Baby Names

150 Awesome Four Letter Boy Names

Are you looking for a short and sweet name for your new son? This list of four letter boy names will help you find the perfect name for your new baby!

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Why Choose a Four Letter Name for Your Baby Boy?

Short names have so many benefits. If you choose a short name, you’ll be almost guaranteed to have a name that it easy to spell and pronounce. It will also be easy for your future preschooler to learn to print, unlike the poor kids with 7+ letters in their names!

Short names are often simple, with no muss or fuss. They’re strong and straightforward. Some of the most beautiful names are the shortest.

Perhaps my favorite benefit of a four letter name is that you don’t need a shortened form or nickname. Your name is your name. As someone who goes by a nickname, I am constantly correcting people who call me by my formal name, and I HATE it!

This list of short four letter names for boys is sure to help you in your quest to find the perfect name for your baby!

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Four Letter Baby Names

Ok, so without further ado, here’s the list of four letter boy names!

Abel

Abel is a Hebrew name meaning ‘breath’. In the Bible, Abel was a son of Adam, who was murdered by his brother Cain.

Adam

Adam comes from the Hebrew word for ‘man’. In the Bible, Adam was the first man God created.

Ajax

This name comes from the Greek, meaning either ‘mourner’ or ‘earth, land’. There are several famous Ajax in Greek mythology.

Alan

Alan is a name which comes from Britanny and means ‘hansome’ or ‘little rock’ in Breton.

Alec

Alec is a shortened form of Alexander, which means ‘defending men’. There are several famous Alexanders in history, including Alexander the Great.

Alex

Alec is a shortened form of Alexander, which means ‘defending men’.

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Amos

Amos is one of the 12 minor prophets in the bible. It comes from the Hebrew word meaning ‘load, or burden’.

Andy

Andy is a nickname for Andrew, which means ‘manly’ or ‘masculine’.

Arlo

The meaning of this name is unknown, but was possibly inspired by the fictional place name ‘Arlo Hill’ from Edmund Spenser’s poem ‘The Faerie Queene’.

Axel

This is the Danish form of Absalom, a Hebrew name which means ‘my father is peace. In the Bible, Absalom is the son of King David.

Baer

A shortened form of the Limburgish name, Albaer, meaning ‘bright’.

Bart

A version of Bartholomew, an apostle in the New Testament.

Beau

Beau is a French name that means ‘handsome’.

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Bert

A shortened form of Albert, meaning ‘noble’ and ‘bright’.

Bill

A nickname for William, meaning ‘will or desire’.

Boyd

Boyd was originally a Scottish surname that perhaps originally comes from the name of the island of Bute.

Brad

Shortened version of Bradley, originally a surname meaning ‘broad clearing’.

Bret

Meaning ‘a Breton’ or inhabitant of Brittany in Middle English.

Burt

Nickname for Burton, meaning ‘fortified town’.

Cade

Meaning ’round’ in Old English, this was originally a surname.

Cain

This name means ‘acquired’ in Hebrew. In the Bible, Cain was a son of Adam who killed his brother, Abel.

Carl

The German form of Charles, meaning ‘man’.

Cary

This name comes from the Irish surname Carey, which is the angliczed version of O Ciardha, meaning descendant of Ciardha.

Cash

Originally a surname made popular by singer, Johnny Cash.

Chad

Possibly meaning ‘battle’, this name is derived from the Old English name Ceadda.

Chaz

Chaz is a nickname for Charles, which stems from the German word for ‘man’.

Chet

Chet is a shortened form of the name Chester. Chester was originally a surname in Britain.

Chip

Shortened form of Charles, meaning ‘man’, or Christopher, meaning ‘bearer of Christ’.

Clay

Originally a surname for someone who worked with clay.

Coby

Coby is a nickname for Jacob, which ultimately comes from the Hebrew name that means either ‘holder of the heel’ or ‘supplanter’.

Cody

Cody comes from an Irish surname, meaning ‘descendant of Cuidightheach’.

Cole

Originally an Old English surname ‘Cola’.

Colt

The name Colt is often given in honour of Samuel Colt, the founder of a firearms company of the same name. Colt is the English word for a young male horse.

Conn

Conn is an Irish name. It means ‘cheif’ in Gaelic.

Cory

Cory stems from the Old Norse name ‘Kori’.

Curt

A short form of Curtis, which was originally an English surname stemming from the word, ‘courteous’.

Dale

From the English surname which referred to someone who lived close to a dale.

Dana

Dana was originally a surname that referred to a person from Denmark. It also means ‘wise’ in Persian.

Dane

An English surname which was a variant of Dean, or referred to someone from Denmark.

Dave

Shortened form of David, meaning ‘beloved’.

Davy

Davy is a nickname for David, which means ‘beloved’.

Dean

Originally an English surname.

 

 

Dirk

Shortened form of Diederik, which is a Scandinavian name meaning ‘ruler of the people’.

Doug

Shortened form of Douglas, which was originally a Scottish surname, meaning ‘black stream’ in Gaelic.

Drew

Shortened form of Andrew, meaning ‘warrior’.

Duke

Duke is a noble title in English aristocracy. It comes from the latin word, ‘dux’, meaning ‘leader’.

Durk

A variation of Dirk, meaning, a Scandinavian name meaning ‘ruler of the people’.

Earl

Originally an aristocratic title meaning ‘nobleman’ or ‘warrior’.

Eddy

A shortened form of Edward (meaning ‘rich guard’) or Edmund (meaning ‘wealth’ and ‘protection’). 

Eden

This name either comes from the Hebrew word meaning ‘pleasure or delight’, or the Sumerian word ‘meaning ‘plain’.

Enzo

This name could either come from the old Italian form of Heinz or a variant of the Germanic name, Anzo. It can also be a nickname for names ending in -enzo, like Vincenzo.

Eric

Eirc is a Scandinavian name meaning ‘always ruler’. Eric was the name of several early Scandinavian kings from Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Evan

Evan is the Anglicized form of Iefan, the Welsh name for John. Evan means ‘God is gracious’

Ezra

This name comes from the Hebrew word for ‘help’. 

Finn

A name from Old Norse, meaning ‘person from Finland’.

Fitz

Fitz is a shortened form of any name beginning with Fitz. It comes from the Norman French, meaning ‘son of’.

Ford

Ford comes from a surname that was originally a place name in Old English and refered to someone who lived by a ford.

Fred

Shortened form of Frederick, meaning ‘peaceful ruler’.

Gabe

Shortened form of Gabriel, meaning ‘God is my strength’.

Gage

An English surname orginally from the Old French for ‘measure’.

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Gary

Gary stems from a French surname meaning ‘spear’. Gary Cooper, a film star from the 1920’s, popularized the name, after using it as a stage name after his hometown of Gary, Indiana. 

Gene

Gene is a shortened form of Eugene, meaning ‘well born’.

Glen

Originally a Scottish surname from the Gaelic word for ‘valley’.

Gord

Gord is a nickname for Gordon, which is a Scottish surname. It means ‘spacious fort’ and was originally derived from a place name in Berwiskshire.

Gray

This one syllable baby name was originally an English surname.

Greg

Shortened form of Gregory, meaning ‘watchful’.

Grey

Alternate spelling of the name that was originally an English surname.

Hale

Originally an Old English surname meaning ‘nook’ or ‘retreat’.

Hank

A nickname for Henry (meaning ‘ruler’), made popular by baseball player Hank Aaron, and musician Hank Williams.

Hoyt

Originally a surname from the Middle English word for ‘stick’.

Hugh

Originally stemming from the Germanic, meaning ‘heart, spirit, mind’.

Hugo

Hugo is the Latinized form of Hugh, meaning ‘heart, spirit, mind’ in Germanic languages.

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Iain

This one syllable baby name is the Scottish variant of John.

Iggy

Iggy is the shortened form of Ignatius, which comes from the surname of the Roman family, Egnatius.

Igor

Igor is the Russian form of Yngvarr, which combines the name of the Germanic god, Yngvi and ‘arr’, which means warrior. 

Ivan

This Slavic name originally comes from the Greek, Iohannes.

Ives

Ives is the English version of Yves, a French name originally coming from the Germanic element ‘yew’.

Izzy

Izzy can be a nickname for names like Isaac, Isaiah, or Isreal.

Jace

Jace is a nickname for Jason, meaning ‘to heal’.

Jack

A nickname for John, it is now more popular as a name of its own.

Jake

This one syllable baby name was is a variation of Jack, or a shortened form of Jacob, meaning ‘supplanter’.

Jase

A shortened form for Jason, meaning ‘healer’.

Jean

Meaning ‘God is gracious’, Jean is a French form of John.

Jeff

Nickname for Jeffery (meaning ‘peace’) or for the Dutch name, Jozef, meaning ‘God will increase’.

Jett

Variation of the English word, jet, referring to the colour black, or a jet airplane.

Joel

Anglicized version of the Hebrew name, Yoel, Joel is a minor prophet of the Old Testament. 

John

Meaning ‘God is gracious’, two important figures in the New Testament are names John.

Jory

Jory is the Cornish form of George, meaning ‘farmer’.

Josh

Shortened form of Joshua, meaning ‘God is salvation’.

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Jove

Jove is originally derived from Jupiter, the Roman god of the sea.

Judd

A medieval form of Jordan, referring the the Jordan river, which runs between Isreal and Jordan. 

Jude

Shortened form of Judas, popularized by the song, ‘Hey Jude’.

Kade

Kade is an alternate spelling of Cade, which was originally a surname meaning ’round’ in Old English.

Kain

A form of Cain, the spelling was used in the Greek Old Testament. Cain means ‘acquired’ in Hebrew. In the Bible, Cain was a son of Adam who killed his brother, Abel.

Kale

Kale is the Hawaiian form of Charles, meaning ‘man’.

Karl

Karl is the Germanic and Scandinavian form of Charles, meaning ‘man’.

Kerr

Kerr was originally a Scottish surname. It comes from the Old Norse for ‘rough, wet ground’.

Kian

In Persian, Kian means ‘king, foundation, symbol of pride’.

King

King comes from the English word, king.

Kirk

Originally an English and Scottish surname meaning ‘church’.

Knox

Originally a Scottish surname referring to a round hill.

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Kobe

Kobe is a shortened form of Jakob in Dutch. 

Kris

Shortened form of Christopher, meaning ‘bearer of Christ’.

Kyle

Originally a Scottish surname from the Gaelic word for  ‘strait’ or ‘channel’.

Lake

This name comes from the English word for the body of water.

Lane

Originally a surname referring to a person who lived near a lane or path.

Leif

An Old Norse name meaning ‘descendant’ or ‘heir’

Leon

Leon originally comes from the Greek word for lion.

Levi

In Hebrew, Levi means ‘joined’ or ‘attached’.

Liam

The Irish shortened form of William, meaning ‘resolute protector’.

Loup

French form of the name Lupus, meaning ‘wolf’.

Loyd

From the Welsh surname referring to the colour grey.

Luca

Luca is a form of Lucas in Italian and Romanian

Luke

English version of the Greek name meaning from Luciana, a region in Southern Italy.

Lyle

Originally from the French word for island (l’isle), Lyle stemmed from an English surname, brought to England by the Normans.

Mack

This one syllable boys name comes from a number of Scottish surnames, all beginning with Mac. Mac is the Gaelic word meaning son, and can also be used as a general sland term for ‘man’.

Marc/Mark

Originally coming from the Latin name, Marcus, it was originally derived from the Roman god, Mars, who was the god of war. It means ‘male’.

Matt

Shortened form of Matthew, meaning ‘gift of God’.

Merv

This one syllable name is a shortened form of Mervyn, which originated from a Welsh king named Merfyn.

Mick

Mick is a nickname for Michael (meaning ‘Who is like God?’ or the archangel of the same name) or a slang term that refers to an Irishman.

 

 

Mike

Mike is the common diminuitive of Michael, meaning ‘who is like God?’.

Milo

Milo is an Old Germanic form of Miles, meaning ‘gracious’.

Nash

Nash is a very trendy one syllable name that originally stems from a middle English phrases meaning ‘at the ash tree’.

Nate

This is another one syllable name that is a shortened form of Nathan (meaning ‘he gave’) or Nathanial (meaning ‘God has given’).

Neil

Anglicized version of Niall, the Scottish name meaning ‘champoin’.

Nick

Short for Nicholas, meaning ‘victory of the people’.

Noah

Noah is originally a Hebrew name meaning ‘rest’.

Noel

Noel comes from the French for ‘Christmas’, and was traditionally given to children born on this holiday.

Otis

An English name originally stemming from the name, Otto, meaning ‘wealth’.

Owen

The Anglicized version of Irish and Welsh name for Eugene, meaning wealth.

Paul

Meaning ‘small’ or ‘humble’ in Latin, Paul comes from the Paulus family, an important Roman family. Paul was an important early Christian leader.

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Pete

A nickname for Peter, which originated from the Greek word meaning ‘stone’.

Phil

The shortened form of Philip, meaning ‘friend of horses’.

Quin

Quin comes from an Irish surname, originally spelled Quinn.

Rain

From the English word, ‘rain’.

Reid

Originally a surname, it comes from the Old English word, ‘read’, a nickname given to a redhead.

Remy

Remy is the French form of Remigius, the Latin name meaning ‘oarsmen’ or ‘rower’.

Rene

A form of the name Renatus, meaning ‘born again’.

Rhys

Rhys is a Welsh name meaning ‘enthusiasm’.

Rich

Rich is a short form of Richard, which means ‘brave, power’.

Rick

Shortened form of Richard, which means ‘brave, power’.

Rolf

Originally this name comes from Rudolf, meaning ‘fame’ and ‘wolf’.

Rory

Rory is the Anglicized form of Ruaidhri, an Irish name that means ‘red’.

 

Ross

A Scottish surname, coming from the Gaelic word for ‘headland’.

Rudy

Rudy is a shortened form of Rudolph, meaning ‘fame’ and ‘wolf’.

Russ

Shortened form of Russell, meaning ‘little red one’ in French.

Ryan

Ryan comes form the Irish surname O Rian, meaning descendant of Rian, which means ‘little king’.

Sage

Sage is the English word referring to the spice, or a wise person.

Saul

Saul is a cute boys name, meaning ‘asked for’, ‘prayed for’ in Hebrew.

Scot

Scot’s original meaning is “Gaelic speaker’ in Latin. It refers to someone from Scotland or who speaks Scottish Gaelic.

Sean

Irish form of John, meaning ‘God is gracious’.

Seth

In Hebrew, Seth means ‘appointed’.

Shaw

Coming from an English surname, meaning ‘thicket’.

Shay

This Irish Gaelic name means ‘majestic’ or ‘esteemed’.

Shea

An alternate spelling of the Irish Gaelic name means ‘majestic’ or ‘esteemed’.

Stan

Shortened form of Stanley, coming from a surname meaning ‘stone clearning’ in Old English.

Sven

Sven means ‘boy’ in Old Norse.

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Tate

Originally a surname in Old English coming from the given name.

Thor

From the Old Norse, meaning ‘thunder’, Thor is the Norse god of stregnth, storms, thunder and war.

Toby

Shortened form of Tobias.

Todd

Todd stems from the Middle English word for fox.

Tony

Tony is a nickname for Anthony, from the Roman family Antonius.

Trey

Originally a nickname in English meaning ‘three’.

Troy

Originally a surname referring to someone who lived in the French city of Troyes.

Vern

This is the shortened form of Vernon, which means ‘alder’. 

Wade

Originally, Wade was a an Old English word referring to a ford. 

Walt

A shortened form of Walter, meaning ‘ruler of the army’.

Ward

Originally an English surname for a person who worked as a guard or watchman.

Will

Shortened form of William, meaning ‘resolute protector’ in Old French.

Wolf

A shortened form of Wolfgang, or after the animal of the same name.

Yvon

A nickname for the French name, Yves, originally stemming from the Germanic word for ‘yew’.

Yves

A French name, originally stemming from the Germanic word for ‘yew’.

Zach

Nicknames for Zachary, meaning ‘God rememebered’.

Zane

Originally an American surname of unknown meaning.

Zeke

A nickname for Ezekiel, which means ‘God will strengthen’.

Zion

The biblical term for the promised land.

Name meanings sources from Behind the Name

Well that’s my list of four letter boy names. I hope this helps you on the search for the perfect name for your new son! Happy name-hunting and good luck!

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