So, you’re expecting and you’re looking for a short, unique baby boys name for your new baby. Our extensive list of names, and their meanings, make strong first names, or perfect middle names too.

A little boy being welcomed into the world, needs a strong, short name to drive him through life. What’s the perfectly powerful name? We’ve created an equally strong list of 31 names for your bouncing new baby boy.

1. Beck
From English origin, the name Beck means “small stream” and is a unisex name, with popularity growing for males.

2. Rhett
Meaning “advice” the boy’s name Rhett is of English and Dutch origin. In the past Rhett has been a popular choice for middle names, but is growing in popularity as a strong first name.

3. Cody
Want a good sleeper? Perhaps the name Cody will help. The name with English origins, means “helpful, pillow”.

4. Max
The name Max is a boy’s name with a German, English, Aboriginal origin means”greatest”.

5. Wade
This name has never left the top 1000 names in the USA, because it’s not trendy or cool, and doesn’t go out of fashion. With an English origin, it’s meaning is “at the river crossing”.

6. Zak
The Herbrew name meaning “the Lord has remembered”, has generally been a shortened version of Zachary, but now this version, Zak, it’s storming ahead as a strong name itself.

7. Leif
The Scandinavian originating name, meaning “heir, descendant”, its a nature name associated with the word leaf.

8. Dax
With this name having an alternate meaning in Australia (undies, anyone?), this name hasn’t taken off with great speed, but this strong French name is slowly getting more traction.

9. Otis
Otis hit popularity with the release of the movie Milo and Otis, and is a great strong name with German origins. It means “wealthy”.

10. Miles
Meaning “soldier or merciful”, Miles is a short and straight-forward Latin name.

11. Rex
While this might have been a more popular dog name in the past, Rex is a strong choice for parents wanting a short name. The meaning is “king”.

12. Guy
Meaning “guide, leader”, Guy is a French originating name, that makes a good middle or first name.

13. Judd
Meaning “flowing down”, Judd is a strong, short name that can easily fit as a first name, or as a good middle name choice too.

14. Trey
The name Trey is a unique boy’s name of English origin meaning “three”.

15. Kai
Want a little coastal name flare? The name Kai is a boy’s name of Hawaiian origin meaning “sea”.

16. Rowan
Expecting a red head? The name Rowan is a boy’s name of Scottish, Irish origin meaning “rowan tree; little redhead”.

17. Sonny
Appearing on the top 1000 names every year since 1927, it gained it’s most popularity in 1975, and now again with celebrities like Hamish Blake and Zoë Foster-Blake naming their son Sonny as well.

18. Jet
The name Jet is a boy’s name, with a shortened variation of the popular name Jett.

19. Mack
With Scottish and Irish origin, the name Mack means “son of”. It can also be Mac, for a shorter version.

20. Kit
The name Kit is a boy’s name of English origin, rising in popularity with actor Kit Harington, Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, has given this nickname-name new style and appeal for boys. Actress Jodie Foster used it for her son. For girls, it’s an updated diminutive of Katherine.

21. Milo
Meaning “soldier or merciful”, the name Milo is of German origin. It can also be spelt Mylo.

22. Ellis
Derived from Elijah, and the Greek name Elias, the name Ellis is a boy’s name of English, Welsh origin meaning “benevolent”.

23. Jesse
While Jessie has long been a popular name for girls, the name Jesse is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “gift”.

24. Beau
With a beautiful meaning. the name Beau is a boy’s name of French origin meaning “handsome”.

25. Rudy
With a nod to the strong animal, the name Rudy is a boy’s name of German origin meaning “famous wolf”.

26. Ace
Parents will remember the movie, Ace Ventura, but with time passing and this movie easing in popularity, the name Ace is having more positive references. The name Ace is a boy’s name of Latin origin meaning “one, unity”.

27. Remy
Sometimes spelt Remi, Remy is a boy’s name of French and Latin origin meaning “oarsman”.

28. Quinn
A strong Celtic name that works for both boys and girls, it’s of Irish origin meaning “descendant of Conn, chief leader, intelligence”.

29. Logan
With predictions of this name rising in popularity in Australia with gold medal BMX rider Logan Martin, the name Logan is a boy’s name of Scottish origin meaning “small hollow”.

30. Iggy
The name Iggy is a boy’s name of Latin origin meaning “fiery”. Iggy has always had a bit of a pop star feel to it

31. Jude
The name Jude took a rise in popularity thanks to Jude Law. The name Jude is a boy’s name of Latin origin meaning “praised”.

  • I’m in a Facebook group for tragic baby names, some of the ones on this list would make it on the tradgedeigh list.


  • Cool and unusual sounding names, love it.


  • Some of those are gorgeous and some are terrible!


  • heard a few of these


  • some common names and some unusual ones too


  • Lots of familiar and interesting names. My son’s name is not on there, but a similar version of one.


  • Love knowing the meaning of names, especially ones that are super common – I always wonder if it’s because of the meaning of the name or if it’s because the parents just like the band itself that it was chosen.


  • There are only three names on this list that I haven’t encountered during my 10 years as an early childhood educator. Rhett, Rudy & Iggy.


  • Some of these are really cute, some others are just meh. I really like the name Kai.


  • Interesting list & meaning, I know a little Miles that has been a true little soldier since the day he was born premature, so his name is very fitting!


  • Like the list and the meanings – my children were born in earlier days and don’t have such fanciful names


  • Love all of these. Faves being Miles, aren’t & Logan. Plus I would add Bohdi as it’s my sons name!


  • I don’t much like any of those and last time I checked Milo and Otis are a cat and dog- not children!

    • Last time I checked both are human names that have been around since at least the 1800s. I think this comment unnecessarily harsh and I hope nobody who has children named milo or Otis read it.


  • some really great names on the list.


  • Some of them are okay, but some would be a definite no for me …..


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