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One syllable names for boys

Looking for baby boy names with one syllable?

Names with one syllable are a great choice if you’re looking for something short and snappy. They can be modern, trendy or vintage, but they all make great strong boy name choices. 

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The other advantage of one syllable baby boy names is that they tend to go with a lot of other names, so they make great first or middle name choices that also tend to work well with surnames. 

Whether you have a long or a short surname, a one syllable baby name tends to work easily with any. 

One syllable baby name ideas for boys 

When you look at the most popular baby name charts every year you can see names with two syllables are most used followed closely by three-syllable baby names. 

The popular baby name lists are not dominated with one syllable baby names but this is what makes them cool and unique! 

Often one syllable monikers will be nicknames of popular baby names. 

Some examples include Ben, short for Benjamin, Jake, short for Jacob, Joe, short for Joseph, and Nate, short for Nathan or Nathaniel. 

If a one syllable name is something you love the idea of, then consider shortening a two or three syllable name that you love. 

If you’re stuck for ideas then here are 100+ one syllable baby boy name ideas for you to choose from!

We’ve popular, rare, modern, cool and vintage one syllable boy names for you to choose from!

Which is your favourite?

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Popular one syllable names for boys 

You will find many of these popular one syllable boy names in the most recent top 100 baby names. 

Others may have dropped out of the top 100 in recent years, such as Craig. 

However others such as Jack have maintained their popularity. 

Ben 

Meaning “son”.

Craig 

Meaning rock or rocky.

Drew 

Meaning wise.

Jack 

Meaning god is gracious.

Jake 

Meaning supplanter.

James 

Meaning supplanter.

Jay 

A type of bird.

Joe 

Meaning god will give.

John 

Meaning graced by god.

Josh 

Jehovah is salvation.

Luke 

Meaning the bright one.

Mark 

The name may mean polite or also warlike, so quite juxtaposed depending on what language is used to translate.

Matt 

Meaning gift of god.

Max 

Meaning greatest.

Mike 

Meaning “who is like god”.

Miles 

Meaning soldier or merciful.

Nate 

Meaning god has given.

Paul 

Meaning small.

Rob 

Meaning famed or bright.

Sam 

Meaning god has heard.

Seth 

Meaning appointed.

Tom 

Meaning innocence.

Wes 

Meaning meadow.

Zach 

Meaning the lord is recalled.

Rare one syllable names for boys 

These rare baby boy names with just one syllable are unusual and trendy choices. 

Many are quite bold and strong, making for a great masculine baby name!

Others have a nature theme to them which is a great choice if you are looking to take baby name inspiration from the natural world around you. 

Ace 

Meaning one or unity.

Blade 

Meaning knife or sword.

Cruz 

Meaning cross.

Duke 

Meaning leader.

Fitz 

Meaning son of.

Fox 

A first name inspired by the animal, made famous by the character played by David Duchovny in the X Files.

Grove 

Meaning grove of trees.

Hawk 

Meaning falcon or bird of prey.

Jace 

Meaning healer.

Jax 

Meaning god is gracious.

Knox 

Meaning round hill.

Ky 

Meaning ocean. This name is of Hawaiian origin.

Leif 

Meaning heir or descendant.

Lux 

Meaning light.

Nash 

Meaning by the ash tree.

Ox 

A unique name meaning working cattle.

Pax 

Meaning peace.

Poe 

Meaning peacock.

Prince 

A perfect choice if you want a regal baby name.

Quartz 

After the crystal.

Scout 

Meaning “to listen”.

Slade 

Meaning valley.

Slate 

After the rock formation. Slate is also a shade of grey.

Stone 

Meaning stone.

Storm 

A powerful name which is great if you want a nature baby name.

Thor 

Meaning thunder.

West 

A simple but bold choice meaning the direction West.

Wolf 

After the animal.

Wynn 

Meaning friend.

Zev 

Meaning given by god.

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Modern one syllable names for boys 

These modern one syllable baby names are a great selection of edgy and strong baby names for boys. 

My personal favourites are Joel and Mac. 

Ash 

Meaning ash tree.

Art 

Meaning noble one.

Blaine 

Meaning slender or angular.

Blake 

Meaning black.

Brent 

Meaning high place.

Brice 

Meaning speckled.

Cade 

Meaning round or barrel.

Chase 

Meaning to hunt.

Chet 

Meaning fortress.

Colm 

An Irish name meaning dove.

Dom 

Meaning lord.

Drake 

Meaning dragon or male duck.

Heath 

Meaning heathland dweller.

Joel 

Meaning Jehovah is the lord.

Jude 

Meaning praised.

Kip 

Meaning pointed hill.

Lance 

Meaning land or servant.

Lars 

Meaning victory.

Mac

Meaning son of.

Oz 

Meaning strength or courageous.

Penn 

Meaning enclosure or hill.

Quinn 

Meaning counsel.

Reed 

Meaning red-haired.

Russ 

Meaning red.

Saul 

Meaning prayed for.

Tate 

Meaning bright or cheerful.

Teague

Meaning poet or philosopher.

Vern 

Meaning alder grove.

Zayn 

Meaning beauty or grace.

Cool boy names with one syllable 

These cool baby boy names with one syllable are for the trendy kids on the block.

Names such as Bear and Ford will make your baby stand out, as they are both rare and have a standout quality to them.

Bay

Meaning berry.

Bear 

After the animal.

Beau 

Meaning beautiful.

Bray 

Meaning cry out or borderland.

Blaise 

Meaning lisp or stammer.

Boone 

Meaning good.

Brett 

Meaning from Brittany.

Brock 

Meaning badger.

Cade 

Meaning round or barrel.

Cash 

Meaning hollow.

Cole 

Meaning swarthy or coal black.

Colt 

Meaning young horse.

Crew

Meaning chariot.

Flint 

Meaning stream or a type of rock.

Ford 

Meaning river crossing.

Gray 

Meaning gray-haired or like the colour grey.

Jet 

Meaning black.

Kane 

Meaning little battler.

Kent 

Meaning edge.

Rex 

Meaning king.

Rick 

Meaning powerful or strong ruler.

Van 

Meaning of.

Vaughn 

Meaning little.

Zed 

Meaning god is righteousness.

Zeke 

Meaning god strengthens.

Vintage boy names with one syllable 

The classics are often the best! Some of these names remain popular today or have seen a resurgence. 

Names such as Walt have suddenly become trendy again thanks to the hit series Breaking Bad. 

Finn and Flynn are also popular choices! Gus is a great shortening of the name August or Augustus. 

Bert 

Meaning illustrious.

Carl 

Meaning free man.

Clark 

Meaning scribe or clerk.

Dave 

Meaning beloved.

Doug 

Meaning black river.

Finn 

Meaning white or fair.

Flynn 

Meaning son of the red-haired one.

Frank 

Meaning Frenchman or freeman.

Fred 

Meaning ruler or power.

Gabe 

Meaning god is my strength.

Gene 

Meaning well-born or noble.

Gus 

Meaning great.

Guy 

Meaning guide or leader.

Hal 

Meaning home.

Hank 

Meaning home ruler.

Hugh 

Meaning soul, mind or intellect.

Ike 

Meaning laughter.

Kyle 

Meaning narrow channel.

Lee 

Meaning pasture or meadow.

Lloyd 

Meaning gray-haired or sacred.

Lyle 

Meaning the island.

Piers 

Meaning rock.

Rhett 

A dashing name meaning advice.

Todd

Meaning fox.

Walt 

Meaning rule or commander of the army.

Will 

Meaning resolute protector.

One syllable baby boy name ideas

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