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125+ Incredible Boy Names that Start with B

Apr 13, 2022

125+ Incredible Boy Names that Start with B

AHEAD: The ultimate list of B names for boys—plus their meanings and popularity.

If you’re looking for a cool boys’ name starting with the letter B, you’re in the right place!

​Below, I’ve rounded up a variety of boy names that start with B ranging from trendy to traditional and long to short.

For each name, you’ll find its meaning and current popularity—which will hopefully help you narrow down your list of favorites.

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As you’ll see, there are plenty of great choices. Not only are there 64 “B” names ranking in the top 1000, but there are a whole bunch of others that are more rare (without being too out there).

Feel free to use the Table of Contents to jump to a specific style, or keep on scrolling and view all of these badass boys’ names starting with the letter B.

Related: Girl Names that Start with B

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Trendy boy names that start with B

Kicking off our list of “B” names with some cool monikers that are popular in the United States right now. All of these are in the top 500.

Barrett

  • Name meaning: Bear strength.
  • Popularity: #191

Baylor

  • Name meaning: Person who delivers goods. Horse trainer. A university in Texas.
  • Popularity: #460

Beckham

  • Name meaning: An English surname that might mean ‘from the homestead.’
  • Popularity: #248

Bennett

  • Name meaning: Blessed.
  • Popularity: #101

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Bodhi or Bodie or Bowdie

  • Name meaning: Enlightenment.
  • Popularity: Bodhi ranks #295, Bodie is #611, and Bowdie isn’t ranking.

Bowen

  • Name meaning: Son of Owen.
  • Popularity: #394

Brady

  • Name meaning: Broad meadow.
  • Popularity: #305

Brantley

  • Name meaning: Fire or sword.
  • Popularity: #233

Braxton

  • Name meaning: Brock’s settlement.
  • Popularity: #132

Brayden or Braden

  • Name meaning: Brave. Wide valley.
  • Popularity: Brayden ranks #111 and Braden is #815.

Braylen or Braylon

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: Braylen ranks #499 and Braylon is #535.

Brody or Brodie

  • Name meaning: Broad island.
  • Popularity: Brody ranks #179 and Brodie is #871.

Bryson or Brycen

  • Name meaning: Son of Brice.
  • Popularity: Bryson ranks #115 and Brycen is #606.

If you like these trendy boy names that start with B, you might also like this list of southern names.

One-syllable “B” names

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If you’re into simple single-syllable boys’ names, this batch is for you!

You’ll also find some other (more rare) single-syllable names scattered throughout the lists that follow.

Banks

  • Name meaning: Riverbank dweller.
  • Popularity: #751

Bear

  • Name meaning: Animal.
  • Popularity: #897

Beau

  • Name meaning: Handsome.
  • Popularity: #109

Blaine

  • Name meaning: Slender.
  • Popularity: #891

Blaise

  • Name meaning: To stutter.
  • Popularity: #939

Blaze

  • Name meaning: Fiery.
  • Popularity: #852

Bo

  • Name meaning: To live.
  • Popularity: #537

Bode

  • Name meaning: Might mean messenger or enlightenment.
  • Popularity: #824

Boone

  • Name meaning: Good.
  • Popularity: #577

Briggs

  • Name meaning: Bridges.
  • Popularity: #436

Brock

  • Name meaning: Badger.
  • Popularity: #680

Brooks

  • Name meaning: Small stream.
  • Popularity: #91

Bryce

  • Name meaning: Freckled. Bryce Canyon is a national park in Utah.
  • Popularity: #234

If you like this list of boy names that start with B, check out this complete list of one-syllable names.

Cute “B” names

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All of these boy names with B as the first letter sound friendly and sweet.

Baker

  • Name meaning: Maker of bread and cakes.
  • Popularity: #524

Baxter

  • Name meaning: Baker.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Benji

  • Name meaning: Short for Benjamin, meaning son of my right hand.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Blu or Blue

  • Name meaning: Color.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Boden or Bowden or Beauden

  • Name meaning: Hill.
  • Popularity: Boden ranks #825. Bowden and Beauden aren’t ranking.

Bowie

  • Name meaning: Light-haired.
  • Popularity: This name last ranked in 2018.

Brewer

  • Name meaning: Beer maker.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Bridger or Bridge

  • Name meaning: Connector.
  • Popularity: Bridger ranks #925 and Bridge isn’t ranking.

Buck

  • Name meaning: A male deer.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Buckley

  • Name meaning: Deer meadow.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

If you like these cute boy names that start with B you might also like this list of short names.

Place names that start with B

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All of these B names for boys are also destinations across the globe!

Related: City Names for Girls

Barrington

  • Name meaning: Cities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Berlin

  • Name meaning: The capital of Germany. The name comes from ‘river rake’, a scaffold of beams built over a river to prevent logs from jamming.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Berkley or Berkeley

  • Name meaning: Meadow of birch trees. Berkeley is a city in Northern California.
  • Popularity: Neither of these names is ranking for boys. Berkley ranks #818 for girls.

Boston

  • Name meaning: The capital of Massachusetts. Also a type of waltz!
  • Popularity: #595

Brenton

  • Name meaning: A place in England.
  • Popularity: This name last ranked in 2013.

Bretton

  • Name meaning: From Brittany, France.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Brighton

  • Name meaning: Bright town. A resort town on the coast of England.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Britton

  • Name meaning: From Britain.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Brixton

  • Name meaning: A part of London.
  • Popularity: #616

Bronx

  • Name meaning: A New York borough.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

If you like these location-inspired boy names that start with B you’ll also like this list of 2-syllable names.

Gender neutral “B” names

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All of these names that start with B would work for a boy or a girl!

Bailey

  • Name meaning: Law enforcer.
  • Popularity: This name last ranked for boys in 2010. It currently ranks #171 for girls.

Beck

  • Name meaning: Stream.
  • Popularity: This name isn’t ranking for either gender.

Beckett

  • Name meaning: Beehive.
  • Popularity: This Irish name ranks #209 for boys and isn’t ranking for girls.

Bellamy

  • Name meaning: Beautiful friend.
  • Popularity: This French name ranks #728 for boys and #795 girls.

Bentley or Bentlee

  • Name meaning: A meadow with coarse grass.
  • Popularity: Bentley ranks #142 and Bentlee is #885. Bentley last ranked for girls in 2011.

Blake

  • Name meaning: Light. Bright and shining.
  • Popularity: This name ranks #210 for boys and #219 for girls.

Brennan

  • Name meaning: Raven, sorrow, drop, or brave.
  • Popularity: This name #763 for boys and isn’t ranking for girls.

Briar

  • Name meaning: A thorny plant (such as roses and blackberries) with prickly stems.
  • Popularity: This name ranks #755 for boys and #563 for girls.

If you like these gender-neutral names that start with B you’ll also like this list of nonbinary names.

Timeless “B” names

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These boys’ names have been around for a while and don’t tend to evoke any particular decade.

Benjamin or Ben

  • Name meaning: Son of my right hand.
  • Popularity: Benjamin ranks #7 and Ben is #770.

Bradley

  • Name meaning: Wide meadow.
  • Popularity: #272

Brandon

  • Name meaning: Broom hill.
  • Popularity: #166

Brant

  • Name meaning: Sword.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name hasn’t ranked since 2001.

Brendan or Brendon

  • Name meaning: Prince.
  • Popularity: Brendan ranks #717 and Brendon hasn’t ranked since 2013.

Brent

  • Name meaning: Dweller near burnt land.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name hasn’t ranked since 2016.

Brett

  • Name meaning: From Brittany, France.
  • Popularity: #915

Bryan or Brian

  • Name meaning: Noble, virtuous, strong.
  • Popularity: Bryan ranks #257 and Brian is #270.

If you like these timeless boy names that start with B you might also like this list of 3-syllable names.

Uncommon boy names that start with B

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If you’re looking for a great B name that isn’t overdone, all of these are cool choices.

Barnett

  • Name meaning: Clearing of woodland by burning. Son of Bernard.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Baron or Barron

  • Name meaning: A member of the British nobility, also known as a lord. (This is the name of Donald Trump’s youngest son).
  • Popularity: Neither spelling of this name is ranking. Baron last ranked in 2008.

Bastian or Bastien or Bastion

  • Name meaning: Short for Sebastian, meaning person from ancient city of Sebastia.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Bates

  • Name meaning: Short for Bartholomew, meaning son of the trenches where seeds are planted.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Bauer

  • Name meaning: Peasant or farmer. Neighbor or fellow citizen.
  • Popularity: This German boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Baylon

  • Name meaning: Unknown.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Benicio

  • Name meaning: Blessed.
  • Popularity: #774

Benson

  • Name meaning: Son of Ben.
  • Popularity: #551

Benton

  • Name meaning: Town in the bent grass.
  • Popularity: This name last ranked in 2017.

Bishop

  • Name meaning: Senior member of the Christian clergy.
  • Popularity: #980

Borden

  • Name meaning: From the boar pasture.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Bosco

  • Name meaning: Forester or one who lives in the woods.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Bradford

  • Name meaning: Broad river crossing.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Branson

  • Name meaning: Son of the raven.
  • Popularity: #877

Brayan

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: #853

Brecken

  • Name meaning: Freckled.
  • Popularity: #790

Brenner

  • Name meaning: Charcoal burner.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Brigham

  • Name meaning: Settlement near the bridge. (Brigham Young succeeded Joseph Smith as the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Broderick

  • Name meaning: Either means brother or is a family name.
  • Popularity: This name last ranked in 2014.

Bronson

  • Name meaning: Son of the brown-haired one.
  • Popularity: #847

Bryant

  • Name meaning: Noble, virtuous, strong.
  • Popularity: #658

If you like these uncommon boy names that start with B you might also like this list of names for rainbow babies.

Unique boy names that start with B

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All of these B names for boys are interesting and rare.

Bakari

  • Name meaning: Hopeful. Noble oath. (This name brings to mind CNN commentator, Bakari Sellers).
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Barker

  • Name meaning: Leather tanner (occupation).
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Barlow

  • Name meaning: Bare hillside.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Basil

  • Name meaning: Royal. Best known as a delicious green herb. (Pronounced BAZ-el).
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Bergen

  • Name meaning: One who lives on a hill or a mountain.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Birch

  • Name meaning: Tree.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Bond

  • Name meaning: Peasant farmer. (This name brings to mind James Bond!)
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Booker

  • Name meaning: A book scribe or binder. (This name was famously held by the influential African American speaker, Booker T. Washington).
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Braddox or Braddock

  • Name meaning: Broad oak tree.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Braxon or Braxson

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: Neither version of this boys’ name is ranking.

Burton

  • Name meaning: A kind of tackle used for moving heavy things. British slang for being lost, missing, or destroyed.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Buzz

  • Name meaning: A nickname. (This name is famously held by astronaut Buzz Aldrin… and of course Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story!)
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

If you like these unique boy names that start with B you might also like this list of space names.

“B” names that are past their prime

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Even though some of the following names are ranking in the top 1000, I personally think they’ve seen better days.

Balthasar

  • Name meaning: Protect the king. (One of the three wise men in the Bible).
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Barnaby

  • Name meaning: Young warrior. Settlement. Son of consolation.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Barney

  • Name meaning: Short for Barnabas, meaning son of consolation.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Bartholomew

  • Name meaning: Son of the trenches where seeds are planted.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Bernard or Bernardo

  • Name meaning: Brave bear.
  • Popularity: Bernard last ranked in 2008 and Bernardo last ranked in 2007.

Bjorn

  • Name meaning: Bear.
  • Popularity: #780

Bobby

  • Name meaning: Short for Robert, meaning shining with glory.
  • Popularity: #846

Boris

  • Name meaning: Many possible meanings including wolf, short, bars, snow leopard, battle, glory, and fame.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Bruce

  • Name meaning: The willowlands.
  • Popularity: #497

Bruno

  • Name meaning: Brown.
  • Popularity: #709

Burke

  • Name meaning: To murder by suffocation. (YIKES!) To get rid of quietly. Might also mean ‘from the fortified area’.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Byron

  • Name meaning: Place of cow sheds.
  • Popularity: #785

If you haven’t found the perfect baby name yet, here are some other lists to check out…

Final thoughts on B names for boys

Hopefully, you’ve found a few lead contenders on this list, or at least come away with some baby name inspiration.

Whether you prefer a B name that’s trendy, timeless, long, short, strong, cute, or gender-neutral, all of these boys’ names are fantastic choices.

Congratulations and good luck choosing the perfect name for your son!

Boy Names that Start with B