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30 Next-Level Boy Names that Start with N

May 9, 2022

30 Next-Level Boy Names that Start with N

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

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

Below, I’ve rounded up every single N name that’s even the slightest bit modern and cool.

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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There are only 22 “N” names ranking in the top 1000.

There are also a bunch of other great N names 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 cool boys’ names starting with the letter N.

Related: Girl Names that Start With N

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Gender-neutral “N” names

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All of these N names would work for a boy or a girl.


  • Name meaning: Dark blue. Branch of the military.
  • Popularity: This name isn’t ranking for boys but ranks #452 for girls.


  • Name meaning: Motion. Or rest.
  • Popularity: For boys, Noah ranks #2. For girls, Noah ranks #692 and Noa is #330.


  • Name meaning: Peaceful.
  • Popularity: Noe ranks #800 for boys and isn’t ranking for girls.


  • Name meaning: New. A star that suddenly and dramatically increases in brightness and then slowly returns to its original state.
  • Popularity: Nova ranks #853 for boys and #32 for girls.

If you like these gender-neutral names that start with the letter N you’ll also like this list of nonbinary names or these outer space baby names.

Cool “N” names

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These boys’ names starting with N are great if you want a baby name that’s slightly more rare.


  • Name meaning: Several possible meanings such as cloud, passionate, victory, honour, or champion.
  • Popularity: #719


  • Name meaning: Son of Neil.
  • Popularity: #725


  • Name meaning: New.
  • Popularity: #980


  • Name meaning: One of Rome’s most infamous emperors.
  • Popularity: This unique boys’ name isn’t ranking.

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  • Name meaning: New town.
  • Popularity: This name isn’t ranking.

Nile or Niall or Niles

  • Name meaning: Champion. The longest river in Africa.
  • Popularity: None of these names are ranking.


  • Name meaning: Son of Nicholas.
  • Popularity: #695


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


If you like these cool boy names that start with N you’ll also like this list of edgy names.

Global “N” names

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This next batch of boys’ M names comes from across the globe.


  • Name meaning: A French military leader and emperor.
  • Popularity: This name isn’t ranking.


  • Name meaning: Helper.
  • Popularity: #356


  • Name meaning: God comforts.
  • Popularity: #410


  • Name meaning: People of victory.
  • Popularity: #839


  • Name meaning: Russian version of Nicholas, meaning people of victory.
  • Popularity: #480

If you like these global boy names that start with M you may also like this list of French boy names.

Final thoughts on “N” boy names

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 name that’s popular, gender-neutral, cool, or global, all of these boys’ names are fantastic choices.

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

Boy Names that Start with N