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100 Unique Old Guy Names

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Bring the past into the present with cool old-fashioned old man names for boys with staying power.

Old man names for boys are making a definite comeback. Once out of fashion in favor of exotic and modern choices, these old guy names are back in style. Do you choose the classic, traditional, obscure, or unusual when choosing the best name for your young “old guy?”

No need to go back in time because our fun list below has all the coolest old male names to suit a range of styles. With meanings, variations, and pronunciations, this name list will offer all you need to name your little boy in old-school style.


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100 Cute Old Man Names for Boys

Take a shine to these cool, classic names to honor your little man’s old soul.

Abraham

In the Bible, Abraham meant “father of a multitude of nations.” It was the name of the first three Bible patriarchs but can become young again by bringing some wisdom to your little boy.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Father of many
  • Pronunciation: EY-brah-Haem
  • Variations: Abrahim
  • Namesakes: Abraham Maslow, an American psychologist best known for Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Abraham Hoffman, an Israeli basketball player for the Israeli national team.
  • Popularity: Abraham ranked 688th worldwide, is most popular in Mexico, and has never ranked in the top 100 names in the U.S.
Traditional, Popular

Albert

Albert comes from the Germanic Adelbert, made up of “adal,” meaning “noble” and “beraht,” meaning “bright.” It’s been used for various members of royal families, but if too stuffy, you can call your baby Al as a nickname.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Noble, bright
  • Pronunciation: AEL-Bahrt
  • Variations: Alberte
  • Namesakes: Albert Brooks (born Albert Einstein), an American actor nominated for an Oscar for 1987’s Broadcast News. Albert Maysles, an American documentary filmmaker best known for Grey Gardens (1975).
  • Popularity: Albert ranked 226th worldwide, and is most popular in DR Congo and the U.S., where it ranked 564th in 2021.
Formal, Regal

Alfred

Alfred is based on the Old English Ælfræd, composed of the German “ælf,” meaning “elf,” and “ræd,” meaning “counsel.” It has many nicknames, from Al and Alfie to Freddy, so your young man has plenty of choices.

  • Origin: English, German
  • Meaning: Elf counsel
  • Pronunciation: AEL-Frahd
  • Variations: Ailfred, Alfrid
  • Namesakes: Alfred Tennyson, the English Poet Laureate during Queen Victoria’s reign. Alfred Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company.
  • Popularity: Alfred ranked 465th worldwide, is most popular in Germany and ranked 35th in Austria.
Regal, Popular

Ambrose

Ambrose originated as the Greek “ambrosios,” meaning “belonging to immortals.” It referred to ambrosia, known as the food of gods, which brings your baby boy closer to the eternal.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Immortal
  • Pronunciation: AEM-Browz
  • Variations: Ambros
  • Namesakes: Ambrose Gaines IV, an American swimmer, and three-time Olympic gold medalist. Ambrose Bierce, an American short story writer, known for The Devil’s Dictionary.
  • Popularity: Ambrose is uncommon worldwide and is mostly used in Uganda, where it ranked 157th.
Unusual, Uncommon

Arlo

Arlo has Anglo-Saxon origins meaning “fortified hill.” It also means “between two hills” in Spanish and may be a shorter form of Charles or Carlo.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Rock hill
  • Pronunciation: AAR-Low
  • Variations: Arlow, Arlowe, Arrlow
  • Namesakes: Arlo Chavez, a Filipino boxer and gold medalist in the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships. Arlo Schmidt, a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives since 1995.
  • Popularity: Arlo is rare worldwide and is primarily used in the U.S, where it’s ranked in the top 1,000 names since 2002.
Cute, Rare

Aulus

Aulus comes from the Latin “avulus,” a diminutive of “avus,” meaning “little grandfather.” It may also mean “palace,” where the most badass of grandpas live.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Little grandfather
  • Pronunciation: AO-Layz
  • Variations: Aullis, Aulys
  • Namesakes: Aulus Plautius, a Roman politician and the first governor of Britain from 43 to 46 CE.
  • Popularity: Aulus is extremely rare worldwide and is mainly used in Brazil.
Obscure, Cool

Barnaby

Barnaby was an Old English surname made up of “beorn,” meaning “young warrior,” and “by,” meaning “settlement.” It also means “son of prophecy” in Hebrew, which conjures up some magic for your young warrior.

  • Origin: English, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Son of consolation
  • Pronunciation: BAAR-naa-Biy
  • Variations: Barnabey
  • Namesakes: Barnaby Keeney, president of Brown University from 1955 to 1966. Barnaby Metschurat, a German actor, appearing in Peter Zadek’s production of Hamlet.
  • Popularity: Barnaby is rare worldwide and mostly used in England, where it ranked 1,464th.
Formal, Regal

Bartholomew

Bartholomew derives from Aramaic, made up of “bar,” meaning “son” and “telem,” meaning “furrow.” It may connect to the Hebrew version of Ptolemy and is as old-sounding as they come.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Son of Talmai
  • Pronunciation: Baar-THAAL-ah-Myuw
  • Variations: Bartholemew
  • Namesakes: Bartholomew Roberts, the most successful Welsh pirate of the Golden Age. Bartholomew Boriello, an American mobster and John Gotti’s bodyguard and chauffeur.
  • Popularity: Bartholomew is uncommon worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., where it ranked 3,158th in 2021.
Vintage, Uncommon

Basil

Basil means “royal” and “brave” in Greek, as well as “brave” and “fearless” in Arabic. It’s based on the Greek “basileus,” meaning “kingly,” for the gorgeous little king you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: King
  • Pronunciation: BAEZ-ihl
  • Variations: Basilie
  • Namesakes: Basil Bataringaya, the Ugandan Minister of Internal Affairs. Basil Hargrove, the former National President of the Canadian Auto Workers.
  • Popularity: Basil is uncommon worldwide and primarily used in Nigeria and the U.S., where it ranked 2,009th in 2021.
Vintage, Uncommon

Benedict

Benedict is based on the Latin “bene,” meaning “good,” and “dicte,” meaning “speak.” It literally meant “well spoken” and was the name of several popes and famous British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Blessed
  • Pronunciation: BEHN-eh-Dihkt
  • Variations: Bennedict, Bennedikt
  • Namesakes: Benedict Akwuegbu, a Nigerian footballer for the Nigerian national team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Benedict Gregorios, the second archbishop of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church.
  • Popularity: Benedict is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in Nigeria, and ranked 1,712 in the U.S. in 2022.
Regal, Masculine
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Bernard

Bernard consists of the German “bern,” meaning “bear,” and “hard,” meaning “hardy.” It came to England from France during the Norman conquest but can keep going until it reaches your bear cub boy.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Brave as a bear
  • Pronunciation: Behr-NAARD
  • Variations: Bearnard
  • Namesakes: Bernard Butler, an English musician, and member of the rock band Suede. Bernard Caprasse, the Belgian governor of Luxembourg from 1996 until 2016.
  • Popularity: Bernard ranked 322nd worldwide and is most popular in France, where it ranked 11th.
Formal, Popular

Calvin

Calvin derives from the French surname Cauvin, taken from “chauve,” meaning “bald,” with a diminutive meaning “little bald one.” It’s associated with the religious Calvinist order, but it doesn’t mean your baby boy has to be pious.

  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: Little bald one
  • Pronunciation: KAEL-Vihn
  • Variations: Calvan, Calvun
  • Namesakes: Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the U.S. from 1923 to 1929. Calvin Pickard, a Canadian ice hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Popularity: Calvin ranked 3,745th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 145th in 2021.
Common, Classic

Cecil

Cecil is the English form of the Welsh surname Seissylt, originating as the Latin Sextus, meaning “sixth.” It may be based on the Latin Caecilius, making it one of the more posh British old man names for boys.

  • Origin: Latin, English
  • Meaning: Blind
  • Pronunciation: SIY-sehl
  • Variations: Cecile, Cecill
  • Namesakes: Cecil B. DeMille, founding father of American cinema. Cecil Day-Lewis, an Irish-British Poet Laureate from 1968 to 1972.
  • Popularity: Cecil is uncommon worldwide but ranked 1,340th in the U.S. in 2021.
Cute, Regal

Cedric

Cedric also means “kindly” and “loved” in English. It famously appeared as a name in the 1812 Walter Scott novel Ivanhoe. It means “war leader” in Welsh and is an all-around meaningful choice for boys.

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: Bounty
  • Pronunciation: SEY-Drihk
  • Variations: Cedrik, Cedrick
  • Namesakes: Cedric Yarbrough, an American actor known for the TV series Reno 911! Cedric Mullins II, an American baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Popularity: Cedric ranked 4,798th worldwide and is most popular in France, where it ranked 201st.
Formal, Common

Chester

Chester is also the name of a northwestern city in England. It means “fortress” or “walled town” in Latin, but it feels like a cuter choice for your funny little guy.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Soldier camp
  • Variations: Chestere, Chestur
  • Namesakes: Chester “Chet” Atkins, an American musician associated with Nashville country music. Chester Turner, an American filmmaker, known for the horror film Tales from the Quadead Zone.
  • Popularity: Chester is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., although it hasn’t been a top 100 name since 1929 and fell off the list in 1995.
Cute, Uncommon

Clarence

Clarence also means “one who lives near the River Clare” in Irish. It’s associated with County Clare in Ireland and can work for an old white man in Ireland or the baby boy you love.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Clear
  • Pronunciation: KLEHR-ehns
  • Variations: Clarrance, Clarrence
  • Namesakes: Clarence Birdseye, an American entrepreneur who founded the frozen food company Birds Eye. Clarence Darrow, an American lawyer famous for the Scopes “Monkey” Trial.
  • Popularity: Clarence ranked 4,268th worldwide and is mainly used in the U.S., where it peaked at 17th in 1895.
Formal, Regal

Clark

Clark is better known as an English surname taken from the Latin “clericus,” meaning “scribe.” It’s associated with scholars, so your little wise guy is ready to get smart.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Clerk
  • Pronunciation: KLAARK
  • Variations: Clarke
  • Namesakes: Clark Gable, an American film actor called “The King of Hollywood.” Clark Peterson, an American game designer and co-creator of Necromancer Games.
  • Popularity: Clark is uncommon worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 377th in 2018.
Masculine, Vintage

Claude

Claude comes from the Latin Claudius, based on “claudicatio,” meaning “limping” or “stuttering.” The meaning came from the Roman emperor Claudius, who suffered from a limp and stutter, but your young emperor can make the name new again.

  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: Clergyman
  • Pronunciation: KLAOD
  • Variations: Claud
  • Namesakes: Claude Monet, the French founder of the impressionist school of painting. Claude Rouer, a French road cyclist and bronze medalist at the 1952 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Claude ranked 404th worldwide and is primarily used in France, where it ranked 4th.
Popular, Unique

Clifford

Clifford is a place name referring to a “ford by a slope.” It was an Old English surname but is now most popular in the U.S.A., so Cliffords can exist everywhere they like.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Cliff-side ford
  • Pronunciation: KLIHF-aord
  • Variations: Cliford, Clyfford
  • Namesakes: Clifford Irving, an American novelist known for an “autobiography” of Howard Hughes. Clifford Forsythe, an Ulster politician and Member of Parliament from 1983 until 2000.
  • Popularity: Clifford ranked 3,553rd worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 450 in 2014.
Formal, Traditional

Clive

Clive means specifically- “lives near a high cliff.” It’s derived from the Old English “clif,” meaning “steep slope.” Clive is a suave English nickname for Clifford that can set him up for great things.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Cliff, slope
  • Pronunciation: KLIYV
  • Variations: Cliv, Clyve
  • Namesakes: Clive Barker, a British pop artist with work at the British Museum in London. Clive Owen, an English actor, known for the film Closer (2004).
  • Popularity: Clive is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in England, and ranked 127th in Wales.
Unique, Masculine
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Conrad

Conrad comes from the German Konrad, based on “conja,” meaning “bold,” and “rad,” meaning “counsel.” It also means “bold” for boys who want to make a statement.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Strong counsel
  • Pronunciation: KAAN-Raed
  • Variations: Coenraad
  • Namesakes: Conrad Hilton, an American businessman who founded the Hilton Hotels chain. Conrad Ross, a Uruguayan footballer in Switzerland with Urania Genève Sport.
  • Popularity: Conrad is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 534th in 2021.
Strong, Traditional

Cornelius

Cornelius comes from the Latin “cornu,” meaning “horn.” It was an ancient Roman clan and personal name, making it one of the most ancient old male names.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Horn
  • Pronunciation: Kahr-NIY-liy-Ahs
  • Variations: Cornilius, Cornellius
  • Namesakes: Cornelius Starr, an American businessman and founder of AIG. Cornelius Bennett, an American football player and AFC Defensive Player of the Year award winner in 1988 and 1991.
  • Popularity: Cornelius is uncommon worldwide and is mostly used in South Africa and the U.S., where it ranked in the top 1,000 names.
Formal, Obscure

Dorian

Dorian also means “of Doros,” the son of Helen of Sparta. It comes from the Greek “doron,” meaning “gift.” It’s best known as the protagonist’s name in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray,” about a man who never gets old.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Gift
  • Pronunciation: DOWR-iy-Ahn
  • Variations: Dorrian, Dorien
  • Namesakes: Dorian Wilson, an American Permanent Guest Conductor of the St. Petersburg Symphony. Dorian Çollaku, an Albanian hammer thrower who competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Dorian is uncommon worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., ranking 567th for boys and 6368th for girls in 2021.
Regal, Cool

Duncan

Duncan is an English form of the Gaelic Donnchadh. It’s derived from the Gaelic “donn,” meaning “brown” and “cath,” meaning “warrior.” It’s famously the name of the Scottish king in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Dark warrior
  • Pronunciation: DAHN-Kahn
  • Variations: Doncan
  • Namesakes: Duncan Goodhew, an English swimmer and gold medalist at the 1980 Summer Olympics. Duncan Jones, a British film director, best known for Moon (2009).
  • Popularity: Duncan is uncommon worldwide, mainly used in Kenya, and ranked 109th in Scotland.
Traditional, Masculine

Elmer

Elmer began as a surname and was used in the medieval period as Aylmer. It comes from the Old English “æþel,” meaning “noble,” and “mær,” meaning “famous,” for your baby boy.

  • Origin: English, German
  • Meaning: Noble, famous
  • Pronunciation: EHL-Mehr
  • Variations: Elmir, Elmor
  • Namesakes: Elmer Bernstein, an American composer of over 150 original film scores. Elmer Rice (born Elmer Reizenstein), an American playwright of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Street Scene (1929).
  • Popularity: Elmer ranked 2,380th worldwide and is most popular in the Philippines and the U.S., where it fell from the top 1,000 names in 2009.
Vintage, Masculine

Ernest

Ernest comes from the Germanic “ernst,” meaning “serious.” It also means “resolute” and “battle to the death,” perfect for the little man ready to outlast them all.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Serious
  • Pronunciation: EHR-Nahst
  • Variations: Earnest
  • Namesakes: Ernest Hemingway, an American novelist, awarded the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature. Ernest Broșteanu, a Romanian general during World War I.
  • Popularity: Ernest ranked 909th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 978th in 2018.
Classic, Popular

Errol

Errol began as a Scottish surname and place name, but it is best known for the 1920s swashbuckling actor Errol Flynn. It also means “boar wolf” and “noble man,” making it one of the more exciting old person names.

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Nobleman, warrior
  • Pronunciation: Eh-RAHL
  • Variations: Erroll, Erol, Eroll
  • Namesakes: Errol Barrow, the first prime minister of Barbados. Errol Morris, an American film director of the Oscar-winning The Fog of War.
  • Popularity: Errol is uncommon worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., where it peaked in 1941 when used 272 times.
Unique, Uncommon

Ezra

Ezra comes from the Hebrew “azar,” meaning “protect.” It originated as Azaryahu, meaning “God helps,” while it offers divine protection for the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Help
  • Pronunciation: EHZ-Rah
  • Variations: Ezrah, Ezryah
  • Namesakes: Ezra Keats, an American writer, and the 1963 Caldecott Medal winner. Ezra Pound, an expatriate American poet, known for the epic poem The Cantos.
  • Popularity: Ezra is uncommon worldwide, primarily used in Kenya, and ranked 50th in the U.S. in 2020.
Strong, Uncommon

Ferdinand

Ferdinand is made up of the German “frith,” meaning “protection” and “peace.” It was traditionally used for Spanish royal family members but can live on in your little adventurer’s life.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Bold voyager
  • Pronunciation: FAHR-dih-Naend
  • Variations: Ferdynand
  • Namesakes: Ferdinand Zylka, a German basketball player for the PS Karlsruhe Lions. Ferdinand de Rothschild, a British-Jewish banker and member of the Rothschild family of bankers.
  • Popularity: Ferdinand ranked 2,399th worldwide, is mainly used in the Philippines and ranked 139th in Austria.
Strong, Masculine

Finn

Finnderives from the Irish Fionn, known as an Irish warrior in Celtic mythology. It also means “blond warrior,” yet works well for young warrior boys with any hair color.

  • Origin: Irish, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: White, fair
  • Variations: Fin, Fyn, Fynn
  • Namesakes: Finn Lambrechts, Chief of Defense of Norway from 1955 to 1956. Finn Pedersen, a Danish rower and gold medalist at the 1948 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Finn is uncommon worldwide and mainly used in Denmark, where it ranked 62nd.
Cute, Informal
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Frank

Frank is a nickname used for both Francis and Franklin. It also means “Frenchman” in Latin but feels the most all-American of middle-aged and old guy names.

  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: Free man
  • Pronunciation: FRAENGK
  • Variations: Franke
  • Namesakes: Frank Cirocco, an American comics artist and co-creator of the Alien Legion video game. Frank Oz (born Frank Richard Oznowicz), an American puppeteer famous for the Muppets characters.
  • Popularity: Frank ranked 157th worldwide and is mainly used in the U.S., where it ranked 444th in 2021.
Informal, Masculine

Frederick

Frederick comes from the German Frideric, made up of “frid,” meaning “peace” and “rīc,” meaning “power.” It’s better known through the nickname Fred and Freddy, which is wonderfully old-fashioned and trendy for your little ruler on the way.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Peaceful rule
  • Pronunciation: FREHD-eh-Rihk
  • Variations: Fredric, Frederik, Fredrick
  • Namesakes: Frederick Sanger, an English biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry twice. Frederick Sturckow, an American NASA astronaut and veteran of four Space Shuttle missions.
  • Popularity: Frederick ranked 1,798th worldwide and is primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 476th in 2021.
Formal, Masculine

Godfrey

Godfrey comes from the Norman Godefrei, made up of the Germanic “Got,” meaning “God” and “Frid,” meaning “peace.” It’s an antiquated name that’s more recognizable as Jeffrey but more interesting as Godfrey.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Godly peace
  • Pronunciation: GAAD-Friy
  • Variations: Godfred
  • Namesakes: Godfrey Imhof, a British racing driver and winner of the 2nd RAC Rally in 1952. Godfrey Farrugia, a Maltese politician and member of the Maltese parliament.
  • Popularity: Godfrey ranked 1,372nd worldwide and is most popular in Uganda, where it ranked 22nd in 2014.
Unique, Obscure

Gordon

Gordon was originally a place name called Gourdon, in Saône-et-Loire, France. It also means “from the cornered hill.” Gordon originated as the Roman Gordus but is still wildly popular in Scotland today.

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Spacious, fort
  • Pronunciation: GAOR-Dahn
  • Variations: Gordun, Gordan
  • Namesakes: Gordon Ramsay, a British chef, and TV personality best known for the TV series Hell’s Kitchen. György Gordon Bajnai, the Prime Minister of Hungary from 2009 to 2010.
  • Popularity: Gordon ranked 2,078th worldwide, is most popular in the U.S. and ranked 31st in Scotland.
Traditional, Common

Gus

Gus also means “majestic” and “exalted” in Latin. It’s a common nickname for everything from Augustus and Gustav to Angus, making it an international choice for your baby Gus.

  • Origin: Latin, Greek
  • Meaning: Great
  • Pronunciation: GAHS
  • Variations: Guss
  • Namesakes: Gus Zernial, an American baseball player with the Philadelphia Athletics. Gus Van Sant, an American in the New Queer Cinema movement.
  • Popularity: Gus is uncommon worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 999th in 2016.
Informal, Cute

Guy

Guy began as the French form of the Italian and German Guido. It may also be associated with the Hebrew “goy,” meaning “gentile,” but it’s a cool way to keep an old name favorite going.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Guide, leader
  • Pronunciation: GHEYE
  • Variations: Gye, Gui
  • Namesakes: Guy Pnini, an Israeli basketball player in the Israeli Premier League. Guy Berryman, a Scottish musician and bassist of the rock band Coldplay.
  • Popularity: Guy ranked 821st worldwide and is most popular in France, where it ranked 31st in 2014.
Masculine, Popular

Hal

Hal is a nickname for Harry, a form of Henry. Hal also means “army ruler” and is as big and strong as your baby boy can grow up to be.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Home ruler
  • Pronunciation: HHAEL
  • Variations: Hale
  • Namesakes: Hal Ashby, an American filmmaker who directed Harold and Maude (1971). Hal Sutton, an American golfer with 14 wins on the PGA Tour.
  • Popularity: Hal is uncommon worldwide and is mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 952nd.
Informal, Cute

Harry

Harry was commonly used as a version of Henry during medieval times. It’s based on the German Heimerich but became popular as a vintage British name for boys who dream of being king.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Estate ruler
  • Pronunciation: HHAA-riy
  • Variations: Harri, Harrie, Hary
  • Namesakes: Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz), a Hungarian-American escape artist in the 1920s. Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the U.S. from 1945 to 1953.
  • Popularity: Harry ranked 1,149th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S. and ranked 71st in the Netherlands.
Masculine, Traditional

Harvey

Harry comes from the Breton Huiarnviu, made up of “hoiarn,” meaning “iron” and “viu,” meaning “blazing.” It also has associations with the Old Welsh Haarnbiu, but Harvey can summon the iron-willed grandpa who lives inside your little boy.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Battle worthy
  • Pronunciation: HHAAR-Viy
  • Variations: Harvi, Harvy
  • Namesakes: Harvey Fierstein, an American actor known for the play Torch Song Trilogy. Harvey Pekar, an American underground comic book writer famous for the American Splendor comic series.
  • Popularity: Harvey is uncommon worldwide but mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 444th in 2018.
Strong, Masculine

Herbert

Herbert derives from the German “harja,” meaning “warrior,” and “beraht,” meaning “shining.” It also means “illustrious warrior” for the powerful little boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Bright ruler
  • Pronunciation: HHAHR-Bahrt
  • Variations: Hebert
  • Namesakes: Herbert Thambiah, the 39th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. Herbert von Karajan, an Austrian principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.
  • Popularity: Herbert ranked 865th worldwide, is primarily used in Germany and ranked 15th in Austria.
Vintage, Popular
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Herschel

Herschel began as a German Jewish surname. It’s a Yiddish nickname for Hersch but summons up a kind old Jewish man whenever you call your little guy Herschel.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Deer
  • Pronunciation: HHER-Shahl
  • Variations: Hershel, Herchel
  • Namesakes: Herschel Loveless, the 34th Governor of Iowa, from 1957 to 1961. Herschel Baltimore, an American basketball player for the St. Louis Bombers.
  • Popularity: Herschel is rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 2,595th in 2014.
Rare, Traditional

Horace

Horace comes from the Latin surname Horatius, based on “hora,” meaning “season.” It was first used by the ancient Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus but can also be the top choice for your young artist.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Timekeeper
  • Pronunciation: HHOWR-ahs
  • Variations: Horaz, Horus
  • Namesakes: Horace McCoy, an American writer, best known for They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1935). Horace Stoute, a Barbadian footballer with the Scottish Football League.
  • Popularity: Horace is uncommon worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 1,054th in 2014.
Formal, Unusual

Humprey

Humphrey is based on the English Humfrey and the German Hunfrid. Humphrey also means “peaceful Hun” for your distinguished young lad.

  • Origin: German, English
  • Meaning: Peaceful warrior
  • Pronunciation: HHAHM-Friy
  • Variations: Humfrey, Humphry
  • Namesakes: Humphrey Bogart, an American actor best known for the film Casablanca. Humphrey Henchman, the 17th-century Church of England bishop of London.
  • Popularity: Humphrey is uncommon worldwide and only occurred in the U.S. 219 times between 1968 and 2018.
Regal, Unique

Ichabod

Ichabod also means “departed of glory.” It’s a biblical name but is best known as the main character of Washington Irving’s famous story Sleepy Hollow.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: The glory is gone
  • Pronunciation: IHK-ah-Baad
  • Variations: Icabod, Ickabod, Ikabod
  • Namesakes: Ichabod Alden, an American Revolutionary War officer during the Cherry Valley Massacre. Ichabod Wright, an English translator for Dante’s Divine Comedy.
  • Popularity: Ichabod is extremely rare worldwide and mostly used in Malawi, where it ranked 6,567th.
Cool, Obscure

Ignacio

Ignacio comes from the Roman family name Egnatius, meaning “born from the fire.” It may originate with the Latin “Ignatius,” with “ignis,” meaning “fire,” but this international of old male names brings the world to your young man.

  • Origin: Spanish, Latin
  • Meaning: Fiery
  • Pronunciation: Iyg-NAA-SiY-ow
  • Variations: Ignasio
  • Namesakes: Ignacio Berroa, a Cuban jazz drummer with Dizzy Gillespie’s band. Ignacio Prieto, the Foreign Minister of Chile from 2004 to 2006.
  • Popularity: Ignacio ranked 1,463rd worldwide, is most popular in Mexico, and ranked 74th in Paraguay.
Masculine, Common

Ike

Ike is a common nickname used for everything from Isaac and Isaiah to Isadore. It’s the name of Abraham’s son in the Old Testament, so you can’t get much older than the short and snappy Ike.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Laughter
  • Pronunciation: AYK
  • Variations: Ikee, Ikke
  • Namesakes: Ike Turner, an American musician, and leader of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Ike Woods, an Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League.
  • Popularity: Ike is uncommon worldwide, mainly used in Indonesia, and ranked 2,061st in the U.S. in 2018.
Informal, Unique

Ira

Ira once referred to King David’s soldiers in the Bible. In Sanskrit, Ira refers to Vayu, the god of wind, so he can also remain a fascinating part of your baby boy’s name.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Watcher
  • Pronunciation: AY-Rah
  • Variations: Irra
  • Namesakes: Ira Levin, an American novelist known for Rosemary’s Baby (1967). Ira Glass, an American public radio host of the NPR series This American Life.
  • Popularity: Ira ranked 4,194th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 1,173rd in the U.S.
Cute, Unique

Isaac

Isaac comes from the Hebrew Yitzhak, meaning “one who rejoices.” It’s the name of Abraham’s son in the Bible and has been used as a traditional name for boys since long ago.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Laughter
  • Pronunciation: AY-Zahk
  • Variations: Isaack, Isaak, Izaac
  • Namesakes: Isaac Isaacs, the ninth Governor-General of Australia from 1931 to 1936. Isaac Hayes, an American singer, inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • Popularity: Isaac ranked 348th worldwide and peaked at 13th in the U.S. in 2013.
Traditional, Masculine

Ivan

Ivan is based on the Greek Iōánnēs, another variant of John. It’s mostly used in Hebrew, Slavic, and Russian today and is a great way to move beyond John when naming your baby boy.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: AY-Vahn
  • Variations: Ivann
  • Namesakes: Ivan Franko, a writer of the first Ukrainian-language detective novels. Ivan Reitman, a Czechoslovak-Canadian filmmaker, best known for the Ghostbusters film series.
  • Popularity: Ivan ranked 101st worldwide, is most popular in Russia and ranked 164th in the U.S. in 2022.
Traditional, Popular

Ivor

Ivor comes from the Old Norse “yr,” meaning “yew” and “harja,” meaning “warrior.” It appeared as Ifor in Norse and means “lord” for your dashing archer boy.

  • Origin: Scottish, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Bow
  • Pronunciation: AY-Vowr
  • Variations: Ivarr, Ivore
  • Namesakes: Ivor Novello (born David Ivor Davies), a Welsh actor who appeared in silent films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Ivor Caplin, a British Member of Parliament from 1997 until 2005.
  • Popularity: Ivor is very uncommon worldwide, mostly used in England, and ranked 284th in Wales.
Unique, Uncommon
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Jackson

Jackson was originally a Scottish surname based on Jack, a nickname for “John.” It originally meant “God has favored” and can be your baby boy’s coat of arms.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Jack’s son
  • Pronunciation: JHAHK-Sahn
  • Variations: Jacksun
  • Namesakes: Jackson Browne, an American musician with over 18 million U.S. albums. Jackson Proskow, a Canadian journalist with the Global Television Network.
  • Popularity: Jackson ranked 1,199th worldwide and has been in the top 20 boys’ names since 2012 in the U.S.
Formal, Common

Jarvis

Jarvis began as the English surname Gervase, made up of “geri,” meaning “spear.” It traveled to England via the Norman conquest with plenty of time for your baby boy’s arrival.

  • Origin: English, German
  • Meaning: Servant spear
  • Pronunciation: JHAAR-Vihs
  • Variations: Jarves
  • Namesakes: Jarvis Cocker, an English musician, and member of the band Pulp. Jarvis Pike, the first mayor of Columbus, Ohio.
  • Popularity: Jarvis is uncommon worldwide and is primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 2,270th in 2014.
Cool, Unique

Jethro

Jethro derives from the Hebrew “Yithrô,” meaning “overflow.” It’s the name of a priest in the Old Testament and means “abundance,” offering all there is to your young prince in the making.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Excellence
  • Pronunciation: JHEH-Throw
  • Variations: Jethrow, Jetro
  • Namesakes: Jethro Teall, a British geologist for whom the mineral Teallite is named. Jethro Pugh, an American football player for the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Popularity: Jethro is uncommon worldwide, mainly used in the Philippines, and ranked 1,314th in the U.S. in 2022.
Unusual, Masculine

Josiah

Josiah comes from the Hebrew Yoshiyahu, composed of “yoshi,” meaning “support,” and “yahu,” meaning “Yahweh.” It’s a Latin version of Joseph and Joshua, perfect for your little man who stands out.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God’s support, heals
  • Pronunciation: Jhow-SAY-ah
  • Variations: Joziah, Joesiah
  • Namesakes: Josiah Deguara, an American football player for the Green Bay Packers. Josiah Magnuson, a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.
  • Popularity: Josiah is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in Nigeria, and ranked 44th in the U.S. in 2022.
Traditional, Uncommon

Kenneth

Kenneth is an English form of the Gaelic Cainnech, which became Coinneach, meaning “comely.” It also means “born of fire,” for the blazing boy you love most.

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Handsome
  • Pronunciation: KEHN-Nehth
  • Variations: Kennyth, Keneth
  • Namesakes: Kenneth Lay, an American businessman and founder of Enron. Kenneth Anger, an American underground filmmaker, known for his “Magick Lantern Cycle” films.
  • Popularity: Kenneth ranked 282nd worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 258th in 2021.
Masculine, Strong

Lamar

Lamar also means “land-famous.” It was initially a French surname taken from “la mer,” meaning “ocean,” but it can help your little guy get his sea legs when he’s ready.

  • Origin: Latin, German
  • Meaning: Dweller by the sea
  • Pronunciation: Laa-MAAR
  • Variations: Lamarr, Lamarre
  • Namesakes: Lamar Williams, an American musician, and bassist of The Allman Brothers Band. Lamar Neagle, an American soccer player for the Tacoma Stars.
  • Popularity: Lamar is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 1,301st in 2021.
Unique, Uncommon

Laurence

Laurence once meant “man from Laurentum.” Laurentum was known as “the place of the laurel leaves,” but it can be anywhere your cutest boy calls home.

  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: Bright one
  • Pronunciation: LAOR-ehnts
  • Variations: Lawrence
  • Namesakes: Laurence Ekperigin, a British-American basketball player for ADA Blois. Laurence Ginnell, an Irish politician and Member of the UK Parliament in 1906.
  • Popularity: Laurence ranked 1,906th worldwide and is most popular in France, where it ranked 51st in 2014.
Formal, Common

Leonard

Leonard comes from the German “leo,” meaning “lion,” and “hart,” meaning “hard.” It was the name of a 6th-century Frankish saint. It also means “the strength of a lion” for the bear cub boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: German, French
  • Meaning: Hardy, bold
  • Pronunciation: LEHN-ahrd
  • Variations: Leonnard
  • Namesakes: Leonard “Lenny” Kravitz, an American Grammy Award winner from 1999 to 2002. Leonard Doroftei, a Romanian boxer and WBA Lightweight World Champion from 2002 to 2003.
  • Popularity: Leonard ranked 929th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 293rd in 2014.
Masculine, Popular

Lionel

Lionel was one of the knights of King Arthur’s round table. It’s a diminutive of Leonardo, making the “lion” meaning even cuter to use for baby boys.

  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: Little lion
  • Pronunciation: LIY-nehl
  • Variations: Lionell, Lionnell
  • Namesakes: Lionel Richie, an American singer-songwriter and lead singer of The Commodores. Lionel Jospin, the Prime Minister of France from 1997 to 2002.
  • Popularity: Lionel ranked 3,225th worldwide and is most popular in France, where it ranked 121st in 2014.
Common, Traditional

Lloyd

Lloyd comes from the Welsh Llwyd, meaning “sacred.” It was initially a Welsh surname meaning “gray,” but it still brings wisdom to a boy with his whole life ahead.

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Gray
  • Pronunciation: LOYD
  • Variations: Loyd, Loyde
  • Namesakes: Lloyd Bridges, an American actor with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since 1994. Lloyd Blankfein, an American investment banker and senior chairman of Goldman Sachs since 2019.
  • Popularity: Lloyd ranked 3,485th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 2,397th in 2022.
Unique, Masculine
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Lou

Lou is a down-to-earth nickname for the French name Louis, which eighteen kings of France used. It means “famous warrior” for the young man who is both tough and regal at the same time.

  • Origin: French, German
  • Meaning: Renowned warrior
  • Pronunciation: LUW
  • Variations: Lew
  • Namesakes: Lou Gehrig, an American baseball player for the New York Yankees between 1923 and 1939. Lou Reed, an American musician who founded the rock band the Velvet Underground.
  • Popularity: Lou ranked 1,868th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 2,283rd in 2021.
Informal, Common

Malachi

Malachi is the name of the Old-Testament author responsible for the book of Malachi. It also means “angel” and is possibly the most ancient of old man names for boys.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Messenger of God
  • Pronunciation: MAEL-ah-KY
  • Variations: Malachy, Malachai
  • Namesakes: Malachi Throne, an American actor known for his guest roles on the TV series Star Trek. Malachi Davis, an American sprinter who competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Malachi is rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., ranking 167th in 2022.
Strong, Masculine

Max

Max is a nickname for the Latin Maximilian. It originated from the Roman family name Maximus, so it’s been around a very long time to show off the greatest boys there are.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Greatest
  • Pronunciation: MAEKS
  • Variations: Maxx, Macks, Maks
  • Namesakes: Max Labovitch, a Canadian ice hockey player with the New York Rangers. Max Rudolf, a German principal conductor of the German Theater in Prague.
  • Popularity: Max ranked 1,655th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 159th in 2021.
Informal, Strong

Merlin

Merlin also means “hawk” in Welsh. He was King Arthur’s advisor in the Arthurian Legend, which makes Merlin the most magical of old person names for mystical boys.

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: Sea fortress
  • Pronunciation: MEHR-Lihn
  • Variations: Merlan, Merlen, Merlon
  • Namesakes: Merlin Hulse, an American politician in the Iowa State Senate from 1977 to 1985. Merlin Tandjigora, a Gabonese footballer for S.C. Vila Real.
  • Popularity: Merlin is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 2,083rd in 2021.
Unusual, Cool

Micah

Micah is made up of the Hebrew “mi,” meaning “who,” and “cha,” meaning “like.” It may be a variant of Michael, but it brings much more meaning with its spiritual beginnings.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Who is like God
  • Pronunciation: MIY-Kah
  • Variations: Myca, Mycah
  • Namesakes: Micah Lewensohn, an Israeli editor-producer in IDF Radio. Micah Gunnell, a comic book artist for Dreamworks Animation.
  • Popularity: Micah is uncommon worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., where it ranked 107th in 2021.
Traditional, Popular

Monty

Monty was once a Norman surname, meaning “Gomeric’s mountain.” It’s a fun nickname for Montgomery or Montague, so it has entertaining value among old guy names.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Mountain
  • Pronunciation: MOWN-Tiy
  • Variations: Monte
  • Namesakes: Monty Hall, a Canadian-American TV show host for the game show Let’s Make a Deal. Monty Beisel, an American football player for the New England Patriots.
  • Popularity: Monty is uncommon worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 7,425th in 2022.
Informal, Cute

Morris

Morris began as the English and Scottish surname, Maurice. It was derived from the Latin Mauritius, meaning “Moorish.” Morris was given to dark-complexioned boys, but your Morris can look any way his heart desires.

  • Origin: Latin, English
  • Meaning: Moor
  • Pronunciation: MAOR-ihs
  • Variations: Morrise, Morriss
  • Namesakes: Morris West, an Australian novelist known for The Devil’s Advocate (1959). Donald McGregor, a Canadian member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1962 to 1981.
  • Popularity: Morris ranked just over the top 5,000 names worldwide and is mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 7,411st in 2022.
Unique, Uncommon

Mortimer

Mortimer comes from the Latin “mort,” meaning “die,” and “mer,” meaning “sea.” Mortimer was a surname but is a cute way to name your particular little guy.

  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: Dead sea
  • Pronunciation: MAOR-tiy-Mer
  • Variations: Mortimir, Mortimor
  • Namesakes: Mortimer Tollemache, an English cricketer for Cambridge University between 1891 and 1893. Mortimer Proctor, the 66th governor of Vermont from 1945 to 1947.
  • Popularity: Mortimer is very rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., where it ranked in the top 10,000 names in 2014.
Vintage, Rare

Murray

Murray is the Anglo version of a Gaelic surname, meaning “descendant of Ó Muireadhaigh.” It’s associated with sea-faring men and places near the water, so you can have your baby boy ready for a fun naval adventure.

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: From the sea town
  • Pronunciation: MER-iy
  • Variations: Murry, Murrey
  • Namesakes: F. Murray Abraham, an American actor and Oscar winner for the film Amadeus (1984). Murray Chercover, president of the CTV Television Network in Canada from 1967 until 1990.
  • Popularity: Murray is uncommon worldwide, mainly used in Canada, and ranked 40th in New Zealand in 2014.
Unique, Masculine

Ned

Ned originated as an Old English surname, meaning “guardian of the riches.” It’s a cute nickname for everything from Edwin and Edward to Edgar and Edmund.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Wealthy
  • Pronunciation: NEHD
  • Namesakes: Ned Dowd, an American actor best known for the film Slap Shot (1977). Ned Jarrett, an American race car driver, and two-time NASCAR Grand National Series champion.
  • Popularity: Ned is uncommon worldwide and is primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 7,372nd in 2022.
Informal, Uncommon
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Neville

Neville is based on the French surname Néville, made up of “neu(f),” meaning “new” and “ville,” meaning “settlement.” It refers to a place in Normandy and has traveled a long way to find the little Neville you love.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: New town
  • Pronunciation: NEYV-ihl
  • Variations: Nevell, Nevile, Nevill
  • Namesakes: Neville Chamberlain, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1937 to 1940. Neville Livingston (known as Bunny Wailer), a Jamaican member of the reggae group The Wailers.
  • Popularity: Neville is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in England, and ranked 218th in New Zealand.
Regal, Unique

Noah

Noah comes from the Hebrew “Noach,” meaning “repose.” It’s also based on the Babylonian “nukhu.” Noah is the famous biblical figure who headed up the Ark, which makes it ideal for your little boy to make animal friends.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Rest
  • Pronunciation: NOW-ah
  • Variations: Noa
  • Namesakes: Noah Hoffman, an American cross-country skier who competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Noah Wyle, an American actor, known in the TV series ER.
  • Popularity: Noah ranked 4,609th worldwide and is the 2nd most popular boy’s name in the U.S. in 2021.
Traditional, Popular

Omar

Omar means “eloquent” or “gifted speaker” and was the name of a biblical scribe. It also means “long life” in Hebrew as it wishes the very best things for your baby boy.

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Flourishing
  • Pronunciation: OW-Maar
  • Variations: Omer
  • Namesakes: Omar Sharif (born Michel Chalhoub), an Egyptian actor best known for Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Omar González, a Spanish footballer for Elche CF.
  • Popularity: Omar ranked 126th worldwide and is most popular in Egypt, where it ranked 18th.
Masculine, Popular

Orson

Orson is a diminutive of the French “ors,” meaning “bear.” It originated as the Latin “ursus,” and is the cutest of old male names for the baby bear boy you can’t wait to meet.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Bear cub
  • Pronunciation: AOR-Sahn
  • Variations: Orsen, Orsin
  • Namesakes: Orson Welles, an American director, and actor called one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Orson Bullard, an American member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1873 to 1875.
  • Popularity: Orson is very rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 1,677th in 2021.
Cute, Vintage

Otis

Otis began as an English surname taken from Ode. It was a popular name for old black men and their sons, likely due to R&B musician Otis Redding. Otis also means “wealthy” for little boys who feel filthy rich.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of Ode
  • Pronunciation: OW-Tihz
  • Variations: Otise, Ottis
  • Namesakes: Otis Clay, an American R&B singer, inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013. Otis Chandler, the Los Angeles Times publisher between 1960 and 1980.
  • Popularity: Otis is uncommon worldwide and is primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 689th in 2022.
Uncommon, Unique

Otto

Otto began as a shorter German version of names beginning in “aud,” meaning “wealth” and “prosperity.” It also means “fortune” for your charming baron boy.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Rich
  • Pronunciation: AA-Tow
  • Variations: Otoe
  • Namesakes: Otto Jettman (known as Otto Knows), a Swedish DJ who collaborated with Britney Spears. Otto Preminger, an Austro-Hungarian director, known for the film Anatomy of a Murder.
  • Popularity: Otto ranked 2,589th worldwide and is most popular in Germany, where it ranked 125th in 2014.
Common, Traditional

Owen

Owen also means “well-born” and “young warrior.” It’s an English spelling of the Welsh Owain. Owen originally meant “yew tree,” which makes it the most youthful of old person names for boys.

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Noble, youth
  • Pronunciation: OWAHN
  • Variations: Owan, Owenn
  • Namesakes: Owen Wilson, an American actor who appeared in multiple movies by filmmaker Wes Anderson. Owen Nolan, a Canadian ice hockey player with the Colorado Avalanche.
  • Popularity: Owen is uncommon worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., where it ranked 22nd in 2021.
Masculine, Strong

Pascal

Pascal comes from the Latin “paschalis,” meaning “relating to Easter.” It was the Latin word for “Easter” and “Passover,” but your baby boy can be born whenever he likes.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Born on Easter, Passover
  • Pronunciation: Paes-KAEL
  • Variations: Pascale, Pascall, Pascalle
  • Namesakes: Pascal Charbonneau, a Canadian Grandmaster of chess. Pascal Siakam, a Cameroonian basketball player for the Toronto Raptors.
  • Popularity: Pascal ranked 615th worldwide and is most popular in France, where it ranked 24th in 2014.
Unusual, Popular

Percival

Percival more precisely means “one who pierces the valley” in French. It’s famously known as one of the knights of the round table in Arthurian legend, so it can handle anything your baby boy has in mind.

  • Origin: French, Welsh
  • Meaning: Pierce the veil
  • Pronunciation: PAHR-sih-Vahl
  • Variations: Perceval, Percivale, Percivall
  • Namesakes: Percival Gunasekera, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK and Australia from 1958 to 1960. Percival Chubb, a British founding member of the Fabian Society.
  • Popularity: Percival is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in the Philippines, and ranked 121st in Jamaica.
Vintage, Uncommon

Ralph

Ralph is a short form of the German Rudolph, meaning “wolf counsel.” It has a similar meaning in Norse, so let the wolf out to protect your baby boy.

  • Origin: English, German
  • Meaning: Wolf counsel
  • Pronunciation: RAELF
  • Variations: Ralf, Ralfe
  • Namesakes: Ralph Macchio, an American actor known for the Karate Kid films. Ralph Stanley, an American bluegrass musician and member of The Stanley Brothers.
  • Popularity: Ralph ranked 1,359th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 2,397th in 2022.
Traditional, Masculine
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Reginald

Reginald comes from the Latin Reginaldus, composed of “regina,” meaning “queen.” It’s also connected to the German Raginald, for boys who would be king.

  • Origin: German, Latin
  • Meaning: Counsel power
  • Pronunciation: REJH-ih-Nahld
  • Variations: Regnauld
  • Namesakes: Reginald Bonham, an English blind chess player who founded the International Braille Chess Association in 1951. Reginald Bosanquet, a British anchor of News at Ten for ITN from 1967 to 1979.
  • Popularity: Reginald ranked 4,250th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 1,468 in 2022.
Regal, Formal

Remy

Remy is based on a medieval name composed of the Latin Remigius, from “remex,” meaning “rower” and “remedium,” meaning “remedy.” It may also come from Rheims, a city near Paris in France.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Cure
  • Pronunciation: REH-Miy
  • Namesakes: Remy Gardner, an Australian motorcycle racer and winner of the 2021 Moto2 World Championship. Rémy Trudel, Member of the Canadian National Assembly from 1989 to 2003.
  • Popularity: Remy is uncommon worldwide and ranked 550th in the U.S. in 2022.
Unique, Cool

Ronald

Ronald comes from the Old Norse Rögnvaldr, made up of the Old Norse “regin,” meaning “advice” and “valdr,” meaning “ruler.” It may be an English spelling of the Gaelic Raghnall, but it’s a tried-and-true choice for boys, wherever it comes from.

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Counsel, ruler
  • Pronunciation: RAAN-ahld
  • Variations: Ronnald
  • Namesakes: Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the U.S. from 1981 to 1989. Ronald Van Zant, an American singer and member of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  • Popularity: Ronald ranked 207th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 493rd in 2018.
Formal, Popular

Roscoe

Roscoe was a Cornish name derived from Old Norse, meaning “doe wood.” It was an English surname for a place in Lancashire but remains feisty among old person names today.

  • Origin: English, Norse
  • Meaning: Deer forest
  • Pronunciation: RAAS-koh
  • Variations: Rosco
  • Namesakes: Roscoe Orman, an American actor on the children’s TV series Sesame Street. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, an American silent film actor and one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.
  • Popularity: Roscoe is uncommon worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 1,988th in 2021.
Cute, Masculine

Roy

Roy comes from the French “rey,” meaning “king.” It also means “red” when taken from the Gaelic “ruadh,” but your young royal can have any hair color.

  • Origin: Scottish, French
  • Meaning: King
  • Variations: Roye, Roi
  • Namesakes: Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye), an American singer known as the “King of the Cowboys.” Roy Campanella, an American baseball player, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969.
  • Popularity: Roy ranked 900th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 551st in 2021.
Cute, Popular

Ruben

Ruben is the Spanish and Dutch version of the Hebrew Reuben, belonging to the son of Jacob in the Bible. It’s composed of “re’u,” meaning “they see,” and “bên,” meaning “son.”

  • Origin: Spanish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Behold, a son
  • Pronunciation: RUY-Bahn
  • Variations: Reuben, Rubin
  • Namesakes: Ruben Houkes, a Dutch judoka and gold medalist at the 2007 World Judo Championships. Ruben Studdard, an American singer, and winner of the second season of American Idol.
  • Popularity: Reuben ranked 377th worldwide, is most popular in Mexico and ranked 32nd in Argentina.
Traditional, Popular

Samuel

Samuel is based on the Hebrew “shem,” meaning “name” and “El,” meaning “God.” It also means “God has heard” and brings a storied biblical tradition that’s here to meet your little Sam.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Name of God
  • Pronunciation: SAEM-Yahl
  • Variations: Sammuel, Samual
  • Namesakes: Samuel Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S. Samuel Johnson, an English writer called “the most distinguished man of letters in English history.”
  • Popularity: Samuel ranked 69th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it’s been in the top 100 names since 1900.
Traditional, Masculine

Saul

Saul is based on the Hebrew Shaul, meaning “ask question.” It also means “inquired of God” and may feel like the oldest of Old guy names for curious boys.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Prayed for
  • Pronunciation: SAOL
  • Variations: Shaul
  • Namesakes: Saul Moyal, an Egyptian fencer who competed at the 1928 Summer Olympics. Saul Bellow, a Canadian-American writer, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
  • Popularity: Saul ranked 2,370th worldwide and is most popular in Mexico, where it ranked 167th in 2014.
Traditional, Common

Seth

In the Book of Genesis, Seth is one of Adam and Eve’s sons. From the Hebrew Sheth, it’s also based on the Sanskrit “setu,” meaning “bridge,” so it’s loaded with old meanings.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Appointed, placed
  • Pronunciation: SEHTH
  • Variations: Set, Sethe
  • Namesakes: Seth Rogen, a Canadian-American actor appearing in Judd Apatow films. Seth Jarvis, a Canadian ice hockey player for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League.
  • Popularity: Seth ranked 4,006th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 507th in 2022.
Traditional, Common

Sidney

Sidney originated as the Old English “sid,” meaning “wide,” and “eg” for “island,” meaning “island in a river.” It referred to Saint-Denis in France. Sidney also means “riverside meadow” for the little boy who likes to frolic in the water.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Wide water meadow
  • Pronunciation: SIHD-Niy
  • Variations: Sidny, Sydney
  • Namesakes: Sidney Poitier, a Bahamian-American actor and the first black actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. Sidney Lumet, an American film director famous for 12 Angry Men (1957).
  • Popularity: Sidney ranked 4,748th worldwide and is most popular in Brazil, where it ranked 406th in 2014.
Cute, Common
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Silas

Silas is based on the Latin Sylvanus, the name for the Roman god of the forest. Sylvanus and Silas were given to people who lived in the woods or worked with wood, so it’s a more industrious version of old guy names with a job to do.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Man of the forest
  • Pronunciation: SIY-Lahs
  • Variations: Siles, Silus
  • Namesakes: Silas Bill, a Canadian politician elected to the House of Commons of Canada in 1878. Silas Mvumpa, a Congolese footballer for Bundesliga.
  • Popularity: Silas ranked 4,897th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 900th in 2020.
Unusual, Vintage

Stanley

Stanley comes from the English root name “Stan,” meaning a “stone” and “Leigh,” meaning “meadow.” It also means “stony field” for that special place where young boys love to play.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Near the stony clearing
  • Pronunciation: STAEN-Liy
  • Variations: Stanely
  • Namesakes: Stanley Shier, the 18th Canadian Surgeon General. Stanley Tucci, an American actor, and filmmaker best known for making the comedy Big Night.
  • Popularity: Stanley ranked 1,118th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 790th in 2021.
Traditional, Formal

Terrance

Terrance may have come from the Roman family name Terentius, meaning “smooth.” It also means “gracious” and “good” in Irish, making your Terry the sweetest boy ever.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Tender
  • Pronunciation: TEY-Rehns
  • Variations: Terance, Terrence
  • Namesakes: Terrance Dean, an American author best known for his 2008 memoir Hiding in Hip-Hop. Terrance Gainer, the 38th Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. Senate.
  • Popularity: Terrance is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 1,060th in 2021.
Masculine, Formal

Titus

Titus originated as the Latin “titulus” and was the name of a 1st-century Roman emperor. Titus was also the protagonist of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, so it’s one of the oldest old man names for boys.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Title of honor
  • Pronunciation: TIY-Tahs
  • Variations: Tytus
  • Namesakes: Titus Munteanu, a Romanian filmmaker and winner of the Excellence Award from the National Audiovisual Council in 2004. Titus Welliver, an American actor, best known as the Man in Black in the Lost TV series.
  • Popularity: Titus ranked 4,580th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 361st in 2021.
Traditional, Cool

Truman

Truman was once an Old English surname, made up of “treowe,” meaning “faithful,” and “man.” It refers to anyone trustworthy enough to earn the name, just as your baby boy can.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Loyal one
  • Pronunciation: TRUW-Maen
  • Variations: Trumann
  • Namesakes: Truman Capote, an American writer known for the true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966). Truman Newberry, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy between 1908 and 1909.
  • Popularity: Truman is rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., where it was given 42 times between 1880 and 2018.
Vintage, Rare

Victor

Victor was an early Christian name meaning “winner,” referring to Christ’s victory over death. It’s based on the Latin “victoriam,” meaning “victory,” and has stayed popular for little boys globally.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Conqueror
  • Pronunciation: VIHK-Tahr
  • Variations: Viktor, Vyctor
  • Namesakes: Børge Rosenbaum (known as Victor Borge), a Danish-American comedian called “The Clown Prince of Denmark.” Victor Corrêa, a Brazilian racing driver, competing in the European F3 Open Championship.
  • Popularity: Victor ranked 63rd worldwide, fell out of the top 100 in the U.S. in 2000, and ranked 200th in 2020.
Strong, Popular

Wallace

Wallace derives from the Frankish Walhisk, meaning “foreigner,” but also refers to Celts and Romans. The Old English “wylisċ” means “foreigner,” but “Welshman” too, so it’s all a matter of perspective.

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Foreigner
  • Pronunciation: WAA-Lahs
  • Variations: Wallas
  • Namesakes: Wallace Graham, known as the Physician to the President during the presidency of Harry S. Truman. Wallace Johnson, the Mayor of Berkeley, California, from 1963 to 1971.
  • Popularity: Wallace is uncommon worldwide and is mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 914th in 2020.
Masculine, Uncommon

Wilfred

Wilfred comes from the Old English “wil,” meaning “will” and “frið,” meaning “peace.” It’s got many cool nicknames, from Will and Willy to Fred and Freddie, so plenty for your little guy to choose.

  • Origin: German, English
  • Meaning: Will peace
  • Pronunciation: WIHL-Frahd
  • Variations: Wilfrid, Wilfride, Willfred
  • Namesakes: Wilfred Burchett, an Australian journalist and the first Western journalist to report from Hiroshima post-atomic bomb. Wilfred Bungei, a Kenyan runner and gold medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Wilfred ranked 4,592nd worldwide and 2,379th in the U.S. in 2022.
Formal, Common

Winston

Winston is based on the Old English Wynstan, meaning “joyful stone.” It became well-known due to British prime minister Winston Churchill, which brings Winston both power and distinction for your young man.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Joyful stone
  • Pronunciation: WIHN-Stahn
  • Variations: Winsten, Wynston
  • Namesakes: Winston Churchill, the famous Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945. Winston Groom, an American writer, known for the novel Forrest Gump (1986).
  • Popularity: Winston is uncommon worldwide and is primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 1,116th in 2014.
Formal, Masculine

Woodrow

Woodrow was originally an English surname meaning “row of houses by a wood.” Woodrow can appear less intimidating when shortened to Woody.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Wine’s town
  • Pronunciation: WUH-Drow
  • Variations: Woodrowe
  • Namesakes: Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the U.S. from 1913 to 1921. Woodrow “Woody” Guthrie, an American folk singer-songwriter best known for This Land Is Your Land.
  • Popularity: Woodrow is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 15,88th in 2014.
Vintage, Uncommon
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Hi! I'm Jennely. My hands and my mind can't be still, and neither can my four-year-old and newborn. So, I'm either chasing them or my next project. I'm a qualified highschool teacher by profession and also have a master's degree in business management. Besides teaching, writing is my passion as I always learn something new in the process.
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