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425 Unique & timeless short baby names for little boys

If you’re looking for a unique name for a baby boy that is easy to say quickly, you’ll love these short baby boy names!

These short baby names come from around the globe, and a wonderful place to start to choose your baby boy’s name. From unique baby boy names, cute boy names through to classic boy names, we have something for everyone. Some of the names are completely unique, while others are traditional names that could use a resurgence. Some are even common nicknames for long names that you could use instead.

Whatever you’re looking for, you will find plenty of inspiration for your baby’s first name on this list!

If you are looking for a specific letter, so perhaps are about boy b names unique ideas, then just do a quick search on the letter “B” to hop to the right ideas below across all our lists. This is a quick and easy short-cut. This way you can find baby boy names starting with pretty much any letter for free!

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How to pick the right baby name

Picking the right name is hard work! There are so many options out there that it can be overwhelming. Plus, all the other parents out there may be falling in love with the same name, so there’s a good chance your little one will end up as one of many with the same name in their class at school!

  • To make a good choice, start by selecting your top picks. Come up with 10-20 names that you like.
  • Then, sit with each name for a while. Say it with your last name to see how the whole name would sound altogether.
  • If there are two names you really like, you might want to consider incorporating one as a middle name.

Even if you choose the perfect name before the baby is born, you might still change your mind when you fill out the birth certificate! Many parents like to meet their child to make sure the name makes sense before they make it permanent.

Short first names often sound best with short middle names. This is especially true if you have a long last name. If you have a short last name, you may want to choose a slightly longer middle name to balance it out.

Practice saying each name together until you find the ones that sound the best! It’s okay if it takes time; be patient, and you’ll find the perfect baby name.

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The best short baby boy names

Although there is nothing wrong with long baby names, sometimes it’s nice to have a short name you can say in just a few sounds. it can be tough to know where to start with short male names. Some of these names are short in letters and short in sounds, while others may look longer, but they’re faster to say. Some of these are more unique male names, and others are a little bit more common.

None of the words on these lists have more than two syllables, and there are so many unique boy names to choose from! Some of them might even work for short girl names too – so take a look. There are literally hundreds of cute short boy names on this list, so take your time and give it a good scroll!

One syllable names

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If you want a really short name that can be said very quickly, choose a one-syllable boy name from this list.

  1. Kai
  2. Ty
  3. Saint
  4. Trace
  5. Rome
  6. Bear
  7. Van
  8. Fox
  9. Zev
  10. Leif
  11. Bridge
  12. Briggs
  13. Art
  14. Miles
  15. Brooks
  16. Jace
  17. Chase
  18. Cole
  19. George
  20. Rhett
  21. Jude
  22. Ace
  23. Max (this is such a classic short name)
  24. Juan
  25. Dean
  26. Finn
  27. Blake
  28. Nash
  29. Zane
  30. Jayes
  31. Jett
  32. Cash
  33. Colt
  34. Knox
  35. Lane
  36. Crew
  37. Reid
  38. Tate
  39. Wade
  40. Chance
  41. Sean
  42. Cade
  43. Jay
  44. Clark
  45. Noel
  46. Troy
  47. Ash
  48. Sage
  49. Hank
  50. Ford
  51. Dax
  52. Wells
  53. Drew
  54. Keith
  55. Clay
  56. Bruce
  57. Roy
  58. Rex
  59. Lee
  60. Grey
  61. Duke
  62. Flynn
  63. Trey
  64. Sam
  65. Chris
  66. Mac
  67. Neil
  68. Brock
  69. Wayne
  70. Dash
  71. Lance
  72. Dane
  73. Beck
  74. Buck
  75. Drake
  76. Kent
  77. Gabe
  78. Tim
  79. Tom
  80. ​Duke
  81. Earl

Nature themed baby boy names

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These nature-themed names would make such cool short boy names! 

  1. Ash
  2. Brook
  3. Cliff
  4. Dale
  5. Finn
  6. Forest
  7. Glen
  8. Heath
  9. Jade
  10. Lake
  11. Leaf
  12. Moss
  13. Reed
  14. River
  15. Rowan
  16. Sage
  17. Sky
  18. Stone
  19. Storm
  20. Thorn
  21. Vale
  22. Wilder
  23. Zephyr
  24. Eagle

Unique names for boys

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If you’re looking for an unusual name that will set your child apart from others, these are some of the best cool baby boy names to choose from.

  1. Gael
  2. Zion
  3. Atlas
  4. Bohdi
  5. Koda
  6. Zaire
  7. Rio
  8. Bjorn
  9. Nova
  10. Elon
  11. Jair
  12. Neo
  13. Bowen
  14. Vin
  15. Pax
  16. Mace
  17. Taj
  18. Cy
  19. Kael
  20. Rune
  21. Oz
  22. Zio
  23. Dax
  24. Kylo
  25. Zev

Popular short baby boy names

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With a mix of old fashioned names and new ones too, these are some of the most popular baby boy names right now!

  1. Ajax
  2. Liam (this is a super popular baby name in 2023)
  3. Mason
  4. Logan
  5. Nathan
  6. Harlan
  7. Ethan
  8. Owen
  9. Asher
  10. Aiden
  11. John
  12. Noah (this is a really popular choice in the United States right now)
  13. Wyatt
  14. Hudson
  15. Ezra
  16. Dylan
  17. Nolan
  18. Eli
  19. Aaron
  20. Ryan
  21. Ian
  22. Jose
  23. Evan
  24. Milo
  25. Luis
  26. Ivan
  27. Arlo
  28. Alex
  29. Jesse
  30. Victor
  31. Peter
  32. Oscar
  33. Bryce
  34. Nico
  35. Colin
  36. Cohen
  37. Kobe
  38. Eric
  39. Ellis
  40. Ari
  41. Hugo
  42. Andy
  43. Asa
  44. Ares
  45. Jonas
  46. Corey
  47. Amos
  48. Case
  49. Otis
  50. Alec
  51. Emir
  52. Loyal
  53. Devon
  54. Avi
  55. Ira
  56. Rudy
  57. Gian
  58. Cody
  59. Remy
  60. Oli (like the pet name for Oliver)
  61. Baron

We think this list gives you some of the forgotten vintage boy names, like Amos, Jonas, and Colin, as well as a mix of more modern names too.

Short strong boy names

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These strong baby boy names evoke a sense of strength and power. They remind you of royalty, gods, or powerful creatures.

  1. Max
  2. Zander
  3. King
  4. Zeus
  5. Rey
  6. Axel
  7. Magnus
  8. Titan
  9. Kane
  10. Blaze
  11. Ryker
  12. Jax
  13. Odin
  14. Cruz
  15. Zeke
  16. Zane
  17. Ryland
  18. Hawk

Last names as first names

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There are many last names that make fantastic first names. These last names are mostly of English origin and they would make wonderful modern names.

  1. Carter
  2. Davis
  3. Ellis
  4. Foster
  5. Gray
  6. Henry
  7. Hayes
  8. Jackson
  9. Keller
  10. Lawson
  11. Miller
  12. Nelson
  13. Olson
  14. Parker
  15. Reid
  16. Turner
  17. Walker
  18. Young

Gender-neutral baby names

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For a gender-neutral name, for those that are perhaps looking for strong short unique girl names that work for boys, you can choose from this list of names that can easily be masculine or feminine. Choosing a unisex name has become really popular in recent years.

  1. Alex
  2. Avery
  3. Blake
  4. Taylor
  5. Casey
  6. Reese
  7. Morgan
  8. Quinn
  9. Jamie
  10. Rowan
  11. Riley
  12. Sky
  13. Dylan
  14. Parker
  15. Sage
  16. Robin
  17. Emery
  18. Arden
  19. Devin
  20. Ashley (this word comes from an Old English word that means a forest of ash trees)

We think that you should be able to find cute girls names, gender-neutral, and unique boys ideas from the above list of 20.

Traditional baby names of Hebrew origin

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Some of these traditional baby names are of Hebrew origin and they are  often found in the Bible or Torah. It’s still so popular to choose a biblical name like Benjamin, but you can modernize it by using the nickname as a short boy’s name.

  1. Archie
  2. Lucas or Luke
  3. David
  4. Isaac
  5. Theo
  6. Silas
  7. Adam
  8. Jonah
  9. Mark
  10. Paul
  11. Saul
  12. Ben
  13. Cain
  14. Jacob or Jake
  15. Caleb
  16. Oren
  17. Ron
  18. Shay
  19. Tal
  20. Uri
  21. Yan
  22. Ziv

French short baby boy names

The sky is dotted with fluffy clouds, while a tall red tower stands amidst a vibrant outdoor garden of colorful flowers and lush plants.

Add a bit of continental flair and choose a sweet boy name of French origin. 

  1. Pierre
  2. Louis
  3. Marc
  4. Jean
  5. Claude
  6. Guy
  7. Luc
  8. René
  9. Beau
  10. Jules
  11. Gage (this name means “pledge” or “oath” and would make a great short first name)
  12. André
  13. Fabien
  14. Gaël
  15. Rémy
  16. Axel
  17. Cédric
  18. Théo
  19. Hugo
  20. Émile
  21. Mathis
  22. Yves
  23. Noé
  24. Benoît
  25. Côme
  26. Aurèle
  27. César
  28. Loïc
  29. Clovis
  30. Noël
  31. Félix
  32. Léon
  33. Alban

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Short Italian baby boy names

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These classic short boy names are of Italian origin, and any one of them would be such a great choice!

  1. Luca
  2. Leo
  3. Enzo
  4. Marco
  5. Nico
  6. Davide
  7. Paolo
  8. Carlo
  9. Elio (3 syllables, but only 4 letters!)
  10. Franco
  11. Rocco
  12. Dante
  13. Gino
  14. Vito
  15. Renzo
  16. Bruno
  17. Guido
  18. Tito

Short baby boy names of Greek origin

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Find the perfect name of Greek origin, including names from Greek mythology! 

  1. Zeus (this would be a good, strong name!)
  2. Hermes
  3. Ares
  4. Dion
  5. Ajax
  6. Hector
  7. Nestor
  8. Pan
  9. Paris
  10. Pollux
  11. Damon
  12. Atlas
  13. Eros
  14. Jason
  15. Leo (this name means lion)
  16. Zephyr
  17. Janus
  18. Nico
  19. Pax (This name means peace and would be such a cool boy name!)
  20. Zeno
  21. Gael
  22. Lyre
  23. Troy

Short baby names of Arabic origin

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Look for a sweet baby boy name on this list of Arabic names. Some of the most popular names from this list include Ali, Amir, Nasir, and Idris.

  1. Ali
  2. Omar
  3. Zayd
  4. Sami
  5. Yasin
  6. Idris
  7. Rayan
  8. Kareem
  9. Amir
  10. Ayman
  11. Tariq
  12. Rami
  13. Zaid
  14. Nasir
  15. Zahir
  16. Faris
  17. Adil
  18. Malik
  19. Hadi
  20. Amin
  21. Fares
  22. Rafe
  23. Rami
  24. Rafi
  25. Sameh
  26. Tarek
  27. Walid
  28. Yasir

Baby boy names from Norse mythology

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Channel the Norse gods with these powerful names. Doesn’t the name Thrain sound interesting?

  1. Odin
  2. Thor
  3. Frey
  4. Tyr
  5. Loki
  6. Freyr
  7. Vidar
  8. Ullr
  9. Fenrir
  10. Bragi
  11. Vali
  12. Magni
  13. Modi
  14. Eirik
  15. Leif
  16. Gunnar
  17. Ragnar
  18. Njord
  19. Aegir
  20. Egil
  21. Jarl
  22. Kjell
  23. Stark
  24. Thrain
  25. Ulrik
  26. Alviss
  27. Bersi
  28. Logi

Cute baby boy names of Gaelic origin

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Find the perfect baby boy name from this list of popular short boy names of Gaelic origin! There are often different ways to spell these names, so it’s worth it to do a little digging. Since there is Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic, these names may be of either Scottish or Irish names origin. The spellings may vary depending on where they are from.

  1. Cian
  2. Eoin
  3. Oran
  4. Kyle (this is traditionally a Scottish surname from Ayrshire)
  5. Fionn
  6. Shea
  7. Eamon
  8. Ronan
  9. Brogan
  10. Devyn
  11. Colm
  12. Fintan
  13. Rorie
  14. Padra
  15. Ceall
  16. Ruan

Baby boy names of German origin

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Give your little boy a strong Germanic name. Some of these names are really powerful and popular!

  1. Archie
  2. Max
  3. Finn
  4. Hans
  5. Erik
  6. Karl
  7. Emil
  8. Otto
  9. Luka
  10. Erik
  11. Ole
  12. Jens
  13. Theo
  14. Carl
  15. Hugo
  16. Alex

Don’t forget to check out the meaning for the names too when you are researching things. For example, Archie means bold friend.

There are so many wonderful & unique short boy names out there! Whether you choose a classic name or something a bit more modern, this list of short baby boy names will help you make the perfect choice!

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