Baby Names

Distinctly Southern Boy Names You’ll Adore (with meanings and origins)

Are you looking for a sweet rustic name for your baby boy? This list of Southern boy names will help you find the perfect name for your new son.

What Choose a Southern Name?

Southern baby names are a really great trend. Boys names that have a southern ring to them are racing up the charts right now. You may be looking to honor your Southern heritage or are looking for a super trendy name. Either way, 

Southern names can include a lot of different themes. Many Southern boy names can come from famous people from the South, including presidents, country singers and other icons. Other Southern names have a very traditional feel, and include biblical names and names with a strong family tradition. 

So which Southern boy name to pick? It really depends on which other naming trends you like. There’s a way to honor your Southern heritage for everyone!

If you like Southern boy names, you’ll also like these great rustic names for boys. Be sure to check them out!

Southern Boy Names

Without further ado, here is my list of Southern boy names. I’ve included meanings to go along with the names.

Aaron

Originally a Hebrew or Egyptian name meaning ‘highest mountain’ or ‘exulted’.  Aaron was the older brother of Moses in the Bible. 

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.

Ainsley

Meaning ‘solitary woodland clearing’, this name was originally a surname.

Alden

Alden was originally a surname, coming from the Medieval name, Ealdwine, meaning old friend.

Alder

Referring to the tree of the same name.

Amos

Amos means ‘load’ or ‘burden’. Amos was one of the 12 minor prophets in the Old Testament.

Andy

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

Ash

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

Ashton

Originally a surname meaning “ash tree town.”

Asher

Asher means ‘happy’ or ‘blessed’ in Hebrew.

Atticus

Atticus literally means ‘from Attica’, a region surrounding Athens in Greece. Fictional Southern lawyer, Atticus Finch, is a famous bearer of this name.

Austin

Austin is a medieval shortened from of Augustine. It can also be used to honour the city of Austin, Texas. 

Bailey

The name Bailey is derived from the occupation of a bailiff.

Beau

Meaning handsome in French. Can also be a nickname for Beauregard.

Bennett

Bennett is the medieval form of Benedict and is also a surname.

Bentley

This is a surname which was originally a place name of several English towns. 

Billy

A shortened form of William, which combines the Germanic elements of ‘will or desire’ and ‘protection’

Blaine

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

Blair

From a Scottish surname, meaning ‘field’.

Bobby

Bobby is a nickname for Robert, which means ‘bright fame’. Bobby was the name of two hockey greats, Bobby Orr and Bobby Clark.

Boyd

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

Brady

Brady was originally an Irish surname , which meant ‘descendant of Bradach’.

Brody

Refers to a location in Moray, Scotland. Brody was originally a surname.

Brooks

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

Calvin

Calvin comes from the French surname Cauvin.

Camden

Camden was originally a surname meaning ‘enclosed valley’.

Cameron

Cameron was originally a Scottish surname meaning ‘crooked mouth’.

Carson

Carson was originally a Scottish surname.

Casey

Casey was an Irish surname, or named after Casey Jones, a famous train conductor.

Cash

Originally a surname made popular by singer, Johnny Cash (who was born in Arkansas and lived in Tennessee). If you’re looking for a great name inspired by a musician, see this list of boy names.

Charlie

Charlie is a nickname for Charles, which means ‘man’.

Chester

Chester originally was a last name which referred to a Roman town in Britain, and means ‘camp, fortress’.

Chet

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

Chuck

Nickname for Charles, meaning ‘man’.

Clancy

From an Irish surname meaning ‘red warrior’.

Clarence

Clarence was derived from a Latin title for members of the British family.

Clay

Originally a surname for someone who worked with clay. If you like short names, here’s a list of four letter names for boys.

Clayton

Clayton was originally a surname meaning ‘clay settlement’ in Old English.

Cliff

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

Clive

An Old English surname meaning ‘cliff’.

Colby

Originally an English surname, Colby means ‘dark’ and ‘town’.

Cole

Originally an Old English surname ‘Cola’.

Cory

Cory stems from the Old Norse name ‘Kori’.

Dallas

Dallas was originally a surname which referred to a ‘meadow dwelling’ in Gaelic (see more Scottish Gaelic names for boys here). It’s also quite common for parents to name their son after the city in Texas. 

Darren

Darren is a baby name of unknown origin, perhaps either a rare Irish surname or a form of Darrell. It became popular in the 1960’s with the character of Darren Stephens on Bewitched.

Dawson

Dawson means the son of David. It became popular in the 1990’s with the television show, Dawson’s Creek.

Davis

Davis is a surname that was originally from the given name, David, meaning ‘beloved’.

Dean

Originally an English surname.

Deacon

Deacon comes from the occupation of deacon in the church, coming from the Greek for ‘servant’.

Dixon

Dixon literally means Dick’s son. It was originally a surname.

Duke

Duke refers to a noble title, a duke.

Duncan

English spelling of the Gaelic name, Donnchadh, the meaning of which coming from the Gaelic words for ‘brown’ and ‘battle’. 

Dustin

Dustin was originally an English surname, coming from the Norse name, Torsten.

Earl

Earl is another aristocratic title that has been used as a given name.

Elwood

Originally an English surname meaning elder tree forest.

Emmett

Emmett was originally an English surname.

Everett

Everett was a surname, coming from the given name Everard.

Ewan

Anglicized spelling of Eoghan, meaning ‘born from a yew tree’.

Finch

Finch was originally a surname. Fictional Southern lawyer, Atticus Finch, is a famous bearer of this name, which is now also used as a given name.

Finley

Anglicized version of Fionnlagh, meaning ‘white warrior’ in Gaelic.

Fletcher

Fletcher was originally a surname, meaning ‘making of arrows’.

Forrest

Forrest was originally a surname which referred to someone living near a forest.

Foster

Foster was originally an English surname.

Freeman

Originally, Freeman was a surname, simply meaning ‘free man’.

Garrett

Garrett is originally from a English surname.

Gage

Gage comes from the Old French name, which means ‘measure’ or ‘pledge’.

George

George is originally from the Greek and means ‘farmer’. George Jones was a country music icon.

Grant

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

Gray

This one syllable baby name was originally an English surname.

Grayson

This name was originally a surname, meaning ‘son of the steward’.

Griffin

Griffin is the Latin form of Gruffudd, meaning ‘lord’, or ‘prince’, or can be in honor of the mythological creature of the same name.

Gunnar

Gunnar is an Old Norse name, meaning ‘war’ or ‘warrior’.

Hank

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

Hawthorn

After the tree of the same name, the Hawthorne tree has white/pink blooms and bright red berries. 

Hayes

Hayes was originally a surname, which was originally a place name, referring to an enclosure or fence.

Henry

A Germanic name meaning ‘home ruler’. Henry was brought to England by the Normans and was the name of many English kings.

Hunter

Hunter was originally a surname meaning simply, a hunter.

Ingram

Ingram was originally a surname that comes from an Old French given name.

Jackson

An English name, meaning ‘son of Jack’. Andrew Jackson was a notable president hailing from Tennessee. Jackson, Mississippi and Jacksonville, Florida, are cities in the South. 

Jasper

From the Hebrew, meaning ‘treasurer’. Jasper was one of the three wise men, or magi, who visited baby Jesus in the bible.

Jax

This one syllable baby name is a form of Jackson, meaning ‘son of Jack’. Jax is one of my favorite three letter names.

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Jimmy

Jimmy is traditionally a nickname for James.

Jonas

Jonas is a form of Jonah, which means ‘dove’.

Jones

Jones is a very common surname, but can also be used as a given name.

Judd

Judd was traditionally a nickname for Jordan, referring to the river between Israel and Jordan.

Kenneth

Anglicized version of Coinneach (handsome) and Cinaed (born of fire).

Knox

Originally a Scottish surname referring to a round hill. Knoxville, Tennessee and Fort Know are famous Southern locations.

Lachlan

Originally referred to a person from Norway (known as land of the lakes).

Landon

Meaning ‘long hill’, Landon was originally a surname from Old English

Lance

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

Lawson

Meaning ‘son of Lawson’, it was originally a surname.

Levi

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

Lincoln

This name was originally a surname, after a city in England. 

Linford

An English surname originally referring to a flax tree forest or linden tree forest.

Logan

Meaning ‘little hollow’, this was originally a place name.

Luke

Luke is a form of Lucas in Italian and Romanian, meaning ‘from Lucania’.

Lyle

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

Marshall

This name was originally a surname, and referred to someone who was a Marshal.

Mason

Mason was originally a surname which referred to a stone worker. Mason evokes the image of the Mason-Dixon line as well.

Max

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

Maxwell

Maxwell means ‘Max’s stream’. It was originally a Scottish surname.

Merle

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

Merv

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

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’.

Mitchell

Mitchell is a surname, or can be derived from Michael.

Monroe

A surname meaning ‘from the mouth of the Roe’.

Montgomery

Montgomery was originally a surname, but can also be used as a given name. Montgomery is the capital of Alabama.

Nash

Nash is a very trendy one syllable name that originally stems from a middle English phrases meaning ‘at the ash tree’. It, of course, evokes the city of Nashville.

Nathan

Nathan is a Hebrew name, meaning ‘he gave’.

Nixon

Nixon literally means ‘Nick’s son’.

Noah

Noah is originally a Hebrew name meaning ‘rest’.

Nolan

Nolan comes from an Irish surname, meaning ‘descendant of Nuallan’. 

Oakley

Variation of Oak.

Orson

Orson was originally a surname meaning ‘bear’, but can also be used as a given name.

Owen

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

Pacey

Originally Pacey was an English surname, Pacy.

Parker

Parker was originally an English surname, meaning ‘keeper of the park’.

Pete

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

Percy

Percy was originally a surname which refers to the French town, Perci, but can also be used as a given name.

Peyton

Peyton comes from a surname that was originally a place name.

Preston

Preston originally was a last name meaning ‘preist town’.

Quincy

Quincy was originally a surname derived from a place name.

Randall

Randall is yet another name that was originally a surname This one was originally derived from a Medieval first name, Randel.

Ray

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

Reggie

Reggie is short for Reginald, meaning ‘advice’ and ‘rule’.

Rhett

Originating from Old Dutch, meaning ‘advice’ or ‘counsel’. Rhett Butler was the infamous male lead in Gone with the Wind. Rhett is a great Southern name which is currently very on trend. To find more boy names that are racing up the charts for 2020, click here!

Riley

Riley is a cute unisex name. It’s meaning is either a variation of the Irish surname, Reilly, or an English surname that means ‘rye clearing’.

Richard

Richard is a popular traditional English baby name, originally meaning ‘brave power’ from the Germanic. It’s been the name of a number of kings of England.

Rufus

Rufus refers to someone who has red hair in Latin.

Sawyer

Sawyer was originally a surname that literally means ‘sawer of wood’.

Shane

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

Shaw

Coming from an English surname, meaning thicket.

Shay

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

Sloan

From the Irish surname, meaning ‘raid’.

Sheridan

Sheridan was originally an Irish surname.

Stan

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

Tad

Nickname for Thaddeus, meaning ‘corageous heart’.

Todd

Todd stems from the Middle English word for fox.

Tucker

Tucker is an occupational surname for a cloth fuller. 

Ty

This one syllable boys name means ‘pasture’.

Vance

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

Vaughn

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

Wade

Wade was originally a surname, meaning ‘a ford’, but can also be used as a given name.

Waylon

A variation of Wayland, Waylon was popularized by musician, Waylon Jennings.

Wells

Wells was originally a surname, but can also be used as a given name.

Wes

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

Wesley

Wesley is traditionally a surname which referred to a clearing in the West.

Vernon

Vernon was originally a surname that comes from the Gaulish word for alder.

Yates

Yates was originally surname, but can also be used as a given name. William Yates was a famous bearer of this name.

Zach

Nicknames for Zachary, meaning ‘God remembered.

Well, those are my favorite Southern boy names. I hope this helps you find the perfect name for your new baby!

Names sourced from Behind the Name.

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