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117 Greek Boy Names for Modern American Babies

Aug 13, 2022

117 Greek Boy Names for Modern American Babies

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

On the hunt for an amazing Greek boys’ name that’s cool in the United States?

You’re in the right place!

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

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Let’s go check out this huge list of Greek boy names and find the perfect one for your son!

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Related: Greek Girl Names

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Cool Greek names for boys

Most of the Greek boy names on this first list are ranked in the top 1000. None are at the tippy top of the charts, making them cool but not overused choices.

Unless otherwise noted, the popularity data throughout this article is for names in the United States.

Atlas

  • Name meaning: From Greek mythology: a Titan who was forced to support the heavens on his shoulders. Also a collection of maps.
  • Popularity: #149

Atticus

  • Name meaning: Person from Athens.
  • Popularity: #266

Damon

  • Name meaning: To tame.
  • Popularity: #424

Elias

  • Name meaning: Greek version of Elijah, meaning Yahweh is God.
  • Popularity: #48

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Leon

  • Name meaning: Greek version of Leo, meaning Lion.
  • Popularity: #177

Luke

  • Name meaning: Man from Lucania, a historical region of Southern Italy.
  • Popularity: This Greek and Italian name ranks #32.

Lynx

  • Name meaning: A wild cat with a short tail and tufted ears. A constellation.
  • Popularity: This 4-letter Greek name isn’t ranking.

Nico or Niko

  • Name meaning: People of victory.
  • Popularity: Nico ranks #259 and Niko is #291.

Onyx

  • Name meaning: A layered black stone.
  • Popularity: #406

Orion

  • Name meaning: A giant in Greek mythology. A constellation of a hunter.
  • Popularity: #314

Rhode or Rhodes

  • Name meaning: Where roses grow. Woodland clearing.
  • Popularity: Neither spelling of this Greek R name is ranking.

Troy

  • Name meaning: Foot soldier. An ancient city in modern-day Turkey.
  • Popularity: #418

Xander or Zander

  • Name meaning: Protector.
  • Popularity: Xander ranks #187 and Zander is #293.

If you like these cool Greek names for boys you might also like this list of southern boy names.

Gender-neutral Greek baby names

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These Greek names would work for a boy or a girl!

Alex

  • Name meaning: Defender.
  • Popularity: This Greek name ranks #194 for boys and hasn’t ranked for girls since 2004.

Related: Middle Names for Alex

Alexis

  • Name meaning: Defender.
  • Popularity: This 3-syllable name ranks #341 for boys and #341 for girls.

Aster

  • Name meaning: A daisy-like flower. Derived from the Greek word for star.
  • Popularity: This A name isn’t ranking for either gender.

Drew

  • Name meaning: Strong and manly.
  • Popularity: This one-syllable name ranks #509 for boys and #815 for girls.

Genesis

  • Name meaning: Origin. The first book of the Bible.
  • Popularity: This Greek G name ranks #973 for boys and #75 for girls.

Indigo

  • Name meaning: Blue or Indian dye.
  • Popularity: This neutral I name isn’t ranking for either gender.

Lyric

  • Name meaning: Lyre (harp-like instrument). Words to a song.
  • Popularity: This Greek L name ranks #959 for boys and #412 for girls.

Noe

  • Name meaning: Peaceful.
  • Popularity: This 3-letter name ranks #800 for boys and isn’t ranking for girls.

Ocean

  • Name meaning: Body of water.
  • Popularity: This O name ranks #711 for boys and #877 for girls.

Phoenix

  • Name meaning: A mythical bird that rises from the ashes and is born again.
  • Popularity: This P name ranks #248 for boys and #308 for girls.

Topaz

  • Name meaning: Birthstone for the month of December.
  • Popularity: This cool T name isn’t ranking for either gender.

If you like these gender-neutral Greek baby names you might also like this list of nonbinary names or these hippie names.

Timeless Greek baby boy names

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The following male Greek baby names have been around for ages and don’t tend to evoke any particular decade.

All of these are currently ranking in the top 1000.

Christian or Cristian or Kristian

  • Name meaning: Follower of Christ.
  • Popularity: Christian ranks #72, Cristian is #331, and Kristian ranks #819.

Christopher or Chris or Kristopher

  • Name meaning: Bearer of Christ.
  • Popularity: Christopher ranks #52, Chris is #660, and Kristopher is #936.

George

  • Name meaning: Farmer.
  • Popularity: #134

Mario

  • Name meaning: Might mean Roman war god Mars, male, or sea. This is an international name that may be Italian, French, Croatian, Spanish, Portuguese, Bulgarian, English, or of course Greek.
  • Popularity: #348

Peter

  • Name meaning: Rock.
  • Popularity: #215

Steven

  • Name meaning: Wreath, crown, honor, reward, royalty, fame.
  • Popularity: Steven ranks #235 and Stephen is #341.

Timothy

  • Name meaning: Honoring God.
  • Popularity: #201

If you like these timeless Greek baby boy names you might also like this list of two-syllable names.

Rare Greek boys’ names

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If you’re looking for an awesome Greek baby name that no one else has, these uncommon monikers are fantastic choices.

Allister

  • Name meaning: Defender.
  • Popularity: This Greek boy’s name isn’t ranking.

Alpha

  • Name meaning: First letter of the Greek alphabet. Socially dominant.
  • Popularity: This baby name isn’t ranking.

Basil

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

Bastian or Bastien or Bastion

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

Cedar

  • Name meaning: Large fast-growing evergreen tree.
  • Popularity: This boys’ tree name isn’t ranking.

Cosmo

  • Name meaning: Relating to the world or universe.
  • Popularity: This space name isn’t ranking.

Cyprian

  • Name meaning: Person of Cyprus.
  • Popularity: This Greek C name isn’t ranking.

Draco

  • Name meaning: A constellation meaning ‘dragon’.
  • Popularity: This cool D name isn’t ranking.

Evander

  • Name meaning: Good man. Also a South African town.
  • Popularity: This Greek and Scottish boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Galen

  • Name meaning: Calm or healer.
  • Popularity: This male Greek name isn’t ranking.

Kairos

  • Name meaning: An opportune moment.
  • Popularity: This unusual K name isn’t ranking.

Kip or Kipp

  • Name meaning: A nickname for Christopher, meaning bearer of Christ.
  • Popularity: Neither spelling of this boys’ name is ranking.

Kristoff or Krystoff

  • Name meaning: Bearer of Christ.
  • Popularity: Neither spelling of this Greek baby name is ranking.

Kyron

  • Name meaning: Might mean hand, little dark one, ruler, or leader.
  • Popularity: This Greek name last ranked in 2011.

Leander

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

Lex

  • Name meaning: Short for Alexander, meaning defender.
  • Popularity: This Greek name isn’t ranking.

Napoleon

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

Pax

  • Name meaning: Peace town.
  • Popularity: This short boy’s name isn’t ranking. Paxton ranks #255.

Sirius

  • Name meaning: Glowing. This is the brightest star in the night sky.
  • Popularity: This Greek S name isn’t ranking.

Topher

  • Name meaning: Short for Christopher, meaning bearer of Christ.
  • Popularity: This male baby name isn’t ranking.

If you like these uncommon Greek boys’ names you’ll also like this list of edgy names.

Unique Greek names for boys

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The following Greek boy names are unique but not obscure—all of them are ranking in the top 1000.

Alec

  • Name meaning: Defender.
  • Popularity: #682

Ambrose

  • Name meaning: Immortal or divine.
  • Popularity: #671

Caspian

  • Name meaning: The Caspian Sea is the world’s largest inland body of water.
  • Popularity: #709

Darian or Darien or Darion

  • Name meaning: Possessing goodness. Rich and kingly.
  • Popularity: Darian ranks #972. Darien last ranked in 2014 and Darion last ranked in 2008.

Darius

  • Name meaning: Possessing goodness. Rich and kingly.
  • Popularity: #636

Deacon

  • Name meaning: Messenger. Helper. A member of the Christian ministry.
  • Popularity: #473

Jonas

  • Name meaning: Greek version of Jonah, meaning dove.
  • Popularity: #525

Kyrie or Kyree

  • Name meaning: The Lord.
  • Popularity: Kyrie ranks #224 and Kyree is #626.

Leonel

  • Name meaning: Young lion.
  • Popularity: #374

Leonidas

  • Name meaning: Lion-like or son of a lion.
  • Popularity: #448

Lionel

  • Name meaning: Young lion.
  • Popularity: #663

Memphis

  • Name meaning: Enduring and beautiful. A city in Tennessee.
  • Popularity: #404

Thaddeus

  • Name meaning: Might mean courageous heart, one who praises, or gift of God.
  • Popularity: #820

Tobias

  • Name meaning: God is good.
  • Popularity: #277

If you like these unique Greek names for boys you might also like this list of earthy boy names.

Greek mythology boy names

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These boys’ names are inspired by the heroes, creatures, mortals, and gods of the ancient Greeks.

Adonis

  • Name meaning: A lover of the goddess Aphrodite in Greek mythology.
  • Popularity: #223

Apollo

  • Name meaning: Destroyer. From Greek mythology. NASA’s Apollo program put the first people on the moon.
  • Popularity: #400

Atreus

  • Name meaning: Fearless. (Greek mythology name).
  • Popularity: #633

Castor

  • Name meaning: Possible meanings include to excel, to shine, or beaver. In Greek mythology, Castor is the son of Zeus. Castor is a star in the constellation Gemini.
  • Popularity: This Greek boy’s name isn’t ranking.

Demetrius

  • Name meaning: Devoted to the Greek goddess Demeter.
  • Popularity: #832

Dorian

  • Name meaning: Several possible meanings: From Dorus, a legendary Greek hero. From Doris, a district of Ancient Greece. Child of the sea.
  • Popularity: #567

Hercules

  • Name meaning: Glory of Hera. A constellation representing the son of Zeus. Greek mythology name.
  • Popularity: This Greek mythology name isn’t ranking.

Orion

  • Name meaning: A giant in Greek mythology. A constellation of a hunter.
  • Popularity: #314

Orpheus

  • Name meaning: A musician, poet and prophet in Greek mythology.
  • Popularity: This male baby name isn’t ranking.

Taurus

  • Name meaning: A constellation of a bull. From ancient Greek mythology.
  • Popularity: This male baby name isn’t ranking.

Titan

  • Name meaning: The largest moon of the planet Saturn. In Greek mythology, the Titans were the children of deities Uranus (heaven) and Gaea (​earth).
  • Popularity: #741

Ulises or Ulysses

  • Name meaning: From Odysseus, a Greek king.
  • Popularity: #937

Zeus

  • Name meaning: The sky and thunder god in ancient Greek mythology.
  • Popularity: This Z name isn’t ranking.

If you like these Greek mythology boy names you’ll also like this list of outer space names for boys.

Greek boy names that are past their prime

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IMHO, these Greek names for boys have seen better days.

That said, clearly, plenty of people disagree with me (as you’ll see by the fact that most of these are ranking in the top 1000).

Andy

  • Name meaning: Short for Andrew, meaning strong and manly.
  • Popularity: #468

Dennis

  • Name meaning: Follower of the Greek god, Dionysius.
  • Popularity: #693

Dion

  • Name meaning: A king in Greek mythology.
  • Popularity: #951

Eugene

  • Name meaning: Well-born or noble.
  • Popularity: #848

Hector

  • Name meaning: To hold.
  • Popularity: #360

Jerome

  • Name meaning: Spear king.
  • Popularity: This J name last ranked in 2020.

Jerry

  • Name meaning: Short for Jerome, meaning spear king.
  • Popularity: #732

Moshe or Moishe

  • Name meaning: Alternative versions of Moses, meaning to pull out of water.
  • Popularity: The Hebrew and Greek name Moshe ranks #484 and Moishe isn’t ranking.

Philip or Phillip

  • Name meaning: Lover of horses.
  • Popularity: Philip ranks #451 and Phillip is #523.

Are you ready for one last batch of Greek names for baby boys?

Popular Greek names in Greece

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These Greek boy names are relatively unheard of in the United States but are seemingly popular in Greece.

(I say ‘seemingly’ because as far as I can tell, there is no official list from the Greek government of baby name rankings. This was a helpful resource).

As you’ll see, these names look and feel very Greek. For better or for worse, they’ll stand out in a sea of names in the United States.

Alexandros

Anastasios

Andreas

Antonios

Apostolos

Athanasios

Charalampos

Christos

Dimitrios

Dionysios

Eleftherios

Emmanouil

Evangelos

Georgios

Grigorios

Ilias

Ioannis

Konstantin

Konstantinos

Michail

Nikolaos

Panagiotis

Petros

Sotirios

Spyridon

Stavros

Stefanos

Stylianos

Theodoros

Vasileios

 

If you’re still searching for the perfect baby name for your son, check out the lists below…

Final thoughts on Greek names for boys

Perhaps you’re looking to honor your Greek heritage…

Or maybe you just happen to like anything and everything Greek! (Totally valid, btw).

No matter your motivation, thankfully, Greek names for boys are abundant!

Here are the 10 most popular (in America) Greek names in rank order:

#10  Theodore
#13  Alexander
#19  Sebastian
#32  Luke
#48  Elias
#52  Christopher
#57  Andrew
#72  Christian
#92  Nicholas
#113  Damian

Whether you choose to go with a moniker that’s popular or more obscure, all of the names on this enormous list of Greek boy names are solid!

Congratulations and good luck choosing the perfect name for your little boy!

Greek Boy Names