240 beautiful boy names from all over the world (+ meaning)
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- 240 beautiful boy names from all over the world (+ meaning)
We have 240 beautiful boy names from Germany and all over the world for you: first names from short to long – whether German, Nordic, Slavic, French, Spanish, Hawaiian or Japanese. We have chosen names that have a nice sound, easy pronunciation, and simple spelling. This way you will surely find the right name for your son quickly.
Finally find the right first name for your son. We have boy names that are very popular in Germany and rare names from all over the world. Taking sound, melody, pronunciation and spelling into account, we have made a selection of the most beautiful boy names for you.
Short boy names
Short boy names don’t need nicknames. But that’s not their only advantage. They are easy to pronounce, they are easy to remember and they are considered powerful, concise and assertive . It has been proven that men in management positions often have short first names. The brevity is associated with economy, efficiency and determination .
Our selected boy names have a maximum of three sounds . Accordingly, names with silent or double letters are used, but the pronunciation is limited to three sounds. Short names for boys are very popular, which is why you probably already know most of them. But maybe there are a few names among them that inspire you. If you can’t decide, short boy names work very well with double names too.
- Noa / Noah
- Luc / Luk / Luke
- Eno / Enno
- Teo / Theo
- Til / Till
- Mik / Mick
Long boy names
The longest boy’s name registered in Germany was given in 1904. Between the first name “Adolph” and the last first name “Zeus” there are another 24 first names that none of his acquaintances could remember, let alone wanted to pronounce completely. After a mother wanted to give her son 12 first names in 2004, it was determined that the choice of first names must now be limited by law to five.
However, if you like long names, you don’t always have to resort to second, third or fourth names. There are many beautiful polysyllabic boy names that, unlike name additions, are also pronounced completely. Long first names go particularly well with short surnames. However, expect your son’s entourage to shorten his name to a nickname sooner or later so that it is easier to pronounce and sounds less serious.
The following boy names have at least three or more syllables . They can also be optically extended by using a slightly different spelling. For example, “Leonard” could become “Leonhardt” or “Fridolin” could become “Friedolien”.
Old German boy names
These boy names are coming back into fashion. Where previously individuality and creativity were in the foreground, emphasis is now placed on tradition and seriousness . The names of the grandparents or great-grandparents suddenly come back into question when choosing a name. The names of former emperors and kings also reappear. A well-known example is “Wilhelm”, who was one of the most popular German boy names in the 19th and 20th centuries. Since the 1920s its popularity has slowly declined and today it is again one of the popular baby names like “Friedrich”, “Georg” or “Paul”.
- Joseph / Joseph
- Jacob / Jacob
The 10 most popular boy names in Germany
Knowing which first names are particularly popular with boys is more than just a source of inspiration. You can deliberately bypass the trends and give your son a special name that makes him stand out from the crowd. You will always find some timeless names like “Ben” or “Tim” in these hit lists and with them you are on the safe side. But you should be more careful with fads like “Kevin” once was.
In 2019 the parents tend to use the names “Fiete”, “Matteo”, “Lian”, “Anton” and “Oskar” for their sons. For 2018 there are already fixed data that have been collected by the Society for German Language :
- Louis / Luis
- Henry / Henri
Boy names from around the world and their meanings
It is always an advantage if you not only deal with local names, but also ask around in other countries. Often there are special and sonorous names that you would otherwise not come up with on your own.
We have compiled Nordic, Japanese, Hawaiian, French, Spanish and Slavic boy names for you and added their meanings. The choice of names is based on uncomplicated spelling, easy pronunciation and a beautiful sound .
Nordic boy names
There were already some established Nordic names in Germany in the 1970s. They come mainly from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark and have their origins in old North Germanic languages. Faroese, Icelandic, Norwegian , Swedish, and Danish produced some of the names that are popular in Germany today.
Their high popularity could be due to the fact that the Nordic languages are distantly related to German . Both come from ancient Germanic languages that have diverged over time. The well-known sound of Nordic could be one reason why native German speakers perceive it as well-tried and traditional. However, since they differ from classic German names, they appear even more lively and special.
meaning: “the sole ruler”
meaning: “elf”, “nature spirit”
meaning: “the Finn”
meaning: “boiler”, “helmet”
meaning: “noble ruler”
meaning: “the brown one”, “the bear”
meaning: “Yahweh is gracious”
meaning: “the laurel wreath”
meaning: “Gift of God”
meaning: “the male”, “the brave”
meaning: “fight”, “army”
meaning: “famous thinker”
meaning: “the lone fighter”, “the lone fighter”
meaning: “the kingdom of peace”
meaning: “eagle”, “tree”
meaning: “Who is like God?”
meaning: “Rod of God”
meaning: “coming from Laurentium”, “the laurel wreath”
meaning: “the wanderer”
meaning: “who fights with the sword”
meaning: “winner of the people”
meaning: “the rock keeper”, “the stone keeper”
meaning: “Yahweh is gracious”
meaning: “god of thunder” and “bear”
meaning: “the daredevil”
meaning: “the strong lion”
meaning: “Who is like God?”
meaning: “hidden knowledge”, “secret wisdom”
meaning: “the silence”, “the calm one”
Japanese boy names
In contrast to other languages, Japanese is not so often represented when choosing a name in German-speaking countries. Children usually only have Japanese names if they also have Japanese roots. There are many beautiful boy names from Japanese, which are also suitable for name combinations with other names. How about, for example, “Lukas Taro” or “Tim Akira”?
Japanese first names are usually short, making them perfect not only for double names, but also for long surnames. They often have a lot of vowels, a nice sound and an easy pronunciation that does not deviate from the typeface in the German character system. With the original Kanji characters in the Japanese language, however, the names can have different meanings, even if they are pronounced the same. We have put together the most beautiful boy names and their meanings for you.
meaning: “bright”, “radiant”, “clear”
meaning: “the firstborn”, “the first man”
meaning: “honesty”, “luck”
meaning: “morning”, “brightly shining field”
meaning: “Spring” (different meaning depending on the Kanji characters)
meaning: “exuberant / abundant”, “tolerant”, “rich” (different meaning depending on the Kanji characters)
meaning: “wealth”, “prosperity”
meaning: “red boy”, “red circle”
meaning: “the one loved by God”
meaning: “expectation”, “hope”
meaning: “gray”, “silver”
meaning: “artful person” (different meaning depending on the Kanji characters)
meaning: “white”, “white snow”, “innocence” (different meaning depending on the Kanji characters)
meaning: “healthy”, “health”
meaning: “spring”, “person”, “source”
meaning: “excellent”, “radiant”, “joy”, “timber” (different meaning depending on the Kanji characters)
meaning: “study”, “repair”, “cultivate”
meaning: “the one who flies over the sea”, “the master thief” (different meaning depending on the Kanji characters)
meaning: “cool”, “refreshing” or “dragon” (different meaning depending on the Kanji characters)
meaning: “open person”, “extraordinary person” (different meaning depending on the Kanji characters)
meaning: “enlightenment”, “wisdom”
meaning: “righteous man”
meaning: “big tree”
meaning: “fruit”, “seed”
meaning: “sincere person”
meaning: “Truth”, “Reality”
meaning: “transparent”, “see through”, “the traveler”, “the wanderer”, “the sea” (different meaning depending on the Kanji characters)
meaning: “1000 units”, “1000 villages” (different meaning depending on the Kanji characters)
Hawaiian boy names
The Hawaiian language consists of only 13 phonemes (sounds). These include all five vowels that we also use in the German language and only seven consonants. The high ratio of vowels makes the language easily recognizable for others and sounds particularly melodic, flowing and calm .
The Hawaiian sound triggers a relaxed holiday association in many people . With this subconscious relaxation , they could also meet your son and develop sympathy for him. The following boy names almost all have a nature-loving or soulful meaning. Read it out in combination with the surname and vote on what fits best.
meaning: “the stubborn “
meaning: “the forest”
meaning: “Gift of God”, “Gift of the Lord”
meaning: “the brave”, “the bold”
meaning: “fight”, “battle”
meaning: “worthy of admiration or praise”
meaning: “the flawless one”
meaning: “cool breeze”
meaning: “from the sea”
meaning: “the sky”
meaning: “the sound”
meaning: “the brave”, “fighter / warrior”
meaning: Hawaiian god
meaning: “son of the lion”
meaning: “white dove”
meaning: “friend (of nature)”, “lion”
French boy names
The French sounds are not unknown in German-speaking countries. That is why French names are usually pronounced correctly. So there is no risk that your son will have trouble pronouncing his name correctly later, especially if his name has an accent. In addition, French first names sound very beautiful and melodious. They exude charm and are very special.
Below you will find both modern French names and Old French names that were common until the 15th century. Some of the modern names are partly borrowed from other languages such as Hebrew. In Germany, French used to be the language of the learned upper class and still arouses ‘noble’ and ‘noble’ associations today .
Meaning: “sublime”, “venerable”, “respectable”
meaning: “God is my protection”
meaning: “God is my judge”
meaning: literally translated “fruit”
meaning: “the lovable one”
meaning: “the crowned one”
meaning: “the one born on Christmas”
meaning: “the gracious”, “the mild”
meaning: “free man”
meaning: “the one consecrated to Dionysus”
meaning: “keeper of his possessions”
meaning: “warrior”, “the man in the army”
meaning: “the friend”, “storm / hurricane”
Meaning: “the noble”, “the radiant”
meaning: “spotted”, “stippled”
meaning: “stone”, “pebble”, “bald man”
meaning: “the beloved of God”
Spanish boy names
It is a Romance language and thus falls into the family of French, Italian , Portuguese and Romanian . Its sounds are not unknown in Germany and it is often taught in schools. Accents are also occasionally used in this language, but not as often as in French.
A clear advantage of Spanish first names is that most of them can be pronounced in German. However, if the name has an accent, the emphasis must be placed on the highlighted sound. We have compiled the most beautiful Spanish boy names for you and added their meanings. They are relatively rare in Germany, exude energy and temperament and also have a nice sound.
Spanish is also spoken in Central and South America. That’s why you can find below in addition to traditional Spanish name also Argentine, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Colombian name .
meaning: “the enlightened one”
meaning: “the strong one”, “the noble one”, “the bean planter”
meaning: “God be with us”
meaning: “the one born on the island of Delos”
meaning: “Man of God”, “Fighter of God”
Meaning: “the imitator”, “the zealous”
meaning: “the noble one”, “the radiant one”
meaning: “son of Mars”
meaning: “free man”
meaning: “the beloved”, “the lover”
meaning: “sublime”, “venerable”, “respectable”
meaning: “the way”, “the gem”
meaning: “tame”, “defeat”
meaning: “follower of Christ”, “Christ”
meaning: “the blessed”, “the praised”
meaning: “Christ carrying”
meaning: “the golden one”
meaning: “the sun-like”
meaning: “Männchen”, “Karlchen” (nickname of Karl)
meaning: “God is my judge”
meaning: “breath”, “breath”, “steam”
Meaning: “the youth”, “coming from the Julier family”, “devoted to Jupiter”
meaning: “the inestimable one”, “coming from the family of the Antonians”
meaning: “God save this life”
meaning: “the little French”
meaning: “the famous warrior”
Slavic boy names
There are around 20 Slavic languages from the world spoken by 300 million people. The most famous languages are Russian , Ukrainian, Polish, Slovak, Bulgarian, Bosnian, Croatian, Slovenian and Serbian . Slavic names are rather rare in Germany, although there are some particularly beautiful finds among them.
Some names may sound familiar to you from German, but are characterized by a special spelling that makes your son’s name something special. You may not have heard some names before. They can inspire you to come up with new ideas. Write down the names that are most beautiful for you and suggest them to your partner or family in order to be able to make an even closer selection.
meaning: “of love”, “the nice one”
meaning: “the peaceful”, “the ruler”, “the mighty”
meaning: “the lovely”, “the glorious”
meaning: “the faith”
meaning: “God be my judge”
meaning: “God is gracious”
meaning: “ coming from the Julier family”
meaning: “the handsome”, “the big one”, “the rock”
meaning: “Gift of God”
meaning: “consecrated to Mars”
meaning: “angel” or “eagle”
meaning: “the crowned one”, “the crowned one”
meaning: “God is good”
meaning: “Defender of Peace”
meaning: “the significant”, “the peaceful”, “the famous”
meaning: “Romans”, “Rome pilgrims”
meaning: “the admirable”
meaning: “my God is Yahweh”
meaning: “bold”, “strong”, “loved”
meaning: “ruler of the home”