When you’re looking for a name for your baby boy, you have to think it through. Studies have shown that your name can have a huge impact on your personality. So if you pick a name for your child that’s forgettable and too common, people might not be able to pick him out from a crowd. On the other hand, pick a name that tries hard to be too unique and your kid will constantly have to spell his name to other people for the rest of his life.
It’s always good to have a balance in a name – one that has meaning to you and one that your son will be proud to bear for the rest of his life.
Filipino names are an awesome place to start. They have diverse names that range from the religious, the very macho Spanish sounding names, more western English names, and of course, native Filipino names that are coming back in style. So whether you’re Filipino or just love Filipino-sounding names, this list is the perfect reference point for finding the right name for your baby boy!
Adrian. While popular, Adrian’s origins aren’t very clear. It comes from the Latin name Adrianus or Hadrianus, but its meaning is only rumored to be derived from the river Adria. Adria is named from the Venetic and Illyrian word adur meaning “sea” or “water.”
Bayani. Bayani is an awesome Tagalog name meaning “hero.” If you want your kid to grow up tough and heroic, this is the perfect name for him. Bayani Agbayani is a popular Filipino comedian and actor.
Caesar/Cesar. This is obviously derived from the Latin name Caesar, which is the surname of famed Roman dictator Gaius Julias Caesar. In Filipino culture, Caesar is a popular name because of the popular actor and matinee idol Caesar Montano.
Christian. Christian is derived from the Latin name Christianus. And since the Philippines is very deeply Christian, this name is very popular among boys. Famous Filipinos with this name include singer Christian Bautista and Christian Vasquez.
Christopher. Christopher is another Christian name, which means “carrier of Christ.” A famous Filipino with this name is actor Christopher de Leon.
David. King David was the second king of Israel and also known as its greatest monarch. As for the name, it’s said to be derived from the Hebrew word for “beloved.”
Diego. Diego is the Hispanic version of James, meaning “he who replaces.” One famous Filipino national hero is Diego Silang.
Edward. Edward is a composite name from the Old English words ead (wealth, fortune) and weard (guard), which means the Edward is “rich guard.” It’s the name of many Anglo-Saxon kings from the medieval century down to the modern times.
Erik/Eric. Erik is a popular name all over the world. It’s derived from the Old Norse name Eirikr, which means “eternal ruler” or “honorable king.” Eric Bautista is a popular Filipino singer.
Gabriel. Gabriel’s popularity may be due to it being the name of one of the Biblical archangels. It’s a Hebrew name meaning “God is my strength.” Possibly the most famous Filipino Gabriel is Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, the world-famous boxer.
Genesis. Genesis is a Hebrew name meaning “beginning.” Its popularity in Filipino culture is due to its biblical origin.
Gian. This Italian name means “God is gracious.” It’s often used in combination with other names like in the case of Giancarlo.
Gregory. Gregory comes from the Latin name Gregorious, which means “watchful or alert.” Sixteen popes have used the name Gregory. Famous people with this name include actor Gregory Peck and Gregory Tribbet of the band Mudvayne.
Hayden. Hayden is an English name, which is a variant of Haydn (the surname of famed composed Joseph Haydn).
Isagani. This Tagalog name means “a rich, bountiful harvest.” It’s a shortening of the phrase “isang masaganang ani.”
Isaiah. Isaiah is a Hebrew name meaning, “Yahweh is salvation.” Isaiah is one of the four major prophets of the Old Testament, and he is believed to be the author of the Book of Isaiah.
Jomari. Jomari is a portmanteau of the names Joseph and Mary, the parents of Jesus. It’s popular in the Philippines because of its religious symbolism. A famous Filipino with this name is Jomari Yllana, an actor.
Joseph. This Hebrew name means “May Jehovah add increase.” It’s also the name of two biblical figures: Joseph the dreamer, and Joseph, husband of Mary.
Joshua. Joshua means “Jehovah is generous” in Hebrew.
Juan. Juan is a Spanish name derived from John, meaning “God is gracious.”
Jun. Because many Filipino fathers want to pass their name down to their sons, the abbreviation Junior or Jr. is added. And since many Filipino boys don’t want people to confuse them for their fathers, they take on the name Jun as a shortened version of Junior.
Kevin. Kevin is an Irish name derived from Coemgein. Coem means “kind, gentle, handsome” and gein means “birth.”
Kyle. Kyle is a Scottish name that means “narrow, strait.”
Lester. Lester is an English name meaning “fortified place.” It’s derived from the English place Leicester, which has a similar pronunciation.
Luis. Luis is the Spanish form of the Germanic name Hludowig, which means fame (hlud) and warrior (wig). A famous Filipino named Luis is Luis Manzano, the host and actor.
Mark/Marcus. Mark is an incredibly common name from the Latin Mart-kos meaning “consecrated to the god of war, Mars.” Marcus, on the other hand, was a very common name in Ancient Rome, though it’s a little less common today.
Nicholas. It’s from the Greek Nikolaos meaning “victory of the people.” It’s also the name of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, the person that inspired the legend of Santa Claus.
Norman. This English/Ancient Germanic name is from an old Germanic byname meaning “northman” or Viking.
Omar. This Hebrew baby name means “eloquent.”
Paul/Paulo. Paul was an important leader of the Christian church. His name come from the Roman Paulus, meaning “small, humble.”
Ronald. The Old Norse name of Ronald is a combination of the words “advice” and “ruler.” Ronald is the given name of a very famous Filipino actor and icon, Fernando Poe Junior.
Sherwin. Sherwin is of Persian origin, and it means both “eternal soul” and “like a lion.”
Steven/Stephen. Steven comes from the Latin name Stephanus meaning “crown” or “garland.” St. Stephen is known as the first Christian martyr.
Thomas. This is the Greek form of the Aramaic name meaning “twin.” Famous people with this name include St. Thomas Aquinas, and actors Tom Hardy and Tom Hanks.
Vincent. It’s derived from the Latin word vincere or “to conquer.” One very famous bearer of this name is artist Vincent van Gogh.
Vito. Vitto comes from the Latin word vita meaning “life.” It’s also the name of the lead character in The Godfather, played by Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro.
Wilfred. Wilfred is an Old English name that means “desiring peace.”
Xander. This one of the more modern, trendy names. It’s said to mean “defending men,” as derived from the name Alexander.
Zeus. Zeus is the name of the Greek god of the sky and thunder. It’s a great name if you want your son to become a powerful ruler one day.
We hope you find the perfect Filipino or Filipino-inspired name for your baby boy on this list!