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Strong One Syllable Names for Boys You’ll Adore

Are you looking for a super short name for your new son? This list of one syllable names for boys will help you find the perfect name for your baby!

Why Choose One Syllable Name for your Baby Boy

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A new trend in baby names is to choose longer old fashioned names.  Following the trend of vintage girls names, moms and dads are choosing vintage names for boys like Sebastian and Theodore.

One way to buck the trend is to choose a short and sweet name for your baby boy. One syllable names are simple, but so cute. Your little boy will stand out from the crowd.

Some other perks of simple names? They’re less likely to be misspelled, or be given a nickname you may not care for. Your baby boy will never have to correct a teacher on the first day of school.

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One Syllable Middle Names for Boys

Perhaps you’re looking for a one syllable middle name for your son. You may have had an easy time choosing a first name, but finding just the right middle name to match can be so tricky! Short middle names often sound great with a longer first name.

Strong One Syllable Boys Names

Without further ado, here is my list of strong one syllable boy names. Some of the unique names, others are classic names. I hope you will find a name you will love for your baby boy.

Abe

Shortened form of Abraham, meaning ‘father of many’.

Ace

English word meaning ‘the highest rank’.

Ad

Nickname for Adrian, originally meaning ‘from Hadria’.

Al

Shortened form of Albert, meaning ‘noble’ and ‘bright’.

Alf

Nickname for Alfred, meaning ‘elf’ and’counsel’.

Alp

In Turkish this name means ‘hero’.

Aodh

Old Irish name meaning ‘fire’ and is often anglicized into ‘Hugh’.

Art

Version of Arthur, meaning ‘bear’ and ‘man’ or ‘king’.

Ash

Version of Ashley, or referring to the ash tree or ash as in the residue of fire. 

Baer

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

Bart

Version of Bartholomew, an apostle in the New Testament.

Bas

Shortened form of Sebastian, which means ‘revered’.

Baz

Nickname for Barry, meaning ‘fair-haired’ or Basil, meaning ‘royal’ or ‘chivalrous’.

Beau

Meaning handsome in French.

Bede

Saint Bede was a 8th century scholar and historian.

Ben

Shortened form of Benjamin, meaning ‘son of the south’ or Benedict, meaning ‘blessed’.

Bent

Danish form of of Benedict, meaning ‘blessed’. 

 

 

Bernd

Shortened form of Bernhard, meaning ‘bear’ and ‘brave’. 

Bert

Shortened form of Albert, meaning ‘noble’ and ‘bright’.

Biff

From the Enligsh word ‘biff’, which means ‘hit’.

Bill

Nickname for William, meaning ‘will or desire’.

Blaine

Originally a Scottish surname, meaning ‘yellow’ in Gaelic.

Blair

From a Scottish surname, meaning ‘field’.

Blaise

From the Roman name ‘Blasius’, which means ‘lisping’.

Blake

Originally an English surname meaning ‘black’.

Blaze

An alternate spelling of Blaise, influenced by the word, ‘blaze’.

Bob

Shortened form of Robert, meaning ‘bright fame’.

Boyd

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

Boyce

A surname originating from the French word for ‘wood’.

Braam

A Dutch form of Abraham, which means ‘father of many’.

Brad

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

Braith

A Welsh name meaning ‘speckled’.

Bram

A shortened form of Abraham, meaning ‘father of many’.

Bran

Meaning ‘raven’ in Irish and Welsh.

Brent

An English surname, originally meaning ‘hill’ in Celtic.

Brett

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

Brice

Latinized form of the Gaulish word for ‘speckled’.

Brock

Originally a surname, which, in Old English, means ‘badger’.

Brook

Originally an English surname referring to someone who lived near a brook.

Bruce

Originally Scottish surname, made famous by Robert the Bruce,  a 14th century Scottish hero.

Burke

From the old English for ‘burg’.

Burt

Nickname for Burton, meaning ‘fortified town’.

Buz

Means ‘contempt’ in Hebrew.

Cade

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

Cai

Alternate spelling for Kai, or the Welsh form of Kay.

Cain

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

Cal

Shortened version of Calvin, which means ‘little bald one’.

Cam

Short version of Cameron, a Scottish surname.

Carl

The German form of Charles, meaning ‘man’.

Cas

A nickname for Casper, which means ‘treasurer’.

Cash

Originally a surname made popular by singer, Johnny Cash.

Chad

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

Chance

Meaning ‘luck’, this name was originally a short version of Chauncey.

Charles

From the Germanic name, Karl, meaning ‘man’.

Chaz

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

Che

The nickname of Argentine revolutionary, Ernesto Guevara, from the Argentinian expression for ‘hey’.

Chet

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

Chi

Meaning ‘will, spirit’ in Vietnamese, or ‘God, spiritual being’ in Igbo.

Chile

Alternate form of Kyle.

Chip

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

Chris

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

Chuck

Nickname for Charles, meaning ‘man’.

Clark

Originally an English surname meaning ‘scribe’.

Claude

French version of the name Claudius.

Claus

A form of Nicholas from Germany.

Clay

Originally a surname for someone who worked with clay.

Cliff

Shortened form of Clifford, which was originally a surname meaning ‘lives by a cliff’.

Clive

An Old English surname meaning ‘cliff’.

Clyde

The name Clyde is Gaelic in origin and comes from the Clyde river, in Scotland. 

Cole

Originally an Old English surname ‘Cola’.

Col

Shortened form of Nicholas, ‘meaning ‘victory of the people.

Colt

Colt is an English name that is mainly used in the United States. It originally referred to a young male horse. It can also be a nickname for the name, Colton.

Coy

Originally a surname meaning ‘quiet or shy’.

Craig

Scottish name originally from the Gaelic word for ‘crags’, or ‘rocks’.

Dai

From the Celtic, meaning ‘to shine’.

Dale

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

Dan

Nickname for Daniel, which means ‘God is my judge’.

Dane

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

Dar

Hebrew for ‘mother-of-pearl’.

Dave

Shortened form of David, meaning ‘beloved’.

Daw

Medieval nickname for David, meaning ‘beloved’.

Dax

Originally a surname, from the French town of Dax.

Dean

Originally an English surname.

Dee

After the Dee river in Scotland, or a short form for names beginning with D.

Den

Nickname for Dennis, which comes from Dionysius, the Roman god of wine.

Des

Shortened version of Desmond, meaning ‘gracious defender’.

Dev

From Sanskrit for ‘God’.

Dex

Nickname for Dexter, which means ‘skilled’.

Dirk

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

Dom

Nickname for Dominic, meaning ‘lordly’.

Don

Shortened form of Donald, originally a Scottish surname meaning ‘world ruler’.

Doug

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

Dov

From the Hebrew for ‘bear’.

Dre

Diminiuitive of Andre, the French and Portuguese version of Andrew, meaning ‘warrior’

Drew

Shortened form of Andrew, meaning ‘warrior’.

Duane

Anglicized version of the Gaelic surname O Dubhan.

Dwight

An English surname, made popular by Dwight Eisenhower.

Ean

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

Earl

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

Ed

Nickname for Edward, meaning ‘wealthy protector’.

Ern

Shortened form of Ernest, meaning ‘serious warrior’.

Fen

Nickname for several Germanic names, meaning ‘peace’.

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’.

Floyd

Variation of Lloyd, meaning ‘grey-haired’ in Welsh.

Ford

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

Fox

Originally a surname, or named after the animal.

Frank

Referring to a Germanic tribe, the Franks.

Fred

Shortened form of Frederick, meaning ‘peaceful ruler’.

Fritz

Nickname for the Germanic name, Freidrich, meaning ‘peaceful ruler’.

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Gabe

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

Gad

Meaning ‘fortunate or luck’ in Hebrew.

Gage

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

Garth

An Old Norse surname meaning ‘garden’.

Gaz

Nickname for Gary, meaning ‘spear’ or Gareth, meaning ‘gentle’.

Gene

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

George

Originally from the Greek for ‘farmer’.

Gil

Shortened form of Gilbert, which means ‘bright pledge’.

Giles

Originally from the Latin name Aegidius. Giles was an 8th century saint.

Glenn

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.

Graham

A Scottish surname which originally referred to a ‘gravelly homestead’ in Old English.

Grant

Originally an English surname from the Norman French for ‘large’.

Gray

This one syllable baby name was originally an English surname.

Greg

Shortened form of Gregory, meaning ‘watchful’.

Gus

Shortened form of Angus, meaning ‘one choice’.

Guy

From the Norman French name, Wido, or a Hebrew variant of Gai.

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Hal

Nickname for Harry, meaning ‘home ruler’.

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.

Heath

An English surname referring to someone who lived in a heath.

Hoyt

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

Hugh

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

Ian

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

Ike

This short baby name is short for of Issac, meaning ‘he will laugh’.

Ira

From the Hebrew for ‘watchful’.

Isa

Middle Eastern form of Jesus, or short form of a number of Germanic names.

Jack

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

Jae

From the Sino-Korean character for ‘talent’ or ‘wealth’, or a version of Jay.

Jake

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

James

English form of the Latin name, Iacomus and the name of two apostles from the New Testament.

Jan

Nickname for Johannes or English nickname for John, meaning ‘God is gracious’.

Jase

A shortened form for Jason, meaning ‘healer’. 

Jax

This one syllable baby name is a form of Jackson, meaning ‘son of Jack’.

Jay

Nickname for names like James or Jason.

Jeb

Nickname for Jacob, meaning ‘supplanter’.

Jed

Nickname for Jedidiah, which means ‘friend of God’.

Jeff

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

Jem

Nickname for Jeremy (meaning ‘God has raised’) or James (meaning ‘supplanter’).

Jep

Medieval nickname for Geoffrey, meaning ‘peace’.

Jett

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

Jez

Nickname for Jeremy, meaning ‘God has raised’.

Jim

Shortened form of James, meaning ‘supplanter’.

Joe

Shortened version of Joseph, meaning ‘God will increase’.

Joel

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

Jon/John

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

Josh

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

Jude

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

Kai

Meaning ‘sea’ in Hawaiian, or ‘victory’ in Chinese.

Kam

Form of Kameron/Cameron, originally a Scottish surname meaning ‘crooked river’.

Kay

Alternative to the Welsh name, Cai or a variation on Kai.

Keefe

From the Irish surname meaning ‘descendant of Caomh’.

Keith

A surname of a long line of Scottish nobles, originally meaning ‘wood’.

Ken

Shortened version of Kenneth, meaning ‘handsome’ in Gaelic.

Kev

Nickname for Kevin, which means ‘handsome’ in Old Irish.

Kim

 This one syllable name is a shortened form of Kimball or Joachim.

Kip

A nickname from the English word ‘kipper’, which is a male salmon.

Kirk

Originally an English and Scottish surname meaning ‘church’.

Knox

Originally a Scottish surname referring to a round hill.

Kyle

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

Lance

A form of the Germanic name, Lanzo, meaning ‘land’ or ‘spear’.

Lane

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

Law

Diminutive for Laurence.

Lee

Originally a surname meaning ‘clearing’.

Leif

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

Len

Short form of Leonard, meaning ‘lion-hearted’.

Leo

From the Latin for ‘lion’.

Les

Shortened form of Lester, originally an Anglo-Saxon surname.

Liam

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

Lin

From the Chinese for ‘forest’ or ‘gem’.

Lip

Nickname for Phillip, meaning ‘horse’s friend’.

Lloyd

From the Welsh surname referring to the colour grey.

Lon

Nickname for Alonzo, which means ‘noble and ready’.

Lorne

Originally from the title ‘Margquis of Lorne’, which refers to the Scottish place name, Lorne.

Lou

Short form of Louis, meaning ‘famous warrior’.

Loup

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

Luc

French/Welsh spelling of Luke.

Luke

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

Lux

 This one syllale boys name is from the Latin word for ‘light’.

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’.

Max

Shortened form of Maxwell (a Scottish surname meaning Mac’s stream) or Maximillian (from the Roman emperor, Maximus).

Meade

This one syllable name comes from the English surname meaning he who lived on a meadow.

Merle

The word ‘merle’ refers to a blackbird in French. Merle is also sometimes a shortened form of Merril or Muriel.

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?’.

Miles

Miles comes from the name, Milo, a German name. The meaning is unknown, but may refer to the Latin for soldier, or the Slavic name, meaning ‘gracious’.

Mel

Nickname for Melvin, which was a Scottish surname.

Mitch

Meaning ‘big’ or ‘large’, or from an English surname.

Moe

Nickname for Maurice or Morris, both meaning ‘dark’.

Nash

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

Nat

Short for Nathan (meaning ‘he gave’) or Nathaniel (meaning ‘God has given’).

Nate

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

Ned

Ned-Nickname for Edward or Edmund, both meaning ‘rich guard’.

Neil

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

Nick

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

Niels

Niels is the Danish form of Nicholas, meaning ‘victory of the people’.

Noe

Alternate form of Noah, from the Romance Languages and used in the Greek and Latin Bible.

Noel

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

Nol

Short for Arnold.

Pal

A version of Paul (meaning ‘small’ or ‘humble’) in several languages.

Pat

Shortened form of Patrick, meaning ‘nobleman’.

Paul

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

Paz

From Hebrew, meaning ‘golden’.

Perce

A shortened form of Percy, which comes from a Norman town, Perci.

Pete

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

Phil

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

Pierce

This name comes from the surname, which originates from the given name Piers, the Medieval form fo Peter, meaning ‘stone’. 

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Pip

Nickname for Phillip, meaning ‘friend of horses’.

Price

Price is a unique name that sounds very modern. It’s a new spin on the trend of given surnames as given names. It comes from a Welsh surname meaning ‘son fo Rhys’.

Quinn

Quinn comes from an Irish surname.

Rab

Scottish nickname for Robert, meaning ‘bright fame’.

Raf

Shortened form of Rafeal, meaning ‘God has healed’.

Raine

From the English word, ‘rain’.

Raj

Sanskrit word for ’empire, royalty’.

Ralph

Originally Ralph was a Scandinavian name, which was brough to England by the Normans. Originally it meant ‘consel’ and ‘wolf’ in Old Norse.

Ram

Hebrew name meaning ‘exalted’.

Ray

A shortened form of Raymond, coming from Old German and meaning ‘advice’ and ‘protector’.

Raz

Hebrew name meaning ‘secret’.

Red

A nickname for redheads.

Reed

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

Reg

Shortned version of Reginald, which means ‘advice’ or ‘rule’.

Rex

From the Latin word for ‘king’.

Rhett

Originating from Old Dutch, meaning ‘advice’ or ‘counsel’.

Rick

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

Rik

Nickname for Frederik, or Hendrik.

Rob

Short version of Robert, meaning ‘bright fame’.

Roc

Nickname for Rocco meaning ‘rest’.

Rod

Shortened form of Rodney, which was originally an English surname.

Roi

Hebrew name, meaning ‘my shepherd’ or French word for king.

Ron

Nickname for Ronald, an Old Norse name meaning ‘advice’ or ‘ruler’

Ross

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

Roy

Anglicized version of Scottish name meaning ‘red’ or anglicized version of the French word for king.

Russ

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

Sal

Shortened form of Salvador, meaning ‘saviour’ in Spanish and Portugeuese.

Sam

Nickname for Samuel, meaning ‘name of God’.

Saul

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

Scott

Scott’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’.

Shane

Shane is the Anglicized version of Sean, which is the Irish version of John, meaning “God is gracious’.

Sid

Shortened version of Sidney, meaning ‘Saint Dennis’ in French.

Shaw

Coming from an English surname, meaning thicket.

Shay

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

Sky

From the English word for ‘sky’.

Sloan

From the Irish surname, meaning ‘raid’.

Sly

Shortened form of Sylvester, meaning ‘wood’ or ‘forest’.

Sol

Nickname for Soloman, meaning ‘peace’ in Hebrew.

Stan

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

Steve

A shortened form of Steven, meaning ‘crown’.

Storm

After the English word, storm.

Stu

Nickname for Stuart, meaning ‘guardian of the house’.

Sven

Sven means ‘boy’ in Old Norse.

Syd

Nickname for Sydney, meaning meaning ‘Saint Dennis’ in French.

Tel

Short form of Terrance, a name of unknown meaning.

Tad

Nickname for Thaddeus, meaning ‘corageous heart’.

Tal

From Hebrew, meaning ‘dew’.

Tam

Scottish nickname for Thomas, meaning ‘twin’.

Tate

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

Ted

Shortened form of Theodore or Edward.

Tex

A nickname for someone born in Texas.

Thane

From the Old English word, thegn, a noble title in Scotland and England.

Thor

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

Tim

Nickname for Timothy ‘honouring God’.

Tod/Todd

Todd stems from the Middle English word for fox.

Tom

Shortened version of Thomas, meaning ‘twin’.

Trace

A shortened form of Tracy, originally an English surname.

Trent

Trent was originally a surname that referred to someone who lived by the River Trent in England.

Troy

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

Ty/Tye

This one syllable boys name means ‘pasture’.

Val

Nickname for Valentine, meaning ‘strong’, ‘vigourous’ and ‘healthy’.

Van

Short version of Vance.

Vance

Meaning ‘marsh’ in Old English, Vance was originally a surname.

Vaughn

This name was originally a Welsh surname which means ‘little’.

Vern

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

Vic

Nickname for Victor, which comes from the Roman meaning ‘victor’ or ‘conqueror’.

Vin/Vince

Shortened form of Vincent, originally coming from a Roman name meaning ‘to conquer’.

Wayne

Wayne was originally a surname meaning ‘wagon maker’.

Wes

Shortened form of Wesley, traditionally a surname which referred to a clearing in the West.

Will

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

Wright

Originally Wright was a surname meaning ‘craftsman’.

Yves

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

Zac/Zak/Zach/Zack

Nicknames for Zachary, meaning ‘God remembered.

Zane

Originally an American surname of unknown meaning.

Zeke

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

Name meanings sourced from Behind the Name

I hope this list of one syllable names for boys has helped you to find the perfect name for your baby boy! Good luck, Mamas!

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