Looking for an old fashioned, timeless yet cool name for your baby boy? Check out 50 classic boy names for babies that are still cool!
With three boys and no girls, my husband and I have had our share of finding names for boys.
We didn’t name our boys after anyone we knew, or even after my husband. And we wanted our boys to have a middle name each as well.
That’s a total of six baby boy names altogether!
We also had one criteria for each name: They had to be classic. As cute as the names I hear these days are, I also knew many can get dated, given enough time. Just look at how we don’t really name our babies with the same ones that had been trendy during our generation.
We looked instead to a vintage name. Classic boy names—the kinds that have been around for at least a hundred years. At the same time, we also wanted the classic names to have a familiar ring, so that it wasn’t so old that it, too, would be dated.
Classic boy names that are still cool
So, we scoured names from various origins, looking to sources like classic literature or handed-down names. We made sure we were happy with the meaning of these names, and even considered possible nicknames, if any.
If you’re looking for timeless baby names that still sound cool, look no further. I compiled several of them and their origins, meanings, and nicknames below:
|Alexander||Greek||“defender of men”||Alex, Alec, Xander, Alexi|
|Andrew||Greek||“strong,” “manly,” “courageous”||Andy|
|Benjamin||Hebrew||“son of the south”||Ben, Benny, Benji|
|Caleb||Hebrew||“dog”||Cal, Cale, Cay|
|Charles||German||“man,” “strong”||Charlie, Chuck|
||Greek||“Christ-bearer”||Chris, Topher, Kit|
|Daniel||Hebrew||“God is my judge”||Dan, Danny|
|Douglas||Scottish||“dark water”||Doug, Dougie|
|Edward||English||“guardian of prosperity”||Ed, Eddie, Ned|
|Ethan||Hebrew||“strong,” “safe,” “firm”|
|Francis||Latin||“French,” “free man”||Frank, Frankie|
|Gabriel||Hebrew||“devoted to God,” “a hero of God,” “God is my strength”||Gabe|
|George||Greek||“tiller of the soil,” “farmer”||Georgie|
|Henry||German||“ruler of the household”||Hank, Harry|
|Ian||Scottish||“God is gracious”|
|Jack||English||a nickname for John or James|
|Jacob||Hebrew||“supplanter”||Jake, Jack, Jackie|
|James||Hebrew||derived from Jacob||Jim, Jimmy|
|John||Hebrew||“God is gracious”||Johnny|
|Jonathan||Hebrew||“God gives”||John, Johnny|
|Joseph||Hebrew||“God shall add another son”||Joe, Joey|
|Julian||Latin||“bearded,” “father of the skies”||Jules|
|Lucas||Latin||“light-giving,” “illumination”||Luke, Luca|
|Liam||Irish||“strong-willed warrior and protector”|
|Matthew||Hebrew||“gift of God”||Matt, Matty|
|Michael||Hebrew||“who is like God”||Mike, Mickey, Mikey|
|Nathan||Hebrew||“He gave”||Nate, Nat|
|Nicholas||Greek||“victory of the people”||Nick, Nicky, Cole, Nico, Coley|
|Noah||Hebrew||“rest and comfort”|
|Peter||Greek||“a rock”||Pete, Petey|
|Richard||German||“strong ruler”||Rich, Richy, Rick, Ricky|
|Robert||English||“bright fame”||Rob, Bert, Bertie|
|Sebastian||Latin||“venerable,” “revered”||Ian, Bastian, Bash|
|Thomas||Hebrew||“a twin”||Tom, Tommy|
|Timothy||Greek||“honoring God”||Tim, Timmy|
|Vincent||Latin||“conqueror,” “victor”||Vinnie, Vince|
|William||German||“strong-willed warrior”||Will, Billy|
|Wyatt||Old English||“wood,” “wide”||Wye|
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4 things to consider before finalizing a name
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My husband and I finally chose our boys’ names, suggesting one after another until the final ones emerged victorious above the rest. We checked how the initials would look and made sure we felt comfortable saying them over and over.
After all, these are the names your child will carry with him the rest of his life. With this list of classic baby names for boys, now you know they’ll also stand the test of time.
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Source of meanings: Baby Center
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