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135 Short Boy Names for Modern Babies

Jun 8, 2021

135 Short Boy Names for Modern Babies

Let’s find the perfect short name for your baby boy…

First, a quick overview of what’s to come…

The names on this list are 3, 4, or 5 letters. And best of all, they’re all modern!

I tried to give you a great condensed list of only cool names that aren’t too far out there or too old and boring.

You can use the table of contents below to browse by category or by name length.

Name meanings are in brackets.

You can also check out this list of one syllable boy names which contains names that sound short, even though many actually contain 6 or more letters.

Okay, are you ready?

Let’s dive in and check out the best short names for boys born in 2021 and 2022.

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Trendy Short Boy Names

These short baby boys’ names are hot right now!

  • Aiden {little fire} This is the 24th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S. *we spelled it Aden!
  • Asher {ash tree dweller} This is the 32nd most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Brody {broad island}
  • Caden {round}
  • Caleb {devotion} This is the 56th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Chase {to hunt}
  • Cohen {priest}
  • Crew {group}
  • Cruz {cross}
  • Elias {Yahweh is God} This is the 53rd most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Emory {industrious}
  • Gabe {God is my strength} “Gabriel” is the 38th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Grey / Gray {color} Grayson” is the 35th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Hayes {hedged area}
  • Jace {Lord is salvation} This is the 97th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Jax {God is gracious}
  • Jaxon {God is gracious} This is the 48th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Knox {round-topped hill}
  • Levi {joined} This is the 18th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Lucas {man from Lucania} This is the 8th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Luke {bright one} This is the 31st most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Mason {stone worker} This is the 11th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Nash {by the ash tree}
  • Pax {peaceful)
  • Rowan {little redhead}
  • Silas / Sylas {forest} This is the 100th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Soren {stern}

Here are some ideas for name combinations using the aforementioned options as first or middle names: 

Aden Blaze, Asher Grey, Brody Maverick, Caden Knox, Caleb James, Carter Reece, Chase Maddox, Cohen Gabriel, Cruz Alexander, Grey Phoenix, Hudson Jace, Jaxon Stone, Knox Maverick, Luke Mason, Hendrix Nash, Pax Wilder, Pierce Lawson. 

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Strong Short Boy Names

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These next baby boy names are short but mighty!

  • Axel {father of peace} This is the 72nd most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Blaze {fiery}
  • Brant {sword}
  • Cade {barrel}
  • Damon {to tame}
  • Diego {one who takes the place of another}
  • Drake {dragon}
  • Drew {manly}
  • Grant {tall}
  • Kane {warrior}
  • Milo {soldier}
  • Nico {people of victory}
  • Owen {young warrior} This is the 22nd most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Reign {sovereign}
  • Rex {king}
  • Roman {citizen of Rome} This is the 77th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Rome {strength}
  • Ryder {horseman}
  • Troy {foot soldier}
  • Vince {prevailing}
  • Wyatt {brave in war} This is the 29th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.

Here are some ideas for name combinations using the aforementioned options as first or middle names:

Ashton Cade, Axel Judd, Diego Phoenix, Drake Wilder, Radley Blaze, Reign Emerson, Travis Ryder, Troy Adams, Vince Kennedy

Cute Short Boy Names

cute baby boy crawling

All of these short baby boy names sound friendly and sweet.

  • Ace {unity}
  • Arlo {literary name}
  • Beck {stream}
  • Benji {son of the right hand}
  • Boden {hill}
  • Brady {broad meadow}
  • Eli {uplifted} This is the 60th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Enzo {Henry}
  • Ezra {helper} This is the 44th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Felix {fortunate}
  • Grady {noble}
  • Leo {lion} This is the 36th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Lev {lion}
  • Liam {protection} This is the #1 most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Reese {enthusiasm}
  • Remy {oarsman}
  • Todd {fox}

Here are some ideas for name combinations using the aforementioned options as first or middle names:

Arlo Rhett, Benji Blake, Boden Gage, Eli Hunt, Enzo Adams, Leo James, Lev Noah, Liam Bennett, Porter Reese, Remy Bridge, Todd Drake

Old Fashioned Short Boy Names

old fashioned baby boy

These short boy names are technically old school but have a modern feel. Everything old is new again!

  • Beau {handsome}
  • Duke {leader}
  • Finn {white}
  • Gage {money lender}
  • Henry {estate ruler} This is the 9th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Jack {God is gracious} This is the 21st most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • James {one who follows} This is the 6th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Jude {praised}
  • Mack {son of}
  • Miles {soldier} This is the 59th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Rhett {advice}
  • Shay {supplanted}
  • Smith {blacksmith}
  • Theo {divine gift} “Theodore” is the 23rd most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Tripp {the third}
  • Walt {army ruler}

Here are some ideas for name combinations using the aforementioned options as first or middle names:

Duke Weston, Finn Wilder, Jack Porter, Jude Benson, Mack Preston, Miles Parker, Rhett Emerson, Theo Banks

Nature Short Boy Names

One year cute boy in a teepee outdoors

For organic short baby boys names that mean earth, animal, or water, check out these options!

  • Birch {tree}
  • Clay {earthy}
  • Cole {charcoal}
  • Colt {young horse}
  • Corbin {crow}
  • Fox {wild animal}
  • Gavin {white hawk}
  • Hawk {bird of prey}
  • Kai {sea} This is the 93rd most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Lynx {wild cat}
  • Ridge {narrow hilltop}
  • River {water}
  • Slate {grayish rock}
  • Stone {solid as a rock}
  • Wolf {large canine}

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Here are some ideas for name combinations using the aforementioned options as first or middle names:

Birch Hayden, Clay Finnegan, Cole Benson, Colt Ashton, Corbin Pierce, Fox Maddox, Gavin Reece, Hawk Archer, Jaxon Wolf, Kai Benjamin, Lynx Parker, Ridge Mason, River Phoenix, Slate Hudson, Stone Gabriel

Uncommon Short Boy Names

beautiful baby boy lying in bed

For an unusual and not-overdone short boy’s name, consider one of these less common options…

  • Arrow {shot from a bow}
  • Artéo {made up}
  • Atlas {heavens bearer}
  • Banks {riverbank dweller}
  • Blake {light}
  • Cyrus {sun}
  • Dane {God is my judge}
  • Dash {unknown}
  • Dean {valley}
  • Dex {right handed}
  • Ford {river crossing}
  • Holt {grove of trees}
  • Hyde {hide}
  • Jett {black}
  • Jonah {dove}
  • Judd {flowing down}
  • Kent {edge}
  • Leon {lion}
  • Lyle {island}
  • Onyx {black gem stone}
  • Quinn {counsel}
  • Reed or Reid {red haired}
  • Trent {flooder}
  • Wade {to go}
  • Zane {God is gracious}

Here are some ideas for name combinations using the aforementioned options as first or middle names:

Archer Dash, Arrow Jones, Artéo Grey, Atlas Wilder, Blake Maddox, Cyrus Roman, Dane Emerson, Dean Ryder, Dex Porter, Ford Whittaker, Hamilton Banks, Jagger Hyde, Jett Maddox, Jonah Mason, Judd Chase, Kent Walker, Leon Everest, Lincoln Holt, Lyle Edison, Onyx Bridge, Quinn Jackson, Sawyer Reed, Trent Hunter, Wade Madden, Zane Dawson

Timeless Short Boy Names

Happy baby on beach lying on lounger

These short boy names have stood the test of time. They’re classic, yet modern, and might be just what you’re going for!

  • Avery {ruler of elves}
  • Dylan {son of the sea} This is the 43rd most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Ethan {long-lived} This is the 13th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Jacob {to follow} This is the 15th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Kyle {narrow}
  • Max {greatest}
  • Noah {to comfort} This is the 2nd most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Ryan {little king} This is the 57th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.
  • Shane {God is gracious}
  • Tyler {tile maker}
  • Wes {western meadow} “Wesley” is the 98th most popular baby boy’s name in the U.S.

Here are some ideas for name combinations using the aforementioned options as first or middle names:

Avery Bennett, Dylan Slate, Ethan Beck, Jacob Quinn, Kyle Jordan, Max Reid, Noah Patton, Ryan Hayes, Shane Kingston, Tyler Blake, Wes Taylor

This wraps up the categorized lists of short boy names for modern babies.

The next batch of lists includes the same names you’ve seen above, but organized by the number of letters. You’ll find this helpful if you’ve got a specific name length in mind.

Feel free to jump ahead to 3 letter boy names, 4 letter boy names, or 5 letter boy names.

3 Letter Boy Names

Portrait of a baby boy on the bed in bedroom

If you want an easy-to-spell name that will be unique and memorable, consider one of these three letter boy names.

  • Ace {unity}
  • Dex {right handed}
  • Eli {uplifted}
  • Fox {wild animal}
  • Jax {God is gracious}
  • Kai {sea}
  • Leo {lion}
  • Lev {lion}
  • Max {greatest}
  • Pax {peaceful)
  • Rex {king}
  • Wes {western meadow}

Keep in mind that you can use some of these 3 letter boy names as nicknames. Then you can go with the longer more ‘official’ names as first names: Dexter, Elijah, Jaxon (or Jackson), Paxton, Wesley, etc. You can’t go wrong either way!

4 Letter Boy Names

baby boy lying on knit blanket

Here are over 60 amazing four letter boy names.

  • Aden {little fire}
  • Arlo {literary name}
  • Axel {father of peace}
  • Beau {handsome}
  • Beck {stream}
  • Cade {barrel}
  • Clay {earthy}
  • Cole {charcoal}
  • Colt {young horse}
  • Crew {group}
  • Cruz {cross}
  • Dane {God is my judge}
  • Dash {unknown}
  • Dean {valley}
  • Drew {manly}
  • Duke {leader}
  • Enzo {Henry}
  • Ezra {helper}
  • Finn {white}
  • Ford {river crossing}
  • Gabe {God is my strength}
  • Gage {money lender}
  • Grey / Gray {color}
  • Hawk {bird of prey}
  • Holt {grove of trees}
  • Hyde {hide}
  • Jace {Lord is salvation}
  • Jack {God is gracious}
  • Jett {black}
  • Judd {flowing down}
  • Jude {praised}
  • Kane {warrior}
  • Kent {edge}
  • Knox {round-topped hill}
  • Kyle {narrow}
  • Leon {lion}
  • Levi {joined}
  • Liam {protection}
  • Luca {man from Lucania}
  • Luke {bright one}
  • Lyle {island}
  • Lynx {wild cat}
  • Mack {son of}
  • Milo {soldier}
  • Nash {by the ash tree}
  • Nico {people of victory}
  • Noah {to comfort}
  • Onyx {black gem stone}
  • Owen {young warrior}
  • Quinn {counsel}
  • Reed or Reid {red haired}
  • Remy {oarsman}
  • Rome {strength}
  • Ryan {little king}
  • Shay {supplanted}
  • Theo {divine gift}
  • Todd {fox}
  • Troy {foot soldier}
  • Wade {to go}
  • Walt {army ruler}
  • Wolf {large canine}
  • Zane {God is gracious}

Many of these 4 letter boy names also make wonderful nicknames and middle names.

5 Letter Boy Names

5 letter boy names

Five letter boy names are just mini enough to make our list of short baby names. Here are 60+ options to consider…

  • Arrow {shot from a bow}
  • Artéo {invented name}
  • Asher {ash tree dweller}
  • Atlas {heavens bearer}
  • Avery {ruler of elves}
  • Banks {riverbank dweller}
  • Benji {son of the right hand}
  • Birch {tree}
  • Blake {light}
  • Blaze {fiery}
  • Boden {hill}
  • Brady {broad meadow}
  • Brant {sword}
  • Brody {broad island}
  • Caden {round}
  • Caleb {devotion}
  • Chase {to hunt}
  • Cohen {priest}
  • Corbin {crow}
  • Cyrus {sun}
  • Damon {to tame}
  • Diego {one who takes the place of another}
  • Drake {dragon}
  • Dylan {son of the sea}
  • Elias {Yahweh is God}
  • Emory {industrious}
  • Ethan {long-lived}
  • Felix {fortunate}
  • Gavin {white hawk}
  • Grady {noble}
  • Grant {tall}
  • Hayes {hedged area}
  • Henry {estate ruler}
  • Jacob {to follow}
  • James {one who follows}
  • Jaxon {God is gracious}
  • Jonah {dove}
  • Lucas {man from Lucania}
  • Mason {stone worker}
  • Mateo {gift of God}
  • Miles {soldier}
  • Reese {enthusiasm}
  • Reign {sovereign}
  • Rhett {advice}
  • Ridge {narrow hilltop}
  • River {water}
  • Roman {citizen of Rome}
  • Romeo {pilgram to Rome}
  • Rowan {little redhead}
  • Ryder {horseman}
  • Shane {God is gracious}
  • Silas / Sylas {forest}
  • Slate {grayish rock}
  • Smith {blacksmith}
  • Soren {stern}
  • Stone {solid as a rock}
  • Trent {flooder}
  • Tripp {the third}
  • Tyler {tile maker}
  • Vince {prevailing}
  • Wyatt {brave in war}

These 5 letter names are perfect if you want your baby’s name to be concise, but not too short. Plus, many are timeless and trendy at the same time, making them ideal choices for your modern little man.

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Final thoughts on short baby boys names

You’ve now seen 135 short names for boys that are trendy, strong, cute, old-fashioned, nature-oriented, uncommon, and timeless.

All of these wonderful 3-, 4-, or 5-letter names will make your son stand out in a crowd… in the best possible way!

Whether you need a first or middle name, hopefully, this mega list of short boy names gave you a few ideas for your shortlist (no pun intended).

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135 Short Boy Names for Modern Babies