Who needs to be at the front of the line anyway? Baby names beginning X, Y, or Z are excellent and they give your child a bit of an edge. Let’s leave boring names in the past! It’s time for parents to start spicing things up and choosing names that are as lively and unique as they are. A lot of thought goes into naming a baby and by choosing a fun and unusual name, you can help your kid stand out.
By looking at the end of the alphabet, we were able to discover some fascinating names for girls. It’s time to chart a new course away from Andrew, Arnold, Alfred, and Alex. Here are 20 zesty, zingy, zazzy baby names for boys that begin with X, Y, or Z.
Xanti is a boy’s name and short form for Santiago which is Basque and means “Saint James.” Xanti might also refer to the Greek word for “fair” or “blonde.”
Xavier is a trendy boy’s name that is derived from Etxabarri, the Basque place name, meaning “the new house.” Tilda Swinton chose this distinguished name for her son when he was born in 1997.
Yeagar is a German name that comes from the word jagen which means “to hunt.” Way more interesting than the name Hunter, Yeagar is a name that’s associated with knights and knightly pursuits.
Not just a peppermint pattie, York is an English name that means “from the yew estate.” In the UK, you’ll find the city of York which is the capital of Yorkshire. There are quite a few places in the US named York as well including the country’s largest, New York.
York and Yves share the same Proto-Indo-European origin. Yves means “yew.” This name and its various forms enjoy broad popularity across Europe. However, in the US it doesn’t make the top 1000. Yves is an incredible name and we’d love to see it take off here as well.
An oldie but a goodie, Zachary is a popular name that comes from Hebrew and means “the Lord has remembered.” Elton John chose this name for his first child.
Zayn is a criminally underutilized name. The Arabic name means “grace.” Thanks to Zayn Malik and One Direction’s popularity, the name has received renewed attention. We hope its popularity continues to grow.
Zeke is a shortened form of Ezekiel. The Hebrew name means “God strengthens.” Many parents shy away from this handsome name for fear chants of “Zeke the geek” will haunt their child. Be bold and brave parents, because this is a fantastic name.
Speaking of being bold… Zeus, the mighty Olympian god of gods would be a choice. Zeus ruled the skies and the name is closely associated with the big planet, Jupiter. While the name hasn’t cracked the top 1000 in the US, more and more parents are considering this powerful name.
Xander is a cute form of Alexander, a Greek name that means “defender of men.” Xander can also be spelled with a “Z.” Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer know the name well!
Zaden, Zaiden, and Zayden are contemporary invented names that work as alternatives to Aiden or Jaiden. The spelling Zayden is the most popular ranking as the 186th most popular given names for boys in 2018.
Because you don’t want to name your child Zedikah, an OId Testament Hebrew name that means “the Lord is just,” consider Zed. Zed is an effortless name that sounds very cool and zippy.
The popular form of Xavier, Xavi is on the rise. The name also means “the new house.” While popularly used as a nickname, we foresee Xavi standing on its own and making the top 1000 names very soon.
Yosef is a popular, Hebrew form of Joseph that means “God shall add.” While the name is very popular as a given name, it also belongs to artist and Ricky Martin’s partner, Jwan Yosef as a last name.
Yashar is a Turkish name that means “someone who lives a long life.” If you’re looking for a name with longevity, you could do no better. Popular in Turkey and Iran, we hope the name starts gaining steam in the US.
Yuri is a Russian form of the English name George that comes from Greek and means “farmer.” The classic novel and later film, Doctor Zhivago features a main character named Yuri Zhivago.
Zahir is a top 1000 name for boys that comes from Arabic and means “supporter.” The name is one of 99 names of Allah.
Zion is a Hebrew name that means “highest point.” This extremely popular name is beloved by many parents including celebrities like Lauryn Hill and Fantasia Barrino who both chose the name for their children.
Zev is a boy’s name with Hebrew origins which means “wolf.” If you haven’t heard this name around much, you will soon. Its popularity is growing and it landed in the top 1000 in 2018. Zev Hirsch Bernstein immigrated to the US in 1870 and started the country’s first Hebrew periodical.
We won’t stop pushing this adorable name for boys! Ziggy is a shortened form of the German names Siegfried or Sigmund and means “victorious peace.” Ziggy Marley and Ziggy Stardust are two famous examples to encourage you to get Ziggy with it.
There you have it! 20 wonderful baby names for boys that begin with X, Y, or Z that we absolutely adore. These bold names would be great options for your child.
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
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