You might think that a four-syllable name for boys is a whole lot of name, but consider the trio Alexander, Sebastian, and Emilia. This trio of names represents some of the most popular baby names for boys around the world. Each one has four-syllables and that has not stopped them from rising to the top 100 in the United States.
Baby-names with four syllables are on the rise and many parents are turning to these generous monikers to add sophistication and complexity to an appellation. Parents who have a shorter surname(s) can bestow a fuller given name to their child to balance and flesh out the name. However, you might want to think twice about a four-syllable baby name if your last name is something like Fitzcarraldo or Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff. Barring that, you would be doing right by your son with a longer name. Here are 25 four-syllable names that you will ab-so-lute-ly love!
Azariah is a rarely used biblical name that moves way beyond Adam and Abraham. It’s no surprise why new parents have flocked to the name in recent years making it more popular than ever before in the US. Azariah has Hebrew origins and means “helped by God.”
For centuries this name was associated primarily with the towering figure of Italian Renaissance painter-scientist-inventor Leonardo da Vinci, and was scarcely used outside the Italian culture. Leonardo is a boy’s name of Spanish, Italian origin meaning “brave lion.” It’s more popular in the US now than ever before too!
Cornelius is a name borne popes and saints making it a venerable option for many parents. Cornelius has Latin origins and means “horn.” Cornelius was consistently in the top 1000 through 2008 but has slipped in popularity as of late.
Timoteo is an alternative form of Timothy. This playful option has Greek origins and means “honoring God.” It’s one of the more colorful names of this list that hasn’t yet found favor with a great deal of parents yet. The time to get ahead of the popularity curve is now!
If Leonardo is too run-of-the-mill for your baby boy, consider the alternative form of the name. The original Leonidas was the most famous of Sparta’s warriors! Leonidas also means “lion.” The name was off the top 1000 list for a hundred years before making a return to it in 2008.
We have not a clue why, with the popularity of Oliver, that more parents have not chosen its more French form, Olivier. The names are very similar, however, Olivier adds another layer of style and sophistication. Olivier means “olive tree.”
Ezekiel is derived from the Hebrew name Yechezqel, composed of the elements chazaq, meaning “to strengthen,” and ’el, referring to God. Ezekiel used to be reduced to its nickname Zeke, but modern parents now embrace it in full for its power and dignity. Ezekiel is more popular than ever before and it ranked in the top 100 last year.
Santiago is a spirited Spanish name with great crossover potential! A place-name (it’s a major city in Chile), a surname, and the patron saint of Spain all share this magical name. The name means “Saint James.” It’s a name on the rise in the charts!
Emmanuel is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “God is with us.” It’s an excellent gender-neutral option and one of the few four-syllable names that can claim that distinction. The name has been a top 1000 pick since 1908 and it’s no surprise why. It’s a gorgeous moniker.
Vittorio is an Italian form of a form of Victor. The name means “conqueror” which belies its sweet and attractive sound. Vittorio has never been in the top 1000 which makes it a unique find. Go for it!
For every Tio Salvador in a Latino family, there’s a Zio Salvatore in an Italian one. The names always appeared in the top 1000 but it’s at risk of losing that placement if more parents don’t name their sons Salvatore next year. Salvatore means “savior.”
Oleander is similar to Oliver in that it’s an “O” name for boys that also refers to a tree. It’s a sweeter one, however, as Oleander means “rose tree.” This Greek in name is only now being discovered by American parents so it’s yet to truly soar. You can help change that!
And now, back to some more charming Italian names! Fabrizio is a fun classic with some zest. Fabrizio means “craftsman.” This name is scarcely heard outside of Italy, but we think it’s only a matter of time before parents in the US catch on.
The Italian form of John is markedly more colorful. Giovanni is a friendly name that new parents have catapulted into popularity in recent decades. You’ll hear the name everywhere in Italy and we wouldn’t mind if the same were true in the US. Giovanni means “God is gracious.”
Roman names are getting more popular in the US these days as parents turn to more secular influences. Octavian is one such name that comes from the Roman family name Octavius. This handsome alternative means “eight.”
Luciano has been consistently popular in the US since records began for baby names in 1880. Luciano is yet another Italian name that also has Spanish origins and it means “light.”
Teodoro is a variant of the name Theodore which has Greek origins and means “gift of God.” While Teodoro is not as popular as Theodore in the US, it will also give you Teddy.
Emilian is preferred Romanian form of Emil. The name belonged to a Saint and would be a great fit for a contemporary baby boy. Emilian means “rival.”
Bartholomew is an apostle’s name that’s been out of favor for centuries but might appeal again to the parent in search of an old but rare choice. It’s not been popular in the US since the seventies. This name with Aramaic origins means “sun of furrow.”
Horatio is another vintage charmer that hasn’t been on the top 1000 list since 1899! How is that possible? Horatio is an energetic Latin name that’s a blast to say. It means “hour.” Horatio deserves some love.
Ambrose and it cousin Ambrosia have both fallen from favor but once enjoyed immense success. Chances are you haven’t heard that name in real life if you were born after the seventies. This handsome Latin name means “immortal.”
Elisio can be spelled Eliseo and both are totally acceptable. The name has Latin roots and means “God is my salvation.” Eliseo has been hot and cold over the years, which is a mystery, because this name is incredible. The name is more popular among Spanish and Italian speakers, but we see that changing very soon.
Jedidiah, an Old Testament name with Hebrew origins that means “beloved of the lord.” The name produces the undeniably cool nickname Jed. Jedidiah has shaken off its backwoods persona and now is fitting moniker for a new generation.
This distinguished name still feels a bit ancient, but with the rise of such former oldies like Jeremiah and Elijah, it also sounds child-friendly again. Zachariah is a Biblical name with Hebrew origins that means “the Lord has remembered.” The name has been in the top 1000 since records began in the US. What a classic!
A dashing, dramatic and romantic Italian surname, associated with Italian fashion designer, Valentino, is the type of name you dreams are made of. In addition to Italian, the name also has roots in Spanish and means “strength.” Do your baby boy a favor and give him this remarkable name! You will love calling him Tino.
There you go! 25 4-syllable baby names for boys that bring so much charm and character. If you love a little drama, this names are going to be perfect for you as each is full of dynamite! We hope this list helped you on your baby name journey! Happy hunting!
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. Azariah
- 2 24. Leonardo
- 3 23. Cornelius
- 4 22. Timoteo
- 5 21. Leonidas
- 6 20. Olivier
- 7 19. Ezekiel
- 8 18. Santiago
- 9 17. Emmanuel
- 10 16. Vittorio
- 11 15. Salvatore
- 12 14. Oleander
- 13 13. Fabrizio
- 14 12. Giovanni
- 15 11. Octavian
- 16 10. Luciano
- 17 9. Teodoro
- 18 8. Emilian
- 19 7. Bartholomew
- 20 6. Horatio
- 21 5. Ambrosio
- 22 4. Elisio
- 23 3. Jedidiah
- 24 2. Zachariah
- 25 1. Valentino
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