Are expecting your son to be the apple of your eye? Of course, you are! While choosing a baby name, you might want to consider a name that will help with self-image and confidence by picking a baby name for a boy that means “handsome.” These attractive baby names come from run-of-the-mill favorites like Kenneth and Beau to more exotic options like names from Hawaii, Ireland, and beyond.
There are a number of baby names for boys that mean “handsome” in the US top 1000 names which we will happily share in this list along with more obscure monikers that you might have never heard of or, most certainly, did not know have this meaning. Let’s talk a walk on the charming side with these 25 baby names for boys that mean “handsome.”
A storied place name from Ancient Egypt, where so many pyramids were erected, to the US blues southern city. The name also has a great meaning! Although it’s being given to babies of both genders, Memphis is much more common for boys than girls. The name has both Coptic and Greek origins meaning “enduring and beautiful.”
Keeley is an Irish surname turned given name that is commonly given to both boys and girls. Keeley makes for a perfectly playful appellation and simply means “slender.” If you love this name but think it sounds a touch too much like Kelly, consider giving Keeley as a middle name. It plays great with others!
The French classic, Beau has been a popular given name in the US since the 1960s and it is currently more popular today than ever before. Long before the name established itself as a standalone moniker, it was used as a nickname in the US and more broadly. Beau, of course, means “handsome.”
Jamal does not just sound handsome, it also means “beautiful.” The name has Arabic origins, and it has been prevalent in the US for about sixty years. However, the name has fallen in popularity in recent years! Parents, let’s not let this thrilling name slip away!
If you love the name Beau but think it lacks originality, consider its English derivative, Beal. Beal has French origins but transformed over time for English speakers to the wonderful name Beal which means “fair” or “handsome.” If you are looking for an alternative to Neal, this one’s teed up for you.
If you would have told us that Adonis would be trending way up as a contemporary choice for new parents, we would not have believed you a decade ago. Thankfully, parents have given this high-pressure name a try and it is firmly a top 500 pick. Adonis has Greek origins by way of Semitic tradition. The name means “lord.” Adonis, in Greek mythology, is synonymous with masculine beauty.
Kevin was derived from the name Caoimhín, which originated from the Irish elements coém, meaning “handsome,” and gein, “birth.” Historically, Kevin has been one of America’s favorite names but it has fallen from favor, slightly, in recent years. The name is still in the top 200 and we do not see this marvelous name going anywhere any time soon.
Alan was a top 100 name from 1938 to 1971, peaking at number 40 in 1951. Alan is a venerable Celtic name, first used in England in the Middle Ages. We are glad it is still around because it is such a lyrical and soft favorite. This name means “cheerful” or “handsome.”
Nohea is a boy’s name of Hawaiian origin meaning “handsome.” The name is pronounced NOH-eh-ah and can also be translated to mean “lovely.” We can get behind that! While this name has yet to crack the charts, other Hawaiian names like Kai and Keanu have taken the top of the charts by storm. This could be the next big name!
The perennial favorite, Kenneth is one of the English-speaking world’s most popular names for boys. Its origins can be traced to both Scottish and Irish tradition, meaning “handsome” or “born of fire.” Unfortunately, this old standard has been trending down in recent years, but do not let that deter you! It’s still a surprisingly popular name.
Enver is a gorgeous name that you will scarcely find in the US. This name comes from a Turkish word meaning “handsome.” Enver is related to the Arabic name Anwar which means “luminous.”
Teague is a magical Scottish surname turned given name. It started as a given name for a “bard” or “poet.” You will also find the name in Irish tradition which has the distinction of meaning a “handsome poet.” This fabulous name has yet to find traction in the US, but you can change that, parents!
Irvin has a decidedly retro sound to it as it was most popular for baby boys born a century ago. The name fell out of the top 1000 in 2011 and we think that’s a shame! Irvin is yet another name with Scottish origins that means “handsome” or “fair of face.”
Keane is an Anglicized form of the Irish name Cian. The storied name has been borne by several legendary figures. While Keane is a newer iteration, it still retains some of this names many meanings: “sharp,” “ancient,” “fighter,” and “tall and handsome.”
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Bello is as handsome as Bella is beautiful but rarely heard outside the Italian community. However, names for boys with “O” endings are trending now, so it might be time to import this pretty name. Bello has Italian origins and means exactly what you think it does, “beautiful.”
Eder is not a name you hear too often outside of Europe but we think it could easily be made to feel at home in the US. Eder has Basque origins that mean “handsome.” For parents looking for unique Hispanic inspiration, Eder would be an excellent option.
Shorter, more palatable form of Vladimir, Vadim has traditionally been a popular name for baby boys in Russia. The name means “attractive.” This name can also be found as a surname as it is with esteemed French film writer and director, Roger Vadim.
The Japanese name Kazumi can be used both as a masculine and feminine name. It is related to names like Kazuko, Kazuo, and Kazuki. All Japanese names change meaning depending on the kanji used to construct them. One possibility for Kazumi is “beautiful peace.”
No longer a one-person name, as a number of parents have been inspired by basketball great Shaquille O’Neal to adopt Shaquille for their own future athletes. This unique moniker has Arabic origins that mean “well-developed” or “beautiful.” While this name was very popular in the early nineties, it has fallen from favor in recent years. Let’s keep this one around, new parents.
Faron is an English occupational name that made its way into popular use by way of France in the Middle Ages. Faron developed to mean “handsome servant.” Faron Young, a colorful midcentury country singer known as ‘The Hillbilly Heartthrob’ helped popularize this name for new parents in the 1950s and 1960s, but it has completely fallen out of the lexicon since then. Let’s bring this baby back! If you are looking for an alternative for Aaron, this one is ready for the taking!
Hassan is among the more familiar Arabic choices, appearing in the US top 1000 since 1971. This effortless name means “handsome” and would be a fitting choice for a baby boy.
Kanu is a name from Hindi that means “handsome.” The name has many potential meanings including “Lord Krishna.”
Calix is considered a diminutive of Calixtus, a variation of the Late Roman name Callistus meaning “most beautiful.” However, the name was also found in ancient Greece when it meant “chalice” or “pod.” New parents have seen potential for this very old name to be new again and about 75 boys were given the name last year in the US. If you are looking for an alternative to Alex, you better jump on this name.
Keefe is an energetic Irish surname occasionally used as a first. The name means “handsome and noble.” This name has never become mainstream in the US and we think that is due to it sounding so familiar to the perennial favorite, Keith. With Keith trending down in recent years, we think there is room for this familiar-sounding name.
While most people are familiar with the Irish name Aiden, as it is very popular, Aden is an alternative form of the name that sounds exactly like its Irish cousin. Aden has Hebrew origins and is sometimes spelled Adin. It means “handsome” or “pleasing.”
There you go! We hope you thoroughly enjoyed these baby names for boys that mean “handsome.” These names not only sound great they connote that your son looks great too! With a mix of unique options with some classic names, to give you a full picture of the names in the category, you should feel confident about choosing these princely, handsome names.
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. Memphis
- 2 24. Keeley
- 3 23. Beau
- 4 22. Jamal
- 5 21. Beal
- 6 20. Adonis
- 7 19. Kevin
- 8 18. Alan
- 9 17. Nohea
- 10 16. Kenneth
- 11 15. Enver
- 12 14. Teague
- 13 13. Irvin
- 14 12. Keane
- 15 11. Bello
- 16 10. Eder
- 17 9. Vadim
- 18 8. Kazumi
- 19 7. Shaquille
- 20 6. Faron
- 21 5. Hassan
- 22 4. Kanu
- 23 3. Calix
- 24 2. Keefe
- 25 1. Aden
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