500+ Strong Boy First and Middle Names for 2023

One of the toughest part of pregnancy is coming up with a name for your baby. After all, it’s an important part of who they are and will be attached to them for the rest of their life.

There are so many things to consider when choosing a first or middle name for boys and depending what is most important to you, there can be a lot of variables.

Just know that you may not be so fond of a name at first, but once you start associating it with your baby, you will fall in love with it.


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Tips for choosing a name

Here are some questions I asked myself when picking boy first and middle names for my children. You can rank them in order of priority for your family because not all of them will be as important as others.

  • Do you want to use a family name or initial?
  • Does it have a nice meaning to it?
  • Does it have meaning to us or our family?
  • Are there nicknames for this name that we want to use or avoid?
  • Is it too popular?
  • Is it too unique?
  • Does the name sound well with your last name?
  • Are there any negative associations you have with it?
  • What will his initials be?
  • What will that name sound like when they’re an adult or professional?

The biggest advice is to ignore what others think or have to say about names you are considering or choose. It’s such a personal decision for you and your family so don’t let any other outside influencers change your mind.

Once you have it narrowed down to 2-4 first and middle names, I suggest picking one name per week during your pregnancy, and referring to your baby as that name.

Every time you talk about “the baby,” call him by that name. When you refer to his nursery or his movements in your belly, call him by that name.

At the end of that week, change it to another name. Do this for several weeks with your top choices to see which name sticks and feels the most genuine to you. Once you start actually referring to your baby as this name, you will feel even more of a connection to him.

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Strong and Masculine Popular Boy Names

Here are some masculine and strong boy first and middle name examples.


Aiden Luke

Alexander William

Anthony David

Austin Ryan

Adrian Michael

Asher Benjamin

Adam Jonathan

Archer Daniel

Aaron Thomas

Axel Gabriel

Abraham Cole

Atticus James

Augustus Samuel

Atlas Joseph

Anderson Blake

Alessandro Noah

Amias Dominic

Alaric Maxwell

Apollo Xavier

Abram Vincent

Arlo Theodore

Alden Harrison

Atlas Nathaniel

Ambrose Elliott


Barrett Daniel

Bennett Gregory

Benjamin Clay

Brady Jonathan

Brayden James

Brendan Ray

Brett Robert

Brody Gregory

Brooks Michael

Bryan Anthony

Bryce Leo

Beckett Alexander

Baxter Gabriel

Blake Christopher

Bradley Nicholas

Brendan Lucas

Brogan Matthew

Bronx Harrison

Bruno Sebastian

Bryson Oliver

Burton Elijah

Byron Theodore

Beckham Samuel

Briggs Donovan

Baylor Maxwell

Blaise Vincent

Benson Cole

Bishop Harrison

Bowie Thomas

Bowen Jonathan

Baylor Nathaniel


Caleb Anthony

Carter Everett

Carson James

Channing Robert

Chase Oliver

Cody Daniel

Cole Anthony

Colton Shay

Connor Preston

Cooper Dean

Crew Alexander

Camden Elijah

Caden Benjamin

Callum Gabriel

Cedric Matthew

Cyrus Alexander

Calvin Joseph

Chance Michael

Clark Harrison

Clayton Theodore

Corbin Samuel

Cesar Donovan

Cash Vincent

Colt Sebastian

Chandler Maxwell

Cyril Oliver

Cruz Nathaniel

Camden Cole

Conner Xavier

Cassius James

Cooper William


Dallas Warren

Declan Anthony

Damien Clark

Darcy Remington

Davis Carter

Dean Edward

Desmond Ryan

Derek Preston

Dylan Thomas

Dalton Michael

Donovan Alexander

Dominic Benjamin

Dorian Gabriel

Dexter Harrison

Drake Samuel

Dashiell Cole

Declan Nathaniel

Douglas Sebastian

Damian Joseph

Dawson Theodore

Desmond Elijah

Demetrius Vincent

Diego Maxwell

Dean Christopher

Dennis Oliver

Daxton William

Donovan Chase

Dustin Harrison

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Easton George

Emmett James

Ethan Luke

Everett Alexander

Elias Benjamin

Elijah Christopher

Eli Theodore

Evan Michael

Eric Donovan

Edison Joseph

Ezra Harrison

Emmett Nathaniel

Elliot Sebastian

Enzo William

Edward Cole

Ezekiel Gabriel

Emilio Maxwell

Easton Thomas

Emory Vincent

Evander Samuel

Elton Harrison

Ellis Oliver

Everett James


Fisher William

Fletcher Robert

Ford Tanner

Finnegan Alexander

Frederick Benjamin

Franklin Gabriel

Felix Harrison

Fernando James

Flynn Donovan

Forrest Theodore

Fletcher Nathaniel

Fabian Joseph

Finn Cole

Fox Sebastian

Fabio Maxwell

Foster Oliver

Franco Samuel

Fielding Vincent

Florian Elijah

Farley William

Finley Harrison

Foxton Michael

Fairfax Christopher


Garrett Ray

Gerald William

Grady Tanner

Graham Edward

Grant Robert

Grayson William

Griffin James

Gavin Alexander

Gabriel Benjamin

Gregory Michael

George Harrison

Gideon Joseph

Greyson Samuel

Gael Nathaniel

Gunnar Donovan

Gage Theodore

Gibson Sebastian

Grant Cole

Granger Elijah

Galen Vincent

Gannon William

Gideon Christopher

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Harrison James

Hawthorne Michael

Hayden Tanner

Henry Everett

Hudson Dean

Hugh Michael

Holden Alexander

Harvey Benjamin

Hector Samuel

Heath Donovan

Hugo Nathaniel

Hayes Theodore

Hunter Sebastian

Hendrix Joseph

Hank Oliver

Hamilton Cole

Harris Gabriel

Huxley Maxwell

Houston Thomas

Henrik Christopher

Hadrian Vincent

Harlan Elijah

Hiram William

Hendrick Harrison

Harley James

Hartley William


Jordan Fisher

Joshua Ray

Julian Robert

Justin Robert

Jasper Alexander

Jaxon Benjamin

Jameson Michael

Jared Harrison

Jonah Donovan

Judah Nathaniel

Jesse Theodore

Jensen Cole

Jeremiah Samuel

Jeffrey Maxwell

Jeremy Thomas

Josiah Gabriel

Jett Oliver

Julius Sebastian

Joaquin Joseph

Justice Vincent

Jaxton Elijah

Jagger William

Jefferson Harrison

Jensen Christopher


Kellen Robert

Keller John

Kendrick Ryan

Kennedy William

Kieran Luke

Kevin Gregory

Kyle William

Knox Alexander

Kingston Benjamin

Killian Michael

Kade Harrison

Karter Donovan

Keegan Nathaniel

Kolton Theodore

Kellan Sebastian

Kyler Joseph

Konrad Oliver

Kasen Gabriel

Kameron Maxwell

Kyson Thomas

Kyrie Cole

Kane Samuel

Kingsley Vincent

Kairo Elijah

Kohen William

Kellan Christopher

Kashton Harrison


Lance Robert

Landon William

Landry Tanner

Ledger Ryan

Luca James

Liam James

Logan Daniel

Lucas Wyatt

Levi Alexander

Lincoln Benjamin

Lawson Michael

Lachlan Harrison

Lionel Donovan

Lorenzo Nathaniel

Lawrence Theodore

Langston Sebastian

Leon Joseph

Lochlan Oliver

Lennox Gabriel

Lawrence Maxwell

Louis Thomas

Leland Cole

Lucian Samuel

Lyndon Vincent

Lazarus Elijah

Ledger William

Lance Christopher

Linden Harrison


Malcolm Tanner

Marc Winston

Marshall Ryan

Maxwell James

Miles Robert

Mason Alexander

Matthew Aaron

Michael David

Maverick Alexander

Mitchell Benjamin

Magnus Harrison

Maddox Theodore

Matthias Joseph

Maximus Sebastian

Micah Nathaniel

Marco Harrison

Matteo Donovan

Montgomery Oliver

Monroe Gabriel

Mordecai Maxwell

Malik Thomas

Marshall Cole

Matthias Vincent

Morgan Elijah

Maximilian William

Merrick Christopher

Milan Harrison

Milo James


Nathan Christopher

Nicholas Dominick

Nolan Reed

Nathaniel Alexander

Noah Benjamin

Nico Michael

Nixon Harrison

Neil Joseph

Nelson Sebastian

Nolan Theodore

Noel Donovan

Nash Gabriel

Nelson Maxwell

Nico Thomas

Nathanael Cole

Neil Vincent

Nolan Elijah

Nixon William

Nico Christopher

Nash Harrison

Nehemiah Oliver

Nico James

Noam Harrison


Owen Vincent

Oliver Thomas

Oscar Alexander

Orion Benjamin

Omar Michael

Odin Harrison

Octavian Joseph

Orlando Sebastian

Otis Nathaniel

Ozias Donovan

Oakley Gabriel

Odell Maxwell

Osiris Cole

Omarion Vincent

Orson Theodore

Oren William

Otto Christopher

Oakley Harrison

Orville Oliver

Olin James

Olen Harrison

Othello Elijah


Parker John

Perry Carter

Peyton Ryan

Phillip Edward

Pierce Talon

Porter Reed

Prescott Clark

Preston Ray

Patrick Alexander

Paul Benjamin

Paxton Michael

Phoenix Harrison

Peter Joseph

Preston Nathaniel

Porter Theodore

Princeton Donovan

Phillip Gabriel

Presley Maxwell

Pace Cole

Pablo Sebastian

Parker Vincent

Piers William

Princeton Christopher

Presley James

Phineas Harrison

Prescott Oliver

Porter Jameson

Pike Elijah

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Quentin Alexander

Quincy Benjamin

Quinton Michael

Quest Harrison

Quaid Joseph

Quinlan Sebastian

Quinby Benjamin


Reece Peter

Reed Edward

Rhett Thomas

Royce William

Ryan David

Ryder Louis

Ronan Alexander

Roman Benjamin

Rafael Michael

River Harrison

Remy Joseph

Rocco Sebastian

Remington Nathaniel

Roland Theodore

Ramsey Donovan

Rowan Gabriel

Raylan Maxwell

Ryder Cole

Rylan Vincent

Roderick Christopher

Roscoe James

Reign William

Ronin Harrison

Russell Oliver

Reeve Elijah

Rutherford Harrison


Sean Anthony

Scott William

Sebastian James

Seth Edward

Spencer William

Stanford Ryan

Sterling Winston

Sawyer Alexander

Samuel Benjamin

Silas Michael

Solomon Harrison

Sullivan Joseph

Sebastian Nathaniel

Simon Theodore

Sterling Donovan

Sullivan Gabriel

Samson Maxwell

Shiloh Cole

Stefan Vincent

Soren Christopher

Sutton Harrison

Saxon Oliver

Stone William

Sage Elijah

Spencer Jameson

Sullivan Ryan

Simeon Harrison

Stetson James


Tanner Ryan

Tate Edward

Thomas Clark

Timothy James

Thompson Grant

Trenton Elliott

Tristan Leo

Tyler James

Theodore Alexander

Tobias Benjamin

Travis Michael

Tucker Harrison

Troy Nathaniel

Tyson Joseph

Theo Sebastian

Titus Donovan

Trevor Gabriel

Tripp Maxwell

Thaddeus Cole

Terrance Vincent

Theron Christopher

Trent Harrison

Thackeray Oliver

Tatum William

Talon Elijah

Thane Christopher

Trace Harrison

Truett James


Uriah Alexander

Ulric Benjamin

Ulysses Michael

Urban Harrison

Uriel Joseph

Urban William


Victor Alexander

Vincent Benjamin

Vaughn Michael

Vance Harrison

Valentin Joseph


Walker Reed

Warner Nicholas

Warren James

Wells Thomas

Wesley Brent

William Gene

Winston Charles

Wyatt Luke


Xavier Alexander

Xander Benjamin

Xander Michael

Xavier Harrison

Xavi Joseph


Yuri Alexander

Yale Benjamin

Yves Michael

Yohan Harrison

York Joseph


Zachary Preston

Zane Benjamin

Zeke Michael

Zion Harrison

Zander Joseph

How we chose our son’s first and middle name

We found out that our second baby would be a boy when I was around 10 weeks pregnant. As soon as we found out, we started talking about names.

Working as an elementary school therapist, I was always around young children with new and unique, as well as traditional, names. It was actually helpful when I was pregnant because I was exposed to so many more names than most people.

Sometimes I would just walk down the hallway and look at all the student’s names on the classroom doors to get ideas!

Deciding on our daughter’s name was actually much easier than our son’s. My husband and I just didn’t like as many boy first and middle names and the ones we did like, we couldn’t agree on.

I liked the idea of using the same first letter for my kids. With my daughter’s name being Brielle, I was hoping to pick a B name for our son.


Family names

I actually always liked the name Brendan for a boy, but my husband already had 3 Brendan’s in his family! So that name was quickly nixed. A derivative of that name was Brayden which has been gaining popularity in the past few years and that was my top choice.

We also had a conversation about whether my husband wanted to pass down his name for his first born son. He has a family name, passed down from his grandfather.

However, he didn’t feel that strongly about having his son named after him. Instead, we decided to use his name as our son’s middle name which was a nice way to still honor his family.

Agreeing with my husband

Since it was tough to agree on a name through our everyday conversation, we decided to make a list. We individually made our own lists of about 10 names. Then as we talked about them, we gradually eliminated.

We eventually were able to combine our lists with the top 3 names standing. We both had our favorites, but neither of us were budging.

I didn’t know how we were going to decide because I really couldn’t imagine my son having any of the names he chose and he felt the same way about mine.

Brayden was always my top choice for boy first names and I was just trying to figure out how I could convince him to let me have my way! Then one night, we were up late talking about our family, toddler, and future baby and he just referred to our son as Brayden.

I was confused why he made that mistake, but then realized he did it on purpose. He was ready to agree on my favorite name and that’s when we decided on it.

PS. Start your registry!!

Before you even get started with names, make sure you start a baby registry. You’ll find and hear about many newborn essentials while you’re pregnant and you want to be able to quickly add or save them to your wish list/registry so you don’t forget!

The Amazon Baby Registry is clearly the best option. You get some free items in a welcome box, free shipping, 10-15% off all the remaining items in your registry, and it’s Amazon- so you’re literally going to buy everything from there anyway!

Plus, it’s free, so there’s really no point NOT to do it.  Start it up here now!

I hope you liked some of these strong and masculine first and middle names for boys. Just know that the name you pick will be just right for him. It may feel weird at first to call your baby by their name, but soon it will feel so natural and fit in your family perfectly!

Picking a name for your baby can be a tough decision. Here is a list of strong and masculine boy first and middle names and tips to help you decide.

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Picking a name for your baby can be a tough decision. Here is a list of strong and masculine boy first and middle names and tips to help you decide.
Picking a name for your baby can be a tough decision. Here is a list of strong and masculine boy first and middle names and tips to help you decide.
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