Your name is a significant part of your personal identity. It’s likely that your ancestors felt the same way about their names. If you have English heritage, some of your male ancestors probably had English boy names—you might even have one, too! Learn about these English boy names to get a taste of your English heritage, find baby names, or search for English names in your family tree.

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45 Popular
and Unique English Boy Names

These gems are some of the most popular or
interesting English boy names. Which ones are your favorites?

Addison (a-də-sən)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of Adam

Aldrich (ȯl-drich)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Old, wise ruler

Alexander (a-lig-ˈzan-dər)

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Defender and protector of people
an english boy plays with a toy sword and shield

 Alfred (al-frəd)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Elf ruler or wise counselor

 Alton (ȯl-tᵊn)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Inhabitant from an old town

Austen (ȯ-stən)

  • Origin: English and Latin
  • Meaning: Shortened from Augustine or Augustus, meaning “great” or “magnificent”

Archie (ärchē)

  • Origin: English or German
  • Meaning: Shortened from Archibald, meaning “bold,” “genuine,” or “brave”

 Averil (ā-və-ril)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Boar battle
a herd of boars, the origin of the name averil

 Benedict (be-nə-dikt)

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Blessed

Blake (blāk)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Either fair-haired or dark-haired (resulting from the Old English “blæc,” meaning “black,” or “blac,” meaning “pale”)

 Carter (kär-tər)

  • Origin: English, Irish, Scottish
  • Meaning: Cart driver—someone who drove a cart for deliveries

Chad (chad)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Battle warrior, protector, or defender

Charles (char[-ə]lz)

  • Origin: German, Old English, and French
  • Meaning: Free man or manly
An english man hiking

 Clifford (klif-ərd)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Someone who lives near a cliff ford

Conrad (kän-ˌrad)

  • Origin: English or German
  • Meaning: Brave or bold counsel

Cooper (kü-pər)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Barrel maker

 Dale (dāl)

  • Origin: Old English, German
  • Meaning: Someone who lives near a valley or dell

Earl (ər[-ə]l)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Nobleman or aristocratic
a young english boy with a crown

Edmund (ed-mənd)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Wealthy protector

Edwin (ed-wən)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Wealthy friend

Elmer (el-mər)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Noble and famous

Fletcher (fle-chər)

  • Origin: English, Scottish, Irish, French
  • Meaning: Arrow maker
a ford

Ford (fȯrd)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: River crossing

Grayson (grāsᵊn)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of a steward or gray-haired person

Harry (her-ē)

  • Origin: English or German
  • Meaning: Army or estate ruler

Harrison (her-ə-sən)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of Harry, a name meaning army or estate ruler

Henry (hen-rē)

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Household ruler

Jack (jak)

  • Origin: English and Hebrew
  • Meaning: Originating from John, meaning “God is gracious”
an English boy praying

 James (jāmz)

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Originating from Jacob, meaning supplanter

Jasper (ja-spər)

  • Origin: English or Persian
  • Meaning: Treasurer

Kenton (ken-tən)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From a royal settlement

 Leo (lē-ō)

  • Origin: Italian or Latin
  • Meaning: Lion
A lion, origin of the name Leo

 Lewis (lü-əs)

  • Origin: English, French, or German
  • Meaning: Famous warrior

Mason (mā-sᵊn)

  • Origin: English or French
  • Meaning: Stone worker

Nelson (nel-sən)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of Neil or a champion

Noah (nō-ə)

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Rest or to comfort

Oliver (ä-lə-vər)

  • Origin: English, French, Latin, or Norse
  • Meaning: Descendant, olive tree, peaceful, affectionate, or warrior

Oscar (ä-skər)

  • Origin: Gaelic or Norse
  • Meaning: Deer lover or God spear

Radcliff (rad-klif)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Red cliff

Remington (re-miŋ-tən)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Someone who lives in the raven or river town

 Robert (rä-bərt)

  • Origin: English, German
  • Meaning: Bright fame

Stanley (stan-lē)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the stony meadow

Thatcher (tha-chər)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Roof fixer
men fixing a roof

 William (wil-yəm)

  • Origin: English or German
  • Meaning: Desire helmet or protection or brave protector

Winston (win-stən)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Joy stone or victory town

English Names in Your Family Tree

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Source: New on FamilySearch