Short names are popular because they are easy to say and combine well with middle names. These quirky, cute names sound cool and are easy for little children to learn to spell. If you want the perfect name for your child, we have a list of the top 100 short baby boy names to help you start your name search.
Top 100 Short Baby Boy Names
This adorable short name was once used for people with a dark complexion. It is cute and to the point, so we love this name for a little baby boy.
In Norse, this language means eternal ruler. Meanwhile, it means lovable in Polish. It also serves a modern take on the more traditional name, Eric.
Jay is often used as a shortened form of the name Jason, which appears in ancient Greek mythology. It also directly references a type of beautiful bird.
Luis is an alternative spelling to the more traditional name, Louis. This variation is said to mean famous warrior.
Peter comes from a Greek word that meant stone or rock. In the Bible, Jesus gave Simon this name because he was the rock on which Jesus would build his church. In more recent times, a famous Peter would be Peter Parker, who was also known as Spiderman.
This name is a more popular, shorter version of the name Thomas. It is said to mean twin.
In Hebrew, this name means the Lord is just.
Ryan is a beautiful Irish name that has remained popular for decades. This name is said to be Irish for king.
Max is a popular short baby boy name, although it is still not in the top 100 list for baby names.
In French, this is a word that means lion. As such, it is the perfect name if you want to conjure up images of courage and the king of the jungle.
Gus is generally a nickname for Augustus or August. It hit its peak popularity in 1978. This name means magnificent and great.
Dashiell is the longer form of this name, although we think that Dash has a better ring to it. Dash is also one of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States at the moment.
Alfie is a variation on the name Alfred. It is an old-fashioned name that means wise or sage.
Abe comes from the name Abraham, which means father of multitudes. Famously, this is the name of the United States president during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln. He was nicknamed Honest Abe.
Ben is a shortened form of Benjamin. When shorter names became popular in the 1980s, Ben started to grow in popularity. The name actually means son of.
This is a Scottish name that means rock.
Hank was more common to hear in the 1950s, and it was a common nickname for the name Henry. Since 2006, it has started to grow in popularity again.
Lyle is such an adorable name for a little boy. It originally started as a surname in certain parts of Europe. This name means someone who lives on an island.
Zac is a shortened form of Zachary and is said to mean God has remembered.
Vidor is such an unusual sounding name. We doubt you will hear any other children on the playground with this short baby boy name. It means happy in Hungarian.
This is a shortened form of the word Scottish. It also happens to be the name of the famous literary genius, F. Scott Fitzgerald. He was known for writing the classic novel, the Great Gatsby.
Orion is a name that comes from Greek mythology. It means rising in the sky and is the name of the brightest constellation in the night sky.
Knox is a short, cute name that means from the hills.
Fox is one of our favorite animal-inspired names, and it is quickly starting to grow in popularity.
In English, this is a variation on the name, Charles. That name means free man. Carl could also be a variation on the German or Scandinavian name, Karl.
Avis is a pretty Latin name that means bird. It was extremely popular once the Normans invaded England in the middle ages.
This is a Biblical name that comes from the story of Cain and Abel. In the story, Cain killed Abel out of jealousy. The name is said to mean the son of breath.
This Scottish and Irish name became popular after it appeared as a character’s name in the movie Pretty in Pink.
Gary is an old-fashioned German name that means Spear.
This is a name that appears in the Bible. Jacob is said to mean supplanter.
Mika is a name that means one who is like God in Finnish. In Japanese, it means beautiful smell. Meanwhile, this name means wise little raccoon in a Native American language.
Wolfe is a name that immediately calls to mind the beauty and fearlessness of the wolf. We think the added “e” at the end Names with earthy elements are extremely popular. Wolves are extremely powerful on their own, yet they do not indulge in any activity without the other group members, which we feel is a strong quality. The ‘e’ at the end is making it look even better.
Sam is a shortened form of the name Samuel. Each year, there are about 11,000 babies born with this name.
Oscar may have been more popular a few decades ago, but it is rising in popularity again. This particular name is a popular one among several European royal families.
Lee is both a surname, first name and middle name. This name means meadow.
Gunn is a shorter variation on the name Gunther. In German, this name is said to mean warrior, although you are probably more likely to hear this as a surname than a first name.
This is a short name that calls to mind the legendary artist, Claude Monet.
Aiden is a name that has grown in popularity over the last decade. If you want the traditional Irish version, then spell this name as Aidan.
In Italian, Dante is a name that means enduring and steadfast. This name was also part of the title of the legendary book, Dante’s Inferno.
Hale is actually a word that means healthy and hearty. It was the name of a Revolutionary War hero known as Nathan Hale.
Loic is a short name that actually comes to us from France originally. Before it was modified to Loic, it was spelled as Louise and meant famous warrior.
Taft is an Old French name that means homestead. It was also the name of the former United States president, William Howard Taft.
Paul is actually a name that originally came from a Latin word. Originally, it meant humble.
Some people think that Mark came from the Roman god, Mars. Others think that it is an Anglicization of the name Marcus. Either way, this name has remained fairly popular over the years.
Lars is a Scandinavian version of the Latin word, Laurentius. This word meant man from the place of Laurel. It was also a metaphorical word for a victory.
Ethan has been one of the top 10 most popular names for the last decade. While it is also a fairly traditional name, it has taken on a modern appeal.
This comes from a Scottish word that meant field. Blair is less common to hear today, but we think that this is a great name for a little boy.
Axel is an intriguing, interesting baby name. This unique name means father of peace.
This is an Italian nickname for longer names like Vincenzo and Lorenzo. The Germans also use this as a shorter version of Henry.
Ike is a shorter variation on the more traditional name, Isaac.
This name was popularized by the supermodel Miles McMillan and the jazz musician Miles Davis.
Leif is a name that first appeared in Norse legends. Long ago, the Viking Leif Erickson landed in the Americas 500 years before Columbus ever arrived.
Jan is a European version of the name, Jon. Despite the way it is spelled, it is actually pronounced as Yan. J
Gavin is a name that means white hawk.
Cole is a name that dates back for centuries. This name is said to mean coal-black or swarthy.
Lynx is an adorable animal name. Other than being a wild cat, Lynx is a type of software provider.
Rollo is a name that dates back for over a thousand years. Long ago, it was the name of a famous Viking leader. It means famous in the land and can be written as Rollo, Rolf or Rolla.
Noah is a name that comes from the Notebook, although you may also remember it as the name of a character in the Notebook.
Levi was known as the third son of Jacob and Levi in the Bible. Originally, his name was actually Matthew.
Hans is a name from Europe that is often a shortened form of John or Johannes. It was also the name of the Danish storyteller, Hans Christian Anderson.
David is a king from the Bible. In Hebrew, this Biblical name means beloved.
Brice is a sweet, short name for a baby name.
Finn is often a shortened form of Finnegan and Finley. It has become increasingly popular over the last few decades.
John has been a popular name for thousands of years. It was the name of John the Baptist in the Bible, the actor John Wayne and the president John F. Kennedy.
Like is another popular name that was once the name of one of the Apostles in the Bible. It is also the name of the character, Luke Skywalker, in the Star Wars series.
Valor is actually an English word that means great courage in the face of danger. We think that it would also make for a great, short baby boy name.
This name is said to mean red-haired and can be used for boys or girls.
Luigi is an old-fashioned name that means renowned warrior, but it was also the name of Mario’s brother in the video game.
This is a name that means large, and it would be a great name if you expect your baby to grow up to be a tall man.
Cian is an adorable name that means ancient and enduring.
Beck is one of the top 1,000 names, so it should be just unique enough to be a creative choice for your son.
Alex is short for Alexander and means man warrior.
Dion is from the Greek god of wine, theater and fertility, Dionysus.
Kent is a short Celtic name that means high or coastal land.
This simple name means stone worker and is an adorable choice for a baby boy.
Wynn is actually a Welsh name that means handsome. It is sometimes used as a shortened form of names like Winston, Winfield or Winfred.
Sean is a traditional Irish name that means God is gracious.
Mack has been in the top 100 list for names off and on since 1900. This name means son.
Kurt is a strong name that was popularized by the NASCAR driver, Kurt Busch. The name comes from High German and means adviser.
This traditional name comes from an Old English word that meant church official.
This is a name that comes from a German word that means bear. It is also a shortened form of the 2016 presidential contender, Bernie Sanders.
Adam is a name that means man, although it means birth in Hebrew. It was famously the name of Adam in the Adam and Eve story in the Bible.
Clark is a name that first became popular in 1881. It is still occasionally heard today.
Ezra comes from a Hebrew name that means help.
This is a Scottish variation of the name John. It means God is gracious.
Liam is a shortened form of William, and you may recognize it as the name of the Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth.
Rhys is a variation on the name Reece. It is a Welsh name that means ardor.
Zane is a positive, happy name that would be perfect for a baby boy.
Van sounds like a name from the jazz era. It is a Dutch name that originally started as a prefix for a surname.
Neil is an Irish Gaelic name that means champion or cloud.
Jack is a classic name that means supplanter.
Eli is a name that comes from the Bible and is perfect if you are looking for a Christian name for your baby boy.
This unusual name comes from Sanskrit and means enlightenment. If you are looking for an unusual, short baby boy name, we think that this would be an adorable choice.
Acer is a modern take on the name Ace, which certainly gives it an auspicious, lucky quality. You can also always use Ace as a nickname if you want something even shorter and easier to say.
Aaron has been a popular name for centuries since it first appeared in the Bible. This Biblical name comes from the older brother of Moses. It is said to mean elevated and is a popular name choice for a baby boy.
Basil is a name that was once popular in royal families. This Greek name is said to mean kingly. Long ago, it was the name of a 4th century bishop who went on to become Saint Basil the Great.
We love this Scottish name. It is short, strong and to the point. It is a reference to the River Clyde in Scotland.
Since this has been the name of English kings for centuries, it has remained fairly popular over the years. Recently, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton named their son George.
Luca originally used primarily in Italy as a baby boy name. Later on, Hillary Duff and Colin Firth named their son this.
River originally started as a hippie name, but it is also heard in the mainstream today as well. It originally became popular as the name of the 1970s-era celebrity, River Phoenix. In the Serenity film, it was the name of a female main character.