning “to protect,” and is strong as armor for your baby boy.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Glorious defender
  • Pronunciation: BRAENG-Kow
  • Namesakes: Branko Mikulić, a Yugoslavian statesman for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Branko Bošković, a Montenegrin footballer for Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Popularity: Branko is uncommon worldwide, is most used in Serbia, and ranked 15th in Croatia.
Traditional, Strong


Caleb comes from the Hebrew “kal” and “lev,” meaning “whole heart.” It also derives from “kelev,” meaning “dog,” since dogs are the most faithful companions to inspire this loyal name.

  • Origin: English, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Faithful
  • Pronunciation: KEY-Lahb
  • Variations: Caeleb, Cayleb
  • Namesakes: Caleb Silver, an American journalist and editor in chief of Investopedia. Caleb McLaughlin, an American actor known for the Netflix series Stranger Things (2016–present).
  • Popularity: Caleb is somewhat common worldwide and is mostly used in Kenya and the U.S., while it ranked 168th in Congo.
Old-fashioned, Uncommon


Cathal consists of “cath,” meaning “battle,” and “val,” meaning “rule.” It appears as Charles in English, Karl in German and is a gorgeous way to name your little warrior.

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: Battle ruler
  • Pronunciation: KAA-Hhahl
  • Variations: Cathel, Cahal
  • Namesakes: Cathal Kelly, a Canadian sports columnist for The Globe and Mail. Cathal Smyth, an English musician and member of the pop band Madness.
  • Popularity: Cathal is rare worldwide, mainly used in Ireland, and ranked 181st in Northern Ireland.
Traditional, Strong
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Cillian is a diminutive of the Gaelic Ceallach, meaning “war” and “strife.” It also means “little warrior” and is the cutest name for soldier boys like yours to have.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Bright-headed
  • Pronunciation: KIHL-iy-Aen
  • Variations: Cillin, Killian
  • Namesakes: Cillian Murphy, an Irish actor best known for the BBC crime drama series Peaky Blinders. Cillian O’Connor, an Irish Gaelic footballer in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 716 people were named Cillian worldwide, mainly in Ireland, where it’s ranked 721st.
Masculine, Rare


Clemens originated as the Latin Clement and was given to several early popes. It was the surname of writer Mark Twain, yet it can be your boy’s first name (with the nickname Clem).

  • Origin: Danish, Latin
  • Meaning: Merciful
  • Pronunciation: KLEH-Mehns
  • Variations: Clement
  • Namesakes: Clemens Brentano, a German writer and a major figure of German Romanticism. Clemens Arnold, a field hockey player and bronze medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Clemens is uncommon worldwide, is mostly used in Germany, and ranked 286th in Austria.
Old-fashioned, Formal


Cyrilo is an offshoot of Cyril, taken from the Greek Kýrillos. It referred to Jesus in the Greek Bible and was given to saints. The young master you’re expecting may be the fanciest baby boy in town when named Cyrilo.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Lord, master
  • Pronunciation: SIY-riy-Low
  • Variations: Cyrilos, Cyril
  • Popularity: In 2014, 374 people were named Cyrilo worldwide, mostly in Brazil, and ranked 2,838th in Aruba.
Unique, Rare


Damien comes from the Greek “damazo,” meaning “to tame.” It’s connected to Damia, another name for the Greek goddess Demeter. Damien is the French version of the Anglo Damian, making it even more unique.

  • Origin: French, Greek
  • Meaning: Mighty
  • Pronunciation: DEY-Miy-ehn
  • Variations: Damian, Damiane
  • Namesakes: Damien English, the Irish Minister of State since 2014. Damien Hirst, one of the Young British Artists in the 1990s UK art scene.
  • Popularity: Damien ranked 4,639th worldwide, is most popular in France, and ranked 140th in Ireland.
Traditional, Masculine


Dario is a nickname for the Latin Darius. It originated from the Persian name Darayavahush, made up of “daraya,” meaning “to possess,” and “vahu,” meaning “good.”

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Possessing goodness
  • Pronunciation: DAH-riy-Ow
  • Variations: Darius
  • Namesakes: Dario Argento, an Italian horror film director called “Master of the Thrill.” Darío Lecman, an Argentinian weightlifter and silver medalist at the Pan American Games.
  • Popularity: Dario ranked 1,819th worldwide, is most popular in Italy, and ranked 100th in Paraguay.
Unique, Common


Davide also means “uncle” in Hebrew and is an Italian version of David. It was the name of a famous Israelite king in the Bible and can help crown your baby boy right.

  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Beloved
  • Pronunciation: Dah-VIYD
  • Variations: Davidde, Daivid, Daevyd
  • Namesakes: Davide Lorenzini, an Italian diver and bronze medalist at the 1991 European Championships. Davide Faraone, an Italian politician and leader of the Italia Viva group in the Senate of the Republic.
  • Popularity: Davide is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in Italy, where it’s ranked 84th.
Traditional, Uncommon


Dax began as an English surname and appeared as the German Dachs, meaning “badger.” It’s the name of an ancient town in Southwest France but has a trendy vibe for boys wherever they are.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Leader, water
  • Pronunciation: DAHKS
  • Variations: Daxx, Dacks
  • Namesakes: Dax O’Callaghan, an English singer called Prince of Pop in France during the early 2000s. Dax Milne, an American football player for the Washington Commanders of the National Football League.
  • Popularity: Dax is rare worldwide and is mostly used in the U.S., where it’s ranked 5,158th.
Unique, Cool


Diego is a nickname for Santiago and derived from the Latin Didacus, meaning “teaching.” It’s a Spanish version of James and works from the North to the South or anywhere your little boy resides.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Supplanter
  • Pronunciation: Diy-EY-Gow
  • Variations: Deago, Dyego
  • Namesakes: Diego Rivera, a Mexican painter whose frescoes were part of the mural movement in Mexican art. Diego Buñuel, a French-American host of the National Geographic Channel series Don’t Tell My Mother.
  • Popularity: Diego ranked 461st worldwide, is most popular in Brazil, and ranked 33rd in Ecuador.
Informal, Popular


Dimitri is associated with Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest who oversaw agriculture. It comes from the Greek Demetrius, meaning “earth-lover,” and guarantees a nature-loving name for your earthy boy.

  • Origin: Greek, Russian
  • Meaning: Follower of Demeter
  • Pronunciation: Diy-MIY-Triy
  • Variations: Dimitrij, Dmitri
  • Namesakes: Dimitri Sterjio, an Aromanian teacher at the first Romanian school in the Balkans. Dimitri Payet, a French footballer for Marseille.
  • Popularity: Dimitri is uncommon worldwide, is mostly used in France, and ranked 99th in Georgia.
Masculine, Uncommon


Dritan comes from the Albanian “dritë,” meaning “light.” It may also mean “enlightened,” which makes the literal meaning spiritual for international boys.

  • Origin: Albanian
  • Meaning: Light
  • Pronunciation: DRIH-Tahn
  • Variations: Driton
  • Namesakes: Dritan Abazović, the prime minister of Montenegro since 2022. Dritan Hoxha, the Albanian founder of Top Media, Albania’s largest media company.
  • Popularity: Dritan is uncommon worldwide and mainly used in Albania, where it’s ranked 22nd.
Traditional, Uncommon
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Eamon is the Irish version of the English Edmund. It’s made up of the Old English “ead,” meaning “rich” and “mund,” meaning “guardian.” Eamon also means “treasurer,” which remains an important post for any young boy.

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: Wealthy protector
  • Pronunciation: EY-Maen
  • Variations: Eamonn, Eamonne
  • Namesakes: Eamon Colman, an Irish painter and member of Aosdána, an Irish association of artists. Eamon Collins, a Provisional Irish Republican Army member in the 1970’s and 80’s.
  • Popularity: Eamon is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in Ireland, where it’s ranked 105th.
Traditional, Unique


Elias is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Elijah, meaning “Jehovah is God.” It also means “the strong lord.” Elias was a 9th-century BCE prophet in Israel, and his name can provide a strong faith foundation for boys today.

  • Origin: Greek, Hebrew
  • Meaning: The lord is my God
  • Pronunciation: Eh-LIY-aas
  • Variations: Eliyas, Ellias
  • Namesakes: Elias Venezis (born Elias Mellos), a Greek novelist known for Number 31328. Elias Demetracopoulos, a Greek dissident during the military junta of 1967–1974.
  • Popularity: Elias ranked 541st worldwide, is most popular in Brazil, and ranked 10th in Lebanon.
Traditional, Popular


In the Hebrew Bible, Emanuel was a name given to Jesus. It comes from the Hebrew Immanuel, meaning “God with us,” and brings the ancient wisdom of biblical tradition to the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is with us
  • Pronunciation: Eh-MAAN-uh-Ehl
  • Variations: Emmanuel
  • Namesakes: Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish theologian known for the book Heaven and Hell (1758). Emanuel Newton, an American mixed martial artist and former Bellator Light Heavyweight World Champion.
  • Popularity: Emanuel ranked 1,687th worldwide and is most popular in Tanzania, where it’s ranked 27th.
Old-fashioned, Common


Enrique is based on the Germanic Henrich, made up of “haim” and “rīc,” meaning “home rule.” It’s an attractive Spanish version of Henry for a more exotic first name.

  • Origin: Spanish, Germanic
  • Meaning: Home ruler
  • Pronunciation: Ehn-RIY-keye
  • Variations: Emrique
  • Namesakes: Enrique Nieto, the 64th President of Mexico from 2012 to 2018. Enrique Iglesias, a Spanish singer with over 70 million records sold worldwide.
  • Popularity: Enrique ranked 575th worldwide, is most popular in Mexico, and ranked 33rd in Cuba.
Traditional, Popular


Enzo is a nickname for the Italian Lorenzo. It’s associated with the German Heinz and relates to the English Henry. Enzo also means “giant,” from Anzo, and you can name the mighty yet adorable ruler in your home.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Home ruler
  • Pronunciation: EHN-Zow
  • Variations: Enz, Enzio
  • Namesakes: Enzo Dara, an Italian opera singer performing Rossini operas. Enzo Sciotti, an Italian illustrator, known for horror film movie posters.
  • Popularity: Enzo ranked 3,590th worldwide, is most prevalent in Brazil, and ranked 117th in Italy.
Informal, Masculine


Etienne is a French variation of Stephen, taken from the ancient Greek “stéphanos,” meaning “garland.” It also means “honor,” “reward,” and “fame,” which is no pressure at all for your little man to succeed!

  • Origin: French, Greek
  • Meaning: Crown
  • Pronunciation: Eh-TIY-ehn
  • Namesakes: Etienne Vermeersch, the founder of the Law on Patients’ Rights in Belgium. Etienne Fils, a Cameroonian footballer for FC Lustenau.
  • Popularity: Etienne ranked 2,554th worldwide, is most popular in DR Congo, and ranked 44th in the Central African Republic.
Traditional, Common


Evan means “rock” in Hebrew and is a Welsh version of John. It’s also a short form of Evander, meaning “good man,” which makes it a sweet fit for good little boys to enjoy.

  • Origin: Welsh, Hebrew
  • Meaning: The Lord is gracious
  • Pronunciation: EHV-ahn
  • Variations: Eavan, Even, Evyn
  • Namesakes: Evan McKie, a Canadian principal ballet dancer with the National Ballet of Canada. Evan Watkins, a Welsh rugby league footballer who played cricket for Monmouthshire.
  • Popularity: Evan is uncommon worldwide, is mostly used in the U.S., and ranked 406th in Australia.
Traditional, Uncommon


Franjo is a Croatian form of Francis, meaning “Frenchman.” It arose from the Latin name Franciscus, but Franjo (where the “j” is spoken as a “y”) is a cool and unusual way of naming your young boy.

  • Origin: Croatian, Latin
  • Meaning: Free man
  • Pronunciation: FRAH-Niyow
  • Namesakes: Franjo Džidić, a Bosnian football manager for the Zrinjski Mostar club. Franjo Gregurić, the Prime Minister of Croatia from 1991 to 1992.
  • Popularity: Franjo is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in Croatia, where it’s ranked 22nd.
Masculine, Uncommon


Georgios comes from “georgos,” meaning “earthworker.” It consists of “ge,” meaning “earth,” and “ergon,” meaning “work.” Georgios is the Greek version of George, twisting the name for boys who play in the dirt.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Farmer
  • Pronunciation: GEOR-jhiy-Ohs
  • Variations: Georgio
  • Namesakes: Georgios Drosos, a Greek runner who competed at the 1904 Summer Olympics. Georgios Petrakis, a Greek figure in the Cretan resistance from 1941 to 1944.
  • Popularity: Georgios ranked 2,034th worldwide and is most popular in Greece, where it’s ranked 2nd.
Traditional, Masculine


Gianni is a nickname for Giovanni and the Italian version of Johnny. It’s derived from the Hebrew Yochanan, meaning “Yahweh is gracious,” yet is lighthearted for modern boys who act casual.

  • Origin: italian
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: Jhiy-AA-niy
  • Variations: Giovanni
  • Namesakes: Giovanni “Gianni” Versace, an Italian fashion designer and founder of the Versace brand. Gianni Garko (born Giovanni Garcovich), an Italian-Croatian actor known for 1960s spaghetti westerns.
  • Popularity: Gianni is uncommon worldwide and is mostly used in Italy, where it’s ranked 102nd.
Masculine, Informal
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Goran derives from the South Slavic “gora,” meaning “mountain.” It refers to the “highlanders,” or men who lived in the mountains, but it can help connect your baby boy to nature.

  • Origin: South Slavic
  • Meaning: Mountain men
  • Pronunciation: GAOR-aen
  • Variations: Goren, Gorran
  • Namesakes: Goran Dragić, a Slovenian basketball player for The Brooklyn Nets NBA team. Goran Ivanišević, a Croatian tennis player and the only player to win a Wimbledon title as a wildcard.
  • Popularity: Goran is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in Serbia, where it’s ranked 6th.
Masculine, Strong


Grayson comes from the Old-English surname Grierson or Grey, referring to the “steward of an estate.” As the steward’s son, your Grayson can rock this old-fashioned name in the estate called home.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of the gray-haired man
  • Variations: Greyson
  • Namesakes: Grayson Moore, a Canadian filmmaker known for the 2017 film Cardinals. Grayson Hart, a New Zealand rugby union player for Bedford Blues.
  • Popularity: Grayson is rare worldwide and mainly used in Tanzania, where it’s ranked 1,338th.
Formal, Rare


Grozdan comes from the Macedonian and Bulgarian “grozde,” meaning “grapes.” It’s rare outside of Bulgaria, which makes Grozdan a unique name for your sweetest boy.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Shiny star
  • Pronunciation: GRAOHZ-Daen
  • Namesakes: Grozdan Karadzhov, the current Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 2,237 people were named Grozdan worldwide, mostly in Bulgaria.
Strong, Rare


Gunther is derived from the Old Norse “gunnr,” meaning “battle,” and “herr,” meaning “army.” It became popular after a 5th-century Burgundian king but is precious enough for the little man you love.

  • Origin: Germanic, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Warrior
  • Pronunciation: GUWNT-er
  • Variations: Gunter, Gunthar
  • Namesakes: Günter Grass, a German novelist and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. Günter Meisner, a German actor in the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
  • Popularity: Gunther is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in Germany, and ranked 461st in Belgium.
Masculine, Uncommon


Gustav comes from the Old Norse “Gotar,” referring to the Goths, and “stafr,” meaning “staff.” Gustav belonged to multiple Swedish kings, making it one of the most royally-based European boy names for dashing young men.

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Staff of the gods
  • Pronunciation: GUW-Staaf
  • Variations: Gustaf, Gustave
  • Namesakes: Gustav Schäfer, a German rower who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics. Gustav Knuth, a German actor known for the TV series Alle meine Tiere.
  • Popularity: Gustav is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in Germany, and ranked 121st in Sweden.
Traditional, Uncommon


In Greek mythology, Hector was a Trojan prince slain by Achilles. It also means “to possess” and can keep your baby boy holding fast to all he sets his mind to.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Steadfast
  • Pronunciation: HHEHK-Tahr
  • Variations: Hektor
  • Namesakes: Hector Boece (known as Boethius), a Scottish historian and the first Principal of King’s College in Aberdeen. Hector Charlesworth, a Canadian writer, and editor at the Toronto Mail and Empire.
  • Popularity: Hector ranked 240th worldwide, is most prevalent in Mexico, and ranked 8th in Puerto Rico.
Traditional, Masculine


Hubert derives from the Old German “hugu,” meaning “spirit” and “beraht,” meaning “bright.” It also means “bright heart” and can be the warmest way to name the boy you love.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Bright, shining intellect
  • Pronunciation: HHYUW-Bahrt
  • Variations: Huberte, Huburt
  • Namesakes: Hubert von Goisern (born Hubert Achleitner), an Austrian world musician playing traditional Volksmusik and “alpine rock.” Hubert Hurkacz, the highest-ranked Polish tennis player in singles history.
  • Popularity: Hubert ranked 1,554th worldwide, is most popular in Germany, and ranked 61st in the Central African Republic.
Old-fashioned, Common


Iker is the Basque version of the Spanish “Visitación,” associated with the Virgin Mary’s visit with Elizabeth. The female version of Iker is Ikerne, but this unique Basque boy’s name won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

  • Origin: Basque
  • Meaning: Visitation
  • Pronunciation: IHK-er
  • Variations: Ikir, Ikur, Ikyr
  • Namesakes: Iker Ortuzar, a Spanish-Basque road bicycle racer with Endura Racing from 2010 to 2012. Iker Elizari, a Spanish journalist and TV host of the investigation program Milenio 3.
  • Popularity: Iker is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in Spain, where it ranked 181st.
Unusual, Uncommon


Ingmar is made up of “Ing,” associated with the Norse god of fertility, and “mar,” meaning “famous.” It also means “famous son,” so it’s ready to make your little guy well-known from the start.

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Son of Ing
  • Pronunciation: IHNG-Maar
  • Variations: Ingemar, Ingmer
  • Namesakes: Ingmar Bergman, a Swedish film director, ranked 8th in Sight & Sound’s list of The Greatest Directors of All Time. Ingmar Ljones, a Norwegian politician in the Norwegian Parliament from 2001 to 2005.
  • Popularity: Ingmar is rare worldwide, mostly used in Germany, and ranked 756th in Finland.
Traditional, Rare


Ismael is the name of Abraham’s eldest son in the Hebrew Bible. It’s a Spanish version of the original Ishmael, but it can be the ancient biblical name that makes every day historical of your little boy’s life.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Arabic
  • Meaning: God will hear
  • Pronunciation: Iyz-maa-EHL
  • Variations: Ismaal, Ismeal, Ishmael
  • Namesakes: Ismael Balkhi, a sadat reformist leader in 20th-century Afghanistan. Ismael Blanco, an Argentine footballer for Ciudad de Bolívar.
  • Popularity: Ismael ranked 1,046th worldwide, is most popular in Mexico, and ranked 78th in Guinea.
Formal, Common
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Iver comes from the Old Norse Ívarr, associated with wooden archery bows. Iver is a Scottish version of Ivar that can help the little archer you love best.

  • Origin: Scandinavian, Scottish
  • Meaning: Bow warrior
  • Pronunciation: AYV-er
  • Variations: Ivar, Ivor
  • Namesakes: Iver Kleive, a Norwegian composer performing a combination of church music, blues, jazz, and Norwegian folk music. Iver Hesselberg, a Norwegian representative at the Norwegian Constitutional Assembly.
  • Popularity: Iver is rare worldwide and mainly used in Bolivia, where it ranked 472nd.
Obscure, Strong


Jack is a medieval English derivative of John. Jack also means “healthy” and “strong” in Gaelic but can remain one of the classic European names for boys today.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations: Jac, Jak, Jaq
  • Namesakes: Jack Eichel, an American ice hockey player for the Vegas Golden Knights. Jack Agazarian (code name Marcel), a British agent for the UK’s Special Operations Executive organization in France during World War II.
  • Popularity: Jack ranked 778th worldwide, is most popular in the U.S., and ranked 34th in Papua New Guinea.
Traditional, Popular


Jago is derived from the Cornish version of James or Jacob. In Hebrew, Jago means “he grasps the heel,” which may seem complex, but it’s just another way to call your baby a farmer boy.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Spanish
  • Meaning: Supplanter
  • Pronunciation: JHAH-Gow
  • Variations: Jaco
  • Namesakes: Jago Cooper, a British archaeologist and TV presenter for a BBC Four series since 2011. Jago Eliot, a British aristocrat who founded the Port Eliot Literature Festival in 2002.
  • Popularity: Jago is uncommon worldwide, is mostly used in India, and ranked 1,489th in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Masculine, Uncommon


Javier is made up of The Basque “etxe.” It’s the Spanish variation of Xavier, named after the Catholic Saint Francis’s birthplace. It also means “castle” for your young saint.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: New house
  • Pronunciation: Hae-viy-EHR
  • Variations: Xavier
  • Namesakes: Javier Báez, a Puerto Rican baseball player for the Detroit Tigers. Javier Bardem, a Spanish actor, known for the film No Country for Old Men (2007).
  • Popularity: Javier ranked 326th worldwide, is most popular in Mexico, and ranked 14th in Spain.
Popular, Masculine


Karl comes from the Germanic “karal,” originally “karlaz,” meaning “free man,” and “heri,” meaning “warrior.” It’s the German version of Charles and is one of the manliest old-world names for boys to have.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Free man
  • Variations: Karle, Karel
  • Namesakes: Karl Virtanen, a Sweden-Finnish columnist for the newspaper Aftonbladet. Karl Bryullov, a Russian painter in the Russian movement from neoclassicism to romanticism.
  • Popularity: Karl ranked 668th worldwide, is most popular in Germany, and ranked 5th in Sweden.
Traditional, Popular


Kenneth is an Anglo form of the Gaelic name Cainnech and Cináed, also meaning “born of fire.” The first king of Scotland was named Kenneth, which makes it the perfect choice for the newest king of your home.

  • Origin: English, Celtic
  • Meaning: Handsome
  • Pronunciation: KEHN-Nehth
  • Variations: Kennyth, Kennith
  • Namesakes: Kenneth Robinson, the British Minister of Health from 1964 to 1968. Kenneth Ham, an American astronaut in the NASA program since 1998.
  • Popularity: Kenneth ranked 282nd worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 37th.
Traditional, Popular


Klaus comes from the Greek “níkē,” meaning “victory,” and “laós,” meaning “soldiers.” It originated from the Greek name Nikolaus, associated with Santa Claus, whom your little boy may grow to love.

  • Origin: Germanic, Greek
  • Meaning: Victory of the people
  • Pronunciation: KLAWS
  • Variations: Claus
  • Namesakes: Klaus Wowereit, the German Governing Mayor of Berlin from 2001 to 2014. Geoffrey Lyall (known as Klaus Flouride), an American musician and member of the punk rock band Dead Kennedys.
  • Popularity: Klaus ranked 795th worldwide and is most popular in Germany, where it ranks 5th.
Popular, Strong


Kristoffer originated as the Greek “Khrīstós,” meaning “Christ” and “phérein,” meaning “to carry.” It’s the Scandinavian variant of Christopher and is the name of St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers.

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Christ-bearer
  • Pronunciation: Kriyz-TOW-fer
  • Variations: Kristofer, Kristopher
  • Namesakes: Kristoffer Polaha, an American actor in the TV series North Shore. Kristoffer Tømmerbakke (known as Kriss), a Norwegian producer and member of the rap duo Erik & Kriss.
  • Popularity: Kristoffer is uncommon worldwide, is mostly used in the Philippines, and ranked 231st in Norway.
Uncommon, Formal


Lamont is also associated with the French “lemont,” meaning “the mountain.” It’s connected to the Gaelic Lagmann, derived from the Old Norse “lǫgmaðr,” and means “man of the law” for little sheriff boys.

  • Origin: Old Norse, French
  • Meaning: Law-man
  • Pronunciation: Laa-MAHNT
  • Variations: Lamaunt, Lamonte
  • Namesakes: Lamont Dozier, an American singer/songwriter of 14 US Billboard number 1 hits. Lamont Warren, an American football player for the New England Patriots.
  • Popularity: Lamont is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in the U.S., and ranked 999th in Bermuda.
Old-fashioned, Uncommon


László is a traditional Hungarian named for the 11th-century King Ladislaus I of Hungary. It comes from Ladislav, itself based on Vladislav. László also means “mighty fame,” which is a fantastic way to keep your boy’s name strong.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Glorious Rule
  • Pronunciation: LEY-za-Low
  • Variations: Laslo, Lazlo
  • Namesakes: László Simon, the Hungarian Secretary of State from 2012 to 2013. László Cseh, a Hungarian swimmer and six-time Olympic medalist.
  • Popularity: Lászlóis uncommon worldwide and mostly used in Romania, where it ranked 198th.
Masculine, Traditional
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Laurent also means “laurel plant” and is a shorter version of the French name Laurence. It was initially the Roman surname Laurentius, meaning “man from Laurentum.”

  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: Wisdom
  • Pronunciation: Laa-RAON
  • Variations: Laurence
  • Namesakes: Laurent-Moïse Schwartz, a French mathematician and winner of the Fields Medal in 1950. Laurent Kabila, the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1997 to 2001.
  • Popularity: Laurent ranked 1,009th worldwide and is most popular in France, where it’s ranked 23rd.
Informal, Common


Leandro derives from the Greek Leandros. It consists of “leon,” meaning lion, and “aner,” meaning man. Leander was a lovelorn hero in Greek mythology, while your Leandro can be very much loved.

  • Origin: Spanish, Greek
  • Meaning: Lion man
  • Pronunciation: Leh-AAN-drow
  • Variations: Leander, Leandre
  • Namesakes: Leandro Gomes, a Brazilian-Azerbajiani footballer and assistant manager of Sampaio Corrêa-RJ. Leandro Locsin, a Filipino architect and a National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture in 1990.
  • Popularity: Leandro ranked 1,302nd worldwide and is most prevalent in Brazil, where it ranked 37th.
Unusual, Common


Liam also means “strong-willed warrior” and is short for William. It came to the British Isles after the Norman Conquest and can continue onto your home for the little boy you adore.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Protector
  • Pronunciation: LIY-ahm
  • Namesakes: Liam Payne, an English singer and member of the boy band One Direction. Liam Heath, a British sprint canoeist and gold medalist at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Liam is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in England, and ranked 26th in Ireland.
Informal, Cute


Linus also means “one who mourns” in Etruscan. It refers to a man with “flaxen” hair, but your young Linus can rock his own look in life.

  • Origin: Swedish, Greek
  • Meaning: Flax-colored
  • Pronunciation: LIY-Nuhs
  • Variations: Linas, Lynus
  • Namesakes: Linus Sandgren, a Swedish cinematographer best known for the film La La Land (2016). Linus Arnesson, a Swedish ice hockey player for Djurgårdens IF in the Swedish Hockey League.
  • Popularity: Linus is uncommon worldwide, mainly used in Nigeria, and ranked 190th in Namibia.
Unique, Uncommon


Louis is based on the French Loeis, meaning “famous in war.” Regarding royal European male names, Louis was the name of 14 French kings. It’s pronounced “LEW-ehs” in English, but you can make the call for your young king.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Famous warrior
  • Pronunciation: Luw-IY
  • Variations: Louie, Lewis
  • Namesakes: Louis Theroux, a British-American documentary filmmaker with two British Academy Television Awards. Louis Michel, the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2004.
  • Popularity: Louis ranked 469th worldwide, is most popular in the U.S., and ranked 3rd in Haiti.
Traditional, Popular


Lucien is a French form of the Latin Lucian. It consists of “lux” and “lucere,” meaning “to shine.” Lucien also means “light of the day,” an apt way to describe the baby boy you can’t wait to meet.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Light, elegant
  • Pronunciation: LUW-siy-Ahn
  • Variations: Luciano, Lucian
  • Namesakes: Lucien Dahdah, a Lebanese foreign minister in 1975. Lucien M’baïdem (known as Lucien Revolucien), a French hip-hop artist in the hip-hop movement of the 1990s.
  • Popularity: Lucien ranked 2,483rd worldwide, is most popular in France, and ranked 51st in the Central African Republic.
Cool, Common


Luka is the Slavic form of the Latin Luca. It’s derived from the Greek “Loukas,” meaning “man from Lucania.” Lucania was an ancient city in Italy, but this name is international enough for boys everywhere.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: Bringer of light
  • Variations: Luca
  • Namesakes: Luka Stankovski, a Macedonian footballer for Turkish club Gaziantep. Luka Bebić, the Croatian Speaker of the Croatian Parliament from 2008 to 2011.
  • Popularity: Luka ranked 4,836th worldwide, 115th in the U.S. in 2021, and 12th in Slovenia.
Cute, Informal


Malcolm is based on the Scottish-Gaelic “Máel Coluim,” made up of “máel,” meaning “devotee of,” and “coluim,” meaning “Columba.” Columba is Latin for “dove,” in honor of St. Columba, who brought Christianity to Scotland.

  • Origin: Scottish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Devotee of Saint Columba
  • Pronunciation: MAEL-Kahm
  • Variations: Malcolum
  • Namesakes: Malcolm McLaren, an Englishimpresario best known as the manager of the Sex Pistols. Malcolm Fraser, the 22nd prime minister of Australia from 1975 to 1983.
  • Popularity: Malcolm ranked 4,301st worldwide, is most popular in England, and ranked 91st in Wales.
Formal, Masculine


Mars derives from the Latin Mars, referring to the Roman god of war in mythology. It also means “devotee of Mars,” making this mini-warrior name ideal for little boys who are cute gods-in-training.

  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: Little warrior
  • Pronunciation: Maar-SOW
  • Variations: Marcel
  • Namesakes: Marceau Fourcade, a French rower and bronze medalist at the 1936 Summer Olympics. Marceau Somerlinck, a French footballer who won the Coupe de France five times.
  • Popularity: Marceau is very rare worldwide, mostly used in France, and ranked 1,140th in New Caledonia.
Unique, Cute


The Slavic Marko also means “war-like.” It’s derived from the Latin Marcus, including the root “mas,” meaning “male.” Marko also means “hammer,” “defender,” or anything guys like to play with.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: Dedicated to Mars
  • Pronunciation: MAAR-Kow
  • Variations: Marco, Markus
  • Namesakes: Marko Asell, a Finnish wrestler and Olympic medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling. Marko Wiz, a 17th-century Slovenian politician and the mayor of Ljubljana in 1640.
  • Popularity: Marco ranked 225th worldwide and is most popular in Italy, where it ranked 18th.
Cute, Traditional
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Matteus is a Swedish spelling of the Latin Mattheus. It’s taken from the Hebrew Mattiyahu, meaning “gift of Yahweh.” Matteus is an old-world version of the English Matthew, so it can make this classic name modern and unique.

  • Origin: Latin, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Gift of god
  • Pronunciation: Mae-TAYE-uws
  • Variations: Mattheus, Mattaeus, Mateus
  • Namesakes: Matteus Santos, a Brazilian footballer for Atlético Paranaens.
  • Popularity: Matteus is very rare worldwide, mostly used in Brazil, and ranked 2,908th in Finland.
Formal, Rare


Mikel is the Basque version of Michael. Mikel represents “God’s messenger” and is a powerful force to reckon with when given to your little guy.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Who is like God
  • Pronunciation: MEE-Kehl
  • Variations: Mikhail, Michael
  • Namesakes: Mikel Dufrenne, a French philosopher known as an author of existentialism. Mikel Iglesias, a Spanish actor known for the TV3 show Polseres vermelles.
  • Popularity: Mikel is uncommon worldwide, mainly used in Spain, and ranked 276th in Albania.
Traditional, Masculine


Mirco comes from the Old Slavic “mir,” meaning “peace,” and the suffix “-ko,” meaning “one.” Mirco also means “great” and “famous” for the most peaceful baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Peaceful
  • Pronunciation: MIHR-Kow
  • Variations: Mirko
  • Namesakes: Mirco Ruggiero, an Italian bobsledder who competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics. Mirco Zuliani, a former Italian Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation at NATO.
  • Popularity: Mirco is uncommon worldwide and is mostly used in Italy, where it ranked 358th.
Unique, Uncommon


Noel derives from the Latin “natalis,” meaning “birthday.” In French, Noël refers to Christmas, but your little man can celebrate his birthday whenever he arrives.

  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: Born on Christmas
  • Pronunciation: NOWEHL
  • Variations: Noell
  • Namesakes: Noel Fielding, an English comedian and a co-presenter of The Great British Bake Off. Noel Fisher, a Canadian actor, known for the Showtime series Shameless.
  • Popularity: Noel ranked 980th worldwide, is most popular in the Philippines, and ranked 25th in Ireland.
Cute, Popular


Oleg also means “sacred” and “blessed.” It comes from the Old Norse “heilagr,” meaning “healthy.” Oleg can also mean “holy light” and is as traditional as they come for adorable baby boys who shine bright.

  • Origin: Russian, Norse
  • Meaning: Holy
  • Pronunciation: OW-Lehg
  • Variations: Olek, Olech
  • Namesakes: Oleg At’kov, a Russian-Soviet cosmonaut entitled the Hero of the Soviet Union. Oleg Voloshyn, director of the Information Department of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine from 2010 to 2013.
  • Popularity: Oleg ranked 560th worldwide and is most popular in Russia, where it ranked 35th.
Traditional, Popular


Oskar derives from the Old Norse Ásgeirr, meaning “God’s spear.” It also means “friend of deer” in Irish. Oskar is a character in Celtic myth, so it’s fully packed with meaning.

  • Origin: Germanic, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Spear of the gods
  • Pronunciation: AOS-Kaar
  • Variations: Osker
  • Namesakes: Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Oskar Lafontaine, the German Minister-President of the state of Saarland from 1985 to 1998.
  • Popularity: Oskar is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in Germany, and ranked 183rd in Sweden.
Masculine, Traditional


Otis also means “son of Ode.” If based on the Latin “otium,” it means “lover of leisure.” If that’s not enough, Otis means “hard of hearing” in Greek, but it’s the cutest name for boys, no matter what meaning you prefer.

  • Origin: English, Germanic
  • Meaning: Wealth
  • Pronunciation: OW-Tihz
  • Variations: Ottis, Otys
  • Namesakes: Otis Grant, a Canadian boxer and silver medalist at the 1987 Pan American Games. Otis Smith, the first African American justice on the Michigan Supreme Court.
  • Popularity: Otis is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in the U.S., and ranked 135th in Liberia.
Unique, Uncommon


Patricio is the Spanish form of Patrick. The most famous variant is Patrick, made famous by the Irish St. Patrick. He was born Patricius, so Patrick comes full circle in all its forms for your saintly boy.

  • Origin: Spanish, Latin
  • Meaning: Patrician, noble
  • Pronunciation: Paa-TRIY-siy-Ow
  • Variations: Patricius, Patrick
  • Namesakes: Patricio Azócar, the first president of Chile after Augusto Pinochet. Patricio Junco, a Mexican auto racing driver in the IndyCar Series.
  • Popularity: Patricio ranked 2,353rd worldwide and is most popular in Chile, ranked 22nd.
Traditional, Common


Pavel is the Russian variation of Paul. It comes from the Latin Paulus, meaning “humble.” It was once a Roman family name but also travels to the modern world of European male names for you to enjoy.

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Small
  • Pronunciation: PAA-Vehl
  • Variations: Pawel
  • Namesakes: Pavel Benc, a Czech cross-country skier and bronze medalist at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Pavel Novitsky, a Russian-Soviet photographer at the SS Chelyuskin steamship arctic expedition.
  • Popularity: Pavel ranked 249th worldwide, is most popular in Russia, and ranked 7th in the Czech Republic.
Masculine, Popular


Petar comes from the Greek “petros,” meaning “stone.” It’s a Slavic version of Peter. St. Peter the apostle was the “rock” on which the Christian church was built and could be a solid foundation for your little boy.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Rock
  • Pronunciation: PEY-Taar
  • Variations: Peter, Petr
  • Namesakes: Petar Kralj, a Serbian actor, ranked eighth in the “Best Serbian Actors and Actresses of the 20th Century” list in 2000. Petar Denchev, a Bulgarian goalkeeper at the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.
  • Popularity: Petar is uncommon worldwide and mainly used in Bulgaria, where it’s ranked 6th.
Traditional, Uncommon
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Rafal is the Polish variation of the Hebrew Rafael. It’s mainly popular in Poland, so it’s a new, unusual choice for boys who want to be different from the Rafaels of the world.

  • Origin: Polish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God’s healer
  • Pronunciation: Rah-Fahl
  • Variations: Rafel
  • Namesakes: Rafał Blechacz, a Polish classical pianist who won the XV International Chopin Piano Competition in 2005. Rafał Wiechecki, the youngest cabinet minister in Polish history.
  • Popularity: Rafal is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in Poland, where it’s ranked 51st.
Unique, Uncommon


Rass may be based on the German Rasso. Rass is used by the French, Catalan, Dutch, and even Ethiopians, so it’s a true child of the world.

  • Origin: Latin, German
  • Meaning: To love
  • Pronunciation: RAAS
  • Namesakes: Ralph “Rass” Felton, an American football player for the Buffalo Bills.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 791 people were named Rass worldwide, mostly in Nigeria.
Cool, Unique


Raymond comes from the Germanic Raginmund, made up of “ragin,” meaning “counsel,” and “mund,” meaning “world.” It can also appear as the French Reimund, but Raymond is the most popular version worldwide.

  • Origin: Germanic, French
  • Meaning: Well-advised protector
  • Pronunciation: REY-Mahnd
  • Variations: Ramond, Raymynd
  • Namesakes: Raymond Poincaré, the President of France from 1913 to 1920. Teller (born Raymond Joseph Teller), one-half of the American comedy magic duo Penn & Teller.
  • Popularity: Raymond ranked 353rd worldwide, is most popular in the U.S., and ranked 73rd in France.
Popular, Formal


Rhys is based on the Welsh Deheubarth, the name of many Welsh kings and noblemen. It also means “passion” in Welsh – all good things to pass onto your little one when they arrive.

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Ardent, fire
  • Pronunciation: RIYS
  • Variations: Rhyse
  • Namesakes: Rhys Thomas, a British director appearing in the comedy series The Fast Show. Rhys Henry Hughes, a Welsh fantasy writer most known for the long novel Engelbrecht Again!
  • Popularity: Rhys is very uncommon worldwide, mostly used in England, and ranked 128th in Wales.
Uncommon, Cute


Rian means “descendant of Rían” and “little king.” It may be associated with the surname Ryan yet remains the most royal of European male names still around today.

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: King
  • Pronunciation: Riy-AEN
  • Variations: Rhian, Ryan
  • Namesakes: Rian Sukmawan, an Indonesian badminton player who won the men’s doubles event at the 2007 Dutch Open. Rian Wallace, an American football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Popularity: Rian is uncommon worldwide and is mostly used in Indonesia, where it’s ranked 349th.
Unique, Uncommon


Risto is a nickname from the Greek Hristofor, meaning “Christ-bearer.” As a nickname, it also exists in Greek as Kristos, but Risto is even more lovable for your spiritually-sound lad.

  • Origin: Slavic, Finnish
  • Meaning: Bearer of Christ
  • Pronunciation: RIYZ-Tow
  • Namesakes: Risto Ahti, a Finnish writer, and recipient of the Eino Leino Prize in 1994. Risto Järv, an Estonian folklorist and head of the Estonian Folklore Archives.
  • Popularity: Risto is uncommon worldwide, is mostly used in Finland, and ranked 9th in North Macedonia.
Masculine, Cute


Roberto comes from the Old German Robert, based on Hrodberht. Roberto lives on in most Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese cultures and wherever your shining boy resides.

  • Origin: Spanish, Germanic
  • Meaning: Bright fame
  • Pronunciation: Row-BEHR-tow
  • Variations: Robert
  • Namesakes: Roberto Benigni, an Italian actor-director known for the Oscar-winning film Life Is Beautiful (1997). Roberto Locatelli, an Italian motorcycle rider who won the 125cc World Championship in 2000.
  • Popularity: Roberto ranked 99th worldwide, is most popular in Mexico, and ranked 3rd in Cuba.
Traditional, Popular


Sacha is a diminutive of Alexander, based on the Greek “alexo,” meaning “to defend.” Sacha is given to boys in French-speaking countries, while it’s used mostly as Sasha for girls in the U.S. and elsewhere.

  • Origin: French, Slavic
  • Meaning: Defending warrior
  • Pronunciation: SAAH-Shaa
  • Variations: Sasha, Sascha
  • Namesakes: Sacha Baron Cohen, an English actor famous for his Borat character. Sacha Dhawan, a British actor and currently the Master in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who (2020–present).
  • Popularity: Sacha is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in the Netherlands, and ranked 763rd in Switzerland.
Strong, Unique


Sean is the Irish variation of the Hebrew John, based on Yohanan. It’s the most Celtic version, while Shawn and Shaun appear more in the English tradition. It may even connect to the French Jean for more choices than ever.

  • Origin: Irish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: SHAON
  • Variations: Shawn, Shaun
  • Namesakes: Sean Penn, an Oscar-winning American actor for Milk (2008). Sean Avery, a Canadian ice hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings.
  • Popularity: Sean ranked 1,376th worldwide, is most popular in the U.S., and ranked 11th in Ireland.
Masculine, Cute


Serge arrived in France from Russia in the early 20th-century. It’s based on Sergei and also means “shepherd.” Serge began as a Latin family name but works in its casual form for modern boys.

  • Origin: French, German
  • Meaning: Servant
  • Pronunciation: SERSCH or SERJ
  • Variations: Sergei, Sergey, Sergiy
  • Namesakes: Serge Blisko, a member of the National Assembly of France from 1997 to 2012. Serge Roullet, a French director, best known for the film The Wall.
  • Popularity: Serge ranked 1,106th worldwide, is most popular in France, and ranked 10th in the Central African Republic.
Masculine, Informal
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Siegfried is made up of the Germanic “sig,” meaning “victory,” and “frithu,” meaning “protection.” It became the Swedish name Sigfrid but is still most popular in Germany today. Siegfried also means “powerful silence” and is awesomely unique for boys.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Peace of victory
  • Pronunciation: ZIYK-Friyt
  • Variations: Siegfred, Sigfred, Sigfrid
  • Namesakes: Siegfried Böhm, the finance minister of East Germany. Siegfried Translateur, a German composer of the Wiener Praterleben waltz.
  • Popularity: Siegfried ranked 2,484th worldwide and is most popular in Germany, where it’s ranked 65th.
Old-fashioned, Common


Sven is the Scandinavian equivalent of the English Swann. It derives from the Old Norse “sveinn,” meaning “young man.” Sven might be for someone of Scandinavian descent but is for any youthful boy to enjoy.

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Young warrior
  • Variations: Svein, Svenn
  • Namesakes: Sven Epiney, a Swiss commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest. Sven Wollter, a Swedish actor, known for the Swedish TV program The People of Hemsö in 1966.
  • Popularity: Sven ranked 3,613rd worldwide, is most popular in Germany, and ranked 11th in Sweden.
Informal, Strong


Tavish is the Scottish version of Thomas. It also comes from a Hindi word meaning “heaven,” yet remains a uniquely Gaelic way to move beyond the typical Thomas.

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Twin
  • Pronunciation: TAA-Vihsh
  • Variations: Tevish
  • Namesakes: Tavish Scott, a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) from 1999 to 2019.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 826 people were named Tavish worldwide, mostly in India, while it ranked in the top 5,000 names in Mauritius.
Unusual, Rare


Tihalte is a rare German name belonging to only two people worldwide. Also, meaning “a brave prince,” it seems to have disappeared until used again for your dashing boy.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Prince of the people
  • Pronunciation: Tih-HHAOLT
  • Variations: Tihalt, Tyhalt
  • Popularity: In 2014, two people were named Tihalte worldwide, both in the Ivory Coast.
Obscure, Rare


Timo also means “honoring God” in Finnish and may be an ancient diminutive for Timothy. Also a derivative of Timon, Timo is just as precious on its own terms.

  • Origin: Finnish, Greek
  • Meaning: To honor, esteem
  • Pronunciation: TIH-Mow
  • Variations: Thimo
  • Namesakes: Timo Airaksinen, a Finnish philosopher for the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Timo Nieminen, a Finnish tennis player on the Finland Davis Cup team since 2002.
  • Popularity: Timo is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in Finland, ranked 2nd.
Cute, Uncommon


In Arthurian legend, Tristan is a Knight of the Round Table known in the story Tristan and Isolde. It means “noisy one” in Welsh, but the mythical Tristan is the most beloved version of all.

  • Origin: Celtic, Latin
  • Meaning: Sad, sorrowful
  • Pronunciation: Triys-TAON
  • Variations: Tristen,Trystan
  • Namesakes: Tristan Evans, an English drummer and member of the rock band The Vamps. Tristan Gommendy, a French racing driver, competing in the European Le Mans.
  • Popularity: Tristan is uncommon worldwide, most popular in the U.S., and ranked 447th in France.
Cool, Old-fashioned


Tyson derives from the French “tison,” meaning “firebrand.” It may have been a nickname for Dyson, originating from the Greek god Dionysus. The god of wine and song was high-spirited enough to make an impression on Tysons today.

  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: High-spirited
  • Pronunciation: TAY-Sahn, TIE-Sahn
  • Variations: Tyeson, Tysen
  • Namesakes: Tyson Keats, a New Zealand rugby player for London Welsh. Tyson Running Wolf, an American politician and a Montana House of Representatives member.
  • Popularity: Tyson is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in the U.S., and ranked 552nd in Zambia.
Masculine, Uncommon


Valentin comes from the Latin Valentinus. Saint Valentin is best known for inspiring Valentine’s Day. It also means “rule,” yet love is just behind the scenes for this gorgeous name.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Strong, healthy
  • Pronunciation: VAA-lehn-Tiyn
  • Variations: Valentine
  • Namesakes: Valentin Yordanov, a Bulgarian freestyle wrestler with ten world championship medals. Valentin Inzko, an Austrian diplomat and the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina between 2009 to 2021.
  • Popularity: Valentin ranked 1,334th worldwide, is most popular in Russia, and ranked 27th in Bulgaria.
Formal, Common


Vincenzo comes from the Latin Vincentius, meaning “to win.” It’s the Italian version of Vincent and a more poetic way to name the victorious baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Conquering
  • Pronunciation: Vihn-CHEHN-zow
  • Variations: Vicenzo, Vincent
  • Namesakes: Vincenzo Bellini, an Italian opera composer known as “the Swan of Catania.” Vincenzo Cerami, an Italian screenwriter and jury member at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival.
  • Popularity: Vincenzo ranked 1,532nd worldwide and is most popular in Italy, where it ranked 13th.
Masculine, Traditional


Willem is a Dutch version of the German Wilhelm or Willahelm. It works as a nickname for William, like Liam and Will, but has a history all on its own among European names for boys.

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Resolute protector
  • Pronunciation: VIHL-hehm
  • Variations: Wilem, William
  • Namesakes: Willem Dafoe, an American actor and winner of the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. Willem Hermans, a Dutch author known for The House of Refuge novella (1952).
  • Popularity: Willem is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in South Africa, where it’s ranked 27th.
Unique, Uncommon
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Wyatt comes from the English Wyot, derived from “wig,” meaning “war,” and “heard,” meaning “brave.” It became a Norman nickname for William but is its own boy’s name now.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Brave at war
  • Pronunciation: WEY-aet
  • Variations: Wiatt, Wyat
  • Namesakes: Wyatt Jones, an American sprint canoer who competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Wyatt Tremblay, a Canadian cartoonist for the Yukon News since 1992.
  • Popularity: Wyatt is rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., ranked 2,124th.
Masculine, Rare


Besides referring to “one who is famous in war,” Xiomar is a little-known name outside Spanish culture. It may be off-putting due to its “X” pronounced as “Z,” but don’t let that keep you from this adorable, battle-ready name for boys.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Famous in war
  • Pronunciation: Zow-MAAR
  • Variations: Xiomarr
  • Popularity: In 2014, 522 people were named Xiomar worldwide, mostly in Venezuela.
Strong, Rare


Yuri is a Slavic variation of the Greek George but is also a Japanese girl’s name meaning “lily.” Yuri Gagarin, the first Soviet cosmonaut in space, brought Yuri back into usage for boys (and girls) in the 20th-century and beyond.

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Farmer
  • Pronunciation: YUW-Riy
  • Variations: Yury, Yuriy
  • Namesakes: Yuri Andropov, the sixth paramount leader of the Soviet Union. Yuri Korolyov, a Russian-Soviet artistic gymnast and the World All-Around Champion in 1981.
  • Popularity: Yuri ranked 3,426th worldwide, is most popular in Brazil, and ranked 95th in Angola.
Cute, Informal


Zacarias is the Spanish form of the Hebrew Zachariah. Zacharias was transformed from Greek into a Spanish name for anyone who loves ancient tradition.

  • Origin: Spanish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God remembers
  • Pronunciation: Zaa-kaa-RIY-az
  • Variations: Zacharias
  • Namesakes: Zacarías Ferreíra, a Spanish musician, known as “La Voz de la Ternura.” Zacarias Kamwenho, an Angolan Archbishop who helped bring peace after the Angolan Civil War.
  • Popularity: Zacarias is uncommon worldwide and mainly used in Mozambique, where it ranked 108th.
Uncommon, Obscure


Zane may be connected to the Venetian version of Gianni. Zane is also an Anglo spelling of the Arabic Zain, meaning “beauty” and “grace,” which packs a lot of history into one name.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Italian
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: ZEYN
  • Variations: Zayne, Zain, Zaine
  • Namesakes: Zane Green, a Namibian cricketer for the Namibian national team. Zane-Ray Holtz, a Canadian actor, known for From Dusk till Dawn: The Series (2014–2016).
  • Popularity: Zane is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in the U.S., and ranked 303rd in Latvia.
Cool, Uncommon
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Maryana Vestic

Maryana Vestic is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and food photographer with a background in entertainment Business Affairs. She studied film at NYU, Irish Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin, and has an MFA in Creative Writing Nonfiction from The New School. She loves cooking, baking, hiking, and horror films, as well as running a local baking business in Brooklyn with her boyfriend.