Two-syllable baby names for boys are the most popular names. If you take a look at the top ten names for boys from 2018 (the latest data released), you’ll find Liam, Noah, Lucas, Mason, and Logan among them. In general, it’s good advice for parents to choose a two-syllable name for their son if their last name is not also two syllables. These names generally fit better with last names that are one or three syllables. For instance, Charlie Smith sounds much better than Charlie Johnson.
We decided to take a look at these extremely popular baby names to help you find the perfect one for your baby boy. These beloved names are the moniker equivalent of the Goldilocks principle. They’re neither too long or too short. These names are just right! Here are 25 two-syllable baby names for boys we think you’ll love.
Time-tested and adored, Maxwell is an excellent choice for your son that’s not as complicated as Maximilian or as casual as Max. The name Maxwell has Scottish origins and means “great stream.”
Timo is the Scandanavian form of Timothy and it’s most beloved in Norway. The name has German origins and means “honoring God.” Timo is the happy medium between Tim and Timothy and it sounds just as cute as Nemo.
A storied, classic name, Homer has origins in Greek and means “pledge.” Of course, we have Homer to thank for epics The Odyssey and The Iliad.
Nico is an Italian name for boys that comes from Greek and means “people of victory.” Nico is a gender-neutral name that we especially love for boys. The name is especially popular in Spanish-speaking communities and you’ll hear it often in Europe. In the US, the name ranked 382nd in 2018.
Remy is a French name of Latin origin that means “oarsman.” Although this name is old, it has a modern feel to it. In 2018, Remy was the 425th most popular name for boys. It’s trending up and we love that it’s also being given to girls as well.
Joaquin is the Spanish variation of a Hebrew name that means “God will judge.” This super cool sounding name ranks at number 347 on the list of most popular names for boys in the US. However, in Latin American countries like Argentina and Chile, it’s even more popular.
Break out the kilt! Lachlan is a traditional Scottish name that means “from the fjord-land.” The name was originally utilized for Viking invaders of Scotland. The name entered the top 1000 in the US in 2013.
Anton is the German form of a Latin name that means “priceless one.” Anton is a beloved name across Scandinavia, the name has not enjoyed the same favor in the US. Al Pacino has a son with the name.
Wesley is an English name that means “western meadow.” Methodists know the name because of the founder of Methodism, John Wesley. This name was most popular in the US in the 1970s, but it’s surged in recent years, coming in at 105th in 2018.
Another German name, Bruno is a popular choice in the US. The name means “brown.” Musician Bruno Mars has helped bring the name some clout and feel more contemporary.
Cosmo is a cosmic name with Greek origins that means “order” or “beauty.” Once seen as a wacky choice, Cosmo is gaining popularity among young parents.
Marco is the Spanish and Italian form of Mark and it just might be the best one. This name has Latin origins and means “warlike” due to its association with the god of war, Mars.
Thanks to Meghan Markle, Archie is cool again. The name reentered the top 1000 the year before his birth and we expect the name to be an even more popular choice when we get data from 2019. Archie is the shortened form of the German name, Archibald and it means “truly brave.”
Another name that starts with “A” that we love, Amir has both Hebrew and Arabic origins and it means “king” or “treetop.” In 2018, Amir was the 149th most popular name for boys.
Enzo is a diminutive of Lorenzo and Vincenzo which are names that sound like a whole lot. Enzo stands on its own as a cool, casual alternative. Enzo means “estate ruler.” Enzo has consistently ranked well in the US, but the name is having a moment in France, where it’s one of the most popular names now.
The Italians gave Enzo and the Japanese are responsible for Kenzo. Kenzo is a trending name in the US and we probably have designer, Kenzo Takada to thank. The name means “strong and healthy.”
The month of August was named for Emperor Augustus. The name means “magnificent” and we’d very much have to agree. Mariska Hargitay named her son August when he was born in 2006.
Theo is the cute form of grandpa-name Theodore. The name has Greek origins and means “gift of God.” In the US, Theo is extremely popular and it ranks at number 243.
Felix is an exceedingly charming name for a little boy with origins in Latin. The name means “happy.” Gillian Anderson and Elizabeth Banks both chose the name for their sons.
Hayden is a versatile name that’s a great choice for both boys and girls. The name has English origins and means “fire.” In 2018, Hayden dipped a bit in popularity. We hope it stays in the top 200. It’s fire.
Eric is a handsome name for boys that has origins in Old Norse. Like almost all Norse names, Eric has an epic meaning: “eternal ruler.” The name is a favorite in the US and Europe, but it has been slipping down the charts in the US since the 1980s.
NPR listeners know and love this classic Hebrew name. Ira means “watchful one.” Ira was one of the hottest names when the Social Security Administration started tracking them in the 1880s. It fell off the charts in the 1930s and it wasn’t until 2016 that it reentered the top 1000.
A classic baby name that dates all the way back to the ancient Romans, Quintin means “fifth.” You don’t need to wait to have your fifth child to use this name! Quentin Tarantino spells the name a bit differently.
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Armel is a traditional Welsh baby name for boys that means “bear prince.” The name is not only popular in the UK, but it also enjoys favor in France. Armel is primed for its American debut! But, whatever you do, please do not use the adorable nickname Armie.
Luca came very close to cracking the top 100 names for boys in 2018. It’s an excellent alternative to the hugely popular, Lucas. Luca has Italian origins and means “man from Lucania.” One of our favorite celebrity moms, Hilary Duff named her son Luca in 2012.
Two-syllable baby names are the most popular baby names for a reason: they’re easy with enough substance to make them work. We love these 25 names for boys and hope they help and inspire you to choose a name for your son.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 25. Maxwell
- 2 24. Timo
- 3 23. Homer
- 4 22. Nico
- 5 21. Remy
- 6 20. Joaquin
- 7 19. Lachlan
- 8 18. Anton
- 9 17. Wesley
- 10 16. Bruno
- 11 15. Cosmo
- 12 14. Marco
- 13 13. Archie
- 14 12. Amir
- 15 11. Enzo
- 16 10. Kenzo
- 17 9. August
- 18 8. Theo
- 19 7. Felix
- 20 6. Hayden
- 21 5. Eric
- 22 4. Ira
- 23 3. Quintin
- 24 2. Armel
- 25 1. Luca
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